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Tuesday 17th October 2017
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Hospital order for Burