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‘Young people need help now’: Britons want more from 2021 budget

Wednesday’s budget extended measures brought into to help people struggling during the Covid crisis, and introduced the idea of a green savings bond to help rebuild the economy. We asked people what they thought about Rishi Sunak’s plans. Furloughed worker: ‘The amount offered for hospitality wouldn’t even touch the sides’ Cumbria has some of the […]

Coronavirus live: Italy toughens curbs in more regions as cases increase; WHO warns against hastily easing measures

De Croo gave Belgians a glimpse of light at the end of a five-month period of restrictions that have only allowed schools, shops and, more recently, hairdressers to operate. “The situation remains very delicate. We must remain cautious and we must do everything to keep the situation under control,” De Croo told a news conference […]

Senate to debate as Republicans attempt to derail $1.9 trillion Covid relief bill – live updates

A handful of rightwing “super-spreaders” on social media were responsible for the bulk of election misinformation in the run-up to the Capitol attack, according to a new study that also sheds light on the staggering reach of falsehoods pushed by Donald Trump. A report from the Election Integrity Partnership (EIP), a group that includes Stanford […]

Australia news live: Scott Morrison says Howard Springs Covid quarantine facility to be expanded

The coming end of the eviction moratorium in NSW is sparking concerns that low-income renters could be forced into homelessness. AAP has the story: The looming end of the NSW government’s Covid-19 eviction moratorium could force low-income renters into homelessness if they are not offered more financial support, a group of 40 organisations has warned. […]

Italy blocks export of 250,000 AstraZeneca vaccine doses to Australia

Italy has blocked the export of 250,000 doses of the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine to Australia in an escalation of a row with the Anglo-Swedish company. In the first such intervention under the EU’s controversial export authorisation scheme, the Italian government ordered that the doses remain in the bloc with the backing of the European commission. The […]

Biden accuses Republicans of ‘Neanderthal thinking’ for lifting mask mandates – live

5.29pm EST 17:29 Biden thanks House Democrats for their partnership at virtual meeting After an introduction from Nancy Pelosi, Biden thanked her and other Congressional Democrats. “Nancy, I love you,” he said. “Congressman Clyburn, I also want to note that was almost exactly a year ago today that you delivered the endorsement to me in […]

Coronavirus live news: 168m children worldwide have missed school for a year; Brazil reports record deaths

11.10pm EST 23:10 Australia’s economic recovery continues with 3.1% growth in December quarter Katharine Murphy The Australian economy grew by 3.1% in the December quarter as the domestic recovery from the pandemic-induced shock consolidated. The continued bounce back in growth late last year as coronavirus restrictions eased followed a 3.4% increase in GDP in the […]

Protests in Lebanon as local currency hits record low

Scattered protests have broken out across the country after the Lebanese pound hit a record low against the dollar on the black market By BASSEM MROUE Associated Press March 2, 2021, 5:10 PM • 4 min read Share to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this article BEIRUT — Scattered protests broke out across the country Tuesday after […]

Capitol attack was ‘domestic terrorism’, says FBI director – live updates

It is an important day for voting rights as US supreme court justices will today consider whether to uphold two Republican-backed voting restrictions in Arizona in a case that could further weaken the Voting Rights Act, a landmark 1965 federal law that barred racial discrimination in voting. The important voting rights case comes before the […]

Australia news live: NSW police won’t proceed with investigation into rape allegation against cabinet minister

In November 2019, a woman then aged 48, attended an Adelaide (South Australia) police station seeking advice about reporting historical sexual offences, which allegedly occurred in 1988 in Sydney (New South Wales). “The matter was then referred to the NSW Police Force and an investigation by the Child Abuse and Sex Crimes Squad commenced under […]