Grant Shapps orders firms to slash cost of foreign travel testing

Grant Shapps has ordered ‘profiteering’ private testing companies to slash the cost of laboratory-based PCR checks to make international travel more affordable as he said people can now ‘start to think’ about booking a summer holiday abroad.  The Transport Secretary today set out more details of the Government’s new traffic light scheme which will see … Read more

UK’s foreign aid spending falls by £712million to £14.5billion due to the impact of Covid pandemic

UK’s foreign aid spending falls by £712million to £14.5billion due to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, the first time it has gone down since the global financial crisis in 2007 International aid spending stats for 2020 show it declined by £712m to £14.5bn  Figure linked to UK economic prosperity, battered by Covid shutdowns last … Read more

UK’s foreign aid spending falls by £712million to £14.5billion due to the impact of Covid pandemic

UK’s foreign aid spending falls by £712million to £14.5billion due to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, the first time it has gone down since the global financial crisis in 2007 International aid spending stats for 2020 show it declined by £712m to £14.5bn  Figure linked to UK economic prosperity, battered by Covid shutdowns last … Read more

Times foreign correspondent, 34, was run over and killed by drunk driver

A foreign correspondent at The Times was run over and killed in a ‘horrific’ crash by a drunk motorcyclist travelling at up to three times the speed limit, a court heard today.   Melissa van der Klugt, 34 – who covered south Asia and Africa – was tragically killed in the fatal collision in London on … Read more

Hotel quarantine costs will be halved for thousands of foreign workers flown into Australia to work

Hotel quarantine costs will be HALVED for thousands of foreign workers flown in to work on farms with Australia’s borders closed to backpackers NSW Government is subsidising half of the quarantine costs to boost agriculture  It comes due to a shortage of overseas workers due to international travel bans Subsidy will reduce the cost of … Read more

London man sparks Twitter debate after saying foreign holidays are for the ‘rich’

A man has sparked a social media debate after saying foreign holidays were for the ‘rich’ and that he only ever went to Center Parcs and Butlins as a child – but people have responded saying he’s underestimating the price of UK holidays. Taking to Twitter, a man named Danny, from London, responded to the … Read more

Man sparks Twitter debate after saying foreign holidays are for the ‘rich’

A man has sparked a social media debate after saying foreign holidays were for the ‘rich’ and that he only ever went to Center Parcs and Butlins as a child – but people have responded saying he’s underestimating the price of UK holidays. Taking to Twitter, a man named Danny, from London, responded to the … Read more

UK cruises: Foreign jaunts may be tricky – so take one of these new voyages around the British coast

It was the news we’d been waiting for – holidays can start again on May 17. And cruises are included, as long as they stay close to shore. Simone Clarke, of specialist agency Iglu Cruise, says: ‘Given ongoing uncertainty around international travel, these cruises are great for people looking for a change of scenery and … Read more

Jordan’s Queen Noor Al Hussein slams claims son plotted coup with foreign powers as ‘wicked slander’

Jordan’s Queen Noor Al Hussein today slammed claims her son plotted a coup as ‘wicked slander’, amid reports he has been placed under house arrest. The American-born Jordanian royal, 69, said she hoped ‘praying that truth and justice will prevail’ following the reported detainment of her son Prince Hamzah bin Hussein. Prince Hamzah is the son of … Read more