The Saudis have displayed what they say are cruise missiles and drones proving Iran's responsibility for the recent attack on oil facilities. The Abqaiq facility and the Khurais oil field were attacked in the early hours of Saturday, causing a reduction of more than half in Saudi Arabia's daily oil exports - more than 5% of the world's daily production. Initially Houthi rebels - backed by Iran - were blamed for the attack. Read More »
Sajid Javid says he has a ‘fantastic’ relationship with Boris Johnson. Photograph: Jessica Taylor/AFP/Getty ImagesThe rift between Boris Johnson’s team and Sajid Javid is widening, government sources have said, with growing concerns in Whitehall that disagreements are harming the effectiveness of the Downing Street operation.Two government sources said there was frustration in No 10 and other departments that the chancellor was trying to water down big spending announcements Boris Johnson wants to make at the Conservative party conference.They said No 10 was becoming increasingly annoyed by what it regarded as Javid’s intransigence, and was sidelining him in favour of Rishi Sunak, the chief secretary to the Treasury, with departments being directed to talk to him rather than the chancellor.Insiders said Javid was still without a chief media adviser after Sonia Khan was sacked by Johnson’s chief of staff, Dominic Cummings, and marched out of the building for maintaining contact with an associate of the previous chancellor Philip Hammond.A Whitehall source said: “There is no sign of change, in fact it has got worse. Saj [Javid] remains furious because he is not part of the decision-making process on government expenditure. It all comes from Cummings and a small number of No 10 people. A lot of people are saying that Saj’s days are numbered. No 10 is much happier with Rishi.”A second government source said: “Relations between the PM and the chancellor are just about OK on a personal level but there is a lot of tension at the level below that.”He added: “Sajid is acting like he got 45% of the vote in the leadership election. He doesn’t seem to understand there’s an election coming and keeps saying he will consider policies in 2020 when this government might not even be in power then.”It is understood No 10 is planning to make big, headline-grabbing announcements to appeal to voters on the domestic agenda, aside from Brexit, at party conference.However, the source said Javid was being “difficult” over signing off conference policies that No 10 and departments want to implement on housing, including a more interventionist move to build more homes, and plans for a longer funding settlement for the NHS and social care.Relations are believed to have worsened since Javid was infuriated by the sacking of Khan. It emerged that the chancellor had not been warned in advance that she was about to get her marching orders.Khan was accused of leaking information about government strategy to Hammond, who is co-ordinating parliamentary moves to prevent a no-deal Brexit.Khan was the fourth young woman in a month to be axed from the prime minister’s network of advisers and senior staffers, leaving Javid without a media adviser before the spending review, where he laid out details of a £14bn allocation for schools and new police funding.She was confronted by Cummings who demanded to see both her mobile telephones, sources said. After she admitted speaking to a former adviser to Hammond, she was marched off the premises by an armed police officer.The episode underlined simmering tensions over the summer between Downing Street and the Treasury. Javid was ordered by No 10 to scrap a planned speech on the economy, while Downing Street took the lead in announcing spending plans for health, police and prisons.The day after Khan’s sacking, Javid took to the airwaves and refused to discuss the sacking but insisted he had a “fantastic” relationship with the prime minister.He told the Today programme: “I’m not going to discuss any personnel issues, it wouldn’t be appropriate.“The relationship is fantastic with the prime minister. Before he was prime minister, he is someone I got on with incredibly well. It’s a real privilege to work with him, to work closely so well on people’s priorities.”It is understood that ministers bid for £55bn worth of spending commitments, which were cut down to £13.4bn by the chancellor.A No 10 source said: “The PM and chancellor’s teams are working hand in glove to deliver an ambitious policy agenda. This process might ruffle a few feathers in departments, but officials in both No 10 and 11 are used to it.”
Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield shared a tribute to a This Morning crew member after his death.The presenters opened the show today on a sombre note and announced cameraman Charlie Hart, who had worked at ITV for over 10 years, had died after a long illness.
The Northern Ireland party whose support is crucial to Prime Minister Boris Johnson's government said on Wednesday it believed a deal could be secured for an orderly British exit from the European Union if flexibility is shown by all sides. In a speech in Dublin, Democratic Unionist Party leader Arlene Foster said that a "refit" of Northern Ireland's 1998 peace accord would represent an important step forward. "We believe, with flexibility on all sides, that solutions can be found that will not on the one hand erect new barriers to trade within the United Kingdom while not damaging the integrity of the EU Single Market," Foster said.
South Korea reports its first cases of African swine fever, becoming the latest country hit by the disease that has killed pigs from China to North Korea, pushing up pork prices worldwide.
