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Building prices go through the roof: Shortages and surge in Covid lockdown projects send costs soaring at fastest rate since the last century, new data shows

The cost of building materials for home improvements is rising at the fastest rate since the 1990s,...

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‘Sex isn’t difficult any more’: the men who are quitting watching porn

T homas discovered pornography in the traditional way: at school. He remembers classmates...

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What to expect when your children go back to school – and how to help them cope

‘Safety and wellbeing is paramount’ For many parents and children, the prospect of...

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Viruses may exist ‘elsewhere in the universe’, warns scientist

The Covid pandemic has already turned life as we know it upside down – and no doubt prompted...

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Jean-Paul Belmondo, star of Breathless, dies aged 88

Jean-Paul Belmondo, the French actor who shot to international fame in Jean-Luc Godard’s...

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Church in Wales votes to bless same-sex marriages

The Anglican church in Wales will offer special blessings to same-sex married couples after a...

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No 10 intent on keeping Covid powers amid expected rise in cases

Coronavirus rules are set to be renewed for another six months as No 10 admitted cases are likely...

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HGV driver shortage was inevitable

As a former editor of Trucking magazine, I can only say that the shortage of truck drivers has been...

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Mark Drakeford – the anti-Boris Johnson who surprised us all

There is a strong argument that the British politician whose reputation has been most enhanced by...

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‘Their future could be destroyed’: the global struggle for schooling after Covid closures

The Philippines Children’s mental health suffers as schools remain shut Itâ€...

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‘The equivalent of shouting fire’: coughing in theatres is new taboo

Once considered simply a vital bodily function, coughing could be joining the list of unacceptably...

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UK vaccine advisers ‘acted like medical regulators’ over Covid jabs for children

The UK’s vaccine advisory group behaved like a medical regulator in rejecting calls for all...

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Jean-Paul Belmondo: the beaten-up icon who made crime sexy

O n the streets of Paris, car thief and fugitive cop killer Michel Poiccard has just been...

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Bridgerton series two: Filming 'shut down by COVID-19 for THIRD TIME with new outbreak affecting cast members and crew'

Bridgerton series two filming has reportedly shut down for the third time due to a new COVID-19...

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‘Cardinal Keith O’Brien was like God to me. Then he tried to seduce me’: the whistleblower’s tale

A s disgraced 91-year-old cardinal Theodore McCarrick stood in an American court last week...

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Are you office ready as WFH comes to an end?

F or anyone in charge of a school-age child, this is “school supplies” season:...

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MPs face ‘phenomenal’ rise in constituent casework during pandemic

MPs and their staff are buckling under the strain of a “phenomenal” rise in appeals for...

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Beyond Kabul, a humanitarian crisis is developing in Afghanistan

I t felt surreal to be flying into Kabul international airport rather than out, crossing...

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The pandemic has united people but old attitudes to welfare are returning

T he pandemic has been a shared experience, albeit one we’ve experienced very...

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‘We won’t let it fade’: bereaved call for UK Covid memorial to be preserved

Few memorials require restoration before they are complete, but that is the reality facing the...

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Brazil v Argentina abandoned as health authorities invade pitch

A World Cup qualifier between Argentina and Brazil was abandoned amid farcical, confused scenes...

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Married California teacher, 39, is arrested 'for raping boy, 14, three times during independent study sessions'

A married California teacher is behind bars after her arrest on charges of raping a 14-year-old boy...

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Fears grow for two adults and five children on 24ft motorboat that has disappeared

Fears are growing for two adults and five children on a 24ft motorboat which has disappeared off...

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‘You’re not made to feel like a beggar’: the local heroes helping the hungry

I t’s a Wednesday afternoon, the day before Redfern-based Koori artist Blak Douglas ...

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Richard Osman: ‘No one’s born a crime writer. I write crime because I read it’

S ometimes, Richard Osman tells me, complete strangers shout the words “Helen Mirren...

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Oklahoma hospitals deluged by ivermectin overdoses, doctor says

An Oklahoma doctor has said overdoses of the anti-parasitic drug ivermectin, which many believe...

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Young country diary: searching for an adder with my eagle eyes

A s a trainee zoologist, I love all animals, but I really love snakes! I’d never seen a...

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Does the Elizabeth Holmes trial spell the end of the #girlboss era?

Elizabeth Holmes and the end of the #girlboss A brown man made her do it! Elizabeth Holmes, the...

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Vaccines on horseback: Fiji doctors take long and muddy road to protect remote villages from Covid

T o reach Nakida village in the highlands of Fiji, Dr Losalini Tabakei and her colleagues...

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Give pupils Covid jab to prevent virus running through UK, expert says

Schoolchildren should be given the Covid vaccine to avoid allowing the virus to “run through the...

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‘Loving ourselves is an act of defiance’: tender and heartbreaking letters to fathers and sons

W hen Wiradjuri woman and Miles Franklin-winning novelist Tara June Winch met Torres...

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Let parents decide on Covid jab for 12- to 15-year-olds, say vaccine advisers

Parents should choose whether they allow their children to be vaccinated against Covid-19 if...

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The Works: how a store perfect for lockdown offers high street hope

If you were trying to invent a retailer aimed at people stuck at home you might come up with the...

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#AppleToo: employees organize and allege harassment and discrimination

A group of Apple workers is organizing to fight against what it says are patterns of discrimination...

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Inflation set to surge this autumn as Brexit and Covid combine

Consumers have been warned of an autumn rise in living costs from sharp increases in household...

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The Guardian view on social care funding: fairness is the key

A n announcement on social care funding is imminent, with a national insurance rise the...

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It’s not just Texas – anti-abortion activists are targeting women’s rights in Europe

T he state of Texas now has the most restrictive abortion law to be passed in the US since...

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Italy could soon make Covid-19 vaccines mandatory, says PM

Italy’s prime minister has announced his government could make Covid-19 vaccines mandatory,...

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Stress test: how ‘burnout breaks’ are helping staff recover from pandemic

T his week, staff at Nike’s headquarters in Oregon breathed a prolonged sigh of...

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Apple delays plans to scan cloud uploads for child sexual abuse images

Apple will delay its plans to begin scanning user images for child sexual abuse material (CSAM)...

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Ministers could defy JCVI and go ahead with Covid jabs for all 12- to 15-year-olds

Ministers could for the first time defy the advice of their official vaccine advisers and push...

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2021 has been slow for video games. Will autumn fix that?

I t has not, I’m sure we can all agree, been a standout year for video games. Although...

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Japan PM Yoshihide Suga announces he won’t run for re-election as party leader

Japan’s prime minister, Yoshihide Suga, is to step down from his party’s leadership this...

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Trump loyalists team up with anti-vax doctors for ‘health and freedom’ tour

Top loyalists to Donald Trump, who frequently push lies about election fraud, have joined forces...

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Protesters against transgender rights changes boo Nicola Sturgeon

Protesters opposed to transgender rights changes in Scotland booed Nicola Sturgeon outside the...

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Sage members sent suspicious packages throughout pandemic, says leading scientist

Members of the government’s Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (Sage) have been sent...

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UK enjoys property sales boom amid Covid-19 pandemic

Hard-to-sell homes are being snapped up by the hundred as Britain’s booming property market...

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The white supremacist student sentenced to read Austen and Dickens fits a grim pattern

R ead a book, as the old saying goes, and it will set you free. But even the power of...

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As a head in England, I know it’s not just Covid that will make it tough to go back to school

Like most headteachers I view the formal start back to school with a mixture of optimism and...

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Republicans seethe with violence and lies. Texas is part of a bigger war they’re waging

T he American right has been drunk on its freedom from two kinds of inhibition since...

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Kim Jong-un rejects Covax vaccine offer as North Korea fights pandemic in ‘our style’

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has ordered officials to wage a tougher epidemic prevention...

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Don’t wait for JCVI green light to roll out Covid boosters, says Hunt

Ministers should consider rolling out Covid booster injections even without a green light from the...

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New Zealand cinema’s expletive-laden voicemail gets rave reviews

An expletive-ridden voicemail recording, accidentally uploaded by a New Zealand cinema, is giving...

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Getting two vaccines halves risk of suffering long Covid, study claims

Being double-jabbed almost halves the likelihood of long Covid in adults who get coronavirus, a new...

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TechScape: Are folding phones the shape of things to come?

What will your next phone look like? Will it be a featureless black rectangle from the front, with...

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Xi Jinping’s drive for economic equality comes at a delicate moment for China

For decades the aim in China has been the pursuit of growth, building the world’s second...

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Tell us: how have your children been affected by long Covid?

An estimated 106,000 under-25s living with long Covid in the UK (of these young people, 72,000 are...

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My husband just told me he is bisexual. Should I be worried about our future?

My husband and I have been together for 16 years and have two kids . He recently told me...

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‘I spent a lot of time pretending to be a dinosaur’: how play helped one family survive the lockdowns

“I spent a lot of time walking round with a pillow stuffed up my jumper pretending I was...

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The Inseparables – read an extract from the newly discovered novel by Simone de Beauvoir

When I was nine years old I was a good little girl, though this hadn’t always been the case....

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Ofqual plans ‘glide path’ back to pre-Covid exam grading in England

Pupils in England could be put on a “glide path” back to pre-pandemic exam grading over...

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NHS ‘needs £10bn annual boost’ to tackle backlog and Covid cost

The NHS needs a £10bn a year budget boost to cover the costs of Covid-19 and tackle the huge...

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Dan Evans overcomes Marcos Giron and rain delays to make US Open third round

Dan Evans has achieved a fair few notable wins at the US Open over the years and it is undoubtedly...

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The Guardian view on Raymond Williams at 100

H e was born 100 years ago this week in the Welsh village of Pandy, just outside the...

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Reddit bans Covid misinformation forum after ‘go dark’ protest

Reddit has banned a discussion forum that spreads misinformation about coronavirus and vaccines...

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Japan’s Moderna Covid vaccine rollout hit by recall and contamination scares

The Moderna coronavirus vaccine programme in Japan has been hit by a series of contamination...

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From vaccine mandates to a chatting ban: how schools in the Asia Pacific are managing Delta

A s countries across Asia battle worsening Covid outbreaks, schools face particular...

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‘There’s a lot to unpack’: the dark, difficult life of Rick James

I n the jarring new music documentary, Bitchin: The Sound and Fury of Rick James, we see a...

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Covid and the crisis of neoliberalism

I f one word could sum up the experience of 2020, it would be disbelief. Between Xi...

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'Most mutated Covid variant so far' detected in South Africa may already be EXTINCT, scientist claims

A new Covid variant which has been branded the 'most mutated so far' may already be extinct, it was...

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Indian 'Delta' variant of COVID DOUBLES the risk of hospitalization compared to UK 'Alpha' variant, new study finds

People who catch the Indian 'Delta' variant of COVID are at twice the risk of hospitalization than...

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Photographer Enda Burke and the theatre of family lockdown

Enda Burke spent lockdown with his parents in Galway City on the west coast of Ireland. As a street...

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‘Not open for humans’: Covid changes east Asia’s Ghost Month but free spirits remain

O n the 15th day of Ghost Month, when the gates to hell are believed to open and spirits...

