April 23, 2021
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Priti Patel backs tough police crackdown on nation’s lockdown rule breakers

express– Home Secretary Ms Patel said police are under strict orders to hand out fines to anyone flouting the rules. She insisted officers would tackle those “putting the health of the nation at risk by not following the rules”. It comes as a senior police chief said people need to “accept the personal responsibility to […]
Europe

Russian riot police arrest renegade priest in convent raid

theguardian– Riot police in Russia have arrested a renegade priest in a raid on a convent in the Urals region. Father Sergiy, whose real name is Nikolai Romanov, gained notoriety earlier this year after denying the existence of the Covid-19 pandemic, railing against church closures during the lockdown and criticising the Russian Orthodox Church. He seized […]
Europe

Boris Johnson urges Tory MPs to back Brexit deal as full text published

theguardian– The EU and the UK government have published the full text of the Brexit trade deal less than a week before it is due to be implemented, as Boris Johnson urged his backbenchers to support the agreement when it reaches parliament next week. The deal, which comes to more than 1,250 pages, will be voted […]
Europe

Boris Johnson to hold press conference today amid rising Covid infections

independent– Boris Johnson will address the nation later today at a press conference as scientists confirmed that a new variant of coronavirus was spreading more rapidly in England. With just days remaining until a relaxation of rules for Christmas gatherings, the prime minister is expected to outline concerns over increasing cases of Covid-19 alongside
Business Europe

Retail sales slump in November amid lockdown

independent– Retail sales in Britain slumped in November for the first time in six months amid the closure of non-essential shops, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) has said. Sales figures were 3.8 per cent lower last month they were in October, a marginally better outcome than the 4.1 per cent drop predicted by analysts. Despite the decline, […]
Europe

Brexit trade talks may continue after MEPs’ deadline, says France

theguardian– The European parliament’s Sunday deadline may pass without agreement on a post-Brexit trade and security deal, France’s European affairs minister, Clément Beaune, has said, as British and EU negotiators continued to haggle over fishing rights. MEPs have said they will stage a vote of consent on 28 December if terms are agreed by the […]
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Coronavirus: European nations tighten restrictions ahead of Christmas

bbc– A number of European countries have tightened coronavirus restrictions ahead of Christmas following a surge of infections in recent weeks. The Netherlands has entered a five-week lockdown, with non-essential shops, theatres and gyms all closing. Germany, meanwhile, will enter a hard lockdown from Wednesday after the number of infections hit record levels. France