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Lobbying for ‘naked bacon’: how the Owen Paterson scandal began

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The route to Owen Paterson’s resignation on Thursday afternoon was marked out more than two years ago, when in 2019 the Guardian exposed his lobbying on behalf of two companies from whom he has received at least £500,...

New Zealand Covid daily cases pass 100 for first time since pandemic began

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New Zealand’s daily Covid-19 case numbers have gone into three figures for the first time since the pandemic began, as it recorded 102 new cases in the community on Thursday. Thursday’s cases broke Tuesday’s record of...

How Dalí’s ‘lips’ sofa began life … on the back of an envelope

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One of the world’s best-known pieces of furniture, Salvador Dalí’s Mae West lips sofa, started life as a sketch on the back of an envelope, research in the archive of a Sussex country house has revealed. The sketch wa...

Officials knew of California oil spill 12 hours before cleanup began

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More than 12 hours passed after officials were notified of a sheen on the water off the coast of southern California before a response to the Huntington Beach oil spill began, records show. Questions are now arising o...

Which rock festival began as a farewell tour for Jane’s Addiction? The Saturday quiz

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1 Who came back from the dead in 1894?2 Where is a CAPTCHA test taken?3 Who was the first woman to be paid $1m for a film role?4 Which island is named after navigator Lancelotto Malocello?5 Who got a haircut in Judges...

Australia Covid news live update: NSW records 1,007 new cases and ACT 32 as Victoria reports most infections since pandemic began

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Victoria has reported 847 new coronavirus cases and Queensland one. Follow live

Richard Osman’s second book is one of the fastest-selling novels since records began

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Richard Osman’s follow-up to The Thursday Murder Club, The Man Who Died Twice, has become one of the fastest-selling novels since records began. Published on 16 September, The Man Who Died Twice continues the adventur...

NSW records 825 new Covid cases, the worst total of any Australian state since pandemic began

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New South Wales has reported the highest number of daily Covid-19 cases recorded by any state at any time during the pandemic. A total of 825 people tested positive for the virus in the 24 hours to 8pm on Friday and ...

Microbiologist Elisabeth Bik queried Covid research – that’s when the abuse and trolling began

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When Dr Elisabeth Bik raised serious concerns about the methodology of a paper that claimed hydroxychloroquine was effective in treating Covid-19, the online trolling was relentless. The trolls, mostly supporters of t...

Australia Covid update: NSW records 38 cases, highest daily number since Sydney outbreak began

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New South Wales has recorded 38 new local Covid-19 cases, including 20 people who were in the community for part or all of their infectious period, as the premier urged people to further restrict their movement. Glady...

Melinda Gates began divorce moves at time Bill’s meetings with Jeffrey Epstein revealed

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Melinda Gates reportedly began exploring options for divorce from Bill Gates almost two years ago, around the time the world’s fourth-richest man was revealed to have met many times with Jeffrey Epstein, the philanthr...

Hospital waiting lists in England at longest since records began

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Hospital waiting lists in England are longer than at any time since records began and nearly 388,000 people have waited more than a year to start treatment. The NHS England data for February exposes the impact of the ...

Day of reflection to be held a year after UK’s Covid lockdown began

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A “national day of reflection” will be held to mark the first anniversary of Britain going into lockdown and in remembrance of the 125,000 people who have died during the coronavirus pandemic. Charities and politician...

Are you over 70 and more confident online since lockdown began?

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Are you aged 70 or older – and have you become a computer whizz during lockdown? The Guardian is looking to speak to older people who barely went online before the pandemic but are now confidently surfing the web, doi...