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Tuesday evening news briefing: Manchester plunged into Tier 3 lockdown

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US to charge Google | The US Justice Department is expected to file a lawsuit alleging that Google has been abusing its dominance in online search to stifle competition and harm consumers. The litigation marks the government's most significant act to protect competition since its groundbreaking case against Microsoft two decades ago. Details here.

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European Premier League talks | A leading fans' group says supporters "detest" the idea of a European Premier League, as reports of a new competition surfaced. It has been reported that financiers are putting together a package worth £4.6billion to assist the creation of the competition, which apparently has Fifa's backing, and that Liverpool and Manchester United are two of the clubs in talks about it. Details here.

Tonight's TV  

The Third Day, Sky Atlantic, 9pm | Dennis Kelly's immersive slice of folk horror will have undoubtedly polarised viewers but, for those of us who have loved it, this is a supremely satisfying conclusion. Read on for more.

And finally... for this evening's downtime

An ode to Sharrow Bay | The closure late last month of Sharrow Bay Hotel truly marks, overused cliché though this may be, the end of an era. There are very few hotels like it left these days and one fears it will be long before they too slip quietly from view. Fiona Duncan tells the story of the original country house hotel.

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Manchester put into Tier 3 lockdown as talks turn sour

Greater Manchester will be placed into Tier 3 lockdown after talks between local leaders and the Government collapsed without an agreement. Boris Johnson said he was enforcing the lockdown because "not to act would put Manchester's NHS and the lives of many of Manchester's residents at risk". The Prime Minister said the Government had offered a "comprehensive package of support" to local leaders but the Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham, said the Government had rejected their £15m a month estimate to support the city through the high level restrictions. Mr Johnson announced the tougher measures at a press conference which started with Jonathan Van Tam, the deputy Chief Medical Officer, showing slides revealing "very significant areas of heat across all of the ages" in some regions of the city. Our liveblog has the latest and read a reminder of the rules under Tier 3 lockdown.

Meanwhile, the controversial 10pm curfew on pubs and restaurants should be "immediately scrapped" to help hospitality businesses adjust to new coronavirus restrictions, Sadiq Khan has said. The Mayor of London said allowing pubs and restaurants to stay open later would provide a financial boost after Tier 2 restrictions banned households in the capital from mixing indoors. The new measures came into force in London on Saturday.  and here is a reminder of what Tier 2 lockdown restrictions mean - and the rules for Tier 1.

Unite boss apologises for 'count gold' jibe at Mandelson

Len McCluskey has been forced to apologise after he was accused of levelling an anti-Semitic trope at Labour grandee Lord Mandelson. Mr McCluskey, the Unite general secretary, was today facing a widespread backlash after telling the Blair-era minister, who is of Jewish descent, to leave politics and "count his gold". His remarks came after he was asked about Lord Mandelson's praise for the new Labour leader, Sir Keir Starmer.  on BBC Newsnight - and apology.

'Why I've watched same Bond film weekly for months'

When lockdown began, Dr Andrew Sillett and his wife set out a plan to restore a sense of order to their lives. So they set themselves the task of watching the same film every Monday. Today, after 26 weeks and 26 viewings, Pierce Brosnan's 007 swansong Die Another Day still makes little sense – but it is helping them get through the pandemic. Read on for why they chose Brosnan's most critically-panned Bond flick - and how their appreciation of the film and their lives has developed.

At a glance: Latest coronavirus headlines

Also in the news: Today's other headlines

Submarine murderer's escape bid | Danish submarine killer Peter Madsen has been seized by police on a street in central Copenhagen, after an audacious jail-break this morning. The 49-year-old escaped before 10am, and was on the loose for more than two hours, although he only made it about 500m from prison before he was surrounded by police. See pictures of him during the standoff with officers.

Around the world: Trauma of the longest lockdown

For more than 200 days, the citizens of Buenos Aires have lived in lockdown. Yet despite enduring one of the world's longest quarantines, Argentina on Monday became just the fifth country to reach one million confirmed cases of Covid-19. With the end still out of sight, residents of the coastal city are counting not just the financial cost of the pandemic but the deep psychological one too. An initial 10-day general national quarantine was decreed by the government on March 20, but it was later extended to weeks, then months. Milagros Costabel has this dispatch.

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Football news:

Sami Khedira: If I could move to a Premier League club, I would be happy
Lokomotiv-Salzburg match in the Champions League will be served by the Turkish team of referees
Philippe Coutinho: I am forever grateful for the chance to play for Liverpool in the Premier League. Now focused on Barca
Mijatovic on Real Madrid's loss: Zidane must improve. The team didn't know Alaves' strengths
Frank Lampard: I Respect Mourinho. There will be no results like his if you are not a talented coach
Coutinho on Bayern: Winning the Champions League has always been my big goal. Now I want to take it with Barca
Real Madrid believe that the pressure on the referees affected the work of the referees in the match with Alaves