• Russia-Ukraine war live: nuclear threat is worst in 60 years, Biden says; Ukraine recaptures 500 square km in a week

    US president says nuclear threat is worst since Cuban missile crisis; Ukraine takes back 500 square km of territory in a weekBiden warns of ‘Armageddon’ if Putin uses a tactical nuclear weapon in UkraineWhat we know on day 226 of the invasionJoe Biden has warned the world could face “Armageddon” if Vladimir Putin uses a tactical nuclear weapon to try to win the war in Ukraine.The US president made his most outspoken remarks to date about the threat of nuclear war, at a Democratic fundraiser in...

  • Nursery for under-twos costs parents in England 65% of wage

    Number of women not working to look after family has risen by 5% in past yearFull-time nursery for children under the age of two costs almost two-thirds of a parent’s weekly take-home pay in England, according to new analysis.Parents in Scotland fare slightly better, paying half (51%) of one salary for childcare, while in Wales the figure is 63%, and in England 65%, according to analysis by Business in the Community (BITC), the Prince’s Responsible Business Network.51% of mums said the cost of...

  • A shopping guide to the best plaid skirts

    Check out these perfect autumn buys, in midi and mini lengths, tartans and pleatsMustard, £29.99, mango.com Continue reading

  • Dairy co-op Arla to pay farmers more for milk if climate targets met

    ‘Sustainability incentive’ aims to cut emissions on farms of its 8,900 European members, including in UKThe dairy co-operative Arla Foods has announced it will pay its farmers more money for the milk they produce if they meet new environmental sustainability targets.Arla is introducing the “sustainability incentive” with the aim of promoting and funding the reduction of emissions on the farms of its 8,900 members, based in the UK and six other European countries including Denmark, Sweden and...

  • UK economy predicted to be weak till 2024 despite Truss growth agenda

    Business confidence sinks to lowest level since depth of Covid pandemic as rising costs hit households and companiesBritain’s economy is expected to take until 2024 to recover to pre-Covid levels amid a slowdown for hiring and business investment, as households and businesses struggle with soaring costs.Business leaders have said that there has been a significant decline of key economic indicators in recent weeks, with confidence among company bosses over the growth outlook collapsing to the...

  • Protesters to take to beaches over sewage discharges into English seas

    Demonstrations from Falmouth to Whitstable to demand water firms do more to reduce pollutionProtests against sewage discharges blighting English beaches will take place across the country this weekend to highlight what demonstrators say is the failure of water companies to reduce pollution.From Falmouth in Cornwall, where bathers, lifeguards and synchronised swimmers are demonstrating, to Whitstable in Kent, where protesters will turn a beach into a crime scene, activists say the problem of...

  • Pink diamond expected to fetch more than £20m at Hong Kong auction

    Williamson Pink Star is second largest ‘fancy vivid pink’ diamond to ever appear at auctionThe second largest, internally flawless “fancy vivid pink” diamond ever to appear at auction is expected to sell for more than £20m when it goes under the hammer at Sotheby’s in Hong Kong on Friday.The 11.15-carat, cushion-shaped diamond, known as the Williamson Pink Star, is named after two other huge pink diamonds: the 59.60-carat, mixed-cut, oval Pink Star diamond that sold for a record $71.2m at...

  • Health workers among dead in Ugandan Ebola outbreak

    MSF calls situation ‘very serious’ as east African country grapples with outbreak of Sudan strain of virus, for which no vaccine exists It seems like a normal day in Mubende, central Uganda. Shops remain open, children are at school and public gatherings are allowed, provided people remain socially distant.The ambulances that whisk past every few hours and the health workers who wash themselves meticulously before they return home are the only indications that it is not business as usual in the...

  • Anthony Albanese leaves open possibility of changes to stage-three tax cuts

    Prime minister says government ‘hasn’t changed our position’ but does not rule out doing so in futureFollow our Australia news live blog for the latest updatesGet our free news app, morning email briefing or daily news podcastAnthony Albanese has left open the prospect of amending the stage-three tax cuts, raising concerns over the “increasingly uncertain global economic outlook” in his first public comments since his government resumed publicly discussing the legislated tax changes this week....

  • One-quarter of homeowners could be spending 30% of their income on loans by late-2023, RBA says

    Reserve Bank warns households with high debt relative to income are ‘particularly vulnerable to shocks’Get our free news app, morning email briefing or daily news podcastFollow our Australia news live blog for the latest updatesThe Reserve Bank of Australia says more than a quarter of mortgage holders will be spending at least 30% of their income to repay debt if the central bank’s key interest rate peaks at the level expected by investors in mid-2023.The RBA’s semi-annual financial stability...

  • Outcry as South Korean president tries to scrap gender equality ministry to ‘protect’ women

    Yoon Suk-yeol courted ‘anti-feminist’ male voters during election, and opponents say latest move threatens to be a major setback for women’s rightsSouth Korea’s president, Yoon Suk-yeol, has defended his plan to abolish the country’s gender equality ministry, insisting it will lead to an improvement in women’s rights.Yoon, a conservative who took office in May, is expected to encounter fierce opposition to the move, which will have to be approved by the national assembly, where the liberal...

  • ‘I saw my grandson’s name and I fainted’: grief engulfs town after Thailand nursery attack

    Families tell of the moment they heard about gun and knife that killed 37 people, most of them childrenWhite sheets were pinned across the entrance to the children’s centre in Nong Bua Lamphu on Friday morning, and draped across tables outside. On the steps leading up to the low-slung building, white flowers were left as tributes. In the baking sun, weeping families gathered outside the building where 37 people, most of them young children, had been shot and stabbed.As the country battled to...