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

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

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

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

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Send us your questions for Michaela Coel

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

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Time for tea: refreshing alternatives to alcohol

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

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

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

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

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

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Pop star Kris Wu detained on suspicion of rape

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

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

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

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The Observer view on the plight facing children post-Covid

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Clubbers shun reopened venues in England amid confusion over Covid safety

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

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

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

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

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

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Is Covid-19 on the run in the UK?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Lloyds Banking Group records £2bn profit after pandemic slump

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Sajid Javid admits UK Covid rates unpredictable as cases rise again

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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The useful illusion of Covid incompetence

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Sexy secret life of basking sharks uncovered in Hebrides

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Pandemic gives breathing room to endangered sea turtles

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

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Tell us: what is your favourite rainy holiday activity?

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

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

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

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Thailand’s hospitals under pressure as Covid crisis deepens

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

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Barcelona cannabis clubs face closure in new legal setback

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

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

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

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

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

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Moonpig profits double as Covid pushes spending online

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Ryanair forecasts 100m passengers in financial year as bookings soar

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

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

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

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

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

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UK water firms can raise prices temporarily to offset Covid costs

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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‘Pingdemic’ is the result of a criminal Covid policy

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

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

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

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

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

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Indonesia loosens Covid restrictions despite record deaths

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

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

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

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Labour announces launch of ‘new deal for working people’

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

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Tunisia president dismisses prime minister and suspends parliament

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Britain’s longest-known coronavirus patient dies aged 49

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

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Minister must reverse rape conviction slump or resign, says Labour

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

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

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

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Mandatory vaccinations for care workers and the blame game

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Care home workers: share your thoughts on mandatory Covid vaccines

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Global bike shortage set to continue, Halfords chief executive warns

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Vaccine nationalism is killing us. We need an internationalist approach

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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AstraZeneca vaccine price pledge omits some poor countries, contract shows

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

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Netherlands offers free pickled herring as Covid jab incentive

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

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

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

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About 2.3m Britons hold cryptocurrencies despite warnings of risk

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Children neglected by a profit-making system

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Biden to meet Putin at highly anticipated summit in Geneva

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Restaurants and pubs ‘face collapse’ during extended England lockdown

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

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Boohoo reports strong sales as it relaunches Debenhams website

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

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

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

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Swimming Australia admits failings in misconduct complaints procedures

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

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

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

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

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

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The Guardian view on delaying lockdown easing: sadly unavoidable

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Southbank Centre to showcase art made by Britons shielding from Covid

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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US food banks brace for demand as Republicans end unemployment benefits

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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UK health inequalities made worse by Covid crisis, study suggests

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Sparkling wines for summer

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Saudi Arabia bans foreigners from hajj over Covid concerns

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

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Four teenagers arrested over death of man in Shropshire

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Why are women more prone to long Covid?

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

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Covid lockdown: should England open up on 21 June?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Morrisons shareholders reject executive bonuses amid falling profits

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Love Island makers say LGBT contestants bring ‘logistical difficulties’

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

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

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

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

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

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Tory group demands rethink on recovery plan for English schools

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Samuel L Jackson’s 20 best films – ranked!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Share your stories of holiday disasters

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

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

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

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

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

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Murder inquiry over death of Italian woman after sex video battle

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Prince Charles advises people recovering from Covid to practise yoga

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

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

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

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Glasgow to stay in toughest lockdown level as Covid cases rise

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

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Boris Johnson acted unwisely over flat refurbishment, report finds

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

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

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

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

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

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UK government borrowing fell in April as Covid lockdown eased

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Health chiefs seek urgent answers on travel advice for England hotspots

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

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Bringing the circus back to life – a photo essay

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

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

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

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Turkey’s leaders accused of ‘playing political games’ over Covid response

O n a boiling hot day in Istanbul last July, hundreds of thousands of people gathered...

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Do you have a fear of returning to the office?

M y husband is standing in the kitchen, asking me if his shirt is stained. He looks...

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It’s cold and wet, but Scarborough is a beacon of normality for families

T he sky was overcast, a chill wind blew in from the sea, and everyone was wearing coats....

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Thousands rally at ‘obscene’ motorcade for Jair Bolsonaro

The Brazilian president, Jair Bolsonaro, has led a raucous column of motorcycle enthusiasts through...

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The Guardian view on community leisure centres: not a luxury

O ne of the many discoveries of the last 14 months has been how Covid-19 seeks out...

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Covid pandemic might unlock doors to golden age for the arts

F or Britain’s theatres it has been a case of history repeating itself. The playhouses...

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Happy 80th birthday to Bob Dylan, rock’s most prescient, timeless voice

W hen I first properly listened to Bob Dylan, I was 10 years old. Each Saturday, Radio 1...

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Covid rates in Sefton and Bolton tell a tale of two demographics

A t a government press conference last Wednesday, England’s deputy chief medical officer...

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WHO and global faith leaders call for fair access to Covid vaccines

Global faith leaders and senior health and humanitarian figures are calling on countries to ensure...

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Chance of England Covid restrictions ending on 21 June ‘looking good’

The prospects for ending all coronavirus lockdown restrictions in England on 21 June are â€...

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Amid the Covid pandemic, Senegal women find renewed hope in fishing

S ince her birth on Senegal’s coast, the ocean has always given Ndeye Yacine Dieng life....

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Retail sales soar as shoppers splash out on clothing and footwear

People in Great Britain rushed back to the shops in April to stock up on clothing and footwear...

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Chelsea bounce back from Barcelona defeat with FA Cup win over Everton

A wet and windy Kingsmeadow proved the backdrop to the final act of the women’s season as,...

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England under pressure to reschedule or cancel fifth Test against India

English cricket’s relationship with India faces a potential fork in the road following an...

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We need public and affordable workspaces

I agree with your editorial (The Guardian view on working from home: a new social divide, 18 May),...

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Let’s make sure our personal data works for us – not against us – after the pandemic

H ow is it that we live in a world that is awash with our personal information, where most...

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Covid-19 travel amber list: a guide to rules in top holiday destinations

Like so many changes to the UK’s Covid rules over the past 14 months, the new traffic light...

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‘Not a lot of trust’: Taiwan wrestles with home working in wake of Covid surge

W hen Amanda asked a colleague to bring her laptop home from their tech-company office,...

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EU decision to add UK to travel ‘white list’ to be delayed due to Covid variant fears

A decision in Brussels to add the UK to an EU “white list” of countries from where...

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Sporty Sophie! Casual Countess of Wessex dons a hoodie and trainers to try her hand at wheelchair basketball in North London

We're used to seeing Sophie Wessex looking polished in elegant midi dresses and court shoes, but...

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Six pubs have closed every week during Covid lockdowns as premises are demolished or converted into housing or shops

Six pubs have closed every week during the three Covid-19 lockdowns with premises demolished or...

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Tell us: have you been affected by the India Covid variant?

We are looking to speak with people in the UK and elsewhere who have been affected by the B.1.617.2...

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Royal Mail posts £726m profit amid pandemic demand for parcels

Royal Mail’s annual profits quadrupled in its latest financial year as the pandemic-fuelled...

