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Coronavirus: Rapid spread raises fears of global pandemic (1 hour 11 minutes old)

More infections are reported around the world as governments struggle to contain outbreaks.

Home Secretary Priti Patel 'deeply concerned' by 'false MI5 claims' (1 hour 36 minutes old)

The home secretary hits back at reports of distrust from security bosses and bullying behaviour.

Canary Islands sandstorm: Flights disrupted as dust cloud strands tourists (1 hour 26 minutes old)

Flights to and from the Spanish islands have been disrupted, leaving tourists stranded at airports.

Samira Ahmed reaches settlement with BBC (3 hours old)

The presenter won her employment tribunal last month against the corporation over equal pay.

Syria conflict: Inside the final rebel stronghold (5 hours old)

Millions of people who have long opposed the Syrian regime are trapped at the border with Turkey.

Children banned from heading footballs during training (18 minutes old)

The training guidelines are effective immediately but do not recommend a heading ban during matches.

Police and CPS accused of racism after Christopher Kapessa's death (53 minutes old)

The family of a boy who died in a river has questioned why a suspect has not been prosecuted.

New questions over Farah's relationship with Salazar (13 hours old)

Fresh questions over Mo Farah's relationship with his disgraced former coach Alberto Salazar are raised in a new BBC Panorama investigation.

Tesco to sell plasters in racially diverse skin tones (1 hour 0 minutes old)

The supermarket chain says it wants to give a better reflection of ethnic diversity.

Flood levels in Shrewsbury could be 'highest ever' (47 minutes old)

Main roads in and around Shrewsbury are closed and severe floods could seal off the town.

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Coronavirus: Iran disputes death toll in city of Qom – live updates (6 minutes old)

Health minister says 12 people have died and 66 been infectedIran denies cover-up after reports of 50 deathsChina postpones National People’s CongressStock markets slide amid fears spread could hit growthShare your experiences 1.27pm GMT The World Health Organization confirmed “steep declines” in coronavirus cases in China even after taking into account statistical issues. 1.11pm GMT Related: Coronavirus: Iran denies cover-up after reports of 50 deaths Continue reading...

Boris Johnson has 'full confidence' in Priti Patel despite bullying claims (22 minutes old)

PM also said claims home secretary was not fully briefed by MI5 were ‘baseless and wrong’Boris Johnson has “full confidence” in the ability of Priti Patel, the home secretary, to do her job, his official spokesman has said.However, he declined to offer the same level of support for Philip Rutnam, the top civil servant at the Home Office, with the spokesman saying only that the prime minister has “full confidence in the civil service”. Continue reading...

No 10: UK aim is to 'restore independence' from EU by end of year (39 minutes old)

Spokesman says objective is to end transition period by 1 January with or without trade dealAll the day’s political developments - liveBritain’s main goal in trade talks with the EU will be to “restore economic and political independence from 1 January”, No 10 has said, as the government prepares to publish its negotiating aims on Thursday.Boris Johnson’s official spokesman said the “primary objective” was ending the transition period by the end of the year, regardless of whether a deal had been struck. Continue reading...

Deaths of homeless people sleeping in bins prompt calls for action (7 hours old)

Exclusive: homelessness surge blamed for rising number of crushing deaths and injuries‘The blade was coming towards him’: how bins pose lethal riskRough sleepers are sheltering in bins all year round, with surging homelessness in the UK blamed for a rising number of deaths by crushing and near misses while containers are being emptied, a waste industry report has found.Homelessness charities and waste industry officials are calling for action to prevent “terrible fatalities”, after incidents in which vulnerable people sleeping in waste containers have died after being accidentally tipped into [...]

Leaked reports show Mo Farah changed account to US anti-doping investigators (2 hours old)

Farah repeatedly denied having L-carnitine injection to UsadaAthlete insists he clarified quickly after realising his errorPanorama probes links between UKA and Alberto SalazarMo Farah is facing fresh questions over his relationship with banned coach Alberto Salazar after it emerged that he repeatedly denied to US anti-doping investigators that he was given injections of a controversial supplement – only to change his account.The BBC’s Panorama says that Farah was injected four times with L-carnitine two days before before the 2014 London marathon by UK Athletics chief medical officer at the t[...]

