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Sunday
23rd February 2020

Around the world

Coronavirus: South Korea declares highest alert as infections surge

The president says the country faces "a grave turning point" and the next few days will be crucial.

Bernie Sanders cements front-runner status with Nevada caucuses win

He is projected to win in Nevada's caucuses, putting him further on course to take on Donald Trump.

In the UK

Brexit: Emmanuel Macron 'not sure' of UK-EU trade deal by end of year

The French president's doubts come as the UK government is set to publish its demands.

Coronavirus: Wuhan Britons end quarantine as cruise passengers isolate

The 118 evacuees leave after 14 days, as 30 others from a virus-hit cruise ship begin their isolation.

Politics

Brexit: Emmanuel Macron 'not sure' of UK-EU trade deal by end of year

The French president's doubts come as the UK government is set to publish its demands.

Nicola Sturgeon: I have support to remain first minister

The SNP leader also defended her plans for a Scottish visa system on The Andrew Marr Show.

Education

School leavers train as carers as EU migration falls

Promises of progression as nurses and doctors attract young people into hard-to-fill NHS jobs.

Pavement parking: 'No quick fix to selfish drivers'

A woman and her young son, who are both visually impaired, say walking to school is a nightmare.

Health

Coronavirus: Wuhan Britons end quarantine as cruise passengers isolate

The 118 evacuees leave after 14 days, as 30 others from a virus-hit cruise ship begin their isolation.

Coronavirus: 'Narrowing window' to contain outbreak, WHO says

The World Health Organization says the rise of new cases with no clear link to China is a concern.

Business

Brexit: Emmanuel Macron 'not sure' of UK-EU trade deal by end of year

The French president's doubts come as the UK government is set to publish its demands.

Email address charges branded 'daylight robbery'

Ofcom is asking why broadband firms charge people to keep old email addresses after switching providers.

Science

Romulus mystery: Experts divided on 'tomb of Rome's founding father'

A discovery at an ancient temple divides experts over possible links to the city's legendary founder.

Study finds quarter of climate change tweets from bots

Researchers at Brown University found bots were far more likely to post tweets denying climate change.

Technology

'Mad' Mike Hughes dies after crash-landing homemade rocket

"Mad" Mike Hughes, 64, wanted to launch himself into space to prove that the Earth was flat.

How lake gases are powering homes in Rwanda

Methane is being extracted from Lake Kivu in Rwanda to generate electricity.

Entertainment

Friends to reunite for one-off special on HBO Max

The cast of Friends is to reunite for a one-off special, more than 15 years after the show ended.

Billie Eilish lands number one with James Bond theme

No Time to Die becomes only the second-ever official 007 song to top the UK singles charts.