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Saturday
1st October 2022

Around the world

Ukraine war: Biden says US will not be intimidated by reckless Putin

The US president condemns Russia's leader over his declared annexation of four occupied regions of Ukraine.

Ukraine war: Putin raises stakes in speech full of anti-Western bile

This is an attempt to divert from Russia's problems on the battlefield, says the BBC's Steve Rosenberg.

In the UK

Cost of living: Energy bills rise but help cushions blow

A two-year government-set cap means price rises taking effect on Saturday are lower than expected.

Train strike: Worst rail disruption of year as workers walk out

Large parts of Britain are without train services as rail workers in four unions go out on strike.

Politics

Liz Truss admits disruption after tax cut pledges

The prime minister acknowledges her economic plans will "involve disruption in the short term".

Tax wealthiest 1% to fund home insulation, say Greens

In a conference speech, the party's co-leaders say a new levy would raise around £70bn a year.

Education

The school fines lottery for parents with absent children

Families of children who miss school face harsher penalties depending on where they live in England, the BBC has found.

Young non-smokers told not to take up vaping by experts

But the findings do show that vaping is far safer than cigarettes, so smokers should switch.

Health

Gene test spared baby unnecessary chemotherapy

It revealed a lump on the newborn's leg was a rare and benign mass called a myofibroma.

Covid infections rise by 14% in UK and now top a million

But there is no clear evidence of an autumn wave starting, says the Office for National Statistics.

Business

Train strike: Worst rail disruption of year as workers walk out

Large parts of Britain are without train services as rail workers in four unions go out on strike.

Cost of living: Energy bills rise but help cushions blow

A two-year government-set cap means price rises taking effect on Saturday are lower than expected.

Science

Sleeping in barns - homeless in the countryside

Rural rough sleepers face harsh conditions as a taskforce warns of a hidden homelessness "crisis".

Eurasian Beaver now legally protected in England

Wildlife groups praised the move making it illegal to capture, kill, injure or disturb them.

Technology

Roblox removes 'meat grinder' Ukraine v Russia game

The War on Larkiv game was accepted and promoted by the world's largest children's game platform.

Prince William makes online safety plea after Molly Russell verdict

The Prince of Wales says online safety for young people should be "a prerequisite, not an afterthought".

Entertainment

Cashy C's: The musical staging working class stories in a pawnbrokers shop

Cashy C's, a rap musical about life on the breadline, is being performed in a recreated pawnbrokers.

Steve Wright signs off from BBC Radio 2 afternoon show

The DJ delivers a heartfelt speech as he ends his daily programme after 23 years.