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UK health secretary Matt Hancock: suggested there would be a local rather than a national response to any new outbreak of the virus. Photograph: Pippa Fowles/10 Downing Street/AFP via Getty Images

Coronavirus is “in retreat across the land” in Britain, health secretary Matt Hancock asserted on Monday as the number of daily recorded deaths fell t(...)

  Rishi Sunak: “There still will be restrictions on how people can shop, which will have an impact on how much they spend and how many people go out.”  Photograph: PRU/AFP via Getty Images

Britain abandoned testing and contact tracing in the community last March because of a lack of capacity, one of the government’s top scientific advise(...)

The robot which   can use UV light to keep hospitals  clean. Photograph: Enda O’Dowd

A robot emitting ultraviolet light (UVC) with the ability to disinfect hospitals and get rid of the Covid-19 virus has been developed by a start-up at(...)

Sara Canning with her partner Lyra McKee: ‘Lyra made my politics less black and white. She was unique in Northern Ireland’

Robyn Peoples and Sharni Edwards are the first couple to enter into a same-sex marriage in Northern Ireland. To mark the occasion, those involved(...)

Chris Grant in A Queer Céilí at the Marty Forsythe.  Photograph: Loretta Hurson

It’s a typical summer day in Belfast; leaden skies, thick cloud, heavy drizzle. But when we meet in CS Lewis Square on the city’s revitalised east sid(...)

Members of the LGBT community celebrate in  Belfast, as same-sex marriage in Northern Ireland came a step closer. Photograph: Peter Morrison/PA

A teenage LGBT campaigner from Derry says people feeling pessimistic about the future will be more hopeful after the Westminster vote to legislate for(...)

People take part in Belfast’s annual Pride parade. The extension of abortion and same-sex marriage rights to Northern Ireland has come a step closer after the House of Commons in London voted to introduce both by October 21st. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

The extension of abortion and same-sex marriage rights to Northern Ireland has come a step closer after the House of Commons voted to introduce both b(...)

DUP MP Sammy Wilson has criticised a warning to unionists over a Border poll. Photograph: Liam McBurney/The Irish Times

The chair of Westminster’s Northern Ireland Affairs Committee has warned unionists that a hard Border after Brexit could lead to a united Ireland and (...)

Boris Johnson insists he is not bluffing about being prepared to leave the EU without a deal. Photograph: Frank Augstein/Pool via Bloomberg

MPs at Westminster could use a Northern Ireland Bill on Monday to block Boris Johnson from suspending parliament to force through a no-deal Brexit in (...)

 Stevie II  pictured with Brendan Crean, who helped trial the robot through the charity Alone, during a demonstration at the Science Gallery in Dublin. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

An inquisitively cheerful and artificially intelligent robot that promises to fight loneliness and offer people care and security with the odd bingo n(...)

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