UK weather: Britain to melt as shock weather chart shows UK turn DARK RED with heat blast

The UK can expect to see a surge in temperatures over the weekend. Britain’s temperatures will rise as high as 28C with much sunshine expected. BBC Weather forecaster Matt Taylor explained the warmth will reach all areas of the UK over the weekend.

He said: “The amount of sunshine across the UK has been astonishing, and more of it is to come.

“It is the North-West of Scotland where we could see the highest temperatures.

“We have high pressure to the east of us, so winds and an easterly breeze will keep things a little cooler in the south-east of England.

“Scotland could get to 28C and it will be sunshine from dawn to dusk today for many people on Friday.”

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The Met Office has also predicted that Sunday could prove to be the hottest day of the year if temperatures continue to rise.

Met Office meteorologist Aidan McGivern explained the Scottish highlands see the hottest temperatures in the country over the weekend.

Mr McGivern said: “Look at Scotland, the north of Scotland by Friday and Saturday – 28C here, especially around the Moray coast.

“That could be the warmest place in the whole of the country and certainly the warmest day of the year so far in Scotland.”

“By Sunday similar sorts of temperatures, widely 25-28C”

Despite the warm weather for the weekend, it is not expected to last long into the new week.

Temperatures across the country are forecasted to fall due to cooler air from the Atlantic.

Mr McGivern said: “There is increased uncertainty around the middle of next week for the timing of the change to cooler air.

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“It looks likely that northern parts of the country will see a change to cooler more unsettled weather around the early part of next week.

“Southern parts of the country will get hotter for a time before then also starting this gradual change to cooler more unsettled weather.

“This comes with an increased chance of rain or showers as well.”

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South China Sea chaos: China sends warning to rivals by unveiling record-breaking ship

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The new ship dwarfs coastguard vessels from other nations based in the highly disputed waters where China’s military presence continues to increase. The ship will enter service with the Ministry of Transport’s South China Sea Rescue Bureau.

On Monday, a subsidiary of state-owned China State Shipbuilding Corporation announced they had completed work on the ship and had successfully installed stabilising components for the search and rescue (SAR) vessel.

According to a press release on the China Merchant Industrial Holdings’ website, a contract to construct the ship was signed between the South China Sea Rescue Bureau and a subsidiary of the China Merchants Group back in November.

The signing ceremony was reportedly overseen by the South China Sea Rescue Bureau’s Party Secretary, Zhuang Zeping.

Technical plans and designs for the ship are expected to be completed this month.

Known as the 14,000 Kilowatt Large Cruiser Rescue Ship, it is reportedly set to be roughly 450-feet-long, 88 feet wide and 36 feet deep, according to Radio Free Asia.

If these measurements are accurate, the ship would be the largest and most powerful operated by China’s search and rescue service.

It is also reported to be the most advanced SAR vessel in China’s fleet with the ability to haul shipwrecks out of the sea with a 133-ton crane.

The China Rescue Service (CRS) solely focuses on maritime rescue or salvaging after accidents at sea involving other ships and civilians.

The South China Sea Rescue Bureau has set up regional bases on disputed rocks and islands in the region, including Fiery Cross Reef.

According to state media, there have been four rescue missions since the establishment of the rescue base on Fiery Cross Reef.

Most recently, the CRS rescued a fishing boat that became ground in the Paracel Islands.

This rescue took place after Vietnam resisted China’s decision to kick its fisherman out of the sea earlier this month.

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China hit out at Vietnam’s fishing protest in the South China Sea days after Beijing issued a ban on trawlers in part of the disputed waters.

The Chinese Foreign Ministry said its neighbour had no right to comment on the annual summer prohibition on fishing, insisting China had every right to issue such a ban.

The two countries have for years been embroiled in a bitter dispute over the stretch of water.

The area is known to the Vietnamese as the East Sea.

The stretch which is home to more than 200 specks of land is potentially rich in energy.

Le Thi Thu Hang, a spokeswoman for Vietnam’s Foreign Ministry, said: “Vietnam demands that China not further complicate the situation in the South China Sea.”

The annual ban sees more than 50,000 fishing boats forced to suspend their operations.

The South China Sea region is a disputed territory where it faces rival ownership claims from China, Vietnam, Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines and Taiwan.

