• Explosion rocks German chemicals site, killing one person and severely injuring workers
    on August 4, 2021 at 1:29 am

    One person has died and 16 others were injured when an explosion rocked an industrial park for chemicals in the western German city of Leverkusen on Tuesday.

  • Landmark Vatican fraud trial begins as cardinal faces charges over London property deal
    on August 4, 2021 at 1:29 am

    In what many are calling the Vatican’s “trial of the century,” a Vatican court on Tuesday opened proceedings against Italian Cardinal Angelo Becciu, the Pope’s former chief of staff, and nine other defendants charged with fraud and embezzlement, principally for their roles in a controversial $400 million real estate deal in London.

  • Bosnia’s peace envoy imposes jail terms for genocide denial
    on August 4, 2021 at 1:29 am

    Bosnia’s outgoing international peace overseer decreed amendments to its criminal code on Friday to allow jail terms for the denial of the 1995 Srebrenica genocide, a frequently expressed view among nationalist Serbs.

  • Thousands join Pride event in Hungary as LGBTQ people face growing hostility
    on August 4, 2021 at 1:29 am

    Some 30,000 people have joined the annual Pride celebrations in Budapest on Saturday, organizers say, with attendees marching in colorful outfits across the Hungarian capital in support of inclusion and freedom.

  • Europe tried to boost vaccine takeup with carrots. Now some leaders are breaking out the sticks
    on August 4, 2021 at 1:29 am

    As the pace of Covid-19 vaccinations in Europe shows signs of a slowdown, leaders are racing to find answers to a key dilemma of the rollout’s next phase: how to convince reluctant citizens to roll up their sleeves.

  • J K Rowling Fast Facts
    on August 4, 2021 at 1:29 am

    Read Fast Facts on CNN on the life of J.K. Rowling, and learn more about the author of the Harry Potter book series.

  • Houses of Parliament (Great Britain) FFs
    on August 4, 2021 at 1:29 am

    Read Fast Facts from CNN about Great Britain’s Houses of Parliament, located on the Thames River in London.

  • Floods in London are the latest sign big cities aren’t ready for climate change
    on August 4, 2021 at 1:29 am

    The now-familiar scenes of a city indundated by floods played out in London over the weekend, in a brutal reminder that even some of the world’s richest cities are dangerously unprepared for the kind of extreme weather that is becoming more common because of climate change.

  • Wildfires scorch Spain and cause ‘disaster without precedence’ in Sardinia
    on August 4, 2021 at 1:29 am

    Devastating wildfires have spread across parts of southern Europe, tearing through the Spanish and Greek countryside and forcing around 1,000 people from their homes on the Italian island of Sardinia.

  • Cristiano Ronaldo Fast Facts
    on August 4, 2021 at 1:29 am

    Read CNN’s Fast Facts about soccer player Cristiano Ronaldo to learn more about Portugal’s all-time top international goalscorer.

  • London Underground Fast Facts
    on August 4, 2021 at 1:29 am

    Read CNN’s Fast Facts on the London Underground, also known as “The Tube,” the oldest subway or metro transit system in the world.

  • Malta’s government must bear responsibility for journalist’s assassination, inquiry finds
    on August 4, 2021 at 1:29 am

    Malta’s government must bear responsibility for creating an “atmosphere of impunity” that contributed to the murder of journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia, an independent inquiry has found.

  • Carrie and Boris Johnson are expecting a second baby after miscarriage heartbreak
    on August 4, 2021 at 1:29 am

    Carrie Johnson, the wife of UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson, has announced the couple are expecting their second child in December.

  • Berlin Wall Fast Facts
    on August 4, 2021 at 1:29 am

    Read CNN’s Berlin Wall Fast Facts and learn more about the symbol of the Cold War and East/West relations. The Wall stood from 1961 to 1989.

  • Tracking Covid-19 cases in the US
    on August 4, 2021 at 1:29 am
  • Head of Belarusian exile group found dead in Ukraine
    on August 4, 2021 at 1:29 am

    A Belarusian dissident who helped his countrymen flee persecution was found dead in a park on Tuesday in the Ukrainian capital of Kiev, where police have launched a murder investigation.

  • Tracking Covid-19 vaccines in the US
    on August 4, 2021 at 1:29 am
  • Romano Prodi Fast Facts
    on August 4, 2021 at 1:29 am

    Read CNN’s Fast Facts about Romano Prodi and learn more about the former prime minister of Italy.

