Wednesday evening UK news briefing: The EU’s four proposals to reform the Brexit deal
Evening briefing: Today’s essential headlines
‘Beam me up, Bezos!’ | Star Trek’s William Shatner made history this afternoon as the oldest person in space after blasting off from the Texas desert in a rocket built by Jeff Bezos’s company. The 90-year-old Captain Kirk actor boldly went where no nonagenarian has gone before. Watch video of the Blue Origin flight, in which he experienced zero gravity.
The big story: EU’s four proposals – are they enough?
Brexit talks are back on.
Brussels negotiators are travelling to London, promising to break their own rules with new proposals to cool tensions over the Northern Ireland Protocol.
North Korea has attracted attention after releasing bizarre footage of a military “show of force” that shows troops being subjected to gruelling tests of strength and pain. But, according to magician Michael J Fitch, a member of The Inner Magic Circle, there may be more than meets the eye. Watch a video interview in which he responds to each of the stunts.
Blinded by groupthink – why does it keep happening?
As a new report condemns the Government’s handling of the Covid pandemic, Harry de Quetteville looks at how ideas can take hold – even at their most outlandish and when they do not make sense.
Right-wing extremists and Nazi groups have been spotted at Hungary matches for decades, but Ultras have become increasingly emboldened under the state’s current hardline nationalist leaders. The so-called Carpathian Brigade are under fresh scrutiny following ugly scenes at Wembley last night in which a report of racist abuse sparked fighting. Tom Morgan explains what we know about the black-shirted hooligans.
Books wishlist | As the nights draw in, turning to a book can be a good option. Tomorrow is Super Thursday – the day on which more new books are released than any other, as publishers unveil what they hope will be Christmas bestsellers. This year, 292 new hardbacks will burst upon the world, by authors ranging from Julian Clary to John le Carré. But with so many vying for our attention, it is easy to feel overwhelmed. Jake Kerridge has our guide to the books to put on your list.
Three things for you
And finally… for this evening’s downtime
Must-haves for retirees | From hanging out at the gym to buying a new smartphone, it seems our priorities have shifted in our new post-career lives. Jan Etherington explores the new retirement status symbols. How many would you want after giving up work?