Top surgeon joins drive to encourage BAME people to have Covid vaccine

Barts trauma specialist Martin Griffiths, who had coronavirus himself, urges people to spread the message that the jab is safe

A leading surgeon who is known for his work in tackling knife crime is joining the fight to tackle vaccine hesitancy among black and other minority ethnic communities.

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Saturday, February 6, 2021 - 2:00am
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‘It is only now I realise the toll the pandemic has taken’: a letter from the other side of Covid

I moved from London to New Zealand, where the sense of normality is surreal

Read more: Laura Barton on how a daily call to California got her through lockdown

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Saturday, February 6, 2021 - 1:36am
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Biden cancels Houthi terror designation, restoring Yemen aid

UN welcomes reversal of Trump-Pompeo order as state department says it is purely to alleviate ‘world’s worst humanitarian crisis’

The United States has said it intends to revoke the terrorist designation of the Houthi movement in response to Yemen’s humanitarian crisis – reversing one of the most criticised last-minute decisions of the Trump administration.

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Saturday, February 6, 2021 - 12:48am
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Wallet lost in Antarctica turns up in California 53 years later

Paul Grisham forgot he lost it until rediscovery during demolition work at McMurdo base

Paul Grisham’s wallet was missing for so long at the bottom of the world he forgot all about it. Fifty-three years later the 91-year-old San Diego man has it back along with mementoes of his 13-month assignment as a US navy meteorologist on Antarctica in the 1960s.

“I was just blown away,” Grisham told the San Diego Union-Tribune after the wallet was returned on Saturday. “There was a long series of people involved who tracked me down and ran me to ground.”

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Friday, February 5, 2021 - 11:07pm
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Myanmar: Australian adviser to Aung San Suu Kyi, Sean Turnell, 'being detained'

Economist from Macquarie University tells Reuters news agency ‘I am fine and strong and not guilty of anything’

Sean Turnell, an Australian economic adviser to Myanmar’s Aung San Suu Kyi, has told the news agency Reuters that he is being detained, days after the Burmese leader was arrested in a military coup.

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Saturday, February 6, 2021 - 1:06am
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Tianwen1 probe sends back its first picture of Mars

Chinese spacecraft aiming to enter orbit in days before putting down lander and rover months later

China’s Tianwen-1 probe has sent back its first picture of Mars, the Chinese space agency has said, as the mission prepares to touch down later this year.

The spacecraft, launched in July around the same time as a US mission, is expected to enter Mars orbit around 10 February.

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Friday, February 5, 2021 - 10:13pm
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Biden: Trump should not receive intelligence briefings due to his 'erratic behavior'

Biden says predecessor shouldn’t have access to briefings, which are traditionally offered to presidents even after leaving office

Joe Biden has said that he doesn’t believe his predecessor, Donald Trump, should have access to any intelligence briefings due to his “erratic behavior”.

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Friday, February 5, 2021 - 8:34pm
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PNG says it has not seen proposal for Chinese-built city on island 50km from Australian territory

Government has not been presented with widely reported $39bn plan for Daru Island in Torres Strait

A Chinese-built multibillion-dollar city proposed for the tiny island of Daru in the Torres Strait is not being formally considered by the Papua New Guinea government, which says it has not seen the proposal.

The national planning minister, Rainbo Paita, told the Guardian that the government has not been presented with the proposal widely reported in the media, from the Hong Kong-based WYW Holding Company, to build a $39bn city on Daru Island, in PNG’s Western Province.

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Friday, February 5, 2021 - 6:59pm
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Man fatally stabbed and 10 injured in multiple incidents in Croydon

Met police responded to five reports of stabbings in south London borough in less than three hours

A man has been stabbed to death in south London in a spate of violence that has left 10 injured, police have said.

Metropolitan police officers responded to five reports of stabbings in Croydon within less than three hours on Friday evening.

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Friday, February 5, 2021 - 7:28pm
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Coronavirus live news: Greece limits AstraZeneca jab to under 65s; close contacts of Melbourne hotel worker test negative

Greece becomes latest EU nation to limit vaccine; Israel, Lebanon ease lockdowns; all contacts of Melbourne hotel quarantine worker, who contracted UK strain and put Australian Open at risk, test negative. Follow live

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Friday, February 5, 2021 - 8:15pm
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