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Focus on preschools during Covid recovery, UK ministers urged

Ministers are being urged to put early years at the heart of the education recovery programme, with...

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The Guardian view on US bishops versus the president: Biden is on the angels’ side

J oe Biden wears his Catholicism on his sleeve. The American president carries the rosary...

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The US government should buy the Greyhound bus company. Hear me out

J oe Biden’s love of trains is well known. “Amtrak Joe” has vowed to invest in...

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Progressive economic policies are back on the agenda – time for Starmer to catch up

S ometimes political parties hit a sweet spot and their opponents struggle to lay a glove...

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The dog has a cough – and I’m £80 poorer

T he writing is on the wall for gas boilers, I understand. Not a moment too soon, in my...

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Britain could steer a global vaccination programme – but where is the leadership?

W e are 140 days into what Boris Johnson has proudly called “the year of British...

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Dogs can better detect Covid in humans than lateral flow tests, finds study

Dogs are better at detecting Covid-19 in humans than many fast lateral flow tests (LFTs), according...

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‘People die in less than a week’: Covid wave catches Argentina off-guard

It is 1am and intensive care doctor Vanina Edul is trying vainly to remember the names of all the...

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Trailer released for Prince Harry and Oprah Winfrey TV series

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex feature in an emotional trailer for Harry’s mental health...

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Covid expected to cost Britain £372bn, says National Audit Office

The government’s bill for tackling Covid-19 has risen by £100bn since the start of the year...

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Covid experts warn against foreign holidays, so why is Boris Johnson so keen?

“F ly now pay later”, offers one finance company, which gives loans for holidays,...

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School’s out: Pakistani pupils struggle with lack of internet

I qbal Khan works as a chauffeur in Lahore. His children are in his home village in a...

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‘I would want to be vaccinated first’: Covid experts on England’s relaxed rules

With restrictions in England relaxing this week, we ask the experts about the risks involved with...

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UK unemployment drops as businesses hire amid Covid easing

UK employers preparing for the easing of lockdown started hiring again in March, driving down...

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Mel B on domestic abuse, trauma and recovery: ‘In my mind there was no way out’

M elanie Brown is in her tracksuit talking to me from her Leeds home. Her mother has...

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Cancelled Philip Roth biography picked up by new publisher amid abuse allegations

A biography of the late novelist Philip Roth that was dropped by its original publisher after...

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Peter Rabbit 2 review – James Corden’s unfunny bunny scampers back

T he new Peter Rabbit film is here – as before directed and co-written by Will Gluck...

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Post-punk band Au Pairs: ‘The Thatcher years gave us plenty of material’

F orty years ago this month, one of the best but often forgotten albums of the 1980s was...

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‘Covid casino’ case collapses as police in Canada accused of stealing watches

A police investigation into an alleged underground casino operating out of a mansion north of...

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Teenage nursery worker on trial in Exeter for sexual assault of children

A teenage nursery worker sexually assaulted eight young children he was employed to look after, a...

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UK schools voice objections to ‘propping up’ Covid test and trace system, unpaid

Schools have spent up to and in excess of 100 hours “propping up” the national Covid test...

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Talking Horses: tracks on alert as racecourses open their doors again

I t was odd to look around the bleak emptiness of the York racecourse on the final day of...

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The Guardian view on Covid ethics: easier to enter lockdown than leave it

T he rollout of the vaccine in Britain has seemingly sprung the lock that kept the public...

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The Guardian view on violence against women: focus on the perpetrators

A shocking series of murders of women in public places, combined with rising levels of...

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Covid has led to record levels of antidepressant use – but withdrawal can be difficult

O ne of the impacts of the Covid lockdowns since March 2020 has been a widespread...

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GSK’s late entry to the vaccine race will help protect it from aggressive investors

G laxoSmithKline’s progress on Covid vaccines has been slow, frustrating and...

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Disingenuous and slippery, Matt Hancock deflects blame for spread of India variant

I t was more a question of do as I say, not as I do. “We must be humble,” said Matt...

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Biden vows to send 20m doses of US-approved Covid vaccines overseas

Washington will send 20m doses of US-approved coronavirus vaccines overseas by the end of June, Joe...

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‘Urgent. Oxygen needed’: Nepalis mobilise to take charge in Covid crisis

A ping and: “ICU bed needed. Please it’s urgent.” Another ping: â€...

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More than 5,000 migrants reach Spain’s north African enclave Ceuta in a day

More than 5,000 migrants, about 1,000 of them presumed to be minors, crossed into Spain’s...

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96% of Britons develop antibodies after one Covid jab, study finds

More than 90% of Britons develop antibodies to coronavirus after having one dose of the AstraZeneca...

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Living in the UK: how have you been affected by the Covid variant found in India?

Scientists have raised concerns about the dramatic rise in cases of a Covid variant first...

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Joanna Scanlan: ‘People do seem to ask me to take my clothes off all the time’

J oanna Scanlan is sitting in splendid isolation in a country house hotel in Sussex, where...

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Fauci: ‘Undeniable effects of racism’ have worsened Covid for US minorities

Joe Biden’s chief medical adviser, Dr Anthony Fauci, said on Sunday “the undeniable...

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Two-year-old dies in suspected Lancashire gas explosion

A two-year-old boy has died and four other people have been injured in a suspected gas explosion in...

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Hancock: most Bolton Covid patients eligible for jab but haven’t had it

The majority of people in hospital with Covid in Bolton were eligible for the vaccine but have not...

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Sex Education writer aims to boost diversity in TV with fellowship scheme

The Sex Education and Ms Marvel writer Bisha K Ali is launching a screenwriting fellowship with...

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Twenty arrested after Rangers fans march in central Glasgow

Rangers supporters who marched on Glasgow’s George Square to celebrate their club’s Scottish...

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Universities are failing to tackle rape culture on campus, students say

Students at a sit-in protest over sexual misconduct at Warwick University that is entering its...

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The Guardian view on declining birthrates: there may be trouble ahead

E urope’s baby deficit is becoming impossible to ignore. In Rome on Friday, Italy’s...

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England’s Jofra Archer out of New Zealand Tests and may need surgery

Jofra Archer has been ruled out of England’s two-match Test series against New Zealand next...

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What threat does Indian Covid variant pose and do vaccines work against it?

What are the latest developments? The number of identified cases of the Indian variant in the UK...

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Lockdowns and panic-buying in Taiwan as Covid cases rise

Taiwan reported 206 new local cases of Covid-19 on Sunday, breaking the previous day’s record...

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17 May reopening: how Covid measures across Britain are changing

Coronavirus restrictions will be eased further on Monday in England, Wales and most of Scotland....

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UK ‘faces labour shortage’ as Covid and Brexit fuel exodus of overseas workers

Britain’s employers are struggling to hire staff as lockdown lifts amid an exodus of overseas...

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Labour proposes new offences for violence against women and girls

Labour would create a slew of new offences concerning violence against women and girls, including...

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Ignore lockdown easing to curb Indian Covid variant, health experts urge

People should ignore Monday’s easing of lockdown and avoid socialising indoors in pubs and...

