King Charles was due to meet EU Commission head Ursula von der Leyen tomorrow in the final leg of NI Protocol negotiations | policy news

King Charles was scheduled by Number 10 to meet European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen on Saturday – just as the highly contentious negotiations over the Northern Ireland Protocol were about to come to a head. After weeks of tense talks and growing anger among Conservative advocates and unionists, a deal between the UK … Read more

Giant solar farm next to Hampshire Roman ruins gets green light after U-turn

Leigh Harrison, Chairman of Bramley Solar Farm Residents Group, said: “Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council are guilty of throwing away our Roman history by waving this planning app without due care and attention. “I don’t think our Roman heritage was even considered by the council… and that’s a farce.” Harrison said more than 4km of … Read more

Moonpig to stop selling pug cards over animal welfare concerns | retail industry

Moonpig is to stop selling cards featuring pictures of pugs and French bulldogs after criticism from veterinarians and activists who fear the images will increase demand for the breeds, which often have serious health problems. Last year, the British Veterinary Association (BVA) wrote to the Greeting Card Association and card retailers, including Moonpig, Paperchase and … Read more

New Jersey: Ex-husband charged with murder of kindergarten teacher after bloody rope found in car

Cesar Santana (left) was charged with murder after ex-wife Luz Hernandez (right) was found buried in a shallow grave (Photos: Facebook/Luz Hernandez/Hudson County District Attorney) The ex-husband of a New Jersey kindergarten teacher has been charged with her murder, weeks after he was arrested for burying her in a shallow grave. Cesar Santana, 36, was … Read more

Crystal portrait of Rishi Sunak sells for £25,000 at Tory fundraiser | Rishi Sunak

Rishi Sunak has called on wealthy conservative donors to fund an “80:20” campaign in the upcoming election on Thursday night, with a Swarovski crystal-encrusted portrait of the prime minister sold at auction for £25,000. In a speech to the guests, the prime minister thanked the room for all the “support for our fantastic party” at … Read more

App Signal warns it will leave UK if law weakens end-to-end encryption | Social media

The head of messaging app Signal has warned it will leave the UK if the upcoming online security law weakens end-to-end encryption. Signal’s president said the organization would “absolutely, 100% walk” if the legislation hurt its crypto service. Asked by the BBC whether the bill would compromise Signal’s ability to operate in the UK, Meredith … Read more

Oxford University urged to review donor policy after protests over Sackler ties

Students and academics at the University of Oxford have called for a comprehensive review of policies surrounding its donor relationships, following revelations that the elite institution courted the Sackler family even after others cut ties. A Financial Times investigation on Monday showed that, over the last two years, Oxford has extended exclusive invitations to a … Read more

Boris Johnson’s mummified ancestor didn’t die of syphilis

The bony lesions, visible on Bischoff’s remains, are a known symptom of untreated late-stage syphilis. A mummified ancestor of Boris Johnson did not die of syphilis, shocked scientists have revealed. Marked ‘Switzerland’s most famous mummy’, the corpse made headlines in 2018 when it was identified as Anna Catharina Bischoff, Johnson’s sixth great-grandmother. Her remains, found … Read more