Half a million people in UK live in flats with unsafe cladding – report (1 hour 20 minutes old)

Pressure growing on ministers to launch £2bn bailout, with rally planned by debt-stricken leaseholders More than half a million people are living in unsafe private apartments wrapped in combustible cladding, according to a survey by property agents, as pressure grows on ministers to launch a bailout that could cost more than £2bn.The estimated scale of the post-Grenfell cladding crisis is far higher than previous government figures have suggested and comes before a rally in Westminster on Tuesday, when leaseholders who are facing unaffordable bills of up to £100,000 each will demand action fro[...]

Labour leadership poll opens as Keir Starmer promises jobs to rivals (3 hours old)

Frontrunner says good-natured contest with Long-Bailey and Nandy ‘bodes well’ for partyToday’s politics news - live updatesKeir Starmer has pledged to give “top” shadow cabinet roles to his two rivals for the Labour leadership, as voting opened for party members to pick who should succeed Jeremy Corbyn.Starmer, seen as the frontrunner in the race, which will result in a new leader being announced on 4 April, said he was pleased that he, Rebecca Long-Bailey and Lisa Nandy had not been “taking lumps out of each other”, which he said “bodes well for the Labour party”. Continue reading...

Children under age of 12 banned from heading footballs in training (44 minutes old)

English, Scottish and Irish FAs reveal new guidelinesRules start with immediate effect but do not apply to gamesThe Football Association, alongside its Scottish and Irish counterparts, has taken steps to curtail heading in youth football following research that showed former professionals were more than three times likely than non-players to die from brain disease.The “updated Heading Guidance”, drawn up in conjunction with Uefa’s medical committee, states that children between the ages of 6 and 11 should no longer be allowed to head the ball during training sessions. A “graduated approach” wi[...]

Samira Ahmed and BBC reach settlement over equal pay claim (3 hours old)

Tribunal previously ruled Ahmed should have been paid same rate as Jeremy VineThe BBC has decided not to appeal against the equal pay case involving the Newswatch presenter Samira Ahmed after she won an employment tribunal against the broadcaster, giving hope to other women seeking back pay from the national broadcaster.Ahmed successfully claimed she was owed almost £700,000 in back pay because of the difference between her £440-an-episode rate and the £3,000 an episode Jeremy Vine received for hosting Points of View, a similar programme to Newswatch. Continue reading...

End housebuilding on flood plains – Labour (3 hours old)

Call comes after Guardian revealed 11,000 homes were planned in high-risk areasLabour has called for an immediate end to building houses on land at high risk of flooding following the worst winter storms in years.The Guardian revealed on Sunday that more than 11,000 homes were planned in areas the government considers a high flood risk in the seven English regions swamped by Storms Ciara and Dennis. Continue reading...

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Now for the SNOW! Winter weather blows in after weeks of gales and floods (3 minutes old)

The North of England, Scotland and Northern Ireland will take the brunt of the severe weather this week, while further south towns will battle fresh flooding which poses a threat to life.

Julian Assange supporters camp out ahead of WikiLeaks founder's fight against extradition to US (13 minutes old)

The 48-year-old (pictured last year) allegedly risked the lives of informants helping American forces in Iraq and Afghanistan by publishing unredacted documents online and several are missing.

Priti Patel allies rage at 'sexist and spiteful' Home Office briefings (53 minutes old)

Boris Johnson's spokesman insisted he has 'full confidence' in Priti Patel after claims security chiefs do not trust her with intelligence, and that she has 'belittled' officials.

BA flight to Milan delayed at Heathrow after a passenger got off the plane over fears of coronavirus (1 hour 20 minutes old)

A passenger due to fly from London Heathrow to Milan today refused to board a British Airways flight at the last minute, amid fears they would contract the deadly coronavirus.

Air passenger duty could be cut by HALF (3 hours old)

Passengers are charged air passenger duty on all flights from the UK. The rate is £13 for a short-haul economy flight, rising to £172 for a long-haul trip in business or first class.

Prince Andrew faces quiz from US Virgin Islands Attorney General (3 hours old)

US Virgin Islands Attorney general Denise George, who is investigating Epstein's child sex trafficking to Little Saint James, has not ruled out speaking to the Duke of York.

