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Thursday
22nd April 2021

Around the world

George Floyd murder: Minneapolis police to face US federal probe

The justice department announces probe into city police practices after George Floyd murder verdict.

Alexei Navalny: Thousands across Russia defy ban on protests

Arrests are made as protesters demand the release of the opposition leader, who is on hunger strike.

In the UK

Dyson lobbying row: Labour calls for probe into PM texts

The party wants a thorough investigation into Boris Johnson's conduct, amid a row over lobbying.

Club owners say sorry for Super League plan

Manchester United and Liverpool owners apologise to supporters for their involvement in a proposed European Super League.

Politics

Dyson lobbying row: Labour calls for probe into PM texts

The party wants a thorough investigation into Boris Johnson's conduct, amid a row over lobbying.

Johnny Mercer: Sacked minister attacks 'distrustful' government

Johnny Mercer left government on Tuesday over protections for troops who served during the Troubles.

Education

TikTok sued for billions over use of children's data

The case is being brought on behalf of millions of children by England's former children's commissioner.

Universities 'must do more to tackle sexual harassment'

Students must feel confident in reporting incidents of sexual assault on campus says watchdog.

Health

Covid: Government scientist warns of summer surge in cases

The UK is still in a "vulnerable situation", one of the country's vaccine advisers says.

Infant mortality in Birmingham 'not openly discussed'

A taskforce has been set up after figures showed seven babies in 1,000 die in Birmingham.

Business

Employment: North and Midlands 'leading jobs recovery

Several areas now have more job vacancies than before the pandemic, a study finds.

Post Office scandal: What the Horizon saga is all about

The background to the case of sub-postmasters whose convictions were based on evidence from faulty IT.

Science

Climate change: Biden summit to push for 'immediate' action

Forty world leaders will be urged to increase their carbon-cutting actions at US virtual summit.

Climate change: Growing doubts over chip fat biofuel

A new study questions the sustainability of used cooking oil imports into Europe to make biodiesel.

Technology

TikTok loophole sees users post pornographic and violent videos

TikTok says it is fighting to stop a trend exposing users to explicit and shocking material

Amazon is opening a hair salon in London

The salon will use augmented reality to show styles and colours on clients before they have their hair done.

Entertainment

Oscars 2021: Why Two Distant Strangers is 'important and necessary'

The Oscar-nominated film tells of a black man forced to relive his killing by a US police officer.

'The clock is ticking' for summer music festival season

Organisers say they're "running out of time" to save music festivals if the government doesn't help.