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UK plan sanctions against Belarus president Alexander Lukashenko, his govt over human rights abuse
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UK plan sanctions against Belarus president Alexander Lukashenko, his govt over human rights abuse

Lukashenko was sworn in for a sixth term as the President of Belarus at a secret ceremony after an election that was widely believed to have been rigged

Booker Prize 2020 shortlist announced; Avni Doshi's Burnt Sugar, Diane Cook's The New Wilderness among six finalists
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Booker Prize 2020 shortlist announced; Avni Doshi's Burnt Sugar, Diane Cook's The New Wilderness among six finalists

Of the 13 books long-listed for the award, eight were debut novels out of which four — Diane Cook's The New Wilderness, Avni Doshi's Burnt Sugar, Douglas Stuart's Shuggie Bain and Brandon Taylor's Real Life — have made it into the shortlist.

Premier League chief executive Richard Masters says getting fans back ‘number one priority’
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Premier League chief executive Richard Masters says getting fans back ‘number one priority’

When the 2020-21 campaign kicks off on Saturday, stadiums around England will remain empty in the stands due to the continued threat of the pandemic.

UK will quit Brexit talks if no deal is reached by 15 October, says Boris Johnson; 8th round of negotiations tomorrow
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UK will quit Brexit talks if no deal is reached by 15 October, says Boris Johnson; 8th round of negotiations tomorrow

The key points are European boats’ access to UK fishing waters and a level playing field for competition so British firms can’t undercut the bloc’s environmental or workplace standards

Birmingham stabbings: British police says several injured in 'major incident' at city centre
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Birmingham stabbings: British police says several injured in 'major incident' at city centre

West Midlands Police said they are uncertain as to the motive behind the stabbings and are working to establish the details

International Booker 2020: Author Marieke Lucas Rijneveld, translator Michele Hutchison win for The Discomfort of Evening
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International Booker 2020: Author Marieke Lucas Rijneveld, translator Michele Hutchison win for The Discomfort of Evening

The Discomfort of Evening, revolves around 10-year-old Jas, who "has a unique way of experiencing her universe". The synopsis for the book notes that "when a tragic accident ruptures the family, her curiosity warps into a vortex of increasingly disturbing fantasies — unlocking a darkness that threatens to derail them all".

Dubious seed packets reach citizens in India, US, Japan; authorities suspect 'brushing scam', 'agro-terrorism'
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Dubious seed packets reach citizens in India, US, Japan; authorities suspect 'brushing scam', 'agro-terrorism'

The authorities in countries like Japan and Canada warned that these seeds could possibly harm the environment or introduce harmful species when planted

Great Britain’s plans of welcoming fans back to sporting events shelved over fears of further COVID-19 spread
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Great Britain’s plans of welcoming fans back to sporting events shelved over fears of further COVID-19 spread

Small groups of fans were due to attend horse racing, cricket and snooker in the coming days as part of pilot events with coronavirus prevention measures but British Prime Minister Boris Johnson reversed course on Friday.

UK signs deals with Pfizer, BioNTech and Valneva to secure 90 million doses of possible COVID-19 vaccines
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UK signs deals with Pfizer, BioNTech and Valneva to secure 90 million doses of possible COVID-19 vaccines

With no vaccine against COVID-19 developed yet, Britain now has three different types of vaccines under order and a total of 230 million doses potentially available.

UK govt set to roll out speedy finger-prick COVID-19 tests after conducting successful 'secret human trials'
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UK govt set to roll out speedy finger-prick COVID-19 tests after conducting successful 'secret human trials'

The home tests, developed by a University of Oxford consortium with diagnostics firms, can tell within 20 minutes if a person has ever been exposed to COVID-19.

Can expressive prosthetic limbs change our perceptions towards disability?
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Can expressive prosthetic limbs change our perceptions towards disability?

The idea is that by transforming prostheses into accessories, expressive versions can help users make positive statements about themselves.

Champions League: Manchester City allowed to host Real Madrid after London’s latest COVID-19 ruling
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Champions League: Manchester City allowed to host Real Madrid after London’s latest COVID-19 ruling

The British government has decided to relax quarantine requirements for athletes travelling to the UK, which gives Manchester City the green signal to host Real Madrid at the Etihad Stadium for the last-16 Champions League clash.

Archaeologists have discovered a two-kilometre wide prehistoric circle near Stonehenge
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Archaeologists have discovered a two-kilometre wide prehistoric circle near Stonehenge

When the pits were first found they were thought to be natural features but researchers connected the dots and found there was a pattern.

Three killed, three seriously injured after man goes on stabbing spree in England’s Reading town; not treating incident as terrorism, say cops
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Three killed, three seriously injured after man goes on stabbing spree in England’s Reading town; not treating incident as terrorism, say cops

Three people were killed and another three seriously injured when a man went on a stabbing spree in a park in the southern English town of Reading

Nobel Laureate Kazuo Ishiguro's new novel, Klara and the Sun, to be out in March 2021
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Nobel Laureate Kazuo Ishiguro's new novel, Klara and the Sun, to be out in March 2021

Kazuo Ishiguro's upcoming novel is the story of Klara, an artificial friend who, from her place in the store, watches carefully the behaviour of those who come in to browse, and of those who pass in the street outside.

Marcus Rashford's campaign for free meals prove that footballers can do more than just 'sticking to sports'
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Marcus Rashford's campaign for free meals prove that footballers can do more than just 'sticking to sports'

It was not an opposition leader or a policymaker that Boris Johnson was on-call with on Tuesday but Manchester United’s Marcus Rashford. The footballer’s hands-on, ground-level initiatives with FareShare’s food distribution charity, and his consequent appeals have ultimately arm-twisted an establishment into serving society’s most vulnerable.

UK halts hydroxychloroquine trial after experts find no reduction in risk of death among coronavirus patients
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UK halts hydroxychloroquine trial after experts find no reduction in risk of death among coronavirus patients

British scientists halted a major drug trial after it found that the anti-malarial hydroxychloroquine was 'useless' at treating COVID-19 patients

Coronavirus Outbreak: British government gives green signal for sporting events to resume from Monday
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Coronavirus Outbreak: British government gives green signal for sporting events to resume from Monday

Sports events will be allowed to resume in England from Monday without any spectators, providing they comply with the government's coronavirus protocols.

Coronavirus Outbreak: Tata Motors' JLR rolls out first Range Rover made under social distancing measures
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Coronavirus Outbreak: Tata Motors' JLR rolls out first Range Rover made under social distancing measures

The first Range Rover made under new social distancing measures in place to combat coronavirus drove off the production line at the Tata Motors’ owned Jaguar Land Rover’s manufacturing plant in Solihull in the West Midlands region of England on Wednesday, following a recent temporary pause in production due to the pandemic

Neil Gaiman issues apology for breaking lockdown rules; travelling from New Zealand to Scotland amidst the coronavirus pandemic
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Neil Gaiman issues apology for breaking lockdown rules; travelling from New Zealand to Scotland amidst the coronavirus pandemic

Neil Gaiman's apology came a week after he was criticised by the press as well as politicians for making the 11,000 mile-trip from New Zealand to the Isle of Skye in the Hebrides.