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Theresa May arrives at a crunch summit where EU leaders will assess the progress of Brexit talks.
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There were an average of 100,000 crimes a week in the year to June, the Office for National Statistics says.
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The move would make the country the first part of the UK to outlaw the physical punishment of children.
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Michael O'Neill is banned and fined for the offence, after police found him three times legal limit.
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Two-thirds of all fly-tipping involved household waste that was commonly dumped at the side of roads.
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The singer tells the BBC an encounter early in his career made him feel "terrible".
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The chief constable and two senior officers deny allegations of misconduct in public office and criminality.
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The financial industry thinks an emergency phone number could stop some bank fraud.
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A former headmaster tells the inquiry that Roderick Hilton was considered "part of the furniture".
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The British Army's motorcycle display team, which was formed in 1927, recently disbanded.
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Stanley Freeman abused restaurant workers over six years, in one case threatening to shoot staff.
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A wildlife photographer says one man posed behind a stag's antlers at Wollaton Park in Nottingham.
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Transport for London said it was "idiotic behaviour" which "will not be tolerated".
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The bird has been known to pursue postal workers delivering to houses in Long Stratton, Norfolk.
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Ex-England player criticises how the inquiry into former Lionesses boss Mark Sampson was dealt with.
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Kids Company founder Camila Batmanghelidjh defends the work of her defunct charity.
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17 years after His Dark Materials, Philip Pullman reads from La Belle Sauvage: The Book Of Dust Volume One.
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Tom Karen found fame after he designed the Raleigh Chopper bike.
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Sir Tom Jones says he 'felt terrible' after being propositioned early in his career.
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The badger entered the house through a cat flap and helped itself to cat food before going to sleep.
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Cambridge University students are given "trigger alerts" that they might be upset by some text.
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The line between flirtation and harassment is a fine - and often blurred - one.
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Lisa Marie Husby recalls the day Anders Breivik opened fire as she sat with students attending a summer camp in Norway.
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British soldiers opened the first concentration camp in Russia in 1918, during World War One. To locals it was known as "Death Island".
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Rolling coverage of the day’s political developments as they happen

The Dutch prime minister, Mark Rutte, told reporters at the EU summit it should be a priority for Britain to come up with a clear proposal on the bill they will have to pay when they leave the European Union in 2019, Reuters reports. The Reuters report goes on:

Rutte said it was the key to progressing, as Britain desperately wants, to the next phase of Brexit talks about the future trade and security relationship.

When he had a phone call with his counterpart Theresa May last week Rutte said he’d told her: “’Listen, we need more clarity specifically about the bill.’”

And Angela Merkel, the German chancellor, said there were there were “encouraging” signs that the Brexit talks could move on to the subject of the future trade relationship as early as December. According to the Press Association, as Merkel arrived at the summit she said enough progress had been made to encourage her to think it would be possible to “take the work forward and then reach the start of the second phase in December”.

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Ben Bradshaw raises concerns over ‘foreign interference’ and says there are questions over wealth of leave campaign’s biggest backer

A Labour MP has said there are “real questions” about how much Arron Banks – the entrepreneur who bankrolled Brexit – is worth as he called on the government to investigate the possible role played by “dark money” in the EU referendum.

Speaking in parliament, Ben Bradshaw said there was “widespread concern over foreign and particularly Russian interference in western democracies”. He described as “very worrying” a series of investigative reports published this week by the Open Democracy website into the funding of the Leave campaign.

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Kingmaker Winston Peters has announced his New Zealand First party will throw its support behind the Labour party

Jacinda Ardern has said she is “privileged and humbled” to become New Zealand’s next prime minister 26 days after the country’s electorate cast their votes.

At an eagerly awaited press conference on Thursday, the kingmaker Winston Peters announced that his New Zealand First party would throw its support behind Ardern’s Labour party.

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American Marianne Rawlins is sleeping on friends’ couches while she waits for visa to join decorated serviceman in UK

The wife of a Royal Navy pilot who has served his country for more than 20 years and clocked up over 400 flying hours during his service in Afghanistan is trapped in the US while he serves in the UK because the Home Office will not give her a visa to join her husband.

