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1. Boris Johnson tells France to ‘step up’ and stop smugglers after 27 migrants die in Channel
France must “step up” and stop migrants crossing the Channel, Boris Johnson demanded on Wednesday night, after at least 27 people died off the coast of Calais trying to reach Britain.
The bodies of dozens of migrants including five women and a young girl were found floating in the sea after their flimsy boat, likened to a “blow-up paddling pool in a garden”, capsized and sank six miles off the coast of Calais in rough seas and cold weather. Read the full story.
2. Former soldier charged with murder after Somerset couple stabbed to death in alleged ‘parking row’
A former soldier has been charged with murder after a couple were killed in a Somerset village over an alleged parking dispute.
Collin Reeves, 34, was arrested and charged by detectives on Wednesday evening following an alleged altercation with married couple Stephen, 36, and Jennifer, 33, Chapple in Norton Fitzwarren on Sunday night. Read the full story.
3. RAF F-35 jet crashed into the sea ‘because plastic rain cover was left on’
An F-35 fighter jet plunged into the sea because a plastic rain cover was left on, it has been reported – as MPs warned that classified data on the aircraft could be at risk.
Investigators are said to be concerned that the cover was sucked into the £100 million fighter jet’s engine, causing the pilot to eject upon take off from HMS Queen Elizabeth. Read the full story.
4. Europe must consider mandatory Covid-19 vaccinations, says WHO official
It is time for countries to start talking about mandatory Covid-19 vaccination, according to a key World Health Organization official in badly-hit Europe.
Robb Butler, executive director of the European regional director’s office, said making jabs compulsory “can, but does not always, increase uptake” and was worth considering in light of the surge of cases. Read the full story.
5. Ahmaud Arbery shooters found guilty of murder by Georgia court
Three white men have been convicted of murdering Ahmaud Arbery, an unarmed black jogger who was shot dead while running through a residential neigbourhood in Georgia.
Travis McMichael, 35, his father Greg McMichael, 65, and their neighbour William “Roddie” Bryan, 52, were found guilty after a jury deliberated for 11 hours. Read the full story.
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