In the headlines
China is launching three days of live-fire military exercises near Taiwan, after Nancy Pelosi became the most senior US official to visit the island nation in 25 years. The House Speaker pledged that America would “always stand with Taiwan”, which Beijing views as a Chinese territory. Voting for the next Tory leader has been delayed by about a week, says The Daily Telegraph, after warnings from security officials that the contest was ripe for hacking by “nefarious actors”. The pause gives Rishi Sunak a much-needed chance to narrow Liz Truss’s lead, which according to a new YouGov poll has widened to 34 points. Somewhat incredibly, says The Guardian, one in 30 Britons still takes a CD player on holiday. One in 50 even lugs along a portable DVD player.