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In Pictures: Northern Ireland’s turbulent 2020

In Pictures: Northern Ireland’s turbulent 2020

In Pictures: Northern Ireland’s turbulent 2020

30 December 2020

Selected images marking an incredible year for Northern Ireland.


Boris Johnson’s EU trade deal clears the Commons

Boris Johnson’s EU trade deal clears the Commons

Boris Johnson’s EU trade deal clears the Commons

30 December 2020

The Prime Minister said the agreement will end ‘old, desiccated, tired, super-masticated arguments’ over Brexit.


Para killed in Afghanistan ‘looking down with pride’ as parents made MBEs

Para killed in Afghanistan ‘looking down with pride’ as parents made MBEs

Para killed in Afghanistan ‘looking down with pride’ as parents made MBEs

30 December 2020

Tom and Carla Cuthbertson, from Sunderland, have devoted themselves to raising hundreds of thousands of pounds for charity.


More than 2,000 Covid cases recorded in Northern Ireland in 24-hour period

More than 2,000 Covid cases recorded in Northern Ireland in 24-hour period

More than 2,000 Covid cases recorded in Northern Ireland in 24-hour period

30 December 2020

Six further deaths were also notified by the region’s Department of Health on Wednesday.


Voting against trade deal is voting for no-deal Brexit, says NI Secretary

Voting against trade deal is voting for no-deal Brexit, says NI Secretary

Voting against trade deal is voting for no-deal Brexit, says NI Secretary

30 December 2020

None of the Northern Ireland parties are expected to back the agreement.


First woman consultant cardiac surgeon in Wales made OBE in New Year Honours

First woman consultant cardiac surgeon in Wales made OBE in New Year Honours

First woman consultant cardiac surgeon in Wales made OBE in New Year Honours

30 December 2020

Professor Farah Bhatti dedicated the honour to her parents, describing them as ‘the real heroes’ of her story.


Covid-19 deaths in 2020: the UK’s key numbers

Covid-19 deaths in 2020: the UK’s key numbers

Covid-19 deaths in 2020: the UK’s key numbers

30 December 2020

Nearly 1,500 deaths took place on the ‘deadliest day’ of the virus.


Brexiteers ‘can lower spears’ with deal ending Brexit battle, Johnson told

Brexiteers ‘can lower spears’ with deal ending Brexit battle, Johnson told

Brexiteers ‘can lower spears’ with deal ending Brexit battle, Johnson told

30 December 2020

Conservative former minister Mark Francois suggested his Brexiteer colleagues could now ‘lower our spears’.


School reopening announcement due amid concerns at rising virus cases

School reopening announcement due amid concerns at rising virus cases

School reopening announcement due amid concerns at rising virus cases

30 December 2020

There is worry among teaching unions and scientists about the spread of the virus following the discovery of the more transmissible variant.


William and Kate’s travel and logistics officer recognised in New Year Honours

William and Kate’s travel and logistics officer recognised in New Year Honours

William and Kate’s travel and logistics officer recognised in New Year Honours

30 December 2020

Awards under the Royal Victorian Order are in the Queen’s gift and are bestowed independently of Downing Street.


The word ‘Empire’ will not be removed from honours, Cabinet Office says

The word ‘Empire’ will not be removed from honours, Cabinet Office says

The word ‘Empire’ will not be removed from honours, Cabinet Office says

30 December 2020

There are no plans to rename the Order of the British Empire despite complaints it glorifies Britain’s colonial past.


AstraZeneca’s vaccine success comes as R&D drive pays off

AstraZeneca’s vaccine success comes as R&D drive pays off

AstraZeneca’s vaccine success comes as R&D drive pays off

30 December 2020

The pharmaceutical giant has vowed to provide the vaccine on a not-for-profit basis for the duration of the pandemic.


Travel disruption likely as snow and ice warnings issued for New Year’s Eve

Travel disruption likely as snow and ice warnings issued for New Year’s Eve

Travel disruption likely as snow and ice warnings issued for New Year’s Eve

30 December 2020

Forecasters warned of rapidly freezing surfaces.


Oxford vaccine trial participants praise ‘game changer’ jab

Oxford vaccine trial participants praise ‘game changer’ jab

Oxford vaccine trial participants praise ‘game changer’ jab

30 December 2020

‘I am excited that the situation might finally start to turn round,’ one trial participant said.


Former Tesco boss Dave Lewis knighted after turning around grocery giant

Former Tesco boss Dave Lewis knighted after turning around grocery giant

Former Tesco boss Dave Lewis knighted after turning around grocery giant

30 December 2020

Mr Lewis was dubbed ‘Drastic Dave’ for major cost-cutting at the start of his leadership.


Pregnant women can take Covid vaccine ‘when potential benefits outweigh risks’

Pregnant women can take Covid vaccine ‘when potential benefits outweigh risks’

Pregnant women can take Covid vaccine ‘when potential benefits outweigh risks’

30 December 2020

Pregnant or breastfeeding women should have an individual discussion with their healthcare professional, the regulator advises.


Camilla hails ‘incredible’ Maggie’s Centres founder at Pride of Scotland Awards

Camilla hails ‘incredible’ Maggie’s Centres founder at Pride of Scotland Awards

Camilla hails ‘incredible’ Maggie’s Centres founder at Pride of Scotland Awards

30 December 2020

Dame Laura Lee was given the outstanding contribution gong by the Duchess of Cornwall during a presentation at Clarence House.


Royal Navy bomb disposal expert made MBE

Royal Navy bomb disposal expert made MBE

Royal Navy bomb disposal expert made MBE

30 December 2020

Under Lieutenant Commander Sean ‘Central’ Heaton’s leadership, divers have rendered safe or disposed of nearly 16,000 potentially explosive items.


Sir Keir Starmer warns MPs to not ‘hide’ from supporting ‘thin’ Brexit deal

Sir Keir Starmer warns MPs to not ‘hide’ from supporting ‘thin’ Brexit deal

Sir Keir Starmer warns MPs to not ‘hide’ from supporting ‘thin’ Brexit deal

30 December 2020

The Labour leader issued a warning about the consequences of not supporting legislation to enact the post-transition period agreement.


Weekly Covid-19 deaths rising again, ONS figures show

Weekly Covid-19 deaths rising again, ONS figures show

Weekly Covid-19 deaths rising again, ONS figures show

30 December 2020

Six of the nine regions in England have seen a week-on-week increase.


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