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Wednesday morning news briefing: Pupils will wear masks in schools

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Masks to be worn in schools after government U-turn

It is yet another major U-turn. Children will be told to wear masks in schools after a . New guidance will require pupils in Year 7 and above in England to wear face coverings in corridors and communal areas, but not in classrooms. As Political Editor Gordon Rayner explains, it will be mandatory in schools that are in local lockdown areas - but . The change comes despite ministers insisting for days that there would be no tweak to guidelines. It is the latest reversal of coronavirus policy, after the Government changed its mind on a host of areas. Read a  during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Meanwhile, after the head of Ofqual  yesterday, Gavin Williamson was accused of letting "someone else take the blame" for the exam results fiasco. But Whitehall sources insisted the Education Secretary did not demand Sally Collier's resignation as chief regulator and that it "genuinely was her decision to leave". Read  that the exam regulator's algorithm for grading A-levels and GCSEs was heading for catastrophe.

England drop Harry Maguire after assault conviction

Harry Maguire has been dropped from the England squad after a Greek court found him guilty of assaulting police officers and handed him a suspended jail term. The £190,000-a-week Manchester United captain immediately declared his intention to appeal after three judges found he  following a late night brawl on Mykonos. England manager Gareth Southgate dropped Maguire from next month's internationals within an hour of the verdict. Mike McGrath has  on how Maguire gave his club and country a major headache.

PM 'spitting feathers' at censoring of Rule, Britannia

Boris Johnson was said to have been "spitting feathers" when he learnt of the BBC's censoring of Rule, Britannia.  to the broadcaster's decision to perform the song - as well as Land of Hope and Glory - without lyrics at the Last Night of the Proms after critics drew links to slavery and colonialism. Land of Hope and Glory has now been  in an effort to force the BBC to play it. In Allison Pearson's latest column, she tells the BBC .

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US election | Mike Pompeo, Donald Trump's top diplomat, has been accused of a "disgraceful" abuse of office after he spoke from Jerusalem for the Republican convention. The US secretary of state  last night while on an official government trip. The speech was condemned by Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden's campaign as the "politicisation" of diplomacy.  

Around the world: Plea for calm after police shooting

The mother of a black Wisconsin man likely left paralysed after being shot in the back by police on Sunday delivered a passionate plea for calm last night, asking rioters furious at the shooting to end the destruction and "examine your hearts". Read Harriet Alexander's  and view more striking pictures from around the world in .