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Coronavirus: Spanish deaths fall for fourth consecutive day (2 hours old)

Many hope the slowing death rate means lockdown measures, imposed weeks ago, are having an impact.

Coronavirus: Tiger at Bronx Zoo tests positive for Covid-19 (9 hours old)

The Bronx Zoo in New York says this case of human-to-animal transmission appears to be unique.

James Bond actress Honor Blackman dies aged 94 (4 hours old)

The British actress famously played Pussy Galore opposite Sean Connery's James Bond.

Coronavirus: Africa will not be testing ground for vaccine, says WHO (1 hour 56 minutes old)

Two doctors sparked outrage after suggesting a vaccine for coronavirus could be tested in Africa.

Coronavirus: Quarantined Italian village turned into human laboratory (21 hours old)

Could a tiny hilltop village in Italy help us solve some of the mysteries around coronavirus?

Russian white supremacists are terrorists says Trump (3 hours old)

It is the first time the government has labelled a white supremacist group a terror organisation.

Coronavirus: Turkey sets strict measures as cases soar (3 hours old)

Authorities ramp up restrictions but still have not imposed a full lockdown to curb the coronavirus.

Coronavirus: Ivory Coast protesters target testing centre (5 hours old)

Protesters said it was being built in a crowded residential area, too close to their homes.

Coronavirus: South African bride and groom arrested over lockdown wedding (6 hours old)

Police vans, not wedding cars, greet newlyweds who ignored South Africa's ban on public gatherings.

Jan Kuciak: Soldier jailed for 23 years for journalist's murder (6 hours old)

Investigative reporter Jan Kuciak and his fiancée were shot dead in Slovakia in 2018.

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OPCW report set to blame Syria chemical attacks on Bashar al-Assad (4 hours old)

Watchdog to release first report blaming president for attacks during the conflictThe UN’s chemical weapons watchdog is expected to release its first report explicitly blaming Bashar al-Assad for sarin and chlorine gas attacks on civilians in Syria as efforts to establish accountability for the use of chemical agents in the nine-year-old conflict gain momentum.Observers anticipate that public and classified versions of a report by a new unit at the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) will be published on Wednesday, close to the anniversaries of a major chlorine attack o[...]

Lawsuit raises questions about source of Jeff Bezos's affair revelation (10 hours old)

In lawsuit, Michael Sanchez has accused AMI of plot to ‘scapegoat’ him, and has cast doubt on claim that he was the ‘sole source’ A top executive at the tabloid publisher behind the National Enquirer said in a private email that he was “saving for my tombstone” the untold story of how the tabloid uncovered a 2019 exclusive about Jeff Bezos’s extramarital relationship, according to a lawsuit against the publisher.The claim raises new questions about how American Media Inc (AMI) discovered the Amazon CEO’s relationship, and how it obtained knowledge of explicit sexual photographs that Bezos, one[...]

Former world officials call on US to ease Iran sanctions to fight Covid-19 (7 hours old)

Group of former diplomats and ministers says shifting rules on medical trade could save hundreds of thousands of livesCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageCoronavirus latest: at a glanceA group of 24 senior diplomats and defence officials, including four former Nato secretary generals, have urged Donald Trump to save “potentially hundreds of thousands of lives” across the Middle East by easing medical and humanitarian sanctions on Iran. Related: US ignores calls to suspend Venezuela and Iran sanctions amid coronavirus pandemic Continue reading...

Honor Blackman, James Bond's Pussy Galore, dies aged 94 (2 hours old)

Actor also known for role in Avengers praised as ‘hugely prolific creative talent’ by family• Peter Bradshaw on Honor Blackman: an elegant and witty star who never took herself too seriously• Honor Blackman: a life in picturesHonor Blackman, the actor best known for playing the Bond girl Pussy Galore, has died aged 94.Blackman, who became a household name in the 1960s as Cathy Gale in The Avengers and had a career spanning eight decades, died of natural causes unrelated to coronavirus. Continue reading...

Lockdown has cut Britain's vibrations, seismologists find (3 hours old)

There’s a kind of hush all over the world as the reduction in human activity stops the Earth buzzing so muchCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe dramatic quietening of towns and cities in lockdown Britain has changed the way the Earth moves beneath our feet, scientists say.Seismologists at the British Geological Survey have found that their sensors are twitching less now that human activity has been curtailed, leading to a drop in the anthropogenic din that vibrates through the planet. Continue reading...

Ex-soldier jailed for the double murder of journalist Ján Kuciak and fiancée (3 hours old)

The killings of the investigative reporter and his fiancée led to protests that eventually saw the Slovakian prime minister resignA court in Slovakia has sentenced a former soldier to 23 years in prison for the murder of the investigative journalist Ján Kuciak and his fiancée Martina Kušnírová in February 2018.The double murder of the recently engaged couple, both of whom were 27 at the time, shocked Slovakia and led to protests that eventually saw the prime minister resign. Continue reading...

At least 20 UK phone masts vandalised over false 5G coronavirus claims (6 hours old)

Industry body assures people in open letter there is no link between 5G and pandemicCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageAt least 20 mobile phone masts across the UK are believed to have been torched or otherwise vandalised since Thursday, according to government and industry sources who are increasingly concerned about the impact of baseless theories linking coronavirus to 5G networks.There have been noticeable clusters of attacks on masts around Liverpool and the West Midlands. Owing to the slow rollout of 5G in the UK, many of the masts that have been vandalised did n[...]

New renewable energy capacity hit record levels in 2019 (5 hours old)

Most new electricity globally was green and coronavirus bailouts must boost this further, says agencyAlmost three-quarters of new electricity generation capacity built in 2019 uses renewable energy, representing an all-time record. New data from the International Renewable Energy Agency (Irena) shows solar, wind and other green technologies now provide more than one-third of the world’s power, marking another record.Fossil fuel power plants are in decline in Europe and the US, with more decommissioned than built in 2019. But the number of coal and gas plants grew in Asia, the Middle East and A[...]

Duffy praised by Rape Crisis for going public with details of ordeal (5 hours old)

Account of kidnap and rape will help to stop others suffering in silence, says charityA national rape charity has praised the bravery of the pop singer Duffy for going public with harrowing details of how she was drugged, held captive and raped early in her career.On Sunday Duffy posted details of an ordeal which she kept secret for a decade, hoping that it might bring comfort to others that it is possible to “come out of the darkness”. Continue reading...

'Magic toilet' could monitor users' health, say researchers (5 hours old)

System of sensors and cameras would turn loo into ‘daily clinic’ and detect problems earlyA smart toilet boasting pressure sensors, artificial intelligence and a camera has been unveiled by researchers who say it could provide a valuable way to keep tabs on our health.The model is the latest version of an idea that has been around for several years: a system that examines our daily movements in an effort to spot the emergence of diseases. Such an approach, experts say, has an advantage over wearable devices, since individuals do not need to remember to use the system. Continue reading...

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