I served with the Nato mission in Afghanistan – it was a bloated mess | Anonymous

[ad_1] The images plastered across our screens in recent days of Afghan civilians at Hamid Karzai airport desperately trying to flee the country, as well as the bombing on Thursday, have been heartbreaking. And, for me, slightly surreal. I lived in that airport while serving as a soldier in the British army. Watching the scenes … Read more

UK toy chain warns of reduced choice at Christmas because of supply disruption | Retail industry

[ad_1] There will be a reduced choice of toys in stores this Christmas, and prices are expected to rise by 10% over 18 months because of supply chain disruption, labour shortages and higher transport costs, the chairman of the retailer The Entertainer has warned. Gary Grant, the founder of the family-run toy store chain, which … Read more

UK evacuation from Kabul to end in ‘a matter of hours’ | Afghanistan

[ad_1] The UK has stopped taking people into Kabul airport to remove them from Afghanistan, the defence secretary, Ben Wallace has said, and the evacuation process will end in “a matter of hours”. Accepting that there would be Afghan translators or others who worked with UK forces who would not get out, Wallace said these … Read more

Man charged with contaminating goods at London supermarkets | UK news

[ad_1] A 37-year-old man has been charged with contaminating or interfering with goods with intent at three supermarkets in west London. Leoaai Elghareeb, of Crabtree Lane, Fulham, is due to appear before Westminster magistrates court on Friday. Officers in forensic suits were seen in Fulham Palace Road on Thursday at three stores – a Tesco … Read more

Air pollution linked to more severe mental illness – study | Air pollution

[ad_1] Exposure to air pollution is linked to an increased severity of mental illness, according to the most comprehensive study of its kind. The research, involving 13,000 people in London, found that a relatively small increase in exposure to nitrogen dioxide led to a 32% increase in the risk of needing community-based treatment and an … Read more

‘It’s really hit us now’: Newquay becomes England’s Covid capital | Cornwall

[ad_1] At first glance it looked like a pretty perfect day in the self-styled surfing capital of the UK. The sandy beaches were packed, the pubs, cafes and shops humming. Look at little closer, though, and it became clear all was not quite right. A tapas bar was closed because a team member had tested … Read more

Spencer: first trailer shows Kristen Stewart as Princess Diana | Spencer

[ad_1] The first trailer for Spencer, the much-anticipated Diana, Princess of Wales drama, has been unveiled just days before its premiere at the Venice film festival. The film, which stars Kristen Stewart, shows us just three days over the Christmas period at Sandgringham, where Diana chose to end her marriage to Charles. It’s directed by … Read more

Afghan Chevening scholar relieved after evacuation to UK | Afghanistan

[ad_1] A Chevening scholar who has arrived in the UK after being airlifted out of Afghanistan has said she is relieved to escape the “hell” of Taliban rule but is worried about how the trauma of her ordeal will affect her studies. Afsana Hamidy, 26, arrived at Birmingham airport on Wednesday, and will be studying … Read more

Boris Johnson: UK will continue with final stages of Kabul airlift | Afghanistan

[ad_1] UK forces will continue with the final stages of an evacuation programme from Kabul despite a deadly suicide bombing and gun attack outside the city’s airport, Boris Johnson has said. But while the prime minister said the UK had extracted the “overwhelming majority” of UK nationals or Afghans eligible to be removed, a series … Read more

Seven destinations to be added to England’s Covid travel green list | Transport policy

[ad_1] Travellers from seven more destinations will no longer have to quarantine after being added to England’s travel green list, the Guardian has learned. Canada, Denmark, Finland, Lithuania, Switzerland, Liechtenstein and the Azores will move from amber to green from 4am on 30 August, in the final update to the traffic-light system before the end … Read more