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  • Harry and Meghan Oprah interview live: Duchess speaks of disagreement with Kate 08.03.2021
    Highly-anticipated prime time two-hour special with Duke and Duchess of Sussex airs as transatlantic public relations war mounts 1.32am GMT And we’re back to an ad break. Ghana celebrated its independence from Britain yesterday. Harry and Meghan speak out on Oprah today. Feeling the anti-colonial ancestral energy this weekend. Abeg, let the the imperial tea […]
    Helen Sullivan
  • Australia news live: NSW reaches 50 days without a local Covid-19 case; virus detected in Adelaide wastewater 08.03.2021
    SA Health says positive Covid-19 wastewater results may be linked to hotel quarantine, but further investigations are under way. Follow the latest updates Follow the global coronavirus live blog 1.32am GMT Tonight’s Four Corners program, Bursting the Canberra Bubble, may be a must-watch but it has some serious competition from the highly-anticipated Oprah interview with […]
    Matilda Boseley
  • Coronavirus live news: US passes 90m vaccinations; UK daily deaths drop to 82 08.03.2021
    Norway should prepare for more restrictions, says PM; Italy records 207 deaths; Israel reopens restaurants. Follow latest updatesCovid data show sewage monitoring could be vital in infection controlHow do we track and measure new variants of coronavirus?Dutch clubbers hit dancefloor for study into easing lockdownCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverage 1.22am GMT Norway […]
  • Face masks safe to use during intense exercise, research suggests 08.03.2021
    ‘Limited’ cardiology research also shows mask wearing likely to reduce spread of coronavirus in indoor gymsCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageFace masks can be worn safely during intense exercise, and could reduce the risk of Covid-19 spreading at indoor gyms, preliminary findings suggests.Scientists from the Monzino Cardiology Centre (CCM) in Milan and the […]
    Phoebe Weston
  • Cuomo suffers major blow as top New York Democrats say governor must go 07.03.2021
    Senate leader and assembly speaker weigh in but Cuomo says quitting over sexual harassment claims would be ‘anti-democratic’Cuomo allegations test Democrats’ commitment to #MeTooAndrew Cuomo suffered a major blow on Sunday in his attempt to stay as governor of New York in the face of allegations of sexual harassment and workplace bullying and a scandal […]
    Martin Pengelly and Amanda Holpuch in New York and agencies
  • At least 20 killed in huge blasts at barracks in Equatorial Guinea 07.03.2021
    Hundreds of people also wounded in explosions that president has blamed on negligent handling of dynamiteAt least 20 people have been killed and more than 600 wounded in a huge series of explosions at a military barracks in Equatorial Guinea, state television has reported.The blasts were due to the “negligent handling of dynamite”, according to […]
  • Secretary of state Blinken proposes steps to boost Afghanistan peace talks 07.03.2021
    Top diplomat warns US forces could be withdrawn by 1 MayProposes UN conference and Kabul-Taliban talks in TurkeyThe US secretary of state, Antony Blinken, has proposed a series of steps to help restart stalled peace talks between the government of Afghanistan and the Taliban, according to a letter from Blinken to President Ashraf Ghani published […]
    Associated Press in Washington
  • Going anywhere: Australian mystery holidays are back from the 1990s 07.03.2021
    Novelty trips to unknown destinations have become a surprise hit for airlines and travel agents, as all travel remains uncertainThere’s a lot to consider when booking a holiday these days. Will state borders stay open? What restrictions are in place? Is it safe? Is it worth the risk?The uncertainty has many Australians staying close to […]
    Meg Watson
  • French billionaire politician Olivier Dassault dies in helicopter crash 07.03.2021
    Emmanuel Macron pays tribute to tycoon, 69, who represented conservative Les Républicains party The French billionaire and politician Olivier Dassault has died in a helicopter crash in Normandy. The 69-year-old rightwing MP was the grandson of Marcel Dassault, who founded the aircraft manufacturing company Dassault Aviation.The French president, Emmanuel Macron, paid tribute to Dassault, tweeting […]
    Kim Willsher in Paris
  • The Guardian view on women and the pandemic: what happened to building back better? | Editorial 07.03.2021
    Around the world, coronavirus has both highlighted and worsened existing inequalitiesOne year into the pandemic, women have little cause to celebrate International Women’s Day tomorrow, and less energy to battle for change. Men are more likely to die from Covid-19. But women have suffered the greatest economic and social blows. They have taken the brunt […]
