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Schemes boosting cycling and walking accelerate across the UK
Campaigners urge city leaders across the world to see coronavirus and climate crisis as call to actionOne of the first “low-traffic neighbourhoods” to be created in the UK was in Hackney, east London, in the early 1970s, when residential roads were closed to through traffic but remained open to loca
Hundreds of thousands of students in Scotland banned from socialising
Student union says move disregards mental health and ‘applies different rules from the rest of the adult population’Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageHundreds of thousands of students in Scotland have been banned from socialising and going to bars as coronavirus cases sprea
Genetic or immune defects may impair ability to fight Covid-19
Exclusive: significant proportion of severely ill people have inborn errors, study findsCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageA significant proportion of patients who develop life-threatening forms of Covid-19 have genetic or immunological defects that impair their ability to f
Michael Kiwanuka wins 2020 Mercury prize
Folk-soul singer wins £25,000 prize on third attempt for the album Kiwanuka, described by the Guardian as one of the best albums of the past decade The 2020 Mercury prize for the year’s best British album has gone to Michael Kiwanuka for his self-titled album, Kiwanuka.“I’m over the moon, so so exci
Suella Braverman calls fellow female MP 'emotional' during Brexit bill row
Braverman’s response was branded ‘pathetic’ by the shadow justice secretary, David LammyThe attorney general, Suella Braverman, has come under fire for calling a fellow female MP “emotional” after she questioned her support for the government’s bid to break international law.The term, often consider
Breonna Taylor decision: fresh protests expected across US
Demonstrations occurred in several major US cities Wednesday after just one police officer charged with wanton endangermentBreonna Taylor decision – live updatesFresh protests were expected in Louisville and elsewhere in America on Thursday as public anger and sadness continued to ripple out from th
Ofcom to review BBC Sounds over claims it is damaging competition
Concern in commercial radio sector that BBC is using substantial funding to crowd out rivalsThe expansion of BBC Sounds could be curtailed amid concerns from commercial radio stations that its growth is squeezing out rival for-profit services.The media regulator Ofcom has launched a review of the BB
Unicef UK chair Douglas Alexander resigns amid bullying allegations
Former Labour MP denies accusations as charity’s vice-chair also steps downThe chair of Unicef UK, Douglas Alexander, has resigned after being accused of bullying behaviour towards staff.One of the charity’s vice-chairs, Caroline Underwood, also announced she had stepped down, a day after the execut
Amazon launches spherical Echo and flying camera drone
Firm shows new motorised display, car alarm, Luna game-streaming service and moreAmazon has announced a full range of new spherical Echo devices, new motorised smart display, a camera drone that flies around your house, a game-streaming service and more.In a streaming presentation, the firm showed o
Volkswagen to pay compensation for collaborating with Brazil’s dictatorship
Brazilian investigation found company was one of several that secretly worked with 1964-85 military government The German carmaker Volkswagen has agreed to pay millions in compensation to former employees in Brazil who were persecuted during the country’s military dictatorship.A Brazilian government