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Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. BBC backs Laura Kuenssberg over ‘absurd’ social media claimsShe has more than a million followers on Twitter yet today the BBC has defended their journalist Laura Kuenssberg over accusations about a tweet she shared on the platform. The corporation said it was “absurd” to suggest she maliciously shared details of a father who confronted Boris Johnson at a hospital, who happened to be a Labour activist. Read on for details. Here is Charlotte Gill’s take on the bitter attack on Ms Kuenssberg. And Glenda Cooper asks if she really is “the most divisive woman on television”.Players will bare tattoos during World Cup despite mafia linksEngland will be hoping to make their mark on the Rugby World Cup in Japan but it is marks that have already been made which are catching attention.Players will bare tattoos during the tournament despite body art’s link to Japanese mafia gangs. Click here to see the tattoos of some of the squad. And here is a team-by-team guide to the tournament, which kicks off tomorrow.News briefingQueen and Scotland vote | Palace’s ‘displeasure’ at Cameron’s commentsPensioner power | Watch 81-year-old Doreen tackling cash machine ‘thief’Rights crackdown | Country poised to ban consensual sex outside marriageTyrants can tweet | Twitter says murderous dictators can stay on its serviceChildren’s meals | Burger King announces plans to ban plastic toysVideo: Trudeau apologises for ‘brownface’ pictureCanada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau apologised today for wearing brownface makeup at a party 18 years ago, as he scrambled to get on top of a fresh blow to his re-election campaign. Time magazine published the picture one week into a federal election campaign with Trudeau’s Liberal Party in a tight contest against the Conservatives led by Andrew Scheer. Watch him apologise after the image emerged – as two more damning pictures come to light. CommentTom Harris | Clause 4? Corbyn may as well promise a full socialist utopia Ben Habib | The EU’s Achilles Heel: straightforward questions about BrexitBushra Shaikh | Why I decided to remove my hijab after 26 yearsOliver Brown | What Ben Stokes’ personal tragedy tells us about himJamie Roberts | Gatland can still lead Wales to glory despite Howley lossWorld news: The one story you must read today…Kennedy dynasty continues | Joe Kennedy III, a scion of one of America’s most storied political families, is set to announce he will challenge US Senator Edward Markey in the Massachussetts’ Democratic primary in 2020. Here is what you need to know about the 38-year-old grandson of Robert Kennedy.Editor’s choice How Friends really should have ended | By someone who was saved by the show’Just run! Run uphill!’ | The tsunami-struck Japanese town that was saved by rugbyFIFA 20 review | Sim takes on Fortnite in battle royale for players’ time and money Business and money briefingInvestors revolt | Almost half of Ryanair shareholders voted against a plan to hand boss Michael O’Leary a bonus package that could earn him millions.Interest rates | Bank of England gloomier on growth but refuses to make cutDefence to delivery | How the drone industry will change the way we liveStay on top of the markets | Live stocks and shares updates 24 hours a daySport briefingRugby World Cup | England’s XV take on Tonga in their tournament opener on Sunday. The Telegraph’s writers pick their teams for the clash in Sapporo.Injury worry | Loosehead prop Joe Marler a doubt for England openerTragic death | Former Burton defender shot dead in Amsterdam, aged 32Lack of ‘maturity’ | Harry Kane bemoans Spurs’ Champions League drawAnd finally…’Guilt-free’ food | Many of us are looking for ways to help the environment. Today, a peer has said restaurants should put invasive species on the menu to help Britain’s natural world. Here are the animals Lord Randall had in mind. If you want to receive twice-daily briefings like this by email, sign up to the Front Page newsletter here and try our Audio Briefings on WhatsApp.Former prime minister wades in as Supreme Court battle closesSir John Major has said Boris Johnson’s reasons for proroguing Parliament cannot be true, in an intervention on the final day of the Supreme Court challenge. The former prime minister, represented in court by Lord Edward Garnier, says the PM had “ulterior motives” and accused the Downing Street press office of misleading journalists. Yet Mr Johnson’s lawyers have urged judges not to order him to recall Parliament even if it rules the suspension is unlawful. Here is why. Lady Hale, the President of the Supreme Court, said it’s hoped a ruling will be given early next week. You can follow the blow-by-blow account of today’s hearing in our politics liveblog. Aside from all this, the Brexit Secretary, Stephen Barclay, has said the EU is not ready for a no-deal Brexit and warned it would cripple one country in particular. Here are the latest odds on Britain leaving without an agreement and the chances of a general election.In these tumultuous times, the one thing politicians may be feeling happy about is the retirement of John Humphrys, who presented his last Today programme this morning after 32 years on the show. Here’s what readers think of his career. And Charlotte Runcie’s review of his last episode says among all the backslapping, there was one thing his final programme will never let us forget. read more