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No 10 rubbishes claim PM will quit in 6 months
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No 10 rubbishes claim PM will quit in 6 months

    Downing Street has dismissed as “utter nonsense” claims that Boris Johnson is set to quit within six months due to continued ill-health from Covid-19. No.10 sources ridiculed a report by The Times diary column that quoted Dominic Cummings’ father-in-law as suggesting that the prime minister was ready to step down because of the lingering effects of contracting the virus earlier this year. The paper cited journalist Anna Silverman, who had last week visited Chillingham Castle in Northumberland, which is home to Sir Humphry Wakefield, father of Cummings’ wife Mary. Sir Humphry is said to have “merrily informed her that Boris Johnson is still struggling badly with having had Covid-19 (as if being a new father and needing to babysit Gavin Williamson isn’t tiring enough...
Global tourism lost £245bn in five months due to pandemic
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Global tourism lost £245bn in five months due to pandemic

    The tourism global industry has been devastated by the coronavirus pandemic, with $320 billion lost in exports in the first five months of the year and more than 120 million jobs at risk, the U.N. chief said Tuesday. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said in a policy briefing and video address that tourism is the third-largest export sector of the global economy, behind fuels and chemicals, and in 2019 it accounted for 7% of global trade. It employs one in every 10 people on Earth and provides livelihoods to hundreds of millions more, he said. In addition to boosting economies, it allows people to experience some of the world’s cultural and natural riches and brings people closer to each other, highlighting our common humanity, he said. But the U.N. chief said th...