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1. Joe Biden defends America’s flight from Afghanistan
Joe Biden on Monday said he stood “squarely behind” his decision to withdraw US troops from Afghanistan as he partly blamed Donald Trump and the Afghan security services for the chaos engulfing the country.
In a defiant message to the nation from the White House, the US President admitted the Taliban’s sweep to power had happened “more quickly” than he had anticipated. Read the full story.
2. Britain’s ambassador to Afghanistan plans to stay in Kabul ‘for as long as possible’
Britain’s ambassador to Afghanistan plans to stay in Kabul “for as long as possible” to oversee efforts to evacuate up to 4,000 British nationals and eligible Afghan staff as the Taliban consolidate control over the city.
Sir Laurie Bristow and a team of diplomats have set up an emergency consul operation at Kabul airport that could remain in place until the end of the month. Read the full story.
3. Gun licence applicants to face drug and alcohol testing in wake of Plymouth shooting
Police have been told to carry out drug and alcohol tests on gun licence applicants under new legally enforced guidance, which has been drawn up following the Plymouth mass shooting.
Former partners, neighbours, flatmates and family could also be interviewed by police as part of a system of more rigorous checks on applicants’ behaviour to decide if they should be allowed a gun. Read the full story.
4. Energy bills could soar under ‘green gas’ hydrogen homes plan
Homeowners face higher energy bills to pay for greener gas that could be used to heat just 10 per cent of the country’s homes.
The Government will announce on Tuesday that it wants a subsidy scheme to help fund its ambition to produce 5 gigawatts of hydrogen for use in heavy industry, transport and home heating by 2030. Read the full story.
5. Lancashire’s Moor Hall crowned best UK restaurant as top 100 named – read the full list
A Lancashire restaurant has been named the UK’s very best for the second time running, cementing the county’s dominance as one of the foodiest destinations in the country.
Two-Michelin-starred Moor Hall in Aughton, 10 miles north of Liverpool, has picked up the Estrella Damm National Restaurant Award two years after first winning it. The awards took a Covid-enforced hiatus in 2020. Read the full story.
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