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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...

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Until Africans get the Covid vaccinations they need, the whole world will suffer

The current situation with regard to the access and distribution of Covid-19 vaccines vividly...

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The Guardian view on Covid relief: ideologies matter in democracies

When Covid struck, it was governments that decided people could not go to work and governments that...

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I learned by touring Europe in the 60s. Young artists need the same chance

I n 1966, I went to Hamburg. I was the keyboard player in Bluesology, and we had a...

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Britons set for a post-Covid spending binge, says Bank chief

The Bank of England is braced for the possibility that a mood of national depression that engulfed...

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Covid hits exam-taking and poorer pupils worst, study finds

Children studying for exams and those from disadvantaged families are the most likely to have...

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Rachel Reeves: Labour would oversee radical insourcing of public services

A Labour government would launch a radical programme of “insourcing” to bring public services...

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NHS dental patients 'told to go private' as watchdog warns of crisis

Some NHS dental patients are being asked to pay for private appointments to get treatment while...

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Tell us: are you a university student struggling financially due to Covid?

Students are among the many across the UK to have struggled financially as a result of the...

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Pleasure review – bold, explicit and ambitious LA porn drama

T he observational eye of Pleasure, an ambitious Sundance debut by the Swedish film-maker...

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Dolly Parton turned down presidential medal of freedom twice from Trump

Dolly Parton twice turned down the highest US civilian honour when Donald Trump offered it – but...

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Eurozone on course for double-dip recession

The eurozone is on course for a double-dip recession after the second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic...

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California prison transfer led to dozens of deaths and endangered thousands – state watchdog

A hastily executed transfer of nearly 200 people in California’s prison system set off a...

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Covid mortality down dramatically since start of pandemic, study finds

Death rates among people who end up in intensive care with Covid-19 have improved dramatically...

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Teenager emerging from 10-month coma has no knowledge of pandemic

A teenager who is emerging from a 10-month long coma has no knowledge of the coronavirus pandemic...

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Football must address economic fallout caused by Covid-19 crisis

W e do not need a wise seer to understand the portents for football of a January transfer...

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Monoclonal antibodies: 'great hope' in Covid treatments fails against variants

The great hope for drug treatments against Covid-19 – the monoclonal antibodies – are failing...

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Single dose of AstraZeneca vaccine could cut transmission by 67%

One dose of the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine provides sustained protection against Covid for at least...

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Women criticise release of private messages about Alex Salmond inquiry

A group of women who discussed allegations of sexual assault by Alex Salmond have attacked the...

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Capt Sir Tom Moore dies at 100 after testing positive for Covid

The Queen has led tributes to Capt Sir Tom Moore, the second world war veteran who raised almost ...

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A year after Johnson’s swaggering Greenwich speech, 100,000 dead

I t was announced last week, to nobody’s excitement, that Sir Kenneth Branagh will...

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Hundreds arrested at anti-lockdown protests in Brussels, Budapest and Vienna

Police have dispersed or detained hundreds of protesters against Covid-19 lockdowns in Hungary,...

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Biden more likely to bypass Republicans on Covid stimulus aid after lowball offer

Republicans senators made a lowball offer on Sunday to cooperate with the Biden administration on a...

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The Guardian view on Labour's advance: halted but not reversed

Being leader of the opposition during a national crisis is probably the worst job in politics. The...

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The History of Sketch Comedy review – Keegan-Michael Key's love letter to laughter

“T he sexy dangerous first cousin of standup,” Keegan-Michael Key calls sketch...

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Daily record as 600,000 people in the UK receive Covid jabs on Saturday

Almost 600,000 people in the UK were vaccinated against Covid-19 on Saturday, a daily record for...

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NHS 'putting lives at risk' by not recording patients who miss Covid vaccination

The NHS has been warned it is putting lives at risk after the service admitted it was not...

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Government faces more pressure to extend £20-a-week Covid top-up

The government has come under renewed pressure from Tory backbenchers to extend the £20-a-week...

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‘That hurricane is coming’: expert warns US to brace for virulent Covid strain

A leading infectious disease expert predicted on Sunday that the deadlier British variant of Covid...

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Captain Sir Tom Moore admitted to hospital with coronavirus

Captain Sir Tom Moore has tested positive for Covid-19 and has been admitted to hospital where he...

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Covid could cost children £350bn in earnings due to lost learning, says IFS

Today’s children face losing £350bn in lifetime earnings unless the UK’s governments...

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NHS will take months to return to normal in England, says hospitals boss

The NHS in England will take “months” to return to normal service after the Covid crisis is...

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‘We were so scared’: Four people who faced the horror of Aids in the 80s

I t can take a long time for society to see the past clearly. In the case of the HIV/Aids...

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Jeremy Farrar: Until we are all safe, no one is safe. Covid is a global problem

T he world has entered a year which will be far less predictable in its outcomes than the...

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My grandma's survival in America defied all odds. Then Covid stole her from us

A few days before Christmas, I dropped groceries at my grandma Debbie’s door and stood in the...

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What's the difference between all the Covid vaccines?

Pfizer/BioNTech Approved in UK, EU and US Type Synthetic mRNA vaccine made from...

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Roaring 20s: fashion world predicts post-Covid boom

As the number of fashion retailers closing down continues to rise, emptying at the highest rate...

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Much of Western Australia goes into five-day lockdown after hotel guard tests positive to UK Covid variant

Western Australia has imposed a five-day lockdown in metropolitan Perth, the Peel region and the...

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Covid stress ‘driving hundreds of childcare workers to quit profession'

A fifth of all nursery and early years staff are considering leaving the sector amid warnings that...

