The 8 things you might have missed this weekend

Chris Graham
Boris Johnson is set to speak at the annual Chatham House conference in London - Geoff Pugh

Boris Johnson has backed Donald Trump's military preparations for war with North Korea, more and more patients are flying abroad for medical treatment amid long waiting lists, and Catalonia's separatists are weighing what to do after a "coup" by Spain.

Meanwhile, Liverpool were thrashed by Spurs and Louis Hamilton can almost taste his fourth world title.   

If you've been away from a screen or newspaper all weekend or want a summary, here's a quick recap of the main events.

1. Boris Johnson backs Trump's preparations for war

Donald Trump has an "absolute duty" to prepare for military intervention against North Korea in the face of the mounting nuclear threat posed by the regime, Boris Johnson will say.

The Foreign Secretary will warn that Kim Jong-un, the North Korean leader, is on the verge of acquiring that capability of "make good his threat" to reduce New York to "ashes".

Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson and US President Donald Trump  Credit: AFP

It comes after the US President yesterday said that the US is "totally prepared" for war with North Korea as he increased the US military presence in North Korea. He has previously threatened to unleash "fire and fury".

Mr Johnson, speaking at the annual Chatham House conference in London, will say: "I am afraid that the US President – whoever he or she might be – will have an absolute duty to prepare any option to keep safe not only the American people but all those who have sheltered under the American nuclear umbrella."

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2. Soaring numbers flying abroad for medical care

The number of patients leaving Britain and flying overseas for medical treatment has trebled as NHS waiting times reach a record high, a Telegraph investigation has revealed.

Government data shows the number of people going abroad for healthcare has increased from 48,000 in 2014 to almost 144,000 last year as the health service struggles to cope with demand.

The figures show the number of people flying out of the UK for medical treatment overseas has tripled Credit: EPA

Experts said lengthening waiting times for surgery - particularly hip, knee and cataract operations - and cutbacks to fertility treatment - were fuelling the rise.

NHS waiting times are now the longest they have been for almost a decade, with more than 409,000 people waiting more than 18 weeks for treatment - a rise from 34,000 in 2014.

Read the full story here. 

3. Catalan separatists reel from 'coup'

Catalonia's separatists were weighing their options on Sunday ahead of a week that will see Spain take the drastic step of sacking the region's government as well as calling fresh elections to try and stop the country breaking up.

Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont and his regional executive will be booted out, with Madrid taking control of ministries under unprecedented measures announced on Saturday by Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy.

"Yesterday there was a fully-fledged coup against Catalan institutions," said Catalan government spokesman Jordi Turull.

Protesters wave pro-independence Catalan Estelada flags during a demonstration in Barcelona Credit: AFP

Catalan parties are due to meet on Monday to organise a full gathering of the regional parliament to debate next steps - a session that could potentially give the ruling separatists another opportunity to declare unilateral independence, which they have been threatening to do since a banned referendum on the issue on October 1.

As nearly half a million angry separatists took to the streets of regional capital Barcelona on Saturday, Puigdemont declared Rajoy guilty of "the worst attack on institutions and Catalan people" since the dictatorship of Francisco Franco.

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4. Hostage drama in Nuneaton

A retail park in Nuneaton was in lockdown for several hours after two members of staff were taken hostage by an armed man believed to be the ex-partner of an employee at the bowling alley.

A suspect was taken to hospital and two men, understood to be hostages, were released unharmed after police used flashbangs to storm the alley shortly before 7pm on Sunday evening. 

Police at the scene at Bermuda Park in Nuneaton  Credit: PA

Warwickshire police said the man had been arrested and was in police custody. 

Police have said they believe the incident was "unconnected to any terrorist activity", and the CEO of the bowling company, MFA Bowl, told Sky News that he thought the man, reportedly armed with a shotgun, was the ex-husband or ex-partner of a member of staff. 

5. Abe set for election win

Japan's ruling coalition appeared headed to an impressive win in national elections in what would represent an endorsement for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's nearly five-year leadership.

A victory would boost Abe's chances of winning another three-year term next September as leader of the Liberal Democratic Party. That could extend his premiership to 2021, giving him more time to try to win a reluctant public over to his longtime goal of revising Japan's pacifist constitution.

