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Recent articles by Tom:

Fuel truck drives at protesters as Trump remains out of sight in night of fresh rage across US cities

Cities across the US have seen another night of chaotic protests over American racial disparities and police brutality against black men. → Read More

Liverpool deputy mayor accused of using 'Cummings Defence' as she faces probe over apparent lockdown garden party

The deputy mayor of Liverpool has temporarily stepped down after video emerged showing an apparent party in her garden during lockdown. Lynnie Hinnigan, a Labour councillor, denied it was party, and that instead guests had just dropped off gifts as a surprise organised by her daughter for her 50th birthday. → Read More

Trump demands Republican convention 'with no masks or social distancing' despite coronavirus pandemic

Donald Trump is demanding a packed Republican national convention with "no face coverings and no social distancing", North Carolina's governor's office has said. The US president spoke with Democratic Roy Cooper by phone, the office revealed, where they discussed the scheduled August convention in Charlotte. → Read More

George Floyd death: Wife of officer charged with murder files for divorce

The wife of the police officer charged with murder over the death of George Floyd has filed for divorce. In a statement, Kellie Chauvin's lawyer said she expressed her condolences to the family of Mr Floyd, a black man who was killed while pleading for air as the officer pressed a knee into his neck for several minutes during an arrest. → Read More

George Floyd death: Teenager shot dead in Detroit as protests rage in cities across US

A teenager has been killed after police said shots were fired at a crowd of people protesting the death of George Floyd. The 19-year-old was pronounced dead at a hospital following the shooting near Detroit's Greektown entertainment district on Friday night, a police department spokeswoman said. Sergeant Nicole Kirkwood said officers were confronted by dozens of protesters → Read More

Hundreds of animals in Welsh zoo may have to be killed due to lack of funds amid coronavirus pandemic, owners say

A Welsh zoo has said it may be forced to kill hundreds of animals it says are at risk of starvation due to a lack of funds. The owners of Borth Wild Animal Kingdom, Tracy and Dean Tweedy, fear they only have enough money for one week amid the coronavirus lockdown. → Read More

Epstein: Up to 130 people come forward claiming they could be child of dead financier with £470m fortune

More than 100 people claim they could be the offspring of the deceased financier Jeffrey Epstein, who is thought to have had a personal fortune of around £470 million. A DNA company, which set up a website called, said as many as 130 people had come forward – including a number of Britons – since the site’s launch. → Read More

Hospital angrily denies snake discovered in operating theatre, insists only monkey was there

A hospital in Trinidad and Tobago has admitted a monkey was discovered inside the building, but angrily denied a snake was with it too. The simian was reportedly spotted in Port-of-Spain General Hospital's operating theatre early on Friday by medical staff, who were preparing to resume elective surgeries following a three-month interruption due to coronavirus. → Read More

Republican congressman begs Trump to stop promoting baseless Scarborough murder conspiracy: 'You will destroy us'

A Republican congressman has pleaded with Donald Trump to stop “creating paranoia” by spreading a false murder conspiracy theory about an MSNBC host. → Read More

'Hypocrite!': Dominic Cummings heckled by neighbours amid rising fury at 260-mile lockdown trip

Dominic Cummings has been heckled by his own neighbours amid rising anger at his apparent flouting of lockdown rules during the height of the initial wave of the coronavirus. → Read More

Dominic Cummings defends lockdown trip as 'right thing' to do amid calls for him to resign

Dominic Cummings has broken his silence after it emerged he apparently flouted lockdown rules by travelling to Durham with his sick wife and child. "I behaved reasonably and legally," he told reporters, according to the Press Association. He added: “Who cares about good looks. It’s a question of doing the right thing. It’s not about what you guys think.” More follows… → Read More

Coronavirus: Christian TV channel sanctioned by Ofcom after falsely linking 5G to pandemic

A third broadcaster has been sanctioned by Britain’s media watchdog for making potentially harmful claims about coronavirus. Ofcom said the Christian news channel Loveworld made a range of false claims about the pandemic, including touting a conspiracy theory it was being caused by 5G technology. → Read More

Coronavirus: Hospitals in Brazil’s largest city near collapse amid huge spike in cases, mayor says

The healthcare system in Brazil’s largest city is on the verge of collapse due to coronavirus, its mayor has said. Bruno Covas, mayor of Sao Paulo, said public hospitals in the city of 12 million people had already reached 90 per cent capacity, and could run out of space within two weeks. → Read More

Blackburn shooting: Teenager shot dead in 'senseless' attack outside Lidl was law student, local charity says

A teenager shot dead in a "senseless attack" in Blackburn was a student who dreamed of becoming an expert in international law, a local charity has said. → Read More

Coronavirus: Right-wing anti-lockdown protest hailed by Trump featured disturbing ‘hang Fauci’ sign

A disturbing sign calling for the hanging of the White House’s top infectious diseases expert featured at a rally repeatedly praised by Donald Trump. The protest in New York on Thursday against coronavirus lockdown measures made headlines when a local television news reporter received sustained abuse from demonstrators there. → Read More

Trump: IG fired by president was investigating Pompeo over claims he forced subordinate to walk dog and collect dry cleaning

An inspector general fired by Donald Trump was reportedly investigating Mike Pompeo over accusations he forced a subordinate to walk his dog, pick up his dry cleaning and make dinner reservations for him and his wife. → Read More

Coronavirus: Russia asks Google to block article questioning country's official death toll

Russia has asked Google to block a news article which repeats allegations the Kremlin may be underreporting its coronavirus death toll. The article, by online news outlet MBKh Media, refers to a Financial Times report claiming Russia could have 70 per cent more Covid-19 deaths than it reports. → Read More

Pentagon reluctantly comments on hypersonic weapons after Trump brags about new ‘super duper missile’

The Pentagon has reluctantly commented about its development of hypersonic weapons after Donald Trump bragged about the existence of a new “super duper missile”. → Read More

Oil lobbyists representing UK firms push Norway to avoid strict curbs on Arctic drilling

Fossil fuel lobbyists representing UK oil interests are pressuring Norway to ignore proposals that would restrict offshore drilling in Arctic seas teeming with vulnerable and diverse sea life. BP and Centrica, two of Britain’s biggest oil and gas firms, have major stakes in companies pushing to retain access to regions in the Arctic Ocean that experts say are vital to animals → Read More

Morrisons becomes first major retailer to cut petrol prices to below £1 a litre

Morrisons has become the first major retailer to slash its petrol prices to less than £1 per litre. The supermarket has set its price to a maximum 99.7p at its UK forecourts, the first time it has been "sold nationally" for less than £1 in more than four years. It has also cut its diesel price to no more than 104.7p per litre. → Read More