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A Brexit no deal would hit millions of British families, major new study warns

A Brexit no deal would hit millions of British families, major new study warns

A no-deal Brexit will leave millions of British households £500-a-year worse off, a major new study has found. The detailed research concludes those who “struggle to get food on the table” will be hit hardest, with new trade tariffs causing the cost of essential goods to rise significantly.

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Theresa May told to 'stop wasting money' on plans to axe 50 MPs because they will be stopped

Theresa May told to 'stop wasting money' on plans to axe 50 MPs because they will be stopped

Theresa May has been told to “stop wasting money” on plans to axe 50 MPs and create a slimmed-down Commons, because she is too weak to force them through. Fresh proposals for new constituency boundaries are published today – but were immediately declared a “dead duck”, after the Prime Minister lost her majority.

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Death toll rises as Ophelia ravages Ireland

Death toll rises as Ophelia ravages Ireland

Three people have been killed in Ireland as ex-hurricane Ophelia swept through the country at speeds of up to 96mph, downing trees, ripping off rooftops and causing widespread disruption.  Hundreds of thousands of people lost power and government offices, infrastructure, schools and workplaces were closed, as forecasters warned of “potential danger to life”.

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Iraq takes Kirkuk from Kurds in move that destabilises region still further and brings end to move for independence

Iraq takes Kirkuk from Kurds in move that destabilises region still further and brings end to move for independence

Elite Iraqi security forces have captured the Kurdish government headquarters buildings in the centre of Kirkuk with the Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi ordering the Iraqi flag to be raised over Kirkuk and other disputed territories. An Iraqi Oil Ministry official said that it would be “a very short time” before the Iraqi military seized all the oilfields in Kirkuk province.

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Comedian Sean Hughes dies, aged 51

Comedian Sean Hughes dies, aged 51

Groundbreaking Irish stand-up and Never Mind the Buzzcocks panellist Sean Hughes has died aged 51.  The comedian, born in London and raised in Dublin, first performed at the Comedy Store in 1987. He went on to win the main prize at the prestigious Perrier Comedy Awards – now the Edinburgh Comedy Awards – in 1990 for A One Night Stand With Sean Hughes. At 24, Hughes was the youngest comedian ever to win the accolade.

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Scientists just saw two stars crashing so hard they made the universe wobble and produce gold

Scientists just saw two stars crashing so hard they made the universe wobble and produce gold

Scientists have observed two stars slamming into each other deep in space, sending out huge amounts of gold in an alchemical explosion. The super-dense stars crashed together 130 million light years away, spewing out precious metals and other heavy elements like platinum and uranium – and experts say the event has kickstarted a "new chapter in astrophysics" and confirmed theories about the origin of the mysterious neutron stars.

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Ophelia has turned the sun red

Ophelia has turned the sun red

The sky has turned dark and the sun a deep orange because of Storm Ophelia. All over England, the sky looked as if it was in the middle of a sandstorm. The sky was a deep brown and orange, and the sun turned red – or disappeared behind the swirls of sand in the sky. If it resembled something you'd expect to see in the Sahara Desert, that's because it was. The sand and dust had been carried over from southern Europe and Africa by recent bizarre weather, and as it swirled around it turned the sky dark.

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'One-woman Wikileaks' who worked on Panama Papers killed by car bomb in Malta

'One-woman Wikileaks' who worked on Panama Papers killed by car bomb in Malta

A prominent journalist who played a major role in the Panama Papers case has been killed in Malta.  Daphne Caruana Galizia, whose investigative work focused on corruption, was killed when a car bomb blew her vehicle to pieces.  A politician said her death marked the “collapse of the rule of law” in Malta, the smallest in the European Union. Tributes to Galizia poured in on Monday evening, as thousands of Maltese gathered in the streets for a candlelight vigil to the reporter.

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Brexit has forced Andrew Lloyd Webber to quit the House of Lords

Brexit has forced Andrew Lloyd Webber to quit the House of Lords

Composer Andrew Lloyd Webber is quitting the House of Lords because his workload means he cannot attend crucial votes on Brexit. The Tory peer, known for musicals including the Phantom of the Opera and Cats, said the demands of being a member of the upper house were "very different" from when he joined in 1997. The 69-year-old said he was facing the busiest work schedule of his career and it would be "impossible" to regularly take part in debates or votes on the process of leaving the European Union.

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