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Thomas Pesquet becomes first European to blast off on SpaceX’s Dragon capsule

The French astronaut and three other crew members are heading for the International Space Station.

Flexible rail season tickets will offer 15% discount – report

Passengers in England will be able to purchase French-style carnet tickets from June, it has been reported.

PM and Speaker lead tributes to Philip, the ‘father of the nation’

Boris Johnson said millions of lives had been touched by the Duke of Edinburgh.

Virtual summit to support countries most vulnerable to climate change

Cop26 President Alok Sharma will warn it is a ‘searing injustice’ those least responsible for rising temperatures are most at risk.

International treaty would tackle gaps exposed by Covid-19, say health leaders

Twenty-four world leaders, including Boris Johnson, have put their names to a call for such an agreement.

French doctors warn Covid third wave could overwhelm hospitals

Data on Sunday showed there were 4,872 ICU patients being treated, close to a November peak during France’s second wave of the virus


Moderna vaccines expected to arrive in April, minister confirms

Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden acknowledged all legal restrictions may not end in June as was hoped.

Petition for Batley Grammar School teacher reaches 50,000 signatures

The teacher was suspended after showing students a caricature of the Prophet Mohammed.

Why are images of the Prophet Mohammed offensive to Muslims?

The Koran – the Islamic holy book – does not explicitly forbid creating images of the Prophet.

Vaccines minister says booster shots could begin in September for over-70s

A number of jabs will reportedly be manufactured in the UK.

Booster coronavirus vaccines may begin for over-70s in September, minister says

Asked when the booster programme would begin, vaccines minister Nadhim Zahawi told the Telegraph ‘the most likely date will be September’.

Protests outside school over Prophet Mohammed caricature

People have gathered outside Batley Grammar School for a second day of protest.

What the papers say – March 26

The national papers on Friday focus on Britain’s plan for a ‘revaccination campaign’ and other coronavirus developments.
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UK reaches major milestone as more than half of adults receive Covid jab

Some 2,132,551 people in the UK have also received their second dose, according to the latest Government data.

Overseas summer holidays ‘extremely unlikely’, scientist warns

A third wave of coronavirus infections was also likely to hit the UK, according to another expert.

How Covid-19 restrictions vary across Europe and the United States

Some countries remain under curfew while others are tightening measures as cases rise.

Asda chief executive to step down following billion-pound buyout

Roger Burnley has said he will leave the supermarket next year after it has ‘transitioned fully to new ownership’ under the Issa brothers.

European countries to resume using AstraZeneca jab after regulator’s ruling

The European Medicines Agency said the Oxford/AstraZeneca jab was ‘safe and effective’.

Pollution from coal mining and metal works ‘may be linked to cryptorchidism’

Boys not treated for the condition may have fertility problems in later life and are at higher risk of testicular cancer.

Astronaut looks forward to tucking into French cuisine on space mission

Thomas Pesquet will be the first ESA astronaut to fly on a SpaceX Crew Dragon being launched on a Falcon 9 rocket.

‘Incandescent’ women plan to attend London vigil regardless of police talks

The vigil for Sarah Everard is subject to ongoing discussions between organisers and police.

Bernardine Evaristo: Duchess of Sussex faced deep-rooted prejudices

The fact that Meghan is a ‘powerful woman’ got ‘some people’s backs up’, she said.

Cladding firm boss shocked at products’ potential dangers, Grenfell inquiry told

Arconic – formerly known as Alcoa – provided the ACM PE-cored panels which were installed on Grenfell Tower during its refurbishment.

Ten children rescued from boat in English Channel

They were among 33 people packed onto a boat heading for the UK on Tuesday morning amid cold air and sea temperatures.

“Afghan criminal gang” arrested over Channel migrant smuggling.

The National Crime Agency says the suspected criminal gang members were burying boats on Channel beaches before using them to smuggle migrants to Britain for up to 3,000 euros each.


Failures over use of ‘filthy’ barracks for asylum seekers – inspectors

The Home Office has faced repeated criticism over its use of Napier Barracks in Folkestone and Penally Camp in Wales to accommodate asylum seekers.

John Kerry meets Boris Johnson in latest sign of US shift over climate change

Joe Biden’s special presidential envoy for climate was meeting European leaders.

Mark Drakeford told to respect Prime Minister following ‘awful’ remark

The Welsh Labour leader has been criticised after he was shown saying Boris Johnson ‘really, really is awful’ in a documentary.

Fears migrant may be missing at sea after failed Channel crossing

Three people suffering from hypothermia have been taken to hospital but French authorities say there may have been a fourth person on board.

How Sarkozy’s jail sentence is actually a typically French affair

It’s a punishment not even his critics expected —as France’s ex-president is sentenced to three years, Agnes Poirier reports on the fall out


Aviva sells French arm for e3.2 billion

Complex deal struck despite liability of “golden ticket” product that paid fortunes to clients