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WalesL Black Lives Matter: ‘Racism in slaver monument town left me in tears’

A TV presenter who endured racism while growing up has backed calls to remove a monument to a slave trader. Sir Thomas Picton, a 19th Century war hero from Haverfordwest, has been denounced for cruelty as a slave owner and colonial governor of Trinidad. Carmarthenshire council will discuss plans to tackle racism in line with the Black …

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Northern Ireland: Castlederg security alert sparks evacuations

A number of homes have been evacuated during a security alert in County Tyrone. Police have placed cordons in Millbrook Gardens in Castlederg following reports of a suspicious object. Ulster Unionist Party councillor Derek Hussey said Army experts were carrying out examinations at the back of a residential property. The operation started on Tuesday evening. …

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Scotland:Coronavirus: Cross-border cluster restrictions look set to be lifted

A five-mile limit on leisure travel around a cross-border cluster of coronavirus cases looks set to be lifted on Tuesday. First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said she was “very hopeful” the restriction could be removed. She said the number of cases in the cluster around Annan and Gretna had risen by one – to a total …

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Northern Ireland: Crossmaglen: Man charged with conspiracy to commit murder

A 32-year-old man has been charged with conspiracy to commit murder and a number of drug-related offences. He was arrested by PSNI officers following searches in Crossmaglen, County Armagh, on Monday. The searches were part of the National Crime Agency-led Operation Venetic. Mobile phones, cash and four vehicles were seized during Monday’s operation. The man …

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Coronavirus: Where can I fly to from Scotland’s airports

The departure boards at Scotland’s airports are beginning to fill up again as airlines restart the services stopped during lockdown. At the height of the coronavirus crisis daily airline passenger numbers were in the hundreds. But now dozens of overseas routes are being reconnected at the country’s main airports. This includes a number of major …

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