• British teen who joined ISIS not allowed to return to UK to fight for citizenship, court rules
    on February 28, 2021 at 11:32 am

    The UK Supreme Court ruled Friday that “ISIS bride” Shamima Begum cannot return to the United Kingdom to appeal the revocation of her UK citizenship.

  • Germany’s Merkel warns of third wave if lockdown is lifted too quickly
    on February 28, 2021 at 11:32 am

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel has warned that her country could be caught in a third wave of Covid-19 if it lifts its lockdown too quickly.

  • Cargo plane’s engine catches fire, dropping debris that injures two people in a Dutch town
    on February 28, 2021 at 11:32 am

    Two people were injured after pieces of a cargo plane broke off and fell onto a town in the Netherlands, according to authorities there.

  • More child migrants are arriving alone in Spain’s holiday islands than ever before. This is what happens to them
    on February 28, 2021 at 11:32 am

    Elementary school children don’t typically venture far from home on their own, but 11-year-old Abou managed to cross a stretch of the Atlantic Ocean, from Africa to Europe, in the hands of strangers.

  • Russia shows off new Covid-19 vaccine factory even as its people hesitate to get the shot
    on February 28, 2021 at 11:32 am

    CNN gets an exclusive look inside one of seven new Russian production centers pumping out the Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine. But even as millions of doses are being produced, people in Moscow seem wary of getting it.

  • Actor Gérard Depardieu under investigation for alleged rape and sexual assault
    on February 28, 2021 at 11:32 am

    Gérard Depardieu is under formal investigation in France for alleged rape and sexual assault, judicial sources have confirmed to CNN. The movie star has been under investigation since December last year, they said.

  • Suspect in Daphne Caruana Galizia murder pleads guilty
    on February 28, 2021 at 11:32 am

    Vincent Muscat, one of the three suspects accused of the murder of Maltese journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia, has pleaded guilty, according to a statement released Tuesday by the Daphne Caruana Galizia Foundation.

  • Police in Germany and Belgium make Europe’s biggest ever cocaine bust
    on February 28, 2021 at 11:32 am

    Authorities in Germany and Belgium seized more than 23,000 kilograms (50,700 pounds) of cocaine, worth billions of dollars, in an international operation that resulted in one arrest, officials said Wednesday, calling it the largest amount of cocaine ever seized in Europe.

  • Duchess Meghan Fast Facts
    on February 28, 2021 at 11:32 am

    Read CNN’s Fast Facts about Meghan Markle, Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Sussex, wife of Great Britain’s Prince Harry.

  • Russia Fast Facts
    on February 28, 2021 at 11:32 am

    See CNN’s Russia Fast Facts for a glimpse at the Russian Federation, which is the largest country in the world, covering more than one-ninth of the earth’s land area.

  • Prince Harry Fast Facts
    on February 28, 2021 at 11:32 am

    Read CNN’s Fast Fasts about Britain’s Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, and learn more about the prince who is sixth in line for the throne.

  • Spain Train Bombings Fast Facts
    on February 28, 2021 at 11:32 am

    Read CNN’s Fast Facts about the March 2004 bombings of commuter trains in Spain, which killed 193 people and injured more than 1,800.

  • Armenian Prime Minister says he is facing an attempted ‘military coup’ after army demands his resignation
    on February 28, 2021 at 11:32 am

    Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan has said he is facing a military coup attempt after the general staff of the country’s armed forces called for his resignation.

  • Dutch parliament becomes second in a week to accuse China of genocide in Xinjiang
    on February 28, 2021 at 11:32 am

    The Dutch parliament on Thursday passed a non-binding motion saying the treatment of the Uyghur Muslim minority in China amounts to genocide, the first such move by a European country.

  • Putin critic Alexey Navalny has been transferred to a penal colony
    on February 28, 2021 at 11:32 am

    Russian opposition figure Alexey Navalny has been transferred from a Moscow detention center to a penal colony, state media reported on Friday.

  • Elephant kills Spanish zoo keeper with one strike from trunk
    on February 28, 2021 at 11:32 am

    A zoo worker in Spain died when an elephant hit him with her trunk, throwing him against the bars of her enclosure, local officials confirmed.

