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More than 3,000,000 people have now died with Covid across the world
The tally has risen by 1,000,000 in the space of three months.
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Prince Philip’s secret return visit to his birthplace
Greek island of Corfu quietly remembers Prince Philip, and plans permanent exhibition to commemorate the Duke of Edinburgh, who was born here in 1921, writes Alex Sakalis
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Manchester gangland killers caught on camera - and their boasting rap videos
After the 17-year-old was stabbed to death Daneaco Reid filmed himself on his mobile phone bragging about the killing
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Poet laureate writes elegy for the Duke of Edinburgh
The poem pays tribute to Philip’s distinguished career in the Royal Navy.
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Urgent search for missing girl, 12, as officers 'concerned for her welfare'
People are asked to call 999 if they see Leonnii Harper, who was last seen in Coseley on Friday night and is now thought to be in the Dudley area, say West Midlands Police
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Manchester City XI vs Chelsea FC: Predicted lineup, confirmed team news, injury latest for FA Cup today
Pep Guardiola is expected to deploy a false nine this evening as Manchester City look to beat Chelsea and reach the FA Cup final.
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Patients evacuated as fire blazes in Johannesburg hospital
Hundreds of patients are being evacuated from Johannesburg’s Charlotte Maxeke Hospital where a fire is blazing through parts of the facility in South Africa’s largest city
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Peaky Blinders' Cillian Murphy breaks silence over co-star Helen McCrory's death
Cillian Murphy said he will 'dearly miss his pal' as he led the Peaky Blinders stars paying tribute to their much-loved co-star Helen McCrory
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Chelsea FC XI vs Manchester City: Predicted lineup, confirmed team news, injury latest for FA Cup today
N’Golo Kante has been declared fit for Chelsea’s FA Cup semi-final clash with Manchester City this evening.
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Former Man United manager Mourinho responds to Pogba comments
Paul Pogba slammed former Man Utd manager Jose Mourinho for turning on the players during his time at Old Trafford.
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Ben Askren’s vulgar admission to Jake Paul during final face-off
Ben Askren and Jake Paul faced-off for the final time ahead of their bout with the former MMA star telling his opponent he needed to "take a s***"
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Prince Philip funeral plans – from who will carry coffin to guest list
Prince Philip's funeral will take place today at 3pm in St George's Chapel. The plans around his funeral have been in place for years under the code name Forth Bridge. Here is all you need to know
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The real-life Line of Duty AC-12: ‘We spend a lot more time sat in front of computers’
Exclusive: Chief of Scotland Yard’s anti-corruption command tells Lizzie Dearden where Line of Duty gets it right, and wrong
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Ziyech makes "difficult" admission about his first season in English football
The Chelsea winger has had an up and down time of it ever since he joined the club from Ajax last summer, but he could have a golden ending
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Prince Philip spent years supporting a young paralysed carriage rider
Prince Philip spent years supporting Andrew Cowdery, then 21, who hit his head during a swimming pool dive in Princes Risborough in 1984 and was left paralysed.
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Twisted dad jailed after forcing daughter to sign contract to 'never get fat'
Rachid Khadla, 56, made his daughter promise she would 'never get fat... even until I die' as part of the twisted regime he enforced at the family home in Windsor, Berks
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Church leaders warn vaccine passports an ‘unethical form of coercion’
Message contained in an open letter to the prime minister
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Is constantly striving for happiness making us miserable?
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Prince Philip's funeral: King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden leads European royals paying tribute
Sweden's Carl XVI Gustaf, a distant cousin of the Queen through his great-great-grandmother Queen Victoria, led European royals paying tribute to the Duke of Edinburgh on the day of his funeral.
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Puppy needs emergency surgery after swallowing AirPods – but they still work when they’re removed
His vet is urging owners to act quickly if the same happens to them.
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Order of Service for the funeral of Prince Philip
This is the Order of Service for the funeral of Prince Philip on Saturday
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Arsenal set ‘realistic’ date for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s return
The striker contracted malaria while on international duty with Gabon.
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Drinkers to down 6,000,000 pints today in celebration of ‘Super Saturday’
Pubs have had to put in extra orders after a very busy week.
