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  • Exeter homes evacuated as army detonates unexploded bomb 27.02.2021
    University students forced to leave their dorms after discovery of possible second world war deviceA suspected second world war bomb discovered in Exeter has been detonated with the noise of the explosion heard for miles around. Thousands of people were evacuated from their homes in the city while authorities investigated the device, according to police. […]
    Molly Blackall
  • Coronavirus live news: Wales allows households with a baby to bubble; Italy announces further restrictions 27.02.2021
    UK records 290 deaths and 7,434 cases; Joe Biden tells US ‘now is not the time to relax - follow all the day’s news as it happensConcerns grow as UK Covid testing labs scaled back before even openingHouse approves $1.9tn Covid aid bill despite minimum wage setbackNew Zealand: Auckland to go into seven-day Covid lockdownOne […]
    Jedidajah Otte (now), Clea Skopeliti and Mattha Busby (earlier)
  • Dissidents 'shocked' Saudi heir avoids sanctions over Khashoggi murder 27.02.2021
    Saudi exiles say crown prince Mohammed bin Salman should have been punished after US declared he ‘approved’ killing of journalist Saudi dissidents have expressed anger and disbelief that while the US has officially confirmed the long-suspected view that Saudi crown prince Mohammed bin Salman “approved” the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, he will escape punishment. […]
    Bethan McKernan
  • Germany now says its seniors could get AstraZeneca jab 27.02.2021
    Regulator concedes process had ‘somehow gone wrong’ and is set to approve vaccineCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageGermany could soon authorise the use of the AstraZeneca vaccine for seniors after the head of the country’s vaccination committee said his body’s advice to give the Oxford-developed vaccine only to those under 65 had “somehow […]
    Philip Oltermann and Robin McKie
  • Republicans push 'blue-collar comeback' – but is the party a true friend of the worker? 27.02.2021
    Multimillionaire Trump ally and senators who oppose $15 wage rise among those promoting idea that party is for working peopleAmid the resurrection of “the big lie” about an election stolen from Donald Trump, another deceptive theme has emerged at this weekend’s rightwing gathering of the Conservative Political Action Conference: Republicans as the true party of […]
    Richard Luscombe in Miami
  • Doctors fear new child mental health crisis in UK, made worse by Covid 27.02.2021
    Surge in cases expected as schools reopen and charities report 70% rise in demand for services A surge in child mental health cases is expected to emerge as schools reopen next week, amid warnings of a “crisis on top of a crisis” hitting vulnerable children during the pandemic.Paediatricians, psychologists and charitable groups providing mental health […]
    Michael Savage, Policy Editor
  • 'All the bones are there': could a new electric vehicle be built in Australia? 27.02.2021
    With the right incentives, many believe Australia can still ride the electric revolution, reviving its car industry and slashing emissions at the same timeWalking around the old Holden factory site in Elizabeth, Paschal Somers points out each piece of machinery to explain what it does and how it could be brought back to life.Though the […]
    Royce Kurmelovs
  • Clean break: the risk of catching Covid from surfaces overblown, experts say 27.02.2021
    Prioritising eye protection and face masks will prevent the spread of coronavirus more than disinfecting surfaces, research showsAustralia vaccine tracker: when will you get the jab?Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageWhen cases of Covid-19 first began emerging in Australia, some people reported disinfecting their groceries before bringing them into their homes, and there […]
    Melissa Davey
  • George M Johnson: 'Queer characters tend to die at the end of books' 27.02.2021
    The bestselling author on their memoir about growing up gay and black in the US, helping others to find healing, and the power of non-binary young adultsGeorge M Johnson is a writer and activist whose first book, All Boys Aren’t Blue, is a memoir about growing up black and queer in America. The book is […]
    Holly Williams
  • Myanmar police fire teargas and rubber bullets in violent crackdown on protesters – video 27.02.2021
    A woman has reportedly been shot and killed as police in Myanmar escalated a violent crackdown on anti-coup protesters, firing teargas and rubber bullets and detaining dozens of people. Protesters who attempted to gather for peaceful rallies on Saturday were met with an aggressive response by security forces in the two biggest cities, Yangon and Mandalay, and […]
