Seven new driving laws will come into effect in 2021 affecting millions

Anyone who falls foul of the upcoming rules could be slapped with fines or have penalty points put on their licence and in some circumstances motorists could have their car insurance revoked
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The Guardian view on intercommunal violence in Israel: a dangerous development with deep roots | Editorial
Political rhetoric has cultivated hatred. Both Palestinian and Jewish citizens are paying the priceThe horror unfolding in the Middle East is both old and new. There is a terrible familiarity to the destruction the Israeli state is raining down upon Gaza, and the lethal missiles fired from the Strip by Palestinian militants. Three wars and numerous battles have taught everyone what to expect: indifference to civilian lives on both sides. Already 119 Palestinians are dead, including 27 children, while eight Israelis are dead, including one child. The Israeli military describes its approach this time as a “higher tempo and intensity of attacks”, while Hamas is using “heavy rockets” to target heavily populated areas, including Tel Aviv. The risk of escalation into a full war remains. Israel has called up thousands of reservists.The unexpected and chilling development has been the outbreak of intercommunal violence, with the last few days seeing mob attacks upon both Palestinian citizens of Israel and Jews, and destruction including the torching of synagogues and smashing up of Arab-owned businesses. Ultranationalists, brought by a social media callout explicitly threatening violence, were filmed chanting “Death to Arabs”. An Arab motorist was lynched in the same Tel Aviv suburb, while in the city of Tamra, a Jewish man was stabbed in the neck. The prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, has described such incidents as the biggest threat to Israel, while its president, Reuven Rivlin, said that “a civil war [would] be a danger to our existence, more than all the dangers we have from the outside”. Continue reading...
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The Guardian view on taking back the buses: a route to recovery | Editorial
With plans to reassert public, democratic control over bus networks, mayors and ministers are correcting an old unfairnessIn 2024, Greater Manchester will reassert public, democratic control over its buses. The new, shortened timetable set out by mayor Andy Burnham following his re-election will make the combined authority, made up of Manchester and nine surrounding councils, the first area in the country to seize hold of powers passed into law in 2017. Private bus operators will, for the first time in decades, be required to do what they are told.Bus regulation does not have the same ring as rail nationalisation – so long a rallying cry of the left. But what is happening in and around Manchester is not only expected to have a significant social and economic impact on the region, it will correct a longstanding unfairness. When Margaret Thatcher privatised buses in 1985, London (along with Northern Ireland) was offered special arrangements: in the capital, elected politicians remained in charge. While London bus operators are private companies as in most of the rest of the UK, the mayor tells them which routes to run. Continue reading...
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Is India on the red list? Full list of nations
There are 43 countries on the high-risk list
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Indian variant more transmissible and will become dominant strain in UK, Whitty says
England’s chief medical officer has warned the Indian variant will over time come to “dominate” coronavirus cases in the UK.
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Weird dreams train us for the unexpected, says new theory
AI inspires hypothesis that sleeping human brain might try to break its overfamiliarity with daily data It’s a common enough scenario: you walk into your local supermarket to buy some milk, but by the time you get to the till, the milk bottle has turned into a talking fish. Then you remember you’ve got your GCSE maths exam in the morning, but you haven’t attended a maths lesson for nearly three decades.Dreams can be bafflingly bizarre, but according to a new theory of why we dream, that’s the whole point. By injecting some random weirdness into our humdrum existence, dreams leave us better equipped to cope with the unexpected. Continue reading...
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Delta becomes first major US employer to refuse to hire unvaccinated workers
Delta Air Lines has become one of the largest US companies to refuse to hire new employees who have yet to receive the Covid-19 vaccine.
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Health: Walking just 4,400 steps a day may be enough to protect you from serious illness
A review into the benefits of various levels of physical activity by an expert from the University of Hertfordshire found that the classic goal might be overkill.
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Katie Piper: My top tips for taking care of your wellbeing
What’s so nice about the past year is we have all picked up new skills, or rediscovered hobbies we used to love.
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AP PHOTOS: 'Amazon Venice' scrambles to stay above floods
The rivers have been swelling for weeks in Brazil’s Amazon region, and residents in a town that bills itself as ‘The Venice of Amazonas’ traded motorcycles for canoes and are clambering atop fresh-laid planks inside their homes to stay dry.
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Boris Johnson confirms change to vaccination plan as rates surge in Bolton
Boris Johnson warned the Indian variant could make it "more difficult" to move to step four of the roadmap out of lockdown
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States, business sort out what new CDC mask guidance means
A number of states immediately embraced new guidelines from the CDC that say fully vaccinated people no longer need to wear masks indoors or out in most situations
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NFL families seek to end 'race-norming' in $1B settlement
Thousands of retired Black professional football players, their families and supporters are demanding an end to the controversial use of “race-norming” to determine which players are eligible for payouts in the NFL’s $1 billion settlement of brain injury claims, a system experts say is discriminatory
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Disney CEO says attendance caps at parks being raised
Disney’s top executive says the CDC’s decision to ease up mask-wearing requirements for fully vaccinated people is “very big news for us.”
