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Dursley stabbing: Joshua Hall’s family pay tribute

BBC News says the family of a 17-year-old boy who died following a stabbing at a sports club have paid tribute to his “caring and kind soul”.

Joshua Hall died in hospital on Saturday after he was stabbed at Cam Sports Club in Gloucestershire.

His family said they wanted him to be remembered “not for this senseless act but for the love he brought to life”.

A 15-year-old boy, from Dursley, is charged with murder and due to appear at Cheltenham Magistrates’ Court later.

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Australia opens quarantine-free travel bubble with New Zealand

France24 says emotions ran high Monday as excited passengers set off on the first flights to take advantage of a quarantine-free travel bubble between Australia and New Zealand, allowing families split by the pandemic to finally reunite.

“(I’ll) yell, scream, cry, hug, kiss, (feel) happy — all of these emotions at once,” Denise O’Donoghue, 63, told AFP at Sydney airport as she prepared to board her flight.

The arrangement means that for the first time in almost 400 days passengers can fly across the Tasman Sea without undergoing mandatory Covid-19 quarantine when they arrive.

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Masks come off as Israel vaunts virus victory

Arab News says Israelis stepped into the streets without masks on Sunday for the first time in a year, a key milestone as the country vaccinates its way out of a coronavirus nightmare.

“It’s very strange but it’s very nice,” said Eliana Gamulka, 26, after getting off a bus near the busy Jerusalem shopping boulevard of Jaffa Street and removing her face covering.

“You can’t pretend that you don’t know anyone any more,” she smiled.

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India sees new record rise in daily COVID cases and 1,619 deaths

Aljazeera says India has reported a record rise in coronavirus infections of 273,810, as hospitals across the country struggle with a shortage of hospital beds and oxygen supplies and capital New Delhi announces a complete curfew starting Monday night.

India’s overall coronavirus caseload is now past 15 million, second only to the United States globally. The country’s deaths from COVID-19 rose by a record 1,619 to reach a total of 178,769, according to health ministry data.

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Top European football clubs announce breakaway Super League

TRT World says a group of 12 European clubs have split football by announcing plans to walk away from the Champions League to create a breakaway competition, drawing an angry response and the threat of legal action from governing body UEFA. 

“AC Milan, Arsenal, Atletico Madrid, Chelsea, Barcelona, Inter Milan, Juventus, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United, Real Madrid and Tottenham Hotspur have come together as founding clubs,” said a statement by the group late on Sunday.

The agreement provides that the founding clubs will receive an upfront net grant of approximately $4.19 billion in aggregate.

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Police Search for Motive in Indiana FedEx Shooting

VOA says authorities are searching for a motive in the shooting death of eight people at a FedEx facility in Indianapolis, Indiana, Thursday.

Police also said Saturday that the gunman, 19-year-old Brandon Hole, a former employee of the facility who took his own life after shooting the victims, legally bought the two assault rifles used in the attack, despite a “red flag” law in Indiana designed to prevent violent and unstable individuals from buying firearms.

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George Floyd killing: protests flare as Americans await verdict in Chauvin trial

The Guardian says protests against police killings flared across the US this weekend, from Minneapolis to Chicago to Portland, as Americans wait for a verdict in the trial of the white police officer charged with murdering George Floyd last year.

Closing arguments are expected in the Derek Chauvin trial on Monday. The most serious charge the former Minneapolis officer is facing in Floyd’s death is second-degree murder, but the jury might choose to find him guilty on third-degree murder or manslaughter, or acquit him altogether.

Chauvin Outcome is expected to resonate nationwide, particularly in cities that have seen continuing demonstrations over police violence.

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Calls for India travel ban as scientists analyse variant

Sky News says British scientists must urgently learn as much as possible about the Indian COVID-19 variant, a leading epidemiologist has warned, as calls mount for the country to be added to the government’s “red list”.

Mike Tildesley, a member of the Scientific Pandemic Influenza Group on Modelling (Spi-M), which provides evidence on coronavirus to the government’s Sage committee, said as much information about the new variant must be gathered “as quickly as possible”.

According to the latest update from Public Health England, 77 confirmed cases of the B.1.617 variant, which was first discovered in India, have been detected in the UK, including 73 in England and four in Scotland.

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Live Updates

  • Australia opens quarantine-free travel bubble with New Zealand
  • Masks come off as Israel vaunts virus victory
  • India sees new record rise in daily COVID cases and 1,619 deaths
  • Top European football clubs announce breakaway Super League
  • Police Search for Motive in Indiana FedEx Shooting
  • George Floyd killing: protests flare as Americans await verdict in Chauvin trial
News Briefing


Monday’s front pages lead heavily with the aftermath of Prince Philip’s funeral, including the Queen’s upcoming 95th birthday on Wednesday, and William and Harry reuniting. 


The Sun says “United in grief” – a reference to Prince William and Prince Harry meeting each other at their grandfather’s funeral. The brothers and their father spoke out of sight of cameras, according to the paper.The Sun


The Daily Mirror’s headline says  “We’ll be at your side” as the paper reports that a “rota” – led by the Princess Royal – will ensure the Queen is not alone. Meanwhile, Prince Harry is expected to miss the Queen’s birthday on Wednesday as he flies back to the US to be with his pregnant wife, the Duchess of Sussex, according to the paper. – Daily Mirror


Another story featured prominently on Monday’s front pages is the plan for a European football Super League – a proposal which has sparked an intervention from Downing Street. 


The Times reports that Boris Johnson has said the league would damage the sport and urged the six English clubs who have signed up to the plan not to progress any further. Manchester United, Liverpool, Chelsea, Arsenal, Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur are involved in the project. – The Times


The Daily Telegraph reports PM Boris Johnson said the club breakaway would “strike at the heart of the domestic game”. He joined the Premier League and Uefa in condemning the proposal. Football fans are also angry as smaller and improving clubs will not be able to qualify, the paper says. Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden said the new league would be tantamount to a “closed shop at the very top of our national game”, the paper adds. – The Daily Telegraph

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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