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Extra measures 'to ensure fair exams next summer'

There will be generous grades and advance notice of topics, as GCSEs and A-levels in England go ahead.

Covid-19: Do not resuscitate orders may have been used without consent

There was a jump in complaints about such orders in the first wave of the pandemic, the care watchdog says.

Live animal exports to be banned in England and Wales

The environment secretary says the ban could be in place by the end of 2021 in a move away from EU rules.

Covid: Some students not back until February next term

Universities in England are staggering the return of students after Christmas over five weeks.

'Ditch high definition and new tech to fight climate change'

Scientists are urging people and firms to change the way they use technology to reduce emissions.

Covid: Jersey to enter 'hospitality circuit breaker'

Pubs, restaurants and other hospitality outlets on the island are expected to close until 4 January.

Baby girl born from record-setting 27-year-old embryo

One-month old Molly Gibson has broken the record set by her own sister, Emma, now three years old.

Ex-French President Valéry Giscard D'Estaing dies

The former president of France, who has died aged 94, was a force for greater European integration.

Covid-19: How will the new Pfizer vaccine work?

The Pfizer/BioNTech coronavirus vaccine has been approved for widespread use in the UK.

Covid vaccine: PM hails Pfizer jab but warns it is 'not game over'

Boris Johnson says virus restrictions will remain - despite the UK approving its first coronavirus jab.

Pat Patterson, first openly gay professional wrestler, dies aged 79

Tributes are paid to the "trailblazer" and WWE Hall of Fame member whose career spanned six decades.

'We've just moved to a remote island we'd never visited'

Alex and Buffy dropped everything to start a new life on the Isle of Rum, which they had only seen in pictures.

Piers Corbyn guilty of lockdown protest restrictions breach

The 73-year-old hails a "tremendous result" after he learns he will face no further punishment.

The Papers: Shot in the arm for Britain and jab Brexit row

The news the UK has become the first country to approve a Covid vaccine dominates the front pages.

Toilets: Men’s, Women’s or Gender-Neutral?

The government says its review will help “ensure there is a diversity of provision and facilities for everyone.”

Mango dress: Teen makes 1,400-mango gown to highlight food waste

Australian teenager Jess Collins says she wants to draw attention to how many mangoes are left to rot.

SEND students not back full-time according to charities

Jacob is among the many students with a disability not back in school full-time in the UK.

Why Donald Trump keeps outperforming the polls

He lost the election, but did better than most experts were predicting. How does this keep happening?

Tracey Emin on bladder cancer: 'Art kept me alive'

One of Britain's most celebrated artists tells the BBC how her new exhibition helped her get through cancer treatment.

NHS workers: 'Vaccine is a game changer'

NHS workers have been giving their reaction to the news the vaccine will be rolled out in the UK from next week.

'Covid ended our marriage': The couples who split in the pandemic

Around the world, previously happy couples are splitting up and divorcing due to the stress of the pandemic.

UK vaccine approval: Did Brexit speed up the process?

There have been claims that Brexit allowed the UK to approve a vaccine quicker than the EU, but is that correct?

South Korea: The life-changing exam that won't stop for a pandemic

Despite a third wave, nearly 500,000 South Koreans will sit for critical university entrance tests.

Travel after Brexit: How will it affect my holidays to the EU?

A simple guide to how leaving the EU will affect travel to Europe.

Ethiopia's Tigray crisis: 'How the conflict made my uncle a refugee in Sudan'

A BBC reporter's relative fled to neighbouring Sudan by foot and boat, losing his shoes on the way.

Will Santa have enough bikes for Christmas Day?

Millions of bicycles were sold this year, with fears there won't be enough for the festive period.

Man Utd beaten by PSG as last-16 hopes go to final group game

Manchester United's Champions League campaign is hanging in the balance as two goals from Neymar help Paris St-Germain win at Old Trafford.

Giroud scores four as Chelsea sink Sevilla to win group

Olivier Giroud scores all four goals in a comprehensive Chelsea victory over Sevilla that ensures the Blues take top spot in Champions League Group E.

Fans return to English Football League matches after nine-month absence

Luton and Wycombe fans return to their home grounds for the first time since February as Football League clubs welcome back supporters following the easing of coronavirus restrictions.

Inter would sell Skriniar to Spurs for £45m - Thursday's football gossip

Inter could agree to sell Tottenham target, Ajax defender rules out Liverpool move, Pochettino linked with two leading roles, plus more.

Covid: Should pregnant women be vaccinated? And other questions

We answer some of your questions about the approval of the Pfizer vaccine.

Who will get the Covid vaccine first?

The Pfizer/BioNtech vaccine has been approved by the UK regulator - when will it be available?

Covid: How are students travelling home for Christmas?

Many students in England and Wales will travel home this week after being tested for coronavirus.

Covid: What are the new tiers and lockdown rules in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland?

England will move to a tougher version of tiered coronavirus restrictions when lockdown ends on Wednesday.

Covid: What is mass testing and how does it work?

Tier three areas of England will be offered mass testing after a successful pilot in Liverpool.

The Donut King who went full circle - from rags to riches, twice

Cambodian refugee Ted Ngoy made a fortune in doughnuts then lost it all to gambling.