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Tuesday
19th October 2021

Around the world

Polish PM accuses EU of blackmail as row over rule of law escalates

Mateusz Morawiecki clashes with EU leaders over a Polish court ruling that rejected parts of EU law.

Czech turmoil over removing ailing President Zeman's powers

President Milos Zeman is in intensive care in hospital and it is claimed his signature was forged.

In the UK

Net zero announcement: UK sets out plans to cut greenhouse gas emissions

The government reveals its long-awaited strategy days before global leaders meet for COP26 in Glasgow.

Lord Janner: Police shut down MP child abuse investigations - report

An inquiry finds police seemed "reluctant to investigate" claims against former MP Lord Janner.

Politics

Net zero announcement: UK sets out plans to cut greenhouse gas emissions

The government reveals its long-awaited strategy days before global leaders meet for COP26 in Glasgow.

Heat pump grants worth £5,000 to replace gas boilers not enough, say critics

The England and Wales subsidies cover just 90,000 gas boilers out of more than 20 million households.

Education

Netflix Squid Game schools warning sent to parents

A council tells parents some schoolchildren are "aggressively" replicating the TV thriller's games.

Further strikes threatened at universities this term

UK university staff are being balloted on fresh strike action over pay, pensions and conditions.

Health

Covid-19: New mutation of Delta variant under close watch in UK

Scientists are studying it to better understand how much of a threat it may pose.

Covid: No 10 'keeping a close eye' on rising cases

But Boris Johnson says the rollout of a Plan B to control the virus in England has not been discussed.

Business

Morrisons: Shareholders approve £7bn takeover deal

British supermarket group Morrisons says shareholders approve the US private equity group takeover.

Inflation: Food price rises are terrifying, warns industry

Food and drink firms are seeing price rises of as much as 18% while manufacturers struggle with costs.

Science

Net zero announcement: UK sets out plans to cut greenhouse gas emissions

The government reveals its long-awaited strategy days before global leaders meet for COP26 in Glasgow.

Orion: Nasa's Moon ship ready to be attached to rocket

The Orion spacecraft is ready to be placed on top of a rocket that will send it towards the Moon.

Technology

Google's Pixel 6 processor brings AI photo features

New AI features such as "magic" photo editing and on-device voice processing come with the new chip.

Schools warned over facial recognition systems

Biometric data is being used by some schools to allow pupils to make contactless lunch payments.

Entertainment

Willy Wonka songwriter Leslie Bricusse dies aged 90

The British songwriter was also behind hits such as Feeling Good, Talk to the Animals and Candyman.

BBC reveals new logos in modern makeover

The BBC logo is updated for the first time in 24 years as services like iPlayer also get a revamp.