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‘Humiliated’: African man wrapped entirely in cling film then deported on plane by Turkish officials

A Cameroonian businessman has said he was left “humiliated” when his entire body was wrapped in plastic as he was deported on a flight from Turkey. Footage shows Emmanuel Chedjou, 47, shouting for help and struggling to free himself from the plastic film, which is used to wrap luggage at airports. His wrists were bound by plastic ties, metal cuffs had been locked around his → Read More

Antisemitic parade in Belgian city depicting Jews with hooked noses ‘just fun,’ mayor’s spokesman says

A Belgian carnival parade featuring caricatures of Jews for the second year in a row has been defended as “just fun” by a spokesperson for the city’s mayor. The Aalst Carnival parade, which was denounced as “hateful” by Israel’s foreign minister, went ahead on Sunday despite accusations of antisemitism and racism last year over depictions of Orthodox Jews with bags of money. → Read More

Iran’s deputy health minister ‘tests positive’ for coronavirus

Iran‘s deputy health minister has tested positive for coronavirus, the semi-official news agency ILNA has reported. Iraj Harichi had been infected with the disease, also known as Covid-19, and was placed under quarantine, a spokesman for Iran’s health ministry said on state TV. The death toll from the disease in Iran rose to 16 on Tuesday. → Read More

Harvey Weinstein taken to hospital ‘with chest pains’ after rape conviction

Harvey Weinstein has been admitted to hospital reportedly because he felt chest pains after being convicted of rape and sexual assault. The former film producer was found guilty of forcefully performing oral sex on Mimi Haleyi, a former production assistant, in 2006 and of raping an aspiring actoress in 2013. → Read More

Coronavirus news live: Latest updates as flight carrying quarantined cruise ship passengers lands in US

A plane carrying American passengers who were quarantined on a cruise ship in Japan over coronavirus fears has landed at an air force base in California, with 14 evacuees testing positive for the deadly disease. The evacuation cut short their 14-day quarantine on board the Diamond Princess and the evacuees will now need to go through another two weeks of isolation. → Read More

Coronavirus news – live: NHS says more people may need to self-isolate as Uber-A&E trip prompts fears and outbreak shows no signs of slowing

The coronavirus outbreak shows no sign of slowing after more than 5,000 new cases were reported. More people in the UK may need to self-isolate in a bid to stop the spread of the deadly disease, the chief executive of the NHS warned as more than 80 people were allowed to leave quarantine following 14 days in isolation. Meanwhile, it emerged the woman who is the UK’s ninth case → Read More

Coronavirus evacuees celebrate leaving 14-day quarantine: ‘We’re free!’

More than 80 people evacuated to the UK from the Chinese city at the centre of the coronavirus outbreak have celebrated the end of two weeks in quarantine. “We’re free,” shouted one man, Matt Raw, as he left isolation at Arrowe Park Hospital in the Wirral, Merseyside, on Thursday. The 38-year-old was among the first group of people to be flown out of Wuhan by the Foreign → Read More

Coronavirus news – live: London Underground could be hotbed for spread of virus, doctors warn, after record rise in China death toll

The London Underground could be a hotbed for the spread of the coronavirus, doctors have warned, after a woman in the capital became the ninth person to test positive for the deadly disease. Meanwhile the Chinese province at the epicentre of the outbreak reported a record rise in the death toll under a new diagnostic method, with 242 deaths recorded on Wednesday, taking the → Read More

Coronavirus news – live: Death toll passes 1,000 as British officials hunting patients of two healthcare workers among eight people infected

The death toll from the coronavirus epidemic has reached over 1,000 as British officials worked to trace the patients of two healthcare workers in the UK who have been diagnosed with the disease. The pair, who are among eight people to have tested positive for the virus in the UK, are believed to have been in contact with around a dozen patients while working in general → Read More

Storm Ciara: Driver killed by falling tree, as government criticised over flood preparedness

