Sturgeon accuses Johnson of ignoring advice on ‘extreme’ Covid curbs

Scotland’s first minister to unveil five-tier system of restrictions on FridayCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageNicola Sturgeon has accused Boris Johnson of ignoring expert advice about the need for a Covid restrictions strategy that includes an “extreme” top level close to the full lockdown imposed in March.Sturgeon confirmed she will unveil a five-tier system of restrictions on Friday that will partly mirror England’s three-tier traffic light system of controls, as Scotland’s Covid-19 infections and fatalities climbed sharply to levels not seen since May. Continue reading…

Pope Francis backs same-sex civil unions

Pontiff’s endorsement likely to further enrage his conservative opponents in Catholic churchPope Francis has backed same-sex civil unions in a move that is likely to further enrage his conservative opponents in the Catholic church.His endorsement came in an interview in a documentary film, Francesco, which premiered at the Rome film festival on Wednesday. Continue reading…

The Champions League returns and more breakaway talk – Football Weekly

Max Rushden, Barry Glendenning, Jonathan Liew, Nicky Bandini and Anne-Marie Batson discuss Manchester United’s 2-1 win at PSG, Chelsea’s draw with Sevilla and more breakaway league rumoursRate, review, share on Apple Podcasts, Soundcloud, Audioboom, Mixcloud, Acast and Stitcher, and join the conversation on Facebook, Twitter and email.Ole Gunnar Solskjær proved he might actually know what he’s doing as Marcus Rashford scored a late winner against PSG. Chelsea were less exciting against Sevilla but perhaps that’s what they need at the moment. Continue reading…