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When will we stop wearing face masks in the UK?
Masks will be around a short while longer.
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‘This feels like civil war’: Israel’s mixed cities become the new frontline
Against the backdrop of a potential protracted war in Gaza, violence has flared in Israel’s flashpoint towns
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'World's strangest turtle' is brought back from the brink of extinction
The species was thought to have permanently vanished from India after it had not been sighted for 10 years. Now, London Zoo has released five hatchlings back in the wild in the country.
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American comedian living in London exposes what English people REALLY mean
Holly Hudson, who is originally from Ohio but lives in London and in her 50s, often shares videos showing cultural difference between the UK and the US.
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FIFA 21 Bundesliga TOTS confirmed with Erling Haaland and Robert Lewandowski
The FIFA 21 Ultimate Team Bundesliga TOTS (Team of the Season) has been revealed as part of the ongoing FUT 21 Team of the Season promo, featuring players from Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund and more.
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Kate Garraway slams 'entitled' Prince Harry for claims about Prince Charles
Kate Garraway slammed Prince Harry for his "devastating" remarks about his upbringing with father Prince Charles, branding him "entitled and without empathy"
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New DUP leader Edwin Poots vows to make party ‘authentic voice’ of unionism
The Stormont minister defeated Sir Jeffrey Donaldson 19 votes to 17 in the race to succeed outgoing DUP leader Arlene Foster.
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Columbus reaches $10M settlement for family of Andre Hill
Ohio’s capital city has reached a $10 million settlement for the family of Andre Hill, a Black man who was fatally shot by a white Columbus police officer in December as he emerged from a garage holding a cellphone
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Centre offers over 20s first come first served Covid jabs amid India variant
Surge testing has been rolled out in Sefton, Merseyside to deal with cases of the India variant, while local leaders are hopeful surge vaccination programmes can be rolled out
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Boris Johnson confirms lockdown roadmap decision as Covid-19 rates spike
Local leaders had urged the government not to put extra rules in place despite rising infection rates.
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Second doses of coronavirus vaccines to be accelerated for over-50s and clinically vulnerable and lockdown easing could be delayed due to rise in cases of Indian variant, PM announces
The Indian variant could also make it “more difficult” for England to move to step four of the Government’s road map out of lockdown in June
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Army to hand out Covid-19 tests amid variant surge, Boris Johnson announces
Boris Johnson announced that there will also be an acceleration of the vaccine rollout there, including longer opening hours at vaccination centres, as cases of the variant surge
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Jersey Shore’s Ronnie Ortiz-Magro ‘stepping away’ from show for ‘mental health treatment’ after domestic violence arrest
He won't be filming new episodes.
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Chris Silverwood, England coach and selection supremo, set for summer break during ODI series
Chris Silverwood – newly-entrusted with full responsibility for selecting and coaching England’s men’s teams – will hand over the reins to the ODI side this summer in a bid to ensure he takes a midsummer break in a congested year.
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'More Transmissible' Indian Variant Puts June Re-Opening At Risk, Boris Johnson Warns
The Indian variant could make it “more difficult” for England to move further out of lockdown in June, Boris Johnson has said.He told a Downing Street press conference on Friday: “I do not believe that we need, on the present evidence, to delay our road map and we will proceed with our plan to move to step three in England from Monday.“But I have to level with you that this new variant could pose a serious disruption to our progress and could make it more difficult to move to step four in June.“I must stress we will do whatever it takes to keep the public safe.”At the briefing, Englands chief medical officer Chris Whitty said there theres is “now confidence” that the India variant is “more transmissible” than the strain first discovered in Kent.Johnson said that if the Indian variant proves to be “significantly more transmissible” than other strains “we’re likely to face some hard choices”.This is a breaking news story and will be updated. Follow HuffPost UK on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.
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England to burst cricket ‘bubble’ but Covid restrictions will remain
Players urged to use term ‘team environment’Test series against New Zealand starts 2 JuneEngland’s cricketers will be encouraged to move away from referring to “the bubble” this summer amid concerns the term has developed negative connotations and is beginning to perpetuate the mental strain of life on the road.International cricket has been played in biosecure environments ever since the Covid-19 pandemic began last year and though restrictions are being lifted across the UK, Joe Root’s Test team will still be limited to just grounds and hotels for the two-Test series against New Zealand that starts on 2 June. Continue reading...