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Israel holds all the cards on the West Bank – it should vaccinate everyone

I t is an ordinary morning: I’m on my way from Jerusalem, where I live, to the centre...

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The vaccines are safe. We would urge all minority groups to get one

L ast week, we reached the sombre milestone of 100,000 Covid-19 deaths in the UK. Every...

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I'm an NHS consultant anaesthetist. I see the terror in my Covid patients' eyes

I ’m not ready,” the patient implores me through her CPAP [continuous positive airway...

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There is a way to make this government face justice over the Covid tragedy

C harlie Williams lost his father to Covid-19 early in the pandemic, when he succumbed to...

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Rugby Australia makes surprise offer to host Lions series against South Africa

Hopes that the British & Irish Lions Tests against South Africa could take place this northern...

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What trashy novels taught me about life

I t was the covers that first drew me in. Four children staring out in fear seemingly...

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‘Making our home safe again’: meet the women who clear land mines

A s a child, Hana Khider dreamed of Sinjar. Born and brought up in Syria, she remembers...

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DVLA managers 'failed to understand severity' of deadly Covid outbreak

The government agency responsible for the country’s largest workplace outbreak initially failed...

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Negative interest rates would not help Covid economy, Bank of England told

Cutting the UK’s official interest rate below zero would fail to boost Britain’s Covid-stricken...

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Why is Newcastle so good at Covid-19 vaccinations?

I t is 11am at the Newcastle Eagles basketball arena, and the queue for the car park is...

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'The best advert for Brexit': European press reacts to EU Covid vaccine row

Many EU countries may have more than enough to deal with domestically – from surging Covid cases...

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The Greeks had a word for it … until now, as language is deluged by English terms

Usually, Professor Georgios Babiniotis would take pride in the fact that the Greek word â€...

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Patients in limbo after cancelled cancer surgery as Covid delays NHS care

Patients have told of their pain and fear after having potentially life-saving surgery cancelled...

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Why has Germany advised against Oxford/AstraZeneca jab for over-65s?

German authorities have advised that the Oxford/AstraZeneca jab should not be given to those aged...

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Gerry Cottle obituary

For half a century from 1970 onwards, the circus impresario and showman Gerry Cottle, who has died...

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UK healthcare staff: have you been affected by people who think Covid is a hoax?

We’d like to hear from NHS staff and healthcare staff about who’ve been affected by any actions...

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Tell us: are you an older person who has not yet received the vaccine?

According to NHS England, over 2.5 million people aged 80 and over have now received their first...

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Nancy Sinatra: 'I'll never forgive Trump voters. I hope the anger doesn't kill me'

N ancy Sinatra has one of the most famous surnames in America, but she has struggled to...

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Summer of Soul review – thrilling documentary reveals a forgotten festival

T here’s a moment so striking and rich with power at the center of Ahmir â€...

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'Price gouging from Covid': student ebooks costing up to 500% more than in print

Librarians at UK universities say students’ reading lists for this term are being torn up because...

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What can moral philosophy tell us about the Covid 'vaccine nationalism' row?

I n normal times, a row between the EU, the UK and a private company over the timely...

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A year ago on Reddit I suggested investing in GameStop. But I never expected this

J ust over a year ago, I published some thoughts on r/WallStreetBets (WSB), a Reddit forum...

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History suggests we may forget the pandemic sooner than we think

O ne day this will all be over. That’s hard to believe now, when even this month seems...

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'It was a misuse of power': how screen sex scenes have been forced to change

Once ubiquitous, the screen sex scene is in deep trouble. Keira Knightley, star of Misbehaviour,...

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In the Same Breath review – Nanfu Wang's shattering Covid-19 documentary

W hile life ground to a halt for just about everyone in 2020, Nanfu Wang had a most...

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Scotland's draft budget fails to tackle challenge of Covid, say critics

The Scottish government’s draft budget “bakes in inequality”, according to campaigners and...

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Teesside 'buzzing' that Novavax vaccine will be made there

The legend “made on Teesside” has a long and proud history, with everything from the Sydney...

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Everyday Covid mistakes we are all still making

Covid-19 infections in the UK are reducing but remain stubbornly high, despite a month of lockdown...

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Priti Patel suggests fire at Kent asylum seeker site started deliberately

The home secretary, Priti Patel, has suggested that a fire at a former military barracks used to...

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New York Times 'disciplined' top Covid reporter accused of using racial slurs

The New York Times has confirmed the paper investigated and “disciplined” its high-profile...

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Keep Covid rescue programmes or risk triggering stock market crash, warns IMF

Governments and central banks must maintain their pandemic rescue programmes or risk triggering a...

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Hinkley Point C costs may rise by £500m on back of Covid crisis

The Covid-19 pandemic could delay construction of the Hinkley Point C nuclear reactor by six months...

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'I am in the lucky group': Johanna Konta reflects on Australian Open quarantine

Johanna Konta knows she is one of the lucky ones as the end of the British No 1’s quarantine...

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Why has the EU been so slow to roll out a Covid vaccination programme?

F or the European Union, the rapid rollout of Covid-19 vaccines is critical to save lives...

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It's clearer than ever that Johnson and Sunak are critically unsuited to this moment

W hat does it take to get Rishi Sunak to act with some urgency? The number of people who...

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How worried should we be about the new Covid variants?

T he recent announcement that the Covid variant first detected in the south of England...

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Britney Spears: how her fans made me feel lucky to be alive

I have been a Britney Spears fan for more than two-thirds of my life. Raised on Top of...

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'A huge loss': tributes to victims of the UK's Covid second wave

T he number of lives lost with Covid-19 recorded on the death certificate in the UK has...

