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An explosion lights the sky following an Israeli air strike on Beit Lahia in the northern Gaza Strip

Holidaymakers’ travel plans in doubt as Portugal extends lockdown

The Portuguese Government has said it is continuing in its present ‘state of calamity’ until the end of May.

Glasgow protesters rejoice as men freed after immigration van standoff

Demonstrators in Kenmure Street, Pollokshields, had blocked the immigration enforcement van for hours on Thursday, with one lying under the vehicle.


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Entertainment venues in Wales to reopen as Covid alert level lowered

The lowering of the country’s alert level on Monday will come alongside the indoor reopening of pubs, restaurants, bars and cafes.

High Court to hear unionists’ challenge to Northern Ireland Protocol

Applicants say the judicial review aims to ‘undo the great wrong’ in the imposition of the post-Brexit trading arrangements.

Government ‘will not hesitate’ to act on Indian coronavirus variant

Cases of the Indian variant of concern have more than doubled and ministers are monitoring the situation.

Union boss condemned after saying ‘disgusting’ Patel should be deported

Unite assistant general secretary Howard Beckett said Home Secretary Priti Patel should be deported – but subsequently apologised.

What areas are likely to feature in the coronavirus public inquiry?

There are clear policy areas that will face intense scrutiny going forward as the nation looks at what lessons should be learned for the future.

Tracey Emin on life after cancer and living with a disability

She’s gone from enfant terrible to grande dame of art and now, as her dream exhibition reopens, the artist is making the most of it


BRITs 2021 - our showbiz reporter goes out out for a glittering night

The British music industry’s first big night out in more than a year was a triumph


Strengthening free speech laws ‘will counter censorship on campuses’

The Higher Education (Freedom of Speech) Bill will be introduced in Parliament on Wednesday.

Grenfell council housing boss ‘did not act’ on Lakanal fire recommendations

The inquiry heard evidence from the former director of housing at the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea.

Men detained in immigration raids released by police after protest

Demonstrators in Glasgow blocked the immigration enforcement van for hours on Thursday, with one protester lying beneath it


County court judgment against Boris Johnson set aside

Downing Street said it moved ‘at speed’ to get the judgment struck out.

Irish Cup final to be Covid test event for NI’s emergence from lockdown

Up to 1,000 spectators will be allowed to attend the event at Mourneview Park in Lurgan, Co Armagh, on May 21 but must provide a negative test result.

Girl on school trip to US would have survived if given antibiotics, inquest told

Ana Uglow collapsed in her hotel room in New York during a school trip in December 2019.

DUP leadership contenders deliver eve-of-polls messages to party voters

Sir Jeffrey Donaldson has pledged to provide a united leadership to unionism, and Edwin Poots has stated he will ‘reinvigorate unionism’.

Ex-Labour MP accused of sexual harassment wants to ‘clear name’

Mike Hill is accused of a campaign of sexual harassment and bullying against a parliamentary worker over a 16-month period.

Killer jailed in 1975 ‘not suitable for release’

Patrick Mackay, 65, was given a mandatory life sentence after being convicted of three counts of manslaughter by reason of diminished responsibility.

1,000 spectators to be allowed at Irish Cup final as Covid test event

The decision is understood to have been made by Stormont ministers at an Executive meeting on Thursday.

William and Kate tested by sporting challenges on day of activities

The Duchess of Cambridge missed the target as she tried her hand at archery while William struggled to keep possession in a game of keepy-uppy.

Government urged to consider criminal charges for tech bosses over online safety

The NSPCC says plans to defer criminal liability for senior managers at tech firms will mean children remain at risk.

Full list of ‘red list’ countries under UK hotel quarantine rules

Turkey, the Maldives and Nepal have been added to the red list


Former police officer jailed for helping gang seize ‘criminal cash’

The criminal enterprise has been compared to a storyline out of BBC’s Line of Duty


PM’s road map: Key dates for reopening of events, pubs and travel

Hugs and indoor socialising will return from May 17, along with capacity restrictions in place for larger events and performances


Vaughan Gething replaced as Wales’ health minister

Eluned Morgan becomes the new minister for health as Mr Gething is moved to the economy brief

Irish premier to meet Boris Johnson amid tensions in Northern Ireland

Micheal Martin will meet Mr Johnson at lunchtime at the Prime Minister’s Chequers estate on Friday.

Mary Lou McDonald warns DUP against any moves to destabilise Stormont

The DUP is to elect a new leader on Friday following the resignation of Arlene Foster.

Wet and cold weather set to blight the UK for the rest of May

The Met Office long-range forecast for May 17-26 warns it will ‘most likely be remaining unsettled throughout’.

Family surprised by presents from non-Muslim neighbour to celebrate Eid

Shafaq Hassan from Streatham, south London, said her neighbour brought a prayer mat for her son in celebration of Eid.

MI5 could not have prevented Fishmongers’ Hall terror attack, inquest told

A senior officer said a review of the incident involving Usman Khan concluded MI5 ‘could not have taken any action or materially changed the outcome’.

Sadiq Khan ‘absolutely determined’ to tackle violence in second term

The mayor said: “There are far too many grieving families in our city.”


David Cameron: Key things we learned from his evidence to MPs

The former prime minister was questioned over his work for Greensill Capital.