Pope Francis leaves Iraq after successful first-ever papal visit to the country

Pope Francis leaves Iraq after successful first-ever papal visit to the country Francis and his entourage were waved off by Iraq’s president at Baghdad airport He will fly back to Rome after covering more than 900 miles on his four-day trip  The 84-year-old pontiff urged Iraqis to embrace diversity and reject extremism  By Tim Stickings … Read more

Cyprus is opening to UK tourists before any other country in Europe – here’s our guide to the island

Your second home awaits. That’s the message from the Cyprus minister of tourism, Savvas Perdios, who can’t wait to welcome Britons back to his island’s gorgeous beaches and azure waters when travel returns. Here we offer up a tantalising guide to the best of Cyprus. SURF’S UP  Out of this world: A view of the … Read more

Invest in a UK country home for sale with a holiday business attached

Being the owner of a holiday letting business or guest house in Britain has been a financially depressing state of affairs during the past year. Repeated lockdowns mean that bookings have had to be postponed or cancelled while people stay at home, barring a surge when the economy was opened up last summer. But has … Read more

Is it time to invest in a country home for sale with a holiday lets business?

Being the owner of a holiday lets business in Britain has been a financially depressing state of affairs during the past year. Repeated lockdowns mean that bookings have had to be postponed or cancelled while people stay at home, barring a surge when the economy was opened up last summer. But has Boris Johnson’s plans … Read more

France Covid: Country will give AstraZeneca jab to over-65s in U-turn for Macron

France will start giving Britain’s AstraZeneca vaccine to over-65s in an humiliating U-turn for President Macron after he personally cast doubt on its effectiveness. Olivier Veran, the French health minister, said today that the jab will soon be made available to people over the age of 50 with underlying health issues that make them vulnerable … Read more

Prince who? Americans shown this photo of Harry mistake him for a country singer

It has all the makings of an identity crisis. To some, he is a wanted criminal. Others reckon he is in the Trump clan. There are even those who are convinced he is a country and western singer, a TV newsreader or a Hollywood actor. While Prince Harry has ditched his Royal duties to build … Read more

A touch of GLASS: Striking, steel-framed window panels are popping up in homes across the country 

Well, is it finally time for the bi-fold door to concertina to one side and let another glazing style have a look-in? Because Crittall – dramatic, steel-framed walls of glass, dissected by slim bars – is wooing interiors fans looking to add a more edgy, studio feel to their living space, both indoors and out … Read more

Ghana becomes first country in the world to receive vaccines through UN COVAX scheme

Ghana becomes first country in the world to receive vaccines through UN COVAX scheme: 600,000 AstraZeneca jabs arrive from India Ghana received the 600,000 vaccines from the Serum Institute of India The vaccines, delivered by UNIFEF, are part of the first wave of Covid-19 jabs that COVAX is sending to several developing countries Ghana is … Read more

UCLA runner is dismissed from cross country team after racist, homophobic video, text message

UCLA’s Chris Weiland has been dismissed from the school’s cross country and track teams after he apparently used the N-word as well as homophobic and sexist slurs in a video and a text message. Weiland was previously suspended from the team over the text message and video, coach Avery Anderson confirmed Tuesday, but he was … Read more

Country Life publisher Future confirms £594m takeover of GoCo Group

Country Life publisher Future raises profit forecast as it completes £594m takeover of GoCompare and Look After My Bills owner GoCo Group GoCo Group also recently bought the Australian price comparison site Mozo Future publishes dozens of titles including FourFourTwo and Woman & Home  By Harry Wise For This Is Money Published: 12:44 GMT, 19 … Read more