Diplomatic relations between the nations, which have laid claim to the islands, are already extremely strained.

The recent construction of bunkers on some of the atolls points to China preparing to “protection against air or missile strikes”, raising the prospect of a potential conflict, sparking World War 3 fears.

The islands and surrounding reefs have been the subject of a bitter and long-running territorial dispute, with China, Malaysia, Taiwan, Vietnam and the Philippines all laying claim to parts of the archipelago.

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Archaeologists unearth rare 1000 year old couple’s tomb joined by ‘fairy bridge’

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Archaeologists in China have unearthed a tomb believed to belong to a couple that was buried together over 1,000 years ago. The couple were buried side by side and connected through a small window, called a fairy bridge, to allow them to continue their marriage after death. The brick coffins and ceramic tile pillows inside the tomb are thought to date back to the Northern Song Dynasty, 960 to 1127 AD.

They are part of the Yangjiawan archaeological dig site in the village of Nanfentang in Ningxiang in Central China’s Hunan Province.

Earlier this month, for the first time since the 1,000 tomb cluster was discovered in 2007, the site was evacuated.

To many within China, Archaeology can be considered a taboo topic as some view it as desecration of the dead.

Researches at the Hunan Archaeology Institute have argued they were forced to move on the land before the area was to be razed for the construction of the Ningxiang-Shaoshan Expressway.

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Lead archaeologist Yang Ningbo explained only a few grave goods were found at the Northern Song site.

In comparison, 13 burial objects were found inside a nearby tomb from the Eastern Han Dynasty.

Mr Yang also explained it was uncommon for couples to be buried together during this time period.

He added the use of the tiny window was also rare and indicative of Northern Song burial customs.

The fairy bridge highlighted an ancient belief that the window would allow the couple to connect once more in the afterlife according to the institute.

Mr Yang admitted the identities of the decease would be nearly impossible to determine.

However, he said charcoal fragments found outside the tomb indicated that a traditional burial ceremony may have taken place.

Remnants of the ritual can be analysed using carbon dating techniques, and would allow researchers to roughly determine when the couple were laid to rest, he added.

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In the nearby Eastern Han tomb, an iron cauldron and stand were among the most significant finds.

Mr Yang noted the cooking tools were similar to the ones used today for the traditional Chinese meal known as hot pot.

It is expected the excavation work will conclude before the motorway, which is set to open to traffic in 2022 and passes through the village.

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EU warning: Merkel’s state aid sparking competition in single market as states complain

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Germany’s rescue package for flagship carrier Lufthansa is a “very, very good solution” that is taking into account the needs of both the company and taxpayers, Finance Minister Olaf Scholz said on Monday. But German MP, Armin Laschet, warned the EU should be cooperating so, they can compete with rivals from the US and China. He explained competition within the single market will be a challenge for the EU in the next few years.

Mr Laschet told Euronews: “The European competition and state aid rules should enable the creation of European corporate champions so that they can compete with rivals from the US and China.

“Brussels should not look solely at competition inside the single market.

“This will be the challenge in the next years.”

Before the coronavirus pandemic, Brussels limited the amount of state aid EU countries could give to homegrown firms as it believed it makes the competition unfair in the single market.

But the bloc’s strict rules were suspended during the crisis to stop firms from collapsing.

This has resulted almost €2 trillion worth of national rescue schemes during the pandemic with Germany accounting for half of it.

Margrethe Vestager, the EC’s executive vice-president, said: “Overall, it ensures that public support is limited in time and targeted only to the problems that companies are currently facing.

“Liquidity support can be granted until the end of 2020 to help companies overcome liquidity shortages and to prevent layoffs.”

Ryanair CEO Michael O’Leary has been increasingly critical of the move which allows some countries an unfair advantage.

He told euronews: “What’s clearly happening is we have the French and the Germans creating a huge fund, billions of state aid, that will allow them to either low-cost sell against the likes of Ryanair during the recovery period or allow them to engage in mergers and acquisitions and buy up all their weaker competitors when this is over.”

Chancellor Angela Merkel told senior members of her party that the German government would not allow the European Commission to deprive Lufthansa of valuable take-off and landing slots at Frankfurt and Munich airports, Handelsblatt reported.

She said: “We won’t allow that to happen.”


