Spain’s former king Juan Carlos

Spain’s former king Juan Carlos, at the centre of an alleged $100-million corruption scandal, has reportedly fled to Portugal after a shock announcement that he was going into exile.

The 82-year-old revealed on Monday that he had decided to leave Spain to help his son, the current King Felipe VI, ‘exercise his responsibilities’.

“Photos and data on my phone prove this to be false,” he said. “And local CCTV, if it exists, would also prove that I’m telling the truth that I was in London on that day. I was not in Durham.” Cummings has not wavered from that line, and the prime minister later said he had seen evidence himself.

A witness in London has now come forward to support that story, telling the Guardian they saw Cummings with his family on Hampstead Heath on the Sunday afternoon.

The blast tidal-waved through the centre of the capital, taking windows and doors, belongings and bodies with it.

Chancellor Rishi Sunak admitted it is a “tricky situation” when he was asked about Brits who are preparing to travel to France.

He told Sky News@Breakfast: “What I can say to people is we’re in the midst of a global pandemic and that means there is always the risk of disruption to travel plans and people need to bear that in mind.

Ms Fares had been due to marry in northern Lebanon next year. “She was so excited, she was up in the clouds about it,” her colleague said. “We were all going to be there.” Her fiancé, Gilbert Karaan, 29, led her funeral procession to the church in which they were to be married. Earlier he wrote on social media: “Everything you wanted will be present except you in the white wedding dress you saw. You broke my back, my love, you broke my heart. Life has no taste now that you’re gone.”

The nine men who died with her were all in their 20s and 30s. There was Elie Khizami, who had been married a month, Charbel Karam who was married with two daughters, and Rami Kaaki who had a daughter with his wife who was pregnant again. Then there were the younger men too. They were Christians and Muslims, though all talk of religion and politics was banned.