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Some drinks will see their duty levels rise when the changes come into force in 2023 due to their relatively high alcohol levels.
Government will also freeze fuel duty to make it cheaper to drive
The Afghan National Institute of Music (ANIM) plays for the first time in months to a live audience after fleeing to Qatar. The group of 35 young musicians aged 13-20, some orphans or from poor families and many of them women, are hoping to keep their cultural heritage alive after the Taliban seized power in August.
The advisory Climate Change Committee says the strategy published last week was an important statement ahead of the Cop26 climate summit.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has reneged on his threat to expel the ambassadors of 10 Western nations over their support for a jailed activist. The reversal came after France, Germany the United States and several other countries issued identical statements saying they respected a UN convention that required diplomats not to interfere in the host country's domestic affairs.“We believe that these ambassadors, who have fulfilled their commitment to Article 41 of the Vienna Convention, wi
Fisherman Max Maguire was stabbed to death outside a Royal British Legion in the New Forest.
Manchester Arena bombing: MI5 officer accepts ‘different actions would have stopped plot’. Salman Abedi was not stopped and questioned on return to UK from Libya, inquiry hears
Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel has praised defender Andreas Christensen for finding his “place” within the team. The Danish international has played in every minute of his six Premier League starts this season, as well as starting each of the defending European champions’ three Champions League outings thus far. Despite some fierce competition for places in Tuchel’s squad, the 25-year-old is looking increasingly assured at Stamford Bridge and recently scored his first goal for the club against Malmo in Europe.
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Australia will aim for net zero carbon emissions by 2050 but will not pass legislation about the goal. Prime Minister Scott Morrison said the government would instead rely on consumers and companies to push towards emission reductions. Australia had so far refused to join countries such as the UK and US in pledging to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050 ahead of the COP26 climate conference in Glasgow next week.
Budget 2021: key points at a glance. Rishi Sunak has delivered his budget – here are the main points, with political analysis
Survivors or intruders? Rats found on Lord Howe Island despite 22,000 traps and 40 tonnes of bait . About 100 rats have been discovered since a $17m eradication program on the world heritage-listed island but experts say all is not lost
Millions of nurses, teachers and members of the armed forces will receive a pay rise next April as Rishi Sunak unfreezes public sector pay in the budget. In his second pay giveaway in 24 hours, after announcing a rise in the national living wage, the chancellor confirmed he is ending a one-year COVID freeze imposed last November. The size of the pay rises will depend on recommendations from independent pay review bodies, which set pay for frontline workforces including nurses, police, prison officers and teachers.
Four migrants, three of them children, drowned on Tuesday after a boat in which they and 23 others were trying to cross from Turkey to Greece sank, the Greek coast guard said. Greece is one of the main routes into the European Union for asylum-seekers crossing from Turkey in flimsy, overcrowded rubber boats. The boat sank off the Greek island of Chios where strong winds were blowing, a coast guard statement said.
The Guardian view on US abortion laws: freedoms hanging by a thread . By allowing the Texas law banning abortions after six weeks to stand, the supreme court has joined the attack
Foreign tourists will soon roam Cambodia's ancient Angkor Wat temples once again, after officials on Tuesday flagged a partial reopening to vaccinated travellers.
Ousted Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi has testified in court for the first time in one of several cases against her, but details of what she said are not available because of a gag order on her lawyers
Scottish city ready for ‘unprecedented’ disruption to transport network
A medical panel of US government advisers endorsed the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine in five-to-11-year-olds on Tuesday, paving the way for younger children to get their shots within weeks.
Britain is working with United Nations agencies and others to do everything it can to help the people of Afghanistan but cannot write a blank cheque to the Taliban, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Wednesday. "We must do everything we can also to mitigate the consequences for the people of Afghanistan of the Taliban takeover," Johnson told parliament when asked about the humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan.