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Judge approves Weinstein extradition to California

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A New York judge has approved disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein's extradition to California, where he faces additional sexual assault charges. Judge Kenneth Case said there was no reason to delay Weinstein's transfer any longer, denying his lawyer's request to keep him at a state prison near Buffalo — where he is serving a 23-year sentence for a rape conviction last year — until the start of jury selection in the Los Angeles case.Los Angeles authorities plan to collect Weinstein, 69, from the Wende Correctional Facility in Alden, New York, at the end of June or in early July, prosecutors said at Tuesday's extradition hearing in Buffalo, giving Weinstein's lawyer time to appeal against Judge Case's decision.

Drone footage reveals social secrets of killer whales

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Killer whales have complex social structures that include close friendships, a study that used drones to film the animals suggests.The findings indicate that killer whales spend more time interacting with certain individuals in their pod, and tend to favour those of the same sex and similar age.

Positive Covid-19 test meant Jon Rahm missed seeing his parents meet his son

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Jon Rahm has revealed how he missed his parents meeting his baby son for the first time following his withdrawal from the Memorial Tournament after testing positive for Covid-19.But the world number three has defended the PGA Tour’s decision to enforce their rules, even though a third round of 64 had given the defending champion a six-shot lead at Muirfield Village.

World number two Justin Thomas plans to take it easy on himself at the US Open

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World number two Justin Thomas plans to take it easy on himself as he bids to win a second major title at the US Open.Thomas won the Players Championship in March but has failed to record a top-10 finish since and missed the cut in last month’s US PGA Championship, the event he won at Quail Hollow in 2017.

Senior Met officer rejects ‘institutional corruption’ accusation against force

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A senior Metropolitan Police officer has rejected an accusation of “institutional corruption” laid against the force over its handling of the unsolved murder of Daniel Morgan.Speaking to journalists at New Scotland Yard, Assistant Commissioner Nick Ephgrave said: “It’s a very damning phrase and we clearly need to take this very, very seriously.”

Gareth Bale says Turkish support will spur on Wales players in Baku

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Gareth Bale insists Wales will be spurred on by partisan Turkish support at their second game of Euro 2020.Around 34,000 are expected at Baku’s Olympic Stadium on Wednesday, with Turkey able to count on the vast majority of support inside the arena.

Taking the knee: England’s Tyrone Mings focuses on ‘hugely positive reaction’

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Tyrone Mings has called on the largely positive response to England players taking the knee not to be overshadowed by jeers after Priti Patel said she did not support the gesture.The England team knelt ahead of kick-off in their Euro 2020 victory over Croatia on Sunday, where a vocal minority within Wembley continued to boo the anti-racism stance.

Coronavirus in numbers: UK cases rise by 7,673

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The Government said a further 10 people had died within 28 days of testing positive for Covid-19 as of Monday, bringing the UK total to 127,917.Separate figures published by the Office for National Statistics show there have been 153,000 deaths registered in the UK where Covid-19 was mentioned on the death certificate.

Dublin protesters call for 100% redress for mica property damage

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Thousands of people joined a demonstration in Dublin to demand a 100% redress scheme for homes and properties affected by mica.Defective building blocks containing the mineral mica have caused cracks and fissures to open up in an estimated 5,000 to 6,000 homes primarily in counties Donegal and Mayo.Campaigners have criticised the Government redress scheme and are calling for 100% of their costs, with many of the homes facing demolition.The Government has acknowledged that it may have affected other buildings, including community centres as well as schools and hospitals.

Playing after Eriksen collapse 'not the right decision' - Denmark coach

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Denmark boss Kasper Hjulmand has criticised the UEFA protocols which allow a match to be postponed for 48 hours due to coronavirus but not when his player Christian Eriksen had a cardiac arrest on the pitch.Eriksen, who took to Instagram on Tuesday to insist he was “fine, under the circumstances”, collapsed shortly before half-time in Denmark’s Euro 2020 opener against Finland on Saturday and had to be resuscitated before being taken to hospital.