  • Heat Emergency Brings Record Temperature and Fires to Southern Europe
    by Niki Kitsantonis on August 3, 2021 at 4:47 pm

    Greece experienced its hottest day on record this week, and wildfires raged across the region, leaving much of Southern Europe struggling to cope.

  • A decade after the riots, so little has been learned
    by Letters on August 3, 2021 at 4:38 pm

    Keith Flett on enduring anger at a system that delivers for the few, Prof Joe Sim on punitive retribution, and Andy Stelman on lessons unlearnedOn 4 August it will be 10 years since police shot dead Mark Duggan in Tottenham Hale (Conditions that led to 2011 riots still exist today, experts warn, 30 July). It is true that things have changed since the shooting and the events that followed it. Tottenham became a centre for craft beer and London’s only urban cheesemaker. New multi-storey flats surround my central Tottenham abode, very few affordable for existing inhabitants.But none of that, as David Lammy argues (A decade after Tottenham burned, social alienation means riots could happen again, 30 July), is of much use to those – far too many – who have to rely on food banks to get by and whose future job opportunities look difficult at best. Continue reading…

  • Covid drug could help reduce heavy menstrual bleeding
    by Nicola Davis Science correspondent on August 3, 2021 at 4:35 pm

    Trial suggests anti-inflammatory dexamethasone may offer welcome alternative to intra-uterine systemResearchers hope a steroid that shot to prominence during the Covid pandemic may help reduce blood loss in those who experience heavy periods.The cheap anti-inflammatory dexamethasone was discovered to improve survival rates among patients critically ill with Covid. It is also used for conditions including severe asthma and certain forms of arthritis. Continue reading…

  • Vitaly Shishov, Belarusian Activist, Is Found Dead in Ukraine Park
    by Anton Troianovski and Megan Specia on August 3, 2021 at 4:20 pm

    The police began an investigation after Vitaly Shishov went missing in Kyiv and was found dead in a park near his home.

  • Belarus Sprinter Becomes an Unlikely Dissident
    by Valerie Hopkins and Tariq Panja on August 3, 2021 at 4:14 pm

    An Instagram complaint against her coaches embroiled Kristina Timanovskaya in the precarious politics of her home country, and may force her into asylum

  • Scotland to lift most coronavirus restrictions from 9 August – video
    on August 3, 2021 at 3:51 pm

    Nicola Sturgeon said the legal requirement for social distancing in Scotland would be removed from next week. She confirmed the country would move beyond level 0 of the Scottish government’s five-tier system of Covid controls from 9 August. But setting out what she described as ‘sensible and cautious’ mitigations, Sturgeon said face coverings would remain mandatory in all indoor settings, and that it would remain a requirement for indoor hospitality and similar venues to collect customers’ contact detailsScotland to scrap social distancing amid plan to lift most Covid rulesContinue reading…

  • Sturgeon expects Covid jab to be recommended for 16- and 17-year-olds
    by Libby Brooks Scotland correspondent on August 3, 2021 at 3:49 pm

    Scotland’s first minister says she is ‘veering towards expecting’ new advice from JCVI on vaccines for young people across UKCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageNicola Sturgeon has suggested that new advice from the UK’s Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) in the coming days will recommend opening up the vaccine programme to 16- and 17-year-olds across the UK.Making a statement to the Scottish parliament on Tuesday afternoon, Sturgeon told MSPs that she was “hoping” to get the updated advice from the JCVI “over the next day or so”. Continue reading…

  • Civil servant who lost MoD files at a bus stop was to be UK’s ambassador to Nato
    by Dan Sabbagh Defence and security editor on August 3, 2021 at 3:16 pm

    Angus Lapsley’s promotion not ruled out despite his mislaying secret documents in KentThe senior civil servant who misplaced 50 pages of classified Ministry of Defence documents, which were later found at a bus stop in Kent, was being lined up to be appointed the UK’s ambassador to Nato at the time of the incident, according to two government sources.The elevation of Angus Lapsley is now understood to be unlikely but not definitely ruled out in light of the unfortunate episode, in which the mislaid paperwork – some of which was marked secret – discussed sensitive deployments in Afghanistan and the Black Sea. Continue reading…

  • ‘We’re on your side’: Boris Johnson backs Belarus opposition leader – video
    on August 3, 2021 at 2:32 pm

