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Thousands of protesters rally outside Downing Street and take over Oxford Circus and Hyde Park in demonstration against UK government's shambolic handling of Afghanistan crisis and Taliban rule

Thousands of protestors have descended on central London today to demonstrate against Britain's response to the Afghanistan crisis. Marchers rallied outside Downing Street and took over Oxford Circus and Hyde Park as they criticised the government's handling of the Taliban seizing the Middle East nation. Men and women let off green and red flares in the street, waved the country's flag and held up huge banners during the protest. The Taliban launched their final assault on Kabul on Sunday and seized power after President Ashraf Ghani fled to Dubai, reportedly with a wad of cash and luxury cars. The West's immediate response has been widely criticised as it evacuates citizens but largely leaves Afghans in the hands of the brutal Islamists. Scroll down for video.   Thousands of protestors have today descended on central London to demonstrate against Britain's response to the Afghanistan crisis Marchers rallied outside Downing Street and took over Oxford Circus and Hyd

COVID-19 cases hit record-high in the U.S and deaths surge 300%: Florida releases data dump which shows there were more than 150,000 new infections in a week as hospitals in the state buckle under pressure

The United States reported a record-high number of coronavirus cases on Friday as Florida recorded more than 150,000 cases in this week's data dump and the number of deaths surged 300 percent in a single day. According to figures compiled by the widely-respected Johns Hopkins University, the U.S. reported 319,456 new COVID cases, raising the overall count of nationwide cases to more than 37.7 million. The U.S. has reported a total of 37,613,490 COVID-19 cases and 627,843 deaths since the pandemic outbroke last spring Nearly half of those cases were reported in Florida, which is seeing a 19.8 percent positivity rate among tested individuals. The state, which only releases COVID data once a week, reported 150,118 cases. The U.S. reported 2,677 new deaths on Friday, after reporting only 908 deaths on Thursday. Florida accounted for 346 of those deaths. The U.S. reported 319,456 new COVID cases on Friday, raising the overall count of nationwide cases to more than 37.7 million The U.S.

Ex-Royal Marine who refused to flee Kabul without the Afghan staff from his animal welfare charity says he is now ‘in talks’ with the Foreign Office and could finally return to the UK with all 68 workers and their families

A former Royal Marine running an animal welfare charity in Afghanistan says he has  begun talks with the UK Government in the hope of getting his staff to safety. Paul 'Pen' Farthing, 52, says he is now 'in talks' with the Foreign Office about getting 68 local workers from his Kabul-based Nowzad charity and their families processed by UK officials. The ex-Royal Marine Commando says he is 'hopeful' they will be relocated to the UK. Pen, whose charity has been backed by celebrities including Ricky Gervais and Judi Dench, said it was an 'absolute result'. 'We're just waiting for that process to finish. Hopefully, I've been told, it shouldn't take too long,' he told the BBC. Today the Foreign Office confirmed to the BBC that it had been in contact with Mr Farthing. A spokeswoman told the broadcaster it was 'working closely with the Home Office to offer assistance'. It comes as thousands of Afghans fear they could be left behind in