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Override review – TV robot goes rogue in Stepford Wives meets Truman Show sci-fi

T his is an inane hodgepodge of sci-fi, political thriller and perhaps some kind of ill...

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Reading and Leeds festival review – Stormzy and Liam Gallagher unite the masses

“W ho fancies a party? We’re all out of the house!” yells Wolf Alice...

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Martin Figura creates poetic record of life during pandemic at Salisbury hospital

One poem imagines an NHS nightshift worker at the height of the coronavirus crisis as an astronaut,...

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Women’s Super League 2021-22 previews No 4: Brighton

H ope Powell’s Brighton surprised most people in their third Women’s Super...

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The Guardian view on attacks on NHS staff: a grim and growing problem

W hat a difference a year makes. This time last year, the country had not long ceased its...

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Rand Paul: ‘Hatred for Trump’ blocks Covid study of horse drug ivermectin

Federal researchers will not objectively study ivermectin as a treatment for Covid-19, the Kentucky...

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Covid: how can schools improve air quality to reduce transmission?

Pupils will return to school in England, Wales and Northern Ireland this week amid experts warning...

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Covid booster jabs ‘not a luxury’ and protect the vulnerable, says WHO

A booster jab of Covid-19 vaccine for vulnerable people is not a luxury but a good way to protect...

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Alex Salmond inquiry upheld five sexual harassment complaints

A Scottish government inquiry upheld five complaints of sexual harassment against Alex Salmond,...

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Concerns over plan to disinfect classrooms in Wales with ozone

A £3.3m scheme to provide schools in Wales with machines that disinfect classrooms after a Covid...

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Save your pay and fly away! You might think it's cheaper to have a staycation but here's proof that going abroad can cost a lot less

You mIght have thought a trip to Devon or a staycation in the Cotswolds would be a cheap and...

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‘It’s only going to get worse’: mask war in Arizona schools ramps up as Covid cases soar

Sherry Dorathy has long lived in Miami, Arizona, a small, once prosperous copper mining town tucked...

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Back to school: what Covid measures will be in place in England?

Q. What measures are schools in England taking to prevent the spread of Covid? A. There are...

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Bloody Mary Live! review – an audience with the killer queen

Y ou might consider the fraught life of Mary Tudor, England’s first queen, for a long...

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‘Intimidating’ R Kelly put ‘fear of God in me’, third accuser says

A woman told a New York court on Thursday of a relationship she had with R Kelly in which he would...

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Denmark to lift all remaining Covid restrictions on 10 September

Denmark is to lift all its remaining Covid-19 restrictions by 10 September after the health...

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Benjamin Mendy: footballer remanded in custody on rape charges

The Manchester City footballer Benjamin Mendy has been remanded in custody after appearing in court...

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Scotland records highest number of daily Covid cases

Scotland has recorded the highest number of daily Covid cases since the pandemic began, as Nicola...

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Food industry proposes ‘Covid recovery visa’ after warnings of surplus pig cull

Britain’s food and drink industry is calling on the government to introduce a “Covid-19...

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Stand up for the women and girls of Afghanistan

It is tragic that many Afghans who worked for Nato armies and diplomats, all the female journalists...

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The US report into Covid’s origins is little use in averting another pandemic

U S intelligence services have just briefed the president, Joe Biden, on the results of...

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Masks to be worn in some south-west England schools amid Covid rise

Secondary school and college pupils will need to wear face masks in communal areas outside their...

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Prepare for back-to-school Covid surge, Sage experts warn

Ministers should be planning for a huge rise in Covid cases as schools return, the government’s...

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Covid abnormal: why is Australia so far behind on making its own mRNA vaccines?

F rom September – more than nine months after it was approved for emergency use in the...

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To vaccinate children or not? Getting decision right is far from child’s play

It is a mantra heard less often these days, that the government will “follow the science”...

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US intelligence couldn’t resolve debate over Covid origins – official report

The US intelligence community failed to resolve sharp debate within the Biden administration over...

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Delta variant doubles risk of hospitalisation, new study finds

The Delta variant doubles the risk of Covid hospitalisation compared with the previously dominant...

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Price of a puppy soars to £1,500 as rush for company during Covid lockdowns pushed up pets' value

A puppy cost more than £1,500 on average last year because of the 'pet rush' created by the...

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Don't risk economic recovery with a new lockdown, Nicola Sturgeon is warned as Covid cases in Scotland soar to record high with return of schools

Scotland's economic recovery could grind to a halt if draconian coronavirus restrictions are...

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Unacknowledged rape: the sexual assault survivors who hide their trauma – even from themselves

The morning after it happened, I said a cheery: “Good morning,” to my university roommate...

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‘If you get sick, we may not have a bed’: Covid surge pushes Oregon hospitals to the brink

An intense surge in Covid cases is pushing Oregon’s healthcare system to the brink as mostly...

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Tell us: has your commute changed due to the pandemic?

We’d like to find out how people’s commutes may have been affected by the pandemic. What are...

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Sixteen: Class of 2021 review – what it’s really like to be a teen today

J ust about any documentary set in a school, among the scramble of children bulging this...

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Concerns over pet welfare crisis due to high demand for ‘pandemic puppies’

The unprecedented demand for puppies during the pandemic has had serious consequences for animal...

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Gareth Southgate: I got more abuse for vaccine video than managing England

Gareth Southgate has revealed that he received more abuse for recording a video urging young people...

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Tokyo 2020 Paralympics briefing: GB’s gold rush and a TikTok star shines

Today in a nutshell: five golds for Great Britain, TikTok star Anastasia Pagonis is one of many...

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‘Love has to prevail’: Pearson sends LGBTQ+ message of support after gold

“L ove has to prevail, really. Whatever shape or form, I think love has to prevail....

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The Guardian view on trying times: of course unhappiness has risen

I t is 10 years since the UK government began to measure happiness. As part of its annual...

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BBC presenter Lisa Shaw died of Covid vaccine complications, coroner finds

An award-winning BBC radio presenter died as a result of complications from the AstraZeneca...

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Confusion over Covid jabs for over-12s in England ahead of new school term

Confusion is growing over whether all children aged 12 and over will soon be offered a Covid jab as...

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‘It’s really hit us now’: Newquay becomes England’s Covid capital

At first glance it looked like a pretty perfect day in the self-styled surfing capital of the UK....

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Attempt to force release of Johnson’s messages on Covid in care homes fails

The government has successfully resisted disclosure of potentially explosive WhatsApp messages...

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Manchester City’s Benjamin Mendy charged with four counts of rape

Manchester City’s Benjamin Mendy has been charged with four counts of rape, Cheshire...

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UK braces for Covid surge as people head to bank holiday hotspots

Health officials are braced for a bank holiday surge of coronavirus cases as about 500,000 people...

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‘The mother she’ll never meet’: young parents among UK Covid victims

C ovid-19 deaths in the UK have reached their highest level since mid-March, data shows....

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‘My crime is I fell in love’: should India rethink tough laws on underage sex?

M ani*, 21, began dating Noor*, 17, two years ago. They couldn’t see each other...

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UK farmers: tell us about the impact of Covid on seasonal workers

Numbers of seasonal workers in the UK agricultural sector have reduced since the Brexit vote of...

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‘It’s about supporting their curiosity’: how to build child-parent relationships through play

Play is good for children in myriad ways; as well as being essential for healthy brain and body...

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Summer holidays: what are the new rules for Covid-safe travel abroad?

The success of the UK’s vaccination programme means the country is gradually opening up, and some...

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After the intermission: films are back in cinemas – but will the crowds return too?

S o are we in or out? Is this going to be the old normal or some new normal that the...

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Fauci says US could be back to normal by spring 2022 – if vaccinations take off

The US could have the Covid pandemic under control and achieve a return to “normality” by...

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R Kelly barred girlfriends from watching series on abuse allegations, court hears

R Kelly barred his live-in girlfriends from watching a series that portrayed him as a sexual...

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Ryanair to stop all flights from Northern Ireland

Ryanair is to stop all flights from both Belfast international airport and Belfast City airport, in...

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Cheaper Covid tests help high hopes in Italy

In Italy, mandatory Covid tests required for travel have a fixed price of €15 set by the...

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New peace emerges as Covid lockdown ends my patient’s bucket-list dreams

Among her friends, Stephanie* was considered the ultimate Francophile. She loved France – the...

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Hawaii governor begs tourists to stay away as Covid surges: ‘Not a good time’

Hawaii’s governor has pleaded with tourists not to travel to the islands as the state...

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NHS Covid pass still not recognised in some EU countries

British tourists face difficulties in proving their vaccine status in Europe following a delay in...

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Covid claims 100 lives a day on average across the UK, statistics show

Official statistics show Covid is claiming 100 lives a day on average across the UK. But the...

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Edinburgh fringe launches £7.5m emergency appeal

The Edinburgh festival fringe has launched a £7.5m emergency appeal after it lost millions of...

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Volunteers may be required in staffing shortfall at English care homes

An army of volunteers could be needed this winter to tackle rising staff shortages in care homes...

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Share your reaction and experiences on GCSE results day 2021

GCSE students in England, Wales, and Northern Ireland find out their results today after a year of...

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Experience: I went to the same nightclub for 1,000 nights

W hen I was seven, there was something on television about a gay politician. My mum, with...

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Tom Mayhew review – self-effacing standup’s free-floating comedy

T om Mayhew is performing live on Zoom every night of this year’s fringe, not from a...

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Lockdown sensation Su Lee: ‘I believe in sharing vulnerability – it relieves the pain’

I f we could boil Gen Z internet, with all its anxieties and goofiness and creativity and...

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One in 10 UK patients caught Covid in hospital in first wave, finds study

About one in 10 patients were infected with coronavirus while in hospital during the first wave of...

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Firms selling UK travellers Covid tests not charging VAT - investigation

Companies offering Covid tests to travellers may be skewing the market by not charging VAT sales...

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The toughest opponents in the NFL this season? Unvaccinated players

T he tenor and tone of the NFL’s approach to the pandemic has shifted as the league...

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Sometimes patience and the right words can save a life

I was very moved by Steve Mallen’s story on founding the Zero Suicide Alliance (‘I don’t...

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British voters across all parties seem to be calling Johnson’s bluff on ‘levelling up’

A Tory chancellor eager for austerity will struggle to get away with echoing George...

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Is young Rishi about to shunt an ageing Boris into the role of wicked queen?

B loodcurdling shrieks from Downing Street, where Boris Johnson recently beheld a most...

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We shouldn’t be giving Covid boosters while millions wait for a first dose

S ince early 2020, the tragic reality of the pandemic has unfolded, killing millions,...

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French police investigate rising number of fake Covid vaccine certificates

Police in France are investigating a series of Covid-19 vaccine certificate scams after several...

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‘An economic calamity’: Africa faces years of post-Covid instability

A nalysts and experts are warning of many years of instability across Africa, possibly...

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Common myths about Covid – debunked

I don’t have any symptoms, so even if I have Covid I won’t give it to anyone else ...

