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Estelle Shirbon

England COVID test and trace scheme changes tack after mixed results

8:51pm BST

LONDON England's COVID-19 Test and Trace scheme is to become more locally targeted, the government said on Monday, after data suggested it was not reaching as many contacts of infected people as needed to avoid a second wave of infections.

UK armed forces asked to help deal with migrant boats crossing Channel

08 Aug 2020

LONDON Britain's armed forces have been asked to help deal with boats carrying migrants across the Channel from France, the Defence Ministry said on Saturday after a spate of arrivals on the southern English coast. | Video

UK risks big second coronavirus wave if it reopens schools without more testing, study finds

04 Aug 2020

LONDON Britain risks a second wave of COVID-19 this winter twice as large as the initial outbreak if it reopens schools full-time without improving its test-and-trace system, according to a study published on Tuesday.

Alan Parker, director of 'Bugsy Malone' and 'Mississippi Burning', dies at 76

01 Aug 2020

LONDON British filmmaker Alan Parker, director of movies ranging from "Bugsy Malone", a gangster comedy featuring children armed with machineguns that fired cream, to the tense prison drama "Midnight Express", died on Friday aged 76.

Johnson makes Lords of his brother, cricketer Botham and Brexit allies

31 Jul 2020

LONDON British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has elevated to the House of Lords his younger brother, a cricket hero and some of his allies in the campaign to take Britain out of the European Union.

UK COVID-19 infections rise as ministers fret over second wave in Europe

31 Jul 2020

LONDON Britain reported its highest number of new COVID-19 infections in more than a month on Thursday, as ministers fretted about a second wave of cases in Europe and warned more quarantine restrictions were possible.

Royal Meghan and UK tabloid trade blows in court dispute

29 Jul 2020

LONDON A lawyer for Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, accused a British newspaper publisher in court on Wednesday of commercially exploiting its legal dispute with her by using court documents as the basis for "sensational" coverage.

UK paper making 'commercial fodder' of dispute with royal Meghan, court hears

29 Jul 2020

LONDON, July 29 A lawyer for Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, accused a British newspaper publisher in court on Wednesday of commercially exploiting its legal dispute with her by using court documents as the basis for "sensational" coverage.

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