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A British man has been arrested in Germany, accused of Spying

A man from Briton has been arrested in Germany, in which he has been accused of spying for Russia.

Published on the German Office of the Federal Prosecutor website, the report accords that the man is called David S.

The man was a former worker for the British embassy based in Berlin.

London Metropolitan Police have also confirmed the arrest, which their website claims the man “commit[ed]Ing offences relating to being engaged in ‘Intelligence Agent activity’ (under German law)”.

Moreover, the report also states that he was arrested in Postdam – a city on the border of Berlin – as the 57-year-old lives there.

His house was also raided by German officials.

Nevertheless, the act to arrest the man was a joint British-German decision.

 

 

 

 

The report claims that on one occasion, the man transmitted documents of “professional activity” to a “representative of Russian Intelligence service”, which as a result the accused received cash.

The BBC explain that tensions between Russia and both the UK and Germany are “strained after several high-profile incidents”.

These incidents included incidents like the 2018 Novichok poisoning in the city of Salisbury and the poisoning of the Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny who had to be treated in Germany.

Novichok means “newcomer” in Russian and Is an umbrella term of a number of “nerve agents developed by the Soviet Union in the 1970s and 1980s”.

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IT’S COMING HOME, England beat Denmark making it to the finals

England beat Denmark 2-1 in the semi-final stage of the European UEFA cup tournament, which means that England has now reached the final stage of the tournament.

The game occurred last night at 8 PM, took place at Wembley Stadium in London – with the stadium being filled to a capacity of 66,000 fans.

Moreover, the final will take place on Sunday the 11th of July, will also take place at Wembley against Italy  (20:00 BST kick-off).

This is the first final England have reached in the UEFA tournament, with the last time the three lions winning a tournament was for the 1966 World cup where they played West Germany at Wembley Stadium.

This means if England wins, this will be their first winning tournament since the world cup that was 55 years ago.

The BBC claims that there will be at least 60,000 attending Wembley on the final, which the Independent further reports there could be a full crowd of 90,000

Furthermore, Harry Kane expressed his emotions of winning on his twitter account.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Quarantine to be dropped for double vaccinated

People who have been double vaccinated, and have travelled to a country from the amber list will no longer have to quarantine.

The Sun and the Times have both reported that ministers are due to meet tomorrow to sign off the policy, with the policy being effective by the 19th July.

This is in response to the prime minister stating at the Downing Street press conference on Monday that the government will “work with the travel industry towards removing the need for fully vaccinated arrivals to isolate on return from an amber country”.

According to the UK government website, here are the current rules if you have travelled to a country on the amber list:

Before traveling to England:

 

  • take a COVID-19 test
  • book and pay for day 2 and day 8 COVID-19 travel tests – to be taken after arrival in England
  • complete a passenger locator form

On arrival in England:

 

  • quarantine at home or in the place you are staying for 10 days
  • take a COVID-19 test on or before day 2 and on or after day 8
  • Read about quarantine and taking COVID-19 tests
  • Children aged 4 and under do not need to take the day 2 or day 8 test
  • You may be able to end quarantine early if you pay for a private COVID-19 test through the Test to Release scheme.

If you have also been in or through a country or territory on the red list in the 10 days before you arrive in England, you must follow the red list rules.

 

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‘Freedom Day’ set for 19th July, according to Prime Minister

Boris Johnson announced at a Downing Street conference yesterday that coronavirus restrictions will be further eased on the 19th of July.

The Prime Minister conveyed at the briefing that restrictions such as face mask-wearing, social distancing, and working-from-home guidance will be ended.

Johnson expressed his concern of being having restrictions by stating “If we can’t reopen our society in the next few weeks when we will be helped by the arrival of summer and by the school holidays, then we must ask ourselves when will we be able to return to normal?”.

The easing of restrictions has concerned scientists as the data in England suggests a third wave may be on its way, as cases have risen 21% according to the Mirror.

Moreover, Boris Johnson conveyed that “there could be 50,000 cases detected per day by the 19th” and slightly “rising hospital admissions” that England must be prepared to “sadly to more deaths from COVID-19”.

  • The rules that will be ending in England are:
  • limits on attendance at weddings and funerals
  • venue check-in requirements and specific rules at bars and restaurants
  • limits on named care home visitors
  • legal certification of being virus-free for large-scale events

With these rules ending, this means nightclubs will be able to reopen and social distancing – the 1 metre rule – will be ending which will allow full venue capacity.

Furthermore, face masks will be a personal choice unless on public transport.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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People who have been jabbed with AstraZeneca may not be allowed to travel without restrictions

People who have received the AstraZeneca vaccine that is from a certain batch are not automatically exempt from quarantine travel in the European Union (EU).

