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Ten Things You Need to Know Today: Sunday 26 Jul 2020

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Travellers from Spain told to quarantine under new rules

Travellers arriving in the UK from Spain must now quarantine for 14 days, the government has announced. The move follows a spike in coronavirus cases in Spain, with more than 900 new cases of the virus reported on Friday. Transport Secretary Grant Shapps, who began his holiday in Spain on Saturday, is among those affected by the new rules.

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Meeting as North Korea suspects ‘first’ Covid-19 case

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un held an emergency meeting after a person suspected of having Covid-19 returned from South Korea after illegally crossing the border this month. The case would be the first officially acknowledged by North Korean authorities. Earlier this week, it was reported that North Koreans would face three months of hard labour for not wearing Covid-19 face masks.

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Warning as Hurricane Hanna batters southern Texas

US officials are warning of life-threatening weather conditions as Hurricane Hanna pummels southern Texas. Governor Greg Abbott has issued a disaster declaration for 32 counties after Hanna made landfall on Padre Island on Saturday, with winds of up to 90mph. He added that the Covid-19 pandemic is complicating the situation for the authorities.

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Labour warned of financial toll of antisemitism cases

Labour is to be warned of a string of potentially costly new legal actions over antisemitism after the shadow cabinet was told about the devastating financial toll the crisis is taking on the party. A source said: “If the party agrees to settle this, which it will if it has any sense, it will cost Labour a few hundred thousand pounds. If it reaches court and Labour loses, it will cost the party many millions.”

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Book says William ‘behaved like a snob’ over Meghan

Prince William behaved like “a snob” as he urged Prince Harry not to “rush” into his relationship with Meghan, according to a new book. Finding Freedom also claims that Meghan was “disappointed” that the Duchess of Cambridge did not welcome her into the family. However, the Mail on Sunday reports that close friends of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have insisted the couple had “rolled out the red carpet” for Meghan.

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Metropolitan Police investigates tweets and posts by Wiley

Police are investigating after a series of comments posted by the grime artist Wiley on Twitter and Instagram. The rapper has been dropped by his management company and temporarily banned from posting on Twitter after a series of social media posts were made on accounts belonging to him on Friday and Saturday. A Metropolitan police spokesperson said: “The relevant material is being assessed.”

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Boris Johnson ready to reveal his anti-obesity measures

Boris Johnson is to unveil his strategy to tackle obesity, including a 12-week plan for people lose weight and cycling being prescribed by GPs. Government data suggests that overweight and obesity related conditions are costing the NHS more than £6bn each year. Public Health England research found that being overweight or obese puts people at greater risk of serious illness or death from Covid-19.

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Tributes are paid to Fleetwood Mac's Peter Green

Tributes have poured in for the Fleetwood Mac co-founder Peter Green after he died “peacefully in his sleep” aged 73. Former band-mate Mick Fleetwood said:  “Losing Peter Green is monumental.” Yusuf/Cat Stevens tweeted that Green was “one of the unsung heroes of musical integrity, innovation and spirit”. Mumford and Sons guitarist Winston Marshall described Green as the “greatest of all time”.

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Three killed as plane crashes into apartment in Germany

Three people were killed and a child was injured when a plane seemingly collided with a hot air balloon before crashing into a German apartment block. A fire broke out when the light aircraft struck the building in the city of Wesel, around 35 miles north of Dusseldorf. Eye witnesses said the plane had hit the balloon before falling.

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Russian cinemas to reopen and show only light-hearted films

Cinemas in Russia will show only “light-hearted and simple” films when they open next week in a bid to boost spirits amid the coronavirus crisis. Culture minister Olga Lyubimova told state media that Russians “are a little tired of sitting at home and may not be ready for heavy dramas right now”. Sadder films are expected to be available from the winter.

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