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  • Viktor Orbán ditches mayor plan amid claims of coronavirus power grab 01.04.2020
    Hungary’s prime minister criticised for inefficient and unworkable measuresCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageHungary’s nationalist government announced measures to strip the country’s mayors of political autonomy, before appearing to ditch them hours later, the latest episode in a political drama that has seen prime minister Viktor Orbán accused of using coronavirus to mount […]
    Shaun Walker in Budapest
  • Coronavirus live news: Spain passes 100,000 cases, as UN says world faces worst crisis since WW2 01.04.2020
    Germany and Italy extend lockdowns; global cases near 900,000; record daily fatalities in UKUS coronavirus - latest updatesUK coronavirus – live updatesLatest developments at a glanceThe most extreme lockdown controls around the worldSee all our coronavirus coverage 4.20pm BST A state of national emergency may be declared in Russia during the coronavirus pandemic, according to […]
    Amy Walker (now) and Damien Gayle Simon Murphy and Helen Sullivan (earlier)
  • Antarctica was warm enough for rainforest near south pole 90m years ago 01.04.2020
    Experts say new evidence from Cretaceous period ‘shows us what carbon dioxide can do’Think of Antarctica and it is probably sweeping expanses of ice, and the odd penguin, that come to mind. But at the time of the dinosaurs the continent was covered in swampy rainforest.Now experts say they have found the most southerly evidence […]
    Nicola Davis
  • US coronavirus live: CDC to look again at whether Americans should wear masks in public 01.04.2020
    White House asks CDC to re-examine guidance on masksTrump’s media assault rages in midst of coronavirus crisisUS officials predict up to 240,000 US coronavirus deathsSee all our coronavirus coverage 4.04pm BST New York governor Andrew Cuomo will hold his daily briefing on the state’s coronavirus response at 12 pm ET.I will be giving my daily […]
    Joan E Greve in Washington
  • Oceans can be restored to former glory within 30 years, say scientists 01.04.2020
    Major review reports recovery of marine life but a redoubling of efforts is still needed The glory of the world’s oceans could be restored within a generation, according to a major new scientific review. It reports rebounding sea life, from humpback whales off Australia to elephant seals in the US and green turtles in Japan.Through […]
    Damian Carrington Environment editor
  • Fears for civilians in Chad after army suffers devastating Boko Haram attack 01.04.2020
    Local communities flee as boundaries with Lake Chad become a war zone following ambush in which almost 100 soldiers diedThe Chadian army that lost nearly 100 soldiers to a Boko Haram ambush a week ago has declared the Lake Chad borderlands a war zone, heightening fears that civilians will suffer an escalation in violence.President Idriss […]
    Kaamil Ahmed
  • UK records biggest daily rise in coronavirus deaths 01.04.2020
    Hospital death toll increases by 563 to 2,352 – 31% up on the previous dayCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe UK has recorded its biggest daily rise in the number of deaths so far in the coronavirus outbreak.The UK hospital death toll rose by 563 to 2,352 on Wednesday, an increase of 31% […]
    Alexandra Topping
  • Ex-soldier's death casts light on Spaniards who helped liberate Paris 01.04.2020
    Rafael Gómez Nieto, who has died from coronavirus, was last survivor of WW2 La Nueve forceCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe death from coronavirus of a 99-year-old former soldier who was the last surviving member of a company of predominantly Spanish troops who helped liberate Paris from Nazi occupation has thrown a spotlight […]
    Sam Jones in Madrid and Kim Willsher in Charny-Orée-de-Puisaye
  • Coronavirus could be final straw for EU, European experts warn 01.04.2020
    Leaders are warned that if division prevails, pandemic will be more destructive than Brexit, migration and bailout crisesCoronavirus – latest global updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe European Union has weathered the storms of eurozone bailouts, the migration crisis and Brexit, but some fear coronavirus could be even more destructive.In a rare intervention Jacques Delors, the […]
    Jennifer Rankin in Brussels
  • BP to cut spending amid 'most brutal' oil price rout in decades 01.04.2020
    Budget to be slashed, including $1bn less on US shale projects, on back of coronavirus crisisCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageBP is braced for a $1bn (£800m) financial blow in its first-quarter results and plans to slash its spending by a fifth this year to weather “the most brutal” oil market rout in […]
    Jillian Ambrose Energy correspondent
  • Jack Schofield, Guardian's Ask Jack tech columnist, dies at 72 01.04.2020
    Paper’s editor says Schofield was ‘one of the first true computing experts in British journalism’Jack Schofield, the Guardian’s former computer editor and author of its technology advice column, Ask Jack, for almost 20 years, has died aged 72.Schofield was taken to hospital following a heart attack on Friday night and died on Tuesday afternoon. Continue […]
    Alex Hern
  • Hop to it: Researchers pinpoint why Belgian beers don't keep 01.04.2020
    Study finds fashionable hoppy brews lose their characteristic taste while sitting on the shelfIt will be music to the ears of Belgian beer enthusiasts: drink up.Scientists studying how well the fashionable hoppy-tasting beers of today keep in the cupboard have highlighted the particular propensity for them to lose their flavour over time. Continue reading...
