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Friday
14th May 2021

Around the world

Israel intensifies attacks in Gaza as conflict enters fifth day

More than 100 people have been killed in Gaza and eight have died in Israel since Monday.

US fuel pipeline 'paid hackers $5m in ransom'

Reports say Colonial Pipeline paid cyber-criminal gang DarkSide a ransom to prevent a data leak.

In the UK

Indian variant: Second jabs could be brought forward to tackle rise

Local restrictions have also not been ruled out in areas worst affected by the Indian variant.

British tourists allowed into Portugal from Monday

The government in Lisbon says anyone arriving will need to take a negative PCR test before departure.

Politics

Howard Beckett: Patel laws 'disgusting' says union boss after Labour suspension

Unite leadership contender Howard Beckett apologises for tweet about home secretary but stands by criticism.

Labour MP Wes Streeting diagnosed with kidney cancer

The 38-year-old MP said the news came as "an enormous shock", but his prognosis was "very good".

Education

Mary Beard's retirement present to fund students

Historian and TV presenter is paying for scholarships to widen access to classics beyond "posh" people.

Covid: £13.5bn needed to help pupils catch up, report says

The Education Policy Institute also calls for a longer school day and summer activities.

Health

Indian variant: Second jabs could be brought forward to tackle rise

Local restrictions have also not been ruled out in areas worst affected by the Indian variant.

Indian variant: What's causing the spike in Bolton?

The town has seen a sharp spike in Covid cases - driven by the emergence of the Indian variant.

Business

British tourists allowed into Portugal from Monday

The government in Lisbon says anyone arriving will need to take a negative PCR test before departure.

Gupta empire facing UK fraud probe over Greensill

The group run by Liberty Steel owner Sanjeev Gupta is under investigation by the Serious Fraud Office.

Science

Calls for post-Covid 'revolution' in building air quality

Top experts in how diseases spread are calling for massive improvements to the air in buildings.

COP26: Alok Sharma urges nations to banish coal

In a speech ahead of the COP26 event, Alok Sharma will say the coal business is "going up in smoke".

Technology

Reminders on rise as WhatsApp update deadline looms

Users yet to accept new terms and conditions will begin to receive "persistent" reminders.

'Huge shortage' in digital skills says Apprentice winner

Some UK firms are struggling to fill roles demanding digital skills, so how easy is it to retrain?

Entertainment

Friends reunion premiere date and celebrity guests announced

The much-anticipated special will see the original cast and celebrities reflect on the series.

Critics close curtains on The Woman in the Window

Amy Adams plays a woman with agoraphobia in the Netflix thriller, which failed to thrill critics.