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Covid-19: Most of England facing tough rules after lockdown

Millions will see curbs on gatherings indoors from next week, under new Covid-19 restrictions.

Coronavirus infections levelling during England lockdown

But in Scotland infection rates appear to be rising, according to Office for National Statistics data.

Rishi Sunak: I have to make tough choices on public pay

The chancellor said that he could not justify a wage rise for all public sector workers.

Coronavirus and gender: More chores for women set back gains in equality

Women take on the burden of unpaid chores during Covid, UN data shows, threatening gender equality.

Covid in Scotland: Eight-person limit for Christmas bubbles

Government guidance says the bubbles should contain a maximum of eight people over the age of 11.

Football Headlines

Diego Maradona dies: Guillem Balague on 'the magician, the cheat, the god, the flawed genius'

Guillem Balague has spent much of 2020 working on a Diego Maradona book - and it has opened his eyes about a man he thought he already knew.

Diego Maradona dies: Three days of mourning begin in Argentina as tributes pour in

Three days of mourning begin in Argentina as tributes pour in for Diego Maradona, one of the greatest footballers of all time, who died on Wednesday.

Diego Maradona: How tormenting England made him an Argentine deity

Scoring against England turned Maradona almost into a deity in the eyes of some of his compatriots - with disastrous consequences, writes Tim Vickery.

Diego Maradona: Thousands bid farewell as Argentina grieves

Fans pay their final respects to the late football legend at Argentina's presidential palace.

Anton Ferdinand: 'I've carried the burden for nine years'

Anton Ferdinand speaks about his experiences in a new BBC One documentary, Anton Ferdinand: Football, Racism And Me.

Cricket Headlines

WBBL: Sydney Thunder beat Brisbane Heat to reach final

Sydney Thunder pull off a remarkable 12-run win over Brisbane Heat to set up a Women's Big Bash League final against Melbourne Stars.

Covid: Pakistan cricket squad quarantined after positive tests in New Zealand

The whole squad is quarantined following six positives, after some members "contravened protocols".

England and Wales Cricket Board introduces commission for equality

The England and Wales Cricket Board announces a range of measures designed to increase diversity in the game, including the formation of an independent commission for equality.

South Africa v England: Proteas' knee decision taken 'unanimously'

South Africa say their decision not to take a knee before matches in the upcoming series against England has been taken "unanimously" as a team.

WBBL: England's Nat Sciver helps Melbourne Stars beat Perth Scorchers in semi-final

A fine all-round display from England's Nat Sciver helps Melbourne Stars to a place in the Women's Big Bash final with a dominant semi-final victory over Perth Scorchers in Sydney.

The Register

US immigration uses Google Translate to scan people's social media ? even though Google says: Er, don't do that

'Me encanta América... huh, so you're a terrorist?!'

Google recommends that anyone using its translation technology add a disclaimer that translated text may not be accurate.

Dunkin do-nots: Deep-fried cake maker didn't warn its sugar addicts that crooks raided web accounts, says NY AG

President facing impeachment probe, Brexit off the rails... but more importantly, your Dunkies account was potentially pwned

The US state of New York is suing food chain Dunkin Donuts for what is says is an illegal lapse in computer security.

Quic! Head to the latest Chrome version and try out HTTP/3

New, faster protocol becomes a reality

The latest iteration of the ubiquitous HTTP internet protocol - version 3 - has hit the web.

Pro tip: Plug in your Tesla S when clocking off, lest you run out of juice mid hot pursuit

San Francisco copper learns the hard way

A police chase came to an untimely end this week when the officer in pursuit realised his Tesla S was about to run out of juice.

Dropbox Paper: Handy for collaborating... oh and harvesting email addresses, too

'We understand the concerns' says Dropbox (not enough to change how it works, though)

A security engineer has complained that a feature of Dropbox Paper, a document collaboration tool, leaks email addresses by design.

Newcastle United News

Ex-England midfielder Parker retires

Ex-England, Charlton and Tottenham midfielder Scott Parker announces his retirement from football.

Taxman's football raid 'may be unlawful'

HMRC officers seized documents from Newcastle United as part of a tax fraud investigation.

Newcastle keeper Sels joins Anderlecht

Newcastle United goalkeeper Matz Sels joins Belgian champions Anderlecht on a season-long loan.

Premier League fixtures in full

Find out your club's full fixture list for the 2017-18 Premier League season.

Cisse leads tributes at Tiote memorial

Papiss Cisse leads the tributes at a memorial for former Newcastle team-mate Cheick Tiote, who died after collapsing in training in China.