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    As Britain navigates its way through the coronavirus pandemic, the government insists that science is guiding its decisions. Unlike in other European countries where debate has raged over how to control COVID-19, the scientific opposition to Britain’s approach is notably organized: the independent group sits almost in parallel to the government’s own scientists, assessing the same outbreak indicators but publicly identifying failings and inconsistencies. “There is no long-term strategy, as far as we can see,” said University College London virology professor Deenan Pillay, who advised the government during the 2009-10 swine flu pandemic and is a member of the independent group.

  • The Latest: Asian football cancels Oct., Nov. qualifiers

    The Asian Football Confederation has postponed all qualifiers scheduled in October and November for the 2022 World Cup and the 2023 Asian Cup. The AFC says the delay is to protect the health and safety of all participants because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The 2022 World Cup is set to be played in Qatar and the Asian Cup will be held in China the following year.

  • UK economy officially in recession after 20.4% Q2 slump

    The British economy has fallen into recession after official figures Wednesday showed it contracting by a record 20.4% in the second quarter as a result of lockdown measures put in place to counter the coronavirus pandemic. The slump recorded by the Office for National Statistics follows a 2.2% quarter-on-quarter contraction in the first three months of the year. As such, the U.K. economy is in recession — commonly defined as two quarters of contraction.

  • First-round back-to-backs favor NHL teams with 2 top goalies

    After a season of splitting goaltending duties to keep them rested for the playoffs, Bruce Cassidy knew several months off had cut into that well-planned advantage for the Boston Bruins. With the back-to-back in his first-round series against Carolina set for Games 5 and 6 more than a week away, Cassidy figured his staff could ''cross that bridge when we come to it'' on how to handle the workload. Then, the five-overtime marathon between Tampa Bay and Columbus on Tuesday pushed Game 1 of Carolina-Boston back to Wednesday and created another back-to-back dilemma.