A long and bitter summer of political campaigning comes to an end today as the Tory leadership contest enters its final hours.
Liz Truss and Rishi Sunak have spent the last eight weeks battling it out in a protracted leadership election as they’ve tried to persuade Conservative Party members that they have what it takes to lead the party and the country.
Truss is expected to emerge victorious, having widened her lead over Sunak by a significant margin, although the official announcement of who will step into Boris Johnson’s shoes will be made at 12.30pm on Monday.
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Johnson has counted down his final days in office by embarking on a farewell tour of the UK. In one of his final acts as prime minister, he committed £700m of government investment to a new nuclear power station – Sizewell C in Suffolk.
During a speech at the site, Johnson said he was “absolutely confident” that the plant “will get over the line” in the next few weeks, although ultimately it will be up to his successor to provide the rest of the funding to finalise the deal with French-owned utility firm EDF.
In Pakistan, more than 33 million people have been displaced by deadly flooding, with Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif describing the disaster as the “toughest moment” in his country’s history.
Pakistan has said it is paying the price for global climate change, despite contributing only 1% of the world’s global greenhouse gas emissions. “We are suffering from it but it is not our fault at all,” Sharif told a press conference on Tuesday.
UN Secretary-General António Guterres said the South Asian nation had been devastated by a “monsoon on steroids” and the “climate catastrophe” had killed “more than 1,000 people, with many more injured”.
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- The UN has accused China of “serious human rights violations” in a landmark report on allegations of abuse in Xinjiang province.
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- Ukraine launched a counteroffensive to recapture the strategically important city of Kherson from Russian forces.
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