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Bafta suspends Noel Clarke over harassment claims

BBC says actor and director Noel Clarke has been suspended by Bafta after allegations of sexual harassment, weeks after he received one of its top awards.

In a statement, Bafta said it made the decision “in light of the allegations of serious misconduct” in the Guardian.

The actor, 45, was given the outstanding British contribution to cinema prize at a ceremony on 10 April.

Clarke has said he “vehemently” denies “any sexual misconduct or wrongdoing”.

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France to accept British tourists with Covid ‘health pass’ from early June

The Independent says people hoping for a break across the English Channel this year have been given a boost by reports that France will accept foreign tourists who have a “health pass” from 9 June.

Travelers who can prove they’ve had a vaccine or a negative Covid test are to be welcomed back to French cities and beaches in just over a months’ time, according to a timetable published by local media outlets.

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Dozens killed in stampede at Israel religious festival, medics say

France24 says a massive stampede at a densely packed Jewish pilgrimage site killed at least 44 people in northern Israel on Friday, with rescue workers facing chaotic crowds while trying to evacuate the injured.

The disaster occurred in Meron at the site of the reputed tomb of Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai, a second-century Talmudic sage, where mainly ultra-Orthodox Jews flock to mark the Lag BaOmer holiday.

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Palestinian polls postponed until Jerusalem voting guaranteed: Abbas

Arab News says Palestinian Territories: Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas said Friday that elections had been postponed until there was a guarantee voting can take place in Israeli-annexed east Jerusalem, further delaying polls in a society that last voted in 2006.

Addressing a meeting of Palestinian factions, Abbas said he had urged the international community to push Israel to allow campaigning and voting in east Jerusalem, an area annexed by the Jewish state in 1967 which Palestinians claim as their future capital.

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Families mourn as Brazil hits 400,000 COVID deaths

Aljazeera says on Thursday, Brazil surpassed 400,000 coronavirus-related deaths, the second-highest total in the world after the United States. More than half of those were recorded in 2021, while April has been the deadliest month since the start of the pandemic.

Experts blame several factors for the recent uptick, including the more contagious P1 variant, fatigue with restrictive measures such as lockdowns, and slow vaccine rollout.

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Greek court sentences Syrian refugee to 52 years for Turkey crossing

TRT World says a Syrian refugee attempted to cross into Greece from Turkey like so many before him, but has been given an extraordinary punishment for it.

A Syrian refugee has been sentenced to 52 years in prison for crossing into Greece from Turkey last year, the Independent reported on Wednesday.

A Mytiline court on the Greek island of Lesbos announced the decision last Friday on KS, the refugee identified only by his initials, ruling that his crossing was “illegal.” 

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Arrests in US Capitol attack surpass 430

VOA says U.S. federal agents have arrested more than 430 people in connection with the January 6 assault on the U.S. Capitol, a senior Justice Department official told lawmakers Thursday, adding that the number of arrests continues to grow.

The figure, announced by Deputy Assistant Attorney General Brad Wiegmann, represents more than half of an estimated 800 supporters of former President Donald Trump who breached the Capitol to try to prevent Congress from declaring Joe Biden the winner of the November presidential election.

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Live Updates

  • Bafta suspends Noel Clarke over harassment claims
  • France to accept British tourists with Covid ‘health pass’ from early June
  • Dozens killed in stampede at Israel religious festival, medics say
  • Palestinian polls postponed until Jerusalem voting guaranteed: Abbas
  • Arrests in US Capitol Attack Surpass 430
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Boris Johnson ‘cash for curtains’ 

Most of Friday’s front pages continue with the ongoing scandal into the funding of the Prime Minister’s flat renovations. 


The Metro says Boris Johnson has declared “I love John Lewis” as the row over funding renovations continues. The paper suggests PM Boris Johnson has “pointed the finger” at his fiancee Carrie Symonds with the comment – because she is said to have insisted on the revamp due to ex-PM May’s “John Lewis furniture nightmare.” The paper notes how Keir Starmer posed for pictures while browsing wallpaper at the Trafford Centre John Lewis.Metro


The Sun says “Tango & cash for curtains” as it reports BBC bosses are keen to secure Carrie Symonds for the next season of Strictly Come Dancing. The paper says Carries is at the top of the “wish list” for the show and could be offered as much as £200,000 to hit the dance floor. Sun


The Times says the row over the PM’s flat has done little to dent public support for the party. The paper says a YouGov poll found an 11-point gap between the parties. Despite the overall support, the poll found more than half who were surveyed agree the Tories are “very sleazy and disreputable.”  – Times


Daily Express says a “laser-focused” PM took aim at his critics. The paper says the PM insisted he was dedicated to “delivering our Covid recovery” rather than the “farrago of nonsense” surrounding his home decorations.Daily Express

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A spat over Covid vaccine doses has erupted between the European Union and the UK threatens to have far reaching implications over coronavirus jab disruption.

Brussels demanded access to AstraZeneca vaccines manufactured in UK plants to make up for a shortfall after the pharmaceutical giant said it would have to cut the amount of doses delivered to the bloc by the end of March.

What do we know about the dispute? And what potential implications could the rumbling dispute have on future Covid vaccine rollouts? – (ITV)

Recent and upcoming changes

Restrictions are easing across the UK.

In England

Step 1 of the roadmap out of lockdown has begun. Shielding ends on 31 March.

In Scotland

People will be asked to ‘Stay Local’ from 2 April. A timetable for further lockdown easing from 5 April is on GOV.SCOT.

In Wales

The stay at home restriction was lifted on 13 March. Read about the rules on GOV.WALES.

In Northern Ireland

The next review will happen on or before 15 April. You can read the guidance on current restrictions on nidirect.

latest Covid-19 news

For the latest Covid-19 news visit the UK governement website 

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