This has been the case since the EU passport scheme has come into effect for all EU member countries on the 1st of July.

As the UK is not a member of the EU anymore, the UK does not use the scheme but uses its own.

This affects people that have been given the AstraZeneca jab that was produced by Serum Institute of India (SII) would not automatically avoid quarantine and mandatory testing when travelling in Europe.

According to the BBC, the majority of AstraZeneca vaccine is produced in North Wales and Staffordshire. However, 5 million vaccines that have been administrated were produced by the SII, but the European Medicine Agency has not approved that batch currently.

You will be able to check if your vaccine is Illegible for EU travel by looking at the batch number on your proof of vaccination card, or on the NHS app.

Sky news reports that the vaccine batch numbers are 4120Z001, 4120Z002, and 4120Z003.

However, EU countries are rebelling against the protocol andhttps://twitter.com/Geeta_Mohan/status/1410493710698106880 are allowing the batch to be valid for quarantine travel.

According to the foreign affairs editor of the India Times, Austria Flag of Austria, Germany, Greece, Slovenia, Spain, Iceland, Ireland, and the Netherlands have validated vaccines from the SII.

 

 

 

 

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Britney Spears’s court hearing: “I cry every day” over her conservatorship and her “controlling” father

Britney Spears’s court hearing: “I cry every day” over her conservatorship and her “controlling” father

Pop icon Britney Spears has finally spoken out about her conservatorship, which she claims she wants to sue her family – noting her father – and she was “abused” by a previous therapist.

What is a conservatorship?

Under the United States law, a conservatorship is when an individual is appointed a guardian by a judge due to physical or mental conditions, such as old age or mental illness. This guardian manages everyday activities such as financial affairs.

Why was Britney appointed a conservatorship?

Spears was appointed a conservatorship after her public breakdown due to her constant harassment from the media and the public 13 years ago in 2008.

Her father Jamie Spears was granted conservator, meaning he has full control of the star’s financial affairs.

The Los Angeles Times reports that her dad “has the power to negotiate business opportunities, sell her property and restrict her visitors. He can file for restraining orders against those he believes threaten his daughter’s stability”.

The news organisation stated that “every purchase she makes must be logged in annual court reports of her spending”.

 

What did Britney say during her court hearing?

Variety has reported the translated court hearing, which states that Spears has apparently stated that she was forced to go on her last tour.

“I was on tour in 2018. My management said if I don’t do this tour, I will have to find an attorney, and by contract, my management could sue me if I didn’t follow through with the tour”.

The report also claims that due to Spears stating she does not want to participate in her next tour due to her being exhausted, her therapist gave her lithium – a drug used for bipolar disorder that is “stronger than my [her] previous medication, [it can make an individual] mentally impaired if you take it for five months”.

“Anything that happened to me had to be approved by my dad. He was the one who approved all of it. My whole family did nothing”.

Also, Britney conveyed that her father controlled her into rehab which she did not want to attend, as she failed a psychiatric test, in which she had to pay $60,000 (£42,946) a month for this.

Britney claimed she cried on the phone, and her father “loved every minute of it”.

“The control he had over someone as powerful as me — he loved the control to hurt his daughter 100,000%… I worked seven days a week, no days off, which in California, the only similar thing to this is called sex trafficking”.

Furthermore, Britney said she never had a say in what she could do, and if she refused, she would not be able to see her children or her boyfriend.

Spears emotionally explained that she has “lied and told the whole world I am okay, and I am happy”.

“I’m telling you the truth, I’m not happy. I cannot sleep. I am so angry It is insane. And I am depressed. I cry every day.

Spears expressed that she deserves to have the same rights as everybody else, and she would like to have a child, and get married and have a family.

 

Over 30 million people have now been vaccinated in the UK

The UK government have stated that more than 30 million people in the UK are now fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

Overall, over 30,204,738 people have received both doses of a coronavirus vaccine. This equates to 57.3% of the adult population. Moreover, 41,830,546 have received a first vaccine, which represents 79.4% of the population.

Furthermore, NHS boss Simon Stevens has conveyed that the COVID-19 vaccine will eligible for all people over 18 by the end of this week.

This is a milestone for the country, despite the recent government decision to delay the easing of the restrictions for four weeks. The reason for this is due to the dramatic rise in the delta variant – first identified in India.

During this period, the second dose for people who are aged over 40 will be pushed forward from 12 weeks to 8 weeks – being offered the jab by at least 19th of July.

An analysis by Public Health England (PHE) has explained that two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine are extremely effective against the Delta variant, suggesting that the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine is 96% effective and the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine is 92% effective.