  • One of world's rarest toads bred in captivity for first time in Manchester 07.03.2021
    Programme may help to ensure the survival of the critically endangered variable harlequin toadOne of the world’s rarest toads has been bred in captivity for the first time, thanks to the scientists at Manchester Museum.The critically endangered variable harlequin toad, Atelopus varius, lives deep in the central American rainforests of Panama and Costa Rica, breeding […]
    Phoebe Weston
  • UK 'balancing books on backs of Yemen's starving people', says UN diplomat 07.03.2021
    Exclusive: former DfID secretary Mark Lowcock shocked by decision of Johnson’s government to cut aidMinisters have decided to “balance the books on the backs of the starving people of Yemen” in an act that will see tens of thousands die and damage the UK’s global influence, the head of the UN’s Office for Humanitarian Affairs […]
    Patrick Wintour Diplomatic editor
  • 'Salam, salam, salam': thousands attend Pope's mass at Irbil stadium – video 07.03.2021
    Thousands of people filled a sports stadium in the northern Kurdish-Iraqi city of Irbil for an open-air mass held by Pope Francis. An estimated 10,000 people erupted in cheers when he arrived and did a lap around the track in his open-sided popemobile, the first and only time he has used it on this trip […]
  • 'She almost embodies what they fear': black women on treatment of Meghan 07.03.2021
    Three British women say royal controversy points to UK’s failure to confront its racist attitudesPrince Harry and Meghan interview – live updates from Oprah’s CBS prime time specialChanel Ambrose was swept up by the sea of excitement around Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding. The 33-year-old loved how much Meghan tapped into her culture and […]
    Aamna Mohdin
  • Switzerland to ban wearing of burqa and niqab in public places 07.03.2021
    Muslim groups criticise move, which they say will further stigmatise and marginalise their communitySwitzerland will follow France, Belgium and Austria after narrowly voting in a referendum to ban women from wearing the burqa or niqab in public spaces.Just over 51% of Swiss voters cast their ballots in favour of the initiative to ban people from […]
    Philip Oltermann in Berlin
  • Croatia: landmine from 1990s Balkan wars kills asylum seeker 07.03.2021
    Device explodes near border with Bosnia, killing one man and injuring at least four othersA landmine from the 1990s Balkan wars has exploded, killing a migrant and injured several others in an area of central Croatia littered with unexploded ordnance.The blast occurred on Thursday in woodland near Saborsko, close to the Bosnian border where a […]
    Lorenzo Tondo and agencies
  • French senior citizens link up with language students in lockdown 07.03.2021
    ShareAmi scheme aims to combat the isolation felt by many older people during the pandemicCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageAfter spending a third of his placement in France stuck in lockdown, modern languages student Elliot Bellman was worried that his conversation skills might suffer. But his weekly chats with Mme Tolu, a Parisian […]
    Jessica Murray
  • Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe freed but may face new charges 07.03.2021
    Five-year sentence in Iran is complete but lawyer says she will have to go to court to face new chargesNazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe has been released from house arrest in Iran on the completion of her five-year sentence, but the British-Iranian dual national will have to go to court to face a second set of charges on […]
    Patrick Wintour Diplomatic editor
  • Biden hails Senate passage of 'desperately needed' $1.9tn coronavirus relief bill – video 07.03.2021
    Joe Biden has hailed the passage of the American Rescue plan by an exhausted Senate. Lawmakers narrowly approved the bill on Saturday as the US president and his Democratic allies notched a victory they called crucial for hoisting the country out of the pandemic and economic doldrumsBiden hails ‘giant step’ as Senate passes $1.9tn coronavirus […]
  • China calls on US to drop Trump-era sanctions and warns against 'bullying' 07.03.2021
    Foreign minister Wang Yi calls for cooperation and signals that Beijing will stand firm against criticism China’s top diplomat has called on the US to drop the sanctions and restrictions introduced by Donald Trump and warned against international “hegemony and bullying” and interference in what Beijing considers internal affairs, including Taiwan, Hong Kong, Xinjiang and […]
    Helen Davidson in Taipei