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    Gov says new online safety bill will keep people safe but not everyone is convinced

    The government says its new internet laws will help keep children safe and combat racism and other abuse. Digital Secretary Oliver Dowden said the "ground-breaking laws" would "usher in a new age of accountability for tech and bring fairness and accountability to the online world".

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    'Tireless work' by nurses during pandemic inspires thousands to join the ranks

    NHS England said there are thousands more nurses working in the health system after being inspired by the "Nightingale effect". There were 330,000 nurses, midwives and health visitors working in the NHS in England in January - over 11,000 more than in January 2020. There are also an additional 5,195 healthcare support workers and assistants, as well as record numbers of student nurses entering the profession.

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    'Blanket' body mass index assessments of diabetes risk are failing people from minority ethnic backgrounds at risk - study

    An outdated BMI system could be leaving people from ethnically diverse backgrounds at higher risk from type 2 diabetes. A study has found that the BMI (body mass index) system has outdated cut-offs, meaning people from diverse backgrounds are more likely to develop the disease at a much lower BMI than those from white backgrounds. Researchers have called on the NHS to adopt ethnic-specific obesity cut-off points to make sure people from ethnically diverse backgrounds are being checked early enough to spot the disease.

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    Duke and Duchess of Sussex announce partnership with Procter & Gamble - a company she once called sexist

    Decades after criticising Procter & Gamble as a child, the Duchess of Sussex and her husband have announced a partnership with the firm. Meghan and Harry's Archewell Foundation confirmed a long-term relationship with the American multi-national consumer goods company on Tuesday. It will focus on gender equality, inclusive online spaces, resilience and impact through sport.

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    Brit Awards 2021 highlights: Dua Lipa's NHS pay rise call, a Taylor Swift surprise, and live music returns

    It was the UK's return to indoor live music, marking the start of the road back to normality - and this year's Brit Awards struck just the right tone, with lively performances and stand-out fashion as well as poignant and political moments. This year's Brits winners were nearly all women, with Dua Lipa, Little Mix, Arlo Parks and Taylor Swift all collecting awards.

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    Queen's Speech: Government 'set to fail' workers after COVID crisis, claims Labour

    Labour's new shadow chancellor, Rachel Reeves, will use her first House of Commons appearance in her new role to claim the government is "set to fail" workers after the COVID pandemic. Opening the Queen's Speech debate for Labour on Wednesday, Ms Reeves will attack the absence of an Employment Bill from the government's legislative agenda for the next parliamentary session.

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    Developers to be forced to help biodiversity, but not necessarily where they build

    Landowners in England are preparing to accept payments from developers who could be permitted to offset damage to green spaces by funding improvements to the wildlife habitats somewhere else. Charlie Forbes Adam, owner of the 8,000 acre Escrick Park estate near Selby in North Yorkshire, is one of 12 newly-titled biodiversity compensation providers in a pilot scheme for a proposed law that would force developers to increase the variety of plants and animals found on each development site by 10%. The biodiversity net gain (BNG) proposals are part of the Environment Bill and state that where biodiversity cannot be improved on the development site it can be created elsewhere, a concept known as offsetting.

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    Blackpool: Boy, nine, dies after being 'struck by lightning' on football field

    A nine-year-old boy has died after apparently being struck by lightning, police in Blackpool have said. The boy had been on a football field just after 5pm on Tuesday when a thunderstorm hit. "Spirit of Youth is a family and we are entrenched in the local community, and we will give whatever support is required to both the family and to those that were with him at the time."

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    Brit Awards 2021: Dua Lipa and Little Mix the big winners as Taylor Swift makes surprise appearance

    Female acts have dominated this year's Brit Awards, with Little Mix and Dua Lipa among the big winners and Taylor Swift making a surprise appearance - at a ceremony which saw artists calling out sexism and a lack of diversity in the music industry. Many winners at the show - the UK's first major indoor live music event in more than a year, held without masks and social distancing as part of a COVID-19 test scheme - also paid tribute to key workers in their acceptance speeches, with Lipa calling on Boris Johnson to improve pay.

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    Greece: £257,000 reward offered to catch killers who strangled British mother, 20, in her Athens home

    A €300,000 (£257,000) reward is being offered by the Greek government to track down burglars who strangled a British woman next to her baby in Athens. Greece's minister responsible for public order, Michalis Chrisochoidis, described the woman's killing as "particularly heinous".