    Daniel Boffey in Brussels
  • ‘A beautiful thing’: the African migrants getting healthy food to Italians 01.04.2020
    After years of exploitation, former fruit pickers set up a co-operative near Rome selling vegetables and yoghurt. Now they are working ‘twice as hard’ to get supplies to families under lockdownPhotographs by Giacomo SiniIsmail bends over the vegetables in the middle of the field and shouts to his co-worker – “Lorè you’re doing nothing and […]
    Dario Antonelli
  • The pandemic is producing a 'Trump bump' in the polls – but it may not last | Simon Tisdall 01.04.2020
    Despite his contradictory, ill-considered response to coronavirus, a growing chunk of Americans see a man in charge. But making himself the face of the crisis may yet backfireThe rise in Donald Trump’s approval ratings – it would be misleading to call it a surge – appears to have shocked his opponents. Critics in the Democratic […]
    Simon Tisdall
  • 'You aren't getting it': farmer urges public to stay away from fields – video 01.04.2020
    A Scottish sheep farmer has pleaded with the public to follow the government’s guidance to stay indoors to prevent putting farmers, who are ‘trying to provide for the nation’, at risk of coronavirus. Speaking in a video posted on Facebook, Emma Murdoch from New Galloway said: ‘Every gate you touch, every stile you touch, if […]
  • Coronavirus Australia latest: at a glance 01.04.2020
    A summary of the major developments in the coronavirus outbreak across AustraliaSign up to get this delivered to your email every weekday eveningGood evening, and welcome to our daily roundup of the latest developments on the coronavirus pandemic in Australia. This is Melissa Davey bringing you the main stories on Wednesday 1 April. Continue reading...
    Melissa Davey
  • Coronavirus embarrassed Trump and Bolsonaro. But the global right will fight back | Paulo Gerbaudo 01.04.2020
    Science and welfare are at the heart of this crisis – which is bad for right-wing populists. But they won’t be wrongfooted for longThe populist right has built their electoral strength on boisterousness and arrogant self-confidence. Yet, amid the coronavirus pandemic, figures such as Donald Trump, Boris Johnson and Jair Bolsonaro seem to be confounded. […]
    Paolo Gerbaudo
  • Covid-19: signs of hope on Edinburgh's streets - in pictures 01.04.2020
    Pictures of rainbows have begun appearing in windows up and down the country as families and households work to stay positive during the lockdown. The posters, many drawn or painted by children, often contain messages of support for the NHS. Further, inspired by the popular children’s book We’re Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael […]
    Murdo MacLeod
  • Can a face mask protect me from coronavirus? Covid-19 myths busted 01.04.2020
    The truth about how you can catch coronavirus, who is most vulnerable and what you can do to avoid infectionFind all our coronavirus coverage hereCoronavirus – latest news and updatesWhat are the symptoms and should I see a doctor?Wearing a face mask is certainly not an iron-clad guarantee that you won’t get sick – viruses […]
    Hannah Devlin , Science correspondent
  • 'No profit, no food': lockdown in Kabul prompts hunger fears 01.04.2020
    Residents of Afghanistan’s capital face stark choice between providing food for their families and limiting risk of coronavirusAfghanistan braces for coronavirus surge as migrants pour back from IranSee all our coronavirus coverageThe streets of Afghanistan’s capital, Kabul, were packed on Friday; a hectic bustling in the markets and shops, pious whispers ringing from prayer gatherings […]
    Stefanie Glinski in Kabul