Thursday evening news briefing: Labour would oversee ‘parliament of tax rises’

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Good evening. Alex here to take you through all the latest from today. The Labour Party unveiled its blueprint for Britain today at a general election campaign event in Manchester, where Sir Keir Starmer promised tax increases of £8.3 billion and the recognition of a Palestinian state.

Elsewhere, as world leaders descend on Puglia, Italy, at the G7 summit, Rishi Sunak leads a who’s who of global disapproval ratings.

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Labour would oversee ‘parliament of tax rises’, says Left-wing think tank

Under the simple slogan “change”, Sir Keir launched Labour’s much-anticipated manifesto and remained steadfast on the party’s decision to include “no tax surprises” for National Insurance, VAT, income and corporation tax. Read more on what is included in the potential Labour government’s plans here.

Conservative officials have criticised the plan as being “totally unserious”.

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War and wine on G7 agenda as Sunak leaves campaign trail for Italian summit

Rishi Sunak and Giorgia Meloni look happy to see each other at the G7 summit in Bari
Rishi Sunak and Giorgia Meloni look happy to see each other at the G7 summit in Bari - PA/Chris Furlong

Rishi Sunak will join the leaders of the United States, France, Germany, Japan, Canada and Italy to discuss the war in Ukraine and other global issues at the Borgo Egnazia resort in Puglia.

While Sunak is meeting with some of the world’s most unpopular leaders at the G7 summit, none have such high disapproval ratings as the British Prime Minister.

Oxford University exams cancelled after pro-Palestinian protests

Oxford University has been forced to cancel exams after pro-Palestinian protesters occupied a building. The demonstrators entered the hall in the East School ahead of the scheduled exams on Thursday morning.

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Russia | Britain has announced a sweeping round of sanctions against Russia including ships in Vladimir Putin’s “shadow fleet”.

Business | ‘Switch has been flicked’ on London stock market decline

Greece | American missing on Greek island hike days after Michael Mosley found dead

Markets | French borrowing costs soar over Le Pen election fears

Travel | Row breaks out over 100ml U-turn as passengers told to arrive early for flights

Employment | Staff ditching work-from-home Fridays and returning to the pub, says Fuller’s

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Longevity guru Dr Mark Hyman - Masha Maltsava

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Pictured: Violent protests in Argentina as Milei squeezes through shock therapy reforms

Police clash with protesters over the president's controversial reforms
Police clash with protesters over the president's controversial reforms - Gustavo Garello/AP
A man eats a sandwich on the sidelines of the clashes in front of congress
A man eats a sandwich on the sidelines of the clashes in front of congress - Avalon/Fernando Gens

The streets outside Argentina’s parliament were turned into a “battlefield” as police clashed with protesters wielding petrol bombs over the president’s controversial reforms.

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