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Getty Images Pupils in England should take Covid tests following the half-term break, the education secretary has said. Gavin Williamson stressed that asymptomatic testing would help break transmission chains as pupils return. He praised a major testing programme that has helped to identify and isolate asymptomatic cases since March. But there are concerns that more […]

The G7 group of advanced economies has reached a “historic” deal on taxing multinational companies. Finance ministers meeting in London agreed to battle tax avoidance through measures to make companies pay in the countries where they do business. They also agreed in principle to a global minimum corporate tax rate of 15% to avoid countries […]

Jane Barlow Millions of people in Scotland have moved into lower restriction levels, allowing them to meet in larger groups indoors and outside. In Glasgow people are allowed to meet in each other’s homes for the first time in nine months, and to drink alcohol in pub and restaurants. Other areas of the mainland are […]

PA A UK ticket holder has won Friday’s £111m EuroMillions jackpot, scooping the country’s ninth biggest lottery win. The lucky winner matched all seven numbers – the five EuroMillions as well as the two Lucky Stars. National Lottery operator Camelot is asking players to check their tickets to see if they have won. The full […]

But the ONS data, which is not skewed by how many people come forward for tests, shows a genuine rise, with the proportion of people in England and Wales testing positive almost doubling in a week. In Wales, this is from a low bar so the ONS said it was only the “early signs” of […]

Getty Images Facebook Inc has suspended former US President Donald Trump’s Facebook and Instagram accounts for two years. He was barred indefinitely from both sites in January in the wake of posts he made on the US Capitol riots, but last month Facebook’s Oversight Board criticised the open-ended penalty. Facebook said Mr Trump’s actions were […]

Reuters Airlines are laying on extra capacity to bring people back to the UK from Portugal before the country is removed from the travel green list on Tuesday. British Airways is increasing its flights, while Tui and EasyJet are upgrading the size of their planes. The move to the amber list means UK tourists should […]

The data is based on more than 2,000 children aged 12-15 years old who took part in trials of the Pfizer vaccine. There were no cases of Covid from a week after the second dose – compared to 16 cases in the placebo group, and the vaccine appeared to work as well in adolescents as […]

Portugal has questioned the UK’s decision to remove it from the travel green list from Tuesday. The move to the amber list means UK tourists should not visit the country and returnees must isolate for 10 days. Transport Secretary Grant Shapps cited rising cases and a Covid mutation found in Portugal. But the travel firm […]

EPA The UK has signed a post-Brexit trade deal with Norway, Iceland and Lichtenstein, the government has announced. The agreement will be a major boost for trade between the four non-EU nations, which is already worth £21.6bn, UK minister Liz Truss said. She claimed it would boost sectors such as digital, and cut tariffs on […]