PM to green light Covid passports and booster vaccine to stop winter lockdown – but MPs want to EXTEND powers

BORIS Johnson will next week unveil a “tool box” of contingency measures to see off a winter lockdown and keep Britain open, The Sun can reveal. Ministers will green light vaccine booster shots, Covid passports for clubs and stadiums and the biggest flu jab rollout in history to ease pressure on the NHS. An advertising blitz will urge most vulnerable

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Biden hosts Iraqi PM at White House to talk end of US combat mission

More On: iraq Iraq PM says US troops no longer needed to fight Islamic terrorists Dozens killed in suicide bombing on packed Iraq market Dozens killed, injured in fire at Iraqi coronavirus hospital Veteran’s view: War in Afghanistan did little good at too-high price President Biden will welcome Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi on Monday to the White House, where

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Nicola Sturgeon set to defy PM by keeping masks mandatory in Scotland

Nicola Sturgeon is set to defy ‘populist’ Boris Johnson by keeping face masks mandatory in Scotland even if lockdown easing goes ahead on July 19 Nicola Sturgeon is confirming today if lockdown easing goes ahead in Scotland Restrictions north of the border are scheduled to fall to ‘Level 0’ from Monday Ms Sturgeon has already indicated that masks will still

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Spain's PM says EU's Covid fund will build United States of Europe

Spain’s socialist PM says EU’s £650billion Covid fund will help build a ‘United States of Europe’ Pedro Sánchez said the stimulus package will deepen integration across Europe The rescue fund ended EU convention against raising of debt among members Usrula von der Leyen is touring the bloc announcing approval for spending plans  The socialist prime minister of Spain has said

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PM Johnson promises to 'level up' UK with post-pandemic plans in 'Queen's Speech'

By Elizabeth Piper and William James    LONDON (Reuters) -British Prime Minister Boris Johnson promised to tackle inequality and "level up" the country on Tuesday with a post-pandemic raft of laws presented by Queen Elizabeth to parliament.    In a ceremony stripped back because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the queen, who wore a day dress instead of the usual robes and crown,

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Unions threaten strikes if PM reneges on plans to raise teacher pay

Militant unions threaten industrial action as Rishi Sunak’s pay squeeze for five million workers casts doubt on Boris Johnson’s election manifesto to raise newly qualified teachers’ pay to £30,000 Boris Johnson had pledged in 2019 election to raise teacher pay to £30,000 But Rishi Sunak is preparing a public sector ‘pay restraint’ next week Unions have warned of an ‘exodus’

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Manchester lockdown: PM faces growing calls for national 'circuit-breaker' as Mancs hit pubs after leaders reject Tier 3

BORIS Johnson is facing growing calls from his own MPs for a national 'circuit-breaker' lockdown – as Mancunians hit pubs and bars after local leaders rejected calls for new Tier 3 measures in the city. The PM has faced a battle with Greater Manchester mayor Andy Burnham over additional shutdowns in the area – and used his press conference last

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Beirut explosion: Lebanon PM to resign within hours – as entire government steps down

Lebanon’s Prime Minister Hassan Diab is set to resign within hours after the entire government stepped down. Demonstrators had demanded political change after an explosion in Beirut killed more than 160 people and injured around 6,000 last week. Lebanon’s health minister Hamad Hassan confirmed the government had resigned as he spoke to reporters after a cabinet meeting on Monday. The

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