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Dad tried to save wife and son, 9, as they drowned in Loch Lomond

A man whose wife and nine-year-old son drowned in Loch Lomond on Saturday has told how he battled in vain to save their lives. Waris Ali said he, his 29-year-old wife Edina Olahova and Muhammad Asim Riaz, 41, who also died, jumped in after seeing his son Rana and Mr Riaz’ son getting into difficulty…

Tokyo Olympics: Simone Biles’ brilliance cannot be quantified by gold medals

There has been a rumour doing the rounds in Tokyo. The kind passed along in hushed tones and dismissed immediately by the listener, who goes on to swill that around before passing it on to the next close contact.Simone Biles, you see, is not perfect. In her first appearance at these Olympics on Sunday, she…

Tube lines suspended after flash flooding in London

Londoners have seen their homes ‘wrecked’ and belongings ‘destroyed’ after flash floods overflowed the capital’s roads and poured into properties. The damage to businesses, infrastructure and residential buildings has been estimated in the millions of pounds after a month’s worth of rain fell in just over an hour on Monday evening. Torrential downpours concentrated in…

The fashion icons who inspired Alexa Chung’s latest Mulberry collection

Alexa Chung has released a new collection with British accessories label Mulberry to mark its 50th anniversary.Launching this week, the new Mulberry x Alexa Chung line marks the latest collaboration between the model and the label, which famously named one of its most popular handbags, the Alexa, after her when it debuted in 2010.This time…

Covid UK: Bosses demand ‘clarity’ on masks, social-distancing and WFH before July 19

Businesses are calling for urgent clarity over guidance on mask-wearing, social distancing, work from home and so-called vaccine passports before legal restrictions are axed on July 19, amid mounting fears of a 'free-for-all' when mandatory virus measures become advisory.Trade experts have warned that guidance laid out by Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Health Secretary Sajid…

Bill de Blasio expands vaccination-or-test mandate to ALL New York City workers

Bill de Blasio expands vaccination-or-test mandate to ALL New York City workers, including more than 300,000 municipal workers, NYPD and teachersAll New York City employees will be required to either get a COVID vaccine or take a COVID test every week starting on September 13Those who remain unvaccinated will also be required to wear masks…

Owners of Selfridges put business up for sale for £4,000,000,000

Selfridges’ billionaire owners are putting the historic department chain up for sale. The Weston Family have put a £4 billion price tag on the business, which has 25 stores worldwide, including its flagship on Oxford Street and store within Birmingham’s Bullring. The firm was founded in 1908 but has been controlled by the Westons since…

Drop in Covid cases may be due to schools closing for the summer holidays

A leading scientist advising the government on its Covid-19 strategy has put an unexpected drop in Covid-19 cases down to schools closing. Pandemics expert Dr Mike Tildesley warned ‘it’s possible that cases may seem to go down, when infections may be not going down as fast’ due to a drop off in testing of pupils.…

Dieter Brummer: Home and Away actor dies aged 45

image copyrightGetty Imagesimage captionDieter Brummer played roles in several Australian TV showsAustralian actor Dieter Brummer, best known for his role as Shane Parrish on TV soap Home And Away between 1992 and 1996, has died aged 45. Brummer was found dead at a house in Sydney on Saturday by New South Wales police responding to…

Whipps Cross hospital patients evacuated after flooding

media captionLondon flooding: What happened when a month of rain fell in one goA hospital has been forced to evacuate patients and cancel operations after heavy rainfall caused it to lose power.Around 100 inpatients at Whipps Cross Hospital in east London have been moved elsewhere and ambulances diverted after the NHS declared a “major incident”.London…

The wonder of double Olympic champion Peaty

Adam Peaty: Team GB star wins 100m breaststroke gold at Tokyo OlympicsDates: 23 July-8 August Time in Tokyo: BST +8Coverage: Watch live on BBC TV, BBC iPlayer, BBC Red Button and online; Listen on BBC Radio 5 Live, Sports Extra and Sounds; live text and video clips on BBC Sport website and app.Two Olympic gold…

Covid map: Coronavirus cases, deaths, vaccinations by country

By The Visual and Data Journalism TeamBBC Newsimage copyrightGetty ImagesCovid-19 is continuing to spread around the world, with more than 194 million confirmed cases and more than four million deaths across nearly 200 countries.The US, India and Brazil have seen the highest number of confirmed cases, followed by France, Russia, the UK and Turkey. Very…

University students may have to be double jabbed to attend lectures

An education minister today refused to rule out vaccine passports for university students looking to return to in-person lectures and live in halls of residence.Boris Johnson is said to be ‘raging’ about the lower uptake of the vaccines in young people and suggested the move to drive up the rates. It would see students only allowed…

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