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Barbados plans to scrap Queen Elizabeth off leadership post.

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Renewed push for republican status comes 45 years after the former British colony gained independence.

Barbados wants to remove the United Kingdom’s Queen Elizabeth as its head of state and become a republic, the Caribbean nation’s government has said.

A former British colony that gained independence in 1966, Barbados has maintained a formal link with the monarchy like some other countries that were once part of the British empire.

“The time has come to fully leave our colonial past behind,” said Barbados Governor General Sandra Mason, delivering a speech on behalf of the country’s Prime Minister Mia Mottley.

“Barbadians want a Barbadian head of state. This is the ultimate statement of confidence in who we are and what we are capable of achieving. Hence, Barbados will take the next logical step toward full sovereignty and become a republic by the time we celebrate our 55th anniversary of independence.”

That anniversary will come in November of next year.

Some on social media celebrated the move.

Kristen Clarke, the head of the Washington, DC-based Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, said the development symbolised the “globalisation” of the Black Lives Matter movement.

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According to the Barbados Today, the idea of Barbados becoming a republic was discussed as early as the 1970s.

“The peril and uncertainty of the times compel us to reinforce our foundation. Equally, we are challenged to shore up our traditional structures and find stronger, more resilient, more sustainable architecture, on which we can build a modern and enduring structure for current and future generations,” Mason said, according to the newspaper.

“Barbados has developed governance structures and institutions that mark us as what has been described as, ‘the best governed Black society in the world’.

“Since Independence, we Barbadians have sought constantly to improve our systems of law and governance so as to ensure they best reflect our characteristics and values as a nation.”


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‘Raheem Sterling is taking Football to another level’ – Gareth Southgate

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Gareth Southgate believes Raheem Sterling has taken his game to “another level” with his late penalty winner against Iceland proving England are not overly reliant on Harry Kane.

Sterling coolly stroked home a last-gasp spot-kick he had won himself as England ended a 10-month hiatus with a 1-0 Nations League win in Reykjavik on Saturday.

The Manchester City forward played the whole game despite only recently returning for pre-season training with Southgate full of praise for the man who scored his 11th goal in his past 12 international appearances.

“His hunger to score, his hunger to win things, his hunger to drive himself, you really can’t underestimate it,” Southgate said of Sterling.

“It has a massive impact on everybody around him and really has taken his game to another level.

“I can’t speak highly enough of him really, it would have been very easy to have another few days on the beach, not report in, get himself right for his club at the beginning of the season.

“His mentality the whole week has been exceptional. Desperate to be here, desperate to play, desperate to stay on, I thought he carried the fight when we went down to 10 men.

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“He took the responsibility of the penalty, and I thought it was outstanding character throughout – his desire to win and succeed is exceptional.”

England are back in action on Tuesday night for another Nations League away clash, this time meeting Denmark in Copenhagen.

Given that the new domestic season is not yet under way, Southgate is likely to have to juggle his side.

Captain Harry Kane, in particular, looked off the pace for much of the win in Iceland – even if he did see an early goal incorrectly ruled out for offside.

Kane’s return to pre-season training with Tottenham was delayed after he was forced to quarantine as per the UK coronavirus regulations following a holiday in the Bahamas.

The 27-year-old has scored 32 goals in just 46 England appearances, including winning the Golden Boot at the 2018 World Cup.

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But with the likes of Sterling also finding his scoring boots for his country, Southgate does not feel any future success would rely solely on Kane.

“Harry is a supreme goalscorer and is critical to the way we play,” he said.

“Equally, we have some tremendous threats which will be clear as the next few months develop with Raheem in particular.

“Obviously we’ve spoken about Jadon (Sancho) already, Mason (Greenwood) is coming though, Marcus Rashford is of course at home.

“Phil (Foden) who I thought had a really good debut in really difficult circumstances, really difficult to play in those areas, and Mason Mount will score goals as well.

