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Sunday
31st May 2020

Around the world

George Floyd death: Lawyer calls it 'premeditated murder'

Police struggle to stem arson, damage and looting following the death of a black man in custody.

George Floyd: ‘As a black American I am terrified’

After the death of George Floyd, young African-Americans in Minneapolis say they are scared for their safety.

In the UK

Coronavirus: Lockdown easing in England 'modest' - Jenrick

Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick says he is "reasonably confident" the steps will be "manageable".

Coronavirus: Some people shielding allowed outdoors from Monday

Some restrictions on vulnerable people shielding from coronavirus are to be eased after 10 weeks.

Politics

Coronavirus: Lockdown easing in England 'modest' - Jenrick

Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick says he is "reasonably confident" the steps will be "manageable".

Coronavirus: Raab defends relaxation of lockdown rules

The foreign secretary stresses the "cautious" approach adopted, ahead of measures easing in England.

Education

Coronavirus: Drop plan to reopen primaries to all pupils, ministers urged

Aiming to have all pupils back piles uncertainty and pressure on school communities, say governors.

Schools delay re-opening due to Weston hospital closure

Schools in North Somerset delay plans to re-open after a spike in virus cases at Weston hospital.

Health

Coronavirus: Some people shielding allowed outdoors from Monday

Some restrictions on vulnerable people shielding from coronavirus are to be eased after 10 weeks.

Coronavirus: UK exceeds 200,000 testing capacity target

The UK had capacity to conduct 205,634 tests on Saturday, reaching its target one day early.

Business

Amazon UK website defaced with racist abuse

The online giant blames a "bad actor" for the language appearing alongside multiple product listings.

Coronavirus: Pret A Manger plans rent talks in bid to avoid closures

The sandwich chain is "radically" changing its business model in the wake of the coronavirus epidemic.

Science

SpaceX Nasa Mission: Astronauts on historic mission enter space station

Nasa's Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken complete their 19-hour flight to the orbiting laboratory.

Nasa SpaceX launch: What is the Crew Dragon?

A guide to SpaceX's Crew Dragon vehicle, which carried astronauts to the space station.

Technology

Supernatural: The next-generation keep-fit coach?

Will virtual reality fitness classes lead a revolution in home workouts - or is it a passing craze?

Amazon UK website defaced with racist abuse

The online giant blames a "bad actor" for the language appearing alongside multiple product listings.

Entertainment

Actor Michael Angelis dies aged 76

The Liverpool-born actor was known for Boys from the Blackstuff and narrating Thomas The Tank Engine.

Harvey Weinstein: Four more women accuse producer of assault

The disgraced movie producer is currently serving a 23-year prison sentence for rape.