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Around the world

Catalonia independence: Puigdemont 'will not accept' Rajoy plan

The regional president says Catalonia will not accept Madrid's plan to curb devolution.

Abe on course for resounding victory in Japan, exit polls say

The prime minister looks set to win the election, but his "super-majority" hangs in the balance.

In the UK

Brexit: Emily Thornberry predicts no deal with the EU

Emily Thornberry predicts the UK's "intransigence" will stop agreement being reached with Brussels.

Home-buying to be 'faster and less stressful' following review

Ministers are asking the industry how to streamline the home-buying process in England and Wales.

Politics

Brexit: Emily Thornberry predicts no deal with the EU

Emily Thornberry predicts the UK's "intransigence" will stop agreement being reached with Brussels.

Home-buying to be 'faster and less stressful' following review

Ministers are asking the industry how to streamline the home-buying process in England and Wales.

Education

Oxbridge uncovered: More elitist than we thought

The extent to which the Home Counties professional classes dominate Oxbridge admissions is revealed.

10 fines at the dentist... that weren't fine

Getting a £100 fine at the dentist is distressing, particularly if it is believed to be in error, say patients.

Health

Taxpayer-funded drugs 'too expensive for patients’

Campaigners say UK taxpayers "effectively pay twice" for medicines, increasing NHS budget pressures.

Pollution linked to one in six deaths

Pollution has been linked to nine million deaths each year worldwide, according to a report in The Lancet.

Business

Home-buying to be 'faster and less stressful' following review

Ministers are asking the industry how to streamline the home-buying process in England and Wales.

Is now the time to raise interest rates?

With the economy on an uncertain footing, but inflation crushing wage growth, should rates rise now?

Science

The place spacecraft go to die

Why one of the Earth's most remote places is the preferred place to dump space junk.

Alarm over decline in flying insects

Flying insects have declined by more than 75% in 30 years in German nature reserves, alarming ecologists.

Technology

Tech firms to remove extremist posts within hours

Firms such as Facebook and Twitter have agreed to do more to remove extremist content within hours of it being posted.

Bitcoin boom prompts growth of coin-mining malware

The coin-mining software can grab processor power and drain phone batteries quickly, warn security firms

Entertainment

Everything Everything on how they've turned a 'nightmare' into pop music

Everything Everything on how their new album was inspired by the "surreal, nightmarish" news cycle.

How Wim Wenders put the snap back into Polaroids

The movie-maker shows off his eclectic collection of self-snapped prints taken over many decades.

Sunday
22nd October 2017