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‘You’d see him barbecuing in the sun’: Bernard Cherrington, died aged 79, of Covid-19

R eggae music, food and gardening: these were Bernard Cherrington’s great loves. He...

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‘She dreamed about giving the poor their own land’: Orita Godoy, died aged 75, of Covid-19

O rita Godoy was born poor in Chile and raised by her grandmother after her parents...

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Here are five ways the government could have avoided 100,000 Covid deaths

Y esterday Britain passed a grim milestone. A further 1,631 deaths from Covid-19 were...

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CPS denies major change in rape charging policy despite falling rates

The Crown Prosecution Service has denied making major changes to its approach to charging rape, at...

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TV set where BBC gangster drama Peaky Blinders is filmed is converted into a mass Covid vaccination centre

A Victorian museum made famous as the set of the hit TV gangster series Peaky Blinders has now been...

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'No system is perfect': Siouxsie Wiles on New Zealand's fight against Covid complacency

On Christmas morning, Siouxsie Wiles got a call from her father-in-law. He he had woken up feeling...

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Boohoo buying Debenhams: a changing of the guard in retail

T he symbolism is stark: a venerable 243-year-old department store chain acquired by a 15...

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UK teachers and parents: Share your experience of education during the second Covid wave

With vulnerable and key worker children in school, but other students learning remotely, education...

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Suede: how the androgynous indie pioneers gave me pride in my bisexuality

I was late to the Suede party, only getting into the band when they released snotty pop...

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Mexico president rebuked for careless response to Covid after testing positive

Mexico’s president, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, declared at the weekend that his country was...

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Xi Jinping warns of 'new cold war' if US keeps up protectionism

China’s president, Xi Jinping, has sent out a warning to Joe Biden that he risks a new cold war...

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Keira Knightley: I won't shoot any more sex scenes directed by men

Keira Knightley has expressed her discomfort with shooting intimate scenes, saying that she will no...

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Man, 19, who groomed and murdered schoolboy jailed for life

A 19-year-old man who groomed and then beat a schoolboy to death in some woods in Cheshire has been...

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Paula Badosa slams 'lamentable' quarantine conditions before Australian Open

Spanish tennis player Paula Badosa has described her extended period of quarantine ahead of the...

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The Guardian view on calls to reopen schools: a dangerous distraction

The coronavirus situation in the UK could hardly be more serious, with more than 1,000 deaths a day...

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The Tory fixation on wokeness is all about division. Labour must build bridges instead

I never thought I’d miss the 2010s, but I do have some nostalgia for them. At least...

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'It's a struggle': three teachers on remote learning and returning to school

The prime minister’s spokesperson has announced that schools are not expected to fully reopen...

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Thérèse Coffey's Zoom walkout leaves even Piers Morgan lost for words

T hérèse Coffey is normally a glass half-full kind of minister. Sent out to do the...

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Katie Price: Harvey and Me review – a candid portrait of mother and son

“H alf of them keep him alive,” says the woman matter-of-factly as she shakes...

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Meera Syal and Moeen Ali star in video urging BAME people to take vaccine

Actors Adil Ray and Meera Syal, cricketer Moeen Ali and comedian Romesh Ranganathan are among...

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Covid linked to risk of mental illness and brain disorder, study suggests

One in eight people who have had Covid-19 are diagnosed with their first psychiatric or...

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Why are people still flying into the UK despite Covid rules?

In scenes last week labelled “incredibly worrying”, row upon row of travellers queued for...

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Wuhan doctor: China authorities stopped me sounding alarm on Covid

A doctor from the Wuhan hospital hit hardest by the Covid-19 epidemic has said he and colleagues...

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Now for the nudes: thousands turn to online life drawing

Sam Cowley, 41, had just come out of rehab for alcohol addiction when lockdown was imposed in March...

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Sworn enemies: the real story of Old Bailey clash that ruined Oscar Wilde

He was the brilliant lawyer whose brutal 1895 cross-examination of Oscar Wilde in one of the most...

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Deborah Birx 'always' considered quitting Trump coronavirus taskforce

Dr Deborah Birx, White House coronavirus task force co-ordinator under Donald Trump, “always”...

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Kenneth Branagh to play Boris Johnson in TV drama about Covid crisis

Sir Kenneth Branagh will play Boris Johnson in a TV drama about the prime minister’s handling of...

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Welsh Tory leader quits after drinking during Covid alcohol ban

The leader of the Conservatives in the Welsh parliament has quit after he was seen drinking in the...

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Mourn Gary Matthews and recognise that Covid conspiracies endanger life

G ary Matthews fell headlong into a subterranean world haunted by vicious fantasies. But...

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The Observer view on government support for low-paid to halt spread of Covid-19

Exactly a year after the Chinese city of Wuhan went into the world’s first coronavirus lockdown,...

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Listen to NHS trust leaders. We know it is too soon to loosen Covid restrictions

T hroughout the pandemic, NHS trust leaders have argued for appropriate restrictions on...

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Australian Open: quarantined Dayana Yastremska loses bid to lift doping ban

Quarantined tennis star Dayana Yastremska’s arrival in Australia has come under fire again after...

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After Covid, will digital learning be the new normal?

H istory is likely to record that Britain’s teachers were better prepared for Covid-19...

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UK bosses set up IT systems to track Covid vaccine status of staff

Employers are creating vaccine databases of their workers to track who has been inoculated against...

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‘I feel like I’m failing’: Parents’ stress rises over home schooling in Covid lockdown

Teachers are expecting parents to do more home schooling with their primary-age children this...

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I’ve had my first vaccine jab. It gives me hope of liberation... but not yet

I marked a grim anniversary in an unexpected manner last week. On 18 January last year, I...