“The nice thing is that we won’t be leaning just on Harry and I think games like the win in Spain (a 3-2 Nations League victory in October 2018, with two Sterling goals and one from Rashford) show that goals can come from elsewhere.”

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Just in: Pakistan defeats England by five runs

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It was on June 28 that Pakistan arrived on these pandemic-plagued shores and entered the unknown of a biosecure bubble for the sake of cricket. Two months on, as they prepare to finally leave it, few could begrudge them this victory.

After a 1-0 defeat in a rain-decimated Test series, and trailing by the same scoreline in this T20 run, the tourists finally had something concrete to show for their sacrifice as they triumphed by five runs in a thriller at Old Trafford, which went down to the final ball.

Nineteen-year-old Haider Ali made a brilliant half-century on his international debut, but it was two old-timers, Mohammad Hafeez and Wahab Riaz, who were the match-winners.

Hafeez struck 86 as Pakistan scored 190/4 before Wahab, making his first appearance of the tour, bowled a brilliant, double-wicket penultimate over to halt England just as they looked set to complete another monster chase.

When Eoin Morgan won the toss and opted to bowl he would have been looking for two of the things that England’s white-ball displays have been missing this summer; powerplay wickets, and some, at any time, from Moeen Ali. In the second over he got both as Moeen bowled Fakhar Zaman with his first ball, and it would not be the last time the all-rounder showed signs of a timely return to form ahead of the upcoming series against Australia.

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That brought Haider to the crease and he immediately showed the kind of X-factor that lit up the Pakistan Super League this year and made you wonder how we hadn’t seen him earlier in this series as he walloped his second ball in international cricket for six.

Babar Azam was quickly into his rhythm, too, striking three boundaries off Saqib Mahmood’s second over, so it was a big relief when Tom Curran sent him on his way for 21 with a fuller delivery soon after his introduction to the attack.

By the end of the powerplay Haider had 22 off just 10 balls but the tempo needed lifting. Hafeez, who scored a terrific 69 in Sunday’s defeat, picked up where he left off and hit Lewis Gregory – already dropped for the Australia series – for a colossal six over the long boundary off the bowler’s first delivery.


Banton and Malan looking to stake a claim for regular England roles
Hafeez took the tourists to three figures with back-to-back slog sweep sixes to the short side of the ground off Rashid, before Haider became the first Pakistani to hit a half-century on T20i debut, reaching the landmark off just 28 balls. He was eventually bowled by a terrific yorker from Chris Jordan for 54 but by then Hafeez had reached a fifty of his own and kicked on again.

Haider’s fine start to life at this level may end up the most positive take away from the entire series for Pakistan, but Hafeez, 20 years his senior, made the most meaningful contribution in the short-term, eventually finishing on a career-best 86 not out.

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Jonny Bairstow was the only member of England’s top three assured of his place in the side ahead of Friday’s first T20 against Australia and it was just as well as he was bowled for a duck by a wonderful Shaheen Afridi yorker as the hosts began their chase.

That left Dawid Malan and Banton in the middle once more. The former stuttered out of the blocks but just looked to be finding his groove, striking a four through extra cover, when he was brilliantly caught on the boundary by Fakhar and had to walk for seven.


Banton on the other hand, wasted little time in unveiling his array of shots, including a couple of delightful reverse sweeps for four. He was motoring along until making his first error from the non-striker’s end, rejecting a committed Morgan’s call for a single as he spotted Babar make a terrific diving stop on the circle and instead barbecuing his in-form skipper. Just five balls later he was also trudging back to the pavilion, trapped lbw by Haris Rauf on review having racked up 46 off 31, as England were reduced to 69/4.

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Sam Billings and Moeen were charged with rebuilding and did so in sensible fashion, with a partnership of 57 before the former was caught down at third man.

Moeen had already moved into a gear we’d been yet to see from him this summer – his previous four innings had brought just ten runs in total – taking ten off Shaheen’s first two deliveries after the quick’s return to the attack.

