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Friday
19th July 2019

Around the world

Srebrenica massacre: Dutch troops '10% liable' for Srebrenica deaths

The supreme court says peacekeeping soldiers from the Netherlands are partly to blame for 350 killings.

Greek earthquake: Powerful tremor shakes Athens

The earthquake, registered at 5.1 magnitude, knocked out telecoms and power in parts of the Greek capital.

In the UK

Stevenage 'car cruise' crash leaves 17 injured

The "horrendous" two-car crash in Stevenage came at a gathering where there were modified vehicles.

Lucy McHugh murder case: Stephen Nicholson jailed for life

Thirteen-year-old Lucy McHugh had "unknown promise, cruelly obliterated", the judge said.

Politics

Philip Hammond will 'not exclude' backing no confidence vote to stop no-deal Brexit

The chancellor says he'll do "everything in my power" to stop a no-deal Brexit.

Public sector workers 'to get above-inflation pay rise'

Dentists, teachers and police officers are reportedly to get pay increases of between 2% and 2.9%.

Education

Schools 'desperately need' cash injection, MPs say

Schools and colleges urgently need billions more in funding, a committee of MPs says.

Special needs 'breaking county council budgets'

County councils are warning growing demand for special needs support could mean statutory duties may not be met.

Health

Music 'calms nerves before surgery' as well as sedative

The "world's most relaxing song" could be just as good at calming patients' nerves, a study suggests.

Plant-based milks on the rise: A quarter of Britons are drinking them

Whether it's almond, soy or coconut it seems cow's milk is being ditched for alternatives.

Business

Crossrail costs will continue to climb, MPs say

Commuters have been "let down by a programme that is well behind schedule", a committee of MPs says.

Government borrowing in June highest since 2015

Higher debt interest payments and increased spending on services contributed to a sharp rise in borrowing.

Science

Painted lady butterfly influx needs people to count them

Experts say the UK looks to be experiencing the arrival of millions of painted lady butterflies.

Vast sand scheme to protect Norfolk coast

Nearly two million cubic metres of sand is being shifted to a stretch of the Norfolk coast to protect it from the sea.

Technology

YouTube: 'We don't take you down the rabbit hole'

In his first interview, YouTube's UK managing director defends the platform's algorithms.

BritBox: ITV and BBC set out plans for new streaming service

Shows like Love Island, Gavin & Stacey and Victoria will be on ITV and the BBC's streaming service.

Entertainment

BritBox: ITV and BBC set out plans for new streaming service

Shows like Love Island, Gavin & Stacey and Victoria will be on ITV and the BBC's streaming service.

Claws out for Cats movie trailer

The reviews are in for the trailer of the big-screen musical adaptation and they're far from purr-fect.