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Lufthansa and the competition watchdog are discussing which slots at which airports Lufthansa will have to waive as a remedy to ensure competition is not hampered by the bailout, a person familiar with the matter told Reuters.

The largest German corporate rescue since the coronavirus crisis struck will see the government get a 20 percent stake, which could rise to 25 percent plus one share in the event of a takeover attempt, as it seeks to protect thousands of jobs.

Lufthansa has been locked in talks with Berlin for weeks over aid it needs to survive an expected protracted travel slump, with the airline wrangling over how much control to yield in return for financial support.

Germany’s central government has spent decades offloading stakes in companies, but remains a large shareholder in former state monopolies such as Deutsche Post and Deutsche Telekom.

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Boris Johnson told to act now as China enforces law to create ‘police state’ in Hong Kong

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Speaking about Beijing imposing the law that could see anyone who supports the pro-democracy movement incarcerated, the Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Hong Kong Baroness Natalie Bennett said: “This is effectively rule by decree and far from the assurances of autonomy the people of Hong Kong were given by both China and the UK with the signing of the Sino-British Joint Declaration. We must also consider the timing of these announcements. The Hong Kong Police Force has recently used existing powers on social distancing to break up protests and has arrested pro-democracy activists.


“It appears that Beijing is awarding Hong Kong’s administration further powers to clampdown on future protests.”

There has been widespread frustration at the British government’s muted initial response to China’s plans to impose the new security laws in Hong Kong.

The Government has so far urged China to respect the ‘one-party two systems’ principle, to which Natalie Bennett, in a letter sent exclusively to, said: “Words are no longer sufficient, action is needed.”

This disturbing move by Beijing is an explicit breach of the 1984 Sino-British Joint Declaration that was signed by both the UK and China in order to protect Hong Kong’s independent legislature and keep its political system separate from that of the mainland after Britain’s departure on 1 July 1997.

A spokesperson from the grassroots campaign group “Stand with Hong Kong” commented: “Hong Kong is being frog-marched towards a police state.

“What is left of our legal and political system is being shredded up before our eyes.

“Any pretence at autonomy is being rapidly undermined and the British government must denounce these actions and hold China to account for this latest fundamental breach of the Sino-British Joint Declaration before it is too late.”

According to pro-democracy activist Joshua Wong, the new security law could see the mobilisation of “more than a million people” onto the streets of the city in protest at the flagrant disregard of Hong Kong’s autonomy by China.


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With the enforcement of the new security law via decree directly from Beijing, China has effectively ended its commitment to allow life in Hong Kong to remain unchanged for a period of 50 years until 2047.

President Xi Jinping’s stated goal is to bring Hong Kong and Taiwan under Chinese centralised control, and with his multibillion-dollar Belt and Road Initiative projects worldwide, he has revealed his hand as an ambitious and expansionist dictator, with a feverish goal to spread CCP influence, ownership and values worldwide.

Speaking to Aljazeera Doctor Andreas Fulda of the University of Nottingham said: “The international community has to push back.

“Because it will not end in Hong Kong.

“If we don’t want to see a war in the Taiwan Strait it must be made very clear to the authorities in Beijing that this has to stop.”

But now the UK Foreign Office appears to be afraid that by declaring the Chinese Communist Party, CCP, is in breach of 1984 Sino-British Joint Declaration that they lose their ability to urge China to commit to the “one-party two systems” obligation.

But, Doctor Fulda said: “The problem is that the CCP has already decided to transition to ‘one party, one system’ and the UK Foreign Office is in denial of reality.”

About the disregard for the ‘one party, two systems’ principle, Baroness Bennett said: “The imposition of this law, which has large human rights implications on the people of Hong Kong without, scrutiny by Hongkongers is as large an affront to the supposed legal reality of ‘one country, two systems’ principle that we have yet seen.”

Mr Fulda recently tweeted: “China’s Hong Kong and Macao Affairs Office has recently used genocidal language such as referring to Hong Kong’s democracy movement as a ‘political virus’.

“And they have called for the elimination of so-called ‘poisonous and violent protesters’.”

Andreas Fulda states that the international community needs a countermeasure.

He tweeted: “We need Magnitsky-style sanctions against responsible individuals in China and in Hong Kong.”