But it was in the 16th over, bowled by Shadab Khan, that the Worcestershire man really brought England back into the game as he clattered three sixes. His half-century came off just 25 balls, and even as Lewis Gregory and Chris Jordan fell around him, he looked on course to take England home. That was until Wahab struck, snaring him caught-and-bowled for 61, and conceding just three runs from the 19th over.

That left England what looked an impossible task, eventually needing 12 off two, only for Haris to remarkably bowl a slower-ball with the penultimate delivery which Curran dispatched into the stands. There was no late twist though, as he recovered with a dot to send Pakistan home with a deserved win.

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As school resumes: Britain reverse face mask policy.

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The government has reversed policy on wearing facemasks in schools in England, sparking fresh criticism about its handling of the coronavirus outbreak.

Ministers had insisted face coverings were not necessary when children go back to school from next week after nearly six months out of the classroom amid concern about a rise in infections.

But in new guidance late Tuesday, the British government advised that secondary school students and staff should wear face coverings in corridors and communal areas.

The change is being seen as another U-turn, just weeks after ministers were forced to scrap the use of an algorithm which gave 17- and 18-year-olds lower-than-expected exam grades.

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Teaching unions have been calling for English schools to follow guidance in Scotland, which has a separate education system, that requires pupils to cover their nose and mouth between lessons.

But while welcoming the change, critics including the main opposition Labour party said ministers had shirked their responsibility by leaving enforcement to individual schools.

Labour’s education spokeswoman Kate Green slammed a “half-baked U-turn”. “The government should have given clear guidance and a plan to deliver it,” she said.

Under-fire Education Secretary Gavin Williamson had insisted masks were not required in schools and Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s office said there was no plan to review the policy.

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But Williamson, widely blamed for the furore over exam results, on Wednesday said the government would now follow World Health Organization advice for children aged 12 and over to wear masks.

“Outside of local lockdown areas face coverings won’t be required in schools, though schools will have the flexibility to introduce measures if they believe it is right in their specific circumstances,” he said on Wednesday.

In this file photo taken on April 12, 2020. A handout image released by 10 Downing Street, shows Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson as he delivers a television address after returning to 10 Downing Street after being discharged from St Thomas’ Hospital, in central London on April 12, 2020. Pippa FOWLES / 10 Downing Street / AFP.

“I hope these steps will provide parents, pupils and teachers with further reassurance.”

Some 41,500 people have died in the coronavirus outbreak in Britain — the worst death toll in Europe — and the government response to the pandemic has been criticised.

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Ministers were accused of not reacting quickly enough, failing to ensure enough protective equipment for frontline health and social care workers, and over the testing regime.

London reversed policy on the wearing of facemasks in shops in England after initially saying they were not necessary, and was forced to backtrack on a planned reopening of primary schools in July.

Education is a devolved issue for regional governments in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Older students in Northern Ireland will be asked to wear face coverings outside classrooms from next week. The Welsh Assembly in Cardiff is due to make its decision on Wednesday.


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Bukayo Saka to choose between Nigeria and England

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Arsenal winger Bukayo Saka admits it will be challenging to choose between England or Nigeria, should his impressive Premier League form be rewarded with international selection.

In a wide ranging interview with Sky Sports News the teenager discussed a memorable few years rising through the ranks at Arsenal, including:

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Saka is yet to receive a call-up from either England or Nigeria but he’s attracting admiring glances from both associations.

For the modest but confident 18-year-old it is a decision that will require careful consideration with family members at the right time.

“It’s a tough choice,” Saka revealed.

“I’m happy to have represented England at youth level but I’m also proud of my Nigerian heritage from my parents.

“We haven’t been picked by any team so it’s about staying humble and when the time comes we’ll make the decision.”

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Gareth Southgate has been keeping a close eye on Saka and Manchester United striker Mason Greenwood, while Jude Bellingham recently became the most expensive 17-year-old in history following his £25m move to Borussia Dortmund.

