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UK will miss 2025 target for full-fibre broadband rollout, MPs warn

Posted on Jan 08, 2021

Boris Johnson’s promise to deliver nationwide “turbocharged” broadband by 2025 will be missed because of a catalogue of government failures, parliament’s spending watc


Arrivals to UK will need to show a negative Covid test before entry

Posted on Jan 08, 2021

International travellers will need to show a negative Covid-19 test before being allowed into the UK, the government has announced, in a significant toughening of bord


As parts of UK enter third Covid lockdown, how does rest of Europe compare?

Posted on Jan 07, 2021

After a brief and partial relaxation of the rules over Christmas and New Year, many continental European countries have returned to the tough anti-Covid regimes that w


Albert Roux's legacy goes far beyond his food

Posted on Jan 07, 2021

A lbert Roux, who has died aged 85, did more to encourage and foster Britain’s restaurant sector than any other chef working in the UK. The roll-c


My gift card just didn't keep on giving at Currys

Posted on Jan 07, 2021

In July, I placed two online orders on Currys.co.uk and paid with gift cards. Shortly afterwards, both were cancelled without explanation and I was told my gift c


Pa Salieu wins BBC Sound of 2021 poll for new music talent

Posted on Jan 07, 2021

Coventry rapper Pa Salieu has topped the BBC’s latest tastemaking Sound of… poll, which tips music artists destined for success each year. The 23-year-old of Gambian


UK's beef herds could be key to sustainable farming, says report

Posted on Jan 07, 2021

The UK’s beef herd could be at the heart of a sustainable farming system that tackles both the climate and wildlife crises while producing sufficient healthy food, acc


Boris Johnson's lockdown rebels have gone quiet. But it won't be for long

Posted on Jan 07, 2021

W hen Boris Johnson addressed his party this week on a Zoom call, it had all the makings of a horror show. The prime minister had, the day before,


How to cope with the winter lockdown in the UK

Posted on Jan 07, 2021

With new national lockdowns coming into force across the UK, we take a look at how to cope – from staying connected to getting out in the open. Use your daily outdoo


Naked fugitive found in crocodile-infested waters near Darwin charged with fresh offences

Posted on Jan 07, 2021

A naked alleged fugitive found by two fishermen sitting on a tree branch in Australian crocodile-infested waters has been slapped with additional charges of breaching


Woman behind UK 'clap for carers' announces its return

Posted on Jan 07, 2021

The originator of the weekly “clap for carers”, honouring NHS and other healthcare staff for their efforts during the coronavirus pandemic, has announced it is to resu


China 'misled world' on Hong Kong security law, says Dominic Raab

Posted on Jan 07, 2021

The British foreign secretary has accused China of deliberately misleading the world when it passed its new security law in Hong Kong last year in the wake of the late


Covid: scale of emergency facing UK laid bare as 1,000 die in 24 hours

Posted on Jan 07, 2021

The scale of the health emergency now facing the UK was laid bare on Wednesday night as figures showed that more than 1,000 people had died from the virus in the previ


Battlefield drama 1917 wins 2020 UK box office in pandemic-struck year

Posted on Jan 06, 2021

In a year devastated by the effects of the coronavirus pandemic, Sam Mendes’s first world war drama 1917 has emerged as the biggest earner of 2020 at the UK cinema box


Shukri Abdi: family of refugee schoolgirl who drowned sues police

Posted on Jan 06, 2021

The family of a 12-year-old refugee schoolgirl who drowned in a river is suing the police force which investigated her death, claiming institutional racism. The body


Unilever to help black groups tackle hair discrimination

Posted on Jan 06, 2021

Unilever, one of the UK’s biggest employers, has announced it will give £170,000 to black grassroots organisations to help tackle racism. The company, which owns Dov


'I have never felt safe': UK shielders on new lockdown

Posted on Jan 06, 2021

K ate Osborn breathed an immense sigh of relief when Boris Johnson advised the clinically extremely vulnerable to begin shielding again. Not for h


Mother fears son could die as Brexit stops medical cannabis supply

Posted on Jan 06, 2021

The mother of a nine-year-old boy with a rare and severe form of epilepsy has told how she fears her son could die after the government announced his supply of a life-


Trump is a buffoon – but the next aspiring autocrat won't be so incompetent

Posted on Jan 05, 2021

Eleven Christmases ago, a student boarded a Northwest Airlines plane flying from Amsterdam to Detroit with a singular mission. As the plane crossed the US border, he


How You'll Never Walk Alone came to define Liverpool FC's spirit

Posted on Jan 04, 2021

“It never stops creating goosebumps,” is how Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp describes it. “It never stops feeling really special.” Our team’s anthem – Gerry and the


Why can’t the stormtroopers in Star Wars shoot straight?

Posted on Jan 04, 2021

In the Guide’s weekly Solved! column, we look into a crucial pop-culture question you’ve been burning to know the answer to – and settle it, once and for al


'I passed out with the lack of oxygen': truth of Heathrow stowaways' tragic journey

Posted on Jan 04, 2021

A n almost unbearably painful moment comes halfway through a new Channel 4 documentary about the extraordinary story of a man who survived stowing


Iran seizes South Korean tanker as tensions with US mount

Posted on Jan 04, 2021

Iran’s Revolutionary Guards have seized a South Korean vessel “for polluting the Persian Gulf with chemicals”, amid rising tensions between Iran and the US during the


Subtle and soothing: my obsession with Thai massaman curry – plus the recipe

Posted on Jan 04, 2021

I n 2015 the Observer Magazine sent me to Thailand to interview the novelist Lawrence Osborne. He first went to Bangkok for the cheap dentistry, b