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Anthony Grainger shooting: Mum loses legal challenge over GMP court case
Mr Grainger, 36, was shot dead GMP firearms officer in a car park in Culcheth, Cheshire, in March 2012
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Prince Philip funeral guest list: Who will attend the ceremony today?
A maximum of 30 royal family members will attend the Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral in line with coronavirus restrictions
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Priti Patel approves extradition of billionaire diamond tycoon Nirav Modi to India to face trial
Nirav Modi, 50, whose jewels have adorned Hollywood stars, fled India before details of his alleged involvement in the country's biggest bank fraud became public in 2018.
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Simon Armitage pays tribute to Prince Philip in new poem shared ahead of funeral
Poet laureate says he wanted to avoid the ‘sycophancy’ that the late royal despised
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'Very violent' man went on shooting spree - and nobody really knows shy
'We'll never be certain what his motive was that day,' say alarmed detectives
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Chelsea FC vs Manchester City tactics: Predicting where FA Cup semi-final will be won and lost today
Today’s FA Cup semi-final between Chelsea and Manchester City will be the first time Thomas Tuchel and Pep Guardiola lock horns in English football — and it could be a thriller.
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Royal aides 'walking on eggshells' to avoid worsening Harry and William feud
Harry will reunite with his brother William at Prince Philip's funeral for the first time since he and he and wife Meghan Markle's explosive interview with Oprah Winfrey
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Philip’s ‘unwavering loyalty’ to Queen to be hailed at funeral
The funeral service for the Duke of Edinburgh will begin at 3pm.
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Notre-Dame: Beautiful images virtually revive the Parisian Cathedral two years after it burnt
The French authorities have pledged to return Notre-Dame to its former glory within three years, with the first mass to be held in the restored cathedral's nave April 15, 2024.
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Chelsea vs Man City: FA Cup semi-final prediction, TV channel, h2h results, team news, live stream, odds today
Chelsea today will be out to wreck Manchester City’s quadruple dream when the two sides meet in the FA Cup semi-final at Wembley.
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Grimsby v Bolton live: build-up, team news, match updates and reaction
We'll bring you the latest from the League Two clash at Blundell Park
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Without Harry Kane, Jose Mourinho faces deep trouble at Tottenham
Striker has been directly involved in 62 goals in 62 games under the coach, often masking Spurs’ problems
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Elliot Page hits back at ‘upsetting, cruel and exhausting’ transgender bills in the US
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Prince Philip honoured with poem read over stunning montage pictures of incredible life
AN EMOTIVE video celebrating the life of Prince Philip has been released by the official Royal Family Twitter account.
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Coronavirus live news: concerns Indian Covid variant could ‘scupper’ UK roadmap; global death toll nears 3m
India has another daily record rise in cases; pandemic made 2020 ‘the year of the quiet ocean’, say scientistsPeak District welcomes visitors as Mansfield cases riseWhat are the new Covid variants?For all our coronavirus coverage 8.51am BST In the UK, Helen Dickinson, the chief executive of the British Retail Consortium, said high street shops had seen a “really positive” bounce after non-essential retail was allowed to reopen this week. “It certainly started really well,” she told BBC Radio 4’s Today. “Although footfall was down on two years ago – because there wasn’t a lot of point measuring it against last year because we were already in lockdown in 2020 as well – it wasn’t down anything like it had been during the period of lockdown. “From a retail point of view, people really did come out and support their local businesses and all the retailers I’ve spoken to said those first few days of the past week or so had been really positive in terms of trading. “I think your piece highlighted the excitement of people getting back out and the excitement of the businesses in getting ready to welcome their customers back safely.” On the growth of online shopping, Dickinson said she expected some of that to “absolutely shift back” now physical shops were open but said many retailers would continue to embrace the change, adding: “More and more people in the industry are seeing this as an opportunity rather than a threat.” 8.51am BST The global death toll from coronavirus is expected to reach a milestone 3m as the race to vaccinate populations continues and countries such as India grapple with a surge in infections.The number of deaths now stands at 2.9m, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. India, the world’s most populous country, racked up 234,692 Covid-19 infections in the 24 hours to Saturday morning, health ministry data showed, which was the eighth record daily increase in the last nine days. Continue reading...
