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Patriots coach Bill Belichick spurns Trump's presidential medal of freedom offer

Posted on Jan 12, 2021

Donald Trump has suffered yet another rebuke from a former ally with the New England Patriots head coach, Bill Belichick, saying he will not accept the presidential me


UK ministers face legal action over lack of abortion services in Northern Ireland

Posted on Jan 11, 2021

Northern Ireland’s human rights commission (NIHRC) has launched a landmark legal action against the UK government for its failure to commission safe and accessible abo


Non-fatal strangulation set to become criminal offence in UK

Posted on Jan 11, 2021

The government is set to make non-fatal strangulation a specific criminal offence, with perpetrators facing up to seven years in prison after a sustained campaign from


Raab to clampdown on firms linked to forced labour in Xinjiang

Posted on Jan 11, 2021

Dominic Raab is to address concerns over UK complicity in the use of forced labour in China’s Xinjiang province with more requirements on companies that buy goods ther


The Guardian view on the NHS: careless cuts cost lives

Posted on Jan 11, 2021

The strain on the NHS is unprecedented. Within a few weeks, hospitals across the country expect to be overwhelmed, meaning that they will be unable to deliver the stan


'Who doesn't love a turtle?' The teenage boys on a mission – to rewild Britain with reptiles

Posted on Jan 11, 2021

T he new enterprise taking shape on a strip of derelict land beside a garden centre in Leek, Staffordshire, would be extraordinary at any time. Bu


Off the streets: how Manchester found homes for hundreds of rough sleepers

Posted on Jan 11, 2021

Three years ago, Andy Burnham made what seemed to some a fanciful commitment: to find homes for 200 of Greater Manchester’s most entrenched rough sleepers. Addiction


Brexit UK should aim to be a global broker, not a great power, says report

Posted on Jan 11, 2021

Britain will fail if it seeks to reincarnate itself after Brexit as a mini-great power, and should focus instead on being a global broker for solutions to specific cha


Farmers in UK devolved nations face big drops in income post-Brexit

Posted on Jan 08, 2021

Farmers in the UK’s devolved administrations are facing substantial cuts to their income as a result of Brexit, which could imperil their ability to protect the countr


UK shops call for more help as footfall drops 43% in 2020

Posted on Jan 08, 2021

Retailers are calling for more financial support from the government after shopper numbers dived more than two-fifths last year. The number of people out and about o


Leave.EU leaves Britain after Brexit

Posted on Jan 08, 2021

Leave.EU has left the UK, as Brexit forced the Eurosceptic campaign group to choose between its name and its country. According to domain name registration records,


UK will miss 2025 target for full-fibre broadband rollout, MPs warn

Posted on Jan 08, 2021

Boris Johnson’s promise to deliver nationwide “turbocharged” broadband by 2025 will be missed because of a catalogue of government failures, parliament’s spending watc


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

Posted on Jan 08, 2021

International travellers will need to show a negative Covid-19 test before being allowed into the UK, the government has announced, in a significant toughening of bord


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

Posted on Jan 07, 2021

After a brief and partial relaxation of the rules over Christmas and New Year, many continental European countries have returned to the tough anti-Covid regimes that w


My gift card just didn't keep on giving at Currys

Posted on Jan 07, 2021

In July, I placed two online orders on Currys.co.uk and paid with gift cards. Shortly afterwards, both were cancelled without explanation and I was told my gift c


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

Posted on Jan 07, 2021

W hen Boris Johnson addressed his party this week on a Zoom call, it had all the makings of a horror show. The prime minister had, the day before,


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

Posted on Jan 07, 2021

Stephen Akpabio-Klementowski says Covid-19 has “severely impacted” the UK’s prison system. Low staffing levels affected the provision of certain activities even befo


How to cope with the winter lockdown in the UK

Posted on Jan 07, 2021

With new national lockdowns coming into force across the UK, we take a look at how to cope – from staying connected to getting out in the open. Use your daily outdoo


Naked fugitive found in crocodile-infested waters near Darwin charged with fresh offences

Posted on Jan 07, 2021

A naked alleged fugitive found by two fishermen sitting on a tree branch in Australian crocodile-infested waters has been slapped with additional charges of breaching


Albert Roux's legacy goes far beyond his food

Posted on Jan 07, 2021

A lbert Roux, who has died aged 85, did more to encourage and foster Britain’s restaurant sector than any other chef working in the UK. The roll-c


Woman behind UK 'clap for carers' announces its return

Posted on Jan 07, 2021

The originator of the weekly “clap for carers”, honouring NHS and other healthcare staff for their efforts during the coronavirus pandemic, has announced it is to resu


China 'misled world' on Hong Kong security law, says Dominic Raab

Posted on Jan 07, 2021

The British foreign secretary has accused China of deliberately misleading the world when it passed its new security law in Hong Kong last year in the wake of the late


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

Posted on Jan 07, 2021

The scale of the health emergency now facing the UK was laid bare on Wednesday night as figures showed that more than 1,000 people had died from the virus in the previ


Battlefield drama 1917 wins 2020 UK box office in pandemic-struck year

Posted on Jan 06, 2021

In a year devastated by the effects of the coronavirus pandemic, Sam Mendes’s first world war drama 1917 has emerged as the biggest earner of 2020 at the UK cinema box