Donald Trump has continued to cause controversy as he ramped up his campaign tour with constant rallies across America's west - but cracks are showing on both sides. The Democrats have been warned the election will go down to the wire, despite Joe Biden enjoying a major polling lead, as the campaign continues to mirror the failed 2016 bid by Hilary Clinton. The two candidates will debate for a final time on Thursday in Nashville, Tennessee, after their second face-off was cancelled in favour of simultaneous town hall events. Trump has an aggressive schedule planned despite figures showing he raked in £135 million less than the $383 million Biden raised in September to support his efforts. A California fundraiser over the weekend did, however, see backing from the Beach Boys who performed in Newport Beach. Perhaps Trump will swap in one of their tracks to replace his go-to YMCA by The Village People at future rallies. Here's everything you need to know. Trump claims … [Read more...] about US Election – 7 things we learned as Trump claims Biden wants to cancel Christmas
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More than 40% of the over-80s have broken lockdown rules after getting vaccinated against coronavirus, new data suggests. The Office for National Statistics (ONS) asked more than 2,000 people over 80 in England about their attitudes toward COVID-19 . Some 43% said they had met up with someone outside their household, support or care bubble indoors after getting their first jab. And 41% admitted they did so less than three weeks after getting their first dose, "appearing to break lockdown regulations". Live COVID updates from the UK and around the world Advertisement Public health officials advise that coronavirus vaccines only start to offer protection two to three weeks after they are administered. Government scientists have also warned people against breaking lockdown rules despite getting their vaccines, as they could still pass the virus to someone else and cause it to mutate in the other person. More from Covid-19 … [Read more...] about COVID-19: More than 40% of over-80s have broken lockdown rules since getting vaccinated, ONS says
More than half of all adults have now received a dose of a COVID-19 vaccine in at least 19 areas in England and Scotland. Tendring in the east of England tops the list with almost 55% of its adult population getting a single jab by the end of February, according to the latest NHS England data. Among the other areas over 50% are Wyre in the North West, West Devon in the South West and Rother in the South East, while the Outer Hebrides is the only Scottish authority to so far reach that threshold. All the areas have a higher proportion of older people than average, for example in Tendring more than one in five adults are over the age of 70. Data for Wales and Northern Ireland is not currently available at this geographical level. Advertisement Explore the map below to see how your area compares. The decision to begin the rollout in older age groups is likely to have played a part in the progress each area has made. The 15 areas of England to have … [Read more...] about COVID-19: Is your area one in England and Scotland where half of adults have received a vaccine?
A "worrying" number of children and teenagers are being recruited to terrorist groups during the coronavirus lockdown, the foreign secretary has told MPs. Dominic Raab was addressing the Commons about the UK's fight against Islamic State . He said the UK was tackling the terror group's propaganda "head on", but warned it was "still able to carry out lethal attacks". Please use Chrome browser for a more accessible video player February: Yazidi massacre survivor on his capture by IS IS remains the UK's "most significant terrorist threat" at home and abroad, the foreign secretary told MPs. "This is a critical moment," Mr Raab said. Advertisement "Yes, Daesh's [another name for IS] brand has weakened - it remains, nonetheless, globally recognised. "In December 2020, the UK Counter-Terrorism Referral Unit saw a 7% rise in the volume of terrorist content online and we can see a worrying rise in the proportion of children and … [Read more...] about Dominic Raab: ‘Worrying’ number of children and teenagers recruited to terrorist groups during lockdown
Apple's App Store is being investigated by the UK competition watchdog over concerns about possible unfair practices that could ultimately mean consumers are paying higher prices. The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) said its probe into the iPhone and iPad maker was partly prompted by complaints from app developers. Apple's terms mean that developers can only distribute their apps on its devices via the App Store and some of them are required to use Apple Pay to charge for add-ons or upgrades. Each time a consumer buys an app or makes one of these in-app purchases, Apple charges a commission of up to 30%. Several developers reported that the company's terms and conditions were unfair and could break competition law, the CMA said. Advertisement The watchdog's chief executive Andrea Coscelli said: "Millions of us use apps every day to check the weather, play a game or order a takeaway. "So, complaints that Apple is using its market … [Read more...] about Apple’s App Store investigated by UK competition watchdog