The future for England appears bright with Europe’s top clubs and their current managers putting faith in the teenage sensations.

“Greenwood and Bellingham have so much quality. Whether they are 18 or 28 or 38 they’ve got quality and when you’ve got quality you’re going to be in the team, providing you can apply the right attitude,” Saka said.

“I feel the age isn’t really a factor because they’ve got maturity and quality beyond their years. That’s why they’re being trusted I believe.”

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Mikel Arteta, like Unai Emery before him, is certainly placing his trust in Saka who has scored in the Premier League, FA Cup and Europa League during his 38 appearances this season.

“Being young and at a big club if you are in the team over an experienced professional the manager is basically telling you without speaking that I believe in you.

“(He’s saying) go and do what you can do and that belief gives me so much confidence. Arteta is so detailed and clear and a lot of the players will tell you we are learning from him.

“I feel like we’re going in the right direction and we’re working hard to hit the ground running next season.”

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Saka recently scored his first Premier League goal and was this week rewarded with Arsenal’s No 7 shirt, previously worn by Robert Pires, Tomas Rosicky and David Rocastle.

“I was so excited to get it. It’s stuff you dream of and to think of the legends who have had it is such an honour,” he said.

“I liked the number growing up because some of the best players in the world have worn it.

“It shows how much confidence they have in me and I want to repay their faith and hopefully can write my own history in that shirt.”

In recent years the youngster has gone from watching Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to assisting his goal at Old Trafford earlier this season.

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The youngster added: “In the academy we got tickets to watch (the first team) and I used to see him scoring goals. To now be playing with him is just amazing.

“You know he’s going to score a goal for us. He’s such a good guy who helps all the young players with advice and he’s also funny as well!”

Saka spoke in similar fashion about Arsenal legend Thierry Henry when the Frenchman gave a talk to the academy players a couple of years ago.

He revealed this particular session spent in the company of Henry was on his mind recently when he scored a first league goal.

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“His mindset was just so elite,” Saka explained.

“He told us about a day that Arsenal were behind and he wouldn’t allow his team to lose before running past everyone to score!

“When he speaks to your face and you see in his eyes how passionate he is for the game and how much he wanted to win it shows why he was such a great player.

“You dream of trying to emulate a career like his. As a young player that just inspires you and that’s why scoring against Wolves meant so much to me.”

Next weekend Saka can emulate Norman Whiteside if he scores in the FA Cup final as an 18-year-old, and although Whiteside’s record of youngest scorer in the decider is safe, it would be a proud moment for him.

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“The chance to win a trophy in my first full season is amazing. If you told me last year all of this would happen I wouldn’t have believed you!

“We have Watford to focus on first to try to build momentum. They are going to be fighting for their lives because they want to stay in the Premier League but we want to win.

“It would be a shame if we have to send them down but at Arsenal we have a winning mentality and want to win every game.”

The “humble” teenager admitted he is feeling “blessed” after signing a new long-term deal earlier in July.

With his infectious positive attitude and raw talent the Arsenal No 7 shirt may be occupied for some time.

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Queen of England Marks 94th Birthday With No Fanfare.


Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II celebrated her 94th birthday on Tuesday, but the traditional gun salute was called off this year because of the coronavirus crisis.

The monarch was said to be marking the occasion with her 98-year-old husband, Prince Philip, at Windsor Castle, west of London.

The couple, whose age puts them in a high-risk category for COVID-19, have been following the government’s lockdown orders and maintaining social distancing rules during the pandemic.

Other senior royals have been housebound at their residences around Britain, so publicly wished the queen a happy birthday on social media instead.

“Wishing Her Majesty The Queen a very Happy 94th Birthday,” her son and heir to the throne Prince Charles and his wife Camilla posted on Twitter alongside a selection of photographs of his mother through the decades.

Buckingham Palace said on Saturday that the queen would not celebrate her birthday with a traditional gun salute given Britain’s struggles to contain COVID-19.

