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5 things you need to know this morning: Oct. 22, 2021

Start your day off right with five things you need to know this morning.

Five things you need to know

1. Biden says US will defend Taiwan against China

US President Joe Biden has sparked concern around the world after announcing a change in America's policy towards Taiwan. The gaffe-prone politician said the US would defend Taiwan if attacked by China, but a White House spokesman later contradicted the president.

2. Queen spends night in hospital

The Queen spent Wednesday evening hospital, Royal officials have explained. They originally said she was resting. The 95-year-old monarch is now back at Windsor Castle.

3. Elephants ditching tusks in evolutionary adaptation to poaching, study says

Tuskless elephants have evolved in response to ivory poaching in Mozambique, a new study suggests. A previously rare genetic condition of tusklessness has become more common due to rampant tusk harvesting in Gorongosa National Park, the study claims.

4. France to give 38 million citizens 100-euro 'inflation allowance'

The French government has pledged to give roughly 38 million people a one-off payment of 100 euros to help with soaring energy costs. The "inflation allowance" will go to people whose monthly net income is 2,000 euros or less.

5. Over 4,000 sexual assaults reported to Lyft between 2017 and 2019

Ride-hailing app Lyft has said 4,158 sexual assault reports were made to the company between 2017 and 2019. The US firm said the vast majority of rides concluded without incident, however.

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