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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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London to Edinburgh... on the £15 express! Budget rail service will offer fares between the two capitals at rock-bottom prices

It's often cheaper to hop on a Ryanair or easyJet flight to Spain than catch a train to Scotland. ...

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‘It is powerful to suddenly have a voice’: reframing women in criminal justice

S omeone’s Daughter, curated by Jennie Ricketts and presented with The View magazine,...

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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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The Mighty Kids Beatbox Comedy Show review – extraordinary vocal gymnastics and doofus energy

S ome kids see a show with their parents then reflect eruditely, I imagine, on the shared...

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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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Returning London commuters put the rush back into rush hour

The first signs of a commuter revival in the capital appeared on Monday as London Underground...

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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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Tulip, Summit, Mound: can urban properties really be ‘experiences’?

W hat do a fake hill, a giant light-up ball, gondola rides 300 metres in the air,...

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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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YouTube star Patricia Bright: ‘I pick my life over being an influencer’

“I learned how women delivered babies from watching YouTube videos. So I had to give...

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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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Return to office brings contrasting fortunes in Manchester and London

B efore the pandemic, the queues outside Café Istanbul in Manchester city centre would be...

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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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After an intimate letter was recently discovered in an old book, LIZ HOGGARD admits to the...Delicious guilt of finding notes not meant for you

When I got home, I opened the book I had found on the street and a home-made card fluttered to the...

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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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‘Somehow we’re still here’: one parent’s shocking story of survival

We were running late that day. Three months into parenthood and time seemed to be perpetually...

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Idles review – primal howls and bullish power for the pits

I t’s an eternal question: is it a faux pas to wear a band’s T-shirt to one of...

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NHS gender identity clinic whistleblower wins damages

A child safeguarding expert who faced vilification after raising concerns about the safety of...

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Channel 4 opens new HQ in Leeds as it fights against privatisation

Channel 4 will open its national headquarters in Leeds on Monday as it fights against a government...

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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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Arsenal win WSL thriller against Chelsea thanks to Beth Mead double

Jonas Eidevall, Arsenal’s new manager, cautioned that his side’s thrilling defeat of Chelsea...

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The west must engage with the Taliban and provide financial support

A fghanistan is on the brink of economic meltdown. Millions of people are going hungry....

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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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Life being put on hold was just the spur this writer needed to fulfil her youthful ambition

I wrote a novel in the last lockdown. To be clear, it wasn’t one of those creative...

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Two pints of lager and a view of St Paul’s: the secret life of London’s most thrilling boozers

W hen you stumble out of the medieval warren of Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese pub on Fleet...

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Punchdrunk to stage epic ‘future noir’ drama in old London arms factory

The immersive theatre company Punchdrunk, celebrated for creating labyrinthine adventures in...

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River of life: zoo’s yearly count finds seals thriving on Thames

“T his is a sushi conveyor belt,” says the boat’s skipper, Stuart Barnes,...

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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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Grenfell Tower is set to be demolished more than four years after devastating fire killed 72 people over fears it poses a safety risk to locals

Grenfell Tower is to be torn more than four years after the fire ripped through the London flats...

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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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On my radar: Alexis Taylor’s cultural highlights

B orn in 1980, Alexis Taylor is the lead vocalist and keyboardist/guitarist of synthpop...

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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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My summer cultural highlight? An old film where I got lost in Bette Davis’s eyes

O ut in the world again, I’ve seen a lot of new exhibitions and a bit of new theatre,...

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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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Tax the wealthy to give care workers a pay rise, don’t raid ordinary workers’ pockets

I n a week’s time, the TUC will hold its 153rd congress in London. Shortly before I...

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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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Last Night in Soho review – a gaudy romp that’s stupidly enjoyable

T he nostalgia gauge is code-red on Last Night in Soho, a gaudy time-travel romp that...

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Meera Syal: ‘I was a Midlands wench outside the house and a good Indian girl at home’

My childhood was unusual, an Indian family plonked in the middle of the Black Country. I was a...

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Grenfell Tower set to be demolished over safety concerns

Ministers are expected to announce this month that Grenfell Tower will be demolished because of...

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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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Toby Young's half sister, 25, dies suddenly after complaining of a headache and falling ill at home during heatwave in London

Writer and commentator Toby Young's half sister has died suddenly after complaining of a headache. ...

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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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Fruits of the loom: why Greek myths are relevant for all time

A mong my most treasured books as a child was a volume of Greek myths. My eldest brother,...

