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Israel's defense minister points finger at Iran over explosion on Israeli vessel in Gulf of Oman

Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz has accused Iran of likely being behind Friday's blast on an Israeli-owned transport ship in the Gulf of Oman, saying it's their "initial assessment" that the incident was an Iranian attack.
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M6 closed as huge lorry fire sparks fears of exploding fruit - metro

M6 closed as huge lorry fire sparks fears of exploding fruit

A lorry carrying canned fruit overturned and burst into flames in north Staffordshire.
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Dog thefts soar by 170% during lockdown - channel 4

Dog thefts soar by 170% during lockdown

Police have warned dog owners to be wary about posting their whereabouts on social media in case it reveals their pet's location - in the effort to combat a worrying rise in dog thefts.
channel 4 - 4 hours ago
Anas Sarwar wins Scottish Labour leadership race - channel 4

Anas Sarwar wins Scottish Labour leadership race

Anas Sarwar has become the new leader of the Scottish Labour party - after defeating Monica Lennon in the leadership contest.
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Tributes paid by family to Captain Sir Tom Moore at funeral service - channel 4

Tributes paid by family to Captain Sir Tom Moore at funeral service

The family of Captain Sir Tom Moore have described him as a 'beacon of light and hope to the world' - as they paid tribute at his funeral service in Bedford.
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Chancellor Rishi Sunak says UK economy to face ‘enormous strains’ following lockdown - channel 4

Chancellor Rishi Sunak says UK economy to face ‘enormous strains’ following lockdown

The Chancellor Rishi Sunak has warned that he'll have to make some tough decisions in next week's Budget in order to repair the gaping hole in the public finances caused by the pandemic.
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Police charge at anti-lockdown protesters in Dublin after man launches FIREWORK at officer’s face (VIDEOS) - rt

Police charge at anti-lockdown protesters in Dublin after man launches FIREWORK at officer’s face (VIDEOS)

Hundreds of demonstrators have gathered in Dublin to protest Ireland’s restrictive lockdown policies. But the Saturday gathering soon turned violent, as police were pelted with bottles, cans, and even fireworks.
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Where’s your god now? Study finds atheists no less moral than believers - rt

Where’s your god now? Study finds atheists no less moral than believers

A recent series of surveys found numerous areas of overlap in the morality of believers and the non-religious, but also distinguished key differences in terms of group identity versus individuality in guiding people’s morality.
rt - 6 hours ago
IDF soldier killed in training accident ‘saves’ Covid-stricken Israeli man with lung transplant - rt

IDF soldier killed in training accident ‘saves’ Covid-stricken Israeli man with lung transplant

An Israel Defense Forces trooper died after an officer accidentally shot him in the head, but his family decided to donate his organs, reportedly saving a coronavirus patient with wrecked lungs and a man who needed a heart.
rt - 7 hours ago
Another teen stabbed to death as London murder rate ‘reaches three-year high’ - metro

Another teen stabbed to death as London murder rate ‘reaches three-year high’

The Met Police Federation has warned the ‘deeply disturbing’ situation is ‘going to get even worse’ as lockdown lifts.
metro - 7 hours ago
Covid deaths rise by 290 as another 7,434 cases recorded - metro

Covid deaths rise by 290 as another 7,434 cases recorded

A total of 19,682,048 people have now received the first dose of a coronavirus vaccine.
metro - 7 hours ago
Lockdowns are NOT ‘quietly improving cities,’ World Economic Forum concedes, deleting its much-ridiculed tweet - rt

Lockdowns are NOT ‘quietly improving cities,’ World Economic Forum concedes, deleting its much-ridiculed tweet

The World Economic Forum (WEF) has taken down its tweet that claimed lockdowns have been “quietly improving cities,” and admitted that is not the case. But the backdown didn’t spare the globalist titan from a new wave of mockery.
rt - 9 hours ago
Murder most fowl? Fighting cock that killed owner with three-inch knife to appear in court in India - rt

Murder most fowl? Fighting cock that killed owner with three-inch knife to appear in court in India

A rooster named Raja will appear in court in India after he killed his owner with a knife while attempting to flee an illegal cockfight.
rt - 10 hours ago
US air strikes ‘strengthen & expand’ terrorist activities in the region, Iran says - rt

US air strikes ‘strengthen & expand’ terrorist activities in the region, Iran says