Woman suffers head injuries after stripper pole 'rips out of the ceiling' (5 hours old)

Lewis Riches, 32, had been performing at the For Your Eyes Only club in Shoreditch on Saturday when he 'jumped onto a pole' which then 'ripped out of the ceiling'.

Four of the 32 cruise ship passengers taken to Arrowe Park have tested positive for coronavirus (5 hours old)

Four of the 32 cruise ship passengers taken to Arrowe Park, Merseyside, on Saturday have tested positive for coronavirus strain COVID-19, the Chief Medical Officer for England has said.

HGV driver who took wrong M6 exit does U-turn on slip road is jailed for six months  (5 hours old)

A lorry driver took the wrong M6 exit and performed a U-turn on to a slip road before turning on to the motorway. The driver was jailed for six months and disqualified from driving for 15.

Couple slam Persimmon after their £183,000 new-build home is ruined by 'diabolical' flooded garden  (5 hours old)

Kai Harrison, 23, has slammed Persimmon after discovering a 'diabolical' flooded garden at the new-build home he's sharing with partner Annie, in Nottingham. It's 'effectively a bog', he claimed.

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Home Secretary Priti Patel 'deeply concerned' by 'false MI5 claims' (1 hour 36 minutes old)

The home secretary hits back at reports of distrust from security bosses and bullying behaviour.

Flood levels in Shrewsbury could be 'highest ever'  (47 minutes old)

Main roads in and around Shrewsbury are closed and severe floods could seal off the town.

New questions over Farah's relationship with Salazar (13 hours old)

Fresh questions over Mo Farah's relationship with his disgraced former coach Alberto Salazar are raised in a new BBC Panorama investigation.

Samira Ahmed reaches settlement with BBC (3 hours old)

The presenter won her employment tribunal last month against the corporation over equal pay.

Julian Assange 'put lives at risk' by sharing unredacted files (11 minutes old)

The Wikileaks co-founder appears at a court in London on the opening day of his extradition hearing.

Children banned from heading footballs during training (18 minutes old)

The training guidelines are effective immediately but do not recommend a heading ban during matches.

Police and CPS accused of racism after Christopher Kapessa's death (53 minutes old)

The family of a boy who died in a river has questioned why a suspect has not been prosecuted.

Ilkeston NatWest Hole: TripAdvisor halts spoof reviews (3 hours old)

A spate of spoof reviews saw the hole ranked as one of Ilkeston's top-rated attractions.

Labour leadership: Members voting in three-way contest (4 hours old)

Sir Keir Starmer, Lisa Nandy and Rebecca Long-Bailey remain in the race to succeed Jeremy Corbyn.

Love Island winner Finn Tapp expected back by Oxford City (1 hour 42 minutes old)

Oxford City said Finn Tapp left without telling them in January to take part in Love Island.

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Coronavirus: Iran disputes death toll in city of Qom – live updates (22 minutes old)

Health minister says 12 people have died and 66 been infectedIran denies cover-up after reports of 50 deathsChina postpones National People’s CongressStock markets slide amid fears spread could hit growthShare your experiences 1.11pm GMT Related: Coronavirus: Iran denies cover-up after reports of 50 deaths 1.06pm GMT Ireland has said its citizens should not travel to parts of Italy affected by an outbreak of coronavirus.Italy’s government has moved to close off the worst-hit areas, in the northern regions of Lombardy and Veneto, as the death toll in the country from the disease rose to five [...]

Lesotho PM in surprise court appearance over wife's murder (1 hour 34 minutes old)

Lawyers argue that Thomas Thabane’s office gives him immunity from prosecutionLesotho’s prime minister has made a surprise appearance in court to hear lawyers argue that his office granted him immunity from prosecution for murdering his estranged wife shortly before he took power.Thomas Thabane was questioned by police about the shooting two days before his inauguration in 2017 and was due to be charged with murder last week. However, the 80-year-old politician did not attend the court hearing in Maseru, the capital of the small mountain kingdom, saying he had to travel to neighbouring South A[...]

No 10: UK aim is to 'restore independence' from EU by end of year (39 minutes old)

Spokesman says objective is to end transition period by 1 January even if no deal has been struckAll the day’s political developments - liveBritain’s main goal in trade talks with the EU will be to “restore economic and political independence from 1 January”, No 10 has said, as the government prepares to publish its negotiating aims on Thursday.Boris Johnson’s official spokesman said the “primary objective” was ending the transition period by the end of the year, regardless of whether a deal had been struck. Continue reading...

