An icy chill has descended over relations between Italy and France over who owns Mont Blanc – or to the Italians, Monte Bianco. The diplomatic spat stems from an ordnance issued by the French authorities which is designed to protect Western Europe's highest mountain from environmental damage. To the fury of some Italians, the ordnance included not just the French side of the border, but also a chunk of Italian territory. Read on for the diplomatic fallout which has seen Right-wing parties denounce the move and see more pictures of the day.
Comment and analysis
Editor's choice: Features and arts
- Chop chop | Why hairdressers still need a coronavirus cut
- Forceful voice | 'My respect for Marcus Rashford grows deeper by the day'
- Bill Bailey's Strictly Diary | I'm wearing a sweatband in rehearsals. It’s very Flashdance
Business and money briefing
Bankers bashed | Goldman Sachs is slashing the pay of top staff including boss David Solomon and European chief Richard Gnodde by $31m (£24m) after it was fined by regulators around the world following a massive fraud at Malaysian fund 1MDB. Read on for details.
Bubble trouble | Former England captain Chris Robshaw was among a group of Barbarians players who breached strict Covid-19 guidelines by going on a night out leaving the famous club's match against England on Sunday in danger of being called off. Read on for details as Mick Clearly outlines why there will be a cloud over the match even if it goes ahead.
Mushroom, leek and pancetta stew | This warming mushroom, leek and pancetta stew deserves a place on the table this weekend. Read on for Eleanor Steafel's recipe.
And finally... for this morning's downtime
Winter social life | The rules for how we can socialise in our weird new world can change at the speed of traffic lights, throwing you up or down a tier without warning. All this snakes and ladders plan-making may feel like a headache, but fear not: Siberian socialising will be all the rage this winter. Here's how to do it – in any tier.
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Biden and Trump swap insults in final televised debate
Donald Trump delivered a much less combative performance in the final presidential debate than the first as he repeatedly portrayed his rival Joe Biden as an establishment politician unable to bring about real change. In 90 minutes of exchanges which more closely resembled a traditional debate than the chaotic first clash last month, the US president deployed fewer interruptions of Mr Biden and rarely jousted with the moderator. But if the style was less confrontational, the attacks still carried bite, with Mr Trump bringing up Hunter Biden, the son of the Democratic presidential nominee, and his alleged business dealings in China. Click here for a blow-by-blow account, while US Editor Ben Riley-Smith has a write-up of the key arguments and analyses whether the President’s vicious portrayal of Mr Biden as the ultimate Washington insider may have come too late. Yet Tim Stanley outlines why he thinks Mr Trump won the night and he showed how he can also win this election.
Burnham bewildered at Sunak's new £13bn handout
It was only on Tuesday afternoon that Boris Johnson refused to meet Andy Burnham's demands for an extra £5 million to help Manchester through weeks of punishing tier three restrictions. So it was hardly surprising that the Labour mayor was on Thursday struggling to contain his disbelief, as the Chancellor Rishi Sunak rode to the rescue with a multi-billion pound rescue package to help firms through the winter months. Just 48 hours after talks between the Prime Minister and Greater Manchester collapsed, Mr Sunak rose to the dispatch box to unveil a fresh cash injection for those struggling to stay afloat under tier one and tier two restrictions. Harry Yorke details how the Chancellor’s £13bn support scheme drove another wedge between Westminster and the North but Madeline Grant sketches how the Tories are still powerless to resist the charms of Bonnie Prince Rishi. Pub bosses have said the rescue plan cannot prevent a winter crisis in the industry.
Meanwhile, a great grandmother who captured what many people were feeling when she said she "didn't give a sod" about coronavirus rules has said that the country should not "surrender" to the pandemic. Maureen Eames, 83, who became an overnight celebrity after expressing her anger at the impact of Government restrictions, said that Britain was supposed to be "a free country" and "life has to go on". Speaking from her South Yorkshire home just before parts of the region enter tier three restrictions, she warned that it is subsequent generations who will be paying the price for the lockdown. Judith Woods sets out why young people need to learn from Mrs Eames and show some grit.
Ghislaine Maxwell dismisses 'absurd' allegations
Even a prince would sweat at that kind of grilling. For seven hours over the course of two days, Ghislaine Maxwell was interrogated, probed and prodded over everything from sex toys in a laundry basket to whether Jeffrey Epstein, a convicted paedophile, had ever had sex with a child. On the subject of the Duke of York, Ms Maxwell gave the Queen's son her backing. The prince famously told Newsnight that allegations he had slept with Virginia Roberts Giuffre when she was a teenager were false, not least because he didn't sweat, but Ms Maxwell came up with a different explanation for why the sex didn't take place – her bathtub was too small. The details emerged after a New York judge ordered the release of all 417 pages of a deposition she gave in response to a defamation claim brought by Ms Roberts Giuffre. Josie Ensor analyses how the documents reveal a side to the heiress not seen before.
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Also in the news: Today's other headlines
Brexit talks | Michel Barnier said Britain and the EU had "a huge common responsibility" to avoid a no deal Brexit as he arrived in London for the first day of rebooted trade talks. Number 10 warned that "significant gaps" remained between the two sides over fishing, "level playing field guarantees" and enforcement, and said it was "entirely possible that negotiations will not succeed". Read on for the latest.