Coronavirus live news: Europe death toll passes one million; India approves Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine

Muslims open second pandemic Ramadan; WHO says world at ‘critical point’ as Europe deaths top one million; India becomes 60th country to register Sputnik jab

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Tuesday, April 13, 2021 - 1:09am
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Minneapolis: police and protesters clash for second night over death of Daunte Wright

Law enforcement swarms Brooklyn Center, deploying teargas and flash bangs to disperse hundreds gathered outside police headquarters

Police have clashed with protesters for a second night in the suburbs of Minneapolis after the officer-involved death of 20-year-old Daunte Wright on Sunday.

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Tuesday, April 13, 2021 - 1:04am
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The knacker: the toughest job in British farming

Between accidents, disease and bad weather, farm animals are prey to so many disasters that dedicated professionals are called out to dispose of the casualties. It’s a grim task, and one that’s only getting more difficult

One bright morning in the middle of May, Ian Carswell’s tipper lorry came sliding to a halt in a Tenbury car park. It was a smallish thing with raw grey sides and nothing distinctive about it, the sort of truck that carries topsoil or aggregate all over the country.

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Tuesday, April 13, 2021 - 1:00am
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From pencil sharpeners to a $539m lawsuit: how big tech weaponised patents

In 1842, the US patent office registered 14 designs, including a bathtub and a ‘corpse preserver’. It now handles 35,000 a year. Why did this once sedate world became a corporate arms race?

It was designed to make sharpening a pencil feel as thrilling as flying a jet. A gleaming chrome teardrop, tapered to a point and adorned with a bullet-like handle, Raymond Loewy’s aerodynamic tail-fin pencil sharpener brought the glamour of the machine age to the humble office desk.

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Tuesday, April 13, 2021 - 1:00am
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Purple revolution: India’s farmers turn to lavender to beat drought

Faced with climate change, farmers in Jammu and Kashmir are switching from maize to essential oils

It’s late June and the field is glowing with fragrant purple as the women in their flowing shalwar kameez arrive with scythes to harvest the lavender. In the 30-odd villages on the hilly slopes of Jammu’s Doda district, more than 200 farmers have shifted from maize to lavender production, starting a “purple revolution” in the region.

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Tuesday, April 13, 2021 - 1:00am
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Transport for London retires last heritage service of Routemaster buses

Fall in usage and lack of step-free access on the classic front-engined doubledeckers cited as reasons for permanent withdrawal

Transport for London has retired its iconic fleet of “hop on, hop off” Routemaster buses on the number 15 route, the capital’s last running heritage service.

Citing reasons including falling ridership across the central London network and the lack of step-free access on the classic front-engined doubledeckers, TfL confirmed the service had been permanently withdrawn.

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Tuesday, April 13, 2021 - 1:00am
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England’s mosques ready as second Ramadan in Covid lockdown begins

Muslims are adapting with smaller prayer groups, sanitation stations and fasts broken separately

Muslims have begun fasting on the first day of Ramadan, as mosques in England prepare to welcome worshippers in smaller groups due to Covid restrictions.

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Tuesday, April 13, 2021 - 1:00am
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‘Stand tall’: Jimmy Lai writes letter to Hong Kong journalists ahead of sentencing

Media mogul writes to staff from prison that ‘freedom of speech is a dangerous job’ but journalists must uphold justice

Hong Kong media mogul and pro-democracy activist, Jimmy Lai, has told his staff to “stand tall” in a letter from prison, just days before sentencing in two of several cases against him.

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Tuesday, April 13, 2021 - 12:52am
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Turkey’s economic turmoil drives Bitcoin frenzy

Investors turn to cryptocurrency after Erdoğan’s sacking of central bank governor caused further fall in lira

The neighbourhood teahouse is a focus of daily life across Turkey, an Ottoman tradition that has endured through the centuries. At the Red Lightning teahouse in Çorum, the enterprising owners have one foot in the past and one in the future: it’s the first one in the country where customers can pay in bitcoin.

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Tuesday, April 13, 2021 - 12:00am
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African health workers left without Covid jabs as paltry supplies dwindle

Fear of third wave and new variants as sub-Saharan vaccine distribution is dogged by supply disruption

Millions of healthcare workers in sub-Saharan Africa continue to risk their lives to fight Covid-19 as authorities across the continent struggle to obtain and distribute vaccines to frontline medical staff.

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Tuesday, April 13, 2021 - 12:00am
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Twitter advertises jobs in Ghana as it prepares to open first Africa office

Recruitment marks significant step in social media company’s plans to establish presence on continent

Twitter has announced it will recruit 11 people in Ghana, the company’s first hires on the African continent, and that it is looking into opening an office there.

The social media company joins Facebook and other tech companies moving into Africa.

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Monday, April 12, 2021 - 10:53pm
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AstraZeneca blood clotting: what is this rare syndrome and how is it caused?

Evidence is growing of a link between the Covid-19 vaccine and a deadly thrombosis – and theories are emerging as to why

Since rare but severe clotting was seen in some people following vaccination with AstraZeneca’s Covid-19 vaccine, researchers worldwide have been grappling to understand why the clotting syndrome, known as “thrombosis with thrombocytopenia” (clotting with a low platelet count), occurs.

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Monday, April 12, 2021 - 5:34pm
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Biden Calls Daunte Wright's Death 'Tragic' But Cautions Against Violence And Looting

People gather to protest the police Sunday in Brooklyn Center, Minn., after an officer shot Daunte Wright during a traffic stop.

The president delivered short remarks on the officer-involved shooting of 20-year-old Daunte Wright, which led to protests overnight in Minnesota.

(Image credit: Stephen Maturen/Getty Images)

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Monday, April 12, 2021 - 4:29pm
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BBC’s Prince Philip coverage breaks UK TV complaints record

110,000 people have complained, mostly about excess but also about Andrew, attire – and ease of complaining

The BBC’s wall-to-wall coverage of Prince Philip’s death has become the most complained-about moment in British television history, as viewers expressed their annoyance that shows such as EastEnders and MasterChef were replaced with royal tributes.

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Monday, April 12, 2021 - 12:39pm
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Chauvin Trial: Expert Says Use Of Force In George Floyd Arrest Was Not Reasonable

Witness Seth Stoughton testified on Monday in the trial of former Minneapolis police Officer Derek Chauvin that the force used against George Floyd was not reasonable.

"No reasonable officer would have believed that that was an appropriate, acceptable or reasonable use of force," Seth Stoughton, a former police officer and use of force expert, told jurors.

(Image credit: Court TV via AP)

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Monday, April 12, 2021 - 8:51pm
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