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i’s Magic Breakfast appeal: Jon Richardson and Lucy Beaumont call for a ‘National Food Service’

Food poverty is no laughing matter for Beaumont, whose home and work life with husband Jon Richardson was fictionalised in sitcom Meet The Richardsons


Climate crisis: world now at its hottest for 12,000 years

The planet is now hotter than it has been for at least 12,000 years, a period spanning the entire development of human civilisation, according to new research. The analysis of ocean surface temperatures shows human-driven climate change has put the world in “uncharted territory”, the scientists say. The planet may even be at its warmest for 125,000 years, although data from that period is less certain. The research, published in the journal...


Stormont minister urges common sense solution to problem with protocol

A three-month grace period for supermarkets sending goods from Great Britain to Northern Ireland finishes on March 31.


Britain clears Boeing 737 MAX for return to service

UK-BOEING-737MAX-BRITAIN:Britain clears Boeing 737 MAX for return to service


Prime Minister targets March 8 as earliest date for reopening England's schools


Global shark and ray population crashed more than 70% in past 50 years – study

The global population of sharks and rays has crashed by more than 70% in the past 50 years, researchers have determined for the first time, with massive ongoing losses pushing many species towards extinction. A huge increase in fishing since 1970 has ravaged the abundance of sharks and rays in our oceans, with previously widespread species such as hammerhead sharks now facing the threat of being wiped out, the study found. Half of the world’s 31...


GameStop: Reddit users claim victory as $13bn hedge fund closes position, accepting huge losses

A $13bn hedge fund has been left with huge losses after an army of amateur investors coordinating via social media pumped up the price of video game retailer GameStop tenfold in just a few weeks. Melvin Capital had bet against GameStop by short-selling its shares, meaning it stood to gain if the price went down and lose if it went up. Members of the Reddit thread “wallstreetbets” decided to pile in to GameStop with the aim of pushing up the...


Moderna is in talks with the US for an additional 100 million doses

With the 200 million coronavirus vaccine doses already purchased last year, this would bring the federal's government's confirmed order with Moderna to 300 million doses


Joe Biden warns Vladimir Putin over rogue state behaviour – even as he seeks arms deal with Russia

The new US president is eager to set a new tone in relations with Russia, its Cold War adversary throughout the second half of the 20th century


Boris Johnson says schools will receive further £300m for catch-up tutoring

Education unions have warned it could be too early to commit to reopening schools in early March.


The ugly truth of the Holocaust should never be suffocated by propaganda and conspiracy

Holocaust Memorial Day is a good moment to think about how and when we memorialise historic events. Over the summer we witnessed a revolt about honouring slave traders and the like, even if inadvertently and sometimes unknowingly. Statues and monuments are an expression by a community of thanks, and a warning from history. They fail if a community no longer wishes to thank the person and if the known reality of that history is partial or...


CPS denies major change in rape charging policy despite falling rates

The Crown Prosecution Service has denied major changes to its approach to charging rape at a landmark legal hearing at the court of appeal. Lawyers for the Centre for Women’s Justice (CWJ) and the End Violence Against Women (EVAW) coalition had argued on Tuesday that the CPS “raised the bar” for the charging of serious sexual crimes between 2016 and 2018, leading to “systemic illegality” in decision-making and a collapse in charging. They argued...


HS2 dig uncovers one of the best preserved examples of Elizabethan gardens

The once-sprawling gardens had been totally unknown until archaeologists discovered the site.


‘Get it done’: The Wanted’s Tom Parker urges fans to get Covid vaccine

The Wanted star Tom Parker has urged fans to “get it done” after receiving his first coronavirus vaccination. The 32-year-old is undergoing treatment for a brain tumour and is therefore likely to be in a priority group for the clinically extremely vulnerable. Parker, from Bolton, Greater Manchester, shared a series of photos on his Instagram Stories showing him arriving at a vaccination centre wearing a face mask. “Just get it done so we can all...


Intensive pig and chicken farming on the rise in the UK despite huge public opposition

Soil Association warns public mistrust of ‘US-style’ food system is growing


‘Making up for lost time’: Biden issues stack of executive actions to tackle climate crisis after four years of Trump

President Joe Biden announced on Wednesday a pause on new oil and gas leasing on US public lands and waters, one of a stack of executive orders to tackle the climate crisis. The president is outlining a number of plans at the White House to swiftly reverse Trump administration policies on energy and the environment. The moratorium on oil and gas sales directs the Secretary of the Interior to put a hold on entering into new fossil fuel leases on...