  • Nearly 20m receive first dose of Covid vaccine in the UK
    by Jedidajah Otte on February 27, 2021 at 11:49 pm

    Government data shows 19.6m get first jab and up to 770,000 inoculated a second timeCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageMore than 20 million people in the UK have received at least a first dose of coronavirus vaccine, with under 4% of those given as second doses.Government data shows that of the 20.5m jabs given in the UK up to 26 February, 19.6m were first doses. Continue reading…

  • Rapper’s Arrest Awakens Rage in Spanish Youth Chafing in Pandemic
    by Nicholas Casey on February 27, 2021 at 11:48 pm

    Nearly two weeks of sometimes violent demonstrations have turned into a collective outcry from young adults who see bleak futures and precious time lost to lockdowns.

  • Exeter homes evacuated as army detonates unexploded bomb
    by Molly Blackall on February 27, 2021 at 8:26 pm

    University students forced to leave their dorms after discovery of possible second world war deviceA suspected second world war bomb discovered in Exeter has been detonated with the noise of the explosion heard for miles around. Thousands of people were evacuated from their homes in the city while authorities investigated the device, according to police. Continue reading…

  • Johnson’s poll lead over Labour boosted by Covid vaccine rollout
    by Michael Savage Policy Editor on February 27, 2021 at 8:00 pm

    Conservatives’ 7-point lead is party’s biggest since July 2020, and a reality check for Keir StarmerCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe Conservatives have secured their biggest lead over Labour since last summer amid signs Boris Johnson is benefiting from a “vaccine bounce”, the latest Opinium poll for the Observer has revealed.A year into the pandemic, the poll gives the Tories a 7-point lead over Labour, up from 5 points a fortnight ago. It is the biggest lead since July, with the Conservatives on 43% of the vote and Labour down 1 point on 36%. It also suggests greater public support for the government’s handling of the latest phase of the pandemic and the roadmap out of lockdown measures. Continue reading…

  • Rings of steel: dog owners buy metal collars to deter thieves
    by James Tapper on February 27, 2021 at 7:57 pm

    Spate of audacious and often violent robberies leads to boom in sales of high-security animal accessories A spate of dognapping in recent months has led to growing numbers of owners buying lockable, steel-core collars and leads that cannot be severed by bolt cutters as they walk their pets.Dog theft has risen as animals available to buy have become scarcer since the pandemic began. The average cost of a puppy doubled to nearly £1,900 last year, and some breeds are worth more than £6,000. Continue reading…

  • Exeter: WW2 bomb detonated after homes evacuated – video
    on February 27, 2021 at 7:55 pm

    A controlled detonation has been carried out on an unexploded second world war bomb found in Exeter. Thousands of people were evacuated from their homes in the city while authorities investigated the device.A 400-metre (1,300-ft) cordon was in place on Saturday morning, and 2,600 properties were evacuated on Friday evening and SaturdayExeter residents evacuated as police prepare to detonate bombContinue reading…

  • Doctors fear new child mental health crisis in UK, made worse by Covid
    by Michael Savage Policy Editor on February 27, 2021 at 7:30 pm

    Surge in cases expected as schools reopen and charities report 70% rise in demand for services Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageA surge in child mental health cases is expected to emerge as schools reopen next week, amid warnings of a “crisis on top of a crisis” hitting vulnerable children during the pandemic.Paediatricians, psychologists and charitable groups providing mental health support all told the Observer they were seeing increasing demand and warned of another surge as lockdown is lifted. Several reported longer waiting lists for young people in need of help. Continue reading…

  • Prisons should trial free cannabis, says UK’s former chief drug adviser
    by Mattha Busby on February 27, 2021 at 7:29 pm

    Prof David Nutt supports study into whether move could cut violence and deaths Proposals for prisons to trial a free scheme providing cannabis to inmates to ascertain whether it reduces violence, overdose deaths and addiction to stronger drugs have been backed by the UK government’s former chief drug adviser.Prof David Nutt, from Imperial College London, said he was fully supportive of the idea and that he was considering a study on reducing prisoners’ drug dependence with cannabis in an ongoing trial. Continue reading…

  • Police urge Britons to follow lockdown rules as warm weather pulls crowds
    by Molly Blackall on February 27, 2021 at 5:40 pm

    Public spaces such as beaches and parks busy as temperatures reach up to 15C in parts of the UKCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageWarmer temperatures have brought crowds to beauty spots including beaches and parks, amid calls from police not to make unnecessary journeys or meet up in groups.Large crowds could be seen at Hove seafront and Greenwich park in London, as temperatures reached 14C and 15C in parts of the UK. Continue reading…

  • Anas Sarwar: UK’s first Muslim to lead a party follows in family footsteps
    by PA Media on February 27, 2021 at 5:03 pm

