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Gavin Williamson says there’s ‘little evidence’ coronavirus spreads in schools

Education Secretary Gavin Williamson has insisted it’s safe for pupils to head back into classrooms because there is “little evidence” that the virus is transmitted in schools. This might come as surprise to some people given it is not clear…

Why the rate is still so low even in the middle of a devastating recession

Unemployment remains near a record low – despite a plunge in the number of Britons on company payrolls since the start of lockdown. There are now 730,000 fewer people with jobs in the UK than there were in March when…

Freelance director told she was ‘overpaid’ her grant

A woman has been left with just £67 to cover her time out of work after she was “overpaid” by the coronavirus government support scheme by more than £1,000. Freelance award-wining director Lucy Atkinson, 31, thought she had been scammed…

Corporate scandals and coronavirus are hastening the death of the office romance

When Steve Easterbrook was ousted as chief executive of McDonald’s last year, I felt sorry for him. His apparent misdemeanour at the time was a consensual relationship with a colleague. Although I thought it was fair enough for the company to…

Nicola Sturgeon’s dramatic U-turn on SQA grades may prove to be one of her most important ahead of election

The dramatic volte-face by the Scottish Government on exam results is by no means its first U-turn on education policy, but it may prove to be one of the most important. For days, Nicola Sturgeon and her under-fire Education Secretary,…

When is Krishna Janmashtami 2020? Date and meaning of the Hindu festival

Hindu festival Janmashtami is celebrated in various parts of the world to mark the birth of the god Lord Krishna. This year’s edition takes place across two days, on 11 and 12 August. Hindus usually sing a series of songs and…

How are A-level grades calculated this year? Results explained, how they’re being ‘downgraded’ and if you can appeal

A-level students will receive their results this week – for exams they never actually took. All A-level and GCSE exams were cancelled this year because of the coronavirus pandemic, leaving pupils’ futures in the hands of teachers and moderators. Their…

The evidence around the reported coronavirus symptom explained, after Alyssa Milano’s comments

American actress Alyssa Milano has claimed she is still experiencing a symptom of coronavirus after falling ill in March. Milano, who recently tested positive for Covid-19 antibodies, said she was suffering from hair loss, and showed her locks were falling…

The restaurateur feeding those in need after the blast – while his partner lies injured in a hospital bed

In a blink of an eye, the world changed for thousands of people in Beirut. Kamal Mouzawak’s neighbourhood, home and restaurants have been ravaged by last week’s giant explosions in the port that left 6,000 injured and at least 220…

BBC Sounds launches eco-activism thriller Power Out to lure Extinction Rebellion audience

The BBC is launching a podcast drama about an eco-activist group’s campaign to sabotage the National Grid in a bid to attract young listeners inspired by the Extinction Rebellion protests. Power Out, a thriller by award-winning writer and activist Sarah…

Greece lockdown: Why a second wave in coronavirus cases has prompted new restrictions

Greece has formally entered a second wave, following a sharp rise in coronavirus cases. The country had become a top destination for British holidaymakers following the changes to quarantine guidelines for people visiting Spain, who now have to isolate for…

Facial recognition tech used by South Wales Police ruled unlawful in Court of Appeal

The Court of Appeal has upheld an appeal brought by a former Lib Dem councillor against a Welsh police force’s use of automated facial recognition (AFR) technology, a significant ruling against the contentious software. Ed Bridges, 37, contested South Wales…