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Rockets and Blue Lights review – radical retelling of Britain’s slavery history

Winsome Pinnock’s leviathan of a play opens with a meditation on a slave ship painting by JMW...

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Shredded Banksy artwork goes back under the hammer

A Banksy painting that partially shredded itself after being sold at auction is going back under...

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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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Dizzee Rascal denies headbutting former girlfriend

The musician Dizzee Rascal has denied headbutting his ex-girlfriend at a home in south London this...

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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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Women’s Super League 2021-22 previews No 12: West Ham

The plan West Ham’s steady decline continued last season with a ninth-place finish –...

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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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Extinction Rebellion eyes shift in tactics as police crack down on protests

When police drew batons and scaled a vintage open-top bus in London Bridge on Tuesday, it...

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Anti-vaccine protesters try to storm London offices of medical regulator

Police have prevented anti-vaccine protesters from storming the headquarters of Britain’s medical...

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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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Extinction Rebellion protesters break bail terms for City protest

Dozens of Extinction Rebellion activists have carried out a mass act of non-violent civil...

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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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Security operation for Queen’s death includes social media blackouts

The UK government’s vast security operation to manage the immediate aftermath of the death of...

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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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Believe it or not, this picture is black and white, but a clever optical illusion trick means you see it in COLOUR

This picture looks like any other colour photo when you first look at it but it's actually an...

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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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A moment that changed me: the death of my father, a coat of red nail varnish – and coming out to my family

I was in a Pret in Cambridge city centre when I got the call: the senior tutor of my...

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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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WWF office sit-in enters second day as XR keeps up London protests

An occupation of the offices of the environmental group WWF by a protest in solidarity with...

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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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An obsession with migration figures is about more than just numbers

T he “great replacement” – the conspiracy theory that globalist elites are planning...

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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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Call for results review at London school amid downgrading claim

Teachers and parents at a London secondary school have called for hundreds of GCSE and A-level...

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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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Bedknobs and Broomsticks review – Disney fantasy is a bumpy flight

W ell, hocus pocus and substitutiary locomotion! Half a century after the Disney caper...

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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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Milan mayor likens tower block fire to Grenfell disaster

The mayor of Milan has compared a fire that ripped through a 20-storey residential building on...

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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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Pen Farthing sorry for expletive-laden message over Kabul evacuation

A former Royal Marine has admitted his emotions “got the better” of him when he left an...

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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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For most of the world, the pandemic is not over

T he Delta variant of Sars-CoV-2 is causing major problems across the world. Estimated to...

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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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Courtauld’s art treasures return home for grand reopening

Renoir’s once shocking La Loge is back from Belfast. Van Gogh’s show-stopping Self...

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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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Protests grow against new council homes on green spaces in London

Protests are growing across London against plans to build thousands of new council homes on green...

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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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Extinction Rebellion protesters block Tower Bridge in London

Extinction Rebellion protesters have blocked Tower Bridge in London with a van and caravan. ...

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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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Air pollution linked to more severe mental illness – study

Exposure to air pollution is linked to an increased severity of mental illness, according to the...

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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 Guardian view on the Proms: British artists to the rescue

T he BBC Proms, the last night of which is on 11 September, are on their way to achieving...

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Private equity is draining British business dry

W hile swathes of the economy splutter back to life, desperately attempting to survive...

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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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The Nest review – Jude Law flies home in a riveting neoliberal fever dream

I s it a ghost story? A parable of family dysfunction? Or perhaps a fever dream of...

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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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Solicitor in court accused of injecting blood into food at London supermarkets

A solicitor accused of using syringes to inject blood into food at three west London supermarkets...

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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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London golf courses could provide homes for 300,000 people, study says

London’s golf courses make up an area larger than the borough of Brent and there is enough space...

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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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Lib Dems propose ban on new listings of fossil fuel companies on LSE

New listings of fossil fuel companies would be immediately banned on the London Stock Exchange as...

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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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Hot summer nights: ‘In my lonely shack I’d hear footsteps and think of axe murderers’

E ighteen-and-a-bit years ago, pushing 40, tired of England and keen to spend more time...

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How can I get a taste of Spain in my home cooking?

What’s the secret to great Spanish cooking? Neil, Richmond To read a...

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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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When Darkness Falls review – Guernsey’s ghosts leave you cowering in your seat

A hefty storm is brewing outside a ramshackle office on the isle of Guernsey, carrying...

