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Coronavirus: China paying citizens £1,100 if they report virus symptoms and then test positive

Residents of a Chinese city are being rewarded with payments worth up to £1,100 (10,000 yuan) if they report symptoms of coronavirus – otherwise known as Covid-19 – and then test positive. Health officials in Qianjiang, located 90 miles to the east of Wuhan, are stepping up efforts to contain the spread of the virus, which has so far infected 197 people in the city. → Read More

Coronavirus US – live: 700 people in New York under voluntary quarantine amid LA outbreak fears after flight attendant who repeatedly visited LAX confirmed with virus

Reports of a female flight attendant diagnosed with coronavirus having repeatedly travelling through Los Angeles International airport is sparking fears of an outbreak in the region, as officials confirm 59 cases of the mysterious illness. → Read More

Coronavirus: Child watches grandfather die then stays alone with him at home due to lockdown in China

Reports of a young boy in Hubei province who watched his grandfather die and then remained at home alone for a number of days due to a coronavirus lockdown, has sparked outrage within China. → Read More

Hong Kong to give £1,000 to every resident

Hong Kong has pledged to hand out cash packages worth £985 (HK$10,000) to every resident over the age of 18 in a bid to alleviate recent economic hardships. The subsidy is one of many emergency measures unveiled in Wednesday’s budget as the territory’s economy continues to stagnate due to violent political unrest and the impact of coronavirus. About seven million people will → Read More

Coronavirus ‘rapidly becoming’ disease X we have long feared, says WHO official

Coronavirus is “rapidly becoming” the world’s first true pandemic challenge, fitting the category of “disease X”, an advisor for the World Health Organisation (WHO) has warned. Covid-19 has killed nearly 2,600 people in mainland China, where the virus emerged last year, and infected more than 77,000. → Read More

Prison siege finally ends as hostage takers accept Mars bar in exchange for weapons after five-hour stand-off

A five-hour long hostage situation at an Irish prison was successfully diffused after an armed inmate gave up his weapon in exchange for a Mars bar. The Midlands Prison in Portlaoise, County Laois was placed into lockdown after two inmates seized a fellow prisoner and took him hostage in a cell. A fourth inmate was present but not involved in the ordeal. → Read More

UK weather: Snow to sweep country as temperatures plunge to -6C and ‘danger to life’ flood warnings issued

Further flood warnings have been issued for the UK after snow and rain fell across Scotland, Northern Ireland and northern England on Monday morning, with parts of the country still recovering from the damage inflicted by Storm Dennis last weeked. Temperatures are also set to drop to as low as -6C while 10cm of snow is expected for parts of Britain. Commuters have been advised → Read More

Canary Islands: ‘Absolute chaos’ for British tourists after Saharan sandstorm swallows holiday resorts

British holidaymakers are set to begin flying home from the Canary Islands after a sandstorm triggered “absolute chaos” by forcing a number of airport closures due to high winds and poor visibility. Spain’s airport operator Aena grounded flights from Gran Canaria, Lanzarote, La Palma, North and South Tenerife over the weekend, although customer service staff said the airports → Read More

African fish may hold key to stopping ageing in humans

A study into African turquoise killifish has revealed the secrets behind a biological phenomenon that presses pause on the development of embryonic life – findings that have potential implications for human ageing. Species such as the killifish can place themselves in a state of “suspended animation” – known as diapause – as an embryo, effectively halting the ageing process in → Read More

Trump chief of staff says US ‘desperately’ needs more immigrants

Donald Trump’s acting chief of staff, Mick Mulvaney, reportedly admitted that the US “needs more immigrants” during a private talk delivered to a group of university students. → Read More

Coronavirus: The mysterious doomsday cult at the centre of South Korea’s ‘super-spreading event’

As the coronavirus crisis continues to deepen throughout Asia, with more than 2,200 deaths reported in mainland China, a mysterious “cult” has emerged at the centre of a “grave” and “unprecedented” outbreak in South Korea. The country recorded a worrying jump in confirmed cases on Friday, rising to 204 patients and one death, following what local authorities described as a → Read More

Coronavirus news – live: Entire city told to ‘stay at home’ as two cruise ship passengers die amid unprecedented crisis

The mayor of Daegu, South Korea’s fourth largest city, has urged its 2.5 million population to refrain from going outside amid a spike in coronavirus cases within the region. Kwon Young-jin said the city was facing “an unprecedented crisis”, with 49 reported patients traced to an infected individual who had attended a local church. → Read More

British food consumption linked to wildlife loss and deforestation abroad

Food produced in Britain could be contributing to deforestation and the loss of wildlife overseas, campaigners have warned. Environmental group WWF has urged the government to prevent companies importing soy, palm oil and other products that have been linked to the loss of forests across the globe. European consumers, including in the UK, eat around 134.5lb (61kg) of soy a → Read More

82-year-old man arrested after elderly woman found dead

An 82-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder after an elderly woman was found dead. The body of the 80-year-old woman was discovered after Warwickshire Police were called to a property on Allendale Crescent in Studley on Monday morning. Formal identification and a post-mortem examination are yet to take place, but the woman's family has been informed. The man, → Read More

Mark Zuckerberg and Trump have struck deal to help president get re-elected, says George Soros

George Soros, the billionaire philanthropist, has said that Mark Zuckerberg and Donald Trump appear to have struck a “mutual assistance arrangement” that will help the US president “get re-elected”, referencing Facebook’s willingness to continue publishing political adverts. → Read More

Paris mayor promises bike lane on every street if re-elected

The mayor of Paris has promised to add a bike line to every street in the French capital if returned to office in next month’s municipal elections. Anne Hidalgo, who has been pursuing a radical agenda of "greening" the city since 2014, has said she wants Paris to be “100 per cent” bike-friendly by 2024. → Read More

Boy Scouts files for bankruptcy amid hundreds of sexual abuse lawsuits

The Boy Scouts of America (BSA) has filed for bankruptcy amid thousands of new sexual abuse claims that have been made against the 110-year-old organisation. Founded in 1910, the BSA is seeking to negotiate a compensation plan for abuse victims that could surpass a billion dollars, making it one of the largest, most complex bankruptcies ever seen. → Read More

HSBC to cut 35,000 jobs as profits fall by a third

HSBC has announced it will axe 35,000 jobs worldwide as part of a major restructuring after the bank’s profits fell by a third last year. The bank is aiming to scale back its headcount from 235,000 to 200,000 over the next three years as it attempts to cut £3.5bn in costs by 2022 and shed more than £70bn of assets. It said last year’s fall in profits was largely due to £5.6bn → Read More

Storm Dennis: Severe weather conditions trigger flooding and power outages across northern Europe

Storm Dennis is continuing to wreak havoc as it ventures beyond the UK and into northern Europe, with Germany, Estonia and a number of Scandinavian countries all affected by flooding, power outages and severe weather conditions. In Trippstadt, Germany, seven people were injured on Monday when their vehicle collided with a tree that had fallen onto the road. → Read More

At least 24 killed in church mass shooting in Burkina Faso

At least 24 people have been killed after gunmen attacked a church in northern Burkina Faso, according to officials. The attack, which left a further 18 people wounded, took place during a Sunday mass service in the village of Pansi in the Yagha region. A group of “armed terrorists” entered the Protestant church and “attacked the peaceful local population, after having → Read More