The country is among the worst-hit in the world by the virus, registering nearly 17,000 deaths in hospitals and almost 125,000 cases to date.

“Her Majesty was keen that no special measures were put in place to allow gun salutes as she did not feel it appropriate in the current circumstances,” the palace said.

The monarch made a rare national address at Easter, urging a collective response to the outbreak.


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There will be no gun salute at Queen Elizabeth 94th birthday. [England]


There will be no gun salutes to mark the Queen Elizabeth’s 94th birthday on 21 April, as it is not thought to be appropriate during the coronavirus pandemic.

It is believed to be the first time in the Queen’s 68-year reign that there has been no such birthday salute.

The monarch will celebrate the occasion privately, although there will be a social media post as normal.

It has already been announced that there will be no Trooping the Colour, a public celebration of her birthday, in June.


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Bale, Ramsey link with surprise move to Everton.


Alex Iwobi’s Everton are being linked with a surprise move for Real Madrid winger Gareth Bale and Juventus midfielder Aaron Ramsey.

Following their shock appointment of legendary Italian manager Carlo Ancelotti, the Merseyside club are looking to take the next step towards finally achieving their long-term goals.


Everton owner Farhad Moshiri sees Ancelotti as the perfect manager to steer the club back to glory, but there is an acceptance that the playing squad needs improving if they are to compete for the title.

The belief is that Everton need six or seven top-class players to get where they want to be, and a source has confirmed to 90min that club officials have discussed trying to lure both Bale and Ramsey to Goodison Park.


The logic behind this ambitious plot is that both players are thought to be unsettled at their current clubs.

Madrid are ready to offload Bale this summer as they don’t want to pay his huge £350,000-a-week wages, and it is understood that Los Blancos would even let Bale leave on loan with no up-front cost if a club offered to pay the majority of the Welshman’s salary.


For Ramsey, he has grown frustrated with life at the Allianz Stadium, having started just nine Serie A games during his debut season in Turin.

He is not keen on spending another season on the bench and he is aware that Juventus have informed representatives they would be open to letting him go if the right offer arrived.


The midfielder earns a similar wage to Bale, so covering both would be a huge challenge for Everton, but the Toffees accept that they will have to spend big if they want to keep the club moving in the right direction.

Moshiri believes the core of the current squad is excellent and capable of mounting a real push towards the top of the table, but only if they can add some more star quality.

Landing both Bale and Ramsey would be an enormous challenge, but they are the kind of moves which Everton want to make to compete with Liverpool and Manchester City for the league title.


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Shocking: Kane to dump SPURS because of Mourinho.


Arsenal legend, Paul Merson, has urged Harry Kane to leave Tottenham.

Merson feels Kane will not become the Premier League’s greatest goalscorer or win trophies under manager Jose Mourinho.


The England has netted 181 goals in 278 appearances for Spurs and 32 for the Three Lions.

However, Merson has claimed that Kane will not flourish under Mourinho’s style of football.


“If Harry Kane wants to win stuff, he may have to leave Tottenham,” Merson told Sky Sports.

“Will Kane get six or seven chances a game playing the way Jose Mourinho does? I don’t think so. For me that’s what he needs to weigh up.

“He loves scoring goals, he wants to play for an attacking team, but I don’t see that happening next season, if Mourinho makes it tight and starts playing the way that made him one of the best managers of all time, and I think that’s what Kane is weighing up.”


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Update: Prince Harry, Meghan Markle bow out of Royal duties.


Britain’s top royals came together on Monday at London’s Westminster Abbey in what was the last public family gathering before Prince Harry and his wife Meghan set off on a new career path devoid of official duties.

The annual Commonwealth Service was also the first time Harry and Meghan had been seen with Queen Elizabeth, his elder brother William and wife Kate, and father Prince Charles and his wife Camilla, since the couple thrashed out an exit deal from their royal roles in January.