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John Barrowman Torchwood audio drama pulled from publication after accusations he ‘exposed’ himself on set
Barrowman apologised for 'tomfoolery' on set.
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Celebrities have no idea how helpful it is when they’re open about their mental health struggles
The conversation they encourage is invaluable.
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Bolton Wanderers retained list could be announced next week
Ian Evatt will be speaking to his squad and those out of contract in particular about their futures at the club
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Must-win games evoke Liverpool memories of Houllier’s cup treble | Andy Hunter
Just like this year, in 2001 the Anfield side needed to win three games in the last week of the season to secure their targetA late surge, no margin for error, and three games in the final eight days to shape an entire campaign. For Liverpool 2021, read Liverpool 2001; although the stakes and rewards were considerably higher for Gérard Houllier two decades ago than they are Jürgen Klopp as he attempts to preserve the club’s place in the Champions League.“What we see at Liverpool now is partly down to Gérard,” says Dietmar Hamann, the former Liverpool and Germany midfielder. “The club was at a crossroads in the late 90s. Another two or three seasons of mediocrity and Liverpool could have been just another club. I think what’s happened at Liverpool over the last five years wouldn’t have been possible if Gerard didn’t put Liverpool back on the map 20 years ago.” Cardiff and Dortmund were the exact starting locations. Continue reading...
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Army to be deployed in Bolton as Covid cases soar by 158% in a week
The Prime Minister told a Downing Street briefing: ‘There will be surge testing with mobile testing units and the army will be on the streets, handing out tests.’
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Gemma Collins posts Amber Davies texts as she rubbishes claims of BRITs showdown
Former TOWIE star Gemma Collins and Love Island's Amber Davies reportedly clashed at the BRIT Awards earlier this week
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Russian bailiffs show up at US broadcaster's office
Russian court bailiffs have shown up at U.S.-funded Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty’s Moscow Bureau to notify it about the launch of enforcement proceedings over unpaid fines
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St Helens make move for Warrington Wolves ace Toby King
The Super League champions have accelerated their pursuit of the Dream Team centre.
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Paramedic recalls final moments of Dalian Atkinson’s life after Taser incident
Jurors have heard that Monk is alleged to have fired the Taser at Atkinson three times – with the final deployment lasting 33 seconds.
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People offered second vaccine doses earlier in face of Indian variant of concern
Boris Johnson said the Indian variant could ‘pose serious disruption’ to step four of the road map.
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Chilling resurfaced video shows classroom responding to 9/11 attacks
‘Oh my God,’ one student says as classroom learns of terrorist attack
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Onetime wunderkind Massachusetts mayor guilty of corruption
A onetime celebrated young Massachusetts mayor has been convicted of swindling investors out of tens of thousands of dollars and extorting marijuana vendors
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Fatigue, flares and fine details threaten Manchester United’s march
Last season Solskjær’s side faced a defining game at Leicester and won. Are they in shape to repeat the trick against Villarreal?An enormous police presence. Dogs. Drones. A helicopter. A 10ft wall. Crash barriers. Subterfuge. It has taken an awful lot for the Premier League and their partners to get matches played since last June but Thursday night at Old Trafford for the classic of the English football calendar – Manchester United versus Liverpool – took matters to a whole new level.The details in the intro are the eye-popping ones, the response to the fear that a group of United supporters – incandescent at the Glazer family and the owners’ drive to join the failed European Super League – might try to force a second postponement, the original fixture on the Sunday before last having had to be bumped after protesters stormed the stadium. Continue reading...
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Marvin Humes grateful for more boys in house after being outnumbered by girls
EXCLUSIVE: Marvin Humes revealed he is glad to now have a son after spending three years outnumbered by girls
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Married transgender women prisoners win legal fight over decision to only let them speak via letter
The two prisoners brought legal action against HMP Whatton (pictured), HMP Stafford and the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) to challenge their decisions to stop them from communicating except through letters.
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Over-50s to receive second jab after 8 weeks as alarm grows over the Indian Covid variant
Over-50s will be given their second vaccination after 8 weeks instead of 12 as alarm grows over the Indian Covid variant, Boris Johnson has announced.
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Boris Johnson warns lockdown lifting in June could be STOPPED over Indian variant fears
Facing the nation tonight he said that Monday's Step 3 easing of restrictions would go ahead as planned. But he told the nation it might face 'hard choices in the weeks ahead'.
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Blame lies solely with Home Office after immigration protest, says Yousaf
Humza Yousaf was asked about the Scottish Government’s response to the incident on Thursday.
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Schoolgirl, 14, who attended Windermere School, killed herself weeks after death of classmate
Fionnuala Ryan, 14, who attended the Windermere School in the Lake District, was found dead at her home in December 2019, Cockermouth Coroner's Court heard.
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