We’re breaking with tradition a tad and looking further afield for today’s roundup at some of the bigger news on the BBC’s webpage.

Nikki Minaj v Chris Whitty

Things that might usually get brought up at a Boris Johnson coronavirus press conference: lockdowns, vaccines and masks. Things that don’t usually get a mention: Nicki Minaj and a pair of swollen testicles. And if that’s not enough, stick with this story to the end and BBC political editor Laura Kuenssberg, Piers Morgan and the health secretary get involved. It all started when the rapper tweeted about the testicles.

These are not known side effects of any approved coronavirus vaccine. Things really escalated when Nicki and the swollen genitals were mentioned during a coronavirus briefing by England’s chief medical officer, Professor Chris Whitty.

Professor Whitty said that Nicki ‘should be ashamed’ when asked about people spreading misinformation online and whether coronavirus might have caused her cousin’s friend’s testicles to swell and went on to say it is ‘untrue’. Then things got really weird as these tweets show.

Yeah it was one of those days.


Boris Johnson has been reshuffling his deck today with some high profile departures from the Cabinet including Education Secretary Gavin Williamson. Other casualties include Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick and Robert Buckland, who was the Justice Secretary. Now the sexiest of titles but he was the man responsible for the Isle of Man in Westminster. It has since been confirmed that Mr Buckland has been replaced by Dominic Raab.


Price rises in the UK have seen the biggest jump since records began in 1997 as the economy continued to reopen. Official figures show that the increase in the cost of living, as measured by the Consumer Prices Index, hit 3.2% in the year to August. Higher prices for food, petrol and used cars were all behind the spike, up from 2% the previous month. However, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) urged caution in reading too much into August’s price increases, which it described as ‘temporary’.


A major row broke out between leaders of the Taliban just days after they set up a new government in Afghanistan, senior Taliban officials told the BBC. Supporters of two rival factions reportedly brawled at the presidential palace in the capital Kabul. The argument appeared to centre on who did the most to secure victory over the US, and how power was divided up in the new cabinet. The Taliban have officially denied the reports.


Emma Raducanu says she is ‘hungry’ to improve after her US Open win. The 18-year-old became the first British woman in 44 years to win a Grand Slam singles title when she beat Leylah Fernandez in Saturday’s final. On Monday she appeared on US talk shows and attended the Met Gala, before Tuesday’s visit to the US Stock Exchange. ‘I have a few days’ rest and recovery – I think needed after the last seven weeks,’ she told CNBC’s Closing Bell.


The World Anti-Doping Agency is to review whether cannabis should remain a banned substance. The move follows American sprinter Sha’Carri Richardson missing the Tokyo Olympics after testing positive for the substance in June. The 21-year-old later revealed she had used cannabis to help cope with the death of her biological mother. Wada says the scientific review will begin next year and that cannabis will remain prohibited in 2022. The anti-doping agency says the review is taking place ‘following receipt of requests from a number of stakeholders’.

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