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Saturday
28th November 2020

Around the world

Ethiopia's Tigray crisis: PM claims capture of regional capital Mekelle

Abiy Ahmed says the army has taken full control of Mekelle from the Tigray People's Liberation Front.

France: Tear gas fired as protesters rally against police security bill

Protesters throw fireworks and set up barricades while police use tear gas in tense clashes in Paris.

In the UK

Channel crossings: More officers to patrol French beaches

The UK and France agree new measures to help stop migrants crossing the Channel.

Covid: Hospitals could be overwhelmed without new tiers, says Gove

Michael Gove warns MPs strict rules are still needed in England despite lockdown ending on 2 December.

Politics

Covid: Hospitals could be overwhelmed without new tiers, says Gove

Michael Gove warns MPs strict rules are still needed in England despite lockdown ending on 2 December.

Covid: Nadhim Zahawi appointed as vaccine rollout minister

Nadhim Zahawi will oversee distributing the vaccine in England until at least summer 2021.

Education

Covid: University of Surrey lowers entry grades to 'relieve anxiety'

Requirements for most courses will be reduced to "relieve the pressure and anxiety" for students.

Kate warns of lockdown loneliness for parents

The Duchess of Cambridge highlights a "dramatic increase" in parents feeling cut off from support.

Health

Covid: Nadhim Zahawi appointed as vaccine rollout minister

Nadhim Zahawi will oversee distributing the vaccine in England until at least summer 2021.

Covid: Hospitals could be overwhelmed without new tiers, says Gove

Michael Gove warns MPs strict rules are still needed in England despite lockdown ending on 2 December.

Business

Arcadia: Buyers to 'pick over carcass' of Topshop owner, says former boss

Breaking up the Arcadia empire is "the only way" forward, former chief executive Lord Rose says.

Covid: Road and rail changes planned for Christmas travel spike

Around 500 miles of roadworks are being cleared to ease congestion on motorways over the festive period.

Science

Surprise discovery of rare plant at Norfolk 'ghost pond'

A rare wetland plant has reappeared after not being seen for more than a century.

Polar scientists wary of impending satellite gap

The key missions recording the loss of thickness in glaciers and sea-ice won't last the decade.

Technology

Your data and how it is used to gain your vote

How much is really known about the data bought by political parties, and how it is used?

Balenciaga to unveil new collection in video game

The fashion house is following rivals in finding innovative ways to showcase their lines.

Entertainment

Coronation Street: Pandemic sees soap scrap 60th anniversary stunt

The soap has been forced to "go back to brass tacks" to mark its birthday, its producer says.

Michael Ball and Alfie Boe's Christmas album beats BTS to UK number one

Michael Ball and Alfie Boe's Christmas album denies the South Korean boy band another chart-topper.