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UK to announce biggest asylum overhaul ‘in decades’

The British government on Wednesday launched plans for what it said would be the biggest overhaul of asylum rules in decades, saying the current system was “overwhelmed”. Interior minister Priti Patel said “The New Plan for Immigration” would be based “on genuine need of refuge, not on the ability to pay people smugglers”, but drew fire from refugee groups, reports ...

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Harry to become chief impact officer at US coaching firm BetterUp

The Duke of Sussex is to become chief impact officer at the US coaching and mental health firm, BetterUp. Prince Harry said in a statement that he was “really excited” about taking on the new role. His exact duties, hours and any payment are not clear. It is his latest job move after he and the Duchess of Sussex stepped ...

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Covid: ‘Single biggest false assumption we made was asymptomatic transmission’, says PM as UK marks day of reflection

Boris Johnson announces a national lockdown on 23rd March 2020 A lack of understanding about coronavirus asymptomatic transmission, inadequate testing and allowing people to travel into the UK from Europe all contributed to Covid rates during the first wave, the prime minister and his top scientists have said. Speaking at a Downing Street news briefing on the anniversary of the ...

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Covid: 112 more deaths in UK as another 5,379 positive coronavirus cases recorded

Staff observe a minute’s silence outside the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital in Glasgow at midday today A further 112 people have died within 28 days of a positive Covid-19 test and another 5,379 lab-confirmed cases have been recorded. It comes after the UK recorded the lowest daily rise in reported Covid deaths in more than five months. On Monday, the ...

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Covid: 13 arrested as thousands of anti-coronavirus lockdown protesters march through London

Hundreds of protesters waving signs marched through central London today after meeting earlier in the afternoon in Hyde Park Thirteen arrests have been made after thousands of anti-coronavirus lockdown protesters marched through London. Demonstrators carried placards with slogans such as “Fear Westmonster not the virus” and “Stop destroying our kids’ lives”, while others argued the restrictions designed to reduce transmission ...

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Queen Elizabeth II’s birthday parade cancelled for 2nd year

The annual military parade in central London for Queen Elizabeth II’s official birthday has been cancelled for a second year owing to the coronavirus pandemic, Buckingham Palace said Friday. The “Trooping the Colour” event in June normally features hundreds of personnel from Britain’s most prestigious regiments for a centuries-old spectacle of pageantry in front of thousands of spectators, reports AFP. ...

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Covid: 101 further deaths reported as new coronavirus cases in the UK rise by 4,802

A further 101 people in the UK have died within 28 days of a positive coronavirus test, according to official figures. It brings the total UK death toll to 126,026. Separate figures published by the UK’s statistics agencies for deaths where Covid-19 has been mentioned on the death certificate, together with additional data on deaths that have occurred in recent ...

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British envoy Dickson pays tribute to Bangabandhu

British High Commissioner to Bangladesh Robert Chatterton Dickson on Wednesday paid tribute to Father of the Bengali Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman on the 101st birth anniversary of the founding father of Bangladesh. In a tweet message he wrote, “On his 101st birthday, a tribute to Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and his efforts to build Bangladesh based on constitutional principles of ...

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