Australian PM Scott Morrison tells Queen she was ‘quite the hit’ at G7 summit

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The Queen has held a rare face-to-face audience at Windsor Castle, meeting the Australian prime minister, who told her she was “quite the hit” at the G7 summit.Wearing a vibrant yellow floral dress, the monarch was seen standing with her hands behind her back as she chatted to Scott Morrison in the Berkshire royal residence’s Oak Room on Tuesday.It is the first time the head of state has been photographed carrying out an audience in person, rather than virtually, since March 2020, just before England’s first lockdown.The Queen, who is also monarch of Australia, was photographed smiling warmly as she met Mr Morrison.

‘Momentous day’: Gay man drives an hour to end 25-year wait to give blood

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A gay man who waited 25 years to give blood drove for an hour to donate after a landmark rule change came into effect.New eligibility rules came into effect on Monday meaning donors in England, Scotland and Wales will no longer be asked if they are a man who has had sex with another man.Now, anyone who has had the same sexual partner for the past three months will be eligible to donate, meaning more gay and bisexual men will be able to donate blood, platelets and plasma while keeping blood just as safe, it added.Keith Bishop, 46, a lecturer at Newman University in Birmingham, made the long drive to end a 25-year wait to give blood on what he described as “quite a momentous” day.

Festival co-founders left 'devastated' as extended lockdown forces event to be cancelled

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The co-founders of an independent music festival have been left 'devastated' after being forced to cancel the event because of England's extended lockdown.The Black Deer Festival was due to take place at Eridge Park in Kent from June 25-27. Co-founders Gill Tee, 65, and Debs Shilling, 55, cancelled the event after Boris Johnson delayed the end of England's lockdown from June 21 to at least July 19.Ms Tee, a former events organiser, told the PA Media news agency she knew of people in the festival industry who had taken their own lives as a result of lockdown.

Met Commissioner should consider her position after Morgan findings – family

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The family of a private investigator murdered in the 1980s has said Metropolitan Police Commissioner Dame Cressida Dick should “absolutely” be considering her position after an inquiry found extensive corruption in the force.Alastair Morgan has been campaigning for decades for justice for his brother Daniel, who was killed with an axe in the car park of the Golden Lion pub in Sydenham, south-east London, on March 10 1987.

Scotland 'likely' to maintain coronavirus restrictions for a further three weeks

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Scotland is “unlikely” to move to Level 0 from June 28, Nicola Sturgeon has said.Speaking in Holyrood, the First Minister did not rule out the further easing of restrictions but said the Scottish Government needed to “buy ourselves sufficient time” to allow the vaccination programme to continue its work.

Lord Hall ‘deeply sorry’ to William over Panorama interview scandal

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Former BBC director-general Lord Tony Hall has said he is “deeply sorry” to the Duke of Cambridge for the “hurt” caused by the Panorama interview scandal involving Diana, Princess of Wales.Lord Hall, who was managing director of news and current affairs at the time of the interview, has come under fire for the internal investigation he headed into how Martin Bashir landed the world exclusive.Appearing before MPs on the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee, he denied there had been a “BBC cover-up”.

UK-Australia trade deal will benefit British farmers, PM insists

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Boris Johnson has insisted British farmers will benefit from the UK’s free trade deal with Australia, the first to be negotiated from scratch since Brexit.The Prime Minister said it was “good news” for services and manufacturers in the UK, with British products such as cars, Scotch whisky and confectionery set to be cheaper to sell to Australia because of the tariff-free agreement.

Diversion of Ryanair flight 'breached all the international aviation rules’

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The diversion of a Ryanair flight to Belarus, allowing a prominent critic to be arrested, was a “premeditated breach of all the international aviation rules”, according to the airline’s boss Michael O’Leary.Ryanair flight FR4978 from Greece to Lithuania on May 23 changed course to head for the Belarus capital Minsk escorted by a MiG fighter jet.The Foreign Office has previously said the plane was grounded “on the basis of a false bomb scare” in order to arrest an opposition journalist, Roman Protasevich.

Ronaldo pushes Coke bottles aside to drink water

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Mandatory credit: Courtesy UEFA 2021Cristiano Ronaldo pushes aside two Coke bottles and shows off his love of water at the start of Portugal's pre-match press conference.

