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Monday
14th October 2019

Around the world

Turkey-Syria offensive: Assad's army 'enters Manbij'

The reported advance of Syrian forces into Manbij sets up a potential clash with Turkish-led troops.

Violent clashes erupt as Spanish court jails Catalonia leaders

The jailing of politicians and activists over the illegal 2017 referendum sparks protests.

In the UK

Bulgaria v England: Euro 2020 qualifier temporarily halted due to racist behaviour from fans

England's Euro 2020 qualifier with Bulgaria in Sofia is halted twice with fans warned about racist behaviour.

Queen's Speech: New laws on crime, health and the environment

Crime and health take centre stage, but opposition parties dismiss the programme as "election manifesto".

Politics

Queen's Speech: New laws on crime, health and the environment

Crime and health take centre stage, but opposition parties dismiss the programme as "election manifesto".

Queen's Speech: What is on Boris Johnson's to-do list?

The lowdown on the 26 bills being proposed by Boris Johnson's government.

Education

More families needed for children awaiting adoption

More than twice as many children in England are waiting to be adopted as there are families willing to adopt.

Royal National College for the Blind threatened by financial crisis

The Royal National College for the Blind says special-needs funding cuts are threatening its future.

Health

Slow walking at 45 'a sign of faster ageing'

Gait speed in mid-life indicates how fast the brain and body are ageing, researchers found.

Batten disease: Unique drug for a girl with deadly brain disease

Mila is having far fewer - and briefer - seizures after a drug was designed just for her.

Business

Sports Direct calls for probe into Nike and Adidas dominance

The Mike Ashley-owned retailer says the "must-have" brands hold too much market power.

Vodafone error sees customers hit by thousands in charges

Glitch sees customers abroad hit with thousands of pounds of charges and unable to use their phones.

Science

The Russian who could have been first to Moon

Alexei Leonov, who died on Friday, could have been the first human to land on the Moon.

New environment laws in Queen's speech

Crime and health take centre stage, but opposition parties dismiss the programme as "election manifesto".

Technology

Food writer Jack Monroe 'loses £5,000 in phone-number hijack'

Jack Monroe's bank and PayPal accounts were used after her mobile phone number was hijacked.

Government dodges 'full fibre for all by 2025' pledge

Gigabit broadband is promised but the government neither says it must be full-fibre nor sets a deadline.

Entertainment

Booker Prize: Margaret Atwood and Bernardine Evaristo share award

Booker Prize judges break their rules by awarding it to both Margaret Atwood and Bernardine Evaristo.

Celebrities who misbehaved in Buckingham Palace

From snorting cocaine to stealing loo rolls, famous people have taken some liberties at the Queen's home.