Brief. Me Better Faster June 19, 2021 2:20 pm


Ebrahim Raisi wins Iran presidential race by landslide


Israel-Gaza: Rockets pound Israel after militants killed

BBC News says Hamas militants have launched dozens of rockets at Israel after Israeli airstrikes killed senior commanders and felled a multi-storey building in Gaza.

The conflict has also triggered a wave of street violence in Israel between Jews and Israeli Arabs. Political leaders have appealed for calm.

At least 67 people in Gaza and seven people in Israel have been killed.

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NHS to receive £160m to tackle backlog of care built up during Covid

The Guardian says the NHS new £160m initiative will provide patients with quicker access to tests and surgery and will help identify ways of tackling the massive backlog of care that built up because of the Covid-19 pandemic. 

Hospitals will use the money to buy mobile CT and MRI scanning trucks, put on extra surgery in the evenings and at weekends, and look after patients at home in “virtual wards”.

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Thousands march in Colombia as anti-government protests enter third week

France24 says Colombia has taken to the streets to march in anti-government protests, as the president urged his citizens to reject violence and stereotypes about protesters and police alike. 

The protests started in late April due to outrage at a now-cancelled tax plan. But the protests have continued and Colombians are marching to end police violence, for economic support as the pandemic has destroyed incomes and a withdrawal of the health reform. 

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UN Security Council urges immediate cease-fire in Yemen

Arab News says the UN Security Council is calling for an immediate cease-fire in Yemen. They say a cease-fire and political settlement is the only way to end the six-year conflict and the world’s worst humanitarian crisis. 

In calling for an end to the violence, the council singled out the military escalation by Houthi rebels in the province of Marib, the internationally recognized government’s last stronghold in Yemen’s northern half.

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COVID cases across India being traced to weeks-long Kumbh Mela

Aljazeera says an official in Madhya Pradesh’s capital Bhopal told them that 83 people from Gyaraspur and adjoining villages had gone for Kumbh and only 61 turned up for the tests while the remaining allegedly went into hiding.

Sixty out of 61 tested positive for Covid-19, he said, requesting anonymity. “After a hectic drive to trace the missing, the remaining 22 people were also tested and sent for quarantine.”

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Brazil loses nearly 2,500 more people to Covid-19

TRT World says Brazil has recorded 76,692 additional confirmed cases of coronavirus in the past 24 hours, along with 2,494 deaths from Covid-19.

Brazil has registered more than 15.3 million cases since the pandemic began, while the official death toll has risen to 428,034, according to ministry data on Wednesday.

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Trump Cements Republican Party Control With House Leadership Battle

VOA says U.S. House Republicans are expected to pick Representative Elise Stefanik for a top leadership spot Friday, sending a powerful message about the direction of the party. She is noted for her support of former President Donald Trump.

Stefanik, 36, would take over the position of House GOP Conference chair from Representative Liz Cheney, who was removed Wednesday after calling Trump’s allegations of fraud in the 2020 presidential election “a big lie.”

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Live Updates

  • Israel-Gaza: Rockets pound Israel after militants killed

  • NHS to receive £160m to tackle backlog of care built up during Covid

  • Thousands march in Colombia as anti-government protests enter third week

  • UN Security Council urges immediate cease-fire in Yemen

  • COVID cases across India being traced to weeks-long Kumbh Mela

News Briefing


Images of the ongoing violence in Israel and Gaza feature on many of Thursday’s front pages, amid fear of a “full-scale war.” 

The Times leads with the fears over the threat of a war. It reports that Israel Defence Forces have sent tanks and troops to the border and a military spokesman has refused to rule out a ground offensive. 

The Daily Telegraph leads with a picture of people cleaning up a torched synagogue, with the headline “US offers ‘ironclad support’ to Israel over conflict with Hamas.” The paper quotes Antony Blinken saying there is an “absolute distinction” between Hamas “indiscriminately raining down rockets” and Israel’s response

 Rockets pound Israel after Gaza militants killed- NHS receives £160m - Brazil Covid death toll soars

FT leads with two images of plumes of smoke and flames in Israel and Gaza. The paper says more than 50 people have died in the attacks as violence continues to escalate in the region. The paper’s lead story is on stocks retreating after a 4.2 per cent surge in inflation in the US. 

The Guardian reports on PM Boris Johnson’s promise to hold an independent inquiry into the government’s handling of Covid-19 . The paper says there is anger that the inquiry will not be held until 2022. Experts believe the inquiry could be up and running in “three to six months”. The paper quotes Lord Falconer saying the government will be confident the pandemic will not conclude before the next general election – expected in 2023. 

News Briefing



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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