    The new Scottish Labour leader is the son of the first Muslim MP – but his path to the top has not been completely smoothAnas Sarwar has continued a family tradition in political precedent setting by becoming the UK’s first Muslim to lead a party.Sarwar’s father, Mohammed, was the first Muslim MP, elected to Glasgow Central in 1997, before going on to be governor of the Punjab region in his native Pakistan. Continue reading…

  • Revealed: Priti Patel U-turn on end to detention for refugee women
    by Mark Townsend Home Affairs Editor on February 27, 2021 at 5:00 pm

    Home Office accused of betrayal over network of new asylum-seeker centresA new network of immigration detention units for women is being quietly planned by the Home Office, contrary to previous pledges to reform the system and reduce the number of vulnerable people held.An initial detention centre, based in County Durham on the site of a former youth prison, will open for female asylum seekers this autumn. Continue reading…

  • Captain Sir Tom Moore: tributes paid by family at funeral
    by Molly Blackall on February 27, 2021 at 3:40 pm

    Public were not able to attend funeral but thousands signed online book of condolencesCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe family of Captain Sir Tom Moore paid tribute to the war veteran who raised tens of millions of pounds for the NHS during the first coronavirus lockdown, as he was laid to rest in a funeral broadcast to the nation.Speaking at the private service in Bedfordshire crematorium, Moore’s family said that his “message and his spirit lives on”. Continue reading…

  • ‘Poor floors’: anger over new plans to segregate tower block residents
    by Tom Wall on February 27, 2021 at 3:19 pm

    London mayor to rule on ‘social apartheid’ of separate lifts, floors and blocks for low-income tenants Developers of mixed housing schemes are increasingly building segregated floors and blocks for low-income families to boost the value of the open market properties.Modern housing developments are often segregated by tenure, with flats let at affordable rents, shared ownership homes and open market properties given separate, fob-protected floors or separate blocks. Facilities including courtyards, communal lounges and roof gardens are also sometimes divided along the same lines. However developers in the capital will soon face rules requiring schemes to be more integrated. Continue reading…

  • Captain Sir Tom Moore receives flypast and honour guard at funeral service – video
    on February 27, 2021 at 3:11 pm

    A second world war-era plane flew over the funeral service in honour of Moore, who raised almost £39m for NHS charities during the first coronavirus lockdown. An honour guard fired three volleys as Moore’s coffin was carried into the crematorium by six soldiers from the Yorkshire Regiment. After tributes to Moore from his family, a bugler played the Last PostCaptain Sir Tom Moore’s funeral to get flypast by WWII planeContinue reading…

  • Concerns grow as UK Covid testing labs scaled back before even opening
    by Michael Savage and James Tapper on February 27, 2021 at 2:11 pm

    Planned multi-million Lighthouse facilities cut by up to 50%, with smaller labs decommissionedCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageNew Lighthouse labs, created by the government to boost the nation’s Covid testing capacity, are to be dramatically scaled back before they open. It is understood that new multi-million pound labs in Gateshead and Plymouth, announced last year but yet to open, are among those to see a big cut in daily testing by as much as 50% compared with original plans.Some smaller labs will be decommissioned and others will not have their contracts renewed this spring as part of the overhaul, with officials citing new technology and the changing pressures of the pandemic as factors behind a rethink. The changes are likely to reignite the debate over the use of public money by the £22bn NHS test and trace programme. Continue reading…

  • Anas Sarwar wins Scottish Labour leadership election
    by Severin Carrell Scotland editor on February 27, 2021 at 11:56 am

    Sarwar wins snap election triggered by surprise resignation of Richard Leonard six weeks agoAnas Sarwar has won the Scottish Labour leadership contest after a snap election triggered by the surprise resignation of Richard Leonard six weeks ago.Sarwar, a former deputy leader of Scottish Labour backed by a majority of the party’s parliamentarians, defeated the other candidate Monica Lennon, a less experienced MSP backed on the party’s left, winning 57.6% of the vote. Continue reading…

  • Arrest of Opposition Leader in Georgia Raises Fear of Growing Instability
    by Andrew E. Kramer on February 27, 2021 at 11:26 am

    Lawmakers from parties aligned against the government have vowed to continue a boycott of Parliament until Nika Melia is released from police custody.

