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UK plans to expel spies from hostile states amid Russia-Czech explosion row
Dominic Raab, foreign secretary
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UK plans to expel spies from hostile states amid Russia-Czech explosion row

Proposed foreign agent registration scheme will crack down on Russian and Chinese activities
19 Apr 2021
Working from home: can it last? 
Working from home
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Working from home: can it last? 

As lockdown eases, the future of the office is more uncertain than ever
16 Apr 2021
Lateral flow tests: how accurate are they?
Rapid testing UK
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Lateral flow tests: how accurate are they?

Research casts doubt on efficacy in detecting asymptomatic Covid cases
15 Apr 2021
Boris Johnson and the Saudi bid for Newcastle United
Mohammed bin Salman and Boris Johnson
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Boris Johnson and the Saudi bid for Newcastle United

Crown Prince allegedly warned PM that Anglo-Saudi relations could be damaged
15 Apr 2021
Daunte Wright and the third night of Minneapolis protests
Kate Wright, Daunte Wright’s mother, speaks alongside the family of George Floyd
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Daunte Wright and the third night of Minneapolis protests

Family members say they ‘can’t accept’ that shooting was an accident
14 Apr 2021
London’s new South African Covid-19 variant cluster
Woman has a PCR test
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London’s new South African Covid-19 variant cluster

Department of Health launches ‘largest surge testing operation to date’ in Wandsworth and Lambeth
13 Apr 2021
The meaning of Covid herd immunity
London crowds
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The meaning of Covid herd immunity

UCL modelling suggests population immunity will come as early as next week for the UK
8 Apr 2021

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The benefits of cannabis legalisation
Sadiq Khan, mayor of London
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The benefits of cannabis legalisation

London Mayor Sadiq Khan says there is widespread public support for decriminalisation of the class-B drug
6 Apr 2021
Race and ethnic disparities report: five main takeaways
Black Lives Matter protesters in London
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Race and ethnic disparities report: five main takeaways

A new government report says social factors explain disparities better than racism
31 Mar 2021
Who is Jennifer Arcuri?
Jennifer Arcuri
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Who is Jennifer Arcuri?

No. 10 insists PM ‘acts with integrity’ after US entrepreneur’s ‘kiss and tell’
30 Mar 2021
Rule of six: what you need to know
Coronavirus rules relaxed
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Rule of six: what you need to know

England celebrates ‘Happy Monday’ as coronavirus restrictions relaxed
29 Mar 2021
The Deliveroo revolution
Deliveroo
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The Deliveroo revolution

Online food delivery platforms have changed the way millions eat. But at what cost?
26 Mar 2021
Festival of Brexit: what to expect from £120m ‘cosmic adventure’
Brexit supporters celebrate as UK leaves EU
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Festival of Brexit: what to expect from £120m ‘cosmic adventure’

Newly announced events include a ‘physical manifestation’ of British weather
25 Mar 2021
Lockdown anniversary: good things that came out of terrible year
Boris Johnson
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Lockdown anniversary: good things that came out of terrible year

Breakthroughs in vaccine science among much-needed silver linings of Covid pandemic
23 Mar 2021
Army cuts would leave UK unable to recapture Falklands
Soldiers on a training exercise in Stanley, Falkland Islands
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Army cuts would leave UK unable to recapture Falklands

Ministry of Defence unveiling series of major changes to the Armed Forces
22 Mar 2021
Biden’s strategy for taking on ‘killer’ Putin and Russia
Vladimir Putin at a military parade in Moscow in 2020
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Biden’s strategy for taking on ‘killer’ Putin and Russia

Moscow erupts after US president says Russia will ‘pay’ for election meddling
18 Mar 2021
Election results spell trouble for Angela Merkel’s heir
German Chancellor Angela Merkel puts on face mask
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Election results spell trouble for Angela Merkel’s heir

Voters punish chancellor’s party amid slow Covid vaccine rollout and face mask scandal
15 Mar 2021
The most explosive claims from Harry and Meghan’s interview
Harry and Meghan during their interview with Oprah Winfrey
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The most explosive claims from Harry and Meghan’s interview

Allegations of racism within Royal Family dominate headlines following the Sussexes’ televised tell-all
9 Mar 2021
Will false-positive Covid tests slash school attendance?
A student uses a lateral flow test under the supervision of a staff member.
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Will false-positive Covid tests slash school attendance?

