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Coronavirus: Schools open for more pupils but parents still wary

It's the first day back in school for some primary pupils - but some schools stay closed.

George Floyd death: Violence erupts on sixth day of protests

Protesters defy curfew in US cities after the death of George Floyd, a black man, at the hands of police.

Primark says no 'special discounts' when shops reopen

The fashion chain says it has built up almost £2bn-worth of stock, but there will be no discounts.

Coronavirus changes how doctors deal with death

Five doctors administering end-of-life care reflect on the current crisis.

Holiday firms in fresh plea over 2-week flight quarantine plans

A letter to Home Secretary Priti Patel follows calls last week from MPs to reconsider the rules.

New lockdown laws warning for Scotland after weekend breaches

Coronavirus guidelines could be enforced by new laws if "even a minority" continue to flout them, the first minister says.

Durdle Door: Tombstone rescuer 'feared he would drown'

Paddleboarder Mike Wiley hauled the man to the surface after finding him unconscious on the seabed.

Coronavirus lockdown 'perfect storm' for abused children - Sajid Javid

The ex-home secretary is leading a "no holds barred" investigation into the issue in the UK.

Climate change: UK's record dry spell after extreme rainfall astounds Met Office

Meteorologists say they are amazed at the switch from extreme wet to the sunniest spring on record.

George Floyd death: How black British people are reacting

Black British people react to the African-American's death, and the ongoing racial tensions in the US and UK.

Nasa SpaceX launch: What is the Crew Dragon?

A guide to SpaceX's Crew Dragon vehicle, which carried astronauts to the space station.

The Papers: 'A million pupils stay home' as some schools return

Some primary school years in England returning and lockdown rules easing feature in Monday's papers.

Our masked identities: Cartoons of India's new normal

Cartoonist Priya Kuriyan documents how masks became prevalent in India - even before its lockdown.

How Venezuela's fuel crisis is hitting coronavirus victims

Venezuela's fuel crisis is so acute that even funeral homes are struggling to transport bodies to the cemetery.

Coronation Street to resume filming next week

The ITV soap's cameras will roll again on 9 June, 11 weeks after the cobbles fell quiet.

'People use us to go to sleep to': Sudoku solvers become internet sensation

Hundreds of thousands of people from all over the world are watching these men solve Sudoku puzzles.

Coronavirus: The South African village preparing for Covid-19

For people in South Africa's rural areas trying to protect themselves from Covid-19, hand washing in clean water isn't possible.

UK weather in pictures: Sunny spring draws people outdoors

People flock to beaches and beauty spots to enjoy the warmer weather as some lockdown rules ease.

Candle scents inspired by pubs and other stories you may have missed

From social distancing dinner dates to candle scents inspired by pubs, here are some stories you may have missed this week.

Obituary: Christo Javacheff, the artist who wrapped the world

The artist known as Christo was famous for wrapping huge buildings and entire coastlines in fabric.

Coronavirus: When will shops open and what will the rules be?

Non-essential shops can reopen in England in June, but will I be able to buy a book or have a haircut?

Remote working: How cities might change if we worked from home more

Our homes, transport and city-centre spaces would change if we worked from home for good.

Libya conflict: Russia and Turkey risk Syria repeat

Gen Haftar's forces have been beaten back from Tripoli but that does not mean peace is at hand.

Coronavirus: What are social distancing and self-isolation rules?

You can now meet more people and play certain non-contact sports in the UK - but what are they?

Dancing On My Own: The story behind Robyn's 2010 'sad banger'

The Swedish singer discusses her pop classic, and how she once became 'tired of the broken heart'.

George Floyd death: Why do some protests turn violent?

In the US, peaceful protests over police violence have escalated into widespread riots and looting.

Carly Fiorina's journey from secretary to CEO

The US entrepreneur started her business career answering the phone, and went on to lead Hewlett-Packard.