    The British prime minister has given his full support to Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya, who is at the forefront of efforts to restore democracy in the face of a crackdown on civil society in Belarus. Hosting Tsikhanouskaya in Downing Street hours after the head of a group that helps Belarusians fleeing persecution was found dead in a park in Kyiv, Ukraine’s capital, Johnson said: ‘We strongly support you, strongly support Belarus, the Belarusian people.’ Outside No 10, Tsikhanouskaya told reporters she would be undeterred in fighting for free and fair elections in BelarusUK is on your side, Boris Johnson tells Belarus opposition leaderContinue reading…

  • UK is on your side, Boris Johnson tells Belarus opposition leader
    by Aubrey Allegretti Political correspondent on August 3, 2021 at 2:27 pm

    PM gives full support to Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya and others’ efforts to bring down Lukashenko regimeThe UK is on the side of Belarusian opposition leaders trying to bring down the tyrannical regime led by Alexander Lukashenko, Boris Johnson has said.The prime minister gave his full support to Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya, who is at the forefront of efforts to restore democracy in the face of a crackdown on civil society in the east European country. Continue reading…

  • Scotland to scrap social distancing amid plan to lift most Covid rules
    by Libby Brooks Scotland correspondent on August 3, 2021 at 2:06 pm

    Nicola Sturgeon confirms blanket self-isolation measures for school pupils will also end from 9 August Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe legal requirement for physical distancing in Scotland will be removed from next week, Nicola Sturgeon has said, as she confirmed the country would move beyond level 0 of the Scottish government’s five-tier system of Covid controls from 9 August.Blanket self-isolation for school pupils will also be scrapped: when Scottish schools return over the next two weeks, school pupils will no longer be required to isolate for 10 days when someone in their bubble tests positive for Covid, as long as they test negative themselves. But face coverings for secondary school children will remain mandatory in classrooms and around school buildings. Continue reading…

  • Olympic Sprinter From Belarus Seeks Refuge in Japan, Fearing Jail at Home
    by Valerie Hopkins on August 3, 2021 at 1:56 pm

    Belarus tried to force the sprinter, Kristina Timanovskaya, to return home after she criticized her coaches for registering her for the wrong event.

  • Your Monday Briefing
    by Whet Moser on August 3, 2021 at 1:55 pm

    French protests over Covid passes.

  • Russia Scoffs at Tokyo Olympics Ban: ‘Let Them Listen to Classical Music’
    by Andrew E. Kramer on August 3, 2021 at 1:50 pm

    Sports fans and officials in the country have no trouble seeing through the thin fiction of a doping-related ban on their national symbols at the Tokyo Olympics.

  • Racists told ‘stay away’ from Ben Nevis after banner unfurling
    by Libby Brooks Scotland correspondent on August 3, 2021 at 1:43 pm

    Members of far-right group in Scotland displayed ‘white lives matter’ sign atop UK’s highest peakRacists have been warned to stay away from Ben Nevis after a far-right group unfurled a “white lives matter” banner at the top of Scotland’s highest mountain peak on Sunday.Politicians, anti-racism campaigners, environmentalists and mountain rescue experts united to condemn the action by Patriotic Alternative, a UK white-nationalist group founded by Mark Collett, the British National party’s former director of publicity. Continue reading…

  • UK public’s inflation expectations have leapt, survey finds
    by Phillip Inman on August 3, 2021 at 1:32 pm

    Prediction of 3.1% in Citi/YouGov poll comes days before Bank of England meeting on interest ratesThe British public expects inflation to jump over the coming year before it stabilises, according to a survey conducted days before the Bank of England makes its own assessment of whether it should impose higher borrowing charges to calm rising consumer prices.The Citi/YouGov poll showed public inflation expectations for the next 12 months rose to 3.1% in July from 2.8% in June, taking this measure further above its long-run average, though below a peak of 3.8% reported last December. Continue reading…

  • UK finance giants plan to buy out fossil fuel plants in order to shut them
    by Jillian Ambrose on August 3, 2021 at 1:25 pm

    Climate campaigners say HSBC’s involvement is ‘cynical’ attempt to distract from investments in coal powerA group of the UK’s biggest financial institutions plan to hasten the phasing out of coal power in Asia by buying out fossil fuel plants in order to shut them down within 15 years.Finance companies including lenders HSBC, Citi and BlackRock Real Assets together with UK insurer Prudential are working with the Asian Development Bank on the plans, according to a report by Reuters. There have also been “promising” early talks with Asian governments and multilateral banks. Continue reading…

