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From the Archives, 1981: Pope survives assassination attempt

From the Archives, 1981: Pope survives assassination attempt

Forty years ago, Pope John Paul II was shot by a gunman in front of 15,000 pilgrims in St Peter’s Square.

  • by Desmond O'Grady

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COVID vaccine success fans hopes of mRNA shot for cancer

COVID vaccine success fans hopes of mRNA shot for cancer

Over the past decade Drew Weissman and Katalin Kariko have been working on a variety of vaccines. The pandemic accelerated the trials of their technology.

  • by Harry de Quetteville
Italy’s La Scala reopens after 7-month pandemic-led closure

Italy’s La Scala reopens after 7-month pandemic-led closure

With COVID-19 cases and deaths decreasing, Italy is assessing loosening lockdown measures and plans to lift quarantine restrictions.

  • by Sara Rossi
Minke whale calf put down after getting stranded in London’s River Thames

Minke whale calf put down after getting stranded in London’s River Thames

An injured minke whale calf that became stranded in London’s River Thames has been put down after its condition deteriorated and hopes for its survival faded.

  • by Guy Faulconbridge and Hannah McKay
Zero daily coronavirus deaths in England for only second time since pandemic began

Zero daily coronavirus deaths in England for only second time since pandemic began

New research suggests Britain’s world-leading vaccine rollout slashes the risk of dying from COVID-19 by up to 97 per cent.

  • by Bevan Shields
Neanderthals weren’t cannibals but were eaten by giant hyenas

Neanderthals weren’t cannibals but were eaten by giant hyenas

The discovery of a prehistoric human skull in a cave in Italy has disproved macabre theories that Neanderthals indulged in ritual cannibalism – instead pointing to the prospect that they were eaten by giant hyenas.

  • by Nick Squires
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‘Harmful’: French education ministry bans gender-inclusive language

‘Harmful’: French education ministry bans gender-inclusive language

“With the spread of inclusive writing, the English language - already quasi-hegemonic across the world - would certainly and perhaps forever defeat the French language.”

  • by Rebecca Rosman
EU has not ordered AstraZeneca vaccines beyond June

EU has not ordered AstraZeneca vaccines beyond June

The Commission launched legal action against AstraZeneca for not respecting its contract for the supply of vaccines and for not having a plan to ensure timely deliveries.

  • by Sybille de La Hamaide
Consolation for Labour as Sadiq Khan re-elected London mayor

Consolation for Labour as Sadiq Khan re-elected London mayor

Sadiq Khan has been re-elected London mayor as had been widely expected, providing some joy to the opposition Labour Party which has suffered a series of disappointing results in other local elections.

  • by Michael Holden
‘Divided down the middle’: Scottish independence suffers an election setback

‘Divided down the middle’: Scottish independence suffers an election setback

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon is on course to win 64 seats but needed 65 for a SNP majority and a strong case for a new referendum.

  • by Bevan Shields
‘Forget Australia’: Britain snaps up stranded international students

‘Forget Australia’: Britain snaps up stranded international students

Shaiz Javaid felt abandoned by Australia when borders closed. He is among thousands making up a record surge of university enrolments in Britain.

  • by Latika Bourke