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Lethal airstrikes in Yemen ‘left off’ confidential UK record

Posted on Jan 03, 2021

The government is under pressure to explain why a series of air strikes in Yemen, many involving civilian casualties, have not been recorded in its confidential log of


Come clean on logjams at British borders as new Brexit rules kick in, ministers told

Posted on Jan 03, 2021

Ministers are facing demands for more honesty and transparency over any logjams at the UK border in the wake of Britain’s exit from the EU, amid concerns that waves of


Breakthrough in UK’s slow-brewing move towards an eco-friendly cuppa

Posted on Jan 03, 2021

The Co-op is to launch a range of own-brand plastic-free teabags nearly three years after it first pledged an eco-friendly version of the nation’s favourite brew.


Julian Assange partner: extradition would be ‘unthinkable travesty’

Posted on Jan 03, 2021

Julian Assange’s partner has said a decision to extradite the WikiLeaks co-founder to the US would be “politically and legally disastrous for the UK”, on the eve


Eating out is one of the bright sparks to look forward to this year

Posted on Jan 03, 2021

L et’s start with the good news. For the UK’s restaurant sector, 2021 will be better than 2020. This is only because, short of your actual Godzill


The world in 2021 – how global politics will change this year

Posted on Jan 03, 2021

A potent mix of hope and fear accompanies the start of 2021 in most of the world. Scientists have created several vaccines for a disease that did


Stowaway tells how he survived 11-hour flight to UK in new film

Posted on Jan 03, 2021

A South African man who survived an 11-hour flight from Johannesburg to London after hiding in a plane’s undercarriage has told of the last words he exchanged with a f


There’s a darker side to English businesses citing Magna Carta to defy lockdown

Posted on Jan 03, 2021

A s someone who writes about online culture, I spend a fair bit of time researching the internet’s shady corners – and it’s hard to be surpr


Spirituality is all very well but don't let it turn you into a smug monster

Posted on Jan 03, 2021

I t would appear that the mindfulness movement is overrun by preening narcissists. Who could have guessed? A Dutch study by Roos Vonk and Anouk Vi


Lacazette double rounds off Arsenal's demolition of West Brom in snow

Posted on Jan 03, 2021

Fairweather footballers? Not Arsenal, at least not here. Mikel Arteta’s team made light of fierce conditions and desperate opponents to produce possibly their best per


'Energy needed a digital revolution – and we are it'

Posted on Jan 03, 2021

G reg Jackson, chief executive of Octopus Energy, wears the unassuming combination of jeans and trainers one might expect from the founder of a wi


'I'd sunk, lost all confidence': the charity helping young people into work

Posted on Jan 03, 2021

Georgina George had a tough time at school and struggled for years afterwards to work out what she wanted to do with her life. Then just before the pandemic hit, it


Richest 1% have almost a quarter of UK wealth, study claims

Posted on Jan 03, 2021

Almost a quarter of all household wealth in the UK is held by the richest 1% of the population, according to alarming new research that reveals a historic underestimat


Gibraltar hails 'historic day' as last-minute deal greeted with relief

Posted on Jan 02, 2021

Surrounded by fences and set against the dramatic backdrop of the Rock of Gibraltar, the frontier between Spain and Gibraltar has long set the pace of life in the sout


First lorries cross into France as Britain and Europe wake to new Brexit reality

Posted on Jan 02, 2021

Moments after the UK left the EU with an 11th-hour deal, the first trucks hauling goods across the new customs border presented their clearance documents to French age


On race in 2020, we took a step forward – from minus 10 to zero. We can't afford to go back

Posted on Jan 02, 2021

This was the year that made achieving nothing look like progress. I mean that in the nicest way. A wise old man I spoke to recently put it better. He has spent a lif


With a heavy heart, Johnson will always remind us who the real victim is: him

Posted on Jan 02, 2021

I t is one of the curiosities of this inside-out age that Donald Trump is loved by conspiracists, even though he is a leader – at last! – who embo


UK university students ask for emergency cash to cover fees and rent

Posted on Jan 02, 2021

Students have called on the universities minister to provide emergency financial support to cover fees and rent after she announced that most of them should not return


'Betrayed': Dover residents furious over building of Brexit lorry park

Posted on Jan 02, 2021

It was all quiet on the Dover front in the hours after the UK left the EU, as lorries continued to avoid the port. But just minutes away, beyond the famous white cli


Tate & Lyle accused of betraying Cambodia families whose land was allegedly taken

Posted on Jan 02, 2021

Tate & Lyle has been accused of betraying 200 families in Cambodia who have fought for years to secure compensation for land they say was taken from them to make w


Martin Lambie-Nairn obituary

Posted on Jan 01, 2021

Martin Lambie-Nairn, who has died aged 75, broke new ground in branding television networks and commercial goods and services. His idents – moving logos shown between


Claude Bolling obituary

Posted on Jan 01, 2021

Claude Bolling, the pianist, composer and bandleader, who has died aged 90, was a leading figure in French jazz from the early 1950s, who worked with many internationa


'It's awakened me': UK climate assembly participants hail a life-changing event

Posted on Jan 01, 2021

A t the start of 2020, Sue Peachey could never have predicted how her life would change over the next 12 months. She was one of 108 people to take


Labour’s mistake in backing the Brexit bill

Posted on Jan 01, 2021

B y supporting the Brexit bill, Labour has given Boris Johnson’s government a massive majority and made itself look even weaker than it did alre