Harry and Meghan smiled and she waved at William and Kate as they arrived in the abbey to take their seats.

The couple then chatted and laughed with his uncle, Prince Edward who was sitting next to them.


“I imagine everybody will be on absolutely best behaviour,” royal biographer Penny Junor told Reuters.

“But goodness knows what they will all be thinking privately.”


The January agreement, which comes into action at the end of the month, will see the couple – the Duke and Duchess of Sussex – seek to carve out “a progressive new role,” mainly based in North America, that they aim to finance themselves.

Harry, 35, and Meghan, 38, will stop using their HRH titles – His or Her Royal Highness, will not use “royal” in their branding and Harry, who will remain a prince, will relinquish his military titles.


Their announcement two months ago that they wished to step back from some of their royal duties sent shockwaves through the monarchy.

It led to a crisis meeting involving the 93-year-old queen, her heir Charles, William and Harry that concluded he and Meghan would have to give up all their royal duties.


The couple has spent most of their time in Canada but returned at the start of the month for a farewell round of engagements.

Harry and Meghan’s son Archie has remained behind in Canada.


Monday’s event to mark Commonwealth Day is their last official royal appearance and comes less than two years since they married in a dazzling ceremony of pomp and pageantry watched by millions worldwide.

There is no certainty about when the family will next be seen together.

“Our hope was to continue serving the queen, the Commonwealth, and my military associations without public funding.

Sadly that wasn’t possible,” the prince, the sixth-in-line to the throne, said in a speech in January.


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Marcos Alonso’s Dad Hints Defender Could Return to Serie A


Marcos Alonso Peña, the father of Marcos Alonso, has suggested that the defender’s future lies in Italy once his career in England comes to an end.

Alonso hasn’t enjoyed a consistent run of games in the first team under Frank Lampard, and amid rumoured interest from Inter – where he would be reunited with Antonio Conte – the Spaniard’s time in west London appears to be waning.

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England Medics Contact Man Utd Over Marcus Rashford Fitness Ahead of Euro 2020


England medics are growing increasingly concerned over the fitness of Marcus Rashford and have contacted Manchester United to examine their medical reports over fears for his Euro 2020 involvement.

This season has been the striker’s most prolific to date, netting 19 goals in all competitions – including 14 in the top flight – yet injury has blighted his season and his participation before the end of the campaign looks at risk.

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Barcelona Keen on Moves for Lautaro Martinez & Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang


Exclusive – Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubamayeng features on Barcelona’s shortlist of potential summer signings, though the reigning La Liga champions have established Inter’s Lautaro Martínez as their top striking target ahead of next season.

Barcelona have been on the lookout for a new striker for several months, with 33-year-old Luis Suárez approaching the end of his career at Camp Nou, but the striker’s recent injury has forced Barcelona to step up their search.

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Coronavirus: UK plane brings 200 evacuees; Spain yes 2 virus cases


Spain confirmed its second case of the new virus from China, and a plane evacuating more than 200 people from the Chinese city at the center of the epidemic landed Sunday in Britain.


The coronavirus case was detected in Mallorca, a popular vacation island in the Mediterranean Sea, Spain’s National Microbiology Center said. A British man who lives on the island contracted the virus at the end of January at a French ski resort where he came into contact with an infected person, according to Fernando Simón, head of Spain’s Coordination Center for Health Alerts and Emergencies.
The man, who was not identified, is healthy but is being kept in isolation in Palma de Mallorca, Simón told a news conference in Madrid. His wife and two daughters tested negative, N.Rs culled


Authorities are working to identify all the people the British man came into contact with in Spain.
Spain’s first virus case was a German tourist diagnosed a week ago in the Canary Islands off northwest Africa.


Britain’s evacuation plane, the second one charted by the government, arrived Sunday morning at RAF Brize Norton. British officials said the flight brought back 105 British citizens and family members, as well as 95 European citizens and family members. A total of 13 staff and medics were also on board.


