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Tuesday
3rd August 2021

Around the world

Afghanistan: Street fighting rages as Taliban attack key city

The militants are battling to take control of a provincial capital for the first time in years.

Vitaly Shishov: Head of Belarus exiles group found dead in Ukraine

Vitaly Shishov lived in Ukraine and led a group helping people flee from Belarus following a crackdown.

In the UK

Covid-19: Amber watchlist travel idea scrapped

A government source says they have dropped proposals for a new category in the traffic light system.

Covid in Scotland: Nicola Sturgeon to set out plans for lifting restrictions

Nicola Sturgeon is to confirm whether Scotland will move beyond level zero on 9 August as planned.

Politics

Covid-19: Amber watchlist travel idea scrapped

A government source says they have dropped proposals for a new category in the traffic light system.

Young benefit more from office working, says Rishi Sunak

The chancellor says being in the office helped him build strong relationships when he started out.

Education

Covid vaccine will not be compulsory for university lectures

Ministers are no longer considering making two doses mandatory for students in England, the BBC learns.

Global summit raises $4bn for schools despite aid row

World leaders pledge to get more children into school in the world's poorest countries.

Health

NHS Covid-19 app in England and Wales tweaked to notify fewer contacts

The app in England and Wales will now only alert contacts from the previous two days in asymptomatic cases.

Football: Dementia risk greatest for defenders

The risk of dementia in former footballers increases according to the position they played in, says new research.

Business

Young benefit more from office working, says Rishi Sunak

The chancellor says being in the office helped him build strong relationships when he started out.

Covid-19: Amber watchlist travel idea scrapped

A government source says they have dropped proposals for a new category in the traffic light system.

Science

Finance firms plan to close coal plants in Asia

The Asian Development Bank aims to have the plan ready for the COP26 climate conference in November.

Then and now: The burning issue of wildfires

Scientists are increasingly concerned climate change is making fires more frequent and more intense.

Technology

Official recommends rerun in Amazon union fight

A National Labor Relations Board official wants another union vote for Amazon workers in Alabama.

NHS Covid-19 app in England and Wales tweaked to notify fewer contacts

The app in England and Wales will now only alert contacts from the previous two days in asymptomatic cases.

Entertainment

Bennifer 2.0: How Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck got us talking again

How a viral photo of Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck exposed the internet's lust for nostalgia.

Dizzee Rascal: Rapper charged with assaulting woman

The rapper, whose real name is Dylan Mills, is charged with assault after an incident in south London.