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

Around the world

ANC gathers to choose leader to replace Jacob Zuma

A Johannesburg conference will pick a new party leader to succeed South African President Jacob Zuma.

Austrian far-right to return to coalition under conservative Sebastian Kurz

Centre-right leader Sebastian Kurz will become the world's youngest national leader under the deal.

In the UK

Brexit: UK must not be EU 'colony' after Brexit

Conservative backbenchers are split over the terms of a transition period once the UK leaves the EU.

Strictly Come Dancing 2017 champion to be crowned

Four celebrities are in with a shot of lifting the Strictly Come Dancing glitterball trophy.

Politics

Brexit: EU leaders agree to move talks to next stage

Theresa May welcomes "important step" and calls for "rapid progress" on transition discussions.

Brexit: Move to head off another Tory rebellion

Theresa May looks set to avoid another defeat after proposed changes to Brexit bill, the BBC understands.

Education

Schools told not to dismiss sexual harassment 'as banter'

The Women and Equalities Committee said new guidance was a "belated step in the right direction".

Primary league tables: Special-needs pupils struggle with new tests

Primary school league tables show pupils with special needs are dropping further behind their classmates.

Health

The family which doesn't feel pain

The experience of six related Italians may help to find a new treatment for people with chronic pain.

Parents giving children alcohol too young, researchers say

Giving youngsters too many takeaways is also criticised as a health risk by the researchers.

Business

Sky News faces uncertain future after Disney-Fox deal

Will Disney want to keep pumping money into a loss-making news channel after the Fox deal?

Cash controversy: The High Streets with too many ATMs

The cash machine industry and the network are at loggerheads over closure plans.

Science

California fires: Sentinel satellite tracks wildfire smoke plume

Europe's new Sentinel-5P satellite captures a dramatic image of the smoke billowing away from wildfires.

Sumatran rhino 'hanging on by a thread'

A genetic study shows the decline of one of the rarest mammals on Earth began during the last Ice Age.

Technology

Million Britons miss out on 'decent' broadband speeds

Many Britons still struggle with slow broadband, finds report from communications regulator Ofcom

Schools warned over hackable heating systems

A researcher finds dozens of UK schools' smart heating systems are vulnerable to being attacked.

Entertainment

Strictly Come Dancing 2017 champion to be crowned

Four celebrities are in with a shot of lifting the Strictly Come Dancing glitterball trophy.

Will Gompertz reviews Star Wars: The Last Jedi ★★★★☆

Is the Force still with the franchise?

Saturday
16th December 2017