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US President Donald Trump said he will take action as soon as Saturday to ban TikTok, a popular Chinese-owned video app that has been a source of national security and censorship concerns. He told reporters on Air Force One as he returned from Florida: “As far as TikTok is concerned, we’re banning them from the […]

Chernobyl and Channel 4 comedies Stath Lets Flats and The End Of The World were the big winners at the Bafta TV Awards, securing two gongs each. Jared Harris earned the best leading actor prize for playing Valery Legasov in Sky Atlantic drama Chernobyl while the show also came out top in the best mini-series […]

Businesses expecting to reopen in England have been told to keep their doors shut by Boris Johnson on the day the furlough scheme preventing job losses begins winding down. Beauty salons, bowling alleys and other leisure venues were scheduled to welcome customers on Saturday for the first time since the coronavirus lockdown, while small wedding […]

A further easing of lockdown across England has been postponed as the Prime Minister warned the country “cannot be complacent” amid a rise in the prevalence of coronavirus in the community. Measures due to be lifted on Saturday, including allowing small wedding receptions and reopening bowling alleys and casinos, have been postponed for at least […]

Moray MP Douglas Ross is “likely to be a candidate in the contest” to be leader of the Scottish Conservatives following Jackson Carlaw’s sudden resignation.   After less than six months in the job, Mr Carlaw on Thursday said he made the “painful decision” after realising he was not the best person to lead the […]

Pubs, cafes and restaurants can reopen in Leicester from Monday after the announcement lockdown measures would be eased.   Liz Kendall, Labour MP for Leicester West, said that despite an “unbelievably difficult period” for the city, the hard work and sacrifice of residents had paid off. The Department for Health and Social Care said hairdressers, […]

People from different households in Greater Manchester, parts of east Lancashire and West Yorkshire have been banned from meeting each other inside their homes or in gardens following a spike in virus cases.   The new rules also ban members of two different households from mixing in pubs, restaurants and other hospitality venues, but these […]

A coalition of charities is urging the Chancellor to protect the jobs of workers who have been shielding, warning they will be put in an “impossible position” when restrictions ease.   An open letter to Rishi Sunak signed by 15 charities, including Age UK and Macmillan Cancer Support, raises concerns that those who have been […]

Scotland’s First Minister will announce if children can expect to be back in the classroom full-time from August 11. Schools were closed to most pupils at the end of March as coronavirus struck, with youngsters switching to an online-based learning model. Nicola Sturgeon will address MSPs at 12.20pm on Thursday, following the three-week review of […]

People who are overweight in early adult life may be more prone to dementia in later life, a study suggests. Those aged 20 to 49 who have a high body mass index have a higher risk of dementia later on, the authors said. Researchers from Columbia University in the US studied data on more than […]


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