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Spain to suspend Catalonia's autonomy in response to independence threat - 19 Oct 2017 at 3:12pm - MADRID/BARCELONA (Reuters) - Spain's central government said on Thursday it would suspend Catalonia's autonomy and impose direct rule after the region's leader threatened to go ahead with a formal declaration of independence if Madrid refused to hold talks.

Viewsnight: 'Our welfare state is dysfunctional' - 19 Oct 2017 at 1:22pm - James Bartholomew argues welfare states have proved incompetent at helping the most vulnerable.

University of Sussex student bottled in alleged racist attack - 19 Oct 2017 at 1:14pm - The student was left with broken teeth after a man was filmed smashing a glass bottle in his face.

Jeremy Corbyn meets EU negotiator Michel Barnier - 19 Oct 2017 at 1:13pm - Jeremy Corbyn speaks to the BBC after meeting EU negotiator Michel Barnier in Brussels.

British Airways apologises for bed bugs on Canada flight - 19 Oct 2017 at 12:58pm - Canadian passengers complained they were nibbled by bed bugs on a Vancouver to London flight.

Brexit: EU leaders seek Brexit talks progress - 19 Oct 2017 at 12:57pm - Leaders gather for a crunch summit as the UK faces EU calls to do more to break the deadlock.

Southern drivers to be balloted to end dispute - 19 Oct 2017 at 12:47pm - Train drivers are to consider a deal to end their long-running action, Aslef says.

Mother appeals for return of stillborn baby charm bracelet - 19 Oct 2017 at 12:43pm - The charm, inscribed with "Made with Love", was inside a wallet lost in Burton-on-Trent.

Penny Lancaster says she was sexually assaulted - 19 Oct 2017 at 12:24pm - The model and wife of Rod Stewart says her attacker was someone she worked with as a teenager.

Badger discovered asleep in cat bed in Linlithgow - 19 Oct 2017 at 12:19pm - The badger entered the house through a cat flap and helped itself to cat food before going to sleep.

In blow to Britain, Goldman CEO says to spend more time in Frankfurt - 19 Oct 2017 at 12:17pm - LONDON (Reuters) - Goldman Sachs chief executive Lloyd Blankfein is planning to spend a lot more time in Frankfurt, he said on Thursday, as the Wall Street bank pushes ahead with plans to make the German city a major base after Britain leaves the European Union.

Obama hits campaign trail for first time since leaving White House - 19 Oct 2017 at 12:13pm - (Reuters) - Former President Barack Obama returns to the campaign trail on Thursday for the first time since he left the White House, venturing out to support Democrats in two governor's races that could offer a clue about the national mood before next year's midterm elections.

Brexit: All you need to know about the UK leaving the EU - 19 Oct 2017 at 12:09pm - A guide to how the UK will leave the European Union after the 2016 referendum.

Merkel presses allies to cut funds for Turkey's EU bid - 19 Oct 2017 at 11:38am - BRUSSELS (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel urged her fellow leaders on Thursday to cut European Union funds to Turkey that are linked to Ankara's bid to join the bloc due to concerns about the country's growing authoritarianism.

Storm Brian: Strong winds set to hit British Isles - 19 Oct 2017 at 11:36am - The Atlantic storm is due to hit parts of the UK and the Republic of Ireland on Saturday morning.

Juncker puts on charm over scallops for eurosceptic eastern EU states - 19 Oct 2017 at 11:31am - BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Leaders of four eurosceptic governments in the east of the European Union sat down for a nearly three-hour dinner with the head of the bloc's executive in an effort to narrow their differences on issues from migration to labour rules.

Britain's new concessions are not enough, EU leaders tell May - 19 Oct 2017 at 10:59am - BRUSSELS (Reuters) - European Union leaders welcomed a proposal by British Prime Minister Theresa May aimed at unblocking Brexit talks, but said concessions to ease the fears of EU citizens living in Britain were not enough.

Parliament investigates report of falling masonry - 19 Oct 2017 at 10:59am - A car window has apparently been smashed by masonry falling from a Parliamentary building.

A-level row head teacher suspended - 19 Oct 2017 at 10:58am - The head of a school where some pupils were stopped from taking A-levels, is suspended.

