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One, two, free! 25 brilliant ways to escape 2020’s groundhog days | World news

Back in March, most of us were too busy hunting for toilet paper to worry about boredom. But as the months have passed, “lockdown fever” has set in, with each day becoming depressingly similar to the one before. While few people miss being nose-to-armpit with strangers on a busy commuter train, many find that long-term …

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Trump and Biden to give speeches as conflicts over coronavirus and protests intensify – live | US news

2.13pm BST14:13 Trump is traveling to Wilmington, North Carolina, today to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II. In a new statement, Democratic nominee Joe Biden accused Trump of having “abandoned North Carolinians” in the face of the coronavirus pandemic. “Instead of providing North Carolina the roadmap and resources needed to …

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Nancy Pelosi in face covering row after salon visit | Nancy Pelosi

Nancy Pelosi has been photographed in a San Francisco hair salon without a face covering, breaking the city’s coronavirus prevention rules. Footage captured on a security camera obtained by Fox News, showed the Democrat House speaker without a mask as she walked through the salon. Salons in San Francisco have been closed during the coronavirus …

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Lockdown reimposed in Greater Manchester areas in latest U-turn | World news

The government has reimposed lockdown restrictions on half a million people in Greater Manchester just 12 hours after they were lifted, following a rise in infections. The health secretary, Matt Hancock, said Trafford and Bolton would remain under enhanced restrictions banning gatherings in homes and gardens “following a significant change in the level of infection …

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Minister warns Rishi Sunak against tax hikes to cover Covid shortfall | Economic policy

A cabinet minister has warned the Treasury against increasing taxes to tackle a gap in public finances hit by coronavirus, bringing into the open apparent tension within government over the issue ahead of this autumn’s budget. Following several days of reports about apparent plans to raise more money from corporation tax, pension relief, fuel duty …

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Why crowdfunding is no replacement for the welfare state | Charitable giving

Last week, a stranger messaged me to ask if I’d buy them some groceries. “If not, I completely understand,” concluded the message that popped into my inbox from a young mum. “Be blessed.” Perhaps this message would have once seemed unusual. But there has been a noticeable and distressing rise in the number of individuals …

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Morrison defends Coalition’s Covid response after Abbott attacks ‘health dictatorships’ | World news

Scott Morrison says he hasn’t had time to read Tony Abbott’s comments blasting Covid “health dictatorships” during a speech in London because his focus has been on managing Australia’s first recession since the 1990s. Morrison was asked about the former prime minister’s contentious remarks during parliamentary question time on Wednesday. Labor asked the prime minister …

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Lego reports sales jump after Covid crisis kept families at home | Life and style

Lego, the toy brick company, has enjoyed a lockdown boost to sales as families around the world were forced to spend more time at home during the coronavirus pandemic. Total sales rose by 14% in the first half of 2020 and sales were up by more than 10% in its largest markets – including the …

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UK house prices hit all-time high as Covid-19 lockdown eased – business live | Business

UK house prices surged at the fastest pace in 16 years in August as strong demand pushed the cost of an average home to a record high, defying the economic crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic. The average house price soared to £224,123 in August, the highest on record, according to data from Nationwide building …

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Pregnant woman arrested in Ballarat for creating anti-lockdown protest event on Facebook | Australia news

Police in Victoria have arrested a pregnant 28-year-old woman in front of her partner and two children for planning an anti-lockdown protest in regional Victoria this weekend. Police arrested the woman, Zoe Buhler, at her home in Miners Rest near Ballarat on Wednesday after she created a “freedom day” event on Facebook calling for people …

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