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Coronavirus: First Welsh case among three new UK diagnoses

The latest cases include the first one in Wales, after a patient returns from northern Italy.

Syria war: Alarm after 33 Turkish soldiers killed in attack in Idlib

Turkey hits Syrian government targets in response and the EU warns of a major conflict developing.

Greta Thunberg climate strike: Activist arrives in Bristol for march

Greta Thunberg addresses the Bristol Youth Strike 4 Climate event before a march through the city.

East Yorkshire flooding worsens as residents evacuated from homes

Water is pouring off fields which are unable to hold it from the swollen River Aire in East Yorkshire.

Philippines volcano: Residents return to visit island

Philippines residents who briefly return to homes near the Taal volcano find haunting scenes.

Telescopes detect 'biggest explosion since Big Bang'

The blast in the Ophiuchus galaxy cluster left a cavity 15 times bigger than our Milky Way galaxy.

Former Barclays executives cleared of fraud charges

Roger Jenkins, Tom Kalaris and Richard Boath are found not guilty on all charges in under six hours.

Cosmetic surgery: 'I wish I didn't have it done in Turkey'

A woman is facing reconstructive surgery after having cosmetic procedures in Turkey.

Leasehold property buyers 'misled by developers'

Many homeowners find themselves in "serious traps" after being mis-sold properties, a watchdog says.

Sun Yang: Eight-year ban for Chinese Olympic champion

China's three-time Olympic champion swimmer Sun Yang is banned from competing for eight years for missing a doping test in September 2018.

Packham 'outraged' by Cambridge University bird netting

Netting has appeared on 20 trees at the campus "to discourage birds from nesting".

Downfall: BP refinery worker sacked over Hitler parody wins job back

It is unreasonable to suggest he was comparing BP managers to Nazis, an Australian ruling finds.

How making a violin brought these two together

When Nashville musician Amanda asked violinmaker Ray to make her one, little did she know where it would lead.

The Papers: Virus raises fears over economy and major events

Friday's papers say mass UK gatherings may be restricted due to the spread of coronavirus.

Shetland beach cleaner picks up Atlantic message in a bottle prize

The glass bottle travelled about 1,500 miles to Shetland after being thrown into the Atlantic from a liner.

Quiz of the week: Remember much about the big fight?

Have you been paying attention to what's been going on during the past seven days?

Leap years and why we need them

It's a leap year which means there's an extra day in the calendar - 29 February 2020. But why do we need it?

Meet the Hatton Garden jeweller who rappers go to

Hatton Garden jeweller Abtin Abbasi has clients including London rappers Krept and Young Adz.

Contemplating the Fens through art

Heather and Ivan Morison's sculpture MOTHER... opens at Wicken Fen in Cambridgeshire.

The boss who put everyone on 70K

A tech boss introduced a $70,000 minimum salary for all his staff - by cutting his own wages. Five years, on he has no regrets.

BBC's Sam Poling kept endometriosis private to hide 'weakness'

The BBC's Sam Poling opens up about living with endometriosis while investigating UK criminals.

The inside story of the Barclays trial

Three former Barclays executives were charged with fraud over fundraising activity in 2008.

Greta Thunberg: What does the teenage climate change activist want?

The Swedish teenager started a climate change protest that grew into a global movement of millions.

Afghanistan conflict: US-Taliban deal raises hope for peace

A long-awaited accord between the US and the Taliban is greeted cautiously by a war-weary population.

The crisis forcing mothers to give away their babies

Venezuela's economic crisis is driving some mothers unable to feed their children to drastic measures.

'We can enjoy life without sound'

A woman who started to lose her hearing as a child is trying to change perceptions about deafness.

Protecting whales from the noise people make in the ocean

Oil drilling and construction is creating a din for sealife - new tech is hoping to turn the volume down.

England ease to victory over Pakistan at Women's T20 World Cup

England enjoy a comfortable 42-run victory over Pakistan at the Women's T20 World Cup in Canberra, after captain Heather Knight top-scores with 62.

Dramatic extra-time winner knocks Arsenal out of Europa League

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang misses a golden chance with the last kick as Arsenal are handed their first defeat of 2020.

BBC Women's Footballer of the Year 2020: Megan Rapinoe profile

BBC Sport profiles Seattle Reign midfielder Megan Rapinoe, one of five nominees for the BBC Women's Footballer of the Year 2020 award.

