Getty Images Around two million of the UK’s lowest-paid workers will get a pay rise from Thursday as the minimum wage goes up. The National Living Wage will rise 2.2% to £8.91, the equivalent of over £345 a year for a full-time employee. It will also be given to 23 and 24-year-olds for the first
Getty Images Canada has secured the largest vaccine portfolio in the world but has so far failed to get its inoculation programme off the ground, even as it faces the pandemic’s third wave. In December, Canada’s Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland announced a C$1bn (£580m) investment in vaccine agreements. Ottawa had secured seven separate vaccine
Several witnesses gave emotional testimony on day three of Derek Chauvin’s murder trial, and prosecutors released new arrest footage. Mr Chauvin was fired as a police officer in Minneapolis after a viral video showed him with his knee on the neck of George Floyd for more than nine minutes. He denies the charges.
Handout Witnesses to the arrest of George Floyd have given emotional testimony about being at the scene of Mr Floyd’s arrest. The teenager who filmed the viral video from the scene, a city fire-fighter who begged police to check Mr Floyd’s pulse, and a nine-year-old girl on a walk to get snacks have all testified
French schools will close for at least three weeks as part of new national restrictions to fight rising Covid cases, President Emmanuel Macron says. Mr Macron said that schools would move to remote learning from next week. Lockdown measures, introduced in some areas of France earlier this month, are also being extended to other districts.
PA Media A government-commissioned report which found that the UK “no longer” had a system rigged against minorities has been accused of ignoring black and ethnic minority people’s concerns. The Commission on Race and Ethnic Disparities said family structure and social class had a bigger impact than race on how people’s lives turned out. Campaigners
Getty Images US President Joe Biden is set to unveil the details of a spending plan aimed at re-igniting America’s economic growth. The plan aims to upgrade its crumbling infrastructure and tackle climate change. The $2.3tn (£1.7tn) proposal, which he will outline in a speech on Wednesday, was central to the vision he laid out
Reuters A court has been shown new footage of George Floyd in a store shortly before his death, as the murder trial of ex-policeman Derek Chauvin continues. A shop clerk told the court he believed the note Mr Floyd had paid with was fake, and that he appeared to be on drugs but could carry
A group of young people in the French city of Nantes are being hailed for rescuing a family from a fire in an apartment building. Dramatic footage shows them scaling the side of the building and helping the parents escape their third-floor flat on Sunday afternoon. Mattresses were brought to the foot of the building
AFP/ Getty Images The UK “should be regarded as a model for other white-majority countries” on race, a review set up by No 10 says. The Commission on Race and Ethnic Disparities found social class and family structure had a bigger impact on how people’s lives turned out. It said children from ethnic communities did
Reuters Brazil’s Jair Bolsonaro is facing the biggest crisis of his presidency after the heads of the army, navy and air force all quit and the country recorded its highest daily Covid-19 death toll. The unprecedented resignation of the defence chiefs is being seen as a protest at attempts by Mr Bolsonaro to exert undue
NYPD Police in the US are looking for a man who attacked an Asian American woman in New York City, kicking her repeatedly in the stomach and face as witnesses appeared to only watch. The 65-year-old woman was admitted to hospital with serious injuries. CCTV video from Monday appears to show staff of a nearby
EPA Australia has fallen 3.4 million doses short of its target of delivering four million Covid vaccinations by 31 March, prompting criticism of the government. The 85% shortfall comes two days after Brisbane entered another snap lockdown to combat a small outbreak. Last week the government said the vaccine rollout did not demand urgency given
MMA Weekly Daniel Cormier: Jon Jones is not afraid, this is a public negotiation Despite the ill will between them, Daniel Cormier does not doubt rival Jon Jones when it comes to him wanting to fight newly minted UFC heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou. On the most recent episode of the “DC & Helwani” podcast, Cormier
The teenager whose film of George Floyd’s death sparked global protests said she “stays up apologising” to him for “not doing more”. Darnella, now 18, was one of four young witnesses who to take the stand on the second day of Derek Chauvin’s trial. She told the court of seeing Mr Floyd “begging for his
A scheme to fit electronic tags on offenders to see if they are breaching court-ordered drinking bans is being rolled out across England. The “sobriety tags” monitor a wearer’s sweat levels every 30 minutes, and alert probation services if alcohol is detected. Offenders breaching their abstinence order can then be returned to court to face