Marianne Rawlins, 34, said she was now homeless after her husband, Lt Simon Rawlins, nicknamed Top Gun by his colleagues, relocated to the UK earlier this year and she packed up her life and belongings in the expectation of joining him.

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Madrid will press ahead with suspending autonomy on Saturday after Catalan leader refuses to abandon independence push

The Spanish government is to suspend Catalonia’s autonomy and impose direct rule after the region’s president refused to abandon the push for independence that has led to Spain’s biggest political crisis for 40 years.

The announcement of the unprecedented measure came after the Catalan president, Carles Puigdemont, threatened a unilateral declaration of independence if the Spanish government did not agree to talks on the issue.

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Muslim Council of Britain accuses Channel 4 documentary of brownface and says it has caused deep offence

A Channel 4 documentary in which a white woman is given the appearance of a Pakistani Muslim in order to experience public attitudes and Islamophobia has caused “deep offence”, the Muslim Council of Britain has said.

For the programme, to be aired next Monday, makeup artists darkened the skin of Katie Freeman and gave her a prosthetic nose. She was dressed in traditional Muslim clothing, including a hijab.

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Veteran Tory MP Edward Leigh attacks leader of Commons for saying government is not bound by Wednesday’s vote

The leader of the House of Commons, Andrea Leadsom, has been accused by senior Conservatives MPs of paving the way for “tyranny”, after the government whipped its MPs to abstain on a Labour motion on universal credit.

Leadsom faced criticism from some Conservative MPs after saying the government was not bound by the resolution, which called for the rollout of the controversial welfare changes to be paused.

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Met Office issues yellow warning for strong winds as ‘weather bomb’ develops over Atlantic

A “weather bomb” that is forecast to form over the Atlantic on Thursday and bring wind and heavy rain to the UK on Saturday has become the second named storm of the season.

Storm Brian is forecast to bring strong winds over Wales, north-west England and most of southern England on the first day of many pupils’ half-term holidays.

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Supermarkets and petrol stations hardest hit as lacklustre pay growth and rising inflation dent spending power

High street shops suffered a sales slump in September as the impact of rising inflation and sluggish wage growth dented consumer spending power.

Official figures showed that the amount of goods bought by consumers fell 0.8% in September from the previous month, setting the UK on course for a period of slow growth in the run-up to Christmas.

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Showing tongues and puppy eyes, and facial movement in general, was more likely when scientists faced the animals, suggesting conscious communication

Dogs really do turn on the puppy eyes when humans look at them, according to researchers studying canine facial expressions.

Scientists have discovered that dogs produce more facial movements when a human is paying attention to them – including raising their eyebrows, making their eyes appear bigger – than when they are being ignored or presented with a tasty morsel.

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Newcastle’s trial is a warning to the country: this benefit seems designed to punish ordinary people by causing a housing crisis. But do ministers care?

• Nick Forbes is leader of Newcastle city council, and heads Labour’s Local Government Association group

Our country is on the verge of a housing crisis as a result of universal credit, and I know because it is unfolding right now in Newcastle. The government is pushing ahead with a benefit reform that has a built-in wait for financial support averaging six weeks. This causes uncertainty, debt, and an unavoidable feeling that this “reform” is designed to punish.

Related: Revealed: universal credit sends rent arrears soaring

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Tom Marino might have withdrawn from consideration as Trump’s drug czar, but drug money is coursing through the veins of Congress – contributing directly to an epidemic that kills thousands of Americans each year

Donald Trump was not wrong. Hours before his nominee for “drug czar” withdrew from consideration over his part in a law limiting the Drug Enforcement Administration’s ability to crack down on pharmaceutical distributors feeding the US’s opioid epidemic, the president took a shot at the influence of drug companies over Congress.

“They contribute massive amounts of money to political people,” he said, standing next to Mitch McConnell, the Senate majority leader.