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New Zealand records first Covid community case in two months

A 56-year-old woman has tested positive for Covid-19 in New Zealand, after being released from...

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'We will go after aggressors': France to tighten incest laws, vows Macron

France will tighten its laws on incest, the president, Emmanuel Macron, said in a series of tweets...

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Has losing your sense of taste or smell because of Covid affected your work?

Does your job rely on a sense of taste or smell? We are looking to speak to people whose careers...

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Kamala Harris's Indian uncle plans US visit amid global celebrations for VP

Kamala Harris’s Indian uncle plans to visit the United States to congratulate her once he...

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Two suicide bombers kill at least 32 shoppers in Baghdad

Two suicide bombers have killed at least 32 people and wounded more than 100 at a Baghdad market,...

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Jesuit order in Spain apologises for decades of sexual abuse by members

The Jesuit order in Spain has admitted that 81 children and 21 adults have been sexually abused by...

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Firm linked to Tory donor Lord Ashcroft wins £350m Covid contract

A company linked to the Conservative party donor and former treasurer Lord Ashcroft has been...

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Dominic Thiem denies players are getting special treatment in Adelaide

Dominic Thiem, the US Open champion and world No 3, has denied the top players are receiving a...

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Tokyo Olympics: Covid putting 'real pressure' on Japan, says Australia PM amid cancellation rumours

The pandemic is placing “real pressure” on preparations for the Tokyo Olympics, the Australian...

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We're about to see a wave of long Covid. When will ministers take it seriously?

P erhaps to a greater extent than at any point since the first world war, we find that our...

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The UK has record death tolls, yet still the government has no clear Covid strategy

B ack in April 2020, I wrote of my despair that so many people were desperately ill and...

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Glastonbury 2021 officially cancelled due to Covid pandemic

Glastonbury 2021 is officially cancelled, the festival’s organisers have announced. “With...

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Union stopped firefighters helping with Covid effort, say inspectors

The union representing firefighters hampered efforts to deploy the emergency service into...

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It's a sweet relief to be vaccinated – but it's not a return to normality

A ge brings few benefits, as far as I can see: not wisdom, not virtue, nor serenity. But...

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Biden warns Covid will 'get worse before it gets better' as he unveils strategy

Joe Biden began his first full day as president confronting a host of major crises facing his...

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Burberry's European sales slump but Marcus Rashford ads widen appeal

Burberry has reported a near 40% drop in sales in European markets on the back of store closures...

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Annika Sörenstam defends accepting award from Donald Trump

An unrepentant Annika Sörenstam has defended her right to receive the presidential medal of...

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Covid forces Super League to shrink fixtures and switch Magic Weekend

The 2021 Super League season will operate with a reduced schedule while the Magic Weekend and...

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UK proves world-beating at Covid deaths and prioritising profit

O n the day that the UK took poll position in the number of deaths per capita in the...

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Food to go? Covid threatens Hyderabad's famous street food carts

O n a normal working day, Venkateshwara Rao would be ready by 4pm, stationed on the...

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'Verify before you amplify': the BAME activists fighting Covid myths

Sitting in his usual spot, in front of a rainbow-coloured brick wall, Shukeel Chohan gets...

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Van Morrison to start legal action over Northern Ireland Covid ban on live music

Van Morrison will challenge the Northern Irish government in court over its “blanket ban” on...

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Has your care home been badly affected by coronavirus?

UK care homes have been badly affected by Covid-19 and we’d like to hear from managers and...

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My life in sex: the 32 year-old man who only fancies older women

“S ome day, you’ll make an older woman very happy,” said one sixtysomething woman I...

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US indie musician Ariel Pink accused of abusing ex-girlfriend

US indie musician Ariel Pink has been accused of physically, sexually and emotionally abusing...

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Vive l'indifférence! Netflix's Room 2806 exposes France's #MeToo apathy

M ost people will have only the haziest recollection of the fallout that occurred after...

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Pope’s adviser says Covid has highlighted ‘existential’ climate risk

The pope’s newly appointed scientific adviser said the coronavirus pandemic has forced world...

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Two French police linked to violent arrest of black man may only get reprimands

A police disciplinary board in France is reported to have recommended that two officers involved in...

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The Gym Group reports 48% revenue fall under Covid lockdowns

The Gym Group, one of Britain’s largest operators of low-cost gyms, has opened talks with lenders...

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Grant Shapps indicates lorry drivers can enter France with rapid Covid test

British lorry drivers crossing the Channel to France will be exempt from requiring a PCR...

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Covid crisis prompts financial fears for those organising funerals

A third of people organising a funeral in the UK because of Covid-19 found meeting the costs caused...

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Premier League chief calls on players to practise safe celebrations in training

Clubs should practise celebrating goals safely in training to “get the hang of it”, the Premier...

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How Ireland's second wave of Covid got so bad, so fast

I reland recently made the headlines all over the world – for the wrong reason. We had...

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Trump may be gone, but his big lie will linger. Here’s how we can fight it

T he truth hurts, but lies kill. The past 12 months have demonstrated that with a...

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America is broken, so we asked some of its greatest minds how they would fix it

America has some big problems that need fixing. The last year laid bare hard truths: about...

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FTSE 100 has worst week since October as fears rise over Covid fallout

The FTSE 100 has recorded its worst week since late October as concerns increased about the...

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Sexual abuse by aid workers in poorer countries is STILL going on three years after the Oxfam Haiti scandal, MPs are told

Sexual abuse of women in poorer countries by aid workers has got worse during the coronavirus...

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Mass trial of repurposed MS drug that 'cuts number of Covid patients suffering serious illness by 80 per cent' begins at hospital in Hull

Scientists believe they have found an inhaler (pictured) that blocks coronavirus from progressing...