  • Rooster fitted with blade for cockfight kills its owner in India 27.02.2021
    Bird with knife attached to leg ready to take on opponent inflicts fatal injuries to man’s groin A rooster fitted with a knife for an illegal cockfight in southern India has killed its owner, sparking a manhunt for the organisers of the event, police said.The bird had a knife attached to its leg ready to […]
    Agence France-Presse in New Delhi
  • Golden Trump statue turning heads at CPAC was made in … Mexico 27.02.2021
    Artist Tommy Zegan reveals figure was constructed in country the former president has assailed and demonizedA golden statue of Donald Trump that has caused a stir at the annual US gathering of conservatives was made in Mexico – a country the former president frequently demonized. Related: Mitch McConnell says he'd 'absolutely' support Trump as 2024 […]
    Guardian staff
  • Climatologist Michael E Mann: 'Good people fall victim to doomism. I do too sometimes' 27.02.2021
    The author and eminent climate scientist on the deniers’ new tactics and why positive change feels closer than it has done in 20 yearsMichael E Mann is one of the world’s most influential climate scientists. He rose to prominence in 1999 as the co-author of the “hockey-stick graph”, which showed the sharp rise in global […]
    Jonathan Watts
  • Captain Sir Tom Moore: tributes paid by family at funeral 27.02.2021
    Public were not able to attend funeral but thousands signed online book of condolencesCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe family of Captain Sir Tom Moore paid tribute to the war veteran who raised tens of millions of pounds for the NHS during the first coronavirus lockdown, as he was laid to rest in […]
    Molly Blackall
  • Long road to recovery: effects of devastating winter freeze to haunt Texas for years 27.02.2021
    Bungled response will have consequence for finances, health and homes – and less privileged Texans will feel the pinchLast week, Malori Elsner’s family was struggling through power outages in their poorly insulated rental home near Houston, Texas, burning cardboard in the fireplace to stay warm during a deadly Arctic blast.But even as they endured the […]
    Alexandra Villarreal in Austin
  • Archaeologists find unique ceremonial vehicle near Pompeii 27.02.2021
    Well-preserved iron, bronze and tin carriage discovery is ‘without precedent in Italy’Archaeologists have unearthed a unique Roman ceremonial carriage from a villa just outside Pompeii, the city buried in a volcanic eruption in 79 AD.The almost perfectly preserved four-wheeled carriage, made of iron, bronze and tin, was found near the stables of an ancient villa […]
    Reuters in Rome
  • How to avoid 'Zoom fatigue' during the Covid pandemic 27.02.2021
    Constantly being confronted with an image of yourself while video conferencing can be exhausting, says expertCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageImagine you are walking around your workplace followed incessantly by colleagues holding a mirror that causes you to stare at yourself for large parts of the day.The bizarre scenario is in effect becoming […]
    Mattha Busby
  • Woman reportedly shot dead as Myanmar police escalate crackdown 27.02.2021
    Officers intensify use of force, firing teargas and rubber bullets at people protesting against coupA woman has reportedly been shot and killed as police in Myanmar escalated a violent crackdown on anti-coup protesters, firing teargas and rubber bullets and detaining dozens of people.Police intensified their use of force just hours after the country’s ambassador to […]
    A reporter in Yangon and Rebecca Ratcliffe
  • Parents of 112 children separated at US-Mexico border contacted, court hears 27.02.2021
    Figures were provided as part of lawsuit brought by ACLU which in 2018 ended family separations under Trump policyThe parents of 112 children separated at the US-Mexico border by Donald Trump’s administration have been contacted since January, lawyers told a court on Friday, as the judge expressed optimism about reunification efforts now being the responsibility […]
    Amanda Holpuch in New York
  • Schoolchildren freed after abduction in northern Nigeria, governor says 27.02.2021
    Students, teachers and family members released after gunmen stormed college in Kagara two weeks agoDozens of schoolchildren, teachers and their relatives have been freed after they were abducted by gunmen in central Nigeria 10 days ago, in one of a rising number of mass kidnaps and attacks that have beset the country.Their release comes a […]
    Emmanuel Akinwotu West Africa correspondent