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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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Phones of nine Bahraini activists found to have been hacked with NSO spyware

The mobile phones of nine Bahraini activists, including two who were granted asylum protection and...

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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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Extinction Rebellion blocks junction in London’s West End in latest protest

Environmentalist protesters have blocked another main junction in London’s West End, calling...

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Ellie Simmonds: ‘I’ve found the expectations harder as I’ve got older’

“I think when you’re in that massive bubble, when you’re in the village,...

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Paralympics opening ceremony: pandemic, politics and plenty of fun

T he location for the Paralympics opening ceremony, at least in the imagination, was that...

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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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‘Our humour gets very dark, very fast’: The Last Leg presenters on busting disability taboos

“O ur catchphrase was, ‘What are they going to do, sack us?’” says...

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‘All we need is a Walk of Fame!’ – the £4m rebirth of the National Youth Theatre

A pink neon sign glows beneath a light-studded ceiling in the new entrance lobby of 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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Number of young smokers rose by a quarter in first lockdown, England study shows

The number of young adults who smoke in England rose by about a quarter in the first lockdown,...

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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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Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts dies aged 80

Charlie Watts, the Rolling Stones drummer who propelled the band’s sound for nearly 60 years, has...

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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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Top Boy’s Jasmine Jobson: from ‘the most difficult child in Westminster’ to Netflix hit

Jasmine Jobson always knew she wanted to be an actor – she just took an irregular route to get...

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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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‘There was a distinct lack of help’: can theatre clean up its act on mental health?

I t was the winter of 2017 when Raffaella Covino realised she was in the midst of an...

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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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Forcing people to return to offices is wrongheaded, says Starmer

Ministers, civil service leaders and employers are “wrongheaded” to be trying to make people...

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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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Boy, 14, charged with murder of man stabbed in east London

A 14-year-old boy has been charged with the murder of a father who was fatally stabbed after...

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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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The Guardian view on Prince Andrew: he should do his duty

T here should be no disputing that, if they are true, the sexual abuse allegations made by...

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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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West Midlands overtakes London in UK’s electric car charger revolution

The West Midlands has overtaken London as the region with the fastest-growing network of electric...

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Marble Arch Mound: deputy council leader resigns over £6m cost

A Conservative councillor who spearheaded the building of a 25-metre artificial hill intended to...

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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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David Gomoh: four people convicted over murder of NHS worker

Four people have been convicted of murdering an NHS worker they selected at random to kill in the...

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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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Two 14-year-old boys arrested after man stabbed to death in east London

Two 14-year-old boys have been arrested after a man was stabbed to death in Chingford, east London...

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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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Deliveroo shares rise after rival Delivery Hero takes 5% stake

Deliveroo has hit its highest share price since it floated on the stock market in March, after it...

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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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How Camley Street brought nature to the heart of the capital

B eyond the plastic grass and polished concrete of King’s Cross’s Granary Square there...

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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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Junglist by Two Fingas and James T Kirk review – when jungle was massive

R alph Ellison, in his 1952 classic Invisible Man, may have best captured a sense of...

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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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Team GB chief hails ‘greatest achievement in British Olympic history’

Team GB’s trailblazing performance in Tokyo has been hailed as “the greatest achievement...

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Team GB chiefs applaud joyous Tokyo 2020 and promise more to come

M edals. Moments. And now more. That was the message emanating from Team GB chiefs after...

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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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Comic Alistair Green on his middle England satire: ‘I don’t want to be really mean’

E ven if he wanted to, Alistair Green can’t redecorate his living room. The plain...

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‘Great to be back’: tears in London as quarantine-free travel from France resumes

Not until the automatic doors of Eurostar arrivals opened could Sue Stevens be sure that her...

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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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Archbishop of York criticises London 'metropolitan elite' for patronising people proud to be English by treating them as 'backwardly xenophobic'

The Archbishop of York has criticised the London 'metropolitan elite' for looking down on people...

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Knifeman attacks two police officers and a third man, 61, in North London as three people are arrested

Three people have been arrested after a knifeman attacked two police officers and a 61-year-old man...

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There’s good news… and bad mews: Bat breaks record by flying 1,200 miles from London to Russia - only to end up being eaten by a cat

A bat broke British records by flying more than 1,200 miles from London to Russia – then met a...

