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Britons may resist test and trace isolation after lockdown

Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa mosque compound – the third-holiest site in Islam after Mecca and Medina in Saudi Arabia – reopened today after being closed for more than two months because of the coronavirus pandemic. An AFP journalist said worshippers in protective masks were allowed to enter the compound in the early hours, ahead of the first prayers of the …

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More than 26,000 people have died from Covid-19 in the UK, NHS figures show

Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his fiancee Carrie Symonds are celebrating the arrival of a healthy baby boy, but there has been speculation about whether he came early. Ms Symonds’s due date, which was never officially confirmed, had been described as “early summer”, leading to the belief that the arrival was expected in June. Ms …

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Lockdown won’t be lifted until “we are firmly on other side” of peak says chief adviser as UK death toll passes 11,000

President Donald Trump’s reelection campaign is suing a Wisconsin TV station for running an anti-Trump commercial that pieces together audio clips of the president talking about the coronavirus outbreak in a way they argue is misleading and false. The ad by the Democratic super PAC Priorities USA features a series of soundbites in which Trump downplayed the …

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Can I go to work? The list of key workers and essential roles, explained

As part of an unprecedented lockdown of British life, the Government has announced that schools will close except for the children of “key workers”. On Monday evening it was also announced that people should only leave their homes to go to work where it is absolutely necessary. But who is classed a key worker? The Department …

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Examiners accused of being ‘politically correct’ as penalties for ‘offensive’ material double

Exam markers have been accused of being “politically correct”, as figures show as the number of pupils penalised for “offensive” material has doubled in a year. This year, 450 students were disciplined for including “inappropriate, offensive or obscene material” in their GCSEs or A-level exam scripts or coursework, up from 225 in 2018.   The …

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Stranded strike passengers can make claims for hotel costs, South Western Railway confirms

The strikes began after talks between RMT and SWR broke down last week, over whether human guards should operate the opening and closing of train doors. As the strike got underway passengers complained of “dangerously overcrowded” carriages and “scrums” ensuing as commuters struggled to board trains. One passenger, Rachel Lonergan, tweeted SWR to say: “The …

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When is the general election 2019 and when will we know the results? 

If you can’t get to your polling station and you’d like someone to vote on your behalf, apply for a proxy vote by 5pm on Dec 4. To cast your vote in person, simply head to the local voting centre listed on your polling card.   Who are the candidates standing in my constituency? To find out who is …

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