The passengers were being taken to a hotel in Milton Keys where they will be quarantined for 14 days.
Also on board the British evacuation flight were 22 people from Germany. They were taken to Berlin, where they were to be tested and quarantined at a hospital for two weeks as a precaution.


Another 17 European evacuees on the onward flight to Berlin were to be transported on to Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Austria and Romania on special flights.
Meanwhile, Italian health authorities in Tuscany were trying to re-trace the steps of a Taiwanese couple who stayed four days in a Florence hotel, flew to Hong Kong and then to Taiwan on February 1 and were later confirmed to have the virus.

The virus death toll in China rose Sunday to 811, passing the number of fatalities in the 2002-2003 SARS epidemic, and officials said nearly 37,200 people have been infected there.
Europe has seen a total of 38 infections in nine countries, including 14 in Germany.


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Prince Harry, Meghan Markle keeps finding more security at canada


The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have increased security at their home in Canada, according to reports.

Prince Harry and Meghan’s rented mansion in North Saanich, Vancouver Island, has a new security camera along the beach, plus a tarpaulin hanging between two trees, TMZ has claimed. The Mille Fleurs mansion, worth £10 million, also has a large white tarpaulin covering the metal gates and “No Trespassing” signs.


The couple – along with their son Archie – are living in Canada as they prepare to drop their HRH titles and quit the monarchy for a life of personal and financial freedom. The family-of-three will now split their time between the UK and North America. In one of his final engagements before flying to Canada last month, Harry told guests at a charity dinner for Sentebale that the UK will always be his home and that he and Meghan had hoped to serve the Queen and country.

“The UK is my home and a place that I love. That will never change,” he said. “I have grown up feeling support from so many of you, and I watched as you welcomed Meghan with open arms as you saw me find the love and happiness that I had hoped for all my life.” He continued: “I will continue to be the same man who holds his country dear and dedicates his life to supporting the causes, charities and military communities that are so important to me. Together, you have given me an education about living. And this role has taught me more about what is right and just than I could have ever imagined. We are taking a leap of faith – thank you for giving me the courage to take this next step.”

Buckingham Palace previously said the Sussexes’ new life away from royal duties will begin in the spring of this year. Royal watchers will be waiting to see whether the pair, who are president and vice-president of the Queen’s Commonwealth Trust, will put in an appearance at the annual Commonwealth Day service with the royal family at Westminster Abbey in London on 9 March.


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Queen Elizabeth’s First Public Engagements Announced ..


Queen Elizabeth II is back at work following her winter stay at Sandringham estate in Norfolk.
The 93-year-old had to cancel her annual tea time with the local Women’s Institute near the famed estate last week due to a cold, but she seems to be on the mend and ready to continue in her first official engagements of the new year.

For starters, the queen is expected to visit RAF Marham in King’s Lynn on Monday, Feb. 3 and will serve as Honorary Air Commodore of the station, according to People magazine.


She will also be in attendance Wednesday for the opening of the new Wolferton Pumping Station, designed to keep the immediate area from flooding.

Per People, the monarch traditionally completes her annual stay at the estate on Feb. 6 – the date her father King George VI died in 1952 and she took the helm.


Despite the queen not making any official public appearances yet this year, she has been spotted many times attending church and has certainly maintained a busy agenda due to recent events surrounding the royal family.

In November, the queen had to deal with the fallout from son Prince Andrew’s disgrace from his connection to convicted pedophile Jeffrey Epstein, and it’s recently been revealed that Andrew, 59, has “provided zero cooperation” with federal investigators as they continue their probe into Epstein after Andrew publicly vowed that he would.

Additionally, the queen’s grandson Prince Harry and his wife, Meghan Markle, shocked the world this month when they announced that they would be stepping back as senior members of the royal family.

The announcement led to an emergency summit between Harry, his father Prince Charles and brother Prince William to address the matter, and ultimately the queen allowed her grandson and Markle to split their time between the U.K. and Canada as they desired.


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