Biden to warn PM not to ‘imperil’ NI peace process
The EU’s patience with the UK “is wearing very, very thin”, a Brussels chief has said today, as he ratcheted up the threats of legal action and other retaliation. Three-hour talks in London this morning, aimed at resolving the post-Brexit trade disruption between Great Britain and Northern Ireland, ended in deadlock with both sides expressing frustration at the lack of progress. As the European Commission’s vice president Maros Sefcovic threatened legal action, Brexit minister Lord Frost attacked the EU’s “extremely purist” approach.
New images suggesting Kim Jong-un has recently lost weight have sparked fresh speculation about the health of the autocratic leader who retains an iron grip over nuclear-capable North Korea. Kim, whose hefty physique has long prompted debate about chronic diseases that could impair his ability to lead, was a slimmer version of himself in state media footage and photos released this week. Watch a video showing that his signature dark buttoned suit is visibly baggier than usual.
At a glance: Coronavirus evening briefing
Covid antibodies | Around eight in 10 adults in most parts of the UK are now likely to have Covid-19 antibodies, new figures suggest, amid the continued success of the vaccination rollout. Read on for details of the estimates for levels of protection across each of the home nations.
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Around the world: Man who slapped Macron pictured
French police reportedly found weapons and a copy of Hitler’s infamous book Mein Kampf when they searched the homes of two men arrested after French president Emmanuel Macron was slapped in the face on Tuesday. The slapper has been identified as Damien Tarel, 28, a medieval history fan with links to the royalist far-Right who teaches European martial arts, according to social media posts. See him in costume.
Paul Gascoigne’s Euro 96: joy, despair and a dentist’s chair
Friends, former team-mates and rivals remember the mad brilliance of the months in which Paul Gascoigne ruled Europe