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The Kremlin has threatened to cut gas supplies to Europe if the US and other Western countries go ahead with a proposed boycott of Russian oil. The EU, which gets 40% of its gas and 30% of its oil from Russia, has so far rejected calls for the boycott. With Russian troops taking heavy losses, and their 40-mile armoured convoy still stuck on a road north of Kyiv, Moscow is offering Syrian mercenaries $300 a day to join the invasion. The conflict could send global food prices soaring and put people around the world at risk of starvation, the head of the World Food Programme tells the BBC. Ukraine and Russia are both big exporters of wheat and other basic foodstuffs. Former Commons Speaker John Bercow is a “serial bully” and “serial liar”, an official investigation into his behaviour in office has concluded. He will be blocked from holding a parliamentary pass.