A driver was killed when a tree fell on to his car during Storm Ciara, police revealed on Monday, as forecasters warned of still more hazardous weather ahead. The government has made available emergency financial aid for areas wrecked by the weather with Robert Jenrick, the local government secretary, saying: “I have activated the emergency Bellwin scheme to support → Read More

Trump news – live: Fury as president blows up sacred Native American burial plots and plans to divert another $2bn from budget to pay for border wall

Donald Trump is expected to propose a 21 per cent reduction in foreign aid and cuts to social safety-net programmes in his $4.8 trillion (£3.7 trillion) budget proposal for the 2021 fiscal year. The US president is also seeking $2bn (£1.5bn) to fund further construction of a wall along the US border with Mexico, a promise he made during his campaign for the presidency in 2016. → Read More

Coronavirus: Boris Johnson attacked over ‘shambolic’ response to outbreak after failing to contact China

Labour has branded the government’s response to the coronavirus outbreak “shambolic” after it emerged that Boris Johnson’s father Stanley passed on a message from the ambassador of China expressing concern that the prime minister had not yet been in touch with Beijing about the crisis. → Read More

Grenfell Tower inquiry: Corporate witnesses must be given immunity from prosecution, chair says

The chair of the inquiry into the Grenfell Tower fire has asked the attorney general for a pledge to prevent oral evidence given by corporate witnesses from being used to prosecute them in the future. Sir Martin Moore-Bick wrote to Geoffrey Cox QC requesting a pledge which will stop any evidence given in person by staff involved in the block’s refurbishment from being used → Read More

‘Heaviest rain in years’ strikes Australia after months of catastrophic wildfires

Heavy rain is pouring on parts of Australia which have been ravaged by wildfires over the last few months, offering a brief respite from the fire season. The Bureau of Meteorology has issued flood alerts for more than 20 areas in New South Wales (NSW), with rainfall expected to last several days. The deluge, described by Sky News' weather chief Tom Saunders as "the heaviest → Read More

Boris Johnson’s father meets with Chinese officials to discuss coronavirus

Chinese officials were concerned Boris Johnson had apparently not sent a personal message of support to Beijing over the coronavirus outbreak, his father has revealed in an accidental email to the BBC. Stanley Johnson met Chinese ambassador Liu Xiaoming and emailed his worries to British officials, but copied in the BBC. → Read More

Prince Andrew: Lawyers for Jeffrey Epstein's victims demand royal is exchanged for Anne Sacoolas

A lawyer acting on behalf of six women in the Jeffrey Epstein scandal has called for the alleged killer of Harry Dunn to return to the UK and for the Duke of York to face questioning from the FBI in the US. More follows → Read More

UK weather: Storm Ciara to bring 80mph winds as Met Office issues warnings for whole country

The Met Office has warned “very strong winds” will be felt throughout the country as Storm Ciara is set to hit the UK. Forecasters have issued a yellow weather warning covering the entirety of England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, lasting from 6pm on Saturday until the end of Sunday, in what is the third storm to hit the UK in recent months. Gales of up to 80mph are → Read More

Reece Dempster: Burglar admits murdering and sexually assaulting 89-year-old widow in her bed

A burglar has admitted murdering and sexually assaulting an 89-year-old woman in her home in north London. Reece Dempster, 23, changed his pleas to three offences mid-way through his trial at the Old Bailey. More follows → Read More

Alcohol-related hospital admissions rise 60% over decade, NHS figures show

The number of alcohol-related hospital admissions has risen by 60 per cent in the last decade, figures show. At least 1.3 million people were admitted to hospital with a primary or secondary diagnosis linked to alcohol in 2018, according to a report from NHS Digital. The figure represents 7.4 per cent of all hospital admissions across the country. → Read More

Coronavirus: Britons told to leave China as death toll rises and over 20,000 infected around globe

The Foreign Office has advised British people to leave China amid the coronavirus outbreak, which has killed more than 420 people. Dominic Raab, the foreign secretary, said: “The safety and security of British people will always be our top priority. As such, we now advise British Nationals in China to leave the country if they can, to minimise their risk of exposure to the → Read More