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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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What links Jessica Lange, Naomi Watts and Fay Wray? The Weekend quiz

The questions 1 What was first published in Dutch as Het Achterhuis in 1947?2 Which town is named...

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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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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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A third of adults unvaccinated in parts of London, data shows

Concerns have been raised about the persistently low vaccination rates in parts of London, with a...

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Brighton teenager jailed for allowing her daughter to starve to death

The mother of a toddler who starved to death after she left her alone for almost six days to go...

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Streatham attacker’s mother instantly knew son was responsible, inquest told

The mother of a terrorist killed by police after going on a stabbing rampage in south London...

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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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TALK OF THE TOWN: The Crown star Emma Corrin is not dating her art director pal who she was spotted holding hands with on a stroll in London last week

The Crown star Emma Corrin’s appearance holding hands with dashing art director Ibrahim ‘Ibby...

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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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In the footsteps of George Lansbury: lost radical who led an East End rebellion

K ings and queens are immortalised in statues, prime ministers are remembered with...

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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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‘The assignment made me gulp’: Could talking to strangers change my life?

I t’s 7am on a Monday and my heart is racing. Normally my Mondays are reserved for...

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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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Conservatives accused of cutting local sport funding by nearly half since 2010

Labour has accused the Conservatives of squandering the London 2012 Olympic legacy by slashing...

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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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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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No fairytale finish for Helen Glover after the mother of all comebacks

Usain Bolt redefined what is possible by running the 100m in 9.69 seconds, Nadia Comaneci did it by...

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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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Sajda Mughal: The woman who survived 7/7 - quit her job and fights for a better world

S ajda Mughal was on her daily commute to her dream job in City recruitment on the morning...

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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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‘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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Winners of Wellcome Photography Prize 2021 announced

Images of an artist knitting in order to get through a lockdown low and a rare glimpse into the...

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Ancient Gilgamesh tablet seized from Hobby Lobby by US authorities

A rare and ancient tablet showing part of the epic of Gilgamesh, which had been acquired by...

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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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London remains best city in the world to study in new rankings

London remains the best city in the world to be a university student, according to an international...

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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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Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat review – firing on all cylinders

W hile Andrew Lloyd Webber bumpily steers his latest £6m production into being, there...

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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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EXCLUSIVE: Moment cyclist confronts angle grinder-wielding thieves as they try to steal £13,000 motorbike off an east London street in broad daylight

This is the moment a cyclist confronted brazen thieves trying to steal an expensive motorbike in...

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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: have you been affected by flash floods?

Over the weekend thunderstorms have caused flooding in various areas in England, with five flood...

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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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Borges and Me: An Encounter by Jay Parini review – a bumpy literary road trip

“T hat all those who knew him should write about him,” Borges wrote of the...

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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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Flash floods will be more common as climate crisis worsens, say scientists

Flash flooding of the type seen in London this weekend will become a more common occurrence as the...

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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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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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The floods show London is now on the frontline of the climate emergency

T oo often, we in the UK have thought of countries such as India and Bangladesh as being...

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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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Britain’s Tom Dean and Duncan Scott take Olympic one-two in 200m free

Six months ago Tom Dean wasn’t sure whether he would even make it to these Olympics. Covid has...

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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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Hundreds of children abused while in care of Lambeth council, inquiry finds

Hundreds of vulnerable children in the care of Lambeth council in south London were subjected to...

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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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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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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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The big picture: zoot you, sir! Charlie Phillips’s snappy dresser, 1968

C harlie Phillips took this picture near his home in London’s Notting Hill in 1968....

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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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Wash less, help save the planet: how to reduce the environmental impact of your laundry

Sophie Slater puts her clothes in the freezer. Or sprays them with a vodka and water solution. ...

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Dennis Severs’ House recreates his eccentric tours based on found tapes

It is one of the strangest museums in the UK, created by an eccentric Californian who adored...

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Jeanette Winterson: ‘The male push is to discard the planet: all the boys are going off into space’

T here’s a disconcerting silence outside Jeanette Winterson’s London pied-a...

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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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BBC Olympics coverage misses events after loss of TV rights

The BBC has received a large number of complaints about the lack of live Tokyo Olympics coverage on...

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Woman attacked with knife at Speakers’ Corner in Hyde Park

A woman has been attacked with a knife at Speakers’ Corner in Hyde Park in London, police said...

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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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Alice Capsey announces herself as Oval Invincibles beat London Spirit

Alice Capsey had plenty of time to contemplate her opening gambit here. She watched the first 10...