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Booster jabs for rich countries will cause more deaths worldwide, say experts

Many more people around the world will die of Covid if western political leaders “reject their...

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Ministers are branded 'hypocrites' as cost of Government Covid travel test is four times the price of cheapest private swabs

Ministers were last night branded 'hypocrites' over the cost of Covid travel tests as it emerged...

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Pfizer's Covid vaccine is only 42% effective against Indian 'Delta' variant while Moderna's jab is 76% effective, Mayo Clinic study suggests

The current crop of COVID-19 vaccines may not be as effective against the Indian 'Delta' variant...

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TechScape: Is Apple taking a dangerous step into the unknown?

Apple made waves on Friday, with an announcement that the company would begin scanning photo...

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Tell us: have you experienced delays to your NHS treatment?

As part of our coverage of the Covid-19 pandemic in the UK, we would like to hear from people whose...

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I Am Legend: how the vampire horror became an anti-vaxxer movie

W hen it comes to the pandemic, plenty of films have had their turn in the spotlight....

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Kathy Hochul vows to change ‘toxic’ culture as she waits to become New York governor

Kathy Hochul, who is set to become New York’s first female governor after Andrew Cuomo...

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Prince Andrew cannot ignore US court case, says accuser’s lawyer

Prince Andrew cannot hide behind his wealth and power from allegations he sexually abused a child,...

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The Guardian view on Ethiopia’s war: from very bad to worse

C easefires are normally cause for hope, bringing respite and perhaps even peace, if not a...

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Andrew Cuomo ran New York badly – because he ran a toxic workplace

A ndrew Cuomo, the governor of the state of New York, has resigned after the publication...

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No government hoping to level up can ignore the social care crisis harming England’s children

E ven before Covid arrived, local authority children’s services were struggling to...

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Trains, chants and greasy spoons: joys of being an away fan will soon be back

F ootball’s coming home – and away. After a year and a half of TV games with piped fan...

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Life waiting for vital NHS treatment: ‘The pain and anguish are too much’

Almost 1.2 million people in England are waiting more than six months for essential NHS treatment...

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UK orders extra Covid vaccines for autumn 2022 booster campaign

Ministers have started ordering vaccines for a booster campaign in autumn 2022, with Pfizer...

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South Korean politicians seek to criminalise ‘semen terrorism’

Politicians in South Korea are seeking to make amendments to an existing law in order to make â€...

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No need for fully-jabbed Covid contacts to isolate from Monday, confirms Javid

Fully vaccinated people in England will no longer be legally required to self-isolate upon contact...

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Austin warns of ‘catastrophe’ as Texas again becomes center of pandemic

With Covid-19 cases skyrocketing exponentially and intensive care unit capacity in hospitals...

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Alibaba chief attacks ‘drinking culture’ after manager is accused of rape

The Chinese e-commerce company Alibaba has fired a manager accused of rape, as its chief executive...

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Peyton Manning enters Pro Football Hall of Fame alongside Johnson and Flores

Peyton Manning, the only five-time NFL MVP and a two-time Super Bowl winner who left the game five...

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A post-Covid crash is looming – and Britain’s auditors are asleep at the wheel

L ike a tedious household repair job, fixing the accounting for Britain’s largest and...

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DaBaby steps: is hip-hop finally conquering homophobia?

A fter seeing the online backlash to rapper DaBaby’s recent homophobic and misogynistic...

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Face mask use in Scotland could stay through winter, says minister

A senior Scottish minister has forecast that face coverings will remain in use through the winter,...

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Covid vaccine hesitancy halves among young people in Great Britain

Covid vaccine hesitancy has almost halved among 18- to 21-year-olds in Great Britain, according to...

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New York Times reporter is ripped for saying Obama's 60th birthday bash was low COVID risk because of the 'sophisticated, vaccinated crowd' who attended

A New York Times reporter was blasted after saying Barack Obama's birthday was a COVID-safe event...

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Tell us: have you caught Covid in recent weeks?

As part of our coverage of the Covid-19 pandemic in the UK, we would like to hear from people who...

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UK parents: share your thoughts on Covid vaccines for children

Children in the UK who are aged 16 and 17 are expected to be offered Covid vaccines “imminently...

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Burnt Orange, Brighton: ‘Delivers on its smoky promise’ – restaurant review

Burnt Orange, 59 Middle Street, Brighton, East Sussex BN1 1AL (01273 929923). Starters £4-£10...

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Sex Education Xplorers (SEX) review – a biology lesson for the 21st century

I imagine the curriculum has changed since my day but, even so, I’m pretty sure not...

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Police launch investigation into Alibaba sexual assault allegations

Chinese e-commerce company Alibaba has announced that it is cooperating with a police investigation...

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Drivers urged to book MOTs as September surge in demand looms

Owners of cars due an MOT next month are being urged to book early because of a surge in demand. ...

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The Guardian view on French Covid pass protesters: attention must be paid

B y French standards, the protests which have now taken place across the country on four...

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Britain’s Covid experts are under attack, but they are just doing their jobs

I t feels like open season on Professor Neil Ferguson right now. Sections of the media and...

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New York City, I’ve been taking you for granted

T he rules of New York City’s public swimming pools are stringent: no flotation aids,...

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Here’s why your efforts to convince anti-vaxxers aren’t working

W hat should we do about people who refuse to get vaccinated, or who continue to deny that...

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Harder borders are a legacy of Covid we should reject

M oira Hunt hasn’t seen her mother in over 18 months. Hunt and her husband, Shane, live...

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‘A great blow to Uganda’: surgeon John Baptist Mukasa dies of Covid

K ennedy Owuor first fell over in his hotel room in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia’s capital,...

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UK set to ‘hoard’ up to 210m doses of Covid vaccine, research suggests

The UK is on course to “hoard” up to 210m spare coronavirus vaccines by the end of the...

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s top aide resigns amid sexual harassment scandal

A senior aide to New York Governor Andrew Cuomo resigned on Sunday in the wake of a state attorney...

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‘My heart sank’: how lifting energy price cap will hit the most vulnerable

Anthony Lyman, from Northampton, said his heart sank when he learned that his annual energy bill...

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Far from the madding crowd: rural breaks boom as wary avoid coast

There are no beaches, no seagulls, and in some places there are more cows than people. This is...

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‘I need to be outside’: why a garden is worth saving up for

“I spent most of my time in the garden when I was little,” says Charlotte Millington, 31,...

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Crying in H Mart by Michelle Zauner review – a self-deprecating and honest memoir

“W here do you go after you witness death?” Michelle Zauner asks herself in...

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Apple plans to scan US iPhones for child sexual abuse images

Apple will scan photo libraries stored on iPhones in the US for known images of child sexual abuse,...

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Johnson’s muddle over Covid is a foretaste of his thinking on climate change. Be afraid

First came the plague, then the flood, and now the fire. This has been a biblical summer, one where...

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How Cuomo went from #MeToo ally to a one-man battle to discredit women

On 12 August, 2019 Andrew Cuomo, the governor of New York, held a glitzy bill ceremony in his...

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‘New wave of volatility’: Covid stirs up grievances in Latin America

For Filipe da Silva, hitting the streets was about staying alive. “Unfortunately, Brazil...

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Six EU states overtake UK Covid vaccination rates as Britain’s rollout slows

Six EU states have now fully inoculated a larger share of their total populations with a...

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Biden said America had ‘gained the upper hand’ over Covid – has Delta changed the game?

It was not supposed to be this way. A month ago Joe Biden appeared to have victory over the...

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JCVI ‘largely opposed’ to Covid vaccination for children under 16

Members of the government’s expert committee on vaccination remain largely opposed to...

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Miracle drug is 'life saving' against Covid and will stop sufferers needing hospital treatment, GPs claim

GPS and MPs have hailed a 'life saving' miracle drug being used to treat Covid. The steroid...

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America’s mask wars return as communities split over new guidance

On Wednesday, Georgia governor Brian Kemp used his official Twitter account to say his state â€...

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Send us your questions for Michaela Coel

In September, the acclaimed actor, screenwriter and director Michaela Coel will publish her debut...

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Time for tea: refreshing alternatives to alcohol

JING Jasmine Pearls Sparkling Tea (£17.95, jingtea.com) The British have been reducing their daily...

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Shoreline walks and glorious gardens: five of the best day trips from Edinburgh

Edinburgh may be known as a festival city and all-round cultural behemoth, but it’s also one of...

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Baxter Dury: ‘Everything was about Dad. It was the only way he knew how to survive’

B axter Dury strolls up to the pub, casually dressed and apologetic. The indie musician,...

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Pop star Kris Wu detained on suspicion of rape

Chinese-Canadian pop star Kris Wu has been detained by Beijing police on suspicion of rape. The...

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Assaults on police in England and Wales rise above 100 a day during pandemic

A major increase in attacks on police has been recorded during the pandemic, according to official...

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The Observer view on the plight facing children post-Covid

The prime minister has touted “levelling up” as the overarching theme of his domestic policy...

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It’s not Covid that’s damaging British trade. It’s Brexit

B rexit is beginning to take its toll. Trade with the EU is suffering and foreign...

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Jimmy Savile: 10 years on, what has changed in uncovering abuse?

Journalistic parlour game question: what are the most significant news stories of the past decade?...

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I secretly hate sex and now fear I will lose my girlfriend

The question I’m a guy in my mid-20s who also happens to be asexual. And no, I am not gay. I just...

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Clubbers shun reopened venues in England amid confusion over Covid safety

Nightclubs in England have seen low attendances and been forced to cancel events as the pandemic...

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Covid vaccine status proof will not be required for students in England

There are no plans to bring in vaccine passports for university students in England, the Department...

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Sky News Australia banned from YouTube for seven days over Covid misinformation

Sky News Australia has been banned from uploading content to YouTube for seven days after violating...

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Is Covid-19 on the run in the UK?

J ohn Edmunds has been at the centre of the unravelling of the Covid-19 pandemic since...

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Discounts from Uber and Deliveroo will lure young people in UK to get Covid jab

Cheap taxi rides and discounts from the biggest takeaway companies are to be deployed by the...

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Blaxploitation salvation: the directors’ children rescuing their fathers’ lost movies

J ustine Henzell and Mario Van Peebles both know what it’s like to grow up on movie...

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Thailand: Bangkok warehouse turned into 1,800-bed hospital as Covid crisis worsens

A cargo warehouse at Bangkok’s Don Muang Airport has been turned into an 1,800-bed field hospital...

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Lloyds Banking Group records £2bn profit after pandemic slump

Lloyds Banking Group has announced one of its biggest acquisitions since returning to full private...

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European football clubs’ revenue declines by £3.4bn over pandemic

The pandemic led to a rare decline in the financial firepower of European football during 2019-20,...

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Rugby League World Cup ‘50-50’ to take place with decision expected in days

The chief executive of the Rugby League World Cup, Jon Dutton, has described the chances of the...

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Amid Tory chaos and confusion, Labour has a Covid recovery plan

T he chaos and confusion caused by this government in recent weeks beggars belief. Instead...

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Crime always pays for the Tories – that’s why they turn to it again and again

I t is not difficult to see why Boris Johnson’s first post-isolation photo op was to...

