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Ukraine conflict: Kyiv braces for Russian assault

The sound of gunfire has echoed through Ukraine's capital Kyiv as Russian tanks were filmed entering the city for the first time. Ukraine's Ministry of Defence called on those living in the northern outskirts, where the tanks were seen, to make fire bombs "to neutralise the enemy". The European Union...
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Ukraine's Zelensky asks citizens to resist and Europe to do more

A defiant Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has urged European countries to do more to help as he urged his citizens to halt Russia's invasion. The second day of fighting saw tanks enter the capital, Kyiv, for the first time. Ukrainian officials said they have handed out 18,000 guns to volunteers,...
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Sabina Nessa: Man admits murdering south-east London teacher

A man has pleaded guilty to murdering primary school teacher Sabina Nessa. Koci Selamaj beat and strangled the 28-year-old as she walked through a park in Kidbrooke, south-east London, on 17 September. Ms Nessa had left her home to meet a friend at a bar when she was targeted by...
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Eurovision: Russia banned from competing at 2022 Song Contest

Russia will no longer be allowed to participate in this year's Eurovision Song Contest, the European Broadcasting Union has said. The EBU, which produces the event, said Russia's inclusion could bring the competition into disrepute "in light of the unprecedented crisis in Ukraine". Russia launched an attack on its neighbour...
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Dog finally rehomed after more than 500 days at kennels

A dog that spent 515 days in RSPCA kennels has finally found a new home. Of all the animals housed at RSPCA Brent Knoll Animal Centre in Somerset, Buddy had stayed the longest. A rehoming appeal by the charity prompted offers of a new start from across the UK and...
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Covid-19: London public transport bailout extended by four months

Funding to keep the public transport system running in London has been extended until June. The government has agreed to continue the bailout for Transport for London (TfL) while they work out a deal to secure long-term funding. TfL's income, mainly from fares, has plummeted due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
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Ukraine invasion: Ministers braced for 'long and serious' conflict

War in Europe. Despite all the warnings, all the prime minister's war-era warnings at the weekend, all the distressing images emerging from Ukraine - that is still a sentence that's surreal to write in the UK in the 2020s. Politicians here are universally horrified by what they see. They are...
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Storm Eunice: O2 Arena reopens after Storm damage

The O2 Arena has reopened following damage caused during Storm Eunice. Sections of the fabric roof of the venue, formerly known as the Millennium Dome, were shredded by the strength of the storm's winds on 18 February. The building in Greenwich was evacuated and shut on Friday last week, but...
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Ukraine conflict: Shock and support on the streets of Moscow

Shock, horror and bewilderment - three words that could describe the mood of many in the capital Moscow and the southern city of Rostov on Thursday. But there is division over whether President Putin's actions are to be condemned or applauded, BBC Russian reporters discover. When two young well-dressed men...
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Ukraine: Couple 'underestimated threat' before travelling

A British man who travelled to Ukraine on the eve of the Russian invasion to support his partner has admitted they "clearly underestimated the threat". Jez Myers, from Manchester, said he and journalist Maria Romanenko arrived in Kyiv on Wednesday after he "tried and failed" to get her to stay in Poland.
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Artificial intelligence to help farmers see cloud-covered fields

A Cornish start-up has developed a technique using artificial intelligence to predict what the surface of the UK looks like under gloomy skies. The satellite technology is being targeted at the agricultural sector to help farmers better manage their crops. Cloud too often prevents them from seeing the ground to...
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Teacher who filmed pupils wrestling at Oxfordshire school banned

A teacher who filmed himself wrestling with pupils in "play fights" has been banned from the profession. A panel found Gary Savage had failed to observe professional boundaries at three public schools in Oxfordshire and Kent in the 1990s, 2000s and 2010s. It said the only reason for filming the...
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Ukraine crisis: Tough and emotional summit as EU leaders seek unity

Just before the emergency EU leaders' meeting on Ukraine started, a Brussels official told us he thought this would be one of the toughest and most emotional EU summits ever. From what I heard went on behind closed doors, he wasn't wrong. Russia's actions in Ukraine impact many EU members...
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Queen postpones more engagements after Covid test

The Queen has postponed engagements for the second time in a week following her positive Covid test. Buckingham Palace said the monarch, who tested positive for the virus on Sunday, would continue with "light duties". Thursday's virtual audiences will now take place at a later date, it added. The Queen,...
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Reid Steele: Mother Natalie Steele admits killing son, 2

A mother has pleaded guilty to killing her two-year-old son, who died after he was submerged in water at his home. Natalie Steele, 32, of Broadlands, Bridgend, admitted manslaughter by diminished responsibility. Reid Steele died at the University Hospital of Wales, Cardiff, on 12 August last year, a day after...
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BTS were the top-selling act in the world last year

Pop group BTS, whose catchy, upbeat songs have won them legions of fans, have been named as the world's best-selling artists for the second year running. The South Korean band beat the likes of Drake and Adele to top a chart compiled by music industry body the IFPI. It comes...
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Putin's energy shock: The economic realities of invasion

The economics of this invasion are extremely serious. It might sound absurd given the apocalyptic backdrop of fighting near Chernobyl. But it really does matter, and could very plausibly herald a 1970s style energy shock. It will be felt in households up and down the country and across the continent.
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Covid: An axe has been taken to testing - does it matter?

Test, test, test - the World Health Organization famously recommended at the start of the pandemic. And that is just what the UK did, quickly growing one of the biggest Covid testing infrastructures in the the world. At the peak, more than 2m tests a day were being carried out...
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River Severn: 'It's horrible' say those back at flooded homes

Residents in flood-hit towns have shared gloomy forecasts for their properties, with one expecting to completely re-plaster and once more strip out her kitchen. Earlier this week, several areas of Worcestershire and Shropshire were again blighted by a swollen River Severn following rain in consecutive storms. Susan Lucas, from Shropshire...
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Ukraine conflict: UK sanctions target Russian banks and oligarchs

Major Russian banks will be excluded from the UK financial system and oligarchs have been targeted in new sanctions announced by Boris Johnson. The prime minister told the House of Commons they were "the largest and most severe package of economic sanctions that Russia has ever seen". Russia's national airline...