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Haunted by shame: victims of bank transfer scams tell of lasting trauma
Fraud can have devastating consequences on victims, and not only financiallyMary Higgins’s life changed the moment the phone rang one afternoon in November. The caller claimed to be from the Metropolitan police fraud department and told her that her bank cards had been compromised.In an elaborate scam, involving two days of phone calls from fake officials, the 78-year-old was persuaded that she was helping police with a money-laundering sting in which her bank was complicit and agreed to transfer £10,000 from her Santander account to “safe” havens. Continue reading...
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I once became an editor by mistake. It taught me to value the people behind the scenes | Hadley Freeman
Actors and pop stars can be hit-and-miss as interviewees, whereas directors and music producers rarely disappoint. The same is true of writers versus editorsI am going to assume you are a Guardian reader, given that you are at this moment reading the Guardian. Whenever I meet Guardian readers, they invariably ask me about my fellow Guardian writers: what’s Tim Dowling like? (Extremely scary.) Have I ever met Polly Toynbee? (No, because she lives in a castle guarded by dragons.) Do I eat lunch with Marina Hyde? (She doesn’t eat lunch: she’s a vampire.) But I am never asked about my editors.One of the many cultural differences between British and American journalism is that in the US, even among non-journalists, there is a genuine reverence for editors: Ben Bradlee, who edited the Washington Post during Watergate; former New Yorker editor William Shawn; Robert Silvers, the late founding editor of the New York Review of Books. Continue reading...
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White City by Kevin Power review – in the steps of Martin Amis
The story of a disgraced banker’s son, Power’s second novel is part rogue’s confession and part post-Celtic Tiger satireThe Irish author Kevin Power took time to follow up his 2008 debut, Bad Day in Blackrock, and his new novel, while lighter in tone, lifts up similar rocks to shine its beam on what lies beneath. Both are interested in the privilege of what F Scott Fitzgerald called “careless people”, and the messes they leave for others to clean up.White City synthesises familiar forms into a whole: the rogue’s confession, the young man finding his way, the post-Celtic Tiger satire on puffed-up, self-perpetuating bullshit businesses. Our guide is 27-year-old Ben, son of a disgraced Dublin banker, languishing in rehab and writing an account of his wrong turns as therapy. He’s half-bookish, half-lazy, really just wants to write his terrible-sounding novel (“Decay: A Report”), and only gets a job when his father is charged with embezzling €600m from his bank and the money tap is turned off. Continue reading...
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Wilhelm Reich: the strange, prescient sexologist who sought to set us free
He believed orgasms could be a healing force and coined the term ‘sexual revolution’. Reich’s understanding of the body is vital in our age of protests and patriarchy, writes Olivia LaingThere are certain people who speak directly into their moment, and others who leave a message for history to decipher, whose work gains in relevance or whose life becomes uncannily meaningful decades after their death. It’s hard to think of a better example of the latter right now, in this year of protests and plague, than the renegade psychoanalyst Wilhelm Reich, one of the strangest and most prescient thinkers of the 20th century.What Reich wanted to understand was the body itself: why you might want to escape or subdue it, why it remains a naked source of power. His wild life draws together aspects of bodily experience that remain intensely relevant now, from illness to sex, anti-fascist direct action to incarceration. The writer and civil rights activist James Baldwin read Reich, as did many of the second-wave feminists. Susan Sontag wrote Illness As Metaphor as a riposte to his theories about health, while Kate Bush’s song “Cloudbusting” immortalises his battle with the law, its insistent, hiccupping refrain – “I just know that something good is going to happen” – conveying the compelling utopian atmosphere of his ideas. Continue reading...
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Acclaimed photographer June Newton – a life in pictures
Portrait photographer June Newton, who worked under the pseudonym Alice Springs, has died at 97 at her home in Monte Carlo. Married to Helmut Newton and the subject of many of his portraits, she was a highly acclaimed photographer in her own right, best known for her intimate portraits Continue reading...
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Victoria Beckham almost wed local electrician & used his name in Spice Girls
Victoria Beckham was engaged to burglar alarm fitter Mark Wood and even used his surname on early Spice Girls merch, going by the moniker of Victoria Adams Wood
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