Death toll continues to rise from floods in Europe

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Jeff Bezos, the wealthiest man on Earth, has made history after his Blue Origin capsule blasted off – and landed safely – taking him and its three other crew briefly into space. The rocket lifted off at 2.15pm UK time, taking off from Blue Origin’s Launch Site One in West Texas to take Mr Bezos up 62 miles, above the Karman line on its 10-minute and 10 second mission. Blue Origin’s first human mission is a key moment for the fledgling private space flight industry seeking to make the final frontier accessible to elite tourists. See images and video of the flight nine days after Virgin Galactic founder Richard Branson made the voyage on July 11. Mr Bezos biographer Brad Stone explains why the billionaire sees today’s rocket-propelled adventure as a way of giving back to society.

The end of lockdown: What Front Page readers think

We asked Front Page readers to let us know what you will be doing differently after Covid restrictions ended today and what you are thankful for. This week, we will share some of your contributions.

“I have just chaired a council zoom meeting and great as it was, there is something special about the “real thing”. Similarly, I can attend a full church, we can all sing again with the choir and worship. Marvellous!”
Chris Burke, 68, Lincoln

Also in the news: Today’s other headlines

Extreme weather | Parts of England were hit with thunderstorms today amid Met Office concerns, which follows an unprecedented twin heat and flood warning. The drastic changes in climate conditions come after devastating floods ravaged parts of Germany last week, with its government wanting the EU to help pay for rebuilding. Meanwhile, the fire roaring through parts of Oregon is so large it now covers an area the size of Los Angeles and passengers were trapped in chest-high water on a Chinese underground train as a flash flood swamped the subway.

Around the world: Fingerless climber missing

The first person with disabilities to scale all 14 of the highest peaks in the Himalayas has disappeared on the descent from his latest conquest. Kim Hong-bin, a 57-year-old South Korean mountaineer who lost all his fingers to frostbite in 1991, reached the summit of 26,401-foot Broad Peak, on the border of Pakistan and China, shortly before 5pm local time on Sunday. Yet he sent a distress call seventeen hours later.

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Doddie Weir: ‘My fight against MND is bigger than ever’

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