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The Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) has seen a spike in donations after its chief executive defended the charity helping people trying to cross the English Channel. But a “small number” of previous supporters have said they will be withdrawing their financial backing of the rescue service over the “polarising issue”. According to numbers seen […]

Doctor Who star Jodie Whittaker will leave the long-running TV show next year, the BBC has said. The 39-year-old British actress became the first woman to take on the title role in 2017, taking over from Peter Capaldi. She will appear in the show’s next series later this year, before making her exit in a […]

Hollywood star Thandiwe Newton, TV chef Nadiya Hussain, and author Lemn Sissay are among several celebrities supporting a new WaterAid climate change campaign. The charity’s Our Climate Fight project is urging the government to help vulnerable communities around the world access a reliable source of water so that they can “protect themselves from the destructive effects […]

The number of new COVID-19 cases recorded in the UK has risen for the second day in a row following seven days of falls, government data shows. 31,117 infections have been reported in the latest 24-hour period, along with 85 further deaths. The figures compare with 27,734 cases and 91 deaths announced yesterday. Last Thursday, […]

The government has given the go-ahead for a Holocaust memorial and education centre to be built next to parliament following a public inquiry. Plans for the structure, which is due to be built on the green next to the Palace of Westminster, were previously rejected by Westminster Council. But following a six-week public inquiry in […]

Sewage monitoring has shown there was a “widespread increase” in the concentration of COVID-19 in England throughout June. Samples of wastewater taken from around 270 sewage treatment works were tested for fragments of coronavirus. Live COVID updates from UK and around the world Image: A chart showing the change in coronavirus concentration between 1 and […]

The risk of COVID variants being brought into the UK from the US and EU could rise when fully vaccinated travellers are allowed in without quarantining. From Monday, passengers who have been fully vaccinated in the US or EU amber list countries will be exempt from isolating for 10 days. This brings those travellers in […]

Space flights and satellite launches can now take place in the UK, with the first expected next year, after new regulations came into force. The Department of Transport (DfT) announced a framework of rules to regulate the space industry and said it has “a potential £4bn of market opportunities over the next decade”. The first […]

The first named summer storm of the year will hit the UK tonight. It is set to bring “unseasonably strong winds and heavy rain to southern parts of the UK later today and into Friday”, the Met Office said. With severe gales and winds of up to 75mph likely, the Met Office has issued an […]

A record 689,313 alerts were sent to users of the NHS COVID-19 app in England and Wales in a week, NHS figures show. The alerts tell people they have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for coronavirus. Last week, 618,903 people were pinged by the app. Advertisement