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Delaying second Covid vaccine cuts death toll by up to a FIFTH compared to standard three-week spacing gap, study finds

The decision to delay second Covid vaccine doses in the UK saved thousands of lives, more research...

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UK Covid inquiry: the key areas likely to be scrutinised

Boris Johnson has said an independent public inquiry with wide-ranging statutory powers will begin...

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Tell us: what do you think of government proposals to introduce adult student loans?

The government is planning to set up student loans that will be open to adults of all ages, and can...

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I’m a bisexual woman stuck in a heterosexual relationship

I’m a bisexual woman who has been in a relationship with a man for almost nine years . For...

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Two transgender women jailed in Cameroon over homosexuality law

Two transgender women in Cameroon have been convicted of “attempting homosexuality” and...

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Shadow minister steps down after MP accuses her of meddling in harassment case

A shadow minister has stepped down from her post after being accused of trying to isolate a...

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Porto in line to host Champions League final if Covid questions resolved

A decision on the location of the Champions League final is finally expected on Thursday, with...

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Impact of Covid on the dying and their loved ones

Rachel Clarke’s article (10 May) resonated with me as it captured completely the effect of the...

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How Labour can avoid marching into oblivion

Polly Toynbee is wrong (Labour’s chance will come when Johnson’s bogus promises start to...

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Only by taxing the rich can Johnson become more than a plutocratic populist

W hat is the difference between former US president Donald Trump and current British prime...

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Boris Johnson’s advisers may push for a virtual Cop26. He should ignore them

W alkouts, standoffs, shouting, tears, bloodletting – the UN climate Cops have seen...

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A Covid inquiry is essential after all, says Boris – as long as it takes years

I t was all most confusing. After ignoring calls from opposition parties for a full...

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Work from home guidance to end in England on 21 June, Johnson indicates

Guidance that people in England should work from home if they can is to be dropped from 21 June,...

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Covid research: variant found in India may spread faster than type detected in Kent

Evidence is growing that a troubling variant of the coronavirus discovered in India is more...

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‘Hell on earth’: bereaved families on the battle for a Covid inquiry

F or families whose loved ones died due to Covid-19, and who have been calling on the...

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Aide who made bullying claims against Meghan to leave service of Cambridges

The royal aide who made a bullying allegation against the Duchess of Sussex is to leave his senior...

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NHS to receive £160m to tackle backlog of care built up during Covid

Tens of thousands of patients will get quicker access to diagnostic tests and surgery under a new ...

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Nepal urges Everest climbers to return used oxygen canisters amid Covid crisis

Nepal is so short of oxygen canisters that it has asked climbers on Mount Everest to bring back...

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'I went through the menopause at 13': Woman tells her moving story in a new TV show- and there are thousands just like her

For a teenager, it was an unexpected and shocking diagnosis: blood tests and an ultrasound...

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Covid memorial gets £78k stamp of approval: Readers send in thousands of cheques - and heartfelt letters - to support national monument

They have arrived in their sackloads – thousands of heartfelt letters each containing cheques...

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Have you stayed in a Covid quarantine hotel in the UK?

Quarantine rules for travellers to the UK have been in place since January. One of the measures saw...

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Shaun Ryder: ‘I was a heroin addict for 20-odd years, but there’s been no damage off that’

S haun Ryder is being uncharacteristically quiet. That’s because he’s mistakenly...

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Melinda Gates began divorce moves at time Bill’s meetings with Jeffrey Epstein revealed

Melinda French Gates had concerns about her husband’s dealings with the convicted sex offender...

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Train firm’s ‘worker bonus’ email is actually cybersecurity test

A rail union has hit out at a “cynical and shocking stunt” after a train company emailed...

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Delay to social care reforms will ‘fail more families every day’

Campaigners and thinktanks have said a failure to announce significant new social care reforms in...

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Woman deceived by spy cop sees relationship as rape, inquiry hears

An undercover police officer has been accused of lying to a public inquiry by a woman who said that...

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IPL likely to be without England players if it restarts, says Ashley Giles

England players are likely to be ruled out of the Indian Premier League’s mooted resumption later...

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Top-down approach has been Labour’s downfall

John Harris is right (Labour’s crisis comes from the huge gap between politics and people, 9...

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The Guardian view on early years education: England’s toddlers need attention

N ew figures showing a net loss of more than 315 early years providers in England in...

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Nepal is being overwhelmed by Covid. We need help

A s I write this, my country is battling a new and brutal wave of the Covid-19 pandemic....

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Zero daily Covid deaths reported in England, Northern Ireland and Scotland

England has recorded zero daily Covid deaths for the first time since July, in a situation welcomed...

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UK downgrades Covid-19 alert threat level

The UK’s four chief medical officers have agreed the Covid-19 alert level should move from level...

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Explainer: What is the deadly ‘black fungus’ seen in Covid patients in India?

A rare black fungus that invades the brain is being increasingly seen in vulnerable patients in...

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Dozens of suspected Covid victims wash up on Ganges River banks

Dozens of bodies believed to be Covid-19 victims have washed up on the banks of the Ganges River in...

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Tax dodging concerns over small firms used to pay NHS test-and-trace workers

Many workers employed across the £37bn NHS test-and-trace service are being paid through networks...

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Queen’s speech to focus on adult learning and easing planning rules

Ministers are to unveil a legislative programme aimed at the Conservative government’s new...

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No shame: the podcast taking on the Arab world’s sex and gender taboos

R ude, fault or blemish; flaw, disgrace or shame. The word has many shades, but nearly...

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Dodie: Build a Problem review – a sweet, candid debut

T en years ago, an Essex teenager called Dodie Clark started uploading cover songs and...

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Michael Lewis: ‘We were incentivised to have a bad pandemic response’

A n event as large and devastating as the Covid pandemic was always going to attract a...

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Italian public broadcaster asked to stop promoting ‘intolerable’ content

Activists opposed to racism, homophobia, antisemitism and sexism in the Italian media have written...

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Emmanuel Macron: Covid highlights need to ‘beef up’ EU powers

Emmanuel Macron has said national divisions during the Covid-19 pandemic have highlighted the need...

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Johnson will vow to repair damaged NHS to lock in election gains

Boris Johnson will put repairing the NHS at the heart of his next programme for government, as his...

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A-level and GCSE grade inflation ‘inevitable in English system’

School leaders and education experts have warned that GCSE and A-level results this summer will see...

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The world needs babies. So we’d better rethink what we expect from mothers

I t didn’t take long for confident predictions of a Covid baby boom to emerge last...

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Keir Starmer needs to act more urgently if he is to rescue Labour from its plight

A nother electoral test, another dismal postmortem for Labour. The least persuasive...

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Mission menopause: ‘My hormones went off a cliff – and I’m not going to be ashamed’

W e are witnessing a tipping point: the rise of Menopause Power: a growing activist...

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US ‘turning the corner’ on pandemic but pressure grows to help other nations

The US is approaching a turning point where Covid vaccinations are sharply reducing infection and...

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Madrid mayor decries partying Spaniards as Covid lockdown ends

The mayor of Madrid has appealed for people to behave responsibly after thousands of people greeted...

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Traffic light travel plan will let new Covid variants into UK, scientists warn

It is inevitable that new Covid variants will continue to enter the country, scientists warned this...

