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Boris Johnson is backing a new generation of nuclear reactors, which he sees as essential to the government achieving its 2050 net zero targets, according to The Sunday Times.

“We all knew this was going to happen when ministers said there was no need to panic” – the Daily Star blames the government for panic buying seen at petrol stations on Friday.

The Daily Telegraph reports that the government is expected to bring in military driving examiners so more HGV licence tests can be conducted as a driver shortage hits petrol deliveries.

The Metro says climate protesters risking lives by sitting down on motorways face instant two-year jail terms after the government won a High Court injunction banning them from blocking the M25.

The Times reports that the government is discussing plans to join a North American free-trade pact as Boris Johnson held his first White House meeting with President Biden.

France’s seat on the United Nations Security Council could be put “at the disposal of the European Union” if its governments back Emmanuel Macron’s plans for an EU army, The Daily Telegraph says.

The Guardian leads on the same story quoting a senior government source as saying: “There are a variety of different ways to do this. The question is whether the US administration is ready. The ball…

The Financial Times reports that the UK’s largest energy suppliers are requesting a multibillion-pound emergency support package from the government to help them survive the crisis sparked by gas prices. 

The Guardian has a warning that up to 7,000 people a day could be admitted to hospital with COVID-19 in England next month unless the government introduces stricter measures.

Plans to offer COVID-19 vaccinations to 12 to 15-year-olds across the UK are set to be announced by the government – and a mass inoculation programme will begin in schools within two weeks, The Observer…

The Daily Mirror leads on the news that the government is set to put defibrillators in every school following the death of 12-year-old Oliver King from cardiac arrest while at school.

The Daily Telegraph reports that children aged between 12 and 15 are expected to be offered a COVID-19 vaccine, against the recommendation from the government’s advisers.

The Observer reports that thousands of emails to the Foreign Office detailing cases of Afghans trying to escape from Afghanistan have not been read, including cases flagged by government ministers.

Afghanistan was braced for a full-scale return to Taliban rule last night as the government collapsed, the western-backed president fled, and fighters entered his palace claiming victory for their “Islamic Emirate”, The Times reports.

The collapse of Afghanistan’s government has prompted fears of a humanitarian crisis as Boris Johnson warned the nation “must not be a breeding ground for terror”, The Independent reports.

The Financial Times says the Taliban’s rapid push to overthrow Afghanistan’s Western-backed government accelerated yesterday – prompting the US and UK to take action as provincial capitals fall. 

Some universities have refused to return to full face-to-face teaching in the autumn, despite the government easing all coronavirus restrictions – that’s on the front of The Sunday Times.

The Guardian leads with the government being forced to fund hundreds of extra university places on medical and dental courses in England amid grade inflation caused by the cancelling of exams. 

Thousands of UK holidaymakers have been left scrambling to leave Mexico as changes to the government’s travel list put plans in chaos, reports the Metro.

The Times has the latest changes on the government’s travel restriction lists and also news of an increase in hotel quarantine costs.