On the ground, the desperation is palpable. Shocking video shows the moment a baby in a green dress is passed from hand to hand over the heads of a crowd packed too tightly to move behind the barbed wire outside Kabul international airport.
Then someone raises another little girl to pass on to the British soldiers.
The crowd has one purpose, and one plea: take our children to safety if you cannot take us.
Thousands of people who worked for Western armed forces have rushed to the airport since Sunday, hoping to get on one of the departing military planes.
Meanwhile, Dominic Raab defied calls to quit as foreign secretary after it emerged the phone call to Afghanistan’s foreign minister that he delegated while he was on holiday never actually took place.
Covid booster jabs for all over-50s could be shelved
The mass rollout of Covid booster vaccines to all over-50s this autumn could be shelved, with government scientists considering limiting third jabs to the most vulnerable. The NHS had drawn up plans to roll out a booster programme from September, based on interim advice from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI). But sources close to the committee told the Telegraph there is limited evidence to support such an approach. It comes as Sajid Javid, the Health Secretary, said he anticipated a rollout starting in September. Read a guide to what booster jabs and expiring vaccine certificates will mean for travellers.
Welsh language ‘excludes minorities’ finds report
The Arts Council of Wales is “systemically racist”, according to a report it commissioned itself, which says Welsh language requirements exclude minorities. The publicly funded body commissioned £51,000 worth of research which branded the organisation’s policies “racist”, along with those of National Museums Wales, a conclusion both bodies have accepted. Welsh arts groups and professionals canvassed for the report as they raised concerns that “Welsh meant white”. Read how both cultural bodies were said to uphold “white supremacist ideology”.
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Prosecutions drop | A record one in six crimes are not going to court as criminals, including sex offenders and robbers, are being let off. Ministry of Justice figures show that prosecutions fell by 32pc in the year ending in March, as police chose to avoid court action and instead issued community resolutions that do not result in a criminal record. It comes as child abuse images found on Facebook have increased five-fold.
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