Empty seas: Oceanic shark populations dropped 71% since 1970

WASHINGTON (AP) — When marine biologist Stuart Sandin talks about sharks, it sounds like he’s describing Jedis of the ocean. “They are terrific predators, fast swimmers and they have amazing senses — they can detect any disturbance in the ocean from great distance,” such as smells or tiny changes in water currents. Their ability to quickly sense anything outside the norm in their environment helps them find prey in the vastness of the open...


Home Secrertary Priti Patel outlines new border rules

Home Secretary Priti Patel has outlined some new border rules that people travelling in and out of the UK will face, to reduce the spread of Covid-19.


WATCH LIVE: PM Boris Johnson addresses the nation regarding latest Covid regulations


UK introduces mandatory hotel quarantine for travellers back from 'red list' countries

UK nationals and residents returning from "red list" countries will be placed in quarantine in government-provided accommodation.


Bill Gates surprised by pandemic conspiracies

Microsoft co-founder turned philanthropist Bill Gates says he has been taken aback by the volume of 'crazy' and 'evil' conspiracy theories about him spreading on social media during the COVID-19 pandemic.


EXPLAINER: Why India's farmers are revolting against PM Modi

NEW DELHI (AP) — A sea of tens of thousands of farmers riding tractors and horses stormed India’s historic Red Fort this week — a dramatic escalation of their protests, which are posing a major challenge to Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government. The AP explains what is at the heart of two months of demonstrations and what it means for Modi's government. WHO IS PROTESTING? Most of the protesters are farmers from northern Punjab and Haryana...


When will lockdown end? How long England’s Covid restrictions could last, and review date as rules extended

Legislation on England's new Covid lockdown restrictions lasts until 31 March, and the speed the measures can be eased depends on how quickly the UK can roll out vaccination


Nicola Sturgeon slams Boris Johnson's hotel quarantine plan before it's announced

The Prime Minister is expected to imminently announce a plan for people travelling from Covid 'red zones' to quarantine in hotels - but Scotland's FM thinks it doesn't go far enough


What time is Boris Johnson’s announcement today? When to watch the next Covid update live and what to expect

Boris Johnson will deliver the next Covid press conference on Wednesday after he addressed the UK's coronavirus death toll passing 100,000 in yesterday's briefing


Amanda Gorman: Joe Biden’s inaugural poet to take part in Super Bowl pregame show

Amanda Gorman, the acclaimed poet who read at Joe Biden’s inauguration, will be featured during the Super Bowl pregame show. Good Morning America reported on Wednesday that Gorman has joined the pregame schedule. GMA host Robin Roberts teased “a very special addition to the pregame festivities” during the morning’s broadcast. NFL officials told TMZ that “the recitation of the poem will air nationally on CBS and be featured in-stadium”. Gorman’s...


March 8 targeted as earliest possible date to begin reopening England’s schools

Boris Johnson acknowledged the news would be frustrating for parents, pupils and teachers.


Tributes paid to talented young footballer killed in stabbing incident

Josh Dunne, 16, had recently gone for trials with Dundee United in the Scottish Premiership and had caught the eye of several other clubs.


Super Bowl 2021 odds: Betting preview, points spread, money lines and more

While the action on the field takes centre stage, the Super Bowl always creates a storm surrounding the gambling industry with thousands of bets available on every part of the NFL’s showcase event. This year we see last season’s champions, the Kansas City Chiefs, take on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who have the luxury of being able to play the big game at their own home, Raymond James Stadium, for the first time in the league’s history. Tom Brady...


Police take down botnet that hacked 'millions of computers'

Emotet, one of the world's most dangerous cyber crime services, has been taken down following one of the largest ever internationally-coordinated actions against cyber criminals.


Best phone mount for cars 2021: Cradle or mount your cell phone the easy way

Best phone mount for cars 2021: Cradle or mount your cell phone the easy way


Kate praises 'inspirational' Holocaust survivors

The Duchess of Cambridge has paid tribute to “inspirational” Holocaust survivors for educating the next generation about the “horrors” of the Nazi regime. Kate was left visibly moved after hearing the stories of Zigi Shipper, 91, and Manfred Goldberg, 90, who met as boys while in a Nazi concentration camp but started new lives in the UK after being liberated towards the end of the Second World War.


Boris Johnson hopes to set out plan for easing lockdown measures in England at the end of February

Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced plans to begin easing measures including reopening schools during a statement made in the House of Commons.


Russian police raid Alexei Navalny's home and offices

Police have raided Alexei Navalny’s apartment and the headquarters of his Anti-Corruption Committee in Moscow after investigators opened a new inquiry into last week’s mass protests, for allegedly violating coronavirus restrictions. On Wednesday evening, police banged at the door of Yulia Navalnaya, the Kremlin critic’s wife, who yelled back that her lawyer was on the way. At the same time, a close Navalny ally, Lyubov Sobol, demanded that...


