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Schools will close from Monday and pubs and restaurants face new restrictions from Friday evening, in a bid to stem cases of Covid-19, First Minister Arlene Foster has said.

The moves are among new restrictions being imposed by the executive.

It comes as NI’s Department of Health recorded a further 1,217 cases and four more deaths with Covid-19 on Wednesday.

Hospitality businesses will be limited to takeaway and delivery services for four weeks from Friday.

Health officials had warned infections would rise further if both schools and hospitality premises remained open.

Northern Ireland’s health department has now recorded 23,115 cases…


Face-to-face teaching at the University of Sheffield, which is currently suspended, is due to resume from Monday

More than 1,000 students and staff have tested positive for coronavirus at the University of Sheffield since the start of term.

Figures published on the day tier-two restrictions were brought in across South Yorkshire show 1,007 students and 12 staff have contracted the virus.

One student said she felt it was a case of “when not if” she caught Covid.

Meanwhile, 784 students at Sheffield Hallam University had tested positive as of 11 October.

Despite the rising number of infections, face-to-face teaching at the University of Sheffield, which is currently suspended, is due to resume from Monday.


Lyricist and journalist Herbert Kretzmer, best known for his English-language adaptation of the musical Les Misérables, has died at the age of 95.

The South African-born English writer also penned the lyrics to the 1960 song Good Gracious Me, made famous by Peter Sellers and Sophia Loren.

And he worked with French singer Charles Aznavour on his 1974 hit She.

Paying tribute online, fellow lyricist Sir Tim Rice described him as “a giant of his trade”, adding: “RIP Herbie.”

In his day job as a journalist, Kretzmer became senior drama critic at the Daily Express, and later wrote television criticism…


A plan to use nets to stop dinghies carrying migrants across the English Channel is being considered by the government, it has been reported.

Dan O’Mahoney, who leads the Home Office’s efforts to tackle illegal crossings to the UK, outlined the strategy to the Sunday Telegraph.

He told the newspaper that British vessels could use the tactic before then returning migrants to France.

Record numbers of migrants are continuing to make the crossing.

More migrants successfully crossed the Channel in the first three weeks of September than in the whole of 2019

In the first three weeks of September, at least 1,892 migrants successfully crossed the Channel — more than in the whole of 2019.

  • Record 400-plus migrants cross…

U Severnoj Koreji održana je retka noćna vojna parada, kojoj je prisustvovao lider Kim Džong-Un.

Paradom je obeleženo 75 godina Radničke partije.

Severna Koreja obično na paradma prikazuje nove rakete i oružje. Stručnjaci kažu da su tokom događaja viđene interkontinentalne rakete.

Ovo je prva parada u Severnoj Koreji u poslednje dve godine, a dešava se nekoliko nedelja pre predsedničkih izbora u Americi.

  • Sestra ili majstor špijunaže: Ko bi mogao da zameni Kim Džong Una
  • Kim Džong Un otvorio socijalistički grad iz bajke
  • Šta znamo o Severnoj Koreji i Kim Džong Unu

Severna Koreja nije prikazivala balističke rakete na paradama od…


North Korea held a rare night-time military parade on Saturday, attended by leader Kim Jong-un.

The parade marked the 75th anniversary of the Workers’ Party.

North Korea typically uses its parades to show off new missiles and weaponry. Experts say intercontinental ballistic missiles were evident during Saturday morning’s event.

It is the country’s first parade in two years and comes just weeks ahead of the US presidential election.

North Korea had not featured ballistic missiles in its parades since President Donald Trump and Mr Kim held their first summit in 2018.

According to South Korea’s military, the parade took place…


US President Donald Trump has refused to take part in a virtual TV debate with his Democratic rival Joe Biden.

The commission organising the debate in Miami on 15 October had earlier said it would have to take place remotely.

It made the decision after Mr Trump was treated for Covid-19. The president said he would not waste his time on a move designed to “protect” his rival.

The first debate descended into insults and interruptions

Mr Biden’s campaign said Mr Trump was trying to evade accountability on his “failures on Covid and the economy”.

  • Pence and Harris clash on coronavirus pandemic
  • ‘Mr Vice-President, I’m speaking now’

The…


Russia has put Belarus opposition leader Svetlana Tikhanovskaya on its wanted list on “a criminal charge”, Russia’s interior ministry says.

Ms Tikhanovskaya stood against long-term President Alexander Lukashenko in August’s disputed election, which was widely seen as fraudulent.

However Russia’s President Vladimir Putin is backing Mr Lukashenko.

The opposition says Mr Lukashenko must quit. But he says they are Western “puppets” trying to overthrow him.

Svetlana Tikhanovskaya, now exiled from Belarus, has been visiting Berlin

Ms Tikhanovskaya has been visiting Berlin to discuss the crisis with Chancellor Angela Merkel and other German officials.

EU sanctions now target 40 Belarus officials, but not Mr Lukashenko himself.

  • Europe’s longest-serving ruler under fire

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