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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
Arthritis drug could save ‘could save one in 25’ Covid patients
A doctor in PPE cares for a Covid patient.
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Arthritis drug could save ‘could save one in 25’ Covid patients

New study found that Tocilizumab cuts death risk and speeds recovery
12 Feb 2021
‘Under-loved’ fish set for name change to reel in UK customers
Cornish Fish Producers’ Organisation/Twitter
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‘Under-loved’ fish set for name change to reel in UK customers

Industry bosses hope rebranding megrim sole and spider crab will boost domestic sales
11 Feb 2021
Abuse in football: ‘One day in this country, a referee will be killed’
Referee Mike Dean sent off West Ham midfielder Tomas Soucek
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Abuse in football: ‘One day in this country, a referee will be killed’

Mike Dean receives death threats and black players are racially abused on social media
10 Feb 2021
Elon Musk and Tesla bet big on bitcoin 
Bitcoin
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Elon Musk and Tesla bet big on bitcoin 

Cryptocurrency’s value hits record high after car firm reveals $1.5bn investment
9 Feb 2021
Queen ‘used royal consent rule’ to lobby for law change to hide her wealth
The Queen at the Flanders' Fields Memorial Garden at Wellington Barracks.
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Queen ‘used royal consent rule’ to lobby for law change to hide her wealth

Monarch’s private lawyers dispatched to put pressure on civil servants involved in drafting new legislation
8 Feb 2021
How doctors pulled off the world’s first double hand and face transplant
Surgeons work in an operating theatre.
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How doctors pulled off the world’s first double hand and face transplant

More than 140 experts perform historic 23-hour surgery on US burn victim
4 Feb 2021
Tokyo Olympic chief refuses to resign over sexist comments 
Tokyo Olympics president Yoshiro Mori
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Tokyo Olympic chief refuses to resign over sexist comments 

Former Japanese PM Yoshiro Mori apologises for saying women talk too much in meetings 
4 Feb 2021
Heading to be limited in professional training
 Tottenham’s Harry Kane and Liverpool’s Georginio Wijnaldum battle for a header 
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Heading to be limited in professional training

English FA medicine chief says new guidelines will reduce unnecessary heading of the ball
2 Feb 2021
Betting sponsorship: sport’s next crisis
Crystal Palace and West Ham are two Premier League clubs sponsored by gambling companies
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Betting sponsorship: sport’s next crisis

Football and darts will be hit hard by shake up of gambling advertising laws
1 Feb 2021
What is in the Royal Family film they don’t want you to see?
Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.
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What is in the Royal Family film they don’t want you to see?

YouTube removes fly-on-the-wall documentary that has been ‘banned’ for 50 years
29 Jan 2021
Premier League title race: excitement builds at the top of the table
Manchester United and Manchester City are contenders for the Premier League title
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Premier League title race: excitement builds at the top of the table

At the midway stage of the season the lead is changing hands on a regular basis 
22 Jan 2021
May says Johnson abandoned ‘moral leadership’
Theresa May leaves 10 Downing Street
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May says Johnson abandoned ‘moral leadership’

Former prime minister hits out at successor over foreign aid and law breaking
20 Jan 2021
Virgin Orbit launches satellites into space in ‘historic’ test flight
Virgin Orbit Twitter
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Virgin Orbit launches satellites into space in ‘historic’ test flight

Richard Branson’s company successfully sends rocket into orbit using a modified Boeing 747
18 Jan 2021
Business of music rights: Shakira becomes latest star to sell back catalogue
Shakira performed alongside Jennifer Lopez at the halftime show of Super Bowl LIV in Miami in 2020
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Business of music rights: Shakira becomes latest star to sell back catalogue

Hipgnosis Songs Fund adds the Colombian artist to growing portfolio
14 Jan 2021
Black police officer stopped mob from breaching US Senate
Pro-Trump protesters gather in front of the US Capitol Building.
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Black police officer stopped mob from breaching US Senate

Eugene Goodman ‘saved lives’ by diverting pro-Trump rioters to another part of the Capitol building
11 Jan 2021
Johnson ennobles ‘disgraced Tory donor’
Peter Cruddas
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Johnson ennobles ‘disgraced Tory donor’

Honours commission advises against appointing Cruddas to the House of Lords
23 Dec 2020