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Vodafone calls for 5G auction to be scrapped

Image copyright Reuters Vodafone wants the government to cancel an auction in which mobile operators bid for “space” on the 5G spectrum.It follows the decision to strip Huawei kit from mobile networks and economic uncertainty from the Covid-19 crisis.And Vodafone says radio frequencies for 5G mobile services should instead be evenly distributed for a set…

Spanish king leads memorial to victims of Covid-19

Tributes were paid to the victims of the Covid-19 pandemic and the health workers combating it, in a ceremony on Thursday led by King Felipe VI.Relatives of those who died with the virus laid white roses on a black pedestal surrounding a bowl of burning coals outside the Royal Palace in Madrid.

How China’s Insensitivity Toward Black Representation in Hollywood Is Growing

Chinese media has mistranslated everything from coverage surrounding George Floyd protests to the “Gone With the Wind” controversy. Iris, a Chinese online film review magazine well known among cinephiles, recently published a full translation of IndieWire’s exclusive interview with documentarian Stanley Nelson on the George Floyd protests. The Chinese version, with a drastically different headline…

Huge rise in reports of online child abuse images

Image caption Children and adults have been spending much more time online Reports of child abuse images online increased by almost 50% during lockdown, according to the Internet Watch Foundation. In the 11 weeks from 23 March, its hotline logged 44,809 reports of images compared with 29,698 last year. The increase follows months in which…

Coronavirus: Call to infect volunteers in Covid-19 vaccine hunt

Image copyright PA Media Nobel laureates are among scientists calling for volunteers to be exposed to coronavirus after receiving a vaccine to see if it offers protection. In an open letter to the head of the US National Institutes of Health, the group says so-called “challenge trials” could accelerate vaccine development.The Oxford University Covid-19 vaccine…

PM suggests York as Parliament’s temporary home

Boris Johnson has suggested Parliament could move to York while the Palace of Westminster undergoes renovation. In a letter, the prime minister said the government was considering establishing a hub in the northern city and “it would therefore make sense to consider this as a potential location”.Plans to move MPs out of Westminster are being…

Coronavirus: Chinese economy bounces back into growth

Image copyright Getty Images China’s economy grew 3.2% in the second quarter following a record slump.The world’s second biggest economy saw a sharp decline in the first three months of the year during coronavirus lockdowns.But figures released on Wednesday show China’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) returned to growth during April to June.The numbers are being…