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UK to discuss EU proposals for vaccine passport aimed at reviving international travel

UK to discuss EU proposals for vaccine passport aimed at reviving international travel

World
The UK will discuss with the EU the bloc's proposals to create a vaccine passport that could allow people to travel more freely in time for the summer holidays.The EU-wide "digital green pass" would provide proof a person has been vaccinated, as well as test results for those not yet inoculated and information on recovery for people who have had COVID-19. European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said the proposals for the pass, which will "respect data protection, security and privacy", will be set out this month. Live COVID updates from the UK and around the world We'll present this month a legislative proposal for a Digital Green Pass. The aim is to provide:•Proof that a person has been vaccinated •Results of tests for those who couldn’t get a vacci...
Hollyoaks launches guardians scheme aimed at tackling racism

Hollyoaks launches guardians scheme aimed at tackling racism

Entertainment
The production company behind Hollyoaks is launching a guardians scheme in an effort to tackle racial inequality among the soap's cast and crew.Lime Pictures' measures come after some cast members claimed they had experienced racism on the series.The company's bosses, Kate Little and Claire Poyser, said: "As a community and company, we have clearly got some things wrong."Together we will improve and learn from our mistakes."In June, one of the show's stars, Rachel Adedeji, said she experienced racism while working on the Channel 4 soap. Adedeji said a senior producer referred to black cast members using a racial slur and claimed black actresses were told to change their hair.At the time, Hollyoaks' producers said they were "deepl...
Report: Upcoming North Korea-U.S. nuclear talks aimed at drafting agreement

Report: Upcoming North Korea-U.S. nuclear talks aimed at drafting agreement

World
SEOUL, Sept. 12 (UPI) -- Working-level talks expected to take place between the United States and North Korea late this month are part of a process to draft an agreement to be signed at the countries' next summit, a pro-Pyongyang newspaper in Japan said Thursday. Earlier this week, the North expressed a willingness to hold working-level talks with the United States in late September in what would mark a resumption of the negotiating process that reached a deadlock with February's no-deal summit between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. The Choson Sinbo newspaper said the upcoming talks are a "process to discuss and fine-tune the content to be included in an agreement to be signed at a summit" and therefore, the negotiating teams bear a heavy responsibility....
Facebook bans pages aimed at US election interference

Facebook bans pages aimed at US election interference

World
Facebook says it has removed 32 accounts and pages believed to have been set up to influence the mid-term US elections in November.It said it was in the "very early" stages of the investigation and did not yet know who was behind the pages.It said the creators had gone to greater lengths to hide their identities than a Russia-based campaign to disrupt the 2016 presidential vote.It described attempts to erase election interference as an "arms race."What did Facebook discover?The social network said in a blog that it had identified 17 suspect profiles on Facebook and seven Instagram accounts.It said that there were more than 9,500 Facebook posts created by the accounts and one piece of content on Instagram. ...