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Italy facing political crisis after ex-PM withdraws party from coalition

Italy has been plunged into chaos after former prime minister Matteo Renzi withdrew his Italia Viva...

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'Inexcusable, a disgrace': Fifa's damning verdict on Yves Jean-Bart

The shocking scale of sexual abuse allegations at Haiti’s national football centre has been...

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Asos turnaround shows Covid has been kind to online retailers

I t’s amazing now to recall that stock market investors initially thought lockdowns...

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Boris Johnson: a defensive man with much to be defensive about

F or the last few days, the Commons has been unusually tranquil, with ministers and MPs...

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Covid lockdown in UK prompts sales surge at Lidl and Just Eat

Lockdown living has driven a surge in demand at Lidl and the food courier Just Eat, with both...

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Covid: officials underestimated number of rough sleepers in England needing help

The number of rough sleepers identified for emergency help during the coronavirus pandemic was...

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EDWARD LUCAS: The evidence points to a Covid-19 cover-up... but the truth can't be hidden for ever

Secrets, lies and thuggery are the hallmark of the Chinese Communist regime. And in the mystery of...

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Stop this shameless attack on our judicial sovereignty: RUTH SUNDERLAND on why we must block the extradition of British tech tycoon Mike Lynch

Dr Mike Lynch is that rarest of rare birds: a super-successful British tech entrepreneur.  ...

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'The horror stories are countless': inside the LA hospital at the center of the Covid crisis

H usbands and wives, twin brothers in their 20s, parents and their children. Family...

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Smacking children may have lasting impact, research suggests

Smacking children and harsh parenting could have a long-lasting impact on a child’s mental health...

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France will play opening Six Nations game but others to depend on Covid

The Six Nations will be able to start on time but whether it is played to a finish on time hinges...

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What's as scary as Covid? The fact our leaders still have no plan to control it

H ere’s the chilling, remarkable thing that should be inscribed on everyone’s minds:...

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Caroline Quentin on phone hacking and therapy: ‘I’m not dragging a carcass of misery’

C aroline Quentin had never watched Strictly Come Dancing before she agreed to appear on...

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China sees biggest daily Covid tally since July as WHO prepares to fly in

China has recorded the highest one-day case total in more than five months, according to the...

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Christian persecution rises as people refused aid in Covid crisis – report

Persecution of Christians around the world has increased during the Covid pandemic, with followers...

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Hospital patients to be sent to hotels to free up beds for critical Covid cases

Thousands of hospital patients are to be discharged early to hotels or their own homes to free up...

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'Broken and defeated': UK university students on the impact of Covid rules

W ith much of the focus in recent weeks on schools, UK university students have reported...

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I am in my 60s and dating men in their 40s. The sex is great – so why do I feel guilty?

I am a divorced woman in her 60s who has recently dated a couple of men in their 40s. I...

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Young adult books roundup – review

A ngie Thomas returns to the world of her award-winning debut The Hate U Give in one of...

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Celtic draw with Hibs despite 13 players isolating after positive Covid-19 test

Celtic’s home Scottish Premiership match with Hibernian went ahead on Monday night last night...

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Premiership announces two-week break amid Covid variant fears

Premiership Rugby announced a two-week break on Monday night in a move that risks the anger of...

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In these grim times we all need a saviour and right now it is Chris Whitty

C ometh the hour, cometh the man. In these exceptionally grim times we’re all – Boris...

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Can my landlord force me to let in potential buyers during lockdown?

Q My landlord has put my flat up for sale and he says that once the sale has gone through, I’ll...

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Super-dry: 10 non-alcoholic cocktails to make at home – from a hot buttered pineapple to a dirty martini

T raditionally, January is a time of reining it in; of attempting to atone for a month of...

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Bring back Samantha! Can Sex and the City work without its greatest character?

Name: Samantha. Age: 64. Not your 64. Hollywood 64. Call it 48. Appearance: No. What do...

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Case of manatee with 'Trump' etched into back under investigation

Federal wildlife officials in Florida are reportedly seeking information on the perpetrators of an...

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Turkish televangelist sentenced to 1,075 years for sex crimes

A Turkish court has sentenced a Muslim televangelist who surrounded himself with scantily clad...

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Chinese nuclear firm told it must resolve Bradwell safety issues

The Environment Agency has told the Chinese nuclear developer behind plans to build a new reactor...

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Australian Open qualifiers halted mid-match to tell player he had Covid-19

Denis Kudla has been rushed into quarantine at the Australian Open qualifying event in Doha after...

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With a government this bad in charge of the UK during Covid, how do we respond?

I ’m not often amazed by Any Answers?, since it’s a Radio 4 phone-in, and I can...

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After an unrelenting year, stressed-out NHS staff deserve more than a clap

O ver the course of this pandemic, I have thought a lot about parallel lives. Back in the...

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The Guardian view on Covid's widening gaps: the rich are getting richer

For speculators, the cryptocurrency party was just starting. At the beginning of the year one...

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Could Boris Johnson be eyeing another snap election? Don't bet against it

I n this bleak, discontented midwinter, amid the roll call of Covid deaths, lockdown...

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Heritage park plan aims to bring Merthyr Tydfil's history to life

R ecent history has not been kind to Merthyr Tydfil. The decline of the sprawling...

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Malaysia declares Covid state of emergency amid political turmoil

Malaysia’s king has declared a months-long national state of emergency one day before a strict...

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WHO experts: Covid mission is not about finger pointing at China

When the scientists on the World Health Organization’s mission to research the origins of Covid...

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Share your experience of delivering the Covid vaccine in the UK

With Boris Johnson attempting to deliver 13.9 million coronavirus vaccines by mid-February, the NHS...

