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Thursday, September 16, 2021

Wednesday morning UK news briefing: The data behind lockdown threat

There was no work-from-home order from the Prime Minister, but nor did he enthusiastically urge Britain’s army of office workers to get back to normal and return to their desks. 

Global Health Security Editor Paul Nuki says the Government’s official guidance to employers remains vaguely threatening as he explains why employees staying at home could be the key to keeping the virus suppressed. 

These are your flexible working rights if your employer asks you to return to the office.

UK to fund asylum units away from French coast

Britain is to help fund a network of asylum reception centres in France as part of the £54 million aid package offered by the Government to counter the record surge in Channel migrants. The Home Office is negotiating to help pay for the centres to accommodate people intercepted before crossing the Channel in order to prevent them making further attempts to reach the UK in small boats. Migrants are known to make multiple efforts to cross. Home Affairs Editor Charles Hymas reports that MPs complain the French tend to release migrants caught on beaches unless officers can arrest the smugglers in situ.

New iPhone: Bigger battery and ‘cinematic’ mode

They were tweaks, rather than major changes. Apple has sought to maintain its run of record iPhone sales with a series of new models that boost battery life and feature more advanced “cinematic” mode cameras. It has unveiled four new iPhone 13 handsets that feature few significant design changes. Here is everything you need to know about the new phones, including prices and release dates. James Titcomb says it is good news for Apple that its iPhone launches are no longer a spectacle.

Daily dose of Matt

  • Today’s cartoon | View Matt‘s latest cartoon on the funny side of the spectre of winter lockdowns.

Also in the news: Today’s other headlines

Military tensions | North Korea fired two ballistic missiles into the sea early today, according to the South’s military, as China’s foreign minister visited Seoul – Pyongyang’s second launch in less than a week. Analysts said the timing was an unmistakable signal to Beijing, the North’s key diplomatic ally and main partner for trade and aid. Read all we know.

Around the world: Stormy weather hits US

Lifeguards were mobilised to warn of worsening weather and beachgoers headed inland to seek shelter as Tropical Storm Nicholas made landfall in Texas. View more pictures of the day in our gallery.

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