Intelligence suggests the rocket that killed two people in Poland was fired by Ukraine, but western leaders (pictured above at the G20 in Bali) have condemned Moscow’s actions.
Evening briefing: Today’s essential headlines
Westminster | Dominic Raab confirmed two separate complaints have been made about his conduct and asked the Prime Minister to open an independent investigation. Downing Street said Rishi Sunak still has full confidence in the Deputy Prime Minister, who stood in at PMQs this afternoon – accusing Labour’s Angela Rayner of “mudslinging”, adding he will “thoroughly rebut and refute any of the claims” against him.
Twitter | Musk demands workers accept ‘hardcore’ conditions
Elon Musk has told Twitter staff to embrace an “extremely hardcore” working culture or leave the company by Thursday.In a midnight email to workers, the Tesla billionaire set out his vision for “Twitter 2.0”, saying that to “succeed in an increasingly competitive world, we will need to be extremely hardcore.”“This will mean working long hours at high intensity,” he wrote. “Only exceptional performance will constitute a passing grade.”
Iain Duncan Smith | MP ‘astonished’ as man cleared of assault
Sir Iain Duncan Smith has been left “astonished” by a decision to clear a man accused of assaulting him by “slamming” a traffic cone on his head because of “weak” evidence.Elliot Bovill was charged along with two other protesters who shouted “Tory scum” at the MP as they followed him through a city centre.
Pictured | Chain-smoking runner’s marathon in just 3hr 30mins
A Chinese grandfather ran a marathon in under three and a half hours despite chain-smoking for the entire duration of the race.The 50-year-old runner, who is known as “Uncle Chen”, completed the full 26-mile Xin’Anjiang Marathon in Jiande, in China’s southwestern Zhejiang province, last week in a time of 3 hours, 28 minutes and 45 seconds.A photograph of his certificate that was shared widely on social media in China showed he finished 574th out of around 1,500 runners.
The big story: Clues left behind at Polish missile site
When a missile landed in the sleepy village of Przewodow on a foggy afternoon, locals feared that the Russians were attacking Poland. After the authorities blocked off the site of the explosion that killed two men at a grain facility, residents four miles from the border with Ukraine endured a night’s anxious wait – fearing they were at the centre of an unlikely flashpoint for a Third World War between Nato and Vladimir Putin. Now it appears the blast may have been caused by a Ukrainian anti-missile weapon landing in the farming village after going astray during massive Russian bombing, the heaviest since the war began. Western intelligence suggested the rocket was most likely fired by Kyiv’s forces in an attempt to intercept incoming Russian missiles. Reporting from Ukraine, Joe Barnes explains what pictures of fragments from the blast site tell us about where it could have been launched from.
Regardless of who fired it, Nato Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg today insisted that Russia bears “ultimate responsibility” for the missile – echoing an earlier statement made by Prime Minister Rishi Sunak. Both men said attention must be paid to why Ukraine is being forced to defend itself. Political editor Ben Riley-Smith has our report from Bali, where western world leaders gathered for the G20 summit today met to discuss the missile strike and condemn Moscow’s latest barrage against Ukraine’s infrastructure, which they said was the ultimate cause.
Footage released by Ukrainian officials claims to show military history. The first demonstration of new drone weaponry, perhaps, devised by Kyiv’s ever-resourceful tech warriors? No. Instead, this was the work of a much older form of remote warfare – the sniper. According to Ukraine’s defence chiefs, two Russians were killed from 1.7 miles away – making it the second-longest ever-recorded combat kill by a sharpshooter. But are they damaged loners or ruthless assassins? Colin Freeman looks at the myths and reality of warfare’s “cold-blooded” killers.
Tom Harris | Trump Derangement Syndrome will help him again
It says a great deal about those Americans who hate and fear Donald Trump that their initial reaction to the news that he’s running for president again was to demand his incarceration. “Merrick Garland [the US Attorney General] has failed the American people by not indicting Trump for his role in the conspiracy to overthrow our government,” tweeted one excitable supporter of Joe Biden.Others followed suit, insisting that the forces of law and order indict the former president on something – anything – and to do it quickly, before we get to election day in 2024.
After decades of work and countless setbacks, the Jenner Institute and its partners across the globe submitted key data to the World Health Organization (WHO) in late September. The Oxford team believe their shot is the “best yet” to combat a disease that still kills more than 600,000 people a year – the vast majority children under five in Africa.
Tonight BBC Four will reshow House of Cards, the seminal British political drama from 1990 starring Ian Richardson as Francis Urquhart, the magnificently manipulative and Machiavellian Chief Whip who channelled Richard III and Macbeth to forge his path to the top.
Triggering Article 4 does not guarantee that the alliance will take action, but it is a significant step in intensifying discussions between members.
+ Jens Stoltenberg, Nato’s Secretary General, warned at the start of Russia’s war on Ukraine that the alliance would defend “every inch of Nato territory”. Gitanas Nausėda, the Lithuanian president, reiterated the sentiment after Tuesday’s incident.
A joint effort of several authors who do find that nobody can keep standing at the side and that “Everyone" must care about what is going on in today’s world.
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