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Woman ‘sexually harassed’ by ex-Hartlepool MP says Labour failed to support her

A former Westminster staff member has accused Labour of abandoning her after she complained of...

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The sleazy, sordid Matt Gaetz scandal: are the walls now closing in on him?

T here could have been no more fitting venue for the bellicose US congressman Matt Gaetz...

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Emma Donoghue on writing Room: ‘I toned down some of the horror of the Fritzl case’

I got the notion to write Room in 2008 when I was driving to a book event and mulling...

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The young people taking their countries to court over climate inaction

Sofia Oliveira, aged 16 Sofia Oliveira is one of six young Portuguese people who have...

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Secret Service extension for Trump’s adult children cost $140,000 in a month

Donald Trump’s adult children reportedly cost taxpayers $140,000 in Secret Service security in...

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Inquest to be held into Covid death of rail worker allegedly spat at by customer

An inquest will held into the death of Belly Mujinga, the railway worker who died with Covid-19...

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Branching out: why Britons are buying woodland in the Covid crisis

Lockdown spurred some people to start yoga, crack on with DIY or watch more Netflix. For others, it...

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Noel Clarke accused of sexual harassment on Doctor Who set

T he Noel Clarke sexual harassment controversy threatens to embroil the BBC after several...

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Covid restricted Keir Starmer from setting out vision for UK, says Labour

Labour has been unable to set out its vision for the country because of the pandemic, the party’s...

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Curtis Sittenfeld: ‘People misunderstood the sex scenes in Rodham’

Curtis Sittenfeld, 45, is the author of two short story collections and six novels, including Prep,...

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Picture of two pandemics: Covid cases fall in rich west as poorer nations suffer

T he past seven days has been a picture of two pandemics. Among the world’s richest...

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‘This isn’t how my gap year was meant to be’: how Covid turned young people’s lives upside down

W hen Daisy Davis imagined her gap year, she pictured global adventure. Building schools...

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States turning down Covid-19 vaccine doses as US demand declines

Declining demand for Covid-19 vaccines in the US is causing states across the country to refuse...

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UK government ‘failed to consider gender’ in its response to Covid pandemic

The government has “consistently failed” to consider gender in its response to Covid-19...

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Scarlett Johansson joins criticism of Golden Globes body amid accusations of racism and sexism

The actor Scarlett Johansson urged the film industry on Saturday to “step back” from the...

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Remains of nine Neanderthals found in cave south of Rome

Italian archaeologists have unearthed the bones of nine Neanderthals who were allegedly hunted and...

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Rent arrears put thousands at risk as end of eviction ban in England looms

Clare Austin* and family live in a privately rented house in Hertfordshire. She and her husband...

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Travel industry says England’s ‘green list’ too cautious

Travel industry bosses have criticised the government’s plan for overseas summer holidays for...

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SNP election win: Johnson sets up summit as Sturgeon pledges second referendum

Nicola Sturgeon has pledged to press ahead with plans for a second independence referendum after...

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Risk of blood clots after AstraZeneca Covid jab is 'small' and people are three times more likely to die if they aren't vaccinated

The risk of blood clots after the Oxford jab is ‘small’ with people three times more likely to...

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Only over-21s allowed! Pub bans drinkers aged 20 and under after ‘rude and obnoxious’ youngsters kept ignoring Covid rules

A pub has banned customers who are aged 20 and under because of 'rude and obnoxious' behaviour by...

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Commuting Britons are more likely to catch Covid while walking or cycling to work than on trains, buses or taxis, data suggests

Cyclists and walkers appear more likely to catch Covid than those who take a bus or car to work,...

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‘You can be kicked out any time’: US immigrants’ lives upended by Covid

W hen Swaraj lost his job amid the recession last year, it triggered a ticking time bomb....

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What might Scotland’s election results mean for IndyRef2?

Elections for the Scottish parliament are taking place on Thursday. We examine the possible results...

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Blacks Can’t Swim: The Sequel review – follow-up doc makes a splash

I n this feature-length extension of his 2020 documentary A Film Called Blacks Can’t...

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Italy will reopen to foreign tourists from mid-May, says PM

Italy will allow tourists to enter quarantine-free as soon as this month, the prime minister, Mario...

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India’s neighbours close borders as Covid wave spreads across region

In April, along with millions of other people, Nepal’s former king Gyanendra Shah, 73, and his...

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Trans weightlifter Laurel Hubbard set to make history at Tokyo Olympics

History and controversy is expected to be made at the Tokyo Olympics this summer after the...

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All is forgiven on the Guardian’s 200th birthday

On this, the Guardian’s 200th birthday, I have decided to forgive the 1959 dropping of...

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Dogecoin’s record-breaking rise shoots ‘joke’ cryptocurrency to wider attention

It is perhaps the ultimate symbol of late capitalism: a digital currency that started as a joke,...

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Times change but the Guardian’s values don’t: 200 years, and we’ve only just begun

I remember the day, in late March 2020, when I first worried that we might not be able to...

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US declares support for patent waiver on Covid-19 vaccines

The US has declared its support for a patent waiver on Covid-19 vaccines to boost their production...

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One in five UK adults have had depressive symptoms during pandemic

One in five adults in Britain have experienced symptoms of depression during the pandemic, with...

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Two Pfizer Covid vaccine doses give over 95% protection, shows Israel study

Two doses of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine have proved more than 95% effective against infection,...

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Bafta deputy chair defends decision to honour Noel Clarke

Bafta’s deputy chair has defended the academy’s decision to honour Noel Clarke despite warnings...

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UK government faces action over lack of age checks on adult sites

Lawyers have begun judicial review proceedings against the government over allegations it failed to...

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Tweaked Moderna vaccine ‘neutralises Covid variants in trials’

The first “tweaked” vaccine against the worrying coronavirus variants that emerged in...

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Biden repeatedly says 'vaccine.gum' instead of vaccine.gov and 'CCD' instead of CDC when reading out new COVID website

President Joe Biden flubbed the name of the website set up to encourage and educate the public on...

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Is Oktoberfest moving from Germany to DUBAI? Beer festival cancelled due to Covid 'has been given green light to go ahead in UAE'

Germany's iconic Oktoberfest is set to be held in Dubai after it was cancelled for the second year...

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‘Like living in a horror film’: UK doctors raise Covid funds for India

The streets of Delhi are known for their noise, crowds, and bustle, but Meenal Vis, a UK doctor,...

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Healthcare workers in the UK: share your experiences of the Covid pandemic

With coronavirus rates dropping across the UK, the strain from Covid-19 patients on the healthcare...

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Woman jailed for life after murdering neighbour and dismembering body

A woman murdered a vulnerable female neighbour who had turned down her demands for sex before...

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Meghan’s first book for children explores ‘bond between father and son’

The Duchess of Sussex has written her first children’s book, to be published next month and...

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Boris Johnson wrongly cleared over Covid contracts, say MPs

A cross-party group of MPs has pushed for formal action against Boris Johnson for allegedly...

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The IPL failed by ignoring stark warning signs of India’s Covid crisis

I t’s better to leave people asking why you have stopped something rather than what...

