A huge new hospital in London was opened on Friday It's been erected to provide thousands of extra beds for patients with the coronavirus And built in just nine days in a huge conference centre.
The Nightingale hospital, which will initially provide up to 500 beds equipped with ventilators and oxygen, will eventually be able to treat about 4,000 patients.
Built with help from the military, it's the first of six new temporary hospitals to be set up across the country.
Heir-to-the-throne Prince Charles opened the hospital by video link from his home in Scotland -- a first for the British royal family, who usually carry out such engagements in person.
(SOUNDBITE) (English) PRINCE CHARLES, SAYING: "As the wonders of modern technology can only do so much and I can't quite reach, perhaps I could invite Nightingale's head of nursing Natalie Grey on my behalf to unveil the plaque to decalre the NHS Nightingale hospital open." Charles said the hospital was an example of 'how the impossible could be made possible'.
So far 3,605 people who have tested positive for COVID-19 in Britain have died.
UK Home Secretary Priti Patel has signed off on the order to extradite Nirav Modi, wanted in India on fraud and money laundering charges related to the estimated USD 2-billion Punjab National Bank (PNB) scam case, senior Indian diplomatic sources in the UK said on Friday. Modi, 50, who remains behind bars at Wandsworth Prison in southwest London, has 14 days to apply for permission to appeal against the Home Secretary’s order in the High Court in London. Back on February 25, the Westminster Magistrates’ Court had concluded that the diamond merchant has a case to answer before the Indian courts, leaving the sign off on the order with the Cabinet minister.
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Turkey raised the issue of Uighur Muslims during talks with China's foreign minister in Ankara on Thursday, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said, as hundreds of Uighurs protested against the treatment of their ethnic kin in China. Edward Baran reports.
Four Hong Kong democracy activists were released from custody on Friday, after prosecutors withdrew an appeal against a court decision to grant them bail in a controversial national security case. Edward Baran reports
Pope Francis is due to hold an inter-religious prayer service at the ancient Mesopotamian site of Ur when he visits Iraq next week - an event local archaeologists hope will draw renewed attention to the site. Edward Baran reports.
Nicola Sturgeon has said she has "no intentions" of working directly with Alex Salmond in her push for Scottish independence. The first minister and SNP leader unveiled her party's "transformational" manifesto on Thursday but said she could go further if Scotland was independent. In order for the first minister to take Scotland on a path away from the UK, she would need to achieve a pro-independence majority within the Scottish parliament. She told ITV News that she would not directly work with Alex Salmond, ex-first minister and leader of the pro-independence Alba party, to achieve this. Report by Patelr. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn