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British government evaluates building a bridge between Scotland and Northern Ireland
British government evaluates building a bridge between Scotland and Northern Ireland
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According to the government, Prime Minister Boris Johnson commissioned a corresponding study on Saturday. Among other things, the study is to focus on the feasibility of a bridge between Scotland and Northern Ireland.

Johnson had recently repeatedly expressed sympathy for such a project. Such a bridge would have a length of at least 32 kilometers. In addition, the project is to focus on the possible expansion of air, road and rail links in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. The results of the study should be available in the middle of next year.

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Irish politician John Hume dies aged 83
John Hume in 2008
John Hume in 2008 Credit: Óli Gneisti at en.wikipedia (Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 2.5)

Irish politician and former SDLP leader John Hume has died at a nursing home in Derry on August 3 at the age of 83. He had suffered from dementia since the late 90s.

From 1979 to 2001, he was the leader of the Social Democratic and Labour Party and was described as "the man who kept hope alive". Hume was a leading player in the peace process in Northern Ireland and won Nobel Peace Prize alongside David Trimble in 1998.

Health
Northern Ireland: Gay and bisexual men will be able to donate blood three months after last sexual activity

In a change of policy Northern Ireland is planning on changing the rules for blood donations by gay and bisexual men. The health minister, Robin Swann, said that the decision to change the time period from one year down to three months was based on "evidence regarding the safety of donated blood". Every blood is getting tested after the donation and he said that it's "important for every donor to comply with any deferral rules that apply to them". The chances are planned to take effect from June on.