Experts fear that thousands of uninfected pupils may be sent home as a result of inaccurate lateral flow testing
9 Mar 2021
Military faces #MeToo moment as thousands of female personnel detail abuse
Female members of the 904 Expeditionary Air Wing in Kandahar, Afghanistan
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Military faces #MeToo moment as thousands of female personnel detail abuse

Evidence of ‘bullying, harassment, discrimination, sexual abuse and rape’ handed to inquiry
4 Mar 2021
Five things we learned from Sturgeon’s testimony to Salmond inquiry
Nicola Sturgeon gives evidence to a Scottish Parliament committee
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Five things we learned from Sturgeon’s testimony to Salmond inquiry

First minister denies wrongdoing as demands for ‘no confidence’ vote grow
3 Mar 2021
‘We’re keen to bring football home’: Johnson targets a trophy double 
Fifa World Cup trophy
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‘We’re keen to bring football home’: Johnson targets a trophy double 

PM supports 2030 World Cup bid and offers to host all Euro matches this summer 
2 Mar 2021
Spring budget: predictions and major talking points
Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak poses with the Budget Box outside 11 Downing Street
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Spring budget: predictions and major talking points

What will Rishi Sunak include in his budget speech on Wednesday?
1 Mar 2021
Elliott apologises after ‘shocking’ dead horse photo circulates online
Irish racehorse trainer Gordon Elliott (Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)
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Elliott apologises after ‘shocking’ dead horse photo circulates online

Betfair ends association with the Irish racehorse trainer with immediate effect
1 Mar 2021
Rory on Tiger: ‘everyone should be grateful that he’s alive’
Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods at The Memorial Tournament in 2020 (Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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Rory on Tiger: ‘everyone should be grateful that he’s alive’

American golf icon is awake and responsive after surgery in California
25 Feb 2021
Jamal Musiala: the one that got away for England
Jamal Musiala celebrates his goal for Bayern against Lazio in the Champions League
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Jamal Musiala: the one that got away for England

Bayern Munich teenage star pledges international allegiance to Germany 
24 Feb 2021
Moët toasts Jay-Z’s champagne after buying 50% stake
Champagne Armand de Brignac
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Moët toasts Jay-Z’s champagne after buying 50% stake

French giant LVMH aims to ‘firmly cement’ the rapper’s ‘Ace of Spades’ brand as a luxury icon
23 Feb 2021
Will the Sussexes’ royal exit help heal rift between William and Harry?
Prince William alongside Prince Harry at his wedding to Meghan Markle in 2018
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Will the Sussexes’ royal exit help heal rift between William and Harry?

Insiders hope severing of work ties may help the princes repair their fractured relationship
22 Feb 2021
RAF on mission to vaccinate entire Ascension Island in one swoop
RAF personnel load a batch of the Covid-19 vaccine onto an aircraft
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RAF on mission to vaccinate entire Ascension Island in one swoop

Aircraft failure almost derailed the ambitious jab campaign
18 Feb 2021
Four things we learnt about the jab campaign from vaccine taskforce boss
A mass vaccination centre inside Salisbury Cathedral
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Four things we learnt about the jab campaign from vaccine taskforce boss

Clive Dix says speedy rollout will not slow down due to supply shortages
17 Feb 2021
Do we need laws on university free speech?
Gavin Williamson leaves 10 Downing Street
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Do we need laws on university free speech?

Gavin Williamson says he will fight ‘silencing and censoring’ - but critics say he’s arguing with a straw man
16 Feb 2021
Jaguar to rival Tesla in all-electric luxury car market   
Jaguar Land Rover
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Jaguar to rival Tesla in all-electric luxury car market   

How the auto industry reacted to Jaguar Land Rover’s plan to become a net-zero-carbon business 
16 Feb 2021
MEPs urge EU to take ‘concrete’ action over Hungarian media crackdown
Viktor Orban addresses the Hungarian parliament in Budapest
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MEPs urge EU to take ‘concrete’ action over Hungarian media crackdown

Demand comes as Viktor Orban strips last independent radio station of broadcast license
15 Feb 2021
Green Homes Grant: £1bn of funding to be scrapped
Radiator in a house  Matt Cardy/Getty Images
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Green Homes Grant: £1bn of funding to be scrapped

Critics slam ‘outrageous’ decision not to roll over unspent cash in government scheme
15 Feb 2021