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The developer of Fortnite has launched a lawsuit against Apple and Google after the tech firms dropped the game from their app stores. Epic Games said on Thursday it was introducing a direct payment plan, meaning it bypasses Apple and Google, which would usually take a cut of up to 30% from in-app purchases. Epic’s […]

Fines of up to £3,200 for repeatedly not wearing a mask have been announced by Boris Johnson alongside eased lockdown measures for bowling alleys, casinos, skating rinks and beauty salons. The prime minister says he wants to ease lockdown rules to help people get back to work and enjoy things they have missed – but […]

Nearly 300 employees have tested positive for coronavirus at a factory that makes sandwiches for M&S. The Greencore factory in Northampton, which employs around 2,100 people, said some of its staff are now self-isolating. Greencore said 79 workers had tested positive through NHS tests before the company decided to bring in a private testing program. […]

France, Malta and the Netherlands are among several new countries added to the UK’s quarantine list. Travellers returning from those countries – as well as Monaco, Turks & Caicos and Aruba – must self-isolate for 14 days on arrival in the UK. The measure will come into force at 4am on Saturday morning. Transport Secretary […]

Nine-year-old Caleb Cowan was looking wistfully through the gates of Tollbrae Primary School in Airdrie. A few minutes earlier, he had watched his younger brother walk through the gates alone, but Caleb has to wait until Thursday to meet his friends, some of whom he hasn’t seen for almost five months. Scotland’s schools are bringing […]

A train has derailed in the north-east of Scotland amid reports of an engine fire and passengers being injured. Emergency crews have rushed to the scene of the stricken train in Stonehaven, Aberdeenshire around 9.45am this morning. Police, fire crews and ambulances are all in attendance. Many services have been halted today due to the […]

Celtic are launching an investigation after it emerged their defender Boli Bolingoli took a secret trip to Spain and failed to self-isolate on his return. The Belgian player later came off the bench in Celtic’s Scottish Premiership game against Kilmarnock on Sunday. The Scottish government added Spain to the list of countries where returning travellers […]

The main opposition candidate in Belarus’ presidential election has fled her country amid a police crackdown on protests – and she is now “safe” in Lithuania. Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya’s departure comes after she refused to concede defeat in Sunday’s vote. The 37-year-old dismissed the official results showing authoritarian president Alexander Lukashenko’s landslide victory as a sham. […]

A 30-year-old corpse has been discovered inside a £30m Paris mansion just a few hundred metres from the French prime minister’s official residence. The body was found in the cellar by workmen surveying the site for a multimillion pound renovation, Le Monde reported. The derelict property has stood empty for decades, but was bought by […]

The Duchess of Sussex was advised not to wear a necklace with her and Prince Harry’s initials on because it would “encourage new headlines”, a book has claimed. Meghan, 39, wore the £230 14-carat gold “M and H” chain during a trip to her local florist in the early days of the couple’s relationship, according […]