Two test positive for coronavirus as rest of UAE Tour is cancelled

The UAE Tour is cancelled with two stages remaining after two Italian "staff members" test positive for coronavirus.

Celtic boss Lennon won't 'throw players under bus' after Europa League exit

Manager Neil Lennon will not "throw anyone under a bus" after calamitous defending cost Celtic a place in the last 16 of the Europa League.

Coronavirus: Nigeria confirms first case in sub-Saharan Africa

The Italian citizen had returned from Milan, in a region badly hit by the outbreak of the virus.

IAG and EasyJet warn of coronavirus bookings hit

British Airways owner IAG says it has seen a "significant fall-off in demand" for flights to Italy.

What is coronavirus and what are the symptoms?

The virus is spreading around the world, but what is it, how can we be protected and can it be stopped?

Coronavirus: How is the UK planning for an outbreak?

What will the government do if there is a UK coronavirus outbreak and how prepared is the NHS?

Coronavirus: Watch how germs spread

A virology expert demonstrates how viruses can spread using UV light.

Coronavirus: Plague Inc. game banned in China

Plague Inc. puts users in control of a disease which they must develop into a global pandemic.

Coronavirus: Livestreaming karaoke and reality TV in virus-hit China

Reality shows in China have found creative ways to keep going while people are urged to stay home.

Coronavirus: On the front line in Wuhan

The BBC speaks to a Chinese doctor who has been on the front line of fighting Coronavirus in Wuhan.

Coronavirus: Where are we with a vaccine?

We answer some of the big questions about vaccines and how long one for coronavirus could take.

Coronavirus: How dangerous is disease for asthmatics, and other questions

Can my pet get coronavirus, how does it affect pregnancy and more questions answered.

Parents in Japan and Hong Kong struggle as schools shut

Hong Kong and Japan have shut schools as the coronavirus spread worsens leaving parents stuck at home.

Coronavirus: How a 'drive-through' testing facility in London works

A new scheme is being introduced to ease pressure on health services, as experts expect more cases to emerge.

Coronavirus: Tenerife hotel guests 'horrified' by conditions

Selina Lund said fellow guests were not following hygiene rules to prevent the spread of the virus.

Coronavirus: Dettol sales surge as markets fall again

The owner of the disinfectant brand says sales have risen, with demand outstripping supply in China.

Coronavirus: Parent with virus causes Buxton school closure

The primary school in Buxton has had a precautionary deep clean and will be closed until Monday.

Coronavirus: The ‘propaganda push’ in China

As China battles the deadly virus, medics on the front line are being hailed as heroes.

Coronavirus: How China is keeping busy during quarantine

Businesses in China are turning to live streaming apps and messaging groups to try and sell their products.

Coronavirus prompts buyers to look closer to home

Manufacturers have seen a spike in inquiries as the coronavirus disrupts supply lines from China.

Coronavirus: How is Iran responding to the outbreak?

The Iranian government is not imposing quarantine measures and there are fears the country lacks medical equipment.

Coronavirus: How to self-isolate

Five ways to successfully self-isolate to prevent the spread of the virus.

Why are some schools closing over coronavirus?

The official advice is that schools should not close, so why are some shutting their doors?

Your rights as a traveller

The coronavirus has already become a nightmare for travellers and the tourism industry alike.

Five countries, five responses

How countries are battling the virus - from disinfectant lorries in China to roadblocks in Italy.

A visual guide to the outbreak

Key maps and charts explaining how the Covid-19 virus has spread and how it is being dealt with.

Will I get paid if I self-isolate?

Health Secretary Matt Hancock says Britons returning from locked-down Italian towns must self-isolate.

'We might be stuck in here for weeks'

Hannah Green and her family are in the hotel in Tenerife that's been quarantined by Covid-19 fears.

Coronavirus: Mission Impossible filming halted over health fears

Concerns about the coronavirus outbreak in Italy is the latest difficulty to hit the film franchise.

Coronavirus: Why did infections shoot up in South Korea?

How the practices of a secretive religious sect may have played into the rapid spread of the virus.

How close are we to a pandemic?

Scientists are debating whether it is still possible to contain the new coronavirus.

Coronavirus: The race to find the source in wildlife

From animals to humans, how did the deadly coronavirus make the leap? We look at the scientific evidence.

'How do I convince the Home Office I'm a lesbian?'

More than 1,500 people claim asylum in the UK each year, claiming that they are persecuted for being gay. But it's not an easy thing to prove.