Motorists could be charged to drive to the shops under plans backed by Sadiq Khan to discourage “needless” car use.The Mayor has given his support to a call for London to introduce road-user charging, which would set a levy based on the distance and time of day travelled.
The Polish ambassador to the UK has written to Poles living in Britain urging them to “seriously consider returning to their homeland” after Brexit, and as Poland’s economic surge continues.Arkady Rzegocki, who has represented Warsaw in the UK since 2016, said in his letter that Poland “regrets” Britain’s departure from the European Union, which is currently due to take place on October 31.
The BBC has apologised for failing to warn the Duke of Sussex that it would be broadcasting and publishing online an image of him in which he was branded "a race traitor", which was shared on a neo-Nazi social media group.The image showed Harry with a pistol to his head against a blood-spattered background and also featured a blood-smeared swastika.It was shared on a far-right social media platform in August last year, just a few months after the duke married mixed race former actress Meghan Markle.Michal Szewczuk, was detained after he branded the Duke of Sussex a race traitor in an 'abhorrent' online post (West Yorkshire Police)The BBC featured the image in a broadcast and on its website, which subsequently led to the prosecution of two far-right teenagers.Watchdog Ofcom rejected a complaint from Harry about the use of the image, but has offered an apology to the senior royal.A BBC source said: "This was an important piece of journalism which led to the arrest, conviction and imprisonment of two members of a neo-Nazi group."The image of The Duke of Sussex was included to show the abhorrent nature of their behaviour and Ofcom has subsequently concluded that there was a clear editorial rationale for using the image which, in the context of the news report, was considered unlikely to incite crime."Naturally we regret the distress caused and we apologised for failing to warn Kensington Palace in advance that it was to be published."【ギャラリー】Prince Harry26After the report, university student Michal Szewczuk, of Wyther Park in Bramley, Leeds - who created the image which included the phrase "See Ya Later Race Traitor", was ordered to be detained in a young offenders' institution after pleading guilty to two counts of encouraging terrorism and five counts of possession of terrorist material, including the White Resistance Manual and the Al Qaeda Trading Manual.Szewczuk, 19, was sentenced at the Old Bailey alongside 18-year-old Oskar Dunn-Koczorowski, from St Albans Avenue in west London, who had admitted two counts of encouraging terrorism.Rejecting the complaint in July, Ofcom said showing the image was editorially justified.The judgment said: "When broadcasting or publishing examples of racist propaganda in content with a clear public interest, there are nevertheless limits on the type of material which can be included, taking into account generally accepted standards in particular."The BBC demonstrated in this case that it made a finely balanced decision on the necessary editorial justification to include the image and removed it from the article two days after publication when it considered that the public interest in the story had reduced."A spokeswoman for Harry said he welcomes the letter of apology from the BBC, but added: "His Royal Highness maintains that instead of reproducing the image and giving a platform to something that would have only been seen by a few, it should have just been described so that others would not potentially be influenced by such an inflammatory image."
Pakistan refused a request from Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to cross its airspace on a flight to Germany, Pakistan's foreign minister said on Wednesday, as tensions between the two nations ran high over the disputed region of Kashmir. Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi said Islamabad had told the Indian High Commission it was turning down India's request for Modi to fly across the country on Friday and for his return the following week.
The professional dancer believes she developed an 'addiction' to exercise that made her ill.
MONTREAL/PARIS (Reuters) - While the world's Boeing 737 MAX fleet remains grounded after two fatal crashes, a solitary Air Canada plane has been spotted in the skies, shuttling between Quebec and Ontario. In a rare exemption, approved by Canadian aviation regulator Transport Canada, the 11 flights in August and September were partly to maintain the qualifications of senior training pilots, Air Canada told Reuters in response to a query about flight tracking data. A spokesman for Air Canada said the airline was not able to use similar 737s within its fleet "to maintain check pilot authority in alignment with (Canadian aviation regulations)".
Iran's president and foreign minister could skip next week's high-level meetings at the UN as the US has yet to issue them visas, reports said.
Ryanair pilots are to stage a 48-hour walkout from today as they strike over pay and working conditions.UK-based pilots belonging to the British Airline Pilots Association (Balpa) will stage industrial action from September 18-19, with the move followed by several individual 24-hour walkouts towards the end of the month.
The former paratrooper is accused of the murder of James Wray and William McKinney and five attempted murders on January 30, 1972.
Thousands of primary schools across the country have their results figures published by the Department for Education on an annual basis.
A flu-like illness could spread across the world in less than 36 hours and kill 80 million people, health experts have warned.A report released by the Global Preparedness Monitoring Board said the world is facing a mounting threat of disease pandemics that could not only kill millions but wreak havoc on the global economy.