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Tuesday
4th August 2020

Around the world

Donald Trump: US Treasury should get cut of TikTok deal

The president has given Microsoft 45 days to reach a deal or he will ban the app in the US.

Melbourne police see violent lockdown resistance

A policewoman's head was repeatedly "smashed" in one incident in shopping centre, authorities say.

In the UK

Testing and tracing 'key to schools returning', scientists say

The UK's test and trace schemes are not yet good enough to stop a virus resurgence, scientists say.

Scotland's results day: Thousands of pupils have exam grades lowered

The exam body says it had to lower 125,000 grades that had been estimated by teachers to "maintain credibility".

Politics

Russian hackers stole trade papers from Liam Fox email

Documents on UK-US trade negotiations were leaked in the run-up to the 2019 general election.

Testing and tracing 'key to schools returning', scientists say

The UK's test and trace schemes are not yet good enough to stop a virus resurgence, scientists say.

Education

Scotland's results day: Thousands of pupils have exam grades lowered

The exam body says it had to lower 125,000 grades that had been estimated by teachers to "maintain credibility".

Testing and tracing 'key to schools returning', scientists say

The UK's test and trace schemes are not yet good enough to stop a virus resurgence, scientists say.

Health

Testing and tracing 'key to schools returning', scientists say

The UK's test and trace schemes are not yet good enough to stop a virus resurgence, scientists say.

Coronavirus: New 90-minute tests for Covid-19 and flu 'hugely beneficial'

The rapid tests for hospitals and care homes will distinguish between Covid-19 and seasonal illness.

Business

Pizza Express may close 67 outlets and cut 1,100 jobs

High Street chain the latest to look to restructure and refinance as virus deals extra blow to trade.

Dixons Carphone to cut 800 store management jobs

The Currys PC World owner said it was "not an easy decision" but it must respond to rising online sales.

Science

James Lovelock: Gaia theory creator on coronavirus and turning 101

British scientist James Lovelock says population growth means something like the virus is "almost inevitable".

Other mammals lose out in panda conservation drive

Several carnivorous animals have almost disappeared from areas set up to protect giant pandas.

Technology

Call for TikTok security check before HQ decision

The owner of the short-form video app has London on a shortlist of possible locations.

TikTok: What TikTokers make of Trump's ban threat

The confusion around the video app's future has left creators at a loose end - or issuing goodbyes.

Entertainment

Investigation finds 'no corroboration' of sexual assault on The Killers tour

The band's legal team is unable to find evidence supporting claims of sexual assault on a 2009 tour.

UB40 singer Duncan Campbell 'up and about' after suffering stroke

The band says he is "already up and about" and expresses hopes for "a strong and speedy recovery".