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On the road to nowhere: has the shine worn off the home workout?

I f Britney can get through 2007, you can get up this hill!” My quads are burning. Sweat...

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The Lion King's syrupy songs make me want to throw my screening device to the hyenas

E llen Leabeater: Calla, I hate 1994 movie The Lion King. Is my heart made of tin? Yes. I...

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Call My Agent's Camille Cottin: 'Don’t we need culture more than we need shopping?'

“I bought a few sheep during lockdown. Nobody told me they’d eat all my plants....

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A Bowie Celebration review – a starry tribute concert for a mind-blowing talent

“H e’ll be remembered like Beethoven, in a hundred years’ time,”...

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Harry and Meghan reported to have quit social media

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have reportedly abandoned social media as they focus on their new...

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Organisers working to convince French that Six Nations can go ahead safely

Six Nations organisers are striving to convince the French government the championship can go ahead...

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Covid has pushed pop culture into nostalgia. It's time for something new

A decade ago it was fashionable to be concerned that the future was on hold. Where were...

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The Guardian view on the NHS: careless cuts cost lives

The strain on the NHS is unprecedented. Within a few weeks, hospitals across the country expect to...

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Pauline at the Beach: sex and fraught romance under the hot French sun

I n the films of late New Wave director Éric Rohmer, the summer holiday is a site for...

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Festivals, holidays, Euro 2020… will summer's big events still go ahead?

A s Covid-19 cases rise across the world, hopes that life could get back to some semblance...

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Does vitamin D combat Covid?

I n March, as coronavirus deaths in the UK began to mount, two hospitals in northeast...

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Salim Abdool Karim: 'None of us are safe from Covid if one of us is not. We have mutual interdependence'

T he epidemiologist Salim Abdool Karim could be considered South Africa’s Anthony Fauci....

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Calls to escalate English lockdown amid fears one in five may have had Covid

Ministers were under pressure on Sunday night to escalate the current lockdown in England amid...

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The Cabins: ITV's new dating show is more than a Love Island knockoff

G iven how 2020 panned out, the bar for 2021 to prove itself marginally better is pretty...

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Why 2021 is the year of 'protection'

T his year, if we are lucky, will be all about “protection”, specifically the amount...

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Teacher died in freak Cornish paddleboard accident, inquest told

A teacher taking a seaside break as he recovered from the impact of Covid-19 died in a freak...

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FA Cup third round: 10 things to look out for this weekend

1) Should the third round be played at all this weekend? Chorley’s home tie against Derby...

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Why has Britain become numb to the horror of deaths caused by incompetence?

S hockability is a primal quality. Lose that, and you lose all humanity. Latest figures...

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Robert Webb: 'The doctor said my heart was about to fail. That got my attention'

R obert Webb is talking, rather casually, about how he almost died during the making of...

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There's no blaming studio interference for the disappointment that was Wonder Woman 1984

F or a studio that prides itself on letting directors get on with the job, Warner Bros...

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Global report: Asia-Pacific countries toughen Covid curbs as cases grow

Coronavirus is surging again in countries across the Asia-Pacific region, forcing states of...

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Arrivals to UK will need to show a negative Covid test before entry

International travellers will need to show a negative Covid-19 test before being allowed into the...

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Boris Johnson's lockdown rebels have gone quiet. But it won't be for long

W hen Boris Johnson addressed his party this week on a Zoom call, it had all the makings...

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Stephen Akpabio-Klementowski: I educated myself in prison and changed my story

Stephen Akpabio-Klementowski says Covid-19 has “severely impacted” the UK’s prison system. ...

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Could a deadly pig virus transform Germany’s fixation on 'cheap meat'?

I t was the stench of the wild boar’s carcass that first caught the rambler’s...

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British BAME men's mental health suffers most in Covid crisis

The mental health of men from BAME backgrounds has been hardest hit by the coronavirus crisis, a...

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Let's all meet up in the year 3000! Inside the immersive Doctor Who: Time Fracture

‘This entire year for live arts has been a real one step forward, two steps back process,” says...

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Greek churches open for Epiphany despite coronavirus lockdown

It was not the sight that public health officials welcomed, but one by one they came. By 6.30am,...

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China stalls WHO mission to investigate origins of coronavirus

China has attempted to downplay concerns over its refusal to authorise a fact-finding mission to...

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Grenfell Tower inquiry suspended because of Covid

The Grenfell Tower public inquiry has been suspended until at least next month, due to rising Covid...

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Without a long-term plan, Rishi Sunak risks wrecking Britain's economy

T he government’s response to Covid has been one of political brinkmanship. It dithered...

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Britain could be mass-producing its Covid shot. Shame we junked our industrial base

E verything now hinges on a vaccine: how many more Britons die, whether the NHS finally...

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Guardian readers: the 10 funniest things (on the internet) this past year – according to you!

1. Mask, Gloves, Soap, Scrubs by Todrick Hall Todrick Hall’s Covid cover of his own song,...

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IOC seeks Covid vaccines for athletes in second wave so Olympics can go ahead

The International Olympic Committee is working on ways to get athletes the coronavirus jab in the...

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British army recruits rise as Covid seems to act as 'rallying cry'

The British army says it is on track to meet its annual recruitment target for only the second time...

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Covid: scale of emergency facing UK laid bare as 1,000 die in 24 hours

The scale of the health emergency now facing the UK was laid bare on Wednesday night as figures...

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Rishi Sunak builds bridge to post-Covid UK – but will it stand up?

Throughout the pandemic, bridge building has been a favourite metaphor of Rishi Sunak to describe...

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As parts of UK enter third Covid lockdown, how does rest of Europe compare?