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The Guardian view on foreign travel: holidays mustn’t jeopardise progress at home

I mprovements at home will soon lead to more Britons venturing away. Until now, foreign...

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Foreign Office revises Covid advice for non-essential travel

Hopes that holidays to popular tourist destinations could soon restart have been boosted after the...

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Red Cross calls for UK to tackle inequalities exposed by Covid

Major changes are needed to protect the most vulnerable people from the next global emergency,...

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Forget big feet! Men with large NOSES tend to have bigger penises, study reveals

In support of the 'big nose, big hose' theory, a scientific study has found that men with larger...

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Tell us: have you been hired by an agency to help with the Covid response?

Are you working as a Covid-19 vaccinator, testing centre marshal, or lab assistant? Were you hired...

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Russell Hoban: Turtle Diary; Mr Rinyo-Clacton’s Offer; The Medusa Frequency – worth rejoicing in

T here are two types of people: those who rejoice that Russell Hoban’s first eight...

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The man orchestrating climate protest … from a shed in the Hebrides

I n the past year, Roc Sandford has left the tiny Scottish island which is his off-grid...

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German police shut one of world’s biggest darknet child abuse images sites

An online platform said to be one of the largest websites for child sexual abuse images in the...

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Ghislaine Maxwell’s sex trafficking trial postponed until autumn at her request

A US judge has granted Ghislaine Maxwell’s request to delay her trial on charges she procured...

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England’s nursery schools driven towards extinction, says survey

England’s remaining state nursery schools are being driven towards extinction by budget...

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All Blacks sale could prove a private equity intrusion too far for lovers of sport

T owards the end of last year, the consultancy firm Deloitte issued a pamphlet to...

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Gatland must pick right characters for Lions’ unique tour in South Africa

P laying the British & Irish Lions selection game is like an endless game of Cluedo...

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The Guardian view on Gavin Williamson: plans not fit for purpose

S chools are having a hard time. Teachers and other staff, the majority of whom are...

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We’ve had information campaigns on Brexit and Covid. What about the climate?

O ne of the key lessons of the Covid-19 pandemic is that strong policies require strong...

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‘This is the most exciting moment I’ve experienced’: the artists changing the face of metal

M etal likes to think of itself as a family, a safe haven built on inclusivity. Everyone...

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Doorstep scammers exploiting Covid-19 pandemic, says Which?

Fraudsters are using new scams related to the Covid pandemic to target vulnerable people on their...

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Sir Martin Sorrell ‘optimistic’ for Covid rebound but predicts tougher 2023

The former WPP chief Martin Sorrell has said he is “extremely optimistic” about the...

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Pub and restaurant bosses lose legal fight over England Covid closures

Hospitality bosses have lost their legal battle to force the UK government to bring forward the...

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Cuba hopes to become smallest country to develop Covid vaccines

Hit by the double whammy of US sanctions and a pandemic, Cuba is going through its gravest economic...

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India Covid cases pass 20m as calls grow for national lockdown

India has passed a grim milestone of 20 million Covid-19 cases amid growing calls for the country...

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Minna Heeraman had an aggressive cancer. Did the March 2020 treatment shutdown shorten her life?

W hen Minna Heeraman’s friends knew that she was dying, they made a video for her to...

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IPL cricket tournament suspended amid worsening Covid crisis in India

The Indian Premier League has been postponed with immediate effect due to the deepening Covid-19...

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Covid infection rates in UK ‘very encouraging’, says Neil Ferguson

Recent data on Covid deaths and rates of infection in the UK are “very encouraging”, and...

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‘Far better than I expected’: Guardian readers on Joe Biden’s first 100 days

‘It’s a blessing not to cringe every morning when I look at the news’ ...

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Tell us: are you an older person who has started playing video games?

Gaming has soared in popularity during the pandemic, with Ofcom finding 62% of UK adults played...

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Good vibrations: five of the best sex podcasts for your aural pleasure

I still remember my sex ed class in high school. Every other week, my teacher would have...

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My boyfriend needs Viagra – the lack of spontaneity is killing my sex drive

I started dating my boyfriend seven months ago, and it has been amazing. I love him, he makes me...

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Lloyds profits soar as Covid loan loss provisions released

Earnings at Lloyds Banking Group have rebounded, with a forecast-beating £1.9bn in pre-tax profits...

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Teenager appears in court over Crawley College incident

A teenager has appeared in court following Monday’s armed incident at Crawley College. Sandijs...

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Marcelo could miss Real Madrid game at Chelsea because of local election duties

Real Madrid stand to be without Marcelo for the second leg of their Champions League semi-final...

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The Guardian view on taste, smell and Covid: getting back our appetite

“T his is the first meal I’ve cooked in a year that in no way tasted or smelt...

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Political leaders must ensure Covid vaccines aren’t the preserve of the rich

I n the last few days, major powers have responded to the horrific crisis unfolding in...

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Compulsory Covid jabs for care home staff? As a last resort, it makes sense

O ne of the abiding memories of the early days of the pandemic was care homes ravaged by...

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In the court of King Boris, only one thing is certain: this will all end badly

I nstead of a cabinet, Britain has courtiers. In place of a prime minister, there is a...

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New Pokémon Snap review – chilled photography game could be snappier

P okémon is nominally about collecting and battling cute monsters, but, like most...

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‘What if Superman was your dad?’ Comics legend Mark Millar on Jupiter’s Legacy

M ark Millar is remembering one of the best bits of advice he ever came across, something...

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62% of UK adults played computer games during the pandemic, says Ofcom

Most British adults played computer games during the pandemic after the lockdown gave people the...

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Vaccinating adolescents could help prevent third wave of Covid in UK – study

Vaccinating older children and slowing down the relaxation of coronavirus restrictions are among...

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TUC calls for immediate public inquiry into Covid deaths

The Trades Union Congress is calling for an immediate public inquiry into the handling of the Covid...

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Sainsbury’s slumps to £261m loss on back of Covid costs

Sainsbury’s has dived to a £261m annual loss despite booming sales of groceries during the...

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Single dose of Covid vaccine can nearly halve transmission of virus, study finds

A single dose of a Covid-19 vaccine can slash transmission of the virus by up to half, according to...

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Spain to welcome overseas travellers with Covid certificates from June

Spain aims to reopen to overseas holidaymakers from June under the Covid digital health certificate...

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UK sends oxygen concentrators and ventilators to India – but no Covid vaccines

The UK has been “the first out of the blocks” with help for India, but will not send...

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Switzerland to hold referendum on same-sex marriage

Switzerland will hold a referendum on whether to push ahead with same-sex marriage after opponents...

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NHS app will be used as Covid ‘vaccine passport’ for foreign travel

International travellers will be asked to demonstrate their Covid vaccination and testing status...

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Can cinemas bank on a big return to the big screen?

Cineworld’s $3bn (£2.17bn) loss for 2020, unveiled this week, is a stark reminder of the...

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'It’s given me faith back in humanity': the lockdown volunteers – a photo essay

G oodgym, a community of runners and cyclists from all over the UK, take on missions...

