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British prime minister Boris Johnson  at St Patrick’s Church of Ireland cathedral in Armagh. ‘The numbers of infections are high, but we are within the parameters of what the predictions were. We are sticking with our plan.’ Photograph: Kelvin Boyes/Press Eye

Daily coronavirus cases in Britain have risen above 50,000 for the first time since July, but Boris Johnson said he will not bring back compulsory fac(...)

A general view of Wolverhampton Science Park where the Immensa Health laboratory is based. Photograph: Jacob King/PA Wire

Covid-19 testing operations at a private laboratory in central England have been suspended after tens of thousands of people were handed potentially f(...)

 Arizona senator Kyrsten Sinema: an enigma in US politics. Photograph: Stefani Reynolds/The New York Times

In her 2009 treatise, Unite and Conquer, Kyrsten Sinema suggests “letting go of the bear and picking up the Buddha”. An English translation, which is (...)

Some of the most serious early failings, the report suggests, resulted from apparent groupthink among scientists and ministers which led to ‘fatalism’, the report finds. Photograph: Getty Images

British families bereaved by coronavirus have called for a public inquiry to be brought forward after a cross-party group of MPs said the government’s(...)

It’s very difficult for a teenager to make a career or study decision when they have had limited experience of the outside world. Photograph: iStock

My son is sitting the Leaving Cert next June. He has a shortlist of dozens of potential courses, but has no idea what to focus on. I’m worried that he(...)

Smart-toilet innovators believe the loo could become the ultimate health-monitoring tool – but will it pose an unprecedented risk to our private in(...)

HealthBeacon employs more than 50 people.

Digital therapeutics company HealthBeacon has raised a further €6 million from backers to bring total investment to date to €25 million. The company,(...)

Colm Tóibín’s latest novel, The Magician, is an imagined recreation of the life of the German novelist Thomas Mann. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Novelist Colm Tóibín has said some Protestants in Northern Ireland regard the Republic as “a very strange and foreign place”. Speaking on RTÉ Radio 1(...)

The Violence Reduction Unit is believed to have played a part in the 50% fall in Glasgow knife injuries. Photograph:  Christopher Furlong/Getty Images

When it comes to the blunt force injury, Monday is peak time in Scotland’s emergency departments. “Stuff happens over the weekend and it can take unti(...)

‘The medicines sea border  legally requires a complete political impossibility.’ File photograph: PA Wire

The medicines sea border – which requires separate labelling and testing in Northern Ireland of medicines coming from Britain – is a fascinating subje(...)

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