Coronavirus: Deaths at lowest level since March

Image copyright Getty Images The number of people dying each week linked to coronavirus has dropped to its lowest levels in England and Wales since March, figures show. The Office for National Statistics review of death certificates showed 2,589 cases where the virus was mentioned in the week ending 22 May. Overall there were nearly

Coronavirus: University cap ‘won’t see English student raid’

Image copyright Cardiff University Image caption Prof Riordan believes the loss of international students will hit admissions hard English universities will not be able to “raid” Welsh institutions for students under UK government plans to cap enrolments, a university boss said. The move is aimed at stopping Welsh, Scottish and Northern Irish universities recruiting more

Row over cap on English students at Scottish universities

Image copyright PA Media Image caption Universities such as St Andrews could be prevented from taking in an increased number of English students Scottish university bosses have hit out after UK ministers capped the number of English students they can enrol. The UK government is to impose “student number controls” to prevent “over-recruitment” by some

Self-help for child sex thoughts up 50% since lockdown

Image copyright Getty Images The number of people seeking help for sexual thoughts about children has doubled during lockdown, a UK charity has told the BBC. Campaigners warn that lockdown has created a ‘remarkable and unique’ opportunity for those wishing to exploit children. Increased isolation, stress and uncertainty could mean that more people may act

House prices see largest monthly fall for 11 years, says Nationwide

Image copyright Getty Images House prices fell 1.7% in May from the previous month, the largest monthly fall for 11 years, according to the Nationwide. Annual house price growth halved from 3.7% to 1.8%, as the coronavirus crisis hit market activity. The latest HMRC data showed that residential property transactions fell 53% in April compared

Extinction crisis ‘poses existential threat to civilisation’

Image copyright Gerardo Ceballos Image caption The bontebok was once down to 17 individuals Human impacts on the places on Earth with the most richness of life have brought hundreds of wild animals to the brink of extinction, a study shows. The likes of logging and poaching has pushed 500 mammals, birds, reptiles and amphibians

Coco, Marley and Me, and more movies to make you cry hard

Image copyright Disney/Pixar/Kobal/Shutterstock Image caption Coco’s emotional punch comes from young Miguel and his great-grandmother If you often find yourself quietly (or loudly) sobbing at an emotional film, here’s a warning – get an extra box of tissues before watching the films mentioned in this article. When US film critic Kevin Lee asked people to

Coronavirus: Quarantine plan, NI hotels and Commons ‘deadlock’

Here are five things you need to know about the coronavirus outbreak this Tuesday morning. We’ll have another update for you at 18:00 BST. 1. Quarantine in the spotlight Plans to introduce a 14-day quarantine for the majority of people entering the country, including UK nationals, will be put before Parliament later, but the BBC

Abortion: Assembly to debate recent changes to NI laws

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Medical professionals who can perform an abortion include a doctor, a registered nurse or a registered midwife The assembly will debate a motion later that seeks to reject recent changes to Northern Ireland’s abortion laws. New legislation drafted by the Northern Ireland Office took affect in March, after a

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