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Chancellor Kwasi Kwarteng has announced the biggest tax cuts for 50 years, totalling £45bn. Vowing to end the “cycle of stagnation”, Kwarteng has axed the 45p top rate of income tax, slashed the basic rate to 19p, reversed a planned rise in National Insurance and cancelled stamp duty on houses worth less than £250,000. Russian men are fleeing the country after Vladimir Putin secretly approved a law that could send a further million of them to Ukraine, says The Daily Telegraph. More than 1,300 people have been arrested in nationwide anti-war protests, with German officials pledging to take in any Russian who “hates Putin’s path and loves liberal democracy”. , says The Times, giving us the “crispest view” of the planet’s dusty rings since Voyager 2 flew past in 1989. (See below).