UK Saturday morning news briefing: today’s top headlines from The Telegraph

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Welcome to your morning news briefing from The Telegraph – an overview of the key stories we cover today. To receive email briefings twice a day, sign up for our Front Page newsletter for free.

1. Kwarteng bets on biggest tax cuts in half a century

Kwasi Kwarteng has unleashed its biggest tax cuts in half a century in a gamble on economic growth that has fueled turmoil in financial markets.

On his 18th working day, the Chancellor abolished the top income tax rate and proposed a reduction in the base rate, benefiting 31 million workers. Read the full story.

2. Pictured: The first official photo of the king shows him going to his red box

His Majesty the King’s first official photo today shows him tending his red box, starting as he plans to continue as a working monarch in the new office at Buckingham Palace.

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The king, whose late mother reportedly nursed her red box every day except Christmas Day, has been photographed performing his own constitutional duties, in a photo taken last week. Read the full story.

3. Royal Navy detonates warship as it fires new missiles for the first time in massive joint exercise with the US

Royal Navy helicopters have fired new missiles for the first time as British and American troops shell a warship in the largest such exercise in two decades.

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HMS Westminster, a Wildcat helicopter and three RAF Typhoon fighter jets along with US allies put on a formidable display of firepower, detonating a specially prepared former US Navy warship in the North Atlantic. Read the full story.

4. Putin ‘will unleash a global nuclear arms race if he bombs Ukraine’

The world will be tipped into another nuclear arms race if Vladimir Putin is allowed to drop the bomb on Ukraine, a top aide to Volodymyr Zelensky has warned.

Mikhailo Podolyak told The Telegraph it was up to nuclear-armed states like Britain to prevent Russia from going ahead with a threat to attack Ukraine if it attacks newly annexed territory. Read the full story.

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5. Heterosexual Comedian Picks Same-Sex Partner For Strictly As ‘Guys Aren’t Strong Enough’

A straight comedian has chosen a same-sex partner for her performance on Strictly Come Dancing because the male partners are “not strong enough,” in a first for the show.

Bristol comedian Jayde Adams, 37, who is married to Clayton Wright, is dancing with Karen Hauer Wyn-Jones this year. Read the full story.

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