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Police shot during protest over grand jury’s decision in Breonna Taylor case in US

Two officers have been shot during protests in the US city of Louisville that followed a grand jury’s decision not to charge officers involved in death of Breonna Taylor.

A grand jury’s decision on Wednesday to not charge any officer in the killing of Ms Taylor reignited demonstrations nationwide in a rallying cry for anti-police brutality.

Protesters have been marching in Louisville, Kentucky’s largest city, with some arrested after clashes broke out with officers.

Sunak to unveil ‘winter plan’ aimed at minimising further unemployment

Rishi Sunak is set to unveil a plan aimed at minimising further unemployment as stricter coronavirus restrictions come into force.

The Chancellor’s multi-billion pound “winter plan” is expected to include VAT cuts, loans for hard hit businesses and wage subsidies.

He will reveal details of the scheme as he addresses the Commons later today, after cancelling this year’s Budget.

With the furlough work scheme set to finish at the end of October, he is set to announce measures aimed at protecting millions of jobs in sectors hit by the latest guidance on coronavirus.

Trump declines to commit to peaceful transfer of power if he loses election

Donald Trump has declined to commit to a peaceful transition of power if he loses the US presidential election in November.

The US leader has for several months been pressing a campaign against mail-in voting in the poll by speaking critically about the practice.

“We’re going to have to see what happens,” Mr Trump told reporters.

Glasgow University hit by coronavirus outbreak as 124 students test positive

Glasgow University has been hit by a major Covid-19 outbreak after 124 students tested positive for the disease.

The university has said the actual number of infected students was “likely to be higher”.

At least 600 students are now self-isolating with the university adding that the surge is likely linked to freshers’ week socialising.

NHS contact tracing app finally launched in England and Wales

A coronavirus contact tracing app is launching across England and Wales today in what the Health Secretary has called “an important step forward” in our fight against the “invisible killer”.

The rollout follows months of delay and questions about its effectiveness in the face of mixed results from other countries which have already deployed such apps.

Gigi Hadid and Zayn Malik welcome ‘healthy and beautiful’ daughter

Zayn Malik has announced he and Gigi Hadid have welcomed a “healthy and beautiful” daughter.

The former One Direction singer, 27, posted a black-and-white picture of the baby’s tiny hand clutching his tattooed finger.

He wrote alongside the sweet snap: “To try put into words how i am feeling right now would be an impossible task. “

On this day…

1776: The oldest of the classic horse races, the St Leger, was first run at Doncaster.

1848: Branwell Bronte, brother of the Bronte sisters, died. He was the inspiration for the violent drunk, Hindley Earnshaw, in Emily Bronte’s Wuthering Heights (1847).

1852: The first hydrogen-filled airship, powered by a 3hp steam engine built by Henri Giffard, made its maiden flight at Versailles in France.

1853: The Northern Daily Times became the first provincial newspaper in England.

1896: American writer F Scott Fitzgerald was born. He became an alcoholic in his early 20s and died aged 44 after having two heart attacks. He wrote the definitive 1920s novel The Great Gatsby in 1925.

1930: The first performance of Private Lives by Noel Coward took place at the New Phoenix Theatre, London.

1953: The Robe, the first film made in CinemaScope, was premiered in Hollywood.

1960: The first nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, the USS Enterprise, was launched in Newport, Virginia.

1975: Everest was climbed by the south-west face for the first time by Dougal Haston and Doug Scott.

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