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Wednesday
15th July 2020

Around the world

Huawei: China attacks UK's 'groundless' ban of 5G kit

The UK cited security risks - but China says it is "an excuse to co-operate with the United States".

Assam: Fifty dead and two million hit by India monsoon floods

Two million people are hit by monsoon flooding in Assam, with tigers and rhinos also badly affected.

In the UK

Coronavirus: PM promises future independent inquiry

But a bereaved families group says an inquiry is needed now to learn lessons if there is a second spike.

Blackburn facing 'rising tide' of coronavirus cases

A health boss says the majority of new cases in the area are in the south Asian community.

Politics

Coronavirus: PM promises future independent inquiry

Boris Johnson tells MPs an investigation into the coronavirus outbreak will be held "in the future".

Russia report: Julian Lewis appointed chair of intelligence committee

Tory MP Julian Lewis is the new chair of the Intelligence and Security Committee.

Education

Covid fears putting off Chinese students from UK

Universities fear loss of £4bn from Chinese students cancelling courses over UK's Covid-19 death toll.

'No DSS' letting bans 'ruled unlawful' by court

A court rules that refusing to rent to a person because they are on housing benefit is unlawful.

Health

Fertility rate: 'Jaw-dropping' global crash in children being born

Nearly every country will see their populations fall as the world has fewer babies.

Blackburn facing 'rising tide' of coronavirus cases

A health boss says the majority of new cases in the area are in the south Asian community.

Business

KFC, Nandos and Pret lower prices after VAT cut

Starbucks and McDonald's also say they will cut prices after the chancellor's VAT reduction.

Rishi Sunak defends furlough bonus scheme

MPs have questioned whether the chancellor's new support scheme for business offers value for money.

Science

Desert telescope takes aim at ageing our Universe

A telescope high in the Atacama Desert in Chile enters the debate about the age of the Universe.

Nuclear blast sends star hurtling across galaxy

A star has been sent hurtling across the galaxy after undergoing a partial supernova.

Technology

Amazon warns Alexa Echo Buds earphones pose overheating safety risk

The company sent an email asking customers to check their earphone software has been updated.

Huawei: China attacks UK's 'groundless' ban of 5G kit

The UK cited security risks - but China says it is "an excuse to co-operate with the United States".

Entertainment

Banksy Tube graffiti: Cleaners 'unaware it was by artist'

The artist's piece on a Circle Line train was removed before anyone knew he was responsible for it.

Paula Tilbrook: Emmerdale actress dies at 89

The actress played the sherry-loving gossip Betty Eagleton for 21 years in the ITV soap.