Wednesday Briefing: UK evacuation of Kabul enters final phase |

Main story: Biden rejects pleas to continue airlift

Good morning everyone. I’m Martin Freer and this is the big news this morning.

British evacuation from Kabul Expected to be completed within “24 to 36 hours”Thousands of Afghans are likely to abandon, according to defense sources, as the Taliban move in prevent them from reaching the airport. Coming after US President Joe Biden, Appeals from the UK to continue the humanitarian airlift are rejected. his decision Salt is rubbed into the wounds of European leaders And it brought claims from Conservative MPs that the “special relationship” is over. The US military is believed to need two to three days to shut down operations at Kabul airport, leaving a small window for RAF flights to evacuate those at risk from Taliban control. All western forces are due to leave within days. Women’s rights activists and judges are among thousands of Afghans identified by British officials grave danger from the Taliban But in danger of being left behind when the eviction ends.

The new Taliban domination He threw a cloud over the usually noisy enclave of Delhi known as ‘Little Kabul’.home to thousands of exiled Afghans. One of them explained that the Taliban are asking the exiles to return home or else they will kill his family. I haven’t slept in weeks. I see the faces of my children in all the children here. I am very worried about them. But if I go back now I will be killed.”

Covid count – a Covid deaths collapse He revealed that the number of people under the age of 65 dying from the disease had risen from 11% at the height of the second wave in January to 25% in recent weeks. While the mortality rate is currently around 100 per day, this is down from more than 1,200 per day in January. The numbers also show that more men die than women, likely due to a combination of biological and behavioral factors. An army of volunteers may be needed this winter To address the growing staff shortage in nursing homes Buoyed by the looming demand that all care home workers be fully vaccinated against the coronavirus, providers said. Follow updates on the pandemic on our live blog Here.

smoking study – How many young people smoke in England It rose by about a quarter in the first lockdown of the epidemic last year. But the increase was offset by evidence that many people used the stopping of normalcy to quit smoking completely. The number of people doing so increased across all age groups, researchers from University College London and the University of Sheffield said, nearly doubling during the first national lockdown compared to the immediate prior period.

Charlie Watts and Mick Jagger on stage
Charlie Watts was “unplugged from the pavement of sex, drugs, and admirable headlines”. Photo: Chris Pizzello/Invision/Associated Press

“A wonderful drummer, a beautiful man” – The world of rock and pop was paying homage to Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts Who passed away yesterday at the age of eighty. Sir Paul McCartney described Watts, who passed away “peacefully” in a London hospital, as “a wonderful drummer and a beautiful man”, while Sir Elton John described him as “the most elegant and wonderful of such a man”. Rock critic, Alexis Petrides, compliment To the ‘Quiet Shining Eye’ in the Storm Stones ‘Rock’n’roll, and our eyes He notes that Watts has always stayed “away from the pavement of sex, drugs, and great headlines that have followed the band around the world”. Also check this out obituary video so is life in pictures.

unite battle – Sharon Graham is said to be “confident” of becoming The first woman to lead a union, unite In what would be a surprising defeat for Steve Turner, the preferred candidate by the union’s current general secretary, Lynne McCloskey. Graham’s team released a statement yesterday, confirming that they are certain to win, based on preliminary results observed after about 10% of ballot papers were opened for sampling purposes. The official result is not due until tomorrow.

beavers away – beavers fired into the wild Under government proposals to support a “prudent” return of semi-aquatic mammals to English rivers. The native animals, which were hunted to extinction in Britain by the 16th century, would be granted legal protection in England from current poachers. It has already been successfully reintroduced in an experiment at the River Otter in Devon.

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The Paralympic Games are taking place in Tokyo where the racetrack has already seen seven world records fall. There is also action in the pool and in wheelchair rugby and you can follow all the action on our live blog Here. The third test against India starts today with England need to revive the spirit of their amazing 2019 win over Australia to return the chain. Said the visiting captain, Virat Kohli won’t back down After a war of words with some England players in Lords. Real Madrid are said to be short of money but they are still preparing for a show 137 million pounds for Paris Saint-Germain striker Kylian Mbappe. There have been great victories for Norwich and Aston Villa in the Carabao Cup last night and Everton beat Huddersfield 2-1 . with 10 men. An exciting day for cycling enthusiasts in Volta with defending champion Primus Roglic She handed over the leader’s shirt to Norwegian Odd Christian Eiking.

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The British economy faces The worst supply chain crisis in decades, with major retailers’ stock levels at their lowest since 1983 as a result of labor shortages and transportation disruptions caused by Covid and Brexit. The CBI said stock levels in relation to expected sales fell to their lowest level in August since their records began in the 1980s, and warned that they could hurt Britain’s recovery from the pandemic. The FTSE100 is set to open flat, and the pound is also set at $1,372 and €1.169.


The guardian Topping with exclusive Afghanistan – British forces will leave Kabul in 24 to 36 hours. – but it also holds an amazing picture of Charlie Watts. The tabloids really go to town when the Rolling Stones drummer dies, with Mirror Headline “I Miss You Charlie”. The star He has a “We’ll miss you Charlie”, while the sun Goes to “Charlie: The Rock Behind the Stones”.

Front page of The Guardian, Wednesday 25 August 2021
The Guardian front page, Wednesday 25 August 2021

The times Preferred to drive in Afghanistan with “UK Races to Save Thousands” and telegraph Spots on “Biden refuses to extend deadline”. “Biden refuses to extend Afghan air bridge as Taliban tightens grip,” says F, and the expression It has “Boris: Airlifts will go down to the ‘last minute'”. The Mail Splash is “the Taliban shuts the door shut” and I One last chance to escape the Taliban. The Scottish Leading with ‘Sturgeon warning after sharp rise in Covid cases’.


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