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UK’s economic recovery from Covid stalled in June amid ‘pingdemic’

Britain’s recovery from the pandemic slowed last month as shortages of goods supplied to...

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Japan urges young people to get jabs and stay in amid Tokyo Covid surge

Health experts in Japan have warned that a recent surge in coronavirus cases in Tokyo, six days...

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Olympic athletes fear domino effect as pole vaulters test positive for Covid

Two track and field pole vault stars, including the US world champion Sam Kendricks, have tested...

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Vote Leave chief awarded £580k Covid deal after call from Dominic Cummings

Dominic Cummings personally called a former colleague on the Vote Leave Brexit campaign and asked...

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Twitter announces the closure of its New York and San Francisco offices following updated CDC warnings about the Delta variant

Twitter on Wednesday announced that it was closing its New York City and San Francisco offices and...

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Horny dogs: what can Boris Johnson do about his pet Dilyn’s romantic urges?

Name: Horny dogs. Age: Since the first time a dog humped a caveperson’s leg. Appearance...

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Covid: what is changing for fully vaccinated travellers to England?

Millions of people living outside the UK will be allowed quarantine-free entry following the most...

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A moment that changed me: my mother died – and I became my brother’s legal guardian

I t was in Stansted airport’s Pink Elephant car park that I realised all the adults...

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‘People want to be useful’: is the Covid volunteering boom here to stay?

From picking up shopping for neighbours to participating in vaccine studies, the coronavirus...

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Myanmar could become Covid ‘super-spreader’ state, says UN expert

Myanmar is at risk of becoming a super-spreader Covid state that fuels outbreaks across the region,...

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Sajid Javid admits UK Covid rates unpredictable as cases rise again

Sajid Javid has said “no one really knows” what trajectory the Covid pandemic will take in the...

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Wigan coach labels decisive Jake Mamo try ‘a disgrace’ after Warrington victory

Sometimes it is simply about points, rather than performances. It would have been unreasonable to...

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Balding in mix for title after Alcohol Free raises cheers in Sussex Stakes

Just three trainers have won the British Flat racing championship for the first time in the past 25...

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Conor Murray: ‘South Africa’s Twitter gameplan is a funny, weird subplot’

I t is the snakes-and-ladders element of every British & Irish Lions tour that is so...

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The useful illusion of Covid incompetence

I have long thought that incompetence was not a credible explanation for the government’s more...

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The Guardian view on women and the Olympics: the athletes caught up – now the IOC must

S trength, resilience and determination make sportswomen champions in the field. The same...

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‘A wild pony stamped on my tent!’: seven readers on their first camping experiences

‘It turns out I love camping’ After 18 months of lockdown and seeing nothing but...

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Five Cuban generals dead in recent days – is the Covid spike to blame?

Five mostly elderly and retired Cuban military generals have died in recent days in mysterious...

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UK travel-led firms get £2bn boost as Covid rules eased for US and EU arrivals

Nearly £2bn was added to the value of UK airlines and tourism companies on Wednesday after...

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Once a Covid success story, South Korea sweats through summer of Delta surge

Park Eun-sun is facing the most challenging set of circumstances since going into business for...

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Lack of quarantine at England’s borders ‘risks havoc of Covid variants’

Opening England’s borders to let millions of people arriving from the US and Europe avoid...

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Fiji’s sevens triumph is symbolic of their ‘work together, love one another’ spirit

I got asked on Twitter why the Fijian players always cry when the national anthem is...

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Sexy secret life of basking sharks uncovered in Hebrides

Fin-to-fin synchronised swimming, thought likely to be part of courtship, has been seen in groups...

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Activision Blizzard employees walk out over harassment and ‘frat boy’ culture allegations

Employees of Activision Blizzard, the video game company that produces World of Warcraft and Call...

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GP clinics at ‘breaking point’ and recovery plan is essential

Doctors are warning that general practice clinics risk cracking under the pressure of â€...

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How we made Viz: ‘We printed 150 copies for £42.52’

Simon Donald, co-creatorWe grew up without a TV. Our house faced a railway line and my brother...

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Pandemic gives breathing room to endangered sea turtles

N ikoletta Sidiropoulou and her colleagues in the Sea Turtle Protection Society of Greece ...

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Tell us: what is your favourite rainy holiday activity?

As more Britons spend their summers in the UK due to Covid travel restrictions, holiday plans can...

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‘Nobody can gaslight us’: the rappers confronting Canada’s colonial horrors

A fter the recent discovery of hundreds of Indigenous children’s unmarked graves at...

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Thailand’s hospitals under pressure as Covid crisis deepens

Thailand’s worsening Covid outbreak is placing intense pressure on hospitals, forcing doctors...

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Barcelona cannabis clubs face closure in new legal setback

Barcelona’s 200 cannabis clubs face closure after the supreme court shut a legal loophole that...

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Heathrow wants travel opened up for vaccinated as Covid losses near £3bn

Heathrow airport has called on the UK government to open up travel for fully vaccinated passengers...

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Man found guilty of murdering daughter, 17, missing since last July

A man has been found guilty of murdering his 17-year-old daughter, who went missing last July and...

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Moonpig profits double as Covid pushes spending online

Moonpig has reported that its annual sales and profits have doubled in its first results since...

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The loneliness of the long-distance run of poor cricket form

C ricket, the old adage goes, is a team sport played by individuals. When it really comes...

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Keeping loved ones safe is not ‘cowering’, Sajid Javid

How utterly incomprehensible that the health secretary should tell us not to cower from Covid,...

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The pandemic has opened up a deep rift within the Conservatives. It will grow

S omething strange is happening within the political party famously ruthless in its...

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The British government’s Covid strategy was never designed to manage the virus

S ince the announcement of the removal of all Covid-related restrictions in England,...

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What is behind the latest fall in cases of Covid across the UK?

Is this how it ends? After an 18-month rollercoaster of soaring and falling cases, and more than...

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Greater Sydney lockdown to be extended by four weeks as Covid cases continue to rise

Greater Sydney will remain locked down for a further four weeks after the NSW cabinet agreed to the...

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People shielding were eight times more likely to get Covid, study finds

People advised to shield during the first wave of the pandemic were eight times more likely to get...

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UK not ‘out of the woods’ despite falling Covid case numbers, says expert

Caution is still needed and the UK is not “out of the woods yet” despite Covid infection...

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More than 250 people have been convicted of child sex abuse while working with the Scouts, new figures show

More than 250 people involved with the Scouts have been convicted of child sexual abuse, it was...

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Frequencies review – Oscar Murillo’s bad-boy fantasies undone by sensible teens

A dults are not schoolchildren and – as all good teachers know – you’re...

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Yeh Freedom Life review – a passionate slice of queer Delhi life

A n unnerving cacophony opens Priya Sen’s Yeh Freedom Life: it plunges straight into...

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Ryanair forecasts 100m passengers in financial year as bookings soar

Ryanair is expecting to fly 100 million passengers during this financial year after a surge in...

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Summer health drive in England as 40% say they gained weight in lockdown

A drive to get people fit and healthy this summer has been launched by Public Health England (PHE),...

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Students in England may need to be fully vaccinated to attend lectures

Ministers have confirmed they could force students in England to be double vaccinated to attend...

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UK water firms can raise prices temporarily to offset Covid costs

The UK’s water regulator is to allow utility companies to increase prices temporarily starting...

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‘Our silence permits perpetrators to continue’: one woman’s fight to expose a father’s abuse

C lare Devlin’s first memory of being sadistically and sexually snared by her father...

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The insect apocalypse: ‘Our world will grind to a halt without them’

I have been fascinated by insects all my life. One of my earliest memories is of finding,...

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Tell us: how are you affected by rising NHS Covid-19 app notifications?

We’re interested to hear how people in England and Wales are affected by rising notifications...

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‘Where nature needed us the most': one company's plan to discover and fund pioneering eco projects

When life gives you lemons, make lemonade – so the saying goes. In Belgium, the wording is a...

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Dietary supplements causing severe liver injuries in Australians, with some requiring transplants, study shows

The number of patients being admitted to hospital with severe liver injuries caused by herbal and...

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‘You are the worst human being’: man confronts Fox News host Tucker Carlson

In a confrontation that swiftly went viral, a Montana man told Fox News host Tucker Carlson: â€...

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More than 250 convicted of child sexual abuse in UK and Ireland while in Scout movement

More than 250 people in the UK and Ireland have been convicted of child sexual abuse offences...

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‘Pingdemic’ is the result of a criminal Covid policy

Your article (England may have to reimpose Covid rules in August, scientists warn, 21 July) says...

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To mask or not to mask? That shouldn’t be the question

E ngland has now entered the strangest phase to date of its Covid experience. Though the...

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Mark Ronson on hope, hits and Amy Winehouse: ‘I loved being in her company. She was so funny’

M ark Ronson has been a DJ longer than he hasn’t: his entire adult life, sometimes...

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Indonesia loosens Covid restrictions despite record deaths

Indonesia’s government has said small businesses and some shopping malls can reopen despite...

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Poor mental health leaves pupils three times less likely to pass five GCSEs

Children experiencing poor mental health are three times less likely than their peers to pass five...

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Labour announces launch of ‘new deal for working people’

Labour is to launch a “new deal for working people” this week, as Keir Starmer seeks to...

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Tunisia president dismisses prime minister and suspends parliament

Tunisian president Kais Saied has suspended parliament and dismissed prime minister Hichem Mechichi...

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Covid case figures fall five days in row for first time since February

The number of new Covid-19 cases in the UK has fallen for five days in a row for the first time...

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Pregnant women are urged to get a jab as new data shows just one in ten have had one with Covid hospitalisations in unvaccinated mothers-to-be surging

Pregnant women have been urged to get jabbed as new data shows just one in ten have come forward. ...

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Church of England vicar, 52, faces the sack for breaking Covid rules after hugging a mourner, singing a hymn with no mask on and putting out Bibles

A Church of England vicar faces the sack for hugging a mourner at a funeral and singing an Easter...

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WHO warns there is a 'strong likelihood' of more dangerous Covid variants emerging and declare: 'The pandemic is nowhere near finished'

The WHO has warned there is a 'strong likelihood' of dangerous Covid variants spreading around the...

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Rapid sniff test for COVID-19 that checks if people have lost sense of smell was 95% accurate and could be used as a screening tool for disease

A rapid smell test is showing promise as a new screening tool for COVID-19 in a pilot study. ...

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Shocking £525 cost for a single Covid test: Holidaymakers confronted with extortionate prices, shoddy service and long delays, Mail audit reveals

Holidaymakers are facing a 'shambolic' lottery when choosing Government-approved coronavirus tests...

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We wiped the smile off her face! Painting of grumpy Renaissance grocer is restored after grin was added

The mysterious unsigned painting of a lone female figure surrounded by an array of fresh produce...

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'It's a logistical nightmare': Bridgerton series two filming 'halted after crew member tests positive for Covid'

Filming for series two of Netflix hit Bridgerton has reportedly been halted after a crew member ...

