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1. Freedom for double jabbed as UK opens to world
Britain is to drop restrictions for fully vaccinated people and reopen its borders to European and American travellers from next month.
Boris Johnson has decided that, from August 16, those who have been fully vaccinated will not be required to take a test if they come into contact with someone with Covid unless they have symptoms. Read the full story.
2. Police ‘buying small boats in attempt to curtail Channel migrant crossings’
Police have bought up small boats in a bid to curtail Channel migrant crossings, The Telegraph understands.
Officers have used the tactic as part of a series of operations to disrupt the supply of boats, the biggest expense for the people-smuggling gangs behind the record number of migrants crossing the Channel this year. Read the full story.
3. Nicola Sturgeon and SNP criticised for failing to support Team GB at Olympics
Nicola Sturgeon and other senior Scottish nationalists have been criticised for failing to publicly support Team GB’s Olympians or offer congratulations to English athletes.
While politicians from across the political divide have sent messages of encouragement and congratulations to Britain’s competitors on social media, the First Minister and senior figures in her party have been accused of a “deafening silence”. Read the full story.
4. Day five at Tokyo 2020
Follow the latest updates from the Olympic Games – and catch up on what you missed overnight. Read the full story.
5. Navy ditches ‘grillings’ as it revamps officer training for the modern age
The Royal Navy is to ditch a 200-year-old tradition in which the Captain of the ship gives a “grilling” to new officers, replacing it with a “holistic” feedback session in a major shake-up.
Following a sailor’s first spell at sea, they would normally be quizzed by the ship’s captain once ashore, where they would demonstrate what they had learnt over the three months of the Common Fleet Time. Read the full story.
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