  • Sunak’s budget expected to offer first-time buyers mortgage guarantee
    by Molly Blackall on February 27, 2021 at 11:00 am

    Treasury says low-deposit mortgages have virtually disappeared since 2008 financial crisisThe chancellor is expected to unveil a mortgage guarantee scheme that aims to help first-time buyers get their foot on the property ladder in next week’s budget.Rishi Sunak is attempting to incentivise lenders to provide mortgages to first-time buyers, along with current homeowners, with deposits as low as 5% on properties worth up to £600,000. The government will offer lenders the guarantee they need to provide mortgages covering the remaining 95%, with details set to be unveiled on Wednesday. Continue reading…

  • How to Unite a Deeply Divided Kosovo? Name a Lake After Trump
    by Andrew Higgins on February 27, 2021 at 10:00 am

    A lighthearted suggestion by a U.S. envoy hoping to bridge a vast rift between Albanians and Serbs in Kosovo has taken on a life of its own — only to be ridiculed by local residents on both sides.

  • Is there a way to make vaccine passports ethically acceptable? | Alexis Papazoglou
    by Alexis Papazoglou on February 27, 2021 at 9:00 am

    If we are to offer more freedom to some UK citizens, there must be alternative options for those who have not been vaccinatedCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageIt’s the great British summer, lockdown is lifted and you’ve finally been fully vaccinated. You’re filled with a huge sense of relief. Vaccines are a game changer, not only because they drastically reduce your chances of getting ill with Covid-19, but because, as the evidence is beginning to show, they prevent the spread of the virus in the first place. Now you can finally have a drink in a bar without the uncomfortable feeling that you’re putting yourself and others at risk. But what if the person ordering drinks next to you and the bartender haven’t been vaccinated? Well, at least your elderly relative has had their jabs a while back – that gives you peace of mind. But what if the person responsible for their everyday care has refused the vaccine? No matter, the UK population at large is close to developing herd immunity. But what about all the people arriving in the UK daily from other countries – are they vaccinated?Vaccine passports are supposed to be an answer to these worries: the government issues immunity certificates to those who have been inoculated, which would in turn allow them to take part freely and safely in various activities forbidden to those who don’t have them. The moral justification for such a policy seems similar to the justification for lockdown measures: John Stuart Mill’s harm principle. The 19th-century English philosopher was a liberal; freedom was one of the moral and political values he cherished the most, yet he recognised that it should have limits. Mill’s harm principle suggests the government is justified in curtailing our freedom when our behaviour harms others. Most people approve of lockdowns because they recognise the moral reasoning behind them: our freedom has to be limited to prevent others from getting ill and possibly dying. By the same logic, if not being vaccinated means posing a greater threat to others, it seems vaccine passports would be justified. At least in theory. Continue reading…

  • Gavin Williamson using ‘misleading’ research to justify campus free-speech law
    by Anna Fazackerley on February 27, 2021 at 8:30 am

    Cardiff University calls on education secretary to correct the record over claim Germaine Greer was banned The education secretary is using “completely misleading” and “dubious” research to justify introducing new legislation on free speech in universities, according to the head of Cardiff University.Gavin Williamson sparked anger in universities when he unveiled plans on 16 February to counter what he called “unacceptable silencing and censoring” on campuses. He plans legislation to allow speakers who are “no-platformed” to sue universities for compensation if they feel their rights have been infringed. Continue reading…

  • Should you book a holiday for 2021 yet? And what about refunds?
    by Miles Brignall on February 27, 2021 at 7:00 am

    Travel sites were buzzing after Boris Johnson unveiled his Covid lockdown exit plan, but much is still uncertainCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageIt has been one of the main topics of conversation all week: can we – should we – book a holiday for 2021? And will we be able to get our money back if it does not work out?Within hours of Boris Johnson presenting his plan on Monday to move England out of lockdown, travel websites were reporting a rush of reservations from people desperate to get a date for a break in the diary. Continue reading…

  • Covid job losses show structural racism of UK labour market, says TUC
    by Nazia Parveen Community affairs correspondent on February 27, 2021 at 6:00 am

    Study reveals unemployment among BAME people is double the rate for white peopleCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe coronavirus pandemic has held up a “mirror to the structural racism” in the UK’s labour market, the TUC has said, as a study reveals that jobless rates among black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) groups are now double the rate for white people.There are 1.74 million people out of work across the UK, the highest level in five years, and business shutdowns are disproportionately affecting women and ethnic minorities. Continue reading…

  • What will be in Rishi Sunak’s 2021 budget?
    by Phillip Inman and Richard Partington on February 27, 2021 at 6:00 am

    Expect measures to help economic recovery but watch out for capital gains tax and other tax risesRishi Sunak’s budget on 3 March is set to unveil a range of measures to help support the recovery of the UK economy, but tax rises are in the offing too. Here is what we can expect. Continue reading…

  • Raymond Cauchetier, Whose Camera Caught the New Wave, Dies at 101
    by Robert D. McFadden on February 26, 2021 at 11:37 pm

    A self-taught photographer, he created indelible images on the sets of a French revolution in film, though he was not recognized for them for decades.

