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Monday
26th October 2020

Around the world

Covid: Belgian doctors with coronavirus asked to keep working

A top doctor tells the BBC they had no choice, to avoid the hospital system collapsing within days.

Syria war: 'Russian air strikes kill dozens' in Idlib

More than 50 people reportedly die in the attack, which puts at risk a ceasefire in the area.

In the UK

School meals: Boris Johnson refuses to move on school meal vouchers

The prime minister insists he has the right approach and no child will go hungry this winter.

Covid: Nottingham to move into tier 3

Some parts of the surrounding county will also face the toughest Covid rules.

Politics

School meals: Boris Johnson refuses to move on school meal vouchers

The prime minister insists he has the right approach and no child will go hungry this winter.

Wales lockdown: Tesco 'wrong' to say period products 'not essential'

It had cordoned off the aisle after a break-in, but told a customer it was due to lockdown rules.

Education

School meals: Boris Johnson refuses to move on school meal vouchers

The prime minister insists he has the right approach and no child will go hungry this winter.

Students in Scotland may not be home for Christmas

John Swinney says there is a "realistic possibility" students will be asked to stay away from their families.

Health

Boots to offer 12-minute turnaround on Covid nasal swab test

The £120 nasal swab test will be available to people not showing any symptoms.

Covid: Nottingham to move into tier 3

Some parts of the surrounding county will also face the toughest Covid rules.

Business

Stock markets slide as Covid-19 cases rise

The Dow falls 2.5% and the S&P 500 drops more than 2%, on track for its sharpest decline in weeks.

Jack Ma's Ant Group set for record $34bn stock market listing

The Chinese firm is set for the biggest stock market listing ever, beating Saudi Aramco's $29bn flotation.

Science

Water on the Moon could sustain a lunar base

The "unambiguous detection of water" will boost Nasa's hopes of establishing a lunar base.

Climate change: 'Dangerous and dirty' used cars sold to Africa

Millions of polluting and unsafe used cars from rich nations are exported to Africa and Asia.

Technology

Therapy patients blackmailed for cash after clinic data breach

Stolen data appears to have included personal identification records and notes about therapy sessions.

Facebook avoids Apple with cloud-gaming launch

The company's internet-streamed games will not work on iPhones or iPads at launch.

Entertainment

Nabil Abdulrashid: Ofcom rejects 3,000 Britain's Got Talent complaints

Britain's Got Talent finalist Nabil Abdulrashid joked about his experiences as a black Muslim.

Hay Festival director and co-founder Peter Florence suspended

Peter Florence was suspended at the start of October pending the outcome of grievance proceedings.