The recent US air strikes on Iran-backed militias in Syria has shown that Washington is seeking to “revive” terrorism in the region and support now-shattered Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS), a senior Iranian official has said.
rt - 11 hours ago
WATCH Greek police fire tear gas into metro station amid protests in support of jailed far-left hitman - rt

WATCH Greek police fire tear gas into metro station amid protests in support of jailed far-left hitman

Clashes have erupted between Athens police and protesters supporting a jailed far-left hitman, who was hospitalized after a long hunger strike. Officers deployed irritant gases in an attempt to muscle the mob into a metro station.
rt - 16 hours ago
Syria condemns ‘cowardly aggression’ by US as Biden says he wanted to send Iran message about ‘impunity’ - rt

Syria condemns ‘cowardly aggression’ by US as Biden says he wanted to send Iran message about ‘impunity’

The Syrian government denounced the US airstrike on the border with Iraq as an act of aggression contrary to international law, as President Joe Biden told reporters he ordered the strike as a warning to Iran.
rt - 1 day ago
Punk icon Poly Styrene remembered by her daughter in documentary - channel 4

Punk icon Poly Styrene remembered by her daughter in documentary

Daughter of punk icon Poly Styrene makes a documentary about her mother's life called 'I am a Cliche'.
channel 4 - 1 day ago
‘Don’t wreck this now’ – UK government’s Covid warning - channel 4

‘Don’t wreck this now’ – UK government’s Covid warning

England's deputy chief medical officer gives a blunt warning as Covid rates continue to fall - but the rate of decline slows.
channel 4 - 1 day ago
Shamima Begum cannot return to UK to fight citizenship case, Supreme Court rules - channel 4

Shamima Begum cannot return to UK to fight citizenship case, Supreme Court rules

The Supreme Court has ruled that Shamima Begum cannot return to the UK to fight her citizenship case.
channel 4 - 1 day ago
Five people killed & scores wounded as Iraqi security forces open fire on anti-govt protesters – reports - rt

Five people killed & scores wounded as Iraqi security forces open fire on anti-govt protesters – reports

At least five people were killed and more than 170 wounded in clashes between anti-government protesters and security forces in Iraq's fourth largest city, Nasiriyah, according to local reports.
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Thousands sign petition to make June 21 a bank holiday

Thousands sign petition to make June 21 a bank holiday

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People gathered in Soho on ‘super Saturday’, when lockdown restrictions were eased in July last year (Picture: Reuters)

A petition has been launched to make June 21 a bank holiday, after Boris Johnson pencilled it in as the day all legal limits on social contact could end.

As he outlined his roadmap out of lockdown on Monday, the Prime Minister said the midsummer date was the earliest Brits could be free from social distancing and even return to nightclubs and other crowded venues. 

Now thousands of people are calling for it to be made a public holiday, even though the Government is warning that the date is not guaranteed. 

Earlier this afternoon, more than 10,000 had backed the campaign, which is rapidly growing in popularity, and reads: We’d like the government to create a one off Bank Holiday, to be known as Merriweather Day, on Monday June 21st 2021 as an opportunity for families and friends to come together.

This morning Boris Johnson said he could not guarantee that all lockdown measures would be lifted by that third Monday in June, but declared himself optimistic about the timeline. 

If a petition reaches 100,000 signatures, it will be debated in Parliament. 

Four tests for easing restrictions must be met before the measures are eased, and there is hope among experts that the cautious easing of the current rules will help the UK avoid another surge in infections. 

epaselect epa08528369 Revellers drink and socialize in the street during the evening in Soho, London, Britain, 04 July 2020 (issued 05 July 2020). Pubs, restaurants, places of worship, hairdressers and other businesses have reopened their doors across the UK on 'Super Saturday' after more than three months of lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic. EPA/VICKIE FLORES
Revellers drank and socialised in the street on July 4 after the UK’s first lockdown was relaxed (Picture: EPA)

The rapid vaccine rollout is another cause for hope for many, but scientists are urging caution. 

Downing Street reiterated that June 21 was the earliest date for step four – when all coronavirus measures could be eased – after calls for the bank holiday were widely shared on social media.

When asked if this was something Boris Johnson would consider, the Prime Minister’s official spokesman said: As it says, June 21 is the earliest for step four.

And as the road map sets out we need to continue to look at the evidence and data as we move through the road map.

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