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British couple on Diamond Princess test positive for coronavirus  10h01 18 février
Justin McCurry in Tokyo and Rebecca Ratcliffe in Bangkok
David and Sally Abel announce positive test, as UK says it is trying to organise evacuation of British passengersCoronavirus outbreak - live updatesA British couple who published video diaries from a cruise ship quarantined off the coast of Japan say they have tested positive for the coronavirus,...
Andrew Sabisky: minister urges review of No 10 hiring process  09h35 18 février
Kate Proctor
Kwasi Kwarteng says views of Johnson ex-adviser are racist, offensive and objectionable’ The business minister Kwasi Kwarteng has said the process for hiring staff to advise Downing Street needs to be looked at following the resignation of the Tory adviser Andrew Sabisky over his controversial...
Sadiq Khan urges EU to offer Britons ’associate citizenship’  06h00 18 février
Daniel Boffey in Brussels
Guy Verhofstadt’s idea would give continued freedom of movement to those who wanted itShare your thoughtsï The mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, will use a trip to Brussels to implore EU negotiators to be open to continued free movement for Britons through associate citizenship .With the backing of...
Julian Assange: Australian MPs call on UK to block US extradition  11h25 18 février
Ben Quinn
Politicians from WikiLeaks founder’s home country have flown to UK to visit him in jailBoris Johnson should block attempts to extradite Julian Assange to the US, say two Australian MPs who have flown to the UK to visit the WikiLeaks founder.Andrew Wilkie, an independent federal MP, said the...
Wales braces for more heavy rain after devastating floods  08h47 18 février
Josh Halliday North of England correspondent
More than 450 warnings still in place in UK as communities prepare for Storm EllenParts of Wales that have been hit by the worst floods in a generation are preparing for further rain in the next 48 hours, as more than 450 flood warnings and alerts remain in place across the UK.Heavy rain is...
French prosecutors investigate Russian artist over sex video  11h16 18 février
Agence France-Presse in Paris
Pyotr Pavlensky and girlfriend face possible charges over scandal involving politicianFrench prosecutors have placed a Russian artist and his girlfriend under investigation over the leaking of a sex video that brought down a close ally of Emmanuel Macron.Pyotr Pavlensky and Alexandra de Taddeo are...
Average UK wages rise above pre-financial crisis levels  11h51 18 février
Richard Partington Economics correspondent
About 180,000 more people are in work - taking employment level to 32.9 millionAverage wages in Britain have risen above their pre-financial crisis level for the first time as workers begin to repair the damage to their finances after a 12-year squeeze on living standards.In a significant moment...
Germany: senior CDU figure announces surprise leadership candidacy  10h56 18 février
Reuters in Berlin
Norbert Röttgen throws hat in ring to replace Merkel after Kramp-Karrenbauer steps asideThe senior German conservative politician Norbert Röttgen has put himself forward as a surprise candidate to take over as leader of Angela Merkel’s Christian Democrats (CDU), further complicating the party’s...
Mass grave shows how Black Death devastated the countryside  12h00 18 février
Esther Addley
Grave in Lincolnshire dates to medieval pandemic of 1348 and reveals rural plague catastropheA mass grave containing the remains of dozens of victims of the Black Death offers chilling new evidence of the speed and scale of the devastation the plague brought to rural England, according to...
Rose McGowan says she regrets Natalie Portman Oscars dress comments  11h24 18 février
Andrew Pulver
McGowan tweets that she lost sight of the bigger picture’ after calling fellow actor a fraud’Rose McGowan has expressed regret for her attack on Natalie Portman over the latter’s Oscar dress protest , which took aim at the exclusion of women from the best director Academy Award nominations....
Hindu god Shiva given seat on Kashi-Mahakal Express  10h49 18 février
Amrit Dhillon in Delhi
Authorities say move was to seek blessings’ for train taking people to pilgrimage sitesIndian rail authorities allocated a berth on a train on Sunday for the Hindu god Shiva, raising eyebrows in a country led by Narendra Modi’s hardline Hindu nationalist BJP party.Officials in charge of the Kashi...
I get a lot of love’: how hope survives in the hell of Mori  06h00 18 février
Sam Wollaston
The refugee camp is notorious for its overcrowding, fires and riots. But for the people who live there, life goes on - and every day brings new stories of resilience, bravery and compassionIt is not easy to find the library at Moria on the Greek island of Lesbos. Before reaching the refugee camp’s...
Hive heists: why the next threat to bees is organized crime  09h00 18 février
Oliver Milman in Modesto, California
Pollination has become big business, and thieves are now targeting hives with growing sophistication in the USMike Potts was aware he was at risk of being a victim of crime, he just didn’t think it would happen to him. But Potts is an owner of an increasingly valuable commodity that thieves are...
From rep to reps: can a ’Shakespeare gym’ solve the crisis in verse-speaking?  11h26 18 février
Michael Billington
The Royal Shakespeare Company has vowed to drill the Bard’s rhythms into its actors - but our alienation from his language runs deeper Speak the speech, I pray you, as I pronounced it to you, trippingly on the tongue. So says Hamlet to the players. But has his advice gone unheeded at a time...
The great vape debate: are e-cigarettes saving smokers or creating new addicts?  06h00 18 février
Sarah Boseley
The US is cracking down on vaping while the UK is promoting e-cigarettes as an aid to giving up smoking. Where does the truth lie? By Sarah BoseleyGone With the Smoke is already no more than a distant whiff of bubblegum-flavoured vapour. The vape shop and lounge, one of many in San Francisco, has...