  • Drug poisoning deaths in England and Wales reach record high
    by Sarah Marsh and Severin Carrell on August 3, 2021 at 1:18 pm

    Charities warn of a public health emergency after data shows 4,561 deaths in 2020 – up 3.8% on previous yearDeaths from drug poisoning in England and Wales have reached a record high, with a growing number of people dying after using cocaine and opiates, data shows.Charities said the figures showed there was a public health emergency, with the pandemic negatively affecting those with addiction problems. In 2020, 4,561 people died from drug poisoning – the equivalent of 79.5 deaths per million people. This is 3.8% higher than figures for 2019 and the highest number since records began in 1993. Continue reading…

  • ‘We are exhausted’: UK parents describe childcare challenges they face
    by Jedidajah Otte on August 3, 2021 at 12:35 pm

    Many are unable to secure summer holiday provision as effects of pandemic continueCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageAfter a poll revealed that nearly two-thirds of working mothers do not have enough childcare during the school summer holidays this year, three parents describe the childcare challenges they will be facing this summer, and how they have been affected since the pandemic began.Marie, 40, from Sheffield, is mainly struggling to secure adequate holiday childcare for her three-year-old. Continue reading…

  • Looking for St. Mark’s Square? You May Find Yourself in a Shipyard Instead.
    by Jason Horowitz on August 3, 2021 at 12:15 pm

    As Venice’s ban on cruise ships took effect this weekend, some tourists were surprised to be docked hours away from the city’s famous sights.

  • Noel Clarke quits his own production company following sexual misconduct allegations
    by Hannah J Davies on August 3, 2021 at 11:14 am

    The film and TV actor has left Unstoppable Film and TV after more than 20 women accused him of bullying and harassmentNoel Clarke has left his production company, Unstoppable Film and TV, after allegations of bullying and sexual misconduct first reported in the Guardian in April.Clarke, 45, has left the firm – which produced his Sky series Bulletproof as well as films including Adulthood and Brotherhood – along with co-founder Jason Maza, 34. The company was founded by the pair in 2017, and was backed by the “super indie” distributor All3Media, who confirmed their departure in a statement to Variety. Clarke and Maza had been suspended from the company after the Guardian’s initial reporting. Continue reading…

  • Sturgeon on brink of cooperation deal with Scottish Greens
    by Severin Carrell Scotland editor on August 3, 2021 at 11:10 am

    Exclusive: agreement would cement a pro-independence majority at Holyrood and may give Greens ministerial seatsNicola Sturgeon is on the brink of signing a deal with the Scottish Greens that would cement a pro-independence majority at Holyrood and may see the Greens taking ministerial seats.The Guardian understands a final agreement is close to being signed, with preparations under way to put the deal to Sturgeon’s cabinet as early as next Tuesday. Continue reading…

  • Brain-damaged toddler gets visa to go to US for medical assessment
    by Harriet Sherwood on August 3, 2021 at 10:51 am

    Alta Fixsler subject of legal battle between ultra-Orthodox Jewish parents and NHS trustThe parents of a brain-damaged two-year-old girl are hoping to take her to the US for medical assessment after being granted a visa.Alta Fixsler, who was born in the UK, is the subject of a legal battle between Manchester University NHS foundation trust where she has been cared for since birth and her ultra-Orthodox Jewish parents who say withdrawal of treatment is against their religious beliefs. Continue reading…

  • Germany Will Offer Vaccine Booster Shots Starting in September
    by Katrin Bennhold on August 3, 2021 at 10:24 am

    In rich countries, the momentum is growing for giving additional doses to the fully vaccinated, though many experts say the focus should be on getting first doses to people around the world.