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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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The Guardian view on restoring the golden age of rail: green glamour

E arlier this month, a 12-metre-long model train carriage was deposited at Barcelona’s...

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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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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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Thunderstorms leave roads and tube stations flooded in London

Torrential rain has flooded roads and tube stations in London after thunderstorms hit the south of...

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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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MI5 wants you to be on the lookout for Chinese and Russian spies as much as you are for terror threats

Britons should be on their guard about spying and hostile state attacks from the likes of China and...

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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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EDEN CONFIDENTIAL: Mission possible! Hollywood star Tom Cruise turns into a society hero

He's ridden a motorbike over a cliff, scaled a 2,716ft skyscraper and narrowly avoided being...

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Vengeful stalker, 32, who branded her musician victim a rapist and tried to ruin his life after a one-night stand is jailed for three years

An obsessed stalker who bombarded a musician with thousands of abusive messages and falsely...

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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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Great Yarmouth: mixing Victorian seaside charm with a renewable outlook

I f Brexit gave Britain’s seaside towns a momentary pulse, then Covid might have got...

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Helen Glover: ‘I’ve never demonstrated self-restraint with ice-cream’

My dad has an ice-cream shop in Newlyn, Cornwall, called Jelbert’s. It’s been in our...

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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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Jubilant Scotland fans make the journey home after the longest day

I t had been a long night for Calum Johnson. Arriving back at Glasgow’s Central station...

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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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The Guardian view on the Liberal Democrats: seeing and shaping politics

I t is often hard to try to derive a national message from a single byelection. The effect...

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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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Isabel Waidner: ‘Different doesn’t need to be scary. It can be fun’

Isabel Waidner, 47, is the author of three novels, including We Are Made of Diamond Stuff, which...

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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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Bin there, done that: Scotland fans clean up litter in central London

Scottish football fans who had descended on London were photographed helping to clear the city’s...

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Family seek ‘guardian angel’ who saved father from stroke in London

A woman whose husband collapsed outside a central London coffee shop after suffering a stroke is...

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Met Office warns of more heavy rain, with southern England to be worst hit

There is more heavy rain on the way, the Met Office has warned – bringing with it a risk of flash...

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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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Tell us: were you affected by the 2011 England riots?

This year marks the tenth anniversary of the 2011 riots in London, Birmingham and Manchester which...

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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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Orchid thought to be extinct in UK found on roof of London bank

A rare species of orchid believed to have been extinct in the UK has been discovered on the roof of...

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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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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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‘We outsmarted the system’: Wise founders on fintech success

F or the co-founders of the money transfer firm Wise, who will become billionaires when...

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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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The best way to eat out to help out? Pay a fairer price for your meal

A few weeks ago, a restaurant in London’s King’s Cross emailed its regular customers, with a...

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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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Nothing is plain sailing in Abta v ROL Cruises blame game

In April 2019 we booked a £3,637 cruise to St Petersburg with Cruise & Maritime Voyages (CMV)...

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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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Nigerian rapper Olamide: ‘People have a very limited understanding of the ghetto’

B ariga, a sprawling northern suburb of Lagos, Nigeria that is home to more than 700,000...

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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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Savings to bitcoin: cubs and beavers to launch badge for money skills

On a Friday night in Enfield, north London, a group of eight-, nine- and 10-year-olds are...

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Hipgnosis aims to raise £150m to buy more of ‘most influential songs of all time’

Hipgnosis, the company that offers investors the chance to make money from the royalties of popular...

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Premier League fixtures 2021-22: Manchester City start title defence at Spurs

Manchester City will start the defence of their Premier League title away to Tottenham after the...

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The Guardian view on Daniel Morgan’s murder: calling out the Met

T he killing of 37-year-old private detective Daniel Morgan in south London in 1987, and...

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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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‘It was like running away with the circus’ – the thrills, shocks and genius of Kneehigh

Mike Shepherd (founder, artistic director): Kneehigh’s first show got me arrested. The...

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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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The best albums of 2021 so far

Arooj Aftab – Vulture Prince ...

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Cut Short by Ciaran Thapar review – at the sharp end of austerity

I n September 2015, Ciaran Thapar, a recent graduate of the London School of Economics ...

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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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Sir Ian McKellen: ‘What does old mean? Quite honestly I feel about 12’

O h, birthdays,” Sir Ian McKellen growls, on the occasion of his 82nd. “At my...

