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Sunday
17th February 2019

Around the world

Venezuela crisis: US planes carrying aid arrive in Colombia

The aid is being stockpiled in Colombia at the request of self-declared interim leader Juan Guaidó.

Yellow-vest protests: Macron condemns anti-Semitic abuse

A group of protesters in Paris directed insults and anti-Jewish taunts at a prominent philosopher.

In the UK

Pension contribution hike to hit pay packets

Potential impact on workers "quite substantial", says investment expert.

Brexit: Theresa May urges Tory MPs to unite and back deal

Theresa May tells Conservatives "history will judge us all" over the handling of Britain's EU exit.

Politics

Brexit: Theresa May urges Tory MPs to unite and back deal

Theresa May tells Conservatives "history will judge us all" over the handling of Britain's EU exit.

Brexit: Leaving EU with no deal 'very adverse', says Gauke

Cabinet minister David Gauke warns of "grave concerns" for the UK's economy and security.

Education

Labour pledges to prevent universities from going bust

Universities struggling financially would not be allowed to fail under a Labour government, the party says.

'Lessons to be learnt' over older Stoke High School pupil

The man, who posed as a 15-year-old pupil, was found to be an adult after an age assessment.

Health

Parents of sick babies need more leave, charity says

Parents of sick babies need more paternity and maternity leave, a neonatal charity says.

Short bursts of intense exercise 'better for weight loss'

Researchers suggest bursts of high intensity workouts, like sprinting, are more effective for weight loss.

Business

Pension contribution hike to hit pay packets

Potential impact on workers "quite substantial", says investment expert.

How Lidl learnt to be less German in the UK

Ronny Gottschlich, the former boss of Lidl, explains how the German discounter grew in the UK.

Science

AAAS: Machine learning 'causing science crisis'

Techniques used to analyse data are producing misleading and often wrong results, critics say.

Gene-edited animal plan to relieve poverty in Africa

Researchers in Edinburgh develop gene-edited farm animals for poor farmers in Africa.

Technology

Mobile networks call for 5G security inspector

The mobile network industry has called for a new security testing scheme to check 5G equipment.

Ad code 'slows down' browsing speeds

The code putting ads on webpages can stop pages loading by seconds, finds analysis of millions of sites.

Entertainment

Chaka Khan: Why she gets annoyed by her tuneful greeting

The legendary singer on the "mixed blessing" of that track and how the planet feels different without Aretha Franklin.

Oscars 2019: All awards will be shown live after backlash

The move reverses an earlier decision to give four awards during TV commercial breaks.