  • US carries out air strikes in Syria
    on February 26, 2021 at 10:06 pm

    The US military on Thursday struck a site in Syria used by two Iranian-backed militia groups in response to rocket attacks on American forces in the region in the past two weeks.

  • What we learned from Alex Salmond’s evidence to Scottish parliament’s inquiry
    by Libby Brooks Scotland correspondent on February 26, 2021 at 7:35 pm

    Analysis: Nicola Sturgeon will give evidence herself on Wednesday after being accused by ex-first minister of possibly breaking ministerial codeWhat questions does Alex Salmond’s evidence raise for Nicola Sturgeon?The former first minister said that he could provide witnesses to confirm his version of two key points in the saga, and which Sturgeon has given competing accounts of, to bolster his assertion that there is “no doubt” she broke the ministerial code. Continue reading…

  • ‘All Creatures Great and Small’ and the Yorkshire Dales
    by Tom Jamieson and Jennifer Vineyard on February 26, 2021 at 7:03 pm

    “All Creatures Great and Small” charmed viewers with its pastoral setting in Britain’s Yorkshire Dales. Here, the show’s production designer explains the eternal appeal of the region’s landscapes.

  • ‘Do not wreck this now’: Van-Tam warns against giving up on Covid rules
    by Peter Walker and Linda Geddes on February 26, 2021 at 6:54 pm

    Adviser calls for continued adherence to lockdown, as age-based phase 2 of vaccine programme announcedCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageMinisters and scientific advisers have urged the public not to give up on strict lockdown rules, amid worries that the very obvious success of the UK vaccination programme and the arrival of spring are causing people to take more risks.“Do not wreck this, we are so close,” said Jonathan Van-Tam, the deputy chief medical officer for England, after Downing Street confirmed plans for the second stage of the vaccination programme, due to offer at least a first dose to all adults by the summer. Continue reading…

  • Doorstep campaigning for local elections to resume in England
    by Aubrey Allegretti on February 26, 2021 at 6:41 pm

    Government says canvassers will be able to go door to door from 8 March ahead of polling in MayCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageDoor-to-door political campaigning will be allowed to resume in England from 8 March in the run-up to local elections in May, the government has announced.Activists will be permitted to stand on people’s doorsteps and canvass as long as they abide by the 2-metre social distancing rule. Continue reading…

  • Boeing 777 Makes an Emergency Landing in Moscow After Engine Warning
    by Andrew E. Kramer on February 26, 2021 at 6:25 pm

    Pilots diverted to an airport in Moscow after an indicator warned of a possible engine failure on the airplane, a week after engines failed on two other Boeing jets.

  • Alex Salmond: weak leadership could hurt case for Scottish independence
    by Severin Carrell Scotland editor on February 26, 2021 at 6:21 pm

    Former first minister launches a stinging attack on the SNP during evidence to a Holyrood inquiryAlex Salmond has suggested that weak and incompetent leadership of Scotland’s institutions could undermine the case for independence, in a bitter attack on his former allies and party.The former first minister said huge deficiencies had been exposed in the running of the Scottish government and the Crown Office, as he blamed both institutions for forcing him to live through a “nightmare” during the last three years. Continue reading…

  • ‘Do not wreck this’: Jonathan Van-Tam warns against breaking lockdown rules – video
    on February 26, 2021 at 6:11 pm

    England’s deputy chief medical officer has told people not to break the country’s lockdown rules ahead of official relaxations, particularly those who have received their Covid vaccinations. With worrying signs cases might be rising slightly, Van-Tam said the country was not yet ‘in the right place’ and pressed people not to ‘wreck this now’Coronavirus UK: latest updates Global coronavirus updates – liveContinue reading…

  • Britain risks creating new Guantánamo in Syria, says rights group
    by Dan Sabbagh on February 26, 2021 at 6:09 pm

    Charity Reprieve criticises government’s ‘abdication of responsibility’ over Shamima BegumShamima Begum loses fight to restore UK citizenship after supreme court rulingBritain risks creating “a new Guantánamo” in Syria by leaving Shamima Begum and others like her stranded in Syrian detention camps, it has been claimed, after the supreme court rejected Begum’s appeal against a decision to revoke her UK citizenship.A key figure who has been involved with Begum’s case said the judgment left the 21-year-old in a legal limbo, unable to return to the UK or mount an effective challenge to the deprivation decision remotely. Continue reading…