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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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London boat dwellers protest against plans they say could leave them homeless

The sun shone, the water sparkled and the trumpets blared as a flotilla of boat dwellers staged a...

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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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Mo Farah given lifeline for Tokyo Olympics after special race added

Mo Farah has been given a last-ditch chance to reach the Tokyo Olympics in a hastily arranged...

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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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How Guardian-reading over-70s are staying active

Re Christian Wolmar’s letter (8 June), at 84 my daily activity both during and after lockdown has...

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‘Really surreal’: moment BLM activist rescued far-right protester from mob

P atrick Hutchinson doesn’t normally attend protests. He says he prefers to bring...

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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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The big picture: Niall McDiarmid’s world on a plate

N iall McDiarmid, a Scottish photographer based in London, has, as a daily preface to...

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‘Did they give life? No! So how can they take it?’: on the frontline of knife crime

J hemar got home from school at 5pm. His mum and dad were out. He threw his bag down in...

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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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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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Historic London theatre to reopen after multimillion-pound restoration

The curtain goes up on Monday on at least one piece of certain good news for the troubled West End....

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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 charged with murder after teenager stabbed in south London

Four people have been charged with murder following the fatal stabbing of a teenager in south...

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15-year-old boy charged with murder of teenager stabbed in west London

A 15-year-old boy appeared in court on Saturday charged with the murder of a teenager, named for...

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Museum of the Home reopens to protests over statue of slave ship owner

The reopening of the Museum of the Home in London was met with protests on Saturday calling for the...

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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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New York’s Little Island includes a message about the Thames garden bridge

L ittle Island, a garden built over the Hudson River, designed by the British designer...

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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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End of the line? How Brexit left Hull’s fishing industry facing extinction

A t 4am on 24 April 2019, 25 brass players, two percussionists and a conductor piled into...

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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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At least 18 die as hospital hit in shelling of Syrian city

Shelling of the rebel-held city of Afrin in northern Syria killed at least 18 people, many of them...

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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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I’ve got that sinking feeling over finding insurance for my flat

We had buildings insurance with LV= until it stopped offering subsidence cover for our flat, on...

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Godot Is a Woman review – cheeky, geeky take on Beckett’s men-only rule

I f you see it through a feminist lens, as theatre company Silent Faces have, it’s an...

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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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Documentary-maker Marc Isaacs: ‘I like to provoke, but not to be seen’

W hile making his first documentary 20 years ago, Marc Isaacs spent two months in the lift...

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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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Fishmongers’ Hall terrorist Usman Khan was lawfully killed, inquest jury finds

An inquest jury at the Guildhall in London has concluded that the Fishmongers’ Hall terrorist,...

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Birds of a feather really DO flock together! Pigeons stay in a group in the presence of predators rather than moving to protect themselves, study finds

A new scientific study shows birds of a feather – specifically the pigeon – really do flock...

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BBC bosses are to boost efforts to sound less 'London-centric' with regional voiceovers featuring local accents

The BBC is set to introduce ‘bespoke’ regional voiceovers between programmes to make the...

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The empty office: what we lose when we work from home

I n the summer of 2020, Daniel Beunza, a voluble Spanish social scientist who taught at...

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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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Share your experience of Heathrow airport’s new ‘red list’ terminal

From 1 June, passengers arriving in the UK from countries on the British ‘red list’ of...

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Rambert: Draw from Within review – dancing this intense could spark a blaze

W hen Rambert premiered their lockdown livestream Draw from Within in September, by...

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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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Laurence Fox’s political party received almost same donations as Lib Dems

Laurence Fox’s Reclaim party received almost as much money in donations as the Liberal...

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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 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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Your medical records are about to be given away. As GPs, we’re fighting back

G P practices in England have been instructed to hand over their patients’ entire...

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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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United Airlines aims to revive Concorde spirit with supersonic planes

United Airlines has bought 15 planes capable of travelling at twice the speed of modern airliners...

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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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The great reopening has broadened my horizons. Is Center Parcs on the green list?

L ast week I was back in the office for a writing day with other people. We were, of...

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From Summer Holiday to Midsommar: 10 of the best cinematic summers

Summer Holiday 1963 “We’ve seen it in the movies, now let’s see if it’s true.” Cinema...

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Ai-Da the robot painter, Iranian epics and a gaze at God – the week in art

Exhibition of the week Ai-Da: Portrait of the Robot Enter the uncanny valley with this realistic...

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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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