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Boris Johnson backtracks on refusal to self-isolate

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UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has rethought his refusal to self-isolate after coming into contact with a positive Covid-19 case

The British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has changed his mind about refusing to isolate after coming in contact with Covid-19. The UK Health Minister Sajid Javid recently tested positive for the virus, just days before the country is due to reopen.

Shortly after this news, the government announced that PM Johnson and chancellor Rishi Sunak would participate in a trial program that would allow him to return to work and avoid isolating. However, less than three hours later Johnson backtracked on this decision amid a wave of criticism.

“I think it’s far more important that everybody sticks to the same rules,” Johnson said after opposition leaders called his refusal to isolate ‘hypocritical’. The trial program would allow certain people to test every day rather than needing to isolate.

“Boris Johnson and Rishi Sunak have been busted yet again for thinking the rules that we are all following don’t apply to them,” Labour Party leader Keir Starmer said.

Jonathan Bartley, co-leader of the Green party also expressed his anger at the revoked decision. He highlighted that the education of many young people across the nation has been impacted even after “dutifully and responsibly isolating”.

“Anger doesn’t begin to cover it,” Bartley said.

England set to reopen despite high case numbers

The move comes just days before Britain is set to completely drop all remaining Covid-19 restrictions. The nation’s so-called ‘Freedom Day’ will remove the requirement to wear face masks. The government will also lift limits of social gatherings, and allow high-risk business to nightclubs to reopen.

Covid-19 cases in Britain continue to rise by about 50,000 a day. Almost 70% of the UK’s adult population are fully vaccinated. The health secretary who tested positive is fully vaccinated, and only has mild symptoms. He will be isolating and working from home.

Covid-19 attacks athletes’ village in Tokyo

The UK isn’t the only place facing Covid-19 controversy. Britain’s plans to reopen come as the rest of the world also continues to face Covid-strife.

Tokyo 2020 chief executive Toshiro Muto confirmed a foreign visitor tested positive with the virus. The 60-year-old only had mild symptoms, but went to hospital due to their age.

Athletes are just starting to arrive for the Games which will run from July 23 to August 8. Organisers have promised that the Games will be “safe and secure”. Tokyo had 1,308 new cases on Thursday and another 1,271 on Friday.

William is an Executive News Producer at TICKER NEWS, responsible for the production and direction of news bulletins. William is also the presenter of the hourly Weather + Climate segment. With qualifications in Journalism and Law (LLB), William previously worked at the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) before moving to TICKER NEWS. He was also an intern at the Seven Network's 'Sunrise'. A creative-minded individual, William has a passion for broadcast journalism and reporting on global politics and international affairs.

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Pink-coloured pigeon rescued in New York

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Pigeons come in a whole range of colours, but it seems pink isn’t one of them

That’s exactly what happened in New York though, where a bright-coloured bird was rescued.

Wildlife groups believe the pigeon was dyed as part of a gender reveal ceremony.

The feathery friend was suffering from malnutrition when it was found in Madison Square Park.

In a statement, the Wild Bird Fund says they should never be dyed because of risks like starvation and even death.

It went on to say the “poor bird has it bad enough unable to find food in the wild, fly well or escape predators.”

“But being a bright, unusual colour makes him even more of a target.”

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Iranian couple jailed for online dancing video

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An Iranian couple have been given jail sentences totalling 10 years after posting a video online.

 
The two individuals, both in their 20s, were charged for supposedly promoting corruption, prostitution and propaganda.

Authorities have been cracking down on public disobedience.

It follows the death of a woman who was detained by the country’s infamous morality police.

Mahsa Amini died in police custody in September last year, arrested for violating the rule requiring women to cover their hair with a hijab, or headscarf.

Anti-government protests swept across the country after the incident.

The two individuals in the dancing video were reportedly detained after posting the clip to their social media accounts – which have a combined following of more than two million people.

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Donald Trump claims deposition as “biggest witch hunt”

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Donald Trump has described the investigation into his company as the “biggest witch hunt” in the history of the United States during a formal deposition.

In September 2022, the New York Attorney General Letitia James, announced she would be looking into the Trump organisation’s business practices.

James alleges the former president “falsely inflated his net worth by billions of dollars to unjustly enrich himself and cheat the system”.

The lawsuit also takes aim at some of Trump’s children, and executives of his business.

During the deposition tape, Trump can be seen reading a lengthy statement.

During this, the former president asserts his constitutional right to not answer questions, while accusing James of investigating him out of political spite.

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