After a brief and partial relaxation of the rules over Christmas and New Year, many continental...

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Covid vaccinations: slow start around world brings dose of reality

T he global introduction of newly approved coronavirus vaccines has been marked by delays,...

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Now that I am 86, have I lost the ability to orgasm for ever?

I am an 86-year old man who has enjoyed a good sex life. But last week I suddenly found I could not...

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How Promising Young Woman shows the limits of #MeToo revenge

Promising Young Woman, writer/director Emerald Fennell’s acidic dark comedy which coats an...

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High-profile French political scientist accused of sexually abusing stepson

Olivier Duhamel, one of France’s most high-profile political scientists and media commentators,...

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Women's tennis stars cautious as 2021 season starts inside fragile bubble

I n regular times, the first days of the tennis season are moments of unfiltered...

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Rishi Sunak, give business a long-term Covid plan now

T hanks for the latest £4.6bn support package, chancellor, but when will you be serving...

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Another lockdown was inevitable. We have to get this one right

A third lockdown for England was inevitable. Pressure on the NHS is growing as it deals...

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‘A lifetime of torture’: the story of the woman Trump is rushing to execute

L isa Montgomery’s first experiences of sexual abuse occurred indirectly when she was...

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Grammy awards postponed weeks before ceremony over Covid concerns

The 2021 Grammy awards will be postponed after a steady increase in Covid-19 cases in California. ...

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Life without Covid: the nations that have sidestepped the pandemic so far

For all of its virulence, for all the breathtaking speed with which it spread seemingly everywhere...

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Canada: politicians punished for holiday travel despite Covid warnings

Seven members of Alberta’s provincial government have been punished for taking vacations outside...

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Italian government under pressure over economic recovery plan

The fate of the Italian government hangs in the balance this week amid a confrontation between the...

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Inflatable costume may have caused Covid outbreak at California hospital

An inflatable costume worn on Christmas to cheer up patients is being investigated as the possible...

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The Guardian view on Boris Johnson: forever behind the Covid curve

Last March, as the public clamour for stricter measures to combat the spread of Covid-19 became...

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To predict government policy, listen to Boris and wait for the opposite

I n hindsight, the clues were there for everyone to see. Last week, the government forced...

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What Scotland’s new Covid-19 lockdown restrictions mean

Scotland’s first minister, Nicola Sturgeon, has announced that most of the country except the...

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Let's hope these tests aren't cancelled too! England's secondary schools and colleges receive packs of 1,000 Covid swab kits as rapid-testing drive begins

All England's secondary schools and colleges today received up to 1,000 Covid tests to get children...

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The lack of honesty over school closures in England has eroded what little trust was left

S chools are not a battleground between parents and teachers, or unions and politicians....

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Doctors are our frontline against Covid. Now they lead the fight against its deniers, too

It was a few weeks before Christmas when reports first emerged from Italy of doctors being abused,...

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If the pandemic taught us anything, it is that 'care' has to be central to politics

A s we reflect on 2020, many tell us that it was a lost year, a year to forget. That’s...

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Covid has exposed how incompetent the British state is, from top to bottom

C ome the day of reckoning, who gets blamed? No one could call this week’s reopening of...

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US Covid hospitalizations at record high as Fauci warns 'it will likely get worse'

US hospitalizations from Covid-19 were at a record high on Sunday, at 125,544, as hospitals...

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Exam board drops only black composer from music A-level syllabus

The only black composer has been dropped from the syllabus of a popular A-level music exam from...

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Covid pandemic drives 163% rise in restaurant job losses in UK in 2020

UK restaurants and casual dining firms recorded almost 30,000 job losses in 2020 as the Covid-19...

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Suga considers new state of emergency for Tokyo amid Covid resurgence

Japan’s prime minister, Yoshihide Suga, has said the government is considering declaring a state...

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I’ve retired and my sex drive has fallen. I’m letting my wife down

The dilemma My wife and I have had a good marriage, share interests and have wonderful...

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Liverpool's acting mayor calls for national coronavirus lockdown

The acting mayor of Liverpool has called for a national lockdown amid rising numbers of Covid-19...

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Talking Horses: Julie Harrington must make cutting basic errors a BHA focus

B ack in the days before the Grand National fences had their fangs filed down a bit, the...

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Jo Stevens: outpouring of support for MP in hospital with Covid

Politicians from across the political divide have sent best wishes to the Labour MP and shadow...

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Analysis: is it wise for England to mix and match Covid vaccines?

The UK is setting the pace around the world in the approval and use of Covid vaccines but, while...

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My travel dream for 2021: top 12 readers’ tips

Winning tip: A perfect ’stan Covid willing, we’ll be heading to Kyrgyzstan. Itâ€...

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Russell T Davies: ‘I looked away for years. Finally, I have put Aids at the centre of a drama’

T here are things I can’t say here. Men I dare not name. The first man I ever had sex...

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Man and teenager charged with murder of 83-year-old in Essex

A 16-year-old boy and a 28-year-old man have been charged with the murder of a pensioner who was...

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The Observer view on information about the rollout of the Covid vaccine

Tomorrow, Britain will witness an extraordinary moment in its grim struggle to limit the...

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Covid has made 'voice notes' the perfect way to stay connected

A s the pandemic transformed the world in 2020, we leaned further into our reliance on...

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The world in 2021 – how global politics will change this year

A potent mix of hope and fear accompanies the start of 2021 in most of the world....

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Why is Britain delaying second doses of Covid vaccines?

Why have health officials decided to delay giving second doses of Covid-19 vaccines?According to...