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The renowned CNN journalist on the BBC gender pay gap, fake news and what to expect on Radio 4’s flagship current affairs show on Friday

When the BBC has hundreds of talented women on staff, why would it ask an outsider to guest host the Today programme? Christiane Amanpour does not know.

The proposal “just came to me”, she said, “and I have such a respect for that programme, which I listen to every single morning, so I was really flattered and honoured to be asked. Everybody knows the Today programme.”

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It’s incredible. In Brussels tonight, this tactless, inept, humiliated prime minister will be the only thing keeping this nation on the plank it is walking

Another Brussels dinner tonight, another impasse. Yet Theresa May will face 27 people more enviably united round the dinner table than any group of 27 people she could assemble from within her own cabinet or party.

So mad is the Tory box of frogs that she has had to withdraw the EU withdrawal bill for the second time, with its hundreds of amendments. This bill Dominic Grieve calls “an astonishing monstrosity” is paralysed by its writhing contradictions, destined to lose vote after vote with 12 Tories already signed up to rebel.

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The Dutch version of The Voice is set to only feature contestants over the age of 65. From The Apprentice to Big Brother, we wonder which others shows would thrive with the same treatment

Very rarely does the television industry come up with a truly good idea. That said, it may have accidentally stumbled across one. The Dutch version of The Voice is about to make a spin-off series dedicated solely to pensioners.

The Voice Senior will consist of a handful of episodes, none broadcast live, that will feature only contestants aged 65 or over. And, honestly, it sounds like the best possible version of The Voice. Based on statistics alone, the standard version of the show is a dud, with none of the winners going on to achieve a meaningful career in music. Meanwhile, The Voice Kids comes with the horrible tang of exploitation, since its contestants are unable to process the level of rejection that participation requires.

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The One Directioner drifts towards the middle of the road with a debut album apparently designed to punctuate rounds of Ken Bruce’s PopMaster

It would appear that at some point towards the end of their career as the World’s Biggest Boyband, One Direction were quietly ushered into a room and told they had to face the future. A hat of some description was solemnly produced and the band members told to draw lots from it, in order to see which one would pursue which standard post-boyband solo career. Zayn Malik got “attempt to reinvent yourself as a credible R&B artist”. Cheeky Harry Styles pulled out “vaguely alternative rock” – a tough gig that led to him releasing an album that, depending on your perspective, either demonstrated his deep knowledge of classic rock, or sounded like a bizarre one-man episode of Stars in Their Eyes, with Styles variously impersonating the Rolling Stones, Elton John, U2 and David Bowie. Still, better luck than Louis Tomlinson, who got “pop-dance collaborations with EDM producers” and Liam Payne, stuck with “be a bit like Justin Timberlake or something”.

Related: The new directions of One Direction: what do the solo projects tell us?

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After a new study showed an alarming decline in insect populations we asked you to share your pictures of the creatures, in celebration of all they do for global ecosystems. Here are some of our favourites

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Since his death, a complicated picture of the comedian has emerged. We were friends at the height of his fame and I saw his cruelty first hand. Others say that he later changed, before his drinking spiralled out of control

Carl Donnelly was driving on Monday morning when his phone rang. He could not pick up, but when he saw who had called – someone who was friends with him and Sean Hughes – he guessed what was coming. He called back and learned that Hughes, just 51 years old, had been picked up from his home by an ambulance on Sunday night. On the way to hospital he went into cardiac arrest. He died shortly afterwards. It transpired that he was also suffering from cirrhosis of the liver.

Related: Sean Hughes obituary

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Society moves forward when brave individuals question the status quo – and now the FA has its own chance to be courageous by undergoing radical reform

As a mixed-heritage young Englishman, one of the best days of my life and proudest moments of my career was representing my country at under-21 level, being a part of an occasion where we played in the first match at the newly built Wembley stadium.

Stepping out on to the hallowed turf, wearing that white shirt and hearing the national anthem in front of my family, both black and white, still gives me goose bumps and fills me with pride at not only representing the country I am proud to be a citizen of but also the traditions of representing a nation that has the honour of being revered as the home of football.

