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    The Independent

    Magaluf main strip shut down after drunken Brits cause havoc over weekend

    Magaluf‘s main tourist strip has been shut down after crowds of drunken Brits who appeared to ignore social distancing guidelines caused havoc over the weekend.Video shared widely online shows maskless crowds dancing outside bars and nightclubs in the Punta Ballena district, an area popular with British tourists looking to party.

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    The Telegraph

    Ireland calls off party and delays opening all pubs after rise in coronavirus infections among young

    Ireland has delayed the opening of the rest of its pubs after a significant rise in coronavirus infections among the young forced its government to delay the phase four of the easing of lockdown. Micheal Martin, the Taoiseach, announced the move after public health officials identified a rise in the re-infection rate from below 1 to between 1.2 and 1.8. “Unrestricted house parties have led to a rise in recent outbreaks of the virus,” said Mr Martin. It was important to act immediately. “By doing so, we give ourselves the best chance possible to fully re-open our schools in late August,” he said. The move was described as a ‘hammer blow’ to the hospitality industry. Rural pubs will be particularly heavily hit, said Padraig Cribben, head of the Vitners' Federation of Ireland. He predicted many would go out of business.

  • Lifestyle
    In The Know

    Man discovers ‘creepy’ hidden rooms in abandoned attic: ‘Straight from a horror movie’

    A Reddit user was taken aback when he climbed through a “small square hole” into his attic and discovered an entire secret apartment.

  • Politics
    Evening Standard

    PMQs verdict: Keir Starmer's arc of questions exposed Boris Johnson... and left alarm bells clanging in the heads of Tory backbenchers

    There was a telling moment early in Prime Minister’s Question when Boris Johnson swivelled round to gee up his backbenchers and, instead of nodding agreement or waving their Order Papers in the time-honoured tradition, the Tories just kept very, very still.The PM was responding to a call from Sir Keir Starmer to punish airline BA for “rehiring” workers on worse conditions. Mr Johnson argued it was not possible to keep every job exactly the same after the coronavirus pandemic and exhorted the country to “build, build, build”.

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    Associated Press

    Whether inmate mentally fit for execution could cause delay

    The man next on the list to be executed by the federal government after a nearly 20-year hiatus ended this week may have a better chance of avoiding lethal injection, legal experts say, because he suffers from dementia and so, his lawyers say, can no longer grasp why he's slated to die. Wesley Ira Purkey, convicted of a gruesome 1998 kidnapping and killing, is scheduled for execution Wednesday at the U.S. Penitentiary in Terre Haute, Indiana, where Daniel Lewis Lee was put to death Tuesday after his own 11th-hour legal bids failed. Purkey, 68, of Lansing, Kansas, would be the second, but his lawyers were still expected to press for a ruling from the Supreme Court on his competency.

  • Celebrity

    The Queen, Kate Middleton and royal family don't eat these 5 foods

    We can only imagine the luxury of sitting down to dinner at Buckingham Palace each evening with your meals prepared for you by a team of top cooks. You'd think, as a royal, you could eat anything you choose – but that's not so.Mealtimes aren't actually as straightforward as you'd think in the nation's most prestigious family and there are several foods the Queen and Co don't eat.From avoiding bad breath and upset tummies to following Her Majesty's menu preferences, dining as a royal comes with a few restrictions. Read on to find out which foods are not allowed for the regal set…MORE: 15 beautiful royal wedding cakes: the Queen, Kate Middleton, Meghan Markle and moreWATCH: The royals must avoid these foods GarlicLoved by some, despised by others, garlic is a real love it or loathe it food. It's no huge surprise then that the food flavouring, which causes distinctive-smelling breath the following day, is banned chez Her Majesty.The Duchess of Cornwall once revealed on Australian MasterChef that when on official engagements, nothing with too much garlic is ever served: "Garlic is a no-no... You always have to lay off the garlic." This was confirmed by former royal chef Darren McGrady, who revealed that palace chefs are forbidden from serving food containing too much onion or garlic.MORE:  ShellfishAlso off the menu for royals is shellfish, which carries a high risk of food poisoning.Former royal butler Grant Harold told Woman & Home magazine: “It is a very sensible move to abandon having seafood when out and about on public duties. We don’t want a member of the Royal family having a serious reaction to food poisoning, especially if she is on an overseas tour.”We're sure this rule is broken occasionally though; Prince William has previously revealed his love of sushi and Prince Charles has been known to sample shellfish. The Queen is said to always stick to this guideline though. Foie GrasThe French delicacy was banned in royal palaces in 2008 by Prince Charles over concerns for animal welfare. The royal's Deputy Master of the Household announced the rule in a letter to a Bristol activist [shown on Peta's website], saying:"I just wanted to reassure you that The Prince of Wales has a policy that his chefs should not buy foie gras."MORE: The Queen's one dining table rule all royals must follow Rare meatThe Queen is reportedly not a fan of rare meat - according to former royal chef Darren McGrady, she likes her meat well done. Royals are also prohibited from eating foods containing raw meat such as steak tartare when on official engagements to avoid food poisoning. PastaThis is hard to believe but apparently the Monarch is not big on starchy carbs like pasta, rice and potatoes. Darren McGrady previously disclosed that the Queen does not care much for pasta and likes to eat meals containing fish or meat and vegetables instead.

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    The Independent

    ‘Her life is going to be hell’: Inside the ‘notorious’ Brooklyn prison Ghislaine Maxwell will remain until her trial next July

    Ghislaine Maxwell was forced to swap her luxurious, secluded, New Hampshire estate for a small cell in Brooklyn‘s 'notorious' federal prison when she was arrested as an alleged accomplice to sex predator Jeffrey Epstein - and the Metropolitan Detention Center (MDC) has quite a reputation.“It’s notorious. It’s not funded very well, none of the federal prisons are. There’s a shortage of guards and of staff,” Michael Frantz, director of Jail Time Consulting, told The Independent.