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'Accidents do happen': WHO chief admits it is too soon to rule out Covid-19 leaked from a lab as he demands China releases information it is holding

The head of the World Health Organisation (WHO) has said there had been a 'premature push' to rule...

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Test and Trace app pings neighbours through walls if their phones are too close despite the people having NO face-to-face contact

The NHS Test and Trace app is 'pinging' neighbours through walls  The NHS Test and Trace app is...

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Nightclub bosses say they will REFUSE to check vaccine passports if the scheme is voluntary because many of their customers won't have been jabbed

Ministers set up a potential Covid clash with owners of nightclubs and other large venues today...

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Covid may have killed the census! Statistics chiefs warn 220-year-old national headcount cannot keep up with pace of change caused by pandemic

The pandemic may have killed off the 220-year-old national census, statistics chiefs said yesterday...

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Covid is not the monster it was, writes PROFESSOR BRENDAN WREN, we can’t go backwards

For sixteen long months, Britons have been doing everything they can to keep new coronavirus...

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Ed Sheeran is forced into Covid quarantine for a SECOND time – days after watching England at Wembley near David Beckham and William, Kate and George

Ed Sheeran has been forced to quarantine for a second time after he was notified he had come into...

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Climate change as much of an emergency as Covid and deaths 'should be tracked daily', says report

Climate change is as much of an emergency as the Covid-19 pandemic and should be treated in the...

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Britain's third Covid wave may have PEAKED, top scientist claims as data shows almost HALF of cases are now in vaccinated adults

Professor Tim Spector, who runs Britain's largest Covid symptom tracking study ZOE, said cases 'may...

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Get ready for Covid jab passports at busy pubs that don’t do enough to tackle infections, warns Boris Johnson

Large venues such as nightclubs and city-centre bars could be forced to bring in Covid passports...

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Police chiefs ban using messages with kisses and heart emojis in case it's a sexual offence as staff say bosses care 'more about being PC than PCs'

Police chiefs have told staff not to exchange texts featuring kisses and heart emojis amid concerns...

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Douglas Coupland on Generation X at 30: ‘Generational trashing is eternal’

I’m 59 and a half years old – and these days I no longer feel that I identify as a human...

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Indian athletics star Milkha Singh dies after catching Covid, aged 91

Milkha Singh, one of India’s first sport superstars, has died of Covid-related complications at...

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‘It’s such a relief’: how Europe’s Covid vaccine rollout is catching up with UK

On Friday morning, Leyla Çelik woke up with butterflies in her stomach. For weeks, the 22-year...

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Fresh protests in Brazil against Bolsonaro’s handling of Covid pandemic

Thousands of Brazilians returned to the streets on Saturday in protest against the response of Jair...

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Kay Burley says she was an ‘idiot’ for breach of Covid rules last year

The Sky News presenter Kay Burley has admitted she was an “idiot” for breaking Covid...

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Britain’s longest-known coronavirus patient dies aged 49

A man believed to be Britain’s longest-known coronavirus patient has died after deciding to...

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Minister must reverse rape conviction slump or resign, says Labour

Robert Buckland must resign as justice secretary if he cannot reverse the plunging prosecution and...

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Eton v the sea trout: college’s land sale sparks fears of river pollution

Two of the UK’s oldest institutions – Eton College and trout fishing – are heading...

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Mandatory vaccinations for care workers and the blame game

I am passionate about the importance of the Covid-19 vaccination programme. I recently wrote a...

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The Guardian view on the rape review: sorry is not enough

T he pledges made by ministers in their keenly awaited rape review must lead to immediate...

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Brexit ‘purity’ is breaking up the union. Just ask the people of Belfast

B rexit is the plague that will still be infecting Britain when Covid has gone. It spreads...

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The ‘human rights’ sex trade case that will harm women

A case to be heard in the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg this week could have...

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Music mogul has Wonderful Tonight tuned for Arc after Royal Ascot win

Wonderful Tonight went to post for the Hardwicke Stakes here on Saturday as a proven talent in...

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Covid jabs for billions of humans will earn their makers billions of dollars

D rugmakers led by US firms Pfizer and Moderna stand to make tens of billions of dollars...

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Third wave of Covid ‘definitely under way’ in UK, says expert

A government scientific adviser has said a third wave of the coronavirus pandemic is â€...

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One third of convicted sex offenders across England and Wales avoid prison

Ministers are facing demands to explain why thousands of convicted sexual offenders across England...

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‘Targeted for violence’: the dangers LGBTQ+ Native Americans face

T he last time Fochik Hashtali* spoke with her close friend Poe Jackson, he was telling...

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Care home workers: share your thoughts on mandatory Covid vaccines

Ministers are planning to announce that Covid vaccinations are to become mandatory for care home...

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‘Frances made this happen!’ Jo Whiley on how her sister saved lives in the pandemic

T here is a lot of joy in little glimmers of normality these days. For Jo Whiley’s...

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V&A museum’s new 20th and 21st Century gallery is refitted for the social justice era

In November 2019, after almost 30 years, the V&A’s 20th Century gallery closed its doors....

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Scarlett Johansson criticises ‘hypersexualisation’ of Black Widow in Iron Man 2

Scarlett Johansson has spoken out against the sexualisation of Black Widow in Iron Man 2, the 2010...

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US embassy in Kabul locks down amid Covid surge and death of one staffer

The US embassy in Kabul has had to shut down almost all its operations because of a Covid-19...

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Trudeau is no feminist, says Green party leader as she battles party revolt

Justin Trudeau is “no ally and no feminist”, the head of Canada’s Green party has alleged, as...

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Global bike shortage set to continue, Halfords chief executive warns

Halfords has warned of ongoing shortages of bikes around the world as it almost tripled profits...

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Scotland was eight hours from running out of some PPE in Covid first wave

Some stocks of PPE in Scotland came within eight hours of running out at the height of the first...

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Adults with learning disabilities should be able to go out and stay up late

We are a group of campaigners from around the UK who all have a learning disability and/or autism....

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An opportunity for victims and survivors of child sexual abuse to finally be heard

The Truth Project, set up by the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse, has played a vital...

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The ‘catch-up plan’ for schools needs to start with the Department for Education

I t seems to have escaped government ministers’ notice, but running a school is a...

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Vaccine nationalism is killing us. We need an internationalist approach

W e have the power to end this pandemic. We have the technology, materials and productive...

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Compulsory care-home staff jabs may sound sensible but would create a catastrophe

I t’s a no-brainer, isn’t it? Of course every care and NHS worker should be vaccinated...

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Where is everyone? Covid and Brexit empty France’s north coast resorts

W ith the approach of the summer holidays, the two French seaside towns of Saint-Valery...

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Brenda Myers-Powell: she was pimped out, left for dead – then survived to fight for other girls

N obody can tell Brenda Myers-Powell’s story better than Brenda herself. It’s...

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AstraZeneca vaccine price pledge omits some poor countries, contract shows

AstraZeneca can charge a higher price for its Covid-19 vaccine in dozens of poor countries once the...

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Netherlands offers free pickled herring as Covid jab incentive

After Russia offered cars, Washington state spliffs, Indonesia live chickens and Hong Kong the...

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Previous Covid infection may not offer long-term protection, study finds

Previous infection with coronavirus does not necessarily protect against Covid in the longer term,...

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About 2.3m Britons hold cryptocurrencies despite warnings of risk

The number of UK adults who hold cryptocurrencies such as bitcoin has risen to an estimated 2.3...

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My boyfriend never initiates sex – how can I help him to be more confident?

I met my boyfriend shortly before the first lockdown in March last year, and had never been in a...

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Online sex crimes crisis in South Korea affecting all women, report finds

South Korea’s epidemic of online sexual abuse has left survivors traumatised for life, and is...

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Wealth secret of the super rich revealed: be born into a rich family

Self-made billionaires including Jeff Bezos and Elon Musk made huge profits during the Covid-19...

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Bridge made of string: Peruvians weave 500-year-old Incan crossing back into place

Peruvians from the Huinchiri community in Cusco region are rebuilding a 500-year-old Incan hanging...

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Children neglected by a profit-making system

So the Ministry of Justice is going to raise the minimum legal age of marriage in order to protect...

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Employers think the pandemic was a time for earnest self-improvement. Screw that

E arly in the pandemic there was a moment when it started to become clear that the...

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An Inside job: lockdown has finally been turned into the stuff of irresistible art

I n the spring, I wrote about a wariness surrounding art that reflects on the pandemic –...

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All adults in England able to book Covid jabs ‘by end of week’

Every adult in England will be able to book their first Covid-19 vaccination from the end of this...

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High in the Himalayas, villagers hit by Covid are left to fend for themselves

Phalguni Devi has spent a fortnight living in a cattle shed. Looking out on a rainy afternoon in...

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Cashless society draws closer with only one in six payments now in cash

The UK has moved a big step closer to becoming a cashless society after official data showed that...

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Biden to meet Putin at highly anticipated summit in Geneva

The US president, Joe Biden, is due to meet Russia’s Vladimir Putin in Geneva in a highly...

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All care home staff in England should have Covid vaccine, says minister

All care home staff in England should be vaccinated, a senior government minister has urged, saying...

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‘Identity crisis’: will the US’s largest evangelical denomination move even further right?

T housands of Southern Baptists from across the US are heading to Tennessee this week to...

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Tell us: how have you been affected by the delayed lifting of lockdown restrictions in England?

As infections and hospital admissions are rising again, Boris Johnson has announced a four-week...

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Less than 1% of UK travel insurance policies offer full Covid cover, says Which?

Less than 1% of UK travel insurance policies provide people with full comprehensive cover for Covid...

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‘I don’t feel any the wiser’: uncertainty as wedding Covid rules eased

A fter months of having to choose just 30 close relatives and friends to celebrate their...

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South Korea says consensual sex act between male soldiers ‘bordered on rape’

A South Korean military court has been accused of discriminating against sexual minorities after it...

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Restaurants and pubs ‘face collapse’ during extended England lockdown

Business groups have warned that pubs, bars, restaurants and nightclubs face significant hardship...

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Boohoo reports strong sales as it relaunches Debenhams website

Boohoo has reported further strong sales growth on the back of the online shopping boom seen during...

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Biosecure bubble can help forge stronger Lions bonds, insists Ken Owens

The British & Irish Lions hooker Ken Owens believes the strict Covid-19 restrictions facing the...

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Swimming Australia admits failings in misconduct complaints procedures

Swimming Australia has conceded it “could have done better” in facilitating complaints from...

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Wimbledon finals to allow full crowd capacity with 45,000 at Euro 2020 final

The final weekend of Wimbledon will be played on Centre Court in front of a capacity crowd – the...

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World Test Championship is hard to love but final deserves more than a washout

T he forecast is for rain. Of course the forecast is for rain. It’s the final of the...

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The Guardian view on delaying lockdown easing: sadly unavoidable

S ince February, when Boris Johnson unveiled a four-step roadmap to ending all Covid...

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China and the west must now cooperate to achieve global Covid vaccine coverage

“V accine diplomacy” has evolved into a dirty phrase, not least in relation to China...

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Whether Covid escaped from a lab or not, it’s time to talk about biosecurity

T he debate on the origins of the Covid-19 pandemic has recently focused on the potential...

