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Vladimir Putin has upped the ante, announcing a partial military mobilisation to support his invasion of Ukraine
The Russian president said reservists with combat experience will be called up starting today to boost Moscow’s army.
Speaking this morning in his first national address since February’s invasion, he explained the extraordinary step – and warned that he is "not bluffing" when he says Russia has powerful nuclear weapons to respond to Western "aggression". Follow the latest reaction in our live blog
It comes after Russia paved the way for the formal annexation of large parts of Ukraine. Russia correspondent Nataliya Vasilyeva reports on a chorus of condemnation from world leaders. 
And chief reporter Robert Mendick explains why the prospect of "deranged" Putin ordering nuclear strikes is now closer than ever.
The taxpayer is to cover half of businesses’ electricity costs this winter in a bailout intended to stave off a wave of winter bankruptcies following surging wholesale prices. 
Jacob Rees-Mogg, the Business Secretary, will this morning announce that the Government will limit the amount companies can be charged for their energy bills amid fears that thousands will collapse without state support. 
The intervention is expected to reduce companies’ electricity bills by 50pc and cut their gas costs by a quarter. 
Meanwhile, Liz Truss has suggested further sweeping tax cuts are on the way as she puts economic "freedom" at the heart of her premiership. 
Before an address to the UN General Assembly in New York this evening, the Prime Minister gave a heavy hint that she would go much further than reversing the NI rise and cancelling planned corporation tax increases, potentially adding cuts to income tax and VAT.
Meanwhile, Ms Truss is preparing to hold her first meeting with Joe Biden amid mounting tensions over Brexit and economic policy. 
The Prime Minister will meet the US President today, with discussions about the Northern Ireland Protocol expected to feature heavily. 
As deputy political editor Daniel Martin reports from New York, Mr Biden last night "trickle-down economics" in a sign that the pair have widely differing ideas about economic policy. 
US editor Nick Allen analyses the likely future of the so-called "special relationship".

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Plans are being finalised for the King to make France the surprise choice for his first state visit after he became close to Emmanuel Macron over environmental issues. 
There is a growing expectation that he will head to Paris as soon as next month on a tour that could include Germany. 
Associate editor Gordon Rayner writes that the Foreign Office is understood to be keen to use the diplomatic power of the monarchy to build bridges with European neighbours post-Brexit
And, as the Duke and Duchess of Sussex fly back to California, Camilla Tominey examines how the gulf between them and The Firm is as large as ever.
Matt sees the funny side of the Government’s economic policy in today’s cartoon, while cartoonist Blower looks at the PM’s challenges.
NHS | One in four people could be left without a GP within a decade, the Doctors’ Association UK warned. The forecasts suggest that 16 million people in England could be affected by growing staffing shortages. Tomorrow, Thérèse Coffey, the Health Secretary, is expected to set out plans to boost access to GPs, after warnings that public satisfaction is at a record low. As health editor Laura Donnelly reports, it is suggested the NHS will lose up to 8,800 full-time equivalent GPs by 2030.
Adnan Syed’s murder conviction unveiled "chronic" problems in America’s justice system, the host of the podcast Serial said, as victim Hae Min Lee’s family said they were "denied" a voice in the proceedings. Mr Syed’s conviction was thrown out by a judge and he was freed after 23 years. Rozina Sabur reports from Washington and Claire Cohen explores the success of the podcast that took the law into its own hands.
Chelsea have sacked commercial director Damian Willoughby for sending a string of "inappropriate messages" to a football finance agent that put a proposed multi-million pound investment project at risk. Football news correspondent Matt Law has our exclusive report – and reveals the late-night messages he sent to Catalina Kim. Separately, Tottenham defender Eric Dier has said the abuse suffered by footballers is so bad that his family no longer go to away games.
The number of millionaires in Britain surged ahead of those in France and Germany last year, as a property boom and rebounding stock markets sent wealth levels surging. The UK has 2.85m people with a net wealth of more than $1m (£877,000), according to an annual report that puts Britain behind only three countries. Meanwhile, Holland & Barrett’s Russia-linked owner is staging a £900m bid to cement its hold over the health food chain amid swirling concerns about sanctions.
From hiking, history and horticulture to biking and birdwatching, the winter sun favourite of the Caribbean islands offer far more than just sea and beaches alone. It is a region thrillingly suited to adventurous breaks, hikes on winding paths and cycling tours along country roads. Chris Leadbeater has an alternative guide to the ultimate holiday destination.
Chicken with Dijon mustard and parsley | A quick and easy recipe by Diana Henry that you can whip up with minimal ingredients.
Midlife Fitness Files | When it came to controlling his type 1 diabetes, financial planning director Robert Caplan thought the key was reducing his sugar intake. But he realised that exercise was more important than ever. He tells his health story.
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