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How George Floyd's death inspired change in two Manchester schools

Last spring, as the UK began emerging from the first Covid lockdown but schools remained closed,...

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As Covid rules relax in England, which foods should we be sharing?

T he further relaxation of the rules around socialising for England and Northern Ireland...

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Experience: I tracked down my impostor

I ’ve been an academic since 2013. I am a senior lecturer in art history, and director...

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Grey's Anatomy: the TV show that has always been there for me

T here’s a song that I listen to every time I begin to feel the tendrils of sadness take...

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French monks locked down with 2.8 tonnes of cheese pray for buyers

A French monastery in the heart of Burgundy has launched an emergency online sale to get rid of...

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Scotland: concerns over whether system fails sexual harassment victims

Concerns have been raised over whether the system is failing victims of sexual harassment in...

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Dulwich College protest over 'rape culture' cancelled

A protest at Dulwich College over the “rape culture” row has been cancelled after students were...

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A picture book can paint a thousand words

W ith reference to your editorial on the picture book (The Guardian view on the picture...

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The Guardian view of Alex Salmond: the politics of revenge

The return of Alex Salmond to frontline politics is a symbol of decay, not renewal, in Scottish...

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Don't be fooled: Covid won't be cured by a panacea

I f the coronavirus had struck in the middle ages, there would have been a cure. You could...

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My friend is an anti-vaxxer, and she's converting my husband. What can I do?

I recently had my Covid-19 vaccine. One long standing friend queried my decision and forwarded...

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What are the new Covid rules in England from 29 March?

Lockdown restrictions will be eased further from 29 March in England. Here is a roundup of what...

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Grace Victory: British YouTuber with Covid leaves intensive care

A British YouTuber with Covid-19 who spent three months in a coma has been discharged from...

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How the AstraZeneca vaccine became a political football – and a PR disaster

I t was billed as the vaccine to deliver the world from Covid. But over the last six...

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One in 25 people hospitalised with Covid in UK since December have had vaccine

One in 25 people hospitalised with Covid-19 since December have had at least one dose of vaccine,...

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More violence in Bristol as 'kill the bill' protesters clash with police

Violence erupted between protesters and police in Bristol again on Friday night as more than a...

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Biden 'doing fine' after stumbling once, twice, thrice on steps of Air Force One

Supporters of Joe Biden were tempting fate when they claimed he had not put a foot wrong during his...

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NSW flooding: Sydney's Warragamba Dam overflows and mid north coast evacuated amid wild weather

Swathes of suburban Sydney were on alert for dangerous flooding after the city’s main dam spilled...

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The Guardian view on the picture book: not just for children

While anglophone fans await a translation of her 1,100-page magnum opus, the Nobel-prizewinning...

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Dear Gavin Williamson, schools need kindness in this Covid crisis but you bang on about behaviour

O ne of the most uplifting moments I’ve experienced as a school parent came when...

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Jessie Buckley on Covid filming: ‘The world’s greatest love scene – and we couldn’t touch!’

T hough it’s meant to be a one-on-one interview, and government rules prohibit group...

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‘Until the law catches up, all we have is our stories’: my year-long fight to hold my attacker to account

T his time last year, the world watched as Harvey Weinstein was led out of a New York...

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Jo Whiley's sister Frances to get jab a month after having Covid

The radio DJ Jo Whiley’s sister is to receive her first Covid-19 vaccination, a month after...

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Boris Johnson receives Oxford/AstraZeneca Covid vaccine

Boris Johnson has received his first dose of a coronavirus vaccine at London’s St Thomas’...

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Covid-hit homeowners fear getting stuck on costly mortgage deal

A third of borrowers who have seen their income fall as a result of the pandemic fear they may not...

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Michael Rosen backs calls for Covid UK public inquiry

Michael Rosen, the poet and children’s writer who survived Covid after six weeks on a ventilator,...

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Thailand's empty beach resorts hope vaccines will put them back in the sun

T hailand’s Phuket island used to vibrate with life. Before the pandemic, March was part...

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Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics organisers confirm overseas fan ban

Overseas spectators will not be permitted to attend this summer’s rearranged Olympic and...

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A Covid snapshot: 28m UK households to take part in census unlike any other

Twenty-eight million households are preparing for their Covid close-up on Sunday in what may be the...

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Government still has no strategy for tackling sexism in schools, say teachers

Teachers have criticised the government for failing to create a national strategy to tackle sexism...

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Specialist Covid infection control scientist faces threat of deportation from UK

An infection control specialist who has been offered a job as a senior NHS biomedical scientist to...

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Mind the gaps: will we go back to public transport after Covid?

A year ago, with the first coronavirus lockdown looming, passengers were warned to stay away from...

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Tell us: are you shielding and unable to receive the Covid vaccine?

With over 20 million people having received a first dose of the vaccination against Covid in the UK...

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Taylor Swift rebukes Netflix over 'deeply sexist' joke about her love life

Taylor Swift has criticised the Netflix sitcom Ginny & Georgia for making a “deeply sexist”...

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Hotel Chocolat boosts sales as fans feed craving online

Chocoholics turned to the internet during the Covid-19 pandemic, helping Hotel Chocolat increase...

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SAS: Who Dares Wins' Ant Middleton dropped over BLM and Covid tweets

Former soldier and TV presenter Ant Middleton has parted ways with Channel 4, following...

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The Guardian view on Covid-19 variants: lax rules create needless risk

It was a weekend of bright sunshine, with daffodils blooming alongside snowdrops in southern areas...

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The vaccine rollout makes it clear: the randomness of nationality still determines our lives

A fter the news in November of the successful trials of the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid vaccine,...

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Healthcare professionals in the UK have a moral duty to get the Covid jab

I t is an irony of the UK vaccine rollout that, as healthcare workers inoculate the public...

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Northern Ireland’s five steps out of Covid lockdown: key points

Northern Ireland’s deputy first minister, Michelle O’Neill, has unveiled a cautious five...

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Fears that 25% of grassroots sports clubs may not return after lockdown

Grassroots sports will struggle to return once lockdown measures are eased, MPs have been warned,...

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Schools tsar says England’s £1.7bn Covid catch-up package not enough

The government’s newly appointed education recovery commissioner has warned that the prime...

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Brazil variant evaded up to 61% of immunity in previous Covid cases

The coronavirus variant originally found in Manaus in Brazil and detected in six cases in the UK...

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Grantham council won’t pay for Thatcher statue unveiling

Plans to use £100,000 of taxpayers’ money to underwrite an unveiling ceremony for a statue...

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Meghan granted £450k interim payment in Mail on Sunday privacy case

The Duchess of Sussex has been granted an interim £450,000 downpayment towards her £1.5m...

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'We need more': businesses on plans to lift England lockdown

T he government has set out a four-step roadmap for relaxing coronavirus restrictions in...

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My husband and I haven’t had sex for 10 years. Can we start again?

I am 60, and my husband is 62 . We have not had sex for nearly 10 years and my...

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NHS app could show Covid vaccine status or latest test result

People could have their vaccine status or their latest Covid test result put on their NHS app –...

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A third of claims since universal credit began made during pandemic

The scale of the hardship caused by Covid-19 has been laid bare with new figures showing that more...

