Boris Johnson unveils £1.2bn for climate and endangered species

Announcement comes as PM heads to New York for meeting of UN general assembly

Boris Johnson has unveiled a combined £1.2bn in funding for new efforts to tackle the climate emergency and protect endangered species as he prepares to attend the annual gathering of world leaders at the United Nations in New York.

While at the UN general assembly, the prime minister will use a speech to announce £1bn in aid money for UK inventors to seek funding for high-tech initiatives connected to areas such as renewable energy and lower levels of pollutants.

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Labour deputy row: how move against Watson nearly became a full-scale split

Corbyn’s effort to present a united front in Brighton has dismally failed

With a general election within touching distance, Labour’s conference in Brighton was meant to be a showcase for its radical policies and an opportunity to enthuse grassroots members about the project of propelling Jeremy Corbyn into Downing Street.

Instead, it kicked off on Friday evening with a botched bid to oust Tom Watson by abolishing his job and has continued with a battle over Brexit, pitching Corbyn and his trade union allies against thousands of grassroots members.

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Corbyn on collision course with Labour members over Brexit

Leader in conference bid to stop party campaigning for remain at general election

Jeremy Corbyn has risked the wrath of Labour’s membership after he moved to stop the party campaigning to remain in the EU at a general election.

Before a crucial vote on Monday on whether it should explicitly back remain in any election, Labour’s autumn conference descended into factional rows with rebellious MPs privately threatening another leadership challenge.

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Gucci model stages mental health protest at Milan fashion week

Model holds up hands with ‘mental health is not fashion’ during catwalk show

If fashion is a reflection of the times it is little wonder that the current round of shows have often felt discombobulating.

Gucci’s show on Sunday night was was particularly surreal, opening with a series of models being propelled along a conveyor belt catwalk, staring bleakly ahead, wearing a high fashion take on straitjackets.

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Iran to release British-flagged tanker seized in strait of Hormuz

Stena Impero was impounded following seizure of Iranian tanker close to Gibraltar on suspicion of providing oil to Syria

Iran says it will soon release a British-flagged tanker that its Revolutionary Guards seized more than two months ago, sparking a crisis in Gulf shipping.

Maritime authorities in the Islamic republic told the semi-official Fars news agency on Sunday that the Sweden-owned Stena Impero would imminently be released, confirming earlier remarks by the chief executive of Stena Bulk, the company that owns the vessel.

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