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After losing his world title, his unbeaten record, his trainer and his love of boxing, Frampton feels reborn and may even fight for five more years – if his wife lets him

By Paul Gibson for The Balls of Wrath, part of the Guardian Sport Network

A little over three years ago Carl Frampton defeated Kiko Martínez on a bitterly cold night in Belfast to become a world champion for the first time. He walked into the post-fight press conference wearing a Santa suit and a shiny new IBF belt, looking as content with life as a young man could be. That was Frampton back then, his manner upbeat, his delivery fresh, his outlook positive. He was 27 years old, unbeaten and each step he took was forward and into a wonderful unknown.

I’ve spoken with him many times since that night. I’ve watched him train, sat ringside at his fights and spent the day with him when he defeated Scott Quigg in their great domestic showdown in 2016. His natural, understated charisma means he is always engaging but it was hard not to sense a creeping despondency as each fight came and went. At times his default manner was more downbeat, his delivery a little stale, his outlook apparently neutral at best.

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The championship leader is considering kneeling during the US national anthem on Sunday but F1 and politics have never been comfortable bedfellows

Lewis Hamilton is the most fascinating character in Formula One and thankfully so. It is a sport whose participants have become so stage-managed as to have hidden their personalities behind a slick corporate veneer. Hamilton has been steadfast in remaining true to himself. At this weekend’s US Grand Prix, he may do so again but with potentially huge and also perhaps unexpected repercussions. If the British driver chooses to kneel during the US national anthem on Sunday, as he has said he is considering, it will put him at the heart of one of the most divisive conflicts between politics and sport in recent history.

Related: Ferrari vow to fight Lewis Hamilton to the bitter end of 2017 season | Giles Richards

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• Match is switched by Sky to evening of Friday 22 December instead
• Arsenal face two games that midweek if they progress in Carabao Cup

The Premier League fixture between Arsenal and Liverpool at the Emirates Stadium will not be moved to Christmas Eve after a backlash from supporters against the Sky TV-driven proposal.

Christmas Eve falls on a Sunday this year and Sky had wanted to schedule the game that night. Instead, it has moved the match to the evening of Friday 22 December.

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This week’s roundup also features Mitch Trubisky’s two-point conversion, some UFC cartwheeling and fun and games in Bosnian football

1) Lewis Hamilton can overtake Michael Schumacher in the all-time US Grand Prix standings with victory on Sunday. Back when a dry F1 race wasn’t settled on the first corner, the 1990 edition saw Ayrton Senna and Jean Alesi battle it out in a Phoneix classic. Hamilton won on the race’s return in 2012, as the DRS zone delivered some great racing in the newly minted Circuit of the Americas. In 1984, Nigel Mansell got out and pushed his Lotus toward the finish line in Dallas, but fainted from exhaustion in searing heat. At least some racing happened, unlike the controversial 2005 procession for Michael Schumacher at the Indianapolis Raceway, where Martin Brundle delivered an all-time classic paddock interview with Bernie Ecclestone. Indy was no stranger to the bizarre, just ask 2002 winner Rubens Barrichello. Finally, here’s the 1976 edition, where James Hunt closed Niki Lauda’s driver’s championship lead to just three points.

2) Natalie Sciver announced herself as a star as England won the Women’s World Cup at Lord’s this summer but she made the Australians take notice in the 2015 Ashes, hitting 66 to set up victory in the first one day international of the series. Sarah Taylor has long been a thorn in the side of the Southern Stars – this catch from the third ODI back in 2013 is still jaw dropping:

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The City manager says he is in the job to win not to entertain but, as Napoli demonstrated, a stubborn refusal to go direct could offer opponents hope

Immediately after Saturday’s strikingly beautiful demolition of Stoke City, which came if you remember a couple of hours after Manchester United’s exercise in cautious negativity at Anfield, Pep Guardiola was asked whether he would always insist on his Manchester City team being committed to entertaining football.

No, came the somewhat surprising answer. “I am not here for entertainment. I am here to win.”

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