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Ministers are considering tough new coronavirus restrictions as Boris Johnson said the long-feared the second wave of the pandemic has arrived in the UK. With new cases of the disease in England estimated to have doubled over the past week, the Prime Minister said they were keeping “everything under review”. He is facing calls from […]

US supreme court justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a towering women’s rights champion who became the court’s second female justice, has died aged 87 at her home in Washington. A statement from the court said Ms Ginsburg died as a result of complications from metastatic pancreatic cancer. Her death just over six weeks before US election […]

Visitors to care homes in areas with high numbers of coronavirus cases will continue to be constantly supervised as part of the Government’s adult social care winter action plan. Any facility listed by Public Health England’s (PHE) surveillance report as being an area of intervention should immediately move to stop visiting, except in “exceptional circumstances”, […]

Tough new measures to control the spread of coronavirus have come into effect in the north-east of England, taking the total number of people across the UK in lockdown to more than 10 million. The new restrictions cover Northumberland, North Tyneside, South Tyneside, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Gateshead, Sunderland and County Durham and began at midnight. Residents are […]

Huge parts of England’s North West, West Yorkshire and the Midlands face tough new restrictions from Tuesday as Matt Hancock refused to rule out a national lockdown. Ministers announced a tightening of rules in response to “major increases” in Covid-19 cases in large areas of the North West and Yorkshire and parts of the Midlands. […]

The European Commission chief has said she is “convinced” a trade deal remains possible with the UK but called Boris Johnson’s attempt to override the Brexit treaty an “unpleasant surprise”. Ursula von der Leyen, in comments made to reporters, said Downing Street’s controversial UK Internal Market Bill had “distracted very strongly” from the two sides […]

Like any music, jazz has its revolutions; its sudden incidents in infrastructure; its disruptive presences of unprecedented sound. Mostly it’s slower than that, though, with years and generations of accretions before it seems to call for new vocabulary. That’s one way to look at Winter Rockfest, whose latest incarnation occupied a dozen or so venues […]


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