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Liz Truss issued a “grovelling apology” for her chaotic first weeks in office in a “painful TV mea culpa” last night, says the Daily Mail. One Tory MP compared her performance to a “corpse delivering its own eulogy”. How long the PM survives largely depends on whether scheming backbenchers can coalesce around a replacement. Around 30 former British military pilots have been paid up to £240,000 to train China’s armed forces. Defence officials say the recruitment drive will give Beijing vital knowledge of Western strategy in a conflict scenario. Sri Lankan author Shehan Karunatilaka has picked up the Booker prize for his ghost story The Seven Moons of Maali Almeida. He joked that he wished the £50,000 award could be paid in cryptocurrency, given the British pound is doing only “marginally better” than the tanking Sri Lankan rupee.