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Olivia Rodrigo: Disney star's No 1 debut single beats Ed Sheeran's record

Posted on Jan 15, 2021

The Disney Channel star Olivia Rodrigo has smashed UK chart records and global Spotify streaming records with her debut single. Drivers License is the UK’s official No


Megrahi family to appeal to UK supreme court over Lockerbie conviction

Posted on Jan 15, 2021

The family of the Libyan convicted for the Lockerbie bombing, Abdelbaset al-Megrahi, are lodging an appeal to the UK supreme court after Scottish judges threw out a mi


Willie Mullins expresses 'huge relief' as VAT fears ease over Cheltenham trips

Posted on Jan 15, 2021

Fears that horses travelling to Britain from Ireland and France to compete at major racing festivals would be subject to refundable VAT charged at 19% of their value h


How Ireland's second wave of Covid got so bad, so fast

Posted on Jan 15, 2021

I reland recently made the headlines all over the world – for the wrong reason. We had the highest daily number of new confirmed cases of Covid-19


UK plans early G7 virtual meeting and presses ahead with switch to D10

Posted on Jan 15, 2021

Boris Johnson is planning to host a virtual G7 summit of world leaders within weeks of Joe Biden becoming US president in an attempt to set an ambitious agenda coverin


Sir Robert Cohan obituary

Posted on Jan 15, 2021

Sir Robert Cohan, who has died aged 95, transformed the dance scene in Britain in the 1960s. A charismatic dancer, notable choreographer, great teacher and artistic di


2020 was hottest year on record by narrow margin, Nasa says

Posted on Jan 15, 2021

Last year was by a narrow margin the hottest ever on record, according to Nasa, with the climate crisis stamping its mark on 2020 through soaring temperatures, enormou


UK abuse victims given 'Ani' code word to ask pharmacists for help

Posted on Jan 15, 2021

People at risk of domestic abuse during the coronavirus lockdown will be able to seek help discreetly by giving a code word to pharmacists, under a UK-wide scheme laun


UK government faces battle over giving courts power to rule on genocide

Posted on Jan 15, 2021

The Foreign Office was facing a battle to stave off a parliamentary defeat after the Board of Deputies of British Jews said it was backing calls for the British courts


Revealed: business secretary accepted donations from fossil fuel investors

Posted on Jan 15, 2021

The UK’s new business secretary, Kwasi Kwarteng, accepted substantial donations from fossil fuel investors and advisers as part of his 2019 general election campaign,


Give families cash, not paltry food parcels

Posted on Jan 15, 2021

I mages of free school meal boxes circulating this week (‘What am I supposed to make with this!’ Parents on schools’ meagre food parcels, 12 Janua


Boohoo requires an agent of change to help with its makeover

Posted on Jan 15, 2021

I s everything now tickety-boo at Boohoo? Certainly there was no sign of a consumer boycott after last year’s revelations of shoddy practices in c


RuPaul’s Drag Race UK series two review: bold, brash – and brilliant

Posted on Jan 15, 2021

A t around the time of the first season of RuPaul’s Drag Race UK (BBC Three), a few variations on a meme did the rounds, which compared the fine


Minister steps up pressure on UK firms over home working

Posted on Jan 15, 2021

The business secretary, Kwasi Kwarteng, has said companies must redouble efforts to ensure employees work from home unless their work is critical and cannot be done of


Imams across UK to reassure worshippers about Covid vaccines

Posted on Jan 15, 2021

Imams in mosques across the UK will deliver sermons at Friday prayers this week seeking to reassure worshippers about the safety and legitimacy of Covid-19 vaccination


Daily Telegraph rebuked over Toby Young's Covid column

Posted on Jan 15, 2021

An article by Toby Young for the Daily Telegraph was “significantly misleading” when it said that catching a cold could protect people from coronavirus and claimed tha


'A huge loss': tributes to victims of the UK's Covid second wave

Posted on Jan 14, 2021

T he number of lives lost with Covid-19 recorded on the death certificate in the UK has passed the tragic milestone of 100,000, an incalculable lo


Share your experiences of school laptop provision during the pandemic

Posted on Jan 14, 2021

According to Ofcom, about 9% of children in the UK – between 1.1 million and 1.8 million – do not have access to a laptop, desktop or tablet at home. More than 880,000


Tell us: UK workers are you still going into your workplace?

Posted on Jan 14, 2021

According to the latest government advice, “everyone who can work from home must do so”. However, many are still going in to their workplace, often at their employer’s


Hong Kong hires British QC to prosecute pro-democracy activists

Posted on Jan 14, 2021

A British barrister has agreed to act for the Hong Kong government next month in its efforts to convict Jimmy Lai and eight other pro-democracy activists accused of ta


Sir Robert Cohan, modern dance legend, dies aged 95

Posted on Jan 14, 2021

Tributes have been paid to the choreographer Sir Robert Cohan, a pioneer of contemporary dance in Britain, who has died at the age of 95. A New Yorker who performed


Honda to close UK plant for four days owing to supply chain problems

Posted on Jan 14, 2021

Honda will shut its UK factory for four days next week as global supply chain problems caused by the coronavirus pandemic continue to plague the Japanese carmaker. T


Wanted: UK bison rangers, no previous experience expected

Posted on Jan 14, 2021

Can you handle a beast as heavy as a small car, that can hurdle high fences from a standing start, and is a peaceful bulldozer for biodiversity? If you’re not intimi


Marcus Rashford calls for urgent review of free school meals system

Posted on Jan 14, 2021

Marcus Rashford has called for an urgent and comprehensive review of the free school meals system across the UK in the wake of the controversy over the pitiful standar