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Current BBC News stories to read and discuss with your tutor group.

Around the world

Italy crisis: Call to impeach president after candidate vetoed

Sergio Mattarella is under fire from Italy's two populist parties after coalition efforts collapse.

BTS become first K-pop band to top US album charts

The boy band with a devoted global fan base are the first K-pop export to crack the US top spot.

In the UK

Storms cause flash flooding across Birmingham

Homes are flooded in the city with weather warnings for parts of southern England this afternoon.

Hunt 'determined' to eliminate doctors' gender pay gap

Female doctors are paid on average £10,000 less than male doctors in England, figures show.


Food and farming sector makes post-Brexit demands

Those in the industry ask the PM to ensure they will continue to be able to hire EU workers.

Arlene Foster: Irish abortion vote has no impact on NI law

Labour urges Theresa May to back reform to NI's abortion law as the DUP says it is a devolved matter.


First colleges to teach new vocational T-levels named

The new technical courses, including construction and childcare, will be an alternative to A-levels.

League tables changes ‘toxic’ for poor white schools

Exam league tables are stigmatising white working-class schools, head teachers say.


Hunt 'determined' to eliminate doctors' gender pay gap

Female doctors are paid on average £10,000 less than male doctors in England, figures show.

YouTube stars 'might encourage kids to eat more calories'

Social media stars Zoella and Alfie Deyes feature in a study into the protection of children online.


WH Smith voted UK's worst High Street shop in Which? survey

Consumers have criticised the chain's out-of-date shops, expensive products and rude staff.

UK engineer Smiths starts merger talks with US rival

Smiths has held initial discussions with US listed ICU Medical about merging their medical businesses.


Dolphin 'happiness' measured by scientists in France

Animal welfare researchers measure how captive dolphins feel about their environment.

Hawaii volcano: How many people do volcanoes kill?

Red-hot rivers of lava and clouds of ash can be deadly - but death by volcano is not inevitable.


Tomorrow's cities: Google's Toronto city built 'from the internet up'

A disused waterfront in Toronto is being transformed by a firm owned by Google's parent company.

Busking goes cashless with 'a world first' for London

London introduces a contactless payment scheme for buskers that allows tap-to-pay donations.


Figures reveal art auction gender imbalance

Of the top 100 artists whose works fetched the highest amounts at auction in 2017, 13 were women.

Biggest Weekend: Taylor Swift plays the hits then runs in Swansea

The US pop star plays a brief, but hit-packed, show at the BBC Music Biggest Weekend festival.

28th May 2018