Tuesday morning UK news briefing: Today’s top headlines from The Telegraph

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1. Liverpool suicide bomber was a Christian convert

The suicide bomber who blew himself up outside a maternity hospital in Liverpool on Remembrance Sunday had converted to Christianity at the city’s nearby cathedral, it can be revealed.

Emad al-Swealmeen, 32, who came to the UK from Iraq as an asylum seeker, was confirmed by the Rt Rev Cyril Ashton at Liverpool Cathedral in 2017. Read the full story.

2. Either mainline Russian gas or stick up for Ukraine, Boris Johnson tells Europe

European nations must choose between “mainlining” Russian gas and defending peace in Ukraine, Boris Johnson said on Monday amid escalating tensions with the Kremlin.

The Prime Minister’s message, contained in his pre-written Mansion House speech, appeared especially aimed at Germany, which has championed the Nord Stream 2 pipeline. Read the full story.

3. Obese children to get NHS diet coaches

Children as young as two will be prescribed diet coaches as part of a national drive against obesity, the new head of the health service will announce.

The NHS is to create a network of specialist clinics amid concern that millions of children are so overweight that it is damaging their health. Read the full story.

4. ISS astronauts forced to take cover as ‘reckless’ Kremlin blows up satellite

The United States has condemned Russia for a "dangerous and irresponsible" test of an anti-satellite missile that caused a debris cloud so large astronauts on the International Space Station (ISS) were forced to take evasive action.

There have been warnings from the US military that the Kremlin is looking at potentially attacking US satellites in future. Read the full story.

5. Warning to get a booster if you want to go on holiday as third vaccines for over-40s confirmed

Tourists may be forced to have booster jabs if they want to go on holiday without restrictions, the Prime Minister has said, as the rollout of third vaccines to over-40s is set to get under way.

On Monday, government scientific advisors announced the extension of the booster jab programme, with over-40s able to get their third jabs once five months have passed since their second. Bookings open from next week, with many eligible in the run-up to Christmas. Read the full story.

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