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Yuri Gagarin: Sixty years since the first man went into space

Yuri Gagarin: Sixty years since the first man went into space

Science
Sixty years ago, a man went into space for the very first time. For the USSR, Yuri Gagarin’s single orbit of the Earth was a huge achievement and propaganda coup. There will be celebrations across Russia to mark the anniversary. Our Moscow correspondent Steve Rosenberg reports on the day a new Russian hero was born, and meets the little girl who witnessed it.Let's block ads! (Why?) BBC News - Science & Environment
Myanmar coup: US ‘horrified’ by deadliest day since military takeover

Myanmar coup: US ‘horrified’ by deadliest day since military takeover

World
ReutersThe US has said that it is "horrified" by the killing of scores of anti-coup protesters in Myanmar on Saturday.Secretary of State Antony Blinken accused the military of "a reign of terror" that was "sacrificing the lives of the people to serve the few".Saturday was the deadliest day since last month's military takeover.The defence chiefs of a dozen nations, including the UK, on Sunday issued a rare joint statement condemning the military's violent actions.The US, Japan and Australia were also among the signatories of a statement that said: "A professional military follows international standards for conduct and is responsible for protecting - not harming - the people it serves."UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said he was "deeply shocked" at the violence and British Foreign Sec...
‘Bleak future’ for UK pubs as they mark a year since first lockdown closures

‘Bleak future’ for UK pubs as they mark a year since first lockdown closures

Business
UK pubs face a "bleak future" as they mark a year since being forced to close due to the first coronavirus lockdown.Dave Mountford, a publican and campaigner at the Forum for British Pubs, told Sky News that at least 2,000 pubs have already closed permanently. He said the remainder will need significant financial help. "Pubs will need additional financial support for years if they are to recover from this," Mr Mountford said."Many pubs will be reopening with a huge amount of debt. They took bounce-back loans but this industry hasn't bounced back and we don't know if drinkers will even return to wet-pubs. ...
Study: Few ‘important’ genetic changes seen in COVID-19 since hop to humans

Study: Few ‘important’ genetic changes seen in COVID-19 since hop to humans

Health
March 12 (UPI) -- The genetic makeup of the coronavirus underwent few "important" changes during the first 11 months of the pandemic, despite the emergence of potentially dangerous new strains last fall, according to a study published Friday by PLOS Biology. After analyzing hundreds of thousands of sequenced virus genomes, researchers from the United States, Britain and Belgium documented little significant alteration in the virus' genetic structure since it jumped to humans. Advertisement This was the case until late in 2020 -- after nearly a year of the virus circulating widely among people in nearly every nation on Earth -- when new variants began to emerge as a result of limited immunity in people who'd already had the virus. The vaccines developed to fight off the virus should contin...
Wage growth at highest level since 2008 and payrolls show signs of recovery

Wage growth at highest level since 2008 and payrolls show signs of recovery

Business
Rates of pay growth are running at their highest level since 2008, according to official figures which also show "early signs" of stabilisation for payrolled employment despite the continuing coronavirus pandemic.The Office for National Statistics (ONS) reported average weekly earnings were up by 4.7% on an annual basis during the three months to December. It suggests that many of those in work were being rewarded for their performances during the crisis as, when the effects of bonuses are stripped out, the rate of growth slows to 4.1%.Live COVID news from UK and around the world However, experts said they also reflected the fact that many of those to have lost work - stripping them from the wage figures - were more likely to have been in lower-paid jobs. ...