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China warns of military conflict risk as US steps up warplane flights over South China Sea

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The flyovers came with increased military operations by both the US Navy and Air Force in the South China Sea, East China Sea, the Taiwan Strait and the Yellow Sea this year. China has warned of a growing risk of military conflict between the two countries. The US Pacific Air Forces said B-1 bombers conducted a mission in the South China Sea just days after training with the US Navy near Hawaii.

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A spokesman said the warplanes were “demonstrating the credibility of US air forces to address a diverse and uncertain security environment”.

Li Jie, a military specialist based in Beijing, said the US was trying to keep up strategic deterrence, with the US Air Force conducting 11 flights in March and 13 in April over the Taiwan Strait and South China Sea.

He said: “Obviously, decision makers in the Pentagon are trying to use the bombers as a new tool in its strategic deterrence against China.

“We will see intensified B-1 interference into airspace over the Taiwan Strait and the South China Sea in May.”

Mr Li said two B-1B bombers flew over the East China Sea and also flew over the waters off the coast of northeast Taiwan on May 6.

Zhu Feng, director of international studies at Nanjing University, said tensions in the South China Sea had become increasingly “tense and turbulent” in the past three months and were closely linked to political and diplomatic conflict between the two countries.

The US Air Force deployed four B-1B bombers and about 200 airmen from Texas to the Andersen Air Force Base in Guam on May 1.

A spokesman said the mission was to support Pacific Air Forces and to conduct training and operations with allies and partners.

The US Air Force sent two B-1B Lancers for a 32-hour round-trip flight over the South China Sea on April 29.

It rotated B-1, B-2 and B-52 bombers, the three strategic bombers in the US air force fleet, among other military aircraft to fly over the contested waters near China.

Song Zhongping, a Hong Kong-based military affairs commentator, said the frequent flyovers of B-1 and B-52 jets were not only to display the US military presence but were exercises looking ahead to potential battles of the future.

He said: “The B-1, replacing B-52, needs to fly around the waters to know the battlefield conditions well.

“China and the US are entering into a full-fledged competition and the situation is grimmer than the US-Soviet Union Cold War.

“Risks of military conflict cannot be ruled out in the South China Sea and Taiwan Strait. And they are increasing.”

On May 14, the Chinese navy started an 11-week military exercise in waters off the northern port city of Tangshan in the Yellow Sea.

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The US sent a warship through the Taiwan Strait on the same day, marking the sixth passage of the strait by a US Navy vessel this year.

The US Indo-Pacific Command the US Navy had conducted a mine warfare training exercise in the East China Sea.

China is also upgrading its military strength in the region.

It put two new upgraded nuclear-powered strategic submarines into service last month and it is also considering the launch of a new generation of strategic bomber, the Xian H-20 supersonic stealth bomber, possibly within this year.

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Angela Merkel warned of economic meltdown ‘much worse’ than financial crash by end of year

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Angela Merkel has been teetering on the brink of recession for months, with the coronavirus outbreak threatening Germany’s economy with a severe hit. German GDP only shrank 2.2 percent in the first four months of 2020 compared to other European Union members taking a harsher blow because of forced business shutdowns. But economist Carsten Brzeski warned the Chancellor should brace for more worrying developments later in the year.

Discussing the results for the first quarter, Mr Brzeski told CNBC: “For the time being, it is as expected.

“Not as strong, not as severe as in other European countries because the construction sector was still strong in the first quarter.

“But the most important thing is this was just the first two weeks of lockdown.”

He continued: “Now we’re going into the second quarter, this number gives us a sort of flavour that the second quarter will be much worse.

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“We will then probably be back at numbers that are worse than the worst thing we saw during the 2008-2009 crisis.”

Angela Merkel this week joined forces with French President Emmanuel Macron to propose a news £448 billion rescue package to keep the EU from full economic meltdown.

But the Chancellor has been warned the proposal could trigger the collapse of the bloc if Germany “falls to its knees” because of debts incurred to rescue the union.

Hans Michelbach from the Christian Social Union, whose Merkel’s CDU has been in coalition with since 2017, issued the warning in an interview with German magazine Deutschlandfunk on Wednesday.

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Mr Michelbach said: “My impression, given the reactions from other capitals, is that the proposal can divide the European Union more than unite it.

“If Germany falls to its knees, the EU will as well.

