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Russia firing ageing cruise missiles because stocks are depleted, MoD suggests

Intelligence update said missiles from 1980s stripped of nuclear warheads ‘unlikely to achieve reliable effects’

Russia-Ukraine war – latest news updates

Russia is firing ageing cruise missiles stripped of their nuclear warheads at Ukrainian targets because Vladimir Putin’s stocks are so depleted, the Ministry of Defence has suggested.

An intelligence update from the British MoD on Saturday said the desperate improvisation by the Russian president’s struggling forces are “unlikely to achieve reliable effects”.

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London fire brigade head vows action after culture of racism and misogyny revealed

Andy Roe accepts recommendations of report detailing anonymous accounts of more than 2,000 staff members

Report finds misogyny, racism and bullying at London fire brigade

A culture of misogyny, racism and bullying at London’s fire brigade cannot be “put down to a few bad apples” the head of the fire service said after the release of a damning report into the culture of the UK’s largest firefighting and rescue organisation.

The independent report released on Friday features the anonymous accounts of more than 2,000 staff members detailing colleague abuse, including from a black firefighter who had a noose placed above his locker and a Muslim colleague who had bacon and sausages stuffed in his pockets. Female firefighters reported being groped, beaten and having their helmets filled with urine.

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Manston asylum centre death may have been caused by diphtheria

Home Office says follow-up PCR test was positive and they are offering vaccinations to people at the Kent facility

A man’s death at the Manston asylum centre may have been caused by a diphtheria infection, the Home Office has said.

Initial tests at a hospital near the centre in Kent, which has struggled with overcrowding and outbreaks of disease, came back negative – but a follow-up PCR test was positive.

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State-educated students driving up competition and diversity at Oxford, says outgoing VC

Louise Richardson is proud that state entrants are up to 68% – and that she is succeeded by a woman

The rising number of state school pupils winning places at Oxford is thanks to their own effort and greater ambition rather than the university’s policies, according to Oxford’s outgoing vice-chancellor, Louise Richardson.

Dismissing claims that Oxbridge is biased against applications from privately educated students, Richardson said more “smart students” are applying from the state sector and creating greater competition – causing those “who might historically have expected to get in” to publicly complain when they miss out.

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London marchers to call for safe asylum route for Afghan women

Thousands expected to demonstrate on Sunday to urge UK government to help those fleeing Taliban

Thousands of people are expected to take to London’s streets on Sunday calling on the UK government to create a safe asylum route for Afghan women and girls at risk.

Sunday’s march for freedom for Afghan women and girls in London, organised by the campaign group Action for Afghanistan, comes weeks after MPs appealed to the foreign secretary, James Cleverly, for a renewed focus on women and girls at risk after Britain’s 20-year campaign in the country.

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