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Omicron: Are we turning a corner?

The latest figures show a decrease in infections across most parts of the UK and among all age groups apart from younger children.

Armadillos on post-Christmas workout regime after piling on the pounds

Patsy and Eddie have been put on an exercise regime by zoo trainers after putting on 2kg between them.

Covid-19 infections falling across most of the UK

Boris Johnson is expected to announce an easing of England’s coronavirus restrictions on Wednesday.

Covid denier convicted of ‘abusing’ NHS workers while filming inside hospital

Debbie Hicks had denied an offence under the Public Order Act arguing she was showing Gloucestershire Royal Hospital was empty during the pandemic.

Bid by terror-accused Lisa Smith to have charges dropped to be decided on Monday

The 39-year-old, from Co Louth, is accused of being a member of Islamic State and financing terrorism.

KAWS: New Fiction at Serpentine Gallery review - unspeakably awful

The gallery is hailing it as a portal to a new era. Er, no


Average UK house price £25,000 higher in November than a year earlier

Experts warned that, with living costs more widely also surging, it is imperative that home-buyers do not overstretch themselves.

What is behind the cost-of-living squeeze and where will inflation go from here?

Households have been warned the significant increase in the cost of living is likely to get much worse.

Concern over meningitis B cases among students

Experts have urged people to be aware of the early signs and symptoms.

Man charged with stalking over teenager’s disappearance

Abid Khan will appear at Reading Magistrates’ Court.

Surging inflation: what can households do to ease the pressure?

The rate of inflation has soared to its highest level for nearly 30 years, so what can households do to combat rising bills?

Government will continue to bring eligible Afghans to the UK ‘indefinitely’

Armed Forces Minister James Heappey said around 250 people were being brought out a week, mostly via Pakistan.

Duke of York kept ‘horrifically ill-advised’ company – minister

James Heappey said Andrew’s civil sex case risks overshadowing the Queen’s platinum jubilee.

Tens of thousands could die if Russia invades Ukraine, minister warns

James Heappey said it would be ‘extraordinarily stupid’ for Vladimir Putin to launch an offensive.

Catriona Matthew among host of high achievers to be recognised with honours

The investiture is to take place at the Palace of Holyroodhouse on Wednesday.

Raymonda at the Coliseum: Tamara Rojo’s last hurrah is a triumph

The English National Ballet boss’s directing and choreographing debut breathes new life into a classic


Twelve most wanted fugitives thought to be hiding in Spain named

The list includes two wanted murderers accused of killing members of rival criminal gangs.

Who are the 12 most wanted and what crimes did they allegedly commit?

The wanted men are thought to be hiding in Spain or on one of the Spanish islands.

Fashion world mourns ‘indomitable’ Andre Leon Talley

The former Vogue creative director died in New York on Tuesday aged 73, his representatives said.

Operation Mincemeat review: a larky fringe hit with surprising depths

It’s a bonkers idea to make a musical out of this wildcard WWII manoeuvre, but it just about works


No 10 staff would have been better off partying in a pub, says Wetherspoon

The chain’s boss, Tim Martin, said CCTV installed in the company’s central London pubs could have helped with inquiries into what happened.

2021 one of seven warmest years on record despite La Nina’s cooling effect

Experts say collation of six major datasets shows 2021 was seventh year in a row with temperatures more than 1C above pre-industrial times.

WHSmith takes Omicron hit but bosses remain confident

Sales in the retailer’s travel division fell, with airports and railway stations hit, but high street stores had a better time.

Feelings of depression and anxiety ‘increased sharply over Christmas’

A survey found that, despite there being fewer Covid restrictions, symptoms were on a par with levels during lockdown at the start of 2021.

Boris Johnson expected to set out plan to ease Plan B restrictions

PM set to announce lifting of Covid measures as he battles to save his premiership amid reports of plot to oust him over ‘Partygate’ allegations


Johnson to face MPs as threat of no confidence vote looms

The Prime Minister will answer questions in the Commons on Wednesday.

Royal Society: Content removal alone will not halt internet misinformation

The society calls for more fact-checking, digital literacy investment and better monitoring of platforms.

Businesses urged to make customer messages ‘scam-proof’

The National Cyber Security Centre has issued new guidance to businesses on producing trustworthy communications in the wake of rising scams.

Support dog Merlin has ‘brought magic’ into lives of lottery winners

Adam and Amy Pryor said the golden Labrador has ‘brought a bit of magic’ into their lives while they and their daughter Charlotte have had to shield.

Government launches review into pre-2000 treatment of LGBT veterans

Homosexual veterans impacted by a pre-2000 ban on LGBT personnel working in the military will share their stories to help improve future support.

Asylum reforms would ‘fail to meet UK’s human rights obligations’ – report

The Joint Committee on Human Rights has been reviewing proposed laws contained in the Nationality and Borders Bill.

22-year delay of review into treatment of LGBT veterans a ‘national disgrace’

Veterans who were banned from the military because of their sexuality have welcomed a review into their treatment but criticised the 22-year delay.

Troops to receive new medal recognising heroism in Afghanistan evacuation

The Prime Minister said he was ‘delighted’ that Armed Forces personnel would be recognised for ‘their heroism in the face of extreme adversity’.