Germany has so far taken more than a trillion euros into its hands to fight the crisis.

“The revival of our economy will cost tens of billions more.

“And we already agreed 540 billion at the EU level last week in the German Bundestag.”


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He added: “Germany is also asked to pay for this. And now another 500 billion euros, to which Germany would have to contribute the lion’s share again.”

Germany and France’s joint proposal would allow countries hit the worst by the pandemic to access additional financing through extra borrowing.

The bonds would then be repaid through the bloc’s common budget.

The European Parliament also urged the Commission to set up a €2trillion (£1.7trillion) overall package which would include both EU spending and estimated private sector participation.

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Spain crisis: Vox party attacks PM over coronavirus handling and demands cash from ECB

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The right-wing party Vox has threatened the Spanish government with legal action over how they have handled the coronavirus crisis. This comes as Spain has seen street protests in Madrid and other Spanish cities against the coalition government.

Spain has been badly affected by the COVID-19 crisis with more than 27,000 deaths and 230,000 cases recorded.

Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez wants to extend the nation’s state of emergency until June 30, which there is a growing opposition to.

Some demonstrators have described the lockdown as “dictatorial” with many believing the state of emergency implemented in the country was just an excuse for the government to grab some extra powers.

Spain had a particularly strict lockdown compared to that in Britain.

Leader of Vox, Santiago Abascal said: “We will not beg the ECB for money, we will demand it because the ECB also belongs to the Spanish.

“With this president and this vice president neither lives nor jobs are being saved; what would save lives and jobs would be a change of government.”

The Vox party has been pushing for the protests.

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Mr Abascal has also accused the government and the media of trying to hide the death toll, which he claims is much higher.

A report by Spain’s Civil Guard has highlighted the risk of social unrest in Spain if lockdown measures continue.

Mr Sanchez said in response to Abascal: “It is very difficult to reply because it is difficult to understand him.

“Spain is focused on one thing and Mr Abascal on another.

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The political party Vox has denounced certain deals the government signed off during the crisis to get the medical equipment required.

The President of the Community of Madrid Isabel Díaz Ayuso also accused the Spanish government of “taking advantage of the biggest crisis in Spain’s recent history to impose a single, dictatorial authority”.

Spain has been under a strict lockdown since March, but the restrictions have been loosened in the last few weeks.

Speaking of the Spanish government, Mr Abascal has also said: “The government has turned the state of alarm into a state of exception.

“The only thing that has been cut are the rights and freedoms of the Spanish.

“Under this ominous government ten times more Spaniards have died than those who were murdered in Paracuellos.”

Additional reporting by Maria Ortega 

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Archaeology breakthrough: ‘Pristine’ 400-year-old warship lifted from Baltic revealed

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Vasa was a prominent Swedish warship, built on the orders of King Gustavus Adolphus as part of the military expansion he initiated in a war with Poland-Lithuania to build his empire. The vessel was armed to the teeth and decorated flamboyantly as a show of the King’s ambitions for Europe, but the warship foundered after sailing just 1,300 metres on its maiden voyage on August 10, 1628, due to its unstable hull. Though located just a mere 30 metres below the surface, the ship was forgotten about until the Fifties, when young oil engineer Anders Franzen set out on a mission to solve the mystery.

Speaking on the BBC’s ‘Witness History’ podcast last month, presenter Tim Mansel detailed how the story unravelled.

He said: “1961 in Stockholm, the capital of Sweden, an enthusiastic crowd gathered at the water’s edge in the middle of the city.

“It’s hard to imagine now, but in 1628 when Vasa sank, Sweden was one of the great military powers of Europe.

“For 30 years, war was raging across the continent, Vasa was the most modern and powerful warships imaginable, armed with 64 cannons.

“It was also a work of art, a dazzling display of intricate carvings and brightly painted wooden figures.

“But she sank ignominiously on her first voyage, only a few hundred metres from where she had been moored, by the Fifties, she was all but forgotten.”

Mr Mansel explained why Mr Franzen was determined to solve the mystery.

He added: “One man, however, Anders Franzen, was determined to find her.

“Anders was an oil engineer, but he never lost his childhood fascination for old ships, but the one that interested him most was Vasa, because of the connection to Sweden’s greatest King and the brief moment as a great power.

