Thursday morning press briefing: The response to the strike

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Meanwhile, the prime minister is facing fresh criticism from the Tories over his economic approach to inflation, which underpins wage negotiations for railway workers.

The decision to raise state pension and benefits in line with inflation but reject calls for public sector pay rises in line with prices has been described as ‘crazy’ by a former minister .

Associate Editor Camille Tominey says that by trying to please the masses, the Prime Minister is leaving hard-working taxpayers with the crumbs.

Mr Johnson faces a new test of his leadership today in the Tiverton and Wakefield by-elections.

Johnson will tell Charles he’s proud of the migration plan

Boris Johnson is set to say he is ‘proud’ of his Rwandan migration policy during talks with the Prince of Wales in the East African country tomorrow, The Telegraph understand.

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The couple will meet for the first time since it emerged the prince had privately described the planned deportation of asylum seekers to the country as “appalling”.

Rwanda is hosting the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting this year, which the two men are attending. The Prince and Duchess of Cornwall visited the Children’s Hall of the Kigali Genocide Memorial yesterday, calling on the world to learn from the atrocity.

Meanwhile, the Commonwealth Secretary-General has been accused of suppressing a report criticizing his administration as a toxic row broke on the eve of the organisation’s most important summit in years.

Murdoch and Hall are ‘ending their marriage’

Ruper Murdoch declared himself “the happiest man alive” when he married Jerry Hall. Six years later, the media mogul and former model are reportedly going their separate ways.

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It would be the fourth divorce for Mr Murdoch, 91, following his marriage to Ms Hall, 65, who was previously in a long-term relationship with Sir Mick Jagger, in London in March 2016.

Nick Allen reports what we know of their breakup.

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‘Shut up, Biden’ | Nikki Haley, the potential Republican presidential candidate, has warned that Brexit is none of Joe Biden’s business and should not weigh on the future of the Northern Ireland protocol. In a speech in London, she blasted US Democrats for trying to undermine Britain’s attempts to overhaul the protocol – after Mr Biden’s allies threatened to block a trade deal with the UK.

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Around the world: Russia wins key territory

Russia has taken several villages in recent days, raising fears that its forces may soon be able to seize the strategically important towns of Severodonetsk and Lysychansk. As Senior Foreign Correspondent Roland Olifant reports, the Russian advances led to “hellish battles”. In a lighter take, Ed Cumming explores how Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky became the latest celebrity accessory.

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