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1. We might not get everyone out of Afghanistan, admits Joe Biden
Joe Biden admitted on Friday night that the US may not be able to rescue everyone it wants to from Afghanistan and said he could not guarantee the outcome of the “most difficult and dangerous airlift in history”.
The US president said there was “risk of loss” in the evacuation amid warnings that 100,000 Afghans who had helped the Americans could be left to face Taliban reprisals. Read the full story.
2. Exclusive: GPs still ignoring orders to allow patients face-to-face appointments
GPs are ignoring orders to allow patients face-to-face appointments despite the easing of lockdown restrictions, The Telegraph can reveal.
In May, health officials ordered all surgeries to abandon a system of “total triage” introduced during the pandemic, which meant those seeking to see a GP were told to have an online or phone discussion first. Read the full story.
3. Rush hour trains on major commuter lines face axe in threat to return to offices
Train services could be permanently axed from the country’s biggest commuter lines within months in a move that could threaten efforts to encourage workers back to offices as the Covid pandemic eases.
The company that operates Thameslink, Great Northern and Southern – which carry hundreds of thousands of workers into London and other cities each day – said it was planning for the end of “big spikes in rush-hour commuting”. Read the full story.
4. Chilterns and Cotswolds earmarked for national park status
The Government is to launch the biggest shake-up of national parks in more than 70 years, including plans to create a “national park city”, The Telegraph understands.
A major review of national parks in England, modelled on the Hobhouse Report of 1947 that first proposed the idea, will designate new areas to be protected with National Park and Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty status. Read the full story.
5. Treasury refuses to splash cash on Michael Gove’s single government login project
Michael Gove’s shake-up of Whitehall IT to give every adult a single login when interacting with the Government online could be slowed due to a spending row with the Treasury.
The overhaul would see people logging into just one online interface to do everything from ordering new passports and driving licences, to accessing birth certificates and pension information. Read the full story.
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