  • Black barrister to lead independent police oversight board
    by Vikram Dodd Police and crime correspondent on August 3, 2021 at 5:01 am

    Scrutiny board headed by Abimbola Johnson among initiatives that show police accept they need to changePolice chiefs hoping to pull themselves out of a race crisis have appointed a new tsar who has previously said black people fear calling on officers for help.Barrister Abimbola Johnson will chair a new independent scrutiny and oversight board as part of a promised suite of changes to policing meant to boost confidence among minority ethnic groups. Continue reading…

  • Hopes UK trial will allay pregnant women’s Covid vaccine concerns
    by Nicola Davis Science correspondent on August 3, 2021 at 5:01 am

    Researchers aim to determine optimal gap between doses as well as explore potential side-effects in more detailCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe optimal vaccination schedule to protect pregnant women against Covid-19 is to be explored in a UK clinical trial researchers hope will also allay concerns about getting the jab.Last week, Prof Jacqueline Dunkley-Bent, chief midwifery officer for England, urged expectant mothers to get vaccinated as soon as possible, with evidence suggesting the Delta variant poses a significantly greater risk to pregnant women than previous forms of the virus. Continue reading…

  • Orford Ness: the apocalyptic art zone at war with nature
    by Claire Armitstead on August 3, 2021 at 5:00 am

    UFO sightings, a Nazi invasion, nerve gas trials, unexploded bombs … the strange Suffolk enclave of Orford Ness has always inspired artists, and now it hosts the most unsettling project yet It is one of Britain’s strangest landscapes, a spit of land off the Suffolk coast littered with the rusting junk of a mysterious and sinister past. Over the decades, musicians, film-makers, artists and writers have been sucked into its ghostly orbit, captivated by what the great existential wanderer WG Sebald imagined as “the remains of our own civilisation after its extinction in some future catastrophe”.It’s now a nature reserve, but for much of the 20th century, Orford Ness was forbidden territory, sealed off for military purposes from the village whose picture-book church and castle can be seen from its desolate shingle beach. In 2014, Anya Gallaccio captured the decades of anxiety surrounding Ness with a series of hugely magnified photographs of a pebble believed to have been fractured by first world war bomb experiments. Jamiroquai used its strange colonnaded pagodas – designed in the 1950s to collapse in on themselves if a nuclear experiment went wrong – for the dystopian video of Automaton. Continue reading…

  • Call for action as UK driver shortage hits supermarket shelves
    by Gwyn Topham on August 3, 2021 at 5:00 am

    Situation likely to continue unless government does more to tackle issue, suppliers warnGaps on supermarket shelves are likely to continue for several months unless the government does more to tackle the labour crisis hitting haulage firms, suppliers have warned.Logistics and hauliers’ organisations said August would be a pinch point in the shortage as workers take summer breaks, while firms offering bonuses and sign-on fees to recruit drivers were not helping matters. Continue reading…

  • Attacking lifeboats may seem like a new low, but the right craves a ‘migrant crisis’ | Daniel Trilling
    by Daniel Trilling on August 3, 2021 at 5:00 am

    It will take more than the RNLI’s surge in donations to end the demonisation of asylum seekersIf your politics involves frequent attacks on beloved national institutions, no matter how much you claim to be defending them from subversion, you risk looking like you simply dislike them. That is a problem for rightwing culture warriors who purport to stand up for a patriotic, socially conservative majority, against a tiny liberal elite that maintains an iron grip on the levers of power.After several years of increasingly outlandish rhetorical assaults – on the BBC, the National Trust, the England football team – it has begun to seem as if the culture warriors are starting to run aground. Continue reading…

  • Your Tuesday Briefing
    by Victoria Shannon on August 3, 2021 at 3:36 am

    Germany moves ahead on booster vaccinations.

  • Welsh government plans polling stations in schools for teenagers
    by Steven Morris on August 2, 2021 at 11:01 pm

    Pilot proposals to make access easier follow legislation giving 16- and 17-year-olds right to voteTeenagers in Wales may be able to vote at their own schools and colleges during breaks from lessons, and shoppers could exercise their democratic right while they are picking up their groceries, under new proposals from the Welsh government.The Labour-led administration is working with local authorities in an effort to introduce pilot schemes of more flexible voting at next year’s council elections. Continue reading…

  • Dizzee Rascal charged with assault after domestic argument
    by Nicola Slawson on August 2, 2021 at 8:20 pm

    The rapper and producer is on bail after an incident at a residential address in StreathamDizzee Rascal, the award-winning rapper and producer whose real name is Dylan Mills, has been charged with assaulting a woman following a domestic argument.In a statement, the Metropolitan police said: “Dylan Mills, 36, of Sevenoaks, Kent, has been charged with assault after an incident at a residential address in Streatham on 8 June. Officers attended and a woman reported minor injuries. She did not require hospital treatment.” Continue reading…