Thursday evening news briefing: Government 'treating the North with contempt'

If you want to receive twice-daily briefings like this by email, sign up to the Front Page newsletter here. For two-minute audio updates, try The Briefing - on podcasts, smart speakers and WhatsApp. Northern fury as PM pushed to reveal 'traffic light' plan Boris Johnson is facing calls to level with the nation over fresh Covid-19 restrictions as confusion reigns over the timing and detail of a new three-tier approach to local lockdowns. The Prime Minister is under pressure to bring forward an announcement on the expected closure of hospitality venues across the North of England from Monday, amid fears it will lead to people flocking to pubs over the weekend. Pub bosses have demanded a full extension of the Chancellor's furlough scheme, while Andy Burnham, the Mayor of Greater Manchester, said the Government is "beginning to treat the North with contempt". It comes as the Government confirmed another 17,540 people had tested positive for coronavirus in the last 24 hours, with another 77 deaths. More than 1,000 students at Newcastle University have tested positive in the past six days. Our liveblog has the latest. All this comes as NHS Test and Trace has seen its worst week on record for the proportion of contacts it has traced. Things are not looking much better in Europe. Paris hospitals have been told to "mobilise all resources" to treat Covid patients after the numbers occupying intensive care beds surpassed 40pc in the French capital. Germany is experiencing a "worrying jump" in cases after the daily infection rate passed 4,000 for the first time since early April. Yet despite the rise in cases internationally, a number of places have been given a travel corridor to the UK, requiring no quarantine. Read on for details. Trump refuses to participate in 'virtual' TV debate Donald Trump has refused to take part in the second presidential TV debate after it was announced the event would be held virtually. Mr Trump said it was "ridiculous" that the format of the debate, scheduled for next Thursday, would be in separate locations for their safety. Bill Stepien, the Trump campaign manager, who has also tested positive for coronavirus, said the President would hold a rally instead. Meanwhile, the US media has reacted to the vice-presidential debate between Mike Pence and Kamala Harris. One called the Vice President the "mansplainer in chief". Sonia Haria reveals the beauty tricks behind Ms Harris's look. British Airways' last Boeing 747 jets fly into retirement The last of British Airways' jumbo jets took to the skies for the final time today, but cloud and heavy rain prevented a dual take-off of the airline's last two Boeing 747s. BA, once the operator of one of the world's largest fleets of 747s, officially retired its last two jumbo jets after coronavirus brought air travel to a standstill in the face of international travel bans. This picture special looks back at the aircraft through the years but these graphics illustrate how its use has declined. Watch its final departure. At a glance: Latest coronavirus headlines Also in the news: Today's other headlines Brexit talks | British and EU negotiators are closer to enshrining the Paris Agreement on climate change in a new free trade deal. Either side can cancel the free trade agreement if the other reneges on their 2015 promise to limit global temperatures to 1.5 degrees, under the terms of the potential breakthrough. In March, Britain called for a climate agreement separate from the free trade deal. James Crisp has the latest. Around the world: The hilltop town steeped in blood In a war with no shortage of random shelling, it was one shot that was unmistakably on target. The Azerbaijani missile plunged straight into the roof of a cultural centre in the Nagorno Karabakh town of Shushi, just as Armenian security forces were sheltering inside. The missile salvo was just one of hundreds that Azerbaijan has exchanged with Armenia during the latest fight over the disputed territory, which broke away from Azerbaijan after a brutal war from 1988-94. Colin Freeman has this dispatch from Shushi, where the grudges are at their bitterest. Thursday interview Hunting wild pigs, a childhood accident... and Wasps' revival  Malakai Fekitoa Credit: Eddie Mulholland Since joining Wasps from Toulon, Tongan-born All Black Malakai Fekitoa has reinvented himself from a hot-stepping centre into a defensive general. He spoke to Daniel Schofield Read the full interview Comment and analysis Editor's choice: Features and arts Secret history | The lost story of Queen Victoria's god-daughter Helping hand | How Kate Moss masterminded daughter Lila Grace's rise to fashion stardom Quietly turning heads | What it's like riding Ewan McGregor's new electric Harley Davidson Business and money briefing Taking a dive | easyJet will fly just a quarter of its usual flights this autumn after warning it will slump to its first annual loss. The low-cost airline expects to fall £845

Thursday evening news briefing: Government 'treating the North with contempt'

If you want to receive twice-daily briefings like this by email, sign up to the Front Page newsletter here. For two-minute audio updates, try The Briefing - on podcasts, smart speakers and WhatsApp.