Texas mother killed while making UberEats delivery

Authorities are investigating the murder of a woman who was killed while dropping off an UberEats delivery in Texas. Ryan Munsie, 31, of Fort Worth was found lying in the breezeway in front of an apartment complex in Haltom City at around 9.30pm on Saturday, police said in a statement. Munsie, who was a wife and mother of three according to her friend Bailey Ables, was pronounced dead at the scene, police said. Authorities have not yet revealed...


UK government open to further Russia sanctions over Navalny detention

Britain will keep the option of further sanctions against Russian individuals over the detention of opposition leader Alexei Navalny.


UK Records 1,725 More Coronavirus Deaths In 24 Hours

The UK has recorded 1,725 more Covid-related deaths since Tuesday – the second highest total of the pandemic. The highest number of deaths recorded on a single day was 1,820 on January 20. Wednesday’s figure brings the total number of fatalities to 101,887 since the pandemic began. That refers to people who have died within 28 days of first testing positive for coronavirus. But as with all daily deaths updates, it doesn’t mean all these victims...


Easing of Welsh lockdown unlikely this month, chief medical officer says

Dr Frank Atherton said there was limited headroom for easing rules this month, with the next review due towards the end of February.


Tom Cruise fist-bumps a rising star: Misan Harriman's best photograph

I was given the winners room at the British Fashion awards in December 2019, which is the holy grail for photographers at an event like that. All of the winners and icons present at the evening are ushered in for a one-on-one shoot with the official photographer. Giorgio Armani won the outstanding achievement award and he had some friends come down to support him, including Cate Blanchett, Julia Roberts and a certain Mr Tom Cruise. This picture...


Best universal remotes 2021: Take control of your TV with these versatile picks

Best universal remotes 2021: Take control of your TV with these versatile picks


A Place In The Sun's Laura Hamilton fumes as 'picky' couple reject every property

Laura found herself frustrated after the holiday-makers shared their distaste for a string of gorgeous homes


US to indict Capitol rioters this week as FBI tracks down 400 suspects

The federal prosecutor investigating the riot at the Capitol said indictments could be issued this week. The FBI is working to find more than 400 suspects in the investigation. Acting US Attorney for the District of Columbia, Michael Sherwin, said during a briefing on Tuesday that more than 135 people have been arrested so far in connection to the violent overthrow of the Capitol building on 6 January. The Department of Justice expects the...


Holocaust Memorial Day 2021: What the date marks, when it happens and events to watch online in the UK

The theme for Holocaust Memorial Day 2021 will be 'be the light in the darkness'


Older ethnic minority adults less likely to have been vaccinated – study

But the researchers say that the data only looked at the immediate beginnings of the vaccine drive.


Founder of British-Sikh charity ‘humbled’ by Nobel Peace Prize nomination

The CEO of the humanitarian charity, Ravi Singh, said the nomination felt like ‘we won already’.


The government’s duty is to protect the nation and preserve life at all costs – it has failed on both counts

The news that Britain has passed 100,000 Covid deaths fills me with heart-wrenching sorrow. Such a high death toll – and the highest death rate on the planet – was not inevitable. The government's number one duty is to protect the nation. The government's absolute priority should always be to preserve life at all costs. Tragically, the government failed on these counts. It acted too slowly, too late, too half-heartedly not once, but...


Boyfriend, flatmates, then alone: I’ve spent every lockdown in a different home – here’s what I’ve learnt

I will never forget the day that Boris Johnson announced the UK would be going into lockdown in March 2020. I was in the check-in queue at Cancun airport, where I was due to fly back to London. It was a surreal experience, to say the least: listening to the prime minister’s speech, rendered patchy by the airport’s free Wifi, and recounting the details to fellow Brits, all of whom were, like me, anxiously anticipating what awaited us at home....


Homecare workers in England still not being tested, say families

Around 120,000 of England’s most vulnerable families are being forced to play “Russian roulette” with Covid because care workers who visit their homes are not being tested despite a government pledge. Personal assistants who deliver care at the homes of people with chronic conditions such as cerebral palsy and quadriplegia are not being screened for the virus and have transmitted infection, families said. Three weeks ago the Department of Health...


Biden news – live: President unveils climate crisis executive orders as chances of Trump impeachment fade

Joe Biden is signing three executive actions on Wednesday designed to tackle the climate crisis, including one order pausing new oil and gas leases being granted on federal lands, another directing the government to acquire electric vehicles and a third formally establishing an office of domestic climate policy under John Kerry and Gina McCarthy. A new Morning Consult poll has meanwhile found that Mr Biden’s predecessor, Donald Trump, remains...


Doomsday Clock remains at closest point ever to midnight

The coronavirus pandemic is cited as one of the main reasons why the clock’s position has not changed this year.