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How the NHS can meet the demands of an ageing society

B ruce Keogh (The NHS rose to the challenge of Covid, but its next test may be even harder...

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The Guardian view on a post-Covid recovery: not just for the well-off

It was John Maynard Keynes who developed the idea of “animal spirits” as a kind of spontaneous...

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The billions spent by the UK government on fighting Covid need proper scrutiny

T he point of Brexit, according to its champions, was to liberate Britain from intolerable...

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Nude selfies: are they now art?

H ave you ever sent a nude selfie? The question draws a thick red line between generations...

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Jo Whiley says sister is out of hospital after severe Covid infection

Jo Whiley has shared that her sister Frances, who has learning disabilities and diabetes, is out of...

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AstraZeneca expected to miss EU Covid vaccine supply target by half in second-quarter – report

AstraZeneca has told the European Union it expects to deliver less than half the Covid-19 vaccines...

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Ghislaine Maxwell offers to renounce foreign citizenship in exchange for bail

Ghislaine Maxwell, the British socialite charged with aiding Jeffrey Epstein’s sexual abuse, has...

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Gérard Depardieu charged with rape and sexual assault

The French actor Gérard Depardieu has been charged with rape and sexual assault, allegedly...

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Be 'muscular' and drive green recovery, Cameron tells Johnson

Boris Johnson must be “muscular” in reshaping the economy to bring about a green recovery from...

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NHS Covid app could be used to prove status and access venues in England

People could use a revamped NHS app to prove their Covid status on entering pubs or theatres in...

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Woody Allen denies claims in Allen v Farrow HBO documentary

Woody Allen has rebutted renewed allegations, in the HBO documentary Allen v Farrow, that he...

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Harry and Meghan Oprah interview to air hours after Queen's Commonwealth message

On the last Commonwealth Day, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex appeared in public with the Queen and...

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G4S set for £3.8bn takeover by Allied Universal Security Services

Security outsourcing firm G4S looks set to be taken over by Allied Universal Security Services,...

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Optimism grows for large numbers of fans to return for summer of sport

There is growing optimism within government circles that large numbers of fans will be able to...

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The Guardian view on Boris Johnson's Covid plan: a risky bet on vaccines

Boris Johnson stood at the dispatch box on Monday with a plan to come out of a national lockdown....

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Think about your life this time last year, just before Covid hit. What do you miss?

A s we approach one year together I’ve been reflecting on life with the worst companion...

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Boris Johnson's lockdown exit plan is slower, but not pain-free

N o big bang reopening. No promises that might be broken. No immediate prospect of life...

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Covid has killed 500,000 in the US. That's more than the population of Miami

F ive hundred thousand deaths can be hard to picture. But we have to try. Imagine, for...

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Cronyism in Britain is rampant and goes unpunished. We're turning into a banana republic

T he sums are so vast, the secrecy so shocking, that “chumocracy” doesn’t begin to...

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Keep it down! Why sales of silent sex toys are surging

Name: Silent sex toys. Age: New. Appearance: Seen, but not heard. Call me a prude, but I...

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More support needed as England exits lockdown, say business leaders

Business leaders have told Boris Johnson that his roadmap for exiting the third Covid lockdown in...

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'Baby steps the right way to go': cautious welcome for England's Covid roadmap

S chool’s in, sport’s on, and at some point you might even be allowed to get people...

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One vaccine dose gives high protection from severe Covid, evidence shows

Real-world evidence from the Covid vaccination programmes in England and Scotland show that one...

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British Medical Journal slated over 'disgraceful' obituary charge

The British Medical Journal, the respected trade publication for doctors, is facing outrage from...

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BAME Britons more likely to face higher living costs, study finds

Britons from black and ethnic minority backgrounds are among several groups facing...

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US coronavirus death toll passes 500,000 after devastating winter surge

More than 500,000 people have now died from Covid-19 in the US, just over a year after the country...

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Air New Zealand to trial Covid vaccine passport on Sydney flights

Air New Zealand will trial a digital vaccine passport in April on flights between Auckland and...

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Is England's Covid roadmap the right way out of lockdown? The experts' view

Devi Sridhar: We should be treating Covid-19 like measles, not flu ...

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Glasses wearers are three times less likely to catch Covid than people without spectacles because they rub their eyes less often

Glasses wearers are less likely to catch Covid-19 because they rub their eyes less, according to a...

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Tell us: what's the one small thing that helped you through lockdown?

It’s the small things in life that make you happy, especially when most of the big things have...

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I’m having fantasies about men who look like my father

The dilemma I’m a very happily married man and sex with my wife is loving and satisfying....

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'It was really an investigation': inside HBO's explosive Allen v Farrow documentary

W hen film-makers Amy Ziering and Kirby Dick first met Dylan Farrow in January 2018, they...

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Call for new Beveridge report as number of destitute UK households doubles during Covid

The number of British households plunged into destitution more than doubled last year, according to...

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The Observer view on Boris Johnson’s Covid roadmap announcement

‘Let’s use data, not dates” – so said the government’s deputy chief...

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The way Britney’s life was consumed holds a mirror to our own

L ooking back today at the pop culture of my youth is like the moment your vision finally...

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Boris Johnson’s Covid roadmap must not repeat the prime minister’s past mistakes

I t is a sign of our times that the only live theatre currently available is that staged...

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Rabbis warn over Purim celebrations Covid risk

Ultra-Orthodox rabbis in north London have issued unprecedented guidance on the eve of the Jewish...

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Long Covid: ‘It’s a year since I’ve felt like myself’

Today is an anniversary that George Hencken never imagined. It is exactly one year since she caught...

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UK government under growing pressure over Covid procurement

The UK government faces growing calls to release details of a VIP fast lane for emergency...

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After a year of death and solitude, Italy is a sober, serious place

T his weekend marks exactly a year since the first, tentative lockdown in Italy. The...

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Is 12 weeks between Covid jabs too long?

T he UK has a controversial policy of giving second doses of coronavirus vaccine 12 weeks...

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Asylum seekers 'subjected to sexual harassment' in government hotels

The Home Office has been urged to investigate the network of hotels holding thousands of asylum...

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Sussex medicines firm takes production line abroad in white van to beat Brexit ban

A Sussex pharmaceutical company has told how it had to bundle a production line into a white van...

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End outside sport ban, top scientist urges Johnson as all adults set for jab by July

Data on the number of Covid-19 cases is now so encouraging that outdoor sports for children and...

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Share your experiences of hotel quarantine in England

From Monday, UK nationals or residents returning to England from 33 “red list” countries will...

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Tell us: are you taking part in the human challenge vaccine trials?

In the effort to find out how Covid-19 spreads, the UK is to begin the world’s first “human...

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I have never struggled to get an erection – until now. What’s going on?

I have been single for three years and had many partners. I met a girl recently and...

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How to Avoid a Climate Disaster by Bill Gates review – why science isn't enough

B ill Gates has changed our lives through his Microsoft software; he has improved...

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Little Nightmares 2 review – puzzler's quest in a fever-dream fairytale

L ike its 2017 predecessor, Little Nightmares 2 is a fever-dream made playable, with the...

