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More than 80 dead after rifle grenades land on Myanmar protesters

More than 80 dead after rifle grenades land on Myanmar protesters

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More than 80 people have been killed by rifle grenades in yet more violent clashes between the military and protesters in Myanmar.Bodies were piled up in a pagoda in the town of Bago after Myanmar security forces opened fire on a protest against the 1 February military coup in the country. The Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (AAPP) monitoring group said it believed there were 82 dead. Image: Heavy clashes erupted during demonstrations in Yangon. Pic: AP Protest organiser Ye Htut told news outlet Myanmar Now: "It is like genocide."They are shooting at every shadow." ...
Covid: Brazil has more than 4,000 deaths in 24 hours for first time

Covid: Brazil has more than 4,000 deaths in 24 hours for first time

World
EPABrazil has recorded more than 4,000 Covid-related deaths in 24 hours for the first time, as a more contagious variant fuels a surge in cases.Hospitals are overcrowded, with people dying as they wait for treatment in some cities, and the health system is on the brink of collapse in many areas. The country's total death toll is now almost 337,000, second only to the US.But President Jair Bolsonaro continues to oppose any lockdown measures to curb the outbreak.He argues that the damage to the economy would be worse than the effects of the virus itself, and has tried to reverse some of the restrictions imposed by local authorities in the courts. Covid vaccines: How fast is worldwide progress?What is the Brazil variant and do vaccines work against it?Political crisis and Covid surge rock Bra...
Erling Haaland could cost more than Barcelona got for Neymar transfer as Real Madrid, Manchester United, Man City and Chelsea hunt for goalscorer

Erling Haaland could cost more than Barcelona got for Neymar transfer as Real Madrid, Manchester United, Man City and Chelsea hunt for goalscorer

Sports
Manchester United, Man City, and Chelsea transfer target Erling Haaland could cost more than Neymar if he moves clubs this summer. The Borussia Dortmund star has been the subject of intense speculation this season as he continues his excellent goalscoring form domestically and in the Champions League. Getty Images - Getty Haaland is one of Europe’s most feared strikers at the moment The 20-year-old has netted 21 time in 22 Bundesliga appearances, while in Europe he’s hit the back of the net 10 times in six matches. Last week, his agent Mino Raiola and father, former Man City and Nottingham Forest midfielder Alf-Inge, travelled Europe to court interested parties. Barcelona and Real Madrid have been visited, while it’s believed similar t
Covid-19: More than 6,000 ‘lives saved by vaccine programme’

Covid-19: More than 6,000 ‘lives saved by vaccine programme’

Health
EPAThe Covid-19 vaccination programme has saved more than 6,000 lives, an analysis by Public Health England says.Most would have been among the over-80s and some among people in their 70s, estimates up to the end of February suggest.It comes as people in England aged over 50 and in at-risk categories are being urged to book their Covid jabs before Monday, when slots are set to dry up.The NHS said appointments should be arranged by 29 March.Clinically vulnerableOfficials expect a slowdown in vaccine supplies in April - and medics will be focusing on providing second doses. Ministers say the plan to offer a first dose to all adults by July is on track.But NHS England said no first appointments should be booked next month for the under-50s unless they fall into a higher-priority group, such a...
Record February borrowing of £19.1bn – but full-year hit could be a bit smaller than feared

Record February borrowing of £19.1bn – but full-year hit could be a bit smaller than feared

Business
Public sector borrowing rose to £19.1bn last month as the cost of tackling the coronavirus pandemic took a further toll.The sum - which represents the shortfall between the government's revenues, such as tax, and its spending on things like the NHS - was the highest for February on record. It was a little lower than the £21bn that had been pencilled in by economists and may mean the chancellor undershoots the colossal £355bn total for 2020/21 pencilled in by the Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR), unprecedented since the Second World War. Image: Higher spending on the NHS has contributed to borrowing The outlook for the full year has also been helped by a £5.6bn downward revision for January's shortfall.But the scale of the defici