“He realised that the water of the Baltic Sea had probably preserved the ship in perfect condition, by raising her, he hoped to find a pristine time capsule of the 17th century.

“He knew roughly where Vasa laid and he became a familiar site, motoring systematically back and forth in his small boat summer after summer.

“Mostly, he later wrote, he found mostly bicycles, Christmas trees and dead cats, but finally in the late fourth summer his persistence paid off.”

In a segment from 1992, Mr Franzen can be heard explaining the moment everything changed.

He said: “One day in 1956, I picked up a bit of black oak from a spot that matched the old documents pretty well.”

Mr Mansel detailed how divers were sent below the surface to probe the find.

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He added: “Black oak was what he had been looking for, this is what they built ships from in 17th century Sweden.

“Anders persuaded the Navy to send a diver down to see if he really had found Vasa, but for the diver, it was too dark.

“But he could feel he was next to a large ship, so he climbed up and came across a square hole.

“It was at this moment he realised he had found a ship with two covered gun decks.

“It was obvious that they had found Vasa and the divers blasted a series of tunnels through the clay under Vasa.

“They put steel cables through the tunnels and attached them to the surface on either side.”

Speaking again in 1992, listeners heard Mr Franzen relive the moment Vasa was resurfaced.

He said: “I remember that day in August 1959 when we lifted her for the first time, she had been laying at a depth of 32 metres and we lifted her up to 16 metres.”

Mr Mansel revealed how the warship was brought to the surface in an almost pristine condition.

He continued: “Over a period of two years they lifted Vasa stage-by-stage.

“Then came the day August 24, 1961, that they would finally bring her to the surface.”

Vasa was housed in a temporary museum called Wasavarvet until 1988 and then moved permanently to the Vasa Museum in the Royal National City Park in Stockholm.

The ship is one of Sweden’s most popular tourist attractions and has been seen by over 35 million visitors since 1961.

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Coronavirus could WIPE this country from world map after years of civil war

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The head of the United Nations Refugee Agency in the Yemen has warned the impact of coronavirus could be fatal. Speaking to Sky News from the Yemeni capital, Sana’a, Jean-Nicolas Beuze said the number of suspected COVID-19 cases in the country appears to be multiplying fast.

Mr Beuze warned international aid agencies are being forced to abandon critical programmes due to the pandemic.

The country is suffering a severe lack of testing equipment and resources meaning the death toll and number of cases cannot be accurate at this time.

“The coronavirus may be the straw which will break the camel’s back in Yemen,” Mr Beuze said.

“It’s very difficult for the public health authorities despite all their efforts to track the spread of the coronavirus.

“We don’t have enough tests.”

“Half of the health facilities have been destroyed by five years of conflict.

“People die from many other causes too such as dengue fever, malaria, cholera.”

The UN warning comes as footage filmed by Sky News showed line upon line of graves in the southern city of Aden.

Authorities are struggling to cope with the growing number of dead in the country.

Numerous diseases are already endemic in Yemen and years of civil war has displaced millions.

More than 24 million Yemenis – 80% of the population – are in need of humanitarian assistance according to recent figures.

Half of the country’s health facilities are dysfunctional and nearly a quarter of the country’s districts have no doctors.

“We know that the immunity among the population is very low,” Mr Beuze said.

“We are speaking here about people who maybe eat once a day.

“We are speaking about children who have not been vaccinated.

“We are speaking about people who have fled their homes because their homes were shelled or bombed and therefore do not have any livelihood.”

Mr Beuze also revealed that countries donating resources have been squeezed by the pandemic, and are now cutting their funding during this critical time.

“All the humanitarian partners here… are missing critical funding,” he added.

“The UNHCR will be closing, in a few days, a number of lifeline programmes.

“So we will be leaving 3.6 million internally displaced and 280,000 refugees without any form of assistance.

“It’s a life and death situation for them.”

In the the southern city of Aden, the past week alone has seen around 500 deaths of people with corona-like symptoms according to the city registrar.

Spaking to Sky News, medical engineer Luai Taha al Mahbashi shared his fears of the true extent of devestaton for the country.

He explained how he was recycling endless bits of medical equipment and repurposing them into lifesaving devices.

He said: “It’s going to be a really big disaster for my country. Yemen is going to be deleted from maps all over the world. The situation is really dangerous.”

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