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Steve Bing: Film producer took his own life, coroner says

Filmmaker Steve Bing took his own life, a coroner in Los Angeles has confirmed. Bing, who had a son with actress Elizabeth Hurley, was found dead on Monday at the age of 55. The LA County Medical Examiner-Coroner’s Office listed his cause of death as...

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Coronavirus: Saudi Arabia bars international pilgrims for Hajj

Saudi Arabia has banned international visitors from making the Islamic pilgrimage, or Hajj, this year in a bid to control coronavirus. Only a very limited number of people currently living in the kingdom may take part, an announcement on state media says. An estimated two...

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Coronavirus: Dexamethasone proves first life-saving drug

A cheap and widely available drug can help save the lives of patients seriously ill with coronavirus. The low-dose steroid treatment dexamethasone is a major breakthrough in the fight against the deadly virus, UK experts say. The drug is part of the world’s biggest trial testing...

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Woman hatches ducks from Waitrose eggs

A woman has hatched three ducklings called Beep, Peep and Meep from eggs she bought in Waitrose. Charli Lello, 29, from Hertfordshire, put the Clarence Court eggs in an incubator as an experiment to pass the time after being furloughed. She said the ducklings would...

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Thailand seafood fraudsters sentenced to 1,446 years in jail

A court in Thailand has sentenced two owners of a restaurant to 1,446 years in prison each for defrauding the public. Last year, Laemgate seafood restaurant launched a pay-in-advance food promotion online. Up to 20,000 people purchased 50 million Thai baht (£1.2m; $1.6m) worth of...

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Coronavirus: Lockdowns in Europe saved millions of lives

Lockdowns have saved more than three million lives from coronavirus in Europe, a study estimates. The team at Imperial College London said the “death toll would have been huge” without lockdown. But they warned that only a small proportion of people had been infected and...