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

Around the world

Trump 'supportive' of improved gun background checks

A statement says the President has discussed a bipartisan bill to improve checks when buying weapons.

Iran plane crash: Search continues for missing Aseman Airlines plane

Officials contradict earlier reports from local government that the wreckage had been found.

In the UK

'Devil incarnate' Barry Bennell sentenced to 30 years

Ex-football coach Barry Bennell is sentenced for 50 counts of child sexual abuse.

Dark web paedophile Matthew Falder jailed for 32 years

Matthew Falder blackmailed victims into sending sexual images that he then shared on the dark web.

Politics

Theresa May's university review will not scrap fees

The prime minister says university costs are too high, but students must pay back for degrees.

Carillion investors were 'fleeing for the hills'

"Those who looked closest ran fastest," says a report by MPs into the collapsed construction giant.

Education

Theresa May's university review will not scrap fees

The prime minister says university costs are too high, but students must pay back for degrees.

Lab v lecture hall: Whose tuition fees are you paying?

Students voice their views on subsidising each other's courses through tuition fees.

Health

A third of UK adults 'underestimate calorie intake '

A new analysis of the nation's diet reveals we are generally poor on judging how much we eat.

Autism: Scientists take 'first steps' towards biological test

Differences were found in blood proteins between children with and without autism, a study says.

Business

Chicken chaos as KFC closes outlets

Hundreds of the chicken chain's UK outlets are shut following "issues" with new delivery firm DHL.

Meat supplier Russell Hume falls into administration

The collapse of Derby-based Russell Hume following an FSA investigation will cost almost 270 jobs.

Science

Consumer products' air quality impact 'underestimated'

Chemicals from household products rival vehicles as a key source of urban air pollution.

New scanning technique reveals secrets behind great paintings

An innovative scanning system is making it easier to find the hidden stories behind artworks.

Technology

Plans drawn up for world's tallest wooden skyscraper

The 70-storey tower would be 90% wood and have trees and other foliage on every level.

Probe after 'drone made helicopter crash'

Investigations are launched after a helicopter reportedly crashed after swerving to avoid a consumer drone.

Entertainment

Sex scene rules would be 'censorship' star says

Andy Serkis responds to proposals being considered to bring in guidelines for the stage and screen.

Jennifer Lawrence quits acting for activism

The Oscar-winning star is taking a year off to get more young people politically engaged.

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19th February 2018