In mid-Pacific with nowhere to land

A group of performers were halfway across the ocean in a 75ft boat when the pandemic erupted - leaving them with nowhere to go.

Odion Ighalo: Manchester United extend striker's loan to January

Shanghai Shenhua and Nigeria forward Odion Ighalo extends his loan deal at Manchester United until January 2021.

QPR 'appalled' by Championship return on 20 June

QPR chief executive Lee Hoos says the club is "vehemently opposed" to the EFL's plans for the Championship to return on 20 June.

George Floyd death: Michael Jordan 'truly pained and plain angry'

Basketball legend Michael Jordan says he is "deeply saddened, truly pained and plain angry" after the death in police custody of African-American George Floyd.

England v Australia series in October and November cancelled

England's Ashes series against Australia, scheduled for October and November, is cancelled.

Zodiakos wins on horse racing's return at Newcastle

Zodiakos, ridden by Jimmy Sullivan and trained by Roger Fell, is the first winner as British horse racing returns at Newcastle.

How the Scotland team - and a national obsession - was born

BBC Scotland delves into the history books to uncover how the Scottish national team was formed.

FA asked to urgently outline 'intentions' for women's football

Shadow sports minister Alison McGovern criticises the decision to abandon the Women's Super League and Women's Championship seasons.

Coronavirus: Which schools are reopening for pupils?

Which children will be the first to go back to school, and what about the rest?

Coronavirus: What are the risks for children?

Children seem to be at low risk from the disease, but can they still spread it?

Coronavirus: School return plan 'like a jigsaw puzzle'

A head teacher explains how she is piecing school life back together before children return.

Coronavirus: We answer kids' questions about going back to school

The BBC's Education Editor Branwen Jeffreys answers kids' questions about going back to school.

Coronavirus': Parents shamed for back-to-school choices

Parents of year six and year one pupils have been falling out over whether to send them back to school.

Social distancing: A practical guide to how to socialise now

Meeting friends? Here's how to handle the awkward new rules - from sharing food to avoiding hugs.

Coronavirus: Who should be shielding?

People most at risk of needing hospital treatment if they get coronavirus are being asked to stay home.

Coronavirus: Are these targets being hit?

Ministers have set targets for testing, medical equipment and hospital beds. Have they delivered?

Coronavirus: What are the rules on weddings?

There is a lot of uncertainty around when and how weddings are allowed to take place. What are your rights?

Coronavirus: What tests are being done in the UK?

What are the tests for coronavirus, who are they for and how do they work?

Will I still get paid if I have to self-isolate? And other questions

Will employees still get paid if they are told to self-isolate? And other questions answered by BBC experts.

All you need to know about new measures

How will social and work life be different after the easing of some restrictions around the UK?

Coronavirus: How safe is it to get on a plane?

Many airlines are planning to resume flying, but they first need to reduce the risks of Covid-19.

Coronavirus: What does it mean if I've been furloughed by work?

Millions unable to do their job due to coronavirus will have their wages paid by a new scheme.

Coronavirus: What help are self-employed getting from government?

What is being done for the five million self-employed people in the UK facing a sudden loss of income?

Coronavirus: Dental practices to reopen from 8 June

Dental practices in England have been told they can reopen from Monday, 8 June.

Dominic Cummings: Fact-checking the row

Senior Conservatives are still questioning adviser's account of driving his family 260 miles during lockdown.

Coronavirus: How will contact tracing work in England?

Millions in the UK will soon be asked to monitor who they have been near to combat coronavirus.

Coronavirus: What can you do in Scotland from Friday?

After almost 10 weeks of lockdown which restrictions are being eased - and which remain in force?

Dominic Cummings: Did he break lockdown rules?

The UK PM's most senior adviser has responded to accusations that he broke lockdown rules - what did he say?

Coronavirus: The mystery of asymptomatic 'silent spreaders'

Scientists have discovered more evidence about a strange and worrying feature of the coronavirus