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‘It makes me want to cry’: voices of hospital staff on the Covid frontline

Pushpo Hossain Junior doctorPushpo Hossain is in the eye of the capital’s Covid storm....

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The Oxford Covid jab is delivered this week. But when will vaccines bring results?

People in Britain are set to get their first shots of the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine on Monday,...

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'The Covid world became overwhelming, but help is out there': young people on mental health

When Lucas emerged from hospital the world had changed. It was late March and the 19-year-old was...

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Irish state broadcaster apologises over TV comedy depicting God as rapist

Ireland’s state broadcaster, RTÉ, has apologised after an outcry over a television comedy sketch...

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Edinburgh zoo may have to send giant pandas back to China

Edinburgh zoo’s giant pandas may have to return to China next year at the end of its 10-year...

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Youth organisations in England face wholesale closure

England faces a wholesale closure of youth organisations, leaving a generation of vulnerable young...

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Finding time for creativity will give you respite from worries

W hen the first lockdown began in March, my son developed a persistent cough. I was...

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California crash: seven children killed in head-on collision

Seven children and two adult drivers were killed in a head-on collision between an SUV and a pickup...

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My naughty cousin Catie Lazarus was the funniest woman in any room – how I’ll miss her

M y cousin Catie Lazarus died last month. She was 44. No, not from Covid – the other...

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There’s a darker side to English businesses citing Magna Carta to defy lockdown

A s someone who writes about online culture, I spend a fair bit of time researching the...

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For psychologists, the pandemic has shown people’s capacity for cooperation

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Covid-19 changed many things. It should change housing policy too

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More students choose local universities as Covid pandemic rages

More final-year pupils than ever before are applying to local universities so that they can study...

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'We'll emerge leaner and more efficient': Covid's impact on business

The year 2020 was tumultuous for businesses of all sizes, and companies from FTSE giants to sole...

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US braces for post-holiday Covid surge as death toll passes 350,000

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Boris Johnson would lose majority and seat in election tomorrow – poll

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Larry King, TV chatshow veteran, in hospital with coronavirus – reports

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‘I yowl like a leopard’: Guardian readers’ lockdown fitness tips

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'A spoilt brat country': the Australians overseas who decided not to come home

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Why DC's move to the small screen could be great

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Trump looks back and Biden looks ahead in contrasting new year messages

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Alexander Wang denies 'grotesquely false' sexual assault claims

The American fashion designer Alexander Wang has denied “grotesquely false” allegations of...

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Most new and expectant mothers feel more anxious due to Covid, finds survey

Nearly half of new and expectant mothers feel anxious or nervous, while more than three quarters...

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Liverpool mayor Joe Anderson withdraws from elections

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The Guardian view on liberal Christians: is this their moment?

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Joe Root insists Covid cases would not end England tour of Sri Lanka

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To exhausted healthcare workers like me, Covid conspiracies are a kick in the teeth

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Dr Anthony Fauci says US will not delay second doses of Covid vaccine

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Ireland Covid cases surge as health official warns virus is 'absolutely rampant'

Ireland is bracing for 9,000 more Covid cases to be added to the official tally as the system...

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Suspect arrested in Colchester after killing of 83-year-old man

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Schools U-turn and rising Covid cases crush hopes of new year easing

Government hopes for a new year easing of the Covid pandemic are unravelling, with ministers forced...

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James Graham reveals Covid crisis accelerated Elton John musical collaboration

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Crystal: ‘Every time the cameras were down, RuPaul was cracking jokes’

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'We're being left behind': anger and confusion in Brazil as vaccine program lags

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Samuel Little, deadliest US serial killer, dies at 80 with many victims unknown

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Government delay has exacerbated the NHS Covid crisis. We need a lockdown now

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'We need to preserve the memories': pandemic sparks boom in ghostwritten memoirs

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Dozens of residents die at Belgian care home after Santa visit

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Covid: France 'pandering to anti-vaxxers' with slow vaccine rollout

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Passports and permits: what are the biggest changes to expect after Brexit?

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Police in Essex launch manhunt after pensioner is murdered

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Couples who meet via dating apps keener to settle down, study suggests

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'People see how relevant history is': Smithsonian tackles Covid challenge

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Alan Sugar's sister dies from Covid two weeks after brother

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How did Leeds United not realise what would happen when they targeted a woman?

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The government has pitted England's schools against health. It didn't have to

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How Covid has plunged Asia's captive elephants into fresh crisis

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From volunteering to vaccines … the best of a bad year

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The Covid turning point: when did the pandemic become unstoppable?

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Wuhan one year on: normality returns, but pain over handling of Covid outbreak endures

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How will travel to the EU change for Britons after Brexit?

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'See your own back yard' – just don't poo in it, New Zealanders told

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Record number of Britons to take part in dry January

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'Goodbye to all that': what the papers say about Brexit's culminating act

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'Miners out, Covid out': threats to indigenous reserve in Brazil grow

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Through gilets jaunes, strikes and Covid, Paris's 400-year-old book stalls fight to survive

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‘People are terrified’: a coronavirus surge across California’s prisons renews calls for releases

Nine months since the emergence of the coronavirus, every one of California’s 35 state prisons...

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Russian riot police arrest renegade priest in convent raid

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Government announces £7.5m fund to fight loneliness in England

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Veganuary predicts biggest year as Covid lockdown inspires diet overhaul

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Everton want answers after game with Man City called off due to Covid-19

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2020: the year relaxation became impossible

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The UK and the US need to learn from countries that better handled Covid-19

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‘She could have judged The Great British Sewing Bee’: Eileen Bryan, died aged 88, of Covid-19

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Could Covid lockdown have helped save the planet?

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Global report: South Africa bans alcohol sales; Spain sets up Covid vaccine register

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