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Coverage of Prince Philip's death becomes BBC's most-complained about TV programming
Arts & Culture

Coverage of Prince Philip's death becomes BBC's most-complained about TV programming

The BBC said in a statement on 15 April that Philip’s death was a “significant event which generated a lot of interest both nationally and internationally,” but acknowledged that some thought the rolling coverage was excessive.

'Kill the Bill' protests: 107 arrested as demonstrators clash with police at central London rally
World

'Kill the Bill' protests: 107 arrested as demonstrators clash with police at central London rally

The Police and Crime Bill proposes to give police in England and Wales more power to impose conditions on non-violent protests including those which are deemed too noisy or a nuisance

Anti-lockdown protests in UK: 36 arrested after demonstrators clash with police in London
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Anti-lockdown protests in UK: 36 arrested after demonstrators clash with police in London

The Metropolitan Police Service said it had made 36 arrests, most for breaching months-old virus regulations that outlaw leaving home except for a limited number of reasons

Yard sale turns up rare, 15th century Chinese ceramic bowl worth up to $500,000
Arts & Culture

Yard sale turns up rare, 15th century Chinese ceramic bowl worth up to $500,000

The bowl was made in the shape of a lotus bud or chicken heart. Inside, it is decorated with a medallion at the bottom and a quatrefoil motif surrounded by flowers. The outside includes four blossoms of lotus, peony, chrysanthemum and pomegranate flower.

COVID-19 in UK: Officials hunt for 'missing' person carrying Brazilian strain as experts sound alarm
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COVID-19 in UK: Officials hunt for 'missing' person carrying Brazilian strain as experts sound alarm

The variant that emerged in northern Brazil has been detected in six people in the UK, one of whom cannot be located after they failed to fill in their contact details on a form after taking a coronavirus test

Joe Biden to attend first G7 leaders’ meet; Britain to push for speedier rollout of COVID-19 vaccines
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Joe Biden to attend first G7 leaders’ meet; Britain to push for speedier rollout of COVID-19 vaccines

Biden has pledged to join the COVAX initiative, and the White House says he will emphasise the need for global coordination on vaccine distribution

Rashmi Samant resigns as Oxford Student Union president-elect amidst row over controversial social media posts
India

Rashmi Samant resigns as Oxford Student Union president-elect amidst row over controversial social media posts

Some of Samant’s old social media were branded as “racist” and “insensitive”. She has since left for India to be with her family and many of her social media accounts have been deleted

COVID-19 infections have 'fallen significantly' across UK since January, shows Imperial College-led study
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COVID-19 infections have 'fallen significantly' across UK since January, shows Imperial College-led study

The study offers some hope for Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who is preparing to present a roadmap on Monday for gradually lifting stringent lockdown restrictions

How fashion 'inaccuracies' in Netflix's Bridgerton are in keeping with artistic liberties of 19th century novels
Entertainment

How fashion 'inaccuracies' in Netflix's Bridgerton are in keeping with artistic liberties of 19th century novels

The anachronistic costuming of such productions has historical precedent. Some 19th-century writers adapted fictional fashions to suit their own and their readers’ tastes.

Nurses, women healthcare workers most at risk of distress during COVID-19 pandemic: Sheffield university study
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Nurses, women healthcare workers most at risk of distress during COVID-19 pandemic: Sheffield university study

Researchers assessed fixed factors such as demographic characteristics, age, sex and occupation as well as social psychological and infection-related factors in 143,000 healthcare workers around the world

London's 'thinnest' house, measuring only 5 feet 6 inches at its narrowest point, up for sale at $1.3 million
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London's 'thinnest' house, measuring only 5 feet 6 inches at its narrowest point, up for sale at $1.3 million

The unusual property, originally a Victorian hat shop with storage for merchandise and living quarters on its upper floors, was built sometime in the late 19th or early 20th century

Boris Johnson announces national lockdown in England till mid-Feb to combat new COVID-19 variant
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Boris Johnson announces national lockdown in England till mid-Feb to combat new COVID-19 variant

The British PM said people must stay at home again, as they were ordered to do so in the first wave of the pandemic, because the new virus variant was spreading in a 'frustrating and alarming' way

Caught in deadly race with new COVID strain, Britain 'gambles' with mix-and-match vaccine regimen
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Caught in deadly race with new COVID strain, Britain 'gambles' with mix-and-match vaccine regimen

Scientists have slammed the new guidance which allows for the interchange of vaccines, if the second dose of the vaccine originally received is not available, saying officials have abandoned science and are just trying to 'guess their way out of a mess'

France confirms first case of 'more contagious' coronavirus variant found in UK
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France confirms first case of 'more contagious' coronavirus variant found in UK

Health authorities in France said that the man who arrived from London had no symptoms and was isolating in his home in the central city of Tours

Boris Johnson to chair crisis meet as countries block flights from UK over new highly infectious coronavirus strain
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Boris Johnson to chair crisis meet as countries block flights from UK over new highly infectious coronavirus strain

Scientists first discovered the new variant, which they believe is 70 percent more transmissible, in a patient in September. Public Health England notified the government on Friday when modelling revealed its full seriousness

Boris Johnson announces new restrictions for London, southeast England in bid to curb new COVID-19 strain
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Boris Johnson announces new restrictions for London, southeast England in bid to curb new COVID-19 strain

England's chief medical officer Chris Whitty confirmed that a new COVID-19 strain which surfaced in the country could spread faster and called for greater public vigilance

India, UK to forge 10-year roadmap to deepen Indo-Pacific cooperation, push talks on trade ties
India

India, UK to forge 10-year roadmap to deepen Indo-Pacific cooperation, push talks on trade ties

S Jaishankar held wide-ranging talks with UK foreign secretary Dominic Raab with focus on five key areas, including defence and security

Particulate emission from cooking stays longer in air than earlier thought
science

Particulate emission from cooking stays longer in air than earlier thought

This should be taken into account for city planning but should also look at ways air can be better filtered, especially in fast food industries.

MEA says UK authorities ensured safety, security of Indian High Commission personnel during London protests
India

MEA says UK authorities ensured safety, security of Indian High Commission personnel during London protests

The statement came after protests this week outside the Indian High Commission in London and the Indian Consulate in Birmingham in support of Indian farmers protesting against the Centre's farm laws

The Bad Sex in Fiction Award cancelled: Public has been subjected to too many bad things in 2020, say judges
Arts & Culture

The Bad Sex in Fiction Award cancelled: Public has been subjected to too many bad things in 2020, say judges

The award’s purpose, according to the magazine, is to honor the year’s “most outstandingly awful scene of sexual description” and to draw attention “to the poorly written, redundant or downright cringe-worthy passages of sexual description in modern fiction.”