‘This is most informative interview I’ve done all day’ – BBC News

Dr Clare Wenham was giving an interview to the BBC News Channel on local lockdowns when her young daughter interrupted. Speaking to the BBC afterwards, Dr Wenham said it was ironic that this had happened given she recently wrote a piece for the British Medical Journal on the subject. In it she argues that the … Read more ‘This is most informative interview I’ve done all day’ – BBC News

Russia reforms: Will Putin rule Russia forever? – BBC News

Russians are voting on a series of sweeping changes to the constitution that could allow Vladimir Putin to stay in office until 2036, making him the longest serving Russian leader. The reforms would mean Mr Putin’s term limit is reset to zero in 2024, allowing him to serve two more six-year terms. There is no … Read more Russia reforms: Will Putin rule Russia forever? – BBC News

Hong Kong: UK makes citizenship offer to residents – BBC News

Up to three million Hong Kong residents are to be offered the chance to settle in the UK and ultimately apply for citizenship, Boris Johnson has said. The PM said Hong Kong’s freedoms were being violated by a new security law and those affected would be offered a “route” out of the former UK colony. … Read more Hong Kong: UK makes citizenship offer to residents – BBC News

US buys most supplies of key coronavirus drug – BBC News

The United States has struck a deal to buy almost the entire world supply of a drug that’s known to help people recover from Covid-19. In trials carried out in the UK and elsewhere the medicine – Remdesivir – was found to reduce the time spent in hospital for seriously ill patients. It’s one of … Read more US buys most supplies of key coronavirus drug – BBC News

Thousands of job losses as UK government accused of “sitting on sidelines” – BBC News

Ministers have been accused of “sitting on the sidelines” as companies announce thousands of job losses, due to the coronavirus pandemic. In recent days 12,000 redundancies have been announced, most of them in high street retail and aviation, sectors hit hardest by the lockdown. SSP which owns the food chains Upper Crust and Cafe Ritazza … Read more Thousands of job losses as UK government accused of “sitting on sidelines” – BBC News

Easing lockdown “highly irresponsible” warns UK government adviser – BBC News

Pubs, restaurants and hairdressers are all preparing to open their doors again in most of England. The government says it is safe to do so as long as the guidelines are followed carefully. But one member of SAGE, the group of senior scientific government advisers, is warning that the moves are too extensive and “highly … Read more Easing lockdown “highly irresponsible” warns UK government adviser – BBC News

Millions in Hong Kong to gain rights to live and work in UK – BBC News

Up to 3 million people in Hong Kong are to be granted new rights to live and work in the UK. The decision follows China’s imposition of a new security law which makes it a crime to undermine Beijing’s authority. Boris Johnson denounced the legislation as a “clear and serious breach” of the 1985 Sino-British … Read more Millions in Hong Kong to gain rights to live and work in UK – BBC News

To Italy with Love: Postcards from a Covid-America – BBC News

When Francesca De Santis arrived in the US as an exchange student last summer, she never could have predicted the global pandemic that hit her home country especially hard. Now, after nearly a year in Ohio, she prepares to return home, knowing it won’t be the same when she gets there. Italy imposed a strict … Read more To Italy with Love: Postcards from a Covid-America – BBC News

Russians vote on Putin’s reforms to constitution – BBC News

All week, millions of Russians have been voting to reform their constitution, many using polling stations set up on tree stumps, park benches and even car boots. Giant prize draws have helped entice them to the ballot, with the chance of winning everything from shopping vouchers to a car or flat. Opposition figures have dismissed … Read more Russians vote on Putin’s reforms to constitution – BBC News

Hong Kong security law: Life sentences for breaking China-imposed law – BBC News

People in Hong Kong could face life in jail for breaking a controversial and sweeping new security law imposed by China. The legislation came into force on Tuesday but the full text was only revealed hours afterwards. It was brought in by Beijing following increasing unrest and a widening pro-democracy movement. Critics say the new … Read more Hong Kong security law: Life sentences for breaking China-imposed law – BBC News

Hong Kong arrests dozens as ‘anti-protest’ law kicks in – BBC News

Dozens of people have been arrested in Hong Kong, including a man carrying a pro-independence flag, after a new “anti-protest” law imposed by Beijing came into effect, officials say. Police have used pepper spray to disperse some protesters gathered to mark 23 years since British rule ended. The national security law targets secession, subversion and … Read more Hong Kong arrests dozens as ‘anti-protest’ law kicks in – BBC News

China condemned over new Hong Kong security laws – BBC News

There’s been widespread international condemnation of China following a parliamentary vote to impose new national security laws for Hong Kong. The legislation was drawn up in response to last year’s pro-democracy protests, with residents potentially facing life in jail for taking part. The UK’s Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab described China’s actions as “grave and deeply … Read more China condemned over new Hong Kong security laws – BBC News