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. Kwasi Kwarteng: I promise to control spending

Kwasi Kwarteng has pledged to make a new “commitment” to bring government spending under control after a week of financial turmoil.

In The Telegraph, the chancellor writes that in November he will publish a “credible” debt reduction plan that will convince the markets. Read the full story.

2. ‘Beautiful’ face of medieval woman brought back to life after 700 years

The beautiful face of a mysterious medieval woman has been revealed for the first time in 700 years after scientists used 3D digital reconstruction techniques to bring her back from the dead.

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The unknown woman, who died in her twenties and was placed on a bed of shells, was found in the 1950s during the renovation of a vault at the ruined Whithorn Priory site in Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland. Read the full story.

3. NATO backs Ukraine to retake annexed territory after Putin boasts his citizens are now his ‘forever’

NATO supported Ukraine in retaking territory formally claimed by Vladimir Putin on Friday evening after the Russian president held a lavish ceremony in the Kremlin to celebrate the annexation.

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During a speech and a patriotic concert in Moscow, Putin promised to use “all means” to defend four new territories he declared Russia. Read the full story.

4. Iranian woman pictured without a headscarf thrown in the old prison of Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe

Iran has arrested a young woman who defied morality police by eating in a restaurant without wearing a hijab, in an image that went viral on social media and inspired thousands of anti-regime protesters.

The photo shows Donya Rad having breakfast in a restaurant in Tehran, together with a friend who was also not wearing a headscarf. Read the full story.

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5. Clean up our rivers or risk a £250m fine, new environment secretary tells polluting water companies

Fines for water companies that seriously break the rules by discharging wastewater into rivers and seas will be increased a thousandfold, the new environment minister has announced.

Speaking to The Telegraph, Ranil Jayawardena said the current cap of £250,000 per incident would be raised to £250m. Read the full story.

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