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UK store prices rose 0.4% in August, according to the British Retail Consortium, a sign that driver shortages and Brexit-induced red tape are starting to weigh on household budgets. Helen Dickinson, CEO of BRC, said: “Grocery retailers are fighting to keep their prices as low as possible. But mounting pressures – from rising raw material and shipping costs as well as Brexit bureaucracy – mean it won’t be sustainable for much longer, and food price hikes are on the way. likely in the coming months. “

There was a 0.6% rise in non-food prices, including a sharp rise in the cost of electrical products caused by microchip shortages and shipping issues. Signs of higher prices in the UK come as euro area inflation hits its highest level in a decade, as rising costs of energy, goods and services hit household spending .

Raab’s calculation – Dominic Raab faces a discussion today from MPs on “the biggest foreign policy failure in a generation” after the government scrambled to airlift thousands to Afghanistan. Ministers are to announce that refugees arriving under the Afghan Resettlement and Assistance Policy (Arap) for interpreters and others who have supported Britain in Afghanistan will immediately be granted indefinite leave under ” the warm welcome operation “, allowing them to study and work. Joe Biden does not back down from his insistence on a quick withdrawal, insisting that it was “not just about Afghanistan.” It is about ending an era of major military operations to remake other countries. “

“I take responsibility for the decision”: Biden on US withdrawal from Afghanistan – video

Sir Simon Gass, one of the UK’s top intelligence officials, held talks with Taliban leaders in Qatar to negotiate a safe passage out of Afghanistan for British nationals and Afghans who worked with the forces British, and to obtain assurances that the country will not become a base for international terrorists.

Mid-week catch-up

> Concerns grow over global coffee supplies amid Vietnam’s stringent coronavirus travel restrictions. It is the world’s second largest exporter of coffee, after Brazil, and a major producer of the widely used Robusta bean variety.

> Shell has announced its goal of putting 50,000 electric vehicle (EV) charging points on the streets in the UK over the next four years, with the aim of providing one-third of the network needed to meet national targets by climate change.

> Air pollution cuts the lives of billions of people for up to six years, according to a new report. Burning coal is the main culprit, researchers say, and India is the hardest hit. China has reduced air pollution over the past seven years, but it still shortens life by 2.6 years.

> Britney Spears’ lawyer accused her father of trying to get around $ 2 million in payments before stepping down from the guardianship that controls his life and money. A representative for Jamie Spears did not immediately respond to a request for comment – he previously denied any wrongdoing and defended his handling of his daughter’s financial affairs.

> The Las Kellys hotel chambermaids association in Spain is setting up a booking site where tourists can choose a room depending on whether the staff have decent working conditions – and not just if there are good balcony views.

“Confident” or “accusing”? – Radically different experiences with the Covid-19 pandemic have created toxic social divisions in Europe, according to the European Council on Foreign Relations. In its poll, majorities in eastern and southern states – countries like Hungary, Spain, Portugal, Poland, Bulgaria and Italy – said that they or their families and their friends had been affected by the pandemic. But majorities in Northern and Western Europe felt the opposite – three-quarters of Danes, 65% of Germans, 64% of French and 63% of the Netherlands said they were not badly affected. Across all the countries surveyed, 64% of those surveyed were overall ‘confident’ in official decisions regarding Covid-19, while 19% were ‘suspicious’ and around 17% were ‘accusers’, believing that the main objective was to increase government control over people’s lives. Lives. The lowest “confidence” figures are found in Poland (38%), Bulgaria (50%) and France (56%).

Big change of mind – Patients in England will start receiving a ‘game-changer’ drug that doctors say will protect tens of thousands of lives by reducing the number of people who have heart attacks and strokes. Inclisiran helps the liver rid the body of “bad” cholesterol, even in people who have tried using statins in the past. It is made available immediately on the NHS after manufacturer Novartis agreed to lower the price. The agreement will allow 300,000 patients to use inclisiran over the next three years.

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Antoine Griezmann was the biggest player on transfer deadline day, after the striker joined Atlético Madrid in a Barcelona clash on a season-long loan with an obligation for the transfer to become permanent . Harry Kane has insisted his conscience is clear after his failed attempts to force the transfer from Tottenham to Manchester City. British teenager Emma Raducanu beat Stefanie Voegele 6-2, 6-3 in her first outing at the US Open, and said after winning her seventh match point: “I think everyone could tell that I was getting a little shaky. ” Women’s world number one Ash Barty overcame a scare against Vera Zvonereva to reach the second round, while men’s seed Novak Djokovic was too good for struggling Holger Rune in his debut match at Flushing Meadows.

Arsenal took the pressure off a trip to the Czech Republic in nine days with a 3-0 loss to Slavia Prague as they tried to advance to the group stage of the Women’s Champions League. Joe Root called on England to fight for a ruthless performance in the fourth test against India, starting Thursday at the Oval, with Ollie Pope, Chris Woakes and Mark Wood all pushing to get into the swirling selection thoughts of the captain. And the great Brazilian footballer Pelé said he was undergoing routine check-ups at the hospital and was in good health, denying the news of a more serious health problem.


Asian stock markets have been mixed so far after Wall Street ended August with a gain for the seventh consecutive month. Shanghai and Hong Kong retreated while Tokyo and South Korea advanced. Seoul’s Kospi rose slightly, while Sydney’s S & P-ASX 200 fell. New Zealand, Singapore and Bangkok won while Indonesia fell. The FTSE is about to open higher, while the pound is worth $ 1.373 and € 1.164 at the time of writing.

The papers

A night vision photo of a departing American soldier makes the front of the Guardian, the headline asking, “Why did they come if they wanted to leave us like this?” The front page also contains “# 10 Covid passports fuel anti-vax sentiment among skeptics, study finds.” Same picture and similar feelings about Afghanistan in the Times: “Our country is liberated, but we have ruins left.” The Telegraph says “Biden: the United States is no longer the policeman of the world.”

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Front page of The Guardian, September 1, 2021.

“Death in the West” – the Metro reports that the Taliban celebrated and jubilee when Western troops left. “Now the UK is in talks with the Taliban,” says the Daily mail, which concerns the evacuation attempts of a greater number of British citizens and allies (the I calls it “Dunkirk by WhatsApp”). The main photo of the Mail shows Geronimo the alpaca with tuberculosis taken away for slaughter, about which the Sun said “Geroni-no!” indicating that the animal was “torn off then executed”.

The Mirror has “Miracle jab to stop heart attacks” and the title in the Express about inclisiran is the same except for “Revolutionary” instead of “Miracle”. The Financial Time says “Eurozone inflation at decade high is putting pressure on the ECB to cut stimulus” – you can get the gist of it here.

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