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All the latest political developments in the UK, as Rishi Sunak prepares to hail a “new age of optimism” in his Budget amid predictions that he will have more money than expected to spend due to a fast bounce-back from Covid.
However, there are still more people dying than normal for this time of the year.
The "possible exoplanet" - which has been found in the spiral galaxy Messier 51, also known as the Whirlpool Galaxy - is 28 million light years away. It is thousands of times further than any other exoplanet previously found in the Milky Way. It was detected by the Chandra X-ray Observatory, a NASA space telescope that is 86,000 miles away from the Earth.
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.
The Netherlands’ biggest pension fund says it will stop investing in companies that produce fossil fuels
Scottish city ready for ‘unprecedented’ disruption to transport network
Mikel Arteta has backed Eddie Nkeitah to become a “top, top player” and is hoping that will be at Arsenal after he struck in the Carabao Cup fourth-round win over Leeds. The Gunners secured a 2-0 victory as Calum Chambers scored just 21 seconds after coming off the bench before former Leeds loanee Nketiah tapped in. It was just the 22-year-old’s second appearance of the season, his first coming in the third-round success over AFC Wimbledon, and he is out of contract in the summer.
The rail workers’ union has set out its final pay demand to ScotRail ahead of the Cop26 climate conference.
Mike Owens has warned untreated sewage off Britain's beaches is leaving people and animals sick - and that it's been going on for years.
Eamonn Holmes revealed he has contracted Covid despite being double-jabbed. On and off-screen, Mr Holmes has always had the support of his wife Ruth Langsford with whom he has been with for 25 years. Covid finally caught me .Thankfully I'm Double jabbed.
The Lyrics joins 12 other books in the running for the award including writing by Sir Kazuo Ishiguro and Marcus Rashford.
A mammoth cut to Britain's plans to issue government debt was structured to minimise market disruption as far as possible and maintain a steady supply of bonds to investors, the head of the country's debt agency told Reuters on Wednesday. Gilt prices shot higher after the Debt Management Office (DMO) said it planned to issue 194.8 billion pounds ($267.5 billion) of bonds in the current 2021/22 financial year, 57.8 billion pounds less than its previous remit. Both 10-year and 30-year British government bonds recorded their biggest one-day price rises since March 2020, when prices surged after the Bank of England restarted its quantitative easing programme during Britain's plunge into a COVID-19 lockdown.
Chancellor Rishi Sunak has said he will take the steps to radically simplify alcohol duty with a system designed around the principle of "the stronger the drink, the higher the rate", as well as a 'draught relief' - a new, lower rate of duty on draught beer and cider.
Government will also freeze fuel duty to make it cheaper to drive
Japan's princess Mako married her university sweetheart on Tuesday, but the couple voiced sadness over the controversy that haunted their engagement as they read out their statements to the media. Since announcing their engagement in 2017, the couple has faced tabloid scandals and vicious online sniping over allegations that Komuro's family had run into financial difficulties.
Lazarus Chakwera, the president of Malawi, who is also currently chair of the Southern African Development Community, gave an interview to FRANCE 24 from Dubai. He hailed Malawi and Zambia as "examples of what democracy is about". Chakwera insisted that overall, "democracy is getting consolidated" on the continent, in spite of "erratic events", referring to the recent coups in Mali, Guinea and now Sudan. He described such coups as being "not the African way".
Chocolatiers at Cadbury World in Birmingham have created a witch made entirely of chocolate for this year's Halloween display. Weighing 10kg - the equivalent of 222 standard bars of Cadbury Dairy Milk - the creation took chocolatiers Donna Oluban and Dawn Jenks just two days to make.
Concerts will be singer’s first UK shows since 2017
"I am just the same, unselfconfident person I was," Svetlana Tikhanovskaya told Sky News in August last year. A day later she would appear in an emotional video recorded clearly under duress where she said she had over-estimated her strength, that she was "still the same weak woman that I was" and would be leaving Belarus. "I was threatened with my children," she tells Dermot Murnaghan in the Sky News Daily podcast.
A data engineer told MPs the company’s own research showed Instagram is more dangerous for teenagers than other social media such as TikTok.