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Wagner warlord Yevgeny Prigozhin, who led a short-lived mutiny against the Kremlin in June, is believed to have been killed in a plane crash north of Moscow yesterday evening. “All the indications point to the fact that Putin has taken him out,” former MI6 chief John Sawers told the Today programme. One Wagner-connected social media channel claims that Russian missiles shot down the private jet, with locals hearing two loud bangs before the crash. There was a sharp decline in passes and top grades in GSCE results released this morning, which are the first to be marked normally since the pandemic. The proportion of exams marked 7 or above (A or A* in old parlance) has fallen to 22%, from 26.3% in 2022, while passes dropped from 73% to 68.2%. An E-Type Jaguar bought for £1 in 2000 is set to be sold at auction for more than £1m next month. The 1961 sports car, below, is the only one of its kind still in existence, and was restored at a cost of around £110,000 by an anonymous enthusiast after being discovered sitting idle in a barn.