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The sexual assault of sleeping women: the hidden, horrifying rape crisis in Britain’s bedrooms

N iamh Ní Dhomhnaill had been with her partner for almost a year when she discovered...

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Vaccines and oxygen run out as third wave of Covid hits Uganda

Uganda has all but run out of Covid-19 vaccines and oxygen as the country grapples with another...

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Southbank Centre to showcase art made by Britons shielding from Covid

More than 600 pieces of art created by thousands of people who were shielding and in extreme...

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Summer 2022 holiday bookings surging, says online travel agent On The Beach

Holiday bookings for summer 2022 are “significantly” ahead of normal, according to online...

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Moment two groups of bare-chested men hurl deckchairs at each other as huge brawl breaks out at cafe on Southend seafront

Shocking footage has captured the moment bloodied brawling men were seen hurling deckchairs and...

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Police rescue two dogs from boiling car as temperatures soared to 75F in Brighton - before owner complains about them smashing her window

This is the moment police were forced to smash their way into a car to rescue two dogs who had been...

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US food banks brace for demand as Republicans end unemployment benefits

Food banks in many states across the US are bracing for a surge in demand for food aid due to...

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Fox News host Kayleigh McEnany says she ‘never lied’ as Trump press secretary

The White House press secretary turned Fox News contributor Kayleigh McEnany has claimed she â€...

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Ted Baker loses more than £100m as Covid lockdowns dent sales

Ted Baker made a loss of more than £100m in the first pandemic year as revenues at the fashion...

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Five things for England to fix before the Test series against India

1. Pick the right team England start a five-Test series against India in just over seven weeks....

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‘It was so nasty. He laughed in my face’: How to love and trust again after a big romantic betrayal

S arah and her husband were anchored in a remote harbour – more than a year into...

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How Taiwan’s struggle for Covid vaccines is inflaming tensions with China

V accines are the latest flashpoint inflaming cross-strait tensions between China and...

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UK health inequalities made worse by Covid crisis, study suggests

The coronavirus crisis has disrupted routine healthcare disproportionately across society with...

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Vaccines are working – but these charts show we’re right to delay reopening

Two-thirds of the UK population are insufficiently protected against the Delta coronavirus variant,...

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Andy Murray: ‘Don’t be sad for me! I like doing this – no one’s forcing me to play’

I s he or isn’t he? One minute Andy Murray, one of Britain’s greatest living...

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Tell us: are you planning on joining protests at the G7 summit?

Later this week, world leaders will be attending the G7 summit, at Carbis Bay, near St Ives in...

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I’d like to make a complaint... Why some of us are so good at making a fuss

T he biscuit was only barely covered. If I’d had to guess, I’d have said 30% of...

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Sparkling wines for summer

Oliver Zeter Sauvignon Blanc Brut, Pfalz, Germany 2019 (from £22.95, mumblesfinewines.co.uk;...

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Brandon Taylor: ‘I grew up reading my aunt’s nursing-home manuals and bodice-rippers’

B randon Taylor, 32, grew up in Alabama and studied at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. He...

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Seven Ways to Change the World by Gordon Brown; Go Big by Ed Miliband review – what’s the new idea?

A mong the things Gordon Brown and Ed Miliband have in common, apart from electoral defeat...

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António Guterres on the climate crisis: ‘We are coming to a point of no return’

W ealthy countries risk an “unforgivable lost opportunity” by not emerging from...

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Saudi Arabia bans foreigners from hajj over Covid concerns

Saudi Arabia has announced that this year’s hajj pilgrimage will be limited to 60,000 vaccinated...

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Four teenagers arrested over death of man in Shropshire

Four teenage boys have been arrested after the death of a man in Shropshire. West Mercia police...

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Queen’s birthday list honours key figures in UK Covid vaccine drive

Key figures in the battle against Covid-19 and Britain’s vaccine success have been rewarded in...

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Burrito economics: Republican claims about price rises are so much hot air

House Republicans are blaming Democrats for the rise in Chipotle burrito prices. ...

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Josh Bayliss with final flourish as Bath beat Northampton to seal Europe spot

As so often these days, in rugby, sport and society, a pesky virus played an unsatisfactorily...

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Celebrity buzz: how stars’ bedroom toys have got us all talking about sex

Lily Allen has one. Cara Delevingne has one. Dakota Johnson has developed her own range. Is the...

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No more emails: why I’m walking from Land’s End to John o’Groats

I t’s 7.30pm on 29 April and I’m standing alone on the highest hill in this part...

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Drop Covid vaccine patent rules to save lives in poorest countries, UK and Germany told

Britain and Germany were under intense pressure on Saturday to drop their resistance to proposals...

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Factory workers making goods for the west bear brunt of virus surge in south-east Asia

It was around mid-May when workers at the Cal-Comp factory in Phetchaburi, central Thailand, heard...

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Why are women more prone to long Covid?

I n June 2020, as the first reports of long Covid began to filter through the medical...

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Covid lockdown: should England open up on 21 June?

Data The key issue is the extent to which infections of the Delta variant first detected in India...

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More than half of sex trafficking victims in the U.S. last year were recruited on Facebook, bombshell report reveals

The majority of online recruitment in active sex trafficking cases last year occurred on Facebook,...

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Trump finds historical muse in tourmate and ex-Fox News anchor Bill O’Reilly

D onald Trump appears to have found his historical muse. The former US president will go...

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I have a smaller penis than my girlfriend’s exes – should I get surgery?

My girlfriend and I are extremely happy together, but she told me that two of her exes...

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‘Extremely rare’: Australia records second death ‘likely linked’ to AstraZeneca vaccine blood clots

A 52-year-old woman from NSW who died after receiving the AstraZeneca vaccine is “likely”...

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More research funding needed to avoid drug-resistant pandemic, warns report

Small drugmakers and biotech firms that are developing the bulk of new antibiotics need far more...

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Morrisons shareholders reject executive bonuses amid falling profits

Morrisons shareholders have voted overwhelmingly against the award of millions of pounds in bonuses...

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Sexual harassment is a routine part of life, schoolchildren tell Ofsted

Schoolchildren have told Ofsted inspectors that sexual harassment and online sexual abuse are such...

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Forget incremental change: the left shouldn’t be afraid of thinking big

W e have all craved a return to normality during the pandemic. As we emerge from this...

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If you have long Covid, as I did, don’t give up hope. Recovery is possible

C ovid-19 affects people in a range of different ways. For some its a mild illness; to...

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G7 leaders will call for fresh WHO inquiry into Covid origins, leaked communique suggests

Leaders at the G7 summit will call for a new, transparent investigation by the World Health...

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Ruben Sergeyev, longtime Guardian fixer in Moscow, dies at 65

Ruben Sergeyev, a longtime consultant and friend to Guardian correspondents in Moscow from the...

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High risk of autumn Covid surge in Europe despite drop in infections, says WHO

Covid-19 infections, hospitalisations and deaths are falling fast across Europe, but the risk of a...

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Gender-critical views are a protected belief, appeal tribunal rules

The gender-critical views of a researcher who lost her job at a thinktank after tweeting that...

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Matt Hancock pledges to hand over any advice on discharges to care homes

Matt Hancock has promised to reveal internal advice that is alleged to have required testing for...

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Leftist teacher takes on dictator’s daughter as Peru picks new president

P eruvians must choose between the son of illiterate peasant farmers who pledges to upend...

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Love Island makers say LGBT contestants bring ‘logistical difficulties’

The makers of TV’s Love Island have said that there have been “logistical difficultiesâ...

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‘Exponential’ rise in Covid cases in DRC capital, reports WHO

The UN’s health agency said on Thursday that it detected a surge of coronavirus cases late...

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Return to offices drives UK adult contacts to 10-month high

Coronavirus cases are expected to rise in the coming weeks after daily contacts among adults...

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Tory group demands rethink on recovery plan for English schools

Furious Conservative MPs have privately demanded a rethink of the watered down recovery plan for...

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Covid care home tragedy: we, the bereaved, need to know the full truth

I was relieved to see, in letters (30 May), the truths gradually emerging on the care home tragedy....

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The Guardian view on social care and disability: a cruel policy vacuum

T here cannot be many adults in the UK who are unaware of the importance of social care....

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The Guardian view on Israel’s new coalition: not yet a new era

T here were 38 minutes left when eight very disparate Israeli opposition parties announced...

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Kate Winslet shows there’s more to middle age than a saggy belly

K ate Winslet has always had guts. But for her to have a belly, let alone one that wobbles...

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‘None of the evidence was enough’: Czech women fight to criminalise all non-consensual sex

“I felt so lost when I heard the court verdict; as if the fact that he raped me was somehow...

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Samuel L Jackson’s 20 best films – ranked!

20. Chi-Raq (2015) Samuel L Jackson is the elegantly besuited, cane-twirling, fourth-wall...

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Covid variants: how much protection do the different vaccines offer?

On Wednesday Boris Johnson said he saw nothing in the current data to stop the planned lifting of...

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Nepal Covid variant: does it exist and should we be concerned?

Another day, another variant. The latest incarnation of the coronavirus to raise concerns has been...

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Wales to allow outdoor gatherings of up to 30 people from Monday

Up to 30 people will be able to meet outdoors and large outdoor activities can resume in Wales from...

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India Covid variant may increase risk of hospital admission, early data suggests

The coronavirus variant of concern first discovered in India, known as Delta, is more likely to...

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Share your stories of holiday disasters

With travel still subject to strict Covid rules, many of us will be opting to stay put this summer....

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Tell us: are you in a platonic marriage or a similar relationship?

Although legislation around marriage has changed over the last 10 years – from the introduction...

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Protesters call on banks to ‘drop African debt’ in wake of Covid

Activists at a demonstration outside the annual general meeting of HSBC in London have demanded the...

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Murder inquiry over death of Italian woman after sex video battle

Prosecutors in Naples have opened a murder inquiry into the death of a young woman believed to have...

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Number of EU citizens refused entry to UK soars despite Covid crisis

The number of EU citizens being prevented from entering the UK has soared over the past three...

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Covid bereaved demand public inquiry and end to ‘political pantomime’

Boris Johnson is facing a growing clamour to bring forward the start of the coronavirus public...

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Dominic Cummings’ tell-all told us what we already knew about the Tories

It is astonishing that it has taken so long for self-styled superbrain Dominic Cummings to figure...

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The Guardian view on the Covid inquiry: time to bring it on

F aced with Dominic Cummings’ fusillade against Boris Johnson’s handling of the...

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‘I was 10 when it first happened’: Jermaine Jenas on why stop-and-search is failing black children

I was only 10 years old the first time the police stopped me. My house was out of town,...

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Longer school hours won’t plug Covid learning gaps, says Cambridge academic

Keeping pupils in school for longer lessons would not be enough to overcome the gaps in their...

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German children aged 12 -16 can have Covid Pfizer vaccine in June

German children from the age of 12 will be eligible for a Covid-19 inoculation from next month, the...

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Prince Charles advises people recovering from Covid to practise yoga

Prince Charles has suggested that people struggling to return to full health after having the...

