Philip Hammond, Mugabe resignation, David Cassidy
Chancellor to deliver budget today; Celebrations in Zimbabwe following Mugabe's resignation; David Cassidy dies (Photos: Getty Images & Rex Features)

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Chancellor under pressure to deliver impactful budget

Philip Hammond is said to be facing immense pressure to deliver a budget that both addresses widespread social inequalities and appeases Tory MPs, The Guardian reports. The chancellor, who is expected to announce a boost in funding for teacher training, cut the waiting time for Universal Credit payments and promise a rise in pay for public sector workers, will deliver his budget speech at 12.30pm today. Cabinet ministers close to the chancellor have suggested that the budget could be “make or break” for him, according to The Guardian.  
The Guardian

Celebrations break out in Zimbabwe as Robert Mugabe resigns as president

Celebrations have broken out in Zimbabwe following the announcement of the end of Robert Mugabe’s 37-year-rule as president of the Southern African country. Former Vice-President Emmerson Mnangagwa is expected to succeed the 93-year-old upon his return from South Africa. Following the announcement, which was delivered by the speaker of parliament through a letter by the former president yesterday, the streets reportedly exploded with jubilation.

BBC News

US Navy aircraft carrying crew and passengers crashes into sea off Japan

A US Navy aircraft with 11 crew and passengers has crashed off the coast of Japan and into the sea. The cause of the crash is unknown at present, but the US Seventh Fleet has launched a search and rescue operation in response. The names of those on board are currently being withheld. This accident is one of a number of Seventh Fleet accidents in the region in recent months. 
The Independent

Uber attempted to conceal huge data breach

Uber covered up a major hack that exposed the personal information of 57 million people for over a year. It was said to have revealed the names, phone numbers and email addresses of users around the world. In a bid to withhold the data breach from authorities and users alike, the company paid the hackers $100,000 to keep quiet about the breach and dispose of the data. Uber revealed the news yesterday as part of ongoing efforts to revamp its reputation as a trustworthy service.
The Times

The Partridge Family star David Cassidy dies

Star of The Partridge Family and 70s teen heartthrob singer David Cassidy has died at the age of 67. Partridge had been admitted to a hospital in Florida last week for organ failure. A statement from his family reads: “David died surrounded by those he loved, with joy in his heart and free from the pain that had gripped him for so long”. They also thanked his fans for “the abundance and support [they had] shown him these many years”. Tributes from Cassidy’s peers have been pouring in since the announcement of his death.

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Chancellor to deliver budget today; Celebrations in Zimbabwe following Mugabe's resignation; David Cassidy dies (Photos: Getty Images & Rex Features)
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