Today in History for August 4th

Highlights of this day in history: Nazi police arrest Anne Frank and family; Britain declares war on Germany in World War I; Three civil rights workers found slain in Mississippi; The Bordens axed to death; Jazz great Louis Armstrong born. (Aug. 4)

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Worry and opportunity: UK tourism adapts to coronavirus | AFP

Britain’s tourism industry has been hard hit by the pandemic, with Visit Britain estimating that overseas tourist numbers for the year could be down by almost 60 percent. With new restrictions placed on travel to Spain, local businesses hope that more UK residents will holiday closer to home, while the pandemic could also be an opportunity to reset tourism priorities, making the industry more sustainable.

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Today in History for July 29th

Highlights of this day in history: Britain’s Prince Charles marries Lady Diana Spencer; Italy’s fascist dictator Benito Mussolini born; President Dwight Eisenhower signs an act creating NASA; Artist Vincent Van Gogh dies. (July 29)

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China halts Hong Kong extradition treaties with Canada, Australia, UK | AFP

China announces the suspension of Hong Kong’s extradition treaties with Canada, Australia and Britain, a tit-for-tat move following similar decisions by those countries over a controversial new security law.

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Today in History for July 23rd

Highlights of this day in history: Race rioting hits Detroit; Former President Ulysses S. Grant dies; Britain’s Prince Andrew marries ‘Fergie’; Vanessa Williams gives up Miss America crown; Golfer Tiger Woods wins career grand slam. (July 23)

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The Mother of All Talkshows with George Galloway – Episode 57

HUAWEI WITH YOU!

Ditching the Chinese telecoms company from Britain’s 5G rollout over alleged security risks is a nonsense. And an act of national self harm. George Galloway delivers the message. #MOATS #Huawei #Chinagate

Pompeo says to visit Britain after Huawei ban decision | AFP

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says he will visit Britain and Denmark next week, days after London pleased Washington with a ban on Chinese telecom giant Huawei. SOUNDBITE

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China on UK Huawei ban: “The world is big, the United Kingdom is relatively small” | AFP

Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying says China strongly opposes Britain’s ban on Huawei, adding “the world is big, the United Kingdom is relatively small”. She also says that media in Hong Kong should not be worried about reporting in the city, as long as they “follow laws and regulations when reporting” after the New York Times said it was moving its digital news hub from the city to South Korea as a result of a newly imposed security law.

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Today in History for July 10th

Highlights of this day in history: Start of World War II’s Battle of Britain; Telstar satellite launched; Millard Fillmore becomes President; Chechen warlord Shamil Basayev killed; Singer Arlo Guthrie born; Cartoon voice Mel Blanc dies. (July 10)

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English sand artists create giant beach drawing to promote social distancing | AFP

Land artists from the collective ‘Sand In Your Eye’ create a massive sand drawing on the beach at Whitby, in northern England’s North Yorkshire region, to highlight the importance of social distancing, as Britain emerges from its coronavirus lockdown. The drawing features someone wearing a mask inside a circle in the shape of the COVID-19 virus and is composed of lines that are 2-metres wide.

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Today in History for July 9th

Highlights of this day in history: William Jennings Bryan gives his ‘Cross of Gold’ speech; Britain’s Princess Elizabeth engaged; Boxer Mike Tyson punished for biting Evander Holyfield’s ear; Actor Tom Hanks born; Actor Rod Steiger dies. (July 9)

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Virus outbreak at hospital in UK PM’s constituency | AFP

Images show Hillingdon Hospital, west of London, after it had closed to emergency patients following an outbreak of coronavirus. The outbreak was declared last Friday at the Hillingdon Hospital by its state-run National Health Service (NHS) trust. Britain’s government has recorded more than 44,000 deaths in patients confirmed to have coronavirus, the highest toll in Europe, with official statistics showing the toll could be far higher. IMAGES

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The 5G revolution | AFP Animé

Videographic explaining fifth generation mobile, or 5G wireless technology. China’s ambassador to Britain has warned that London faced a risk to its international reputation if it blocked Huawei from the nation’s 5G network.VIDEOGRAPHICS

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ShowBiz Minute: Depp, Daniels, Hanks

Johnny Depp arrives at Britain’s High Court to attend a hearing of his claim against News Group Newspapers over a story alleging he was abusive to ex-wife Amber Heard; Stars pay tribute to country legend Charlie Daniels who has died aged 83; Tom Hanks says he doesn’t understand why people are refusing to wear masks. (July 7)

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Depp arrives at court for libel hearing

Johnny Depp arrived at Britain’s High Court on Tuesday to attend a hearing of his claim against The Sun’s publisher, News Group Newspapers over a story alleging he was abusive to his ex-wife Amber Heard.

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US prosecutors would ‘welcome’ Prince Andrew testimony after Maxwell arrest | AFP

The US prosecutor investigating Jeffrey Epstein’s sex crimes says she would welcome the testimony of Britain’s Prince Andrew following the arrest of socialite Ghislaine Maxwell in the case. “We would like to have the benefit of his statement,” says Acting United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York Audrey Strauss, referring to Queen Elizabeth II’s second son. SOUNDBITE

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Today in History for July 2nd

Highlights of this day in history: Continental Congress votes to break away from Britain; Civil Rights Act signed; Amelia Earhart disappears; President James Garfield shot; Author Ernest Hemingway commits suicide; Actor Jimmy Stewart dies. (July 2)

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Today in History for July 1st

Highlights of this day in history: The Civil War Battle of Gettysburg begins; The first nuclear weapons test in peacetime; TR’s assault on San Juan Hill; Britain’s Princess Diana born; Hong Kong returned to China; Actor Marlon Brando dies. (July 1)

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Rankin celebrates NHS with new project

Celebrity photographer Rankin discusses his latest project – a collaboration with Britain’s National Health Service that celebrates the medical teams fighting the battle against COVID-19. (June 20)

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Today in History for June 21st

Highlights of this day in history: Three civil rights workers disappear in Mississippi; John Hinckley, Jr. found not guilty by reason of insanity for shooting President Ronald Reagan and three others; Britain’s Prince William born. (June 21)

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