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Monday
15th August 2022

Around the world

From Kabul and beyond, a year of Taliban rule in Afghanistan

Lyse Doucet reports from Afghanistan on what the Taliban's takeover has meant for its people.

Egypt fire: Dozens dead in Giza Coptic church

The blaze broke out at a Coptic Christian church in the city of Giza causing a stampede.

In the UK

UK heatwave: Final day of 'extreme' heat with thunder on way

Temperatures have exceeded 30C in much of England and Wales - but rain is forecast.

Rail fares in England to rise below inflation rate, ministers say

The increase will also begin in March, rather than January, the government says.

Politics

Keir Starmer calls for extra tax on oil and gas producers

The party says this would help fund a freeze of the energy price cap through the winter.

Cost of living: Keir Starmer set to call for energy price cap freeze

The Labour leader will set out his plan on Monday - with no detail yet on how the freeze would be funded.

Education

How much does university cost, and is it worth it?

A degree can be valuable in many ways. Here is a look at some of the financial pros and cons.

Nursery closures: Parents left without childcare as providers shut

A campaign group says it has been "inundated" with messages about nurseries going out of business suddenly.

Health

Some antidepressants may make heatwave challenging

Some types of mental health medication may make it difficult for the body to regulate temperature.

Thousands more NHS beds to be created in England this winter

Health service chiefs have promised some 7,000 extra beds in England to tackle increased demands.

Business

Keir Starmer calls for extra tax on oil and gas producers

The party says this would help fund a freeze of the energy price cap through the winter.

Nursery closures: Parents left without childcare as providers shut

A campaign group says it has been "inundated" with messages about nurseries going out of business suddenly.

Science

Climate change: Drought highlights dangers for electricity supplies

Dry conditions in the UK and Europe are stress on facilities including nuclear, say experts.

The science of drought explained in pictures

What does drought mean and what are the implications for water, food, rivers and wildlife?

Technology

NHS IT supplier held to ransom by hackers

Its IT provider says it may take three or four weeks to fully recover from the cyber-attack.

Commonwealth Games takes big step towards esports

Competitive gaming may soon be added to the Commonwealth Games programme, after a successful test event in Birmingham.

Entertainment

Salman Rushdie's 'defiant sense of humour' remains, son says

The author was severely injured after being stabbed on stage at an event in New York State.

Edinburgh Fringe: 'Extreme' racism behind Sadowitz scrapping – venue

The Pleasance said the comedian made staff and audience members feel 'uncomfortable and unsafe'.