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Saturday morning UK news briefing: Today's top headlines from The Telegraph

Apr 9, 2022

Welcome to your early morning news briefing from The Telegraph - a round-up of the top stories we are covering today. To receive twice-daily briefings by email, sign up to our Front Page newsletter for free .

1. Rishi Sunak’s wife to pay UK tax on all income

Rishi Sunak’s wife has announced that she will start paying UK tax on all her worldwide income following a backlash over her non-domicile status.

Akshata Murty released a statement saying that, while the arrangement was legal, she understood the “British sense of fairness” and did not want to become a “distraction” for her husband. Read the full story .

2. Will Smith banned from Academy Awards for 10 years

Will Smith has been banned from attending the Academy Awards for the next 10 years in an unprecedented move by its board, after the actor slapped Chris Rock on stage at this year’s Oscar ceremony.

The organisation’s 54-member board of governors made the decision on Friday after a “contentious” virtual meeting to decide what sanctions they would impose on the actor for assaulting the comedian on live television. Read the full story .

3. Russian strike on railway station an 'act of evil'

The Russian strike on a railway station in eastern Ukraine yesterday where thousands of civilians had gathered to flee to safety was an act of “evil that has no limits”, president Volodymyr Zelensky said.

At least 50 people, including five children, were reported to have died in the attack on the station in Kramatorsk as they waited to be evacuated from the eastern region of Donetsk. Read the full story .

4. Britain to bolster Ukraine’s fightback against Russia

Britain will send Mastiff armoured vehicles to help Ukraine's fight against Russia, Ben Wallace, the Defence Secretary, said on Friday.

The support goes a step beyond the anti-tank and anti-aircraft missiles that the UK has been providing so far in the conflict. Read the full story .

5. Boris Johnson cannot rule out another Covid lockdown

Boris Johnson has refused to rule out a further Covid lockdown if a new variant emerged that badly affected children, despite admitting some restrictions were “inhumane”.

The Prime Minister played down the prospect of another shutdown but said it would be an option in the event of a damaging new mutation. Read the full story .

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