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Sunday
27th September 2020

Around the world

Azerbaijan and Armenia clash over disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region

Civilian deaths are reported as the two sides blame each other for hostilities over Nagorno-Karabakh.

Switzerland firmly rejects end of free movement with EU - projection

Projections suggest a referendum on annulling a pact with the European Union has failed.

In the UK

Covid: Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden defends students' university return

It comes as scientists warn university outbreaks are "entirely predictable" and had been modelled.

Croydon police shooting: Man arrested on suspicion of supplying firearm

The man was arrested in Norwich on suspicion of weapons offences in the early hours of Sunday.

Politics

Covid: Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden defends students' university return

It comes as scientists warn university outbreaks are "entirely predictable" and had been modelled.

Brexit trade talks: Deal can and must be made, says CBI boss

The head of the Confederation of British Industry urges a "spirit of compromise" as trade talks resume.

Education

Coronavirus: Consider pausing university return, says Labour

The party also calls for a guarantee from ministers that students will be allowed home at Christmas.

Covid-19: Prince Charles highlights coronavirus impact on young people

The coronavirus pandemic means it is a "particularly difficult time to be young", says Prince Charles.

Health

Coronavirus: Children behind rising demand for tests in England

Three times as many children under nine were tested in early September as in the previous two weeks.

Covid-19: What do scientists think of the PM's plan?

The new coronavirus restrictions have been met with mixed reviews.

Business

Coronavirus: David Lammy warns that people are 'bubbling out of pubs' due to curfew

Shadow justice secretary David Lammy says drinkers are likely to continue their night together at home.

Negative interest rates: Bank of England policymaker defends plan

Silvana Tenreyro said evidence from countries that have introduced the policy was “encouraging”.

Science

What's in Boris Johnson's climate in tray?

The PM promises he won't be caught "lagging" on green polices.

Global warming driving California wildfire trends - study

Climate change is behind the scale and impact of recent wildfires in the western US, scientists say.

Technology

NHS Covid-19: App issue fixed for people who test positive

Many users in England who booked a test outside of the app had been unable to share a positive test result.

Molly Russell social media material 'too difficult to look at'

The 14-year-old killed herself in 2017 after viewing graphic images on social media.

Entertainment

Idles: 'We'd love to do a zorb gig'

The Bristol punks talk "mental" live shows, class warfare and "violent-toned" new music.

Japanese actress Yuko Takeuchi found dead at 40

The award-winning actress and mother of two is believed to have taken her own life at the age of 40.