Northern fury as PM pushed to reveal 'traffic light' plan

Boris Johnson is facing calls to level with the nation over fresh Covid-19 restrictions as confusion reigns over the timing and detail of a new three-tier approach to local lockdowns. The Prime Minister is under pressure to bring forward an announcement on the expected closure of hospitality venues across the North of England from Monday, amid fears it will lead to people flocking to pubs over the weekend. Pub bosses have demanded a full extension of the Chancellor's furlough scheme, while Andy Burnham, the Mayor of Greater Manchester, said the Government is "beginning to treat the North with contempt". It comes as the Government confirmed another 17,540 people had tested positive for coronavirus in the last 24 hours, with another 77 deaths. More than 1,000 students at Newcastle University have tested positive in the past six days. Our liveblog has the latest. All this comes as NHS Test and Trace has seen its worst week on record for the proportion of contacts it has traced.

Things are not looking much better in Europe. Paris hospitals have been told to "mobilise all resources" to treat Covid patients after the numbers occupying intensive care beds surpassed 40pc in the French capital. Germany is experiencing a "worrying jump" in cases after the daily infection rate passed 4,000 for the first time since early April. Yet despite the rise in cases internationally, a number of places have been given a travel corridor to the UK, requiring no quarantine. Read on for details.

Trump refuses to participate in 'virtual' TV debate

Donald Trump has refused to take part in the second presidential TV debate after it was announced the event would be held virtually. Mr Trump said it was "ridiculous" that the format of the debate, scheduled for next Thursday, would be in separate locations for their safety. Bill Stepien, the Trump campaign manager, who has also tested positive for coronavirus, said the President would hold a rally instead. Meanwhile, the US media has reacted to the vice-presidential debate between Mike Pence and Kamala Harris. One called the Vice President the "mansplainer in chief". Sonia Haria reveals the beauty tricks behind Ms Harris's look.

British Airways' last Boeing 747 jets fly into retirement

The last of British Airways' jumbo jets took to the skies for the final time today, but cloud and heavy rain prevented a dual take-off of the airline's last two Boeing 747s. BA, once the operator of one of the world's largest fleets of 747s, officially retired its last two jumbo jets after coronavirus brought air travel to a standstill in the face of international travel bans. This picture special looks back at the aircraft through the years but these graphics illustrate how its use has declined. Watch its final departure.

At a glance: Latest coronavirus headlines

Also in the news: Today's other headlines

Brexit talks | British and EU negotiators are closer to enshrining the Paris Agreement on climate change in a new free trade deal. Either side can cancel the free trade agreement if the other reneges on their 2015 promise to limit global temperatures to 1.5 degrees, under the terms of the potential breakthrough. In March, Britain called for a climate agreement separate from the free trade deal. James Crisp has the latest.

Around the world: The hilltop town steeped in blood

In a war with no shortage of random shelling, it was one shot that was unmistakably on target. The Azerbaijani missile plunged straight into the roof of a cultural centre in the Nagorno Karabakh town of Shushi, just as Armenian security forces were sheltering inside. The missile salvo was just one of hundreds that Azerbaijan has exchanged with Armenia during the latest fight over the disputed territory, which broke away from Azerbaijan after a brutal war from 1988-94. Colin Freeman has this dispatch from Shushi, where the grudges are at their bitterest.

Thursday interview

Hunting wild pigs, a childhood accident... and Wasps' revival

 Malakai Fekitoa Credit: Eddie Mulholland

Since joining Wasps from Toulon, Tongan-born All Black Malakai Fekitoa has reinvented himself from a hot-stepping centre into a defensive general. He spoke to Daniel Schofield

Read the full interview

Comment and analysis

Editor's choice: Features and arts

  1. Secret history | The lost story of Queen Victoria's god-daughter
  2. Helping hand | How Kate Moss masterminded daughter Lila Grace's rise to fashion stardom
  3. Quietly turning heads | What it's like riding Ewan McGregor's new electric Harley Davidson

Business and money briefing

Taking a dive | easyJet will fly just a quarter of its usual flights this autumn after warning it will slump to its first annual loss. The low-cost airline expects to fall £845m into the red for the year to September after it carried half the number of passengers compared to year. Details here.

Sport briefing

Mick Cleary's World U23 XV | Who makes it into a team selected from the best young players on the planet? With international rugby returning and sides ready to blood young talent, read on to see who Mick Cleary has selected for his U23 XV that could eclipse their elder peers.

Tonight's TV  

The Choice: Trump v Biden, PBS America, 7.30pm | Rarely has the choice between two presidential candidates been so starkly defined as in this election. As this enthralling documentary makes clear, their backgrounds are vastly different. Read on for more.

And finally... for this evening's downtime

Town vs country | Is the countryside really friendlier than the city? As a new study finds that urbanites are just as kind to strangers as rural folk, two writers share their differing experiences. Estelle Lee missed the city's familiar faces but Abigail Butcher extols the virtues of relentless country life if you embrace it.