Bride-to-be 'devastated' as England's extended lockdown hits wedding plans

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The delay in lifting all coronavirus restrictions on weddings is a “slap in the face” for couples, one bride-to-be has said.Boris Johnson told a Downing Street briefing on Monday that the current 30-person cap for ceremonies and receptions will still be lifted on June 21, but venues will have to limit numbers and activities based on space.The Government website has been updated to state that “some restrictions” will need to be enforced at weddings and commemorative events, including table service only, social distancing, face coverings and “restrictions on singing and dancing”, amid a delay to the planned final stage of lockdown easing.

Christian Eriksen says he’s ‘fine – under circumstances’ after cardiac arrest

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A smiling Christian Eriksen has insisted he is “fine – under the circumstances” as doctors work to determine the cause of his cardiac arrest.The 29-year-old Denmark midfielder continues to undergo tests in hospital after collapsing on the pitch during Saturday’s game against Finland at the Parken Stadium in Copenhagen.

Daily politics briefing: June 15

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A look at the facts behind the day's headlines as Prime Minister Boris Johnson set a new “terminus date” of July 19 for the end of England’s coronavirus restrictions.

Baby misses out on life saving treatment by one week

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A couple who had a miracle baby after five years of trying were devastated when their son missed receiving the world's most expensive drug from the NHS - costing £1.79 million for a single dose - because he was a week too old.Overjoyed when they had Zakariya, now eight months, Londoners Mostafa and Tara Aballai, 31, were heartbroken when he was diagnosed with Spinal Muscular Atrophy or SMA type one - a degenerative genetic condition causing paralysis and respiratory problems - in May this year.

Lockdown restrictions: What is changing, what is staying the same and why?

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Although the Government has agreed to remain at Step 3 of the road map for easing coronavirus restrictions for four more weeks, there will be a limited relaxation of rules in some areas sooner than July 19.But what has changed following Boris Johnson’s announcement, what will stay the same and why?

Leeds nightclub owner: We've lost confidence in the Government

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Terry George owns Club Mission in Leeds and said the “frustrating” delay made it feel as though nightclubs were being “penalised”, adding: “It just doesn’t seem fair at all.”He told the PA news agency he has “lost faith” in the Government, which announced the 30-person cap for wedding ceremonies and receptions, as well as wakes, will be lifted.

Matt Hancock: Race between vaccines and coronavirus isn't over yet

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Health Secretary Matt Hancock warned that “the race” between the vaccines and coronavirus “isn’t over yet”.He told the House of Commons: “At every stage at the road map we’ve taken the time to check it’s safe to take the next step.

30-person limit on weddings in England will be lifted from June 21

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Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced a limited easing of restrictions to take place from June 21 as he faces the prospect of a rebellion from Conservative MPs who are furious about the delay.The 30-person cap for wedding ceremonies and receptions, as well as wakes, will be lifted, with limits to be set by venues based on social distancing requirements.

PM delays end of Covid restrictions by up to four weeks over Delta variant fears

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Boris Johnson has been forced to delay the end of England’s coronavirus restrictions by up to four weeks after being warned the move could lead to thousands of deaths and unbearable pressure on the NHS.The Prime Minister announced the setback to the final phase of his plan to end the lockdown on Monday due to concerns over the rapidly spreading Delta variant first identified in India.

Yorkshire Wildlife Park becomes world's second largest polar bear centre

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England now has the largest polar bear centre in the world outside of Canada, following the arrival of three cubs and their mother at a park in Doncaster. They join four male polar bears already living at the Yorkshire Wildlife Park, which has been dubbed the polar bear capital of Europe. The 18-month-olds are triplets, which are rare for polar bears, and are settling into a new enclosure with their mother, Flocke, aged 12. Interview with: Dr Charlotte Macdonald, animal director at the park.

Coronavirus vaccine: 71 million jabs given in the UK so far

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Government data up to June 13 shows that of the 71,672,208 jabs given in the UK so far, 41,698,429 were first doses – a rise of 147,228 on the previous day.Some 29,973,779 were second doses, an increase of 181,121.

Coronavirus in numbers: UK cases rise by 7,742

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The Government said a further three people had died within 28 days of testing positive for Covid-19 as of Monday, bringing the UK total to 127,907.Separate figures published by the Office for National Statistics show there have been 153,000 deaths registered in the UK where Covid-19 was mentioned on the death certificate.