Julian Assange hearing: 'journalism is no excuse for breaking law' (2 hours old)

Lawyers for US government deliver opening arguments as extradition case beginsReporting for journalism is not an excuse for breaking laws, lawyers acting for the US government have said on the first day of a legal battle over whether the WikiLeaks founder can be extradited from the UK.The US case was opened on Monday at Woolwich crown court in south-east London by James Lewis QC, who said that by disseminating material in an unredacted form Assange knowingly put human rights activists, dissidents, journalists and their families at risk of serious harm in states operated by oppressive regimes. [...]

Trump holds rally in India while Steyer qualifies for South Carolina debate – live (20 minutes old)

Trump has appeared at a rally with Narendra ModiSteyer qualifies for South Carolina debate In this defining moment for America, support the Guardian’s independent journalism. Make a contribution 1.14pm GMT Julian Assange has just stood up in court in London to speakA plea to his supporters from Julian Assange, who stands up in court and says - while he appreciates the public's support - he can't concentrate and hear properly what's being said#Assange Related: Julian Assange hearing: 'journalism is no excuse for breaking law' 12.54pm GMT Jonathan Swan has an interesting looking exclusive for A[...]

Malaysia's PM Mahathir Mohamad resigns amid political turmoil (3 hours old)

The 94-year-old quits after Anwar Ibrahim accused his party of betraying a promise to transfer powerMalaysia’s prime minister, Mahathir Mohamad, has resigned amid a day of political drama, prompting the collapse of the ruling alliance and uncertainty over the future leadership of the country.His resignation, delivered to the king on Monday afternoon, follows accusations that the 94-year-old leader betrayed a promise to hand over power to the country’s would-be prime minister, Anwar Ibrahim. Anwar was promised that he would succeed Mahathir when the rivals partnered in an unlikely alliance that[...]

Leaked reports show Mo Farah changed account to US anti-doping investigators (2 hours old)

Farah repeatedly denied having L-carnitine injection to UsadaAthlete insists he clarified quickly after realising his errorPanorama probes links between UKA and Alberto SalazarMo Farah is facing fresh questions over his relationship with banned coach Alberto Salazar after it emerged that he repeatedly denied to US anti-doping investigators that he was given injections of a controversial supplement – only to change his account.The BBC’s Panorama says that Farah was injected four times with L-carnitine two days before before the 2014 London marathon by UK Athletics chief medical officer at the t[...]

Canary Islands: flights resume after sandstorm stranded travellers (1 hour 30 minutes old)

Archipelago’s eight airports running with reduced capacity after 822 flights affectedFlights are resuming from airports across the Canary Islands after a sandstorm from the Sahara dyed the archipelago’s skies a thick orange and reduced visibility, leaving thousands of travellers stranded.On Monday morning, Spain’s airport authority, Aena, said all the islands’ eight airports were once again operating, but with reduced capacity. Continue reading...

Philip Morris drew up plan for £1bn tobacco transition fund (6 hours old)

Exclusive: firm accused of hypocrisy after talking to anti-tobacco MP about helping smokers switch productsPhilip Morris International (PMI), one of the world’s biggest tobacco companies, drew up plans for a £1bn tobacco transition fund in the UK to be spent by local authorities and Public Health England on persuading smokers to give up cigarettes in favour of alternatives such as its “heat not burn” smokeless tobacco product, IQOS, leaked documents reveal.The documents, obtained by the Guardian and Channel 4’s Dispatches programme, show PMI had discussions with a leading anti-tobacco MP about[...]

German centre-left victorious in Hamburg state elections (3 hours old)

SPD bucks national trend, while support for Merkel’s CDU drops to historic lowGermany’s centre-left parties consolidated their governing majority in state elections in the northern city of Hamburg on Sunday, while support for Angela Merkel’s conservatives dropped to a historic low and the far right crossed the threshold for entering parliament only by the narrowest of margins.The Social Democratic party (SPD) bucked the national trend by holding on to one of its few remaining strongholds, emerging top with 39% of the vote. The Greens, the SPD’s junior coalition partner, doubled their share to [...]

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