After legal setback, Scotland to seek ‘de facto referendum’ on independence from UK
Scotland needs go-ahead from Westminster to hold another vote on independence, ending hopes of a referendum next October.
- by Rob Harris
Measles now an imminent global threat due to COVID pandemic, say WHO and CDC
Most measles-related deaths are caused by complications including swelling of the brain and dehydration.
- by Jennifer Rigby
Most Ukrainians left in the dark as Russia continues missile attack on power grid
Russia has been pounding the power grid and other facilities with missiles and exploding drones for weeks and the energy system is being damaged faster than it can be repaired.
- by John Leicester and Sam Mednick
‘Bregret’: Britons are showing signs of Brexit buyer’s remorse
The UK’s divorce from the European Union may be in the history books, but “Bregret”, as the British newspapers have called it, is back in the air.
- by Mark Landler
In hunt for Russian spies, Ukrainians raid monasteries
The secret service said the search was necessary to “protect the population from provocations and terrorist acts”.
- by Roland Oliphant
Vladimir Putin launches nuclear icebreakers, touts Russia’s ‘Arctic power’
Presiding via video link from the Kremlin at the launch ceremony, Putin said such icebreakers were of strategic importance for the country.
‘Premeditated’: French antiques dealer kills his tax inspector
Two tax inspectors, a man and a woman, had come to the suspect’s house to audit the accounts of his company dealing in antiques and second-hand goods.
- by GV De Clercq
Incinerators can’t keep up with ‘mountain of cocaine’ in Belgium
Officials have warned the pile-up of illicit substances, worth hundreds of millions of euros, could be stolen back by heavily armed criminal gangs.
- by Joe Barnes
Singing nun who won The Voice switches habit for red lipstick
Sister Cristina first came to prominence when she won the Italian version of television talent show The Voice.
- by Nick Squires
‘Moving fast’: Russia to build drones with help from Iran
The kamikaze weapons will increase Moscow’s ability to knock out energy infrastructure in Ukraine.
- by James Kilner and Jessica Abrahams
Fury as 225,000 British expats in Australia to miss double-digit pension lift
Representatives from the British Pensions in Australia group will arrive in London on Monday to lobby the British government to end an “injustice”.
- by Rob Harris