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Ryanair to challenge EU court ruling on French and Swedish state aid

Ryanair is to appeal to the European court of justice after losing the first round of its legal...

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British American Tobacco profits rise despite drop in sales

The owner of cigarette brands including Lucky Strike, Pall Mall and Camel has posted a near 9% rise...

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Tokyo 2020: Japan's Olympics minister in line to lead committee

Japan’s Olympics minister, Seiko Hashimoto, is in line to lead the Tokyo 2020 organising...

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Newcastle Falcons forced to cancel second match over positive Covid tests

Newcastle’s Gallagher Premiership game at Worcester on Saturday has been cancelled after the...

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Humour over rumour? The world can learn a lot from Taiwan’s approach to fake news

M att Hancock, we learned recently, got a few pointers on how to shape the UK’s...

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A new 'free speech champion' may end up doing the opposite

T here is a popular narrative that free speech is under threat in universities – 52% of...

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Amy Trigg: a born performer with sci-fi dreams and a dizzying range

F or as long as Amy Trigg can remember, she wanted to be a performer. Growing up in Essex,...

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Revealed: NHS could offer Covid vaccine to 32m in priority groups by Easter

At current rates, the NHS could offer a coronavirus vaccine to the 32 million people in the first...

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From Nelly to Doug: nicknames emerge for growing list of Covid variants

Each day seemingly unveils a fresh variant of the virus that causes Covid-19. These variants –...

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My porn life: what my years as a sex writer taught me about my desires

I was in a warehouse in Los Angeles’s San Fernando Valley, anxiously scribbling in my reporter...

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Bill Gates: ‘Carbon neutrality in a decade is a fairytale. Why peddle fantasies?’

B ill Gates appears via video conference – Microsoft Teams, not Zoom, obviously â€...

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Harry and Meghan aim to avoid embarrassing Queen in Oprah interview

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will not wish to embarrass the Queen despite frenzied speculation...

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Biden vows to make 600m vaccine doses available by end of July

Joe Biden laid out his plans for fighting the next stage of the coronavirus pandemic in a primetime...

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Half of men have had unwanted sexual experiences, UK study finds

About half of men have had an unwanted or non-consensual sexual experience, research suggests, as a...

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Novak Djokovic into semi-finals but says most players want to abandon season

Novak Djokovic believes that the majority of male tennis players do not want to continue with their...

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France head coach Fabien Galthié tests positive for Covid-19

France’s pursuit of the Six Nations grand slam has been severely disrupted after their head...

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Jones claims England’s poor Six Nations start down to drop in ‘arousal level’

Eddie Jones has put England’s substandard start to the Six Nations down to a problem with...

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Why some junior doctors haven’t had a Covid vaccine

A s a junior doctor, I was intrigued by your article on the non-peer-reviewed publication...

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The Guardian view on disability and Covid: shine a light

A review by the Care Quality Commission of the allocation of do not resuscitate orders to some care...

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I'm an epidemiologist. I'll be glad to get whatever vaccine I'm offered

A t the start of the pandemic, it was very hard to predict anything. There were...

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Disabled people in care homes are at risk – why aren't they a priority for Covid vaccines?

S ince the pandemic began more than a year ago, one of my greatest fears has been losing...

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Adultery, accusations and walkouts: when royals do TV interviews

T he Duke and Duchess of Sussex are due to give a “wide-ranging” interview with Oprah...

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Cuomo at bay as Covid nursing home scandal taints reputation

Sign up for the Guardian's First Thing newsletter Eleven months ago, Governor Andrew...

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Framing Britney Spears review – a sobering look at sexism and celebrity

T he measure of Britney Spears’ celebrity can be taken by the fact that Sky has...

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Two million more people in UK at high Covid risk, says new research

Nearly 2 million more people in England will be asked to shield and 800,000 of those offered...

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Dominic Raab calls for ceasefires to enable Covid vaccinations

Dominic Raab, the UK foreign secretary, is to ask for ceasefires to be implemented in conflict...

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Home Office ignored Covid advice not to put asylum seekers in barracks

The Home Office ignored advice from Public Health England that housing asylum seekers in...

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What Australia has learned from a year of Covid hotel quarantine

A ustralia’s strict 14-day hotel quarantine system, and simultaneous stifling of its...

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'I don't make enough': the financial cost of having Covid in the US

Covid-19 allowed for an experiment in US healthcare: what if doctor’s visits and hospitalizations...

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Tell us: what is it like working for your company under lockdown?

Bill Michael, chairman of the accounting giant KPMG, is to step aside after making controversial...

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Tell us: has your small business benefitted from the lockdown?

The dual impact of Brexit and Covid have meant that many small businesses have had a rough year....

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Victoria Beckham opts for comfort over glamour at fashion label

Victoria Beckham is feeling “optimistic but realistic” about the future of fashion, and...

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White US professor accused of posing as immigrant of color on Twitter resigns

A white, male University of New Hampshire chemistry professor has resigned after being accused of...

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Mars, Nestlé and Hershey to face child slavery lawsuit in US

Eight children who claim they were used as slave labour on cocoa plantations in Ivory Coast have...

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'Roaring 20s' will follow Covid-19 pandemic, says L’Oréal

The pandemic will give way to another “roaring 20s” according to L’Oréal, the...

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Scottish parliament's Salmond inquiry postpones Sturgeon appearance

The Holyrood committee investigating the Scottish government’s handling of sexual harassment...

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Australian Open: has hotel quarantine impacted player performance?

T he lead-in to the Australian Open was dominated by quarantine. The domestic debate...

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Death of nurse detained over Covid curfew highlights violence faced by Honduran women

Keyla Martínez screamed for help from inside the police cell, but no one came to save her. Mart...

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'We need more help': three firms on surviving the UK's Covid-19 economy

The UK economy recorded the deepest economic contraction for 300 years in 2020 but it has avoided a...

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England's current lockdown could be the last, says Neil Ferguson

The scientist whose data modelling led to the first UK lockdown has expressed hope that the current...

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What we know about Covid reinfection, immunity and vaccines

How long does natural protection from a first infection last? There is no clearcut answer to this...

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'I am deeply sorry': Justin Timberlake apologises to Britney Spears and Janet Jackson

After public outcry stemming from the New York Times documentary Framing Britney Spears, Justin...

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British-Iranian anthropologist who fled Iran accused of sexual abuse

A number of women have accused a prominent British-Iranian anthropologist who recently fled Iran of...

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Steve Coombes obituary

My husband, Steve Coombes, who has died aged 64 of cancer, was a professional screenwriter,...

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Outrage over French girl's rape case sparks demand for law to protect minors

Protests will take place across France on Sunday in support of a woman allegedly raped by 20...

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‘It feels like a placebo’: Mexico’s vaccine program sees disastrous launch

Rodolfo spent hour after aggravating hour trying to register his elderly mother for a Covid-19...

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Executive who sold cladding for Grenfell to appear before inquiry

The executive who sold combustible cladding for use on Grenfell Tower will face questioning for the...

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Rolls-Royce proposes short summer shutdown of jet-engine plants

Rolls-Royce is proposing to temporarily close its jet-engine factories for two weeks this summer as...