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1. Salman Rushdie “on a ventilator and unable to speak” as a suspect named Hadi Matar

Sir Salman Rushdie is reportedly on a ventilator and could lose an eye after he was stabbed on stage in the US on Friday.

Rushdie’s agent Andrew Wylie told the New York Times the news was “not good,” adding that Rushdie was unable to speak while the nerves in his arm were severed in the attack and his liver was “stabbed and damaged.” Read the full story.

2. Farmers warn of crop failures in England’s worst drought in 20 years

The worst drought in 20 years has been declared across most of England as farmers said half their crops could fail, households were warned of drying out taps and supermarkets faced water shortages.

An official drought has been declared in eight out of 14 areas across England, covering most of the central and southern parts of the country. Read the full story.

3. Mick Lynch: Ukrainians playing with Nazi imagery provoked the Russian invasion

Rail union baron Mick Lynch has suggested that Ukrainians were “playing with Nazi images” and the EU’s influence was provoking “anger” in the occupied country.

Asked about the Russian aggression, the RMT secretary-general appeared to blame the EU and “corrupt politicians in Ukraine” in part. Read the full story.

4. Money Pit: Bank robber rescued after digging into a bottleneck

An unfortunate Italian robber stuck for eight hours in a tunnel dug in an alleged attempt to rob a bank had to be rescued after his gang called authorities for help.

The gang of four reportedly started digging the tunnel from an abandoned shop near the Vatican in Rome, but when part of it collapsed under a road, one of them found themselves trapped about 20 feet below ground. Read the full story.

5. The FBI searched Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago for possible violations of the Espionage Act

The FBI raid on Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago home was based in part on suspected espionage law violations, according to a search warrant.

It emerged that agents in Monday’s raid obtained “top secret” documents, including some deemed so sensitive they were only to be seen at special government facilities. Read the full story.

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