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Spreading faster, hitting harder – why young Brazilians are dying of Covid
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Spreading faster, hitting harder – why young Brazilians are dying of Covid

One month after Michel Castro’s premature brush with death, the coronavirus infection has receded but the nightmares persist. In them the 31-year-old father relives the spine-chilling scenes he witnessed as his Covid-hit body battled for survival in a Rio ICU. The six-month-old baby who appeared to be suffocating right next to him. The man urinating...

Gambling firms donating ‘insulting’ amounts to addiction charity
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Gambling firms donating ‘insulting’ amounts to addiction charity

Gambling firms behind more than £30m in football shirt sponsorship deals have been accused of making “insulting” contributions to the industry-funded addiction charity, with one giving just £250. An annual list of donors to GambleAware, which is funded by online casinos and bookmakers, details how much individual firms have given. The data reveals an increase in contributions...

Hong Kong pro-democracy figures given jail terms of up to 18 months
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Hong Kong pro-democracy figures given jail terms of up to 18 months

Ten of Hong Kong’s most senior pro-democracy activists including the media mogul Jimmy Lai have been sentenced to jail terms of up to 18 months for organising or attending “unauthorised assemblies” during mass protests that rocked the city in 2019. In the latest blow to Hong Kong’s pro-democracy movement, the individuals were either ordered to jail...

Government to publish results of Whitehall second jobs probe but refuses to say when
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Government to publish results of Whitehall second jobs probe but refuses to say when

The results of an official investigation into the second jobs of senior civil servants, triggered by the Greensill lobbying scandal, will be made public, No 10 has confirmed. Downing Street would not be drawn on when the findings would be released, however. They will be given to an investigation into the Greensill affair ordered by Boris Johnson earlier this...

Biden hits Russia with new sanctions in response to election meddling
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Biden hits Russia with new sanctions in response to election meddling

The Biden administration has announced the expulsion of 10 Russian diplomats and broad sanctions against Russian officials and companies in retaliation for Moscow’s interference in elections and cyber-espionage campaigns such as the SolarWinds hack. The sanctions, which were the Biden administration’s largest punitive action against the Kremlin yet, also targeted six Russian cybersecurity companies deemed to...

Ocado looks to ‘kerb-to-kitchen’ robot deliveries in £10m Oxbotica deal
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Ocado looks to ‘kerb-to-kitchen’ robot deliveries in £10m Oxbotica deal

Ocado has invested £10m in a self-driving vehicles company to drive its ambition to make autonomous grocery deliveries and develop “kerb-to-kitchen robots” to drop off shopping in homes. The online grocer, which has previously tested a prototype self-driving truck delivering food and snacks to customers in south-east London, has moved to strike a commercial partnership with Oxford-based...

How Prince Philip’s death will affect UK politics
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How Prince Philip’s death will affect UK politics

The machinery of the British government spun into action to facilitate formal arrangements following the death of the Prince Philip, but a period of mourning will mean a major pause in politics at Westminster and beyond. All political campaigning for the Scottish, Welsh and English local elections in May has ceased, while ministers will no longer...

UK consumers need clear idea of cost of EU purchases, Which? says
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UK consumers need clear idea of cost of EU purchases, Which? says

Consumers in Britain should be given a clearer idea of the costs they face when buying from EU retailers following Brexit so they are not left with unexpected fees or scammed, the consumer group Which? has said. Since the transition period ended, many customers buying from the EU have faced bills for VAT and, when the item has...