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Sunday
28th February 2021

Around the world

Myanmar coup: Deadliest day of protests as police open fire

At least 18 people are killed as police try to disperse huge anti-coup rallies in several cities.

Johnson & Johnson Covid vaccine: FDA approves single-shot jab

The Johnson & Johnson vaccine, made by Belgian firm Janssen, is the third jab authorised in the US.

In the UK

Budget: Rishi Sunak promises help as Covid restrictions ease

But the chancellor says he wants "to be honest" with the public about the shock suffered by the economy.

Covid-19: More than 20 million in UK have had first jab - Hancock

The health secretary says it is "a magnificent achievement" and "the vaccine is our route out".

Politics

Budget: Rishi Sunak promises help as Covid restrictions ease

But the chancellor says he wants "to be honest" with the public about the shock suffered by the economy.

Budget 2021: £5bn fund to help High Street recover from Covid

Grants for 700,000 firms in England come as Rishi Sunak warns of a "challenge" ahead of the Budget.

Education

Covid-19: Free rapid testing for pupils' families in England

Schoolchildren's household and bubble members will be offered Covid tests to take at home twice a week.

Pupils both relieved and upset as GCSEs and A-levels cancelled

Students react to the news that their grades will be decided by teachers rather than exams.

Health

Covid-19: More than 20 million in UK have had first jab - Hancock

The health secretary says it is "a magnificent achievement" and "the vaccine is our route out".

Covid-19: Free rapid testing for pupils' families in England

Schoolchildren's household and bubble members will be offered Covid tests to take at home twice a week.

Business

Budget: Rishi Sunak promises help as Covid restrictions ease

But the chancellor says he wants "to be honest" with the public about the shock suffered by the economy.

Budget 2021: £5bn fund to help High Street recover from Covid

Grants for 700,000 firms in England come as Rishi Sunak warns of a "challenge" ahead of the Budget.

Science

How Bitcoin's vast energy use could burst its bubble

Could the cryptocurrency's huge electricity consumption also sink it?

Brunt Ice Shelf: Big iceberg calves near UK Antarctic base

The berg covers 1,270 sq km - nearly 490 square miles - but its break-off was expected.

Technology

The influencer effect: 'Love Island star transformed my business'

Influencers can have a bad reputation but for some people they have proved to be a business lifeline.

Covid-19: How would an NHS vaccine passport app work?

There is growing speculation that a certificate scheme could be built into the main NHS app.

Entertainment

Coronation Street star Johnny Briggs dies aged 85

The actor, who played Mike Baldwin in the soap, died after a long illness, his family said.

Golden Globe Awards 2021: Stars prepare for virtual ceremony

Tina Fey and Amy Poehler return to host the year's first major film and TV awards ceremony on Sunday.