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Around the world

Obamacare: US senators vote in favour of debating repeal

Efforts to repeal and replace the flagship health policy of President Obama pass their first hurdle.

Switzerland chainsaw attack: Suspect arrested in Thalwil

Police arrest a man suspected of a chainsaw rampage that left five injured, after a two-day manhunt.

In the UK

Charlie Gard: Court hears hospice best option for baby

The judge will rule by 14:00 BST on Wednesday whether his parents can take Charlie home to die.

Celine Dookhran killing: Tributes paid to 'beautiful girl'

Celine Dookhran, of Indian Muslim heritage, was allegedly killed over a relationship with an Arab Muslim.

Politics

Plans to ban leaseholds on new-build houses in England

Ground rents paid to freeholders could also be restricted, under proposals for England.

Trump: UK-US trade deal could be 'big and exciting'

The US President also takes a swipe at the EU's "very protectionist" stance towards his country.

Education

Essex nursery 'closes because of universal free hours scheme'

Fidgety Fingers is one of many nurseries which say they cannot make government funding rates stretch.

Food banks warn of school holiday hunger

Many children risk going hungry over the summer, warns the Trussell Trust, which runs 420 UK food banks.

Health

Sperm count drop 'may lead to human extinction'

Sperm counts in men from North America, Europe and Australia halve in less than 40 years, research warns.

More than 86,000 NHS posts vacant, says report

An official report suggests the NHS in England is short of thousands of staff - particularly nurses and midwives.

Business

Electric Mini to be built in Oxford

A fully electric version of the Mini is to be built at the Cowley plant in Oxford, BMW says.

McDonald's sales up on premium hamburgers and cheap drinks

The fast-food company said $1 fizzy drinks and a new burger line boosted sales at established restaurants.

Science

Time, not material goods, 'raises happiness'

Contentment comes from paying others to take on chores such as cleaning and cooking, a study says.

China set to launch an 'unhackable' internet communication

China might not have the lead in research but its application of secure networks is leading the way.

Technology

Adobe to kill off Flash plug-in by 2020

Once the go-to plug-in for video, the technology has been usurped by more reliable and secure apps.

Musk and Zuckerberg clash over future of AI

Musk has hit back at comments that his doomsday view of AI is irresponsible.

Entertainment

J-Law, Angelina and Emma Stone head to Toronto

Jennifer Lawrence, Angelina Jolie and Emma Stone are showing their films at the Canadian film festival.

Netflix to air Simpsons' creator Matt Groening's new show

His new adult animated comedy fantasy series Disenchantment will premiere in 2018.

Tuesday
25th July 2017