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Covid measures ‘plan C’ has been discussed, senior official tells MPs

Chief scientific adviser for Department of Health refers to tougher proposal beyond ‘plan B’ that has ‘not been extensively worked up’Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageA “plan C” for tougher coronavirus restrictions has been discussed in official circles, a senior civil servant has confirmed, despite ministers denying that...

Queen to miss Cop26 climate conference in Glasgow

Monarch, 95, was due to attend evening reception but will send video message instead The Queen has pulled out of hosting a major reception for world leaders at the Cop26 climate change summit, Buckingham Palace has confirmed.The 95-year-old monarch was due to travel to Scotland for the high-profile engagement on Monday 1 November. Continue reading...

The Guardian view on a Dutch solution: make land out of the sea | Editorial

Faced with extreme weather, voters in the 1970s responded to a government call to move to drier land. The same spirit of innovation is needed todayWhat should governments – and people – do, confronted by the terrifying force of nature? It is the question of our age. But one answer, found on mainland Europe, serves as a reminder of human ingenuity in...

Covid live: UK records 40,954 new cases; Belgium brings back restrictions weeks after ending curbs

UK also reports 263 further deaths; Belgium reinstates curbs after 75% jump in daily cases in a weekCovid ‘plan C’ measures discussed, senior officials tell UK MPsAnalysis: Johnson’s ‘plan B’ looks destined to stay on the shelfChina locks down city of 4m after six Covid cases detectedAfrican Union vaccine deal arranged in part by the White HouseSee...

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 hearsA senior MI5 officer has accepted that stopping and questioning the Manchester Arena terrorist, Salman Abedi, when he returned to the UK from Libya could have led police to the bomb.The inquiry being held into the atrocity, which killed 22 concertgoers and injured hundreds...

Justin Trudeau names women to top posts in Canada cabinet reshuffle

Mélanie Joly becomes foreign minister and Anita Anand defence minister in gender-balanced cabinetCanada’s prime minister, Justin Trudeau, has carried out a major cabinet shuffle, naming women to the foreign affairs and defense posts in his gender-balanced cabinet.Trudeau named Mélanie Joly as foreign minister and Anita Anand as defence minister. Chrystia...

Cyclist fends off 500lb bear after getting bitten in Alaska

Man said he yelled at and kicked the animal as it charged him along a riverbed before it retreatedA cyclist confronted and bitten by a 500lb bear while out riding in Alaska told authorities he yelled at and kicked the animal as it ran after him, along a riverbed.The incident last Tuesday occurred in Cantwell, close to the intersection between the Jack...

Missing black people: mother of Richard Okorogheye calls for public inquiry

Evidence Joel says how police deal with reports of black people who go missing needs to be examinedThe mother of 19-year-old Richard Okorogheye has called for a public inquiry into how the police deal with reports of missing black people, after a damning report by the police watchdog.The Metropolitan police failed the family of two black sisters who...

Australian business groups lament ‘nightmare’ of states’ differing Covid vaccine mandates

As states reopen, a national, uniform approach would ‘make everything we do in life easier’, employers sayFollow our Covid live blog for the latest updatesVaccine rollout and rates tracker; Cases and data trackerVictoria vaccination rate map; NSW vaccination rates mapGet our free news app; get our morning email briefingBusiness groups are pushing for...

Islamic State in Afghanistan could have capacity to strike US next year

Pentagon says Afghan-based group and al-Qaida have intention to attack US and Taliban’s ability to fight them is ‘to be determined’The US intelligence community has assessed that Islamic State in Afghanistan could have the capability of attacking the United States in as little as six months – and has the intention to do so, a senior Pentagon official...

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