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The Guardian view on China, Xinjiang and sanctions: the gloves are off

Posted on Mar 27, 2021

China’s response to criticisms of horrifying human rights violations in Xinjiang is clear and calculated. Its aims are threefold. First, the sanctions imposed upon ind


Priti Patel's asylum reforms will only deepen the despair of refugees

Posted on Mar 27, 2021

This week, the home secretary, Priti Patel, has set out a reform of the UK’s asylum system. And she’s right, the system does need an overhaul – but in ways very differ


How the AstraZeneca vaccine became a political football – and a PR disaster

Posted on Mar 27, 2021

I t was billed as the vaccine to deliver the world from Covid. But over the last six months, AstraZeneca – whose jab was designed to save thousa


'It’s a statement of exclusion': music festivals return to UK but lineups still lack women

Posted on Mar 27, 2021

As the UK festival industry gets back on its feet after a fallow, fun-free year, the issue of gender equality on lineups has fallen by the wayside, Guardian analysis o


UK weather: cold snap to be followed by highs of up to 24C

Posted on Mar 27, 2021

A cold snap at the start of the weekend will give way to warmer and wetter weather in parts of the UK in the lead-up to Easter, meteorologists have said. The Met Off


One in 25 people hospitalised with Covid in UK since December have had vaccine

Posted on Mar 27, 2021

One in 25 people hospitalised with Covid-19 since December have had at least one dose of vaccine, with the majority infected shortly before or soon after vaccination –


One in 25 people hospitalised with Covid in UK since December have had vaccine

Posted on Mar 27, 2021

One in 25 people hospitalised with Covid-19 since December have had at least one dose of vaccine, with the majority infected shortly before or soon after vaccination –


Call centre staff to be monitored via webcam for home-working ‘infractions’

Posted on Mar 27, 2021

Thousands of staff at one of the world’s biggest call centre companies face being monitored by webcams to check whether they are eating, looking at their phones or l


UK residents: how has the past year changed you?

Posted on Mar 20, 2021

Almost a year ago, on 16 March 2020, health secretary Matt Hancock told the House of Commons that all unnecessary social contact should cease, marking the first step i


Tell us: are you a food exporter trading with the EU?

Posted on Mar 20, 2021

Since 1 January, meat exporters and food processors wanting to export their products to Europe have been subject to many more checks and processes than before Brexit.


Edward St Aubyn: 'I never read things about myself because I’m so easily crushed'

Posted on Mar 20, 2021

M ost interviews in the lockdown era are conducted by video, but the novelist Edward St Aubyn and I are talking by old-fashioned telephone because


Leaf blowers and beating branches: the fight to stop India’s forest fires

Posted on Mar 20, 2021

A s the flames move fast, snaking quickly upwards in the treacherous terrain of Similipal national park and turning everything on the ground to sm


UK furlough scheme pays out millions to foreign states and tax exiles

Posted on Mar 20, 2021

Billionaire tax exiles, the British National party, Saudi royals and oil-rich Gulf states have claimed millions of pounds in taxpayer-funded furlough money, the Guardi


UK woman loses latest bid to keep daughter on life support

Posted on Mar 20, 2021

Appeal judges have ruled against a woman who wants to keep life support in place for her five-year-old daughter, who has severe brain damage. Paula Parfitt, 41, has


How asylum seekers are dehumanised by the government

Posted on Mar 20, 2021

I was held in Napier barracks from September 2020, through a Covid outbreak, during which I joined nearly 200 of my fellow detainees – many of wh


The Guardian view on the picture book: not just for children

Posted on Mar 20, 2021

While anglophone fans await a translation of her 1,100-page magnum opus, the Nobel-prizewinning Polish novelist Olga Tokarczuk has a picture book out. She created her


Thailand's empty beach resorts hope vaccines will put them back in the sun

Posted on Mar 20, 2021

T hailand’s Phuket island used to vibrate with life. Before the pandemic, March was part of peak season and the resort’s long white beaches were p


A Covid snapshot: 28m UK households to take part in census unlike any other

Posted on Mar 20, 2021

Twenty-eight million households are preparing for their Covid close-up on Sunday in what may be the last official census after 180 years of mass data gathering once a


Millions of UK bank customers miss out on security checks

Posted on Mar 20, 2021

Millions of UK bank customers are missing out on a vital service designed to help prevent people being scammed by fraudsters. Last year the industry launched confirm


Specialist Covid infection control scientist faces threat of deportation from UK

Posted on Mar 20, 2021

An infection control specialist who has been offered a job as a senior NHS biomedical scientist to help tackle the pandemic is facing deportation by the Home Office, p


Share your stories and pictures of local wildlife

Posted on Mar 02, 2021

While so much of the UK’s human activity has juddered to a halt during the third lockdown, its wildlife continues unabated. Have you seen any special species in your


There's more than one way to crack an egg

Posted on Mar 02, 2021

Eggs are my go-to for an easy lunch or dinner, but I always end up poaching, scrambling or frying them. What else can I do? James, Solihull


Isle of Wight festival moves to September as Download and Primavera cancel

Posted on Mar 02, 2021

Plans for the summer’s music season remain in flux, with Isle of Wight festival moving to a new September date, while metal festival Download and Barcelona’s Primavera


US should consider ban on Boohoo clothing, says charity

Posted on Mar 02, 2021

A charity has urged US authorities to consider a ban on Boohoo’s clothing over poor conditions in the online fashion seller’s UK supply chain. Liberty Shared, which