Tennis Grand Slams: Who is the greatest of all time?

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Novak Djokovic moved a step closer to becoming the leading male player in grand slam singles history with his 19th title at the French Open.The 34-year-old defeated Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-7 (6) 2-6 6-3 6-2 6-4 to lift the Coupe des Mousquetaires for the second time.

Arlene Foster urges respect for differing identities in resignation speech

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Northern Ireland will only move forward when the region’s differing identities are respected by all, resigning First Minister Arlene Foster has said.Making her resignation speech to the Assembly chamber, the ousted DUP leader said her time as First Minister may have ended “abruptly” but she vowed to pursue “unfinished business” in championing Northern Ireland in other ways.Mrs Foster, who acknowledged she had not always made the right calls, became emotional as she closed her speech with an appeal for MLAs to act as “good neighbours”.

Boris Johnson: Nato seeks to avoid new Cold War with China

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Boris Johnson insisted Nato did not want a “new Cold War” with China. The Prime Minister travelled to Brussels on Monday for a summit of the Western alliance.Speaking as he arrived at the Nato ministerial summit in Brussels, the Prime Minister said: “I don’t think anybody around the table today wants to descend into a new Cold War with China.“I don’t think that’s where people are.“I think people see challenges, they see things that we have to manage together.“But they also see opportunities and I think that what we need to do is do it together.”

Moving light installation to transform skies as part of arts programme

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A moving light installation is to transform skies and the surrounding landscapes of eight counties as part of an art programme.Light Ballet is a light installation floating down the River Shannon over eight days and is visible from up to seven kilometres and covering almost 200 kilometres.

Euro 2020 briefing: England make winning start

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Here are all the key statistics from the Euro 2020 tournament as England win their opening game at a European Championships at the 10th attempt.

Steve Clarke: Big-game players will overcome Scotland’s tournament inexperience

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Scotland head coach Steve Clarke is confident his big-game players can compensate for a lack of tournament experience.Some of Clarke’s squad were not even born the last time Scotland took part in a major finals, at the World Cup in France in 1998.Scotland begin their Euro 2020 campaign on Monday against a Czech Republic side making their seventh consecutive appearance at the European Championship finals. They then take on tournament regulars England and World Cup runners-up Croatia.

Health minister: Prime Minister weighing up lockdown easing delay

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Nick Ferrari engages in a heated exchange with Health Minister Edward Argar over the upcoming lockdown announcement from Boris Johnson.The Government is likely to delay any easing due to spiking coronavirus cases throughout the UK.

Daily politics briefing: June 14

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A snapshot of the latest political updates on June 14, as Boris Johnson faces a possible Tory backlash over the expected decision to delay the easing of lockdown in England.

Praise for car mechanic turned artist from Caroline Flack's Mum

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A furloughed mechanic whose fake snow and airbrush pictures became so popular during lockdown that he quit work to create them full-time has won praise for his portrait of late TV star Caroline Flack from her mother.With no artistic training, Scott Wilcock, 33, had briefly dabbled with making paintings on glass windows with snow spray, which is usually used to decorate Christmas trees, as a hobby.

Knesset approves new coalition to end Netanyahu’s long rule

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Israel’s parliament has narrowly voted in favour of a new coalition government, ending Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s historic 12-year rule.Naftali Bennett, the head of a small ultranationalist party, was sworn in as prime minister after a narrow 60-59 vote in parliament.But if he wants to keep the job, he will have to maintain an unwieldy coalition of parties from the political right, left and centre.

Boris Johnson faces Tory backlash as lockdown lifting put on hold

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Boris Johnson is facing a furious backlash from Tory MPs as he prepares to put the final lifting of coronavirus lockdown restrictions in England on hold.The Prime Minister is expected to announce the ending of social-distancing rules – which had been slated for June 21 – will be delayed for four weeks to July 19.The move follows warnings from scientists that the rapid spread of the Delta variant first identified in India risks a “substantial” third wave if it is allowed to spread unchecked.

Biden says Queen reminds him of his mother

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Joe Biden has praised the Queen’s generosity and said she reminds him of his mother after the monarch hosted him and the First Lady for tea at Windsor Castle.

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