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NATIONAL NEWS ROUNDUP: Terrorist attack could be ‘hours away’ in Afghanistan AND food shortages could mean empty shelves at Christmas

 

Now it's time for your latest headlines from across England and Wales including a ‘lethal’ terrorist attack could happen soon in Afghanistan, Tesco boss says lorry driver shortage could mean empty supermarket shelves at Christmas, and Universal Credit to be cut.

AFGHANISTAN LATEST: The final stages of the evacuation effort in Afghanistan are under further strain after a warning that a "highly lethal" terror attack could be launched within hours. The armed forces minister said on Thursday there is "very credible reporting" of an "imminent" and "severe" threat to Kabul airport. He called on those queuing outside to move to safety amid concerns.

The Taliban has so far honoured a pledge not to attack Western forces during the evacuation, but insists the foreign troops must be out by the end of the month.

But overnight, new warnings emerged from Western capitals about a possible threat from the affiliate of the so-called Islamic State in Afghanistan, Isis-K, which is likely to have seen its ranks boosted by the Taliban’s freeing of prisoners during its blitz across the country.

Already, military cargo planes leaving Kabul airport have launched flares to disrupt any potential missile fire.

British armed forces minister James Heappey told the BBC on Thursday there was ”very, very credible reporting of an imminent attack” at the airport.

SUPERMARKET SHELVES: UK supermarkets could see food shortages at Christmas due to Brexit-related supply chain disruption, the chairman of Tesco has warned. John Allan said the Government should change rules for lorry drivers to allow for more emergency workers from overseas.

BENEFITS CUT: And finally - Most constituencies in Great Britain are set to see more than one in three families hit with the "biggest overnight cut in benefits since the Second World War", campaigners have warned. The Joseph Rowntree Foundation said at least a third of working-age families who have children will be hit by the planned end to the twenty pounds a week uplift to Universal Credit.

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