World’s most beautiful scenes in Agora’s Travel photo contest

British photographer Lee Mumford used his drone to snap this stunning image of a train trundling through Sri Lanka’s epic landscape. He said: ‘I wanted to visit the beautiful country of Sri Lanka to see the iconic blue trains trundling through the lush countryside. I booked my accommodation, which had the perfect location to photograph […]

‘Utter shambles’: GPs and medics decry NHS test-and-trace system

Family doctors are disadvantaged in the search for tests because, unlike hospitals, GP surgeries do not have occupational departments, which could organise a test for them. A female GP in Gloucester had to self-isolate for six days before she could get a test for her child. Another family doctor, who was told to go to […]

UK coronavirus death toll grows by 13 to 41,527 as cases rise by 1,735 in last 24 hours

House prices have hit an all-time high after a post-lockdown boom Find out your risk of catching Covid-19 here Matt Hancock said airport coronavirus testing ‘doesn’t work’ Ofqual chiefs claimed that exams could have gone ahead this summer The discrepancy in the figures is based on when they were recorded.

The Latest: Parliament opens in India, global virus hot spot

Lawmakers must wear masks and follow other sanitization protocols, sit on seats separated by transparent plastic sheets and keep their meetings limited. The Question Hour, when lawmakers ask questions to ministers and hold them accountable for the functioning of their ministries, will not be allowed.

Boris Johnson’s fiancée Carrie Symonds says Sir David Attenborough’s show warning of mass extinction of wildlife left her in TEARS – as she pleads: ‘Everyone should watch this, it’s time to act’

Now, I feel I must bear witness not only to the wonders I have seen, but to the devastation that has occurred in my lifetime – whole ecosystems destroyed, habitats swallowed up by farming and living space as populations grow, species all but wiped out. My testimony is a first-person narrative of how human growth […]

Vietnam’s Quang Binh to promote tourism on TripAdvisor

Matthew Zatto, destination marketing sales manager, Southeast Asia, with TripAdvisor, suggested that Quang Binh authorities should build a system of information on the current tourism services, provide tourist information on all websites, including those of local companies, about destinations and connecting tours, and choose a keyword for the local tourist industry so visitors can easily […]

Psychedelics and the Out-of-Body Experience

What about OBEs that actually occur during cannabis use? Many users report changes in bodily sense, including familiar-sounding vibrations, or the classic “vibrational state.” “I feel a vibration or tingling sensation in some or all of my body that I can tell is not an actual muscle tremor by looking at my body” (Tart 1971 p118-19). […]

‘Fat-phobic’ Airbnb hosts slammed for BANNING anyone over 16st from their cottage as they ‘may damage the old oak beams’

“We enforce a strict non-discrimination policy and under our Open Doors initiative, if a guest feels they have been discriminated against, we will provide personalised support to ensure they find a place to stay.”

Duchess of Cornwall makes heartfelt appeal to public after charity visit

Camilla, who wore a plastic visor for parts of her public engagement, said of the charity: “From the minute I visited you, I just knew that there was something very special about these dogs and as we’ve seen today with COVID, how quickly they’re learning to sniff the scent.

Serena withdraws from WTA clay-court tournament with Achilles strain

“I just was stretching,” she said after the match. “I ran for a shot, and off that first step that I took, it was a long point. It wasn’t my ankle, it was actually my Achilles. It just overstretched. It was pretty intense. Then that was that.”