Harvey Weinstein stripped of British Film Institute Fellowship - 19 Oct 2017 at 10:48am - Weinstein faces a string of sexual assault and harassment allegations, which he denies.

The other 'no deal' view - 19 Oct 2017 at 10:40am - Reporters covering the EU summit in Brussels share how their countries see a "no deal" Brexit.

Britain will legislate Northern Irish budget unless power-sharing deal reache... - 19 Oct 2017 at 10:21am - LONDON (Reuters) - A written agreement to restore power-sharing in Northern Ireland must be forthcoming by Oct. 30 or else Britain's parliament will have to legislate a budget for the province, the minister for the region said on Thursday.

Air Berlin and EasyJet said to announce deal on Friday - reports - 19 Oct 2017 at 10:19am - BERLIN (Reuters) - The insolvent German carrier Air Berlin and EasyJet are expected to announce a deal on Friday for the purchase of up to 25 A320 aircraft, German media reported on Thursday.

999 police and NHS workers on assaults by the public - 19 Oct 2017 at 10:10am - An ambulance worker and a police officer give graphic descriptions of verbal and physical assaults by the public.

Rochdale inquiry: Paedophile 'camped outside Knowl View' - 19 Oct 2017 at 10:08am - A former headmaster tells the inquiry that Roderick Hilton was considered "part of the furniture".

Drawing a line - 19 Oct 2017 at 9:57am - The line between flirtation and harassment is a fine - and often blurred - one.

Crime rises by 13% in England and Wales, ONS statistics say - 19 Oct 2017 at 9:44am - There were an average of 100,000 crimes a week in the year to June, the Office for National Statistics says.

'Shots were getting closer' - 19 Oct 2017 at 8:54am - Lisa Marie Husby recalls the day Anders Breivik opened fire as she sat with students attending a summer camp in Norway.

Cambridge Uni students get Shakespeare trigger warnings - 19 Oct 2017 at 8:22am - Cambridge University students are given "trigger alerts" that they might be upset by some text.

Don't ignore MPs' universal credit vote, Sir Edward Leigh warns - 19 Oct 2017 at 7:42am - Sir Edward Leigh criticises the government's response to a Commons vote to pause universal credit.

Health hero - 19 Oct 2017 at 7:35am - A 12-year-old boy from the West Midlands has been announced as one of BBC Radio 1's teen heroes.

UK banks 'exposed to money laundering in South Africa' - 19 Oct 2017 at 7:33am - Lord Hain says up to 400m may inadvertently have been laundered by HSBC and Standard Chartered.

UK Brexit bill not scheduled for debate in parliament next week - 19 Oct 2017 at 7:19am - LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's parliament will not discuss the key European Union withdrawal bill next week, the leader of the lower House of Commons, Andrea Leadsom, said on Thursday, amid concerns the government is struggling to manage divisions over its contents.

Youths set off fireworks in bus and shops in Islington - 19 Oct 2017 at 6:27am - Transport for London said it was "idiotic behaviour" which "will not be tolerated".

Clinton and May discuss Stormont crisis - 19 Oct 2017 at 6:20am - The prime minister discusses the political impasse in NI with former US president Bill Clinton.

UK third-quarter retail sales growth weakest in four years as inflation bites - 19 Oct 2017 at 6:07am - LONDON (Reuters) - British retail sales slowed unexpectedly sharply in September, dragging quarterly growth to its weakest annual rate since 2013 and suggesting consumer demand remains uncertain as the Bank of England nears its first rate rise in a decade.

Pro-Brexit MPs urge Theresa May to quit talks - 19 Oct 2017 at 6:01am - Pro-Brexit MPs and business leaders step up pressure on Theresa May ahead of crunch EU summit.

Smacking to be banned in Scotland - 19 Oct 2017 at 5:44am - The move would make the country the first part of the UK to outlaw the physical punishment of children.

Sir Tom: Jones: Encounter ?made me feel terrible? - 19 Oct 2017 at 4:39am - Sir Tom Jones says he 'felt terrible' after being propositioned early in his career.

Feisty dove sees off strangers - 19 Oct 2017 at 1:13am - The bird has been known to pursue postal workers delivering to houses in Long Stratton, Norfolk.