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Brief. Me - March 4, 2021 2:59 pm

Tory MPs demand ‘clarity’ on school reopenings

BBC News says Tory MPs are asking the government to set out a “routemap” for the reopening of schools in England, amid growing concerns about the impact of closures on children’s education.

The chairman of the education select committee has asked for a plan to be laid out in the Commons. The government has said it is “too soon” to say when schools will reopen to all pupils.

But it is expected that it will not be until after the February half-term.

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Boohoo ‘set to buy’ Debenhams’ online business for £50m

The Guardian says Boohoo has reportedly agreed to buy the online business of Debenhams, it will see Debenhams close its remaining high street shops, according to sources close to the deal.

The transaction may be announced this week, according to the Financial Times. The newspaper said it understands the purchase price is likely to be around £50m.

The department store chain, which traces its roots back 243 years, entered administration in April 2019.

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Spanish officials under fire for jumping queue for Covid-19 vaccine

France24 says a steady drip-feed of public officials admitting to having been vaccinated ahead of priority groups has sparked uproar on social media in Spain at a time when several regions are tightening restrictions in an effort to curb a spike in infections.

Several local mayors admitted to getting vaccinated before their turn, while the regional health chief of the exclave of Ceuta was heavily criticised both for getting vaccinated early and for saying he had done this under pressure from his staff.

“I didn’t want to. I don’t even get the flu vaccine. I don’t like vaccinations,” said Javier Guerrero of the opposition conservative People’s Party.

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Clashes, arson & mass arrests as riot police struggle to contain anti-lockdown rage in the Netherlands (VIDEOS)

RT News says some 240 people have been arrested as unrest spread across the Netherlands, with riot police using water cannons, batons, dogs and horses to break up unauthorized anti-lockdown gatherings and riots.

Police faced off with curfew-defying crowds in The Hague, Amsterdam, Eindhoven, Enschede, Venlo, Stein, Roermond, Oosterhout, Breda and elsewhere across the nation for the second day in a row on Sunday. 

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Fears of Iraq execution spree after Daesh attack

Arab News says rights defenders fear Iraq may give the green light to a spree of executions of convicted militants in a show of strength, days after a deadly twin suicide attack in Baghdad which killed at least 32 people. 

On Sunday, an official from Iraq’s presidency told AFP more than 340 execution orders “for terrorism or criminal acts” were ready to be carried out.

“We are continuing to sign off on more,” said the official, speaking on condition of anonymity.

The orders were disclosed to AFP after twin suicide attacks by the Daesh group on Thursday. 

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Israel ‘closes skies’ to air travel as COVID variants found

Aljazeera news says Israel has announced a week-long ban on most incoming and outgoing flights in a bid to slow the spread of new variants of coronavirus.

The measure will begin at midnight (22:00 GMT) from Monday into Tuesday and remain in effect until the following Sunday, a statement from the prime minister’s office said.

Exceptions will be made for cargo and firefighting flights, as well as trips for medical treatments, funerals and legal procedures.

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Two key Republicans at odds over Trump Impeachment trial

VOA says Marco Rubio and Mitt Romney disagreed sharply Sunday about the merits of the upcoming Senate impeachment trial of Donald Trump, who is accused of inciting insurrection in the storming of the U.S. Capitol by hundreds of his supporters on January 6.

At a rally near the White House that day, Trump urged supporters to march to the Capitol to fight for him in confronting lawmakers as they debated whether to certify the Electoral College vote showing he had lost reelection to President Joe Biden. 

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UK WEATHER FORECAST

SUNRISE 07:51

SUNSET 16:40

TODAY

A dry and sunny day for most today, although there will be some scattered wintry showers across southern and western Scotland that could drift into northern England at times. Feeling less cold too.

 

TONIGHT

Staying dry and clear for most this evening, with the wintry showers easing for northern Scotland, but continuing in southern Scotland and Northern England. Cloud will begin to spread eastwards later.

 

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YOUR QUESTIONS answered

what happened at the capitol? 

On January 6, 2021, a mob of rioters supporting United States President Donald Trump’s attempt to overturn his defeat in the 2020 presidential election stormed the U.S. Capitol, breaching security and occupying parts of the building for several hours.

After attending a rally organized by Trump, thousands of his supporters marched down Pennsylvania Avenue before many stormed the United States Capitol in an effort to disrupt the electoral college vote count during a joint session of Congress and prevent the formalization of President-elect Joe Biden’s election victory.

After breaching police perimeters, they occupied, vandalized, and ransacked parts of the building for several hours. The insurrection led to the evacuation and lockdown of the Capitol building and five deaths. – Read on

 

what does brexit mean?

Brexit was the withdrawal of the United Kingdom (UK) from the European Union (EU) and the European Atomic Energy Community (EAEC or Euratom) at the end of 31 January 2020 CET.

To date, the UK is the first and only country formally to leave the EU, after 47 years of membership within the bloc, after having first joined its predecessor, the European Communities (EC), on 1 January 1973.

It continued to participate in the European Union Customs Union and European Single Market during a transition period that ended on 31 December 2020 at 23:00 GMT. – Read on

covid-19 meaning

The COVID-19 pandemic, also known as the coronavirus pandemic, is an ongoing pandemic of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2).

It was first identified in December 2019 in WuhanChina. The World Health Organization declared the outbreak a Public Health Emergency of International Concern in January 2020 and a pandemic in March 2020.

As of 11 January 2021, more than 90.3 million cases have been confirmed, with more than 1.93 million deaths attributed to COVID-19.

coronavirus definition

Meaning of “coronavirus” and related terminology “coronavirus” means severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2)

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