Monday morning UK news briefing: Terror probe after hospital taxi blast

It was one minute to yesterday’s 11am silence when Liverpool Women’s Hospital was rocked by the sound of a large explosion. 

A widespread counter-terrorism investigation is now under way after the taxi blast killed one person and injured another – with three suspects arrested under the Terrorism Act, as properties across the city were raided amid fears of a wider plot. 

One theory being explored is that the detonator exploded, but the main charge did not. The hospital is a mile from Liverpool Cathedral, where a Remembrance Sunday service was taking place. 

Crime Correspondent Martin Evans has unconfirmed reports that the taxi driver diverted to the hospital after becoming suspicious about his passenger, but was hurt when a device was detonated. 

Follow the latest updates throughout the day as investigations continue.

What will the Cop26 deal mean for consumers?

In the end, two years of shuttle diplomacy, painstakingly conducted during a global pandemic, were nearly thrown off at the last hour. The historic climate deal secured at Cop26 was thrown into "real jeopardy" by a last-minute deal between India and China to object to calls to phase out coal power and fossil fuel subsidies, Alok Sharma said. Environment Editor Emma Gatten has the full story of how the Cop president became emotional after the last-minute scramble to secure a deal.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson said the summit sounded the "death knell" for coal, as he defended the deal against charges that it was significantly watered down. Boris Johnson said that it was impossible for the UK to force big polluters to cut their carbon emissions, but insisted that the change in wording from "phasing out" coal to “phasing down" coal does not "make that much difference". As well as the main deal, a series of smaller agreements has also been announced on coal, deforestation, methane and food standards. What do they mean for the average person? From energy to food, Olivia Rudgard breaks the deals down for you.

How to help your pandemic brain to grow

Our memories have been ravaged by stress and isolation. Lockdowns had a big impact on the nation’s attention spans, but adopting good habits now can bring life-long benefits. According to Professor James Goodwin – the director of science and research impact at the Brain Health Network – better sleep, a healthy diet and regular sex will sharpen you up. He explains how to reverse pandemic brain ageing.

Today’s political cartoon

View today’s cartoon by Blower as he covers Alok Sharma’s coal-fired encounters with some world leaders. Matt is away.

Also in the news: Today’s other headlines

‘Stop every migrant Channel crossing’ | Priti Patel is expected to urge her French counterpart to speed up plans to intercept every migrant before they reach the UK in a crisis meeting this week. Sources told Home Affairs Editor Charles Hymas that the Home Secretary will meet Gerald Darmanin, French interior minister, to find a "shared solution" to the crisis that saw a record 1,185 migrants reach the UK in a day.

  • Covid | Booster jabs for under-50s from as early as today
  • Alzheimer’s | Vaccine to reverse memory loss a step closer
  • Royals | Earl Mountbatten diaries ‘risk Queen’s dignity’
  • The Snowman | Composer accuses BBC of ‘vile desecration’
  • Adele | Star opens up about divorce and weight loss to Oprah

Around the world: Britain blamed for border crisis

Russia claimed that "Britain is to blame" for the migrant crisis on the Polish border, after Liz Truss, the Foreign Secretary, demanded that Vladimir Putin intervene. Her broadside triggered a furious response from Maria Zakharova, Russia’s foreign ministry spokesman, who said Britain bore a clear historical responsibility since the Iraq war.

Belarusian servicemen block the path of migrants gathered at the border

Credit: AP

Comment and analysis

  • Annabel Denham | Summits cannot save the Earth – markets can
  • Nick Timothy | Time to rip up our asylum system and start again
  • Tim Stanley | Woke HR officials are taking over the country
  • Roger Bootle | Britain will not suffer inflation as severely as the US
  • Reader letters | UK encouraging record numbers of illegal migrants

Editor’s choice

  • Gabby Logan | ‘It’s tough when you’re surrounded by bountiful young people’
  • Diet to stop you getting ill? | Eight foods you should always try to buy organic
  • ‘Your turn to feel kitchen envy’ | 17 ways that men can become the new women
  • Sport briefing: Hamilton’s ‘race of his life’

    Lewis Hamilton produced "one of the best drives ever in F1" to seal a sensational victory in the Brazilian Grand Prix and keep his world title hopes alive. Chief Sports Writer Oliver Brown says that even Hamilton looked faintly overwhelmed by what he had achieved. In football, Gareth Southgate is likely to field a number of his youngest England players in tonight’s starting line-up for the World Cup qualifier away to San Marino.

    Business briefing: Pensioners face £169 hit

    Millions of pensioners face a £169 blow to their incomes next year as the state pension fails to keep pace with inflation. It comes as the Government is set to reject calls from the House of Lords for a bigger pension rise, despite figures this week expected to show inflation already nearing 4pc, a decade high. Russell Lynch reports on warnings that the poorest will be forced to choose between "heating and eating".

    Tonight’s dinner

    Sausage, chicken and parmesan pies | A warming and hearty meal just in time for winter. View the recipe. For more, try our Cookbook newsletter.

    Your daily travel inspiration

    Where to go for the bright lights | Blenheim Palace, Kew Gardens and Westonbirt Arboretum never fail to impress at this time of year. But where else is worthy of a visit for 2021’s festive season? We have rounded up 11 amazing Christmas light displays and events.

    And finally… for this morning’s downtime

    ‘They helped me explain cancer to my daughter’ | Lesley Stephen’s daughter was just seven when she told her she had been diagnosed with cancer. Seven years on, she tells Luke Mintz how a counsellor from Maggie’s – one of this year’s Telegraph Christmas Charity Appeal partners – helped to support her family.

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