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Rishi Sunak will announce the scrapping of the Birmingham-Manchester leg of HS2 in his conference speech tomorrow, says The Times. The PM is expected to say that “every penny” of its budget will be reinvested in local road and rail schemes. Pope Francis has suggested that there may be a way for the Catholic Church to bless gay unions. In what appears to be a reversal of the Vatican’s previous stance – that “God cannot bless sin” – His Holiness said blessings for gay couples could be possible provided they were not equated with heterosexual marriage. A huge gas explosion near Oxford last night left some locals worried they were being invaded by aliens. The blast, caused by a lightning strike hitting a biogas tank at a green power plant, produced an enormous fireball and what one resident called an “apocalyptic orange glow”.