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, leader of the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP), was heading for election victory  Credit: Reuters

In the immediate term, a victory likely means a continuation of the policies Abe has pursued since he took office in December 2012 - a hard line on North Korea, close ties with Washington, including defense, as well as a super-loose monetary policy and push for nuclear energy.

Japanese media projected shortly after polls closed Sunday that Abe's LDP and its junior partner Komeito might even retain their two-thirds majority in the lower house of parliament.

In unofficial results in the early hours of Monday, the ruling coalition had won 312 seats in the 465-seat lower house, exceeding a two-thirds majority at 310, and other parties had 143 seats, Japanese public broadcaster NHK said. Final results may not be tallied until Monday.

6. Huddersfield stuns Man Utd as Liverpool thrashed

It was a weekend to forget for Man Utd and Liverpool.

Huddersfield Town stunned United 2-1 at the John Smith's Stadium on Saturday, a defeat that ended the visitors unbeaten start to the Premier League season and dropped them five points behind leaders Manchester City who beat Burnley 3-0.

Former Manchester City midfielder Aaron Mooy and Laurent Depoitre scored within 33 minutes. Jose Mourinho responded by bringing on Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Marcus Rashford for Juan Mata and Anthony Martial at halftime and Rashford scored his seventh goal of the season to set up a rousing finish.

Aaron Mooy of Huddersfield Town celebrates scoring Credit: Getty

Tottenham Hotspur brutally exposed Liverpool's defensive frailties as Harry Kane plundered two more goals in his side's 4-1 romp at Wembley on Sunday.

In front of 80,827 fans, the biggest ever Premier League attendance, Kane took his league tally to eight for the season with the first and fourth goals in a clinical Spurs display.

Son Heung-min and Dele Alli were also on target for the impressive hosts, who led 3-1 at the break after a breathless first half, while Mohamed Salah's reply had briefly given Juergen Klopp's Liverpool side hope.

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7. Lewis Hamilton on brink of fourth world title

Lewis Hamilton took one look at Sebastian Vettel and decided, in the finest old Texan tradition, that this town was not big enough for the both of them. Ever since the United States Grand Prix moved to Austin in 2012, he has been the fastest draw in the West, winning five of six races here, but few were so cathartic or so precious as this. Surging 66 points clear of Sebastian Vettel with just 75 left to play for, Hamilton is now close enough to a fourth world title to taste it.

Lewis Hamilton celebrates winning the Texas Grand Prix Credit: Getty

The formal investiture will take place, in all likelihood, in Mexico City next Sunday, after Hamilton delivered another foot-to-the-floor masterclass to remove any vestige of doubt about where this championship is heading. Vettel was cussed as always, overtaking Hamilton on the opening lap, but the balance of power was restored just moments later as the man of the hour pulled off a sumptuous pass. 

Read the full report here. 

8. Australia draw first blood in Ashes opener

Ashleigh Gardner starred with ball and bat as Australia drew first blood in the Women's Ashes by beating England in a tense series opening one-day international in Brisbane.

The 20-year-old followed up figures of three for 47 with a superb cameo of 27 from 18 balls, while Alex Blackwell underpinned Australia's chase of 229 with an unbeaten 67 from 86 deliveries.

Blackwell was at the other end when Jess Jonassen creamed the first ball she faced for four which sealed a nervy two-wicket victory with five balls to spare for the Southern Stars at a sold out Allan Border Field.

Australia's Jess Jonassen (L) reacts after she hit the winning runs from the bowling of England's Anya Shrubsole (R) to give Austrlia victory Credit: EPA

England had earlier been restricted to 228 for nine after being put in to bat and it seemed they had done enough after Australia slipped to 181 for six in the 43rd over.

But Gardner marked her introduction to the crease with back-to-back fours off England's World Cup hero Anya Shrubsole in the next over before clearing the rope twice to tilt the contest in Australia's favour.

Read the full report here.

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Perseid meteors named as 'Orinoid' streak across the sky over Kula town of Manisa, Turkey  Credit: Getty

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