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Bank holiday traffic: sun and Covid easing may mean return of jams

Sunny weather, the easing of Covid restrictions and the return of road traffic to pre-pandemic...

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Glasgow to stay in toughest lockdown level as Covid cases rise

Nicola Sturgeon has confirmed Glasgow will remain in Scotland’s second toughest lockdown regime...

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Boris Johnson acted unwisely over flat refurbishment, report finds

Boris Johnson “unwisely” embarked on a refurbishment of his official Downing Street flat...

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‘A handheld grater will make guests want to have sex with you’: the anatomy of a grown-up apartment

T he thing they don’t tell you is that parties change when you get older. You have...

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Up to 8,700 patients died after catching Covid in English hospitals

Up to 8,700 patients died after catching Covid-19 while in hospital being treated for another...

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UK government borrowing fell in April as Covid lockdown eased

Britain’s stronger than expected recovery during the third lockdown limited government borrowing...

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The Essex village cricket club going in to bat against climate crisis

W ith 2020 the joint hottest year on record, extreme weather events stoking up and a...

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Dominic Cummings must be held to account – not made the star of the show

T he stage is set, the props laid out, the audience whipped into a frenzy of...

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Covid vaccine hesitancy could see Hong Kong throw away millions of doses

Hong Kong could soon be throwing away millions of Covid-19 vaccine doses because not enough people...

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Afghanistan’s doctors braced for rapid spread of India Covid variant

Doctors in Afghanistan have expressed fears that the Covid-19 variant first discovered in India...

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Oxygen shortages threaten ‘total collapse’ of dozens of health systems

Dozens of countries are facing severe oxygen shortages because of surging Covid-19 cases,...

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Health chiefs seek urgent answers on travel advice for England hotspots

Public health chiefs are demanding urgent answers about why the government failed to announce new...

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Bringing the circus back to life – a photo essay

T o watch Giffords Circus at Fennells Farm in Gloucestershire come back to life after...

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Coming back better: New York City is reopening – but will it be fairer?

Of any city in the US, perhaps none has been so marked by the pandemic as New York. Early last...

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Turkey’s leaders accused of ‘playing political games’ over Covid response

O n a boiling hot day in Istanbul last July, hundreds of thousands of people gathered...

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Do you have a fear of returning to the office?

M y husband is standing in the kitchen, asking me if his shirt is stained. He looks...

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It’s cold and wet, but Scarborough is a beacon of normality for families

T he sky was overcast, a chill wind blew in from the sea, and everyone was wearing coats....

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Thousands rally at ‘obscene’ motorcade for Jair Bolsonaro

The Brazilian president, Jair Bolsonaro, has led a raucous column of motorcycle enthusiasts through...

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The Guardian view on community leisure centres: not a luxury

O ne of the many discoveries of the last 14 months has been how Covid-19 seeks out...

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Covid pandemic might unlock doors to golden age for the arts

F or Britain’s theatres it has been a case of history repeating itself. The playhouses...

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Happy 80th birthday to Bob Dylan, rock’s most prescient, timeless voice

W hen I first properly listened to Bob Dylan, I was 10 years old. Each Saturday, Radio 1...

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Covid rates in Sefton and Bolton tell a tale of two demographics

A t a government press conference last Wednesday, England’s deputy chief medical officer...

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WHO and global faith leaders call for fair access to Covid vaccines

Global faith leaders and senior health and humanitarian figures are calling on countries to ensure...

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Chance of England Covid restrictions ending on 21 June ‘looking good’

The prospects for ending all coronavirus lockdown restrictions in England on 21 June are â€...

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Amid the Covid pandemic, Senegal women find renewed hope in fishing

S ince her birth on Senegal’s coast, the ocean has always given Ndeye Yacine Dieng life....

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Retail sales soar as shoppers splash out on clothing and footwear

People in Great Britain rushed back to the shops in April to stock up on clothing and footwear...

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Chelsea bounce back from Barcelona defeat with FA Cup win over Everton

A wet and windy Kingsmeadow proved the backdrop to the final act of the women’s season as,...

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England under pressure to reschedule or cancel fifth Test against India

English cricket’s relationship with India faces a potential fork in the road following an...

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We need public and affordable workspaces

I agree with your editorial (The Guardian view on working from home: a new social divide, 18 May),...

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Let’s make sure our personal data works for us – not against us – after the pandemic

H ow is it that we live in a world that is awash with our personal information, where most...

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Covid-19 travel amber list: a guide to rules in top holiday destinations

Like so many changes to the UK’s Covid rules over the past 14 months, the new traffic light...

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‘Not a lot of trust’: Taiwan wrestles with home working in wake of Covid surge

W hen Amanda asked a colleague to bring her laptop home from their tech-company office,...

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EU decision to add UK to travel ‘white list’ to be delayed due to Covid variant fears

A decision in Brussels to add the UK to an EU “white list” of countries from where...

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Sporty Sophie! Casual Countess of Wessex dons a hoodie and trainers to try her hand at wheelchair basketball in North London

We're used to seeing Sophie Wessex looking polished in elegant midi dresses and court shoes, but...

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Six pubs have closed every week during Covid lockdowns as premises are demolished or converted into housing or shops

Six pubs have closed every week during the three Covid-19 lockdowns with premises demolished or...

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Tell us: have you been affected by the India Covid variant?

We are looking to speak with people in the UK and elsewhere who have been affected by the B.1.617.2...

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Royal Mail posts £726m profit amid pandemic demand for parcels

Royal Mail’s annual profits quadrupled in its latest financial year as the pandemic-fuelled...

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Focus on preschools during Covid recovery, UK ministers urged

Ministers are being urged to put early years at the heart of the education recovery programme, with...

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The Guardian view on US bishops versus the president: Biden is on the angels’ side

J oe Biden wears his Catholicism on his sleeve. The American president carries the rosary...

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The US government should buy the Greyhound bus company. Hear me out

J oe Biden’s love of trains is well known. “Amtrak Joe” has vowed to invest in...

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Progressive economic policies are back on the agenda – time for Starmer to catch up

S ometimes political parties hit a sweet spot and their opponents struggle to lay a glove...

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The dog has a cough – and I’m £80 poorer

T he writing is on the wall for gas boilers, I understand. Not a moment too soon, in my...

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Britain could steer a global vaccination programme – but where is the leadership?

W e are 140 days into what Boris Johnson has proudly called “the year of British...

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Dogs can better detect Covid in humans than lateral flow tests, finds study

Dogs are better at detecting Covid-19 in humans than many fast lateral flow tests (LFTs), according...

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‘People die in less than a week’: Covid wave catches Argentina off-guard

It is 1am and intensive care doctor Vanina Edul is trying vainly to remember the names of all the...

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Trailer released for Prince Harry and Oprah Winfrey TV series

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex feature in an emotional trailer for Harry’s mental health...

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Covid expected to cost Britain £372bn, says National Audit Office

The government’s bill for tackling Covid-19 has risen by £100bn since the start of the year...

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Covid experts warn against foreign holidays, so why is Boris Johnson so keen?

“F ly now pay later”, offers one finance company, which gives loans for holidays,...

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School’s out: Pakistani pupils struggle with lack of internet

I qbal Khan works as a chauffeur in Lahore. His children are in his home village in a...

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‘I would want to be vaccinated first’: Covid experts on England’s relaxed rules

With restrictions in England relaxing this week, we ask the experts about the risks involved with...

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UK unemployment drops as businesses hire amid Covid easing

UK employers preparing for the easing of lockdown started hiring again in March, driving down...

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Mel B on domestic abuse, trauma and recovery: ‘In my mind there was no way out’

M elanie Brown is in her tracksuit talking to me from her Leeds home. Her mother has...

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Cancelled Philip Roth biography picked up by new publisher amid abuse allegations

A biography of the late novelist Philip Roth that was dropped by its original publisher after...

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Peter Rabbit 2 review – James Corden’s unfunny bunny scampers back

T he new Peter Rabbit film is here – as before directed and co-written by Will Gluck...

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Post-punk band Au Pairs: ‘The Thatcher years gave us plenty of material’

F orty years ago this month, one of the best but often forgotten albums of the 1980s was...

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‘Covid casino’ case collapses as police in Canada accused of stealing watches

A police investigation into an alleged underground casino operating out of a mansion north of...

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Teenage nursery worker on trial in Exeter for sexual assault of children

A teenage nursery worker sexually assaulted eight young children he was employed to look after, a...

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UK schools voice objections to ‘propping up’ Covid test and trace system, unpaid

Schools have spent up to and in excess of 100 hours “propping up” the national Covid test...

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Talking Horses: tracks on alert as racecourses open their doors again

I t was odd to look around the bleak emptiness of the York racecourse on the final day of...

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The Guardian view on Covid ethics: easier to enter lockdown than leave it

T he rollout of the vaccine in Britain has seemingly sprung the lock that kept the public...

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The Guardian view on violence against women: focus on the perpetrators

A shocking series of murders of women in public places, combined with rising levels of...

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Covid has led to record levels of antidepressant use – but withdrawal can be difficult

O ne of the impacts of the Covid lockdowns since March 2020 has been a widespread...

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GSK’s late entry to the vaccine race will help protect it from aggressive investors

G laxoSmithKline’s progress on Covid vaccines has been slow, frustrating and...

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Disingenuous and slippery, Matt Hancock deflects blame for spread of India variant

I t was more a question of do as I say, not as I do. “We must be humble,” said Matt...

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Biden vows to send 20m doses of US-approved Covid vaccines overseas

Washington will send 20m doses of US-approved coronavirus vaccines overseas by the end of June, Joe...

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‘Urgent. Oxygen needed’: Nepalis mobilise to take charge in Covid crisis

A ping and: “ICU bed needed. Please it’s urgent.” Another ping: â€...

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More than 5,000 migrants reach Spain’s north African enclave Ceuta in a day

More than 5,000 migrants, about 1,000 of them presumed to be minors, crossed into Spain’s...

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96% of Britons develop antibodies after one Covid jab, study finds

More than 90% of Britons develop antibodies to coronavirus after having one dose of the AstraZeneca...

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Living in the UK: how have you been affected by the Covid variant found in India?

Scientists have raised concerns about the dramatic rise in cases of a Covid variant first...

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Joanna Scanlan: ‘People do seem to ask me to take my clothes off all the time’

J oanna Scanlan is sitting in splendid isolation in a country house hotel in Sussex, where...

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Fauci: ‘Undeniable effects of racism’ have worsened Covid for US minorities

Joe Biden’s chief medical adviser, Dr Anthony Fauci, said on Sunday “the undeniable...

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Two-year-old dies in suspected Lancashire gas explosion

A two-year-old boy has died and four other people have been injured in a suspected gas explosion in...

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Hancock: most Bolton Covid patients eligible for jab but haven’t had it

The majority of people in hospital with Covid in Bolton were eligible for the vaccine but have not...

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Sex Education writer aims to boost diversity in TV with fellowship scheme

The Sex Education and Ms Marvel writer Bisha K Ali is launching a screenwriting fellowship with...

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Twenty arrested after Rangers fans march in central Glasgow

Rangers supporters who marched on Glasgow’s George Square to celebrate their club’s Scottish...

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Universities are failing to tackle rape culture on campus, students say

Students at a sit-in protest over sexual misconduct at Warwick University that is entering its...

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The Guardian view on declining birthrates: there may be trouble ahead

E urope’s baby deficit is becoming impossible to ignore. In Rome on Friday, Italy’s...

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England’s Jofra Archer out of New Zealand Tests and may need surgery

Jofra Archer has been ruled out of England’s two-match Test series against New Zealand next...

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What threat does Indian Covid variant pose and do vaccines work against it?

What are the latest developments? The number of identified cases of the Indian variant in the UK...

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Lockdowns and panic-buying in Taiwan as Covid cases rise

Taiwan reported 206 new local cases of Covid-19 on Sunday, breaking the previous day’s record...

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17 May reopening: how Covid measures across Britain are changing

Coronavirus restrictions will be eased further on Monday in England, Wales and most of Scotland....

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UK ‘faces labour shortage’ as Covid and Brexit fuel exodus of overseas workers

Britain’s employers are struggling to hire staff as lockdown lifts amid an exodus of overseas...

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Labour proposes new offences for violence against women and girls

Labour would create a slew of new offences concerning violence against women and girls, including...

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Ignore lockdown easing to curb Indian Covid variant, health experts urge

People should ignore Monday’s easing of lockdown and avoid socialising indoors in pubs and...

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Delaying second Covid vaccine cuts death toll by up to a FIFTH compared to standard three-week spacing gap, study finds

The decision to delay second Covid vaccine doses in the UK saved thousands of lives, more research...

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UK Covid inquiry: the key areas likely to be scrutinised

Boris Johnson has said an independent public inquiry with wide-ranging statutory powers will begin...

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Tell us: what do you think of government proposals to introduce adult student loans?

The government is planning to set up student loans that will be open to adults of all ages, and can...

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I’m a bisexual woman stuck in a heterosexual relationship

I’m a bisexual woman who has been in a relationship with a man for almost nine years . For...

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Two transgender women jailed in Cameroon over homosexuality law

Two transgender women in Cameroon have been convicted of “attempting homosexuality” and...

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Shadow minister steps down after MP accuses her of meddling in harassment case

A shadow minister has stepped down from her post after being accused of trying to isolate a...

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Porto in line to host Champions League final if Covid questions resolved

A decision on the location of the Champions League final is finally expected on Thursday, with...

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Impact of Covid on the dying and their loved ones

Rachel Clarke’s article (10 May) resonated with me as it captured completely the effect of the...

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How Labour can avoid marching into oblivion

Polly Toynbee is wrong (Labour’s chance will come when Johnson’s bogus promises start to...

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Only by taxing the rich can Johnson become more than a plutocratic populist

W hat is the difference between former US president Donald Trump and current British prime...

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Boris Johnson’s advisers may push for a virtual Cop26. He should ignore them

W alkouts, standoffs, shouting, tears, bloodletting – the UN climate Cops have seen...

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A Covid inquiry is essential after all, says Boris – as long as it takes years

I t was all most confusing. After ignoring calls from opposition parties for a full...

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Work from home guidance to end in England on 21 June, Johnson indicates

Guidance that people in England should work from home if they can is to be dropped from 21 June,...

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Covid research: variant found in India may spread faster than type detected in Kent

Evidence is growing that a troubling variant of the coronavirus discovered in India is more...

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‘Hell on earth’: bereaved families on the battle for a Covid inquiry

F or families whose loved ones died due to Covid-19, and who have been calling on the...

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Aide who made bullying claims against Meghan to leave service of Cambridges

The royal aide who made a bullying allegation against the Duchess of Sussex is to leave his senior...

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NHS to receive £160m to tackle backlog of care built up during Covid

Tens of thousands of patients will get quicker access to diagnostic tests and surgery under a new ...

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Nepal urges Everest climbers to return used oxygen canisters amid Covid crisis

Nepal is so short of oxygen canisters that it has asked climbers on Mount Everest to bring back...

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'I went through the menopause at 13': Woman tells her moving story in a new TV show- and there are thousands just like her

For a teenager, it was an unexpected and shocking diagnosis: blood tests and an ultrasound...

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Covid memorial gets £78k stamp of approval: Readers send in thousands of cheques - and heartfelt letters - to support national monument

They have arrived in their sackloads – thousands of heartfelt letters each containing cheques...

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Have you stayed in a Covid quarantine hotel in the UK?

Quarantine rules for travellers to the UK have been in place since January. One of the measures saw...

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Shaun Ryder: ‘I was a heroin addict for 20-odd years, but there’s been no damage off that’

S haun Ryder is being uncharacteristically quiet. That’s because he’s mistakenly...

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Melinda Gates began divorce moves at time Bill’s meetings with Jeffrey Epstein revealed

Melinda French Gates had concerns about her husband’s dealings with the convicted sex offender...

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Train firm’s ‘worker bonus’ email is actually cybersecurity test

A rail union has hit out at a “cynical and shocking stunt” after a train company emailed...

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Delay to social care reforms will ‘fail more families every day’

Campaigners and thinktanks have said a failure to announce significant new social care reforms in...

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Woman deceived by spy cop sees relationship as rape, inquiry hears

An undercover police officer has been accused of lying to a public inquiry by a woman who said that...

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IPL likely to be without England players if it restarts, says Ashley Giles

England players are likely to be ruled out of the Indian Premier League’s mooted resumption later...

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Top-down approach has been Labour’s downfall

John Harris is right (Labour’s crisis comes from the huge gap between politics and people, 9...

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The Guardian view on early years education: England’s toddlers need attention

N ew figures showing a net loss of more than 315 early years providers in England in...

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Nepal is being overwhelmed by Covid. We need help

A s I write this, my country is battling a new and brutal wave of the Covid-19 pandemic....

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Zero daily Covid deaths reported in England, Northern Ireland and Scotland

England has recorded zero daily Covid deaths for the first time since July, in a situation welcomed...

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UK downgrades Covid-19 alert threat level

The UK’s four chief medical officers have agreed the Covid-19 alert level should move from level...

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Explainer: What is the deadly ‘black fungus’ seen in Covid patients in India?

A rare black fungus that invades the brain is being increasingly seen in vulnerable patients in...

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Dozens of suspected Covid victims wash up on Ganges River banks

Dozens of bodies believed to be Covid-19 victims have washed up on the banks of the Ganges River in...

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Tax dodging concerns over small firms used to pay NHS test-and-trace workers

Many workers employed across the £37bn NHS test-and-trace service are being paid through networks...

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Queen’s speech to focus on adult learning and easing planning rules

Ministers are to unveil a legislative programme aimed at the Conservative government’s new...

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No shame: the podcast taking on the Arab world’s sex and gender taboos

R ude, fault or blemish; flaw, disgrace or shame. The word has many shades, but nearly...

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Dodie: Build a Problem review – a sweet, candid debut

T en years ago, an Essex teenager called Dodie Clark started uploading cover songs and...

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Michael Lewis: ‘We were incentivised to have a bad pandemic response’

A n event as large and devastating as the Covid pandemic was always going to attract a...

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Italian public broadcaster asked to stop promoting ‘intolerable’ content

Activists opposed to racism, homophobia, antisemitism and sexism in the Italian media have written...

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Emmanuel Macron: Covid highlights need to ‘beef up’ EU powers

Emmanuel Macron has said national divisions during the Covid-19 pandemic have highlighted the need...

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Johnson will vow to repair damaged NHS to lock in election gains

Boris Johnson will put repairing the NHS at the heart of his next programme for government, as his...

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A-level and GCSE grade inflation ‘inevitable in English system’

School leaders and education experts have warned that GCSE and A-level results this summer will see...

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The world needs babies. So we’d better rethink what we expect from mothers

I t didn’t take long for confident predictions of a Covid baby boom to emerge last...

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Keir Starmer needs to act more urgently if he is to rescue Labour from its plight

A nother electoral test, another dismal postmortem for Labour. The least persuasive...

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Mission menopause: ‘My hormones went off a cliff – and I’m not going to be ashamed’

W e are witnessing a tipping point: the rise of Menopause Power: a growing activist...

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US ‘turning the corner’ on pandemic but pressure grows to help other nations

The US is approaching a turning point where Covid vaccinations are sharply reducing infection and...

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Madrid mayor decries partying Spaniards as Covid lockdown ends

The mayor of Madrid has appealed for people to behave responsibly after thousands of people greeted...

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Traffic light travel plan will let new Covid variants into UK, scientists warn

It is inevitable that new Covid variants will continue to enter the country, scientists warned this...

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Woman ‘sexually harassed’ by ex-Hartlepool MP says Labour failed to support her

A former Westminster staff member has accused Labour of abandoning her after she complained of...

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The sleazy, sordid Matt Gaetz scandal: are the walls now closing in on him?

T here could have been no more fitting venue for the bellicose US congressman Matt Gaetz...

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Emma Donoghue on writing Room: ‘I toned down some of the horror of the Fritzl case’

I got the notion to write Room in 2008 when I was driving to a book event and mulling...

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The young people taking their countries to court over climate inaction

Sofia Oliveira, aged 16 Sofia Oliveira is one of six young Portuguese people who have...

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Secret Service extension for Trump’s adult children cost $140,000 in a month

Donald Trump’s adult children reportedly cost taxpayers $140,000 in Secret Service security in...

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Inquest to be held into Covid death of rail worker allegedly spat at by customer

An inquest will held into the death of Belly Mujinga, the railway worker who died with Covid-19...

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Branching out: why Britons are buying woodland in the Covid crisis

Lockdown spurred some people to start yoga, crack on with DIY or watch more Netflix. For others, it...

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Noel Clarke accused of sexual harassment on Doctor Who set

T he Noel Clarke sexual harassment controversy threatens to embroil the BBC after several...

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Covid restricted Keir Starmer from setting out vision for UK, says Labour

Labour has been unable to set out its vision for the country because of the pandemic, the party’s...

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Curtis Sittenfeld: ‘People misunderstood the sex scenes in Rodham’

Curtis Sittenfeld, 45, is the author of two short story collections and six novels, including Prep,...

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Picture of two pandemics: Covid cases fall in rich west as poorer nations suffer

T he past seven days has been a picture of two pandemics. Among the world’s richest...

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‘This isn’t how my gap year was meant to be’: how Covid turned young people’s lives upside down

W hen Daisy Davis imagined her gap year, she pictured global adventure. Building schools...

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States turning down Covid-19 vaccine doses as US demand declines

Declining demand for Covid-19 vaccines in the US is causing states across the country to refuse...

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UK government ‘failed to consider gender’ in its response to Covid pandemic

The government has “consistently failed” to consider gender in its response to Covid-19...

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Scarlett Johansson joins criticism of Golden Globes body amid accusations of racism and sexism

The actor Scarlett Johansson urged the film industry on Saturday to “step back” from the...

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Remains of nine Neanderthals found in cave south of Rome

Italian archaeologists have unearthed the bones of nine Neanderthals who were allegedly hunted and...