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One dose Pfizer coronavirus vaccine wards off asymptomatic transmission

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A single dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccine reduces the risk of asymptomatic infections, helping to stem transmission, research suggests.The UK has approved three coronavirus jabs – Pfizer-BioNTech, AstraZeneca-University of Oxford and Moderna – after studies demonstrated they significantly ward off severe disease.With not everyone able to be immunised, or producing a strong immune response as a result of their vaccination, questions lingered as to whether the jabs prevented the infection itself.Asymptomatic infections are particularly important amid the pandemic, given these individuals do not know to isolate and may unwittingly transmit the coronavirus even when they speak.To learn more, medics from the Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (CUH) swabbed the site's vaccinated and unvaccinated healthcare workers over two weeks.Results suggest the risk of an asymptomatic infection decreases by four times more than 12 days after a worker received the Pfizer-BioNTech jab.

Prince Harry discusses stepping back from royal life in James Corden interview

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The Duke of Sussex has opened up about his decision to step back from royal life, insisting he will “never walk away”, in an extraordinary new interview with James Corden.Prince Harry said his life would “always be about public service” and that he had “stepped back not stepped away” when he and wife Meghan decided to move away from the Royal Family.The tell-all chat was filmed before the Duke and Duchess of Sussex confirmed they would not be returning as working members of the royal family.

Prince Harry raps Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air theme song

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Prince Harry rapped the theme song from The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air with James Corden.They spit bars, from the song originally performed by Will Smith, when they stopped off at the house where the 1990s sitcom was filmed during the hilarious clip.

Prince Harry reveals Archie's first word and what the Queen got him for Christmas

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In a segment for The Late Late Show, filmed before he and the Duchess of Sussex confirmed they will not be returning as working members of the royal family, Prince Harry joined TV host James Corden for a double-decker bus tour of Los Angeles. During the tour he discussed Archie's first word, what the Queen got her great-grandson for Christmas, and life for the family in LA.

England's first museum dedicated to women is set to open this year

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The first museum in England dedicated to women will finally open later this year - six years after a previous plan saw it turned into a venue dedicated to Jack the Ripper.The site, which will be located in Barking in east London, will feature exhibitions of women with historical ties to the East End, including the legendary Suffragettes.To get a sense of what visitors can expect, Yahoo News UK took a quick tour of the accompanying heritage trail.Watch the video above.

The trainee pilot flying high to beat COVID

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A trainee pilot has returned to flight school after raising more than £70,000 to continue chasing a dream the pandemic had threatened to shatter.In 2019, Rasheed Graham became the first Black student to join the Aer Lingus Future Pilot Programme, but was forced to launch a crowdfunding appeal when the airline cut his funding after the industry was decimated by the spread of coronavirus.Yahoo News UK catches up with Rasheed to see how he's getting on.

The local councillor bringing aspiration to one of England's most deprived areas

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A single mother who escaped homelessness and domestic violence to find a new home in east London has been hailed for the remarkable contribution she has made to her local community.Saima Ashraf, 43, came to the UK from France 16 years ago and is now a councillor in Barking & Dagenham. Yahoo News UK spoke to her about her plans to regenerate one of the poorest parts of the country.

How England will leave lockdown

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After weeks of speculation, Boris Johnson shared his road map out of England’s lockdown.Described as a “one-way road to freedom”, the lockdown will be eased in four stages, five weeks apart.If everything goes to plan, it means we can look forward to normality by the summer.Here are the key points of the four stages of leaving lockdown.

Drug dealers surprised by armed police

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Two drug dealers were surprised by police as they opened their front door to find armed officers poised to raid their flat in Birmingham

139-year-old Victorian house moved through San Francisco streets to new address

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A 139-year-old Victorian house got a brand-new address thanks to a team of engineers and construction workers in San Francisco, California.Residents lined the streets to catch a glimpse of the home being moved six blocks away. The cost of moving the six-bedroom house is roughly around £283,000 according to local media reports.

Nadhim Zahawi tells Sky News it's important to make the easing of lockdown "sustainable"

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The current national coronavirus lockdown should be England’s last, a government minister has said.Vaccines minister Nadhim Zahawi said there shouldn’t be a need for another nationwide lockdown if this one is eased cautiously.His comments came as prime minister Boris Johnson prepares to unveil his plan later on Monday for exiting the lockdown.Credit: Sky News via Twitter

Harry and Meghan confirm they have stepped down as working royals

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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have confirmed they will not be returning as working members of the royal family, Buckingham Palace has announced.  Harry and Meghan quit as senior working royals in March 2020 to earn their own money in the US, where they have signed deals with Spotify and Netflix estimated to be worth more than £100 million.  Stepping down as working royals also means the couple will not be able to hold on to their military, Commonwealth and some other patronages.

Thousands of ‘cold-stunned’ turtles rescued off the Texas coast amid US winter storm

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Thousands of cold-stunned turtles have been rescued by residents in a Texas resort town and taken to a nearby convention centre amid a bone-chilling winter storm.The South Padre Island Convention and Visitors Bureau started receiving the turtles after its next door neighbour, Sea Turtle Inc, became overwhelmed with the numbers being brought in.The animal protection organisation had already taken in 4,500 sea turtles since Sunday, according to its Executive Director, Wendy Knight, and needed a helping hand.

Guest in quarantine hotel tries to make dash for freedom

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A British father-of-one is on hunger strike after attempting to break out of a quarantine hotel.Anthony Pium filmed himself trying to flee the Radisson Blu Edwardian hotel by Heathrow Airport only to be led back in by staff.The 30-year-old, who has described the enforced stay as "the worst experience of my life", says he is being held "under duress".Under UK law people travelling from a list of countries, including Brazil where Sky Fly Travel agency worker Mr Pium flew from, must pay £1,750 to quarantine.In dramatic footage of his attempted escape bid, the Leyton, East London man points a camera in a hotel worker's face and says "if you touch me all of you will be sued."

Wallaby Hops Into Hospital in Hamilton, Victoria

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An adventurous wallaby made a visit to a hospital in Hamilton, Victoria, on Australia Day, footage taken on January 26 shows.Video released by the Western District Health Service (WDHS) shows the marsupial hopping throughout the hospital’s emergency department lobby.“It is the second time that a furry native has presented to the WDHS Emergency Department, with ‘Blinky Bill’ the koala becoming a global sensation after it visited several years ago,” the hospital wrote in a Facebook caption.

Police use 'excessive' violence against Covid lockdown gym rule breakers

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IFBB pro bodybuilder Nathan Deasha, 34, defied restrictions to offer people a 'safe place' to train in a bid to combat the adverse effect on physical and mental health.But footage has emerged showing gym owner Nathan, who is handcuffed, being kicked before being tackled to the ground and pepper-sprayed.

Seven men fined £200 each after being caught drinking in a pop-up pub

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Seven men have been fined £200 each after they were caught drinking in a pop-up pub - complete with a pool table, beer taps and football on the TV.Police body-cam footage shows the moment officers busted the makeshift boozer in Leicester as the lads gathered to watch The Foxes play Brighton in the FA Cup.Police carried out enforcement at the premises on Morris Road just as the football match kicked off at 7.30pm on Wednesday evening

Moment up to 300 revellers defy Covid lockdown rules to party in Newcastle country park

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Footage shows around 300 Covid rule-breakers attending a drink-fuelled party on a snowy hill in Newcastle.The video shows the illegal gathering grow in size throughout yesterday afternoon - with crowds visiting Cow Hill on the city's Town Moor to sledge in the snow earlier in the day.Revellers are seen chanting and playing music whilst gathered in close proximity, with one bystander describing the group's behaviour as 'becoming more stupid' as the evening wore on.

Duchess of Cambridge's High Street style helps people relate to her

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The Duchess of Cambridge's choice to wear High Street fashion helps more people relate to her and gives her messages a bigger impact, according to a fashion journalist and author. Bethan Holt has written The Duchess of Cambridge: A Decade of Modern Royal Style, which charts Kate's style from her engagement to Prince William until the present day. She told Yahoo UK Kate's commitment to the High Street helps her accessibility and makes people feel as though they know her.

This is what a 17,000-year-old wind instrument sounds like

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A 17,000-year-old conch shell is thought to be the world’s oldest known wind instrument. Researchers say the shell, which was forgotten about for more than 80 years in a French museum collection, had been modified by its prehistoric owners to produce sounds like a horn.

Show and Tell: TV presenter Anna Richardson was among the judges

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Show and Tell is a powerful photography project that highlights the mental health impact of the pandemic on the younger generation. Over the last four months, youngsters have been asked to capture images on their smartphones which answer the simple question: ’How are you feeling? Their entries have now been collated into an exhibition.

Viral footage of police challenging dad in lockdown bust-up for smoking in car

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A dad sitting in his car smoking during a "five-minute breather fromhis kids" was challenged by a PCSO over a potential lockdown breach.Zia Khan recorded the incident, which he said happened in a privatecar park in Hagley Road on Thursday night, February 4.He posted it on TikTok, where it went viral.

Artist offers free tribute sketches to families who've lost loved ones to COVID

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An artist is offering amazing tribute sketches for free to families who have lost loved ones to Covid-19.Calvin Taylor Lee, 44, started his Covid sketches about three weeks ago, when a friend of his asked him if he could draw her grandma, who had recently passed away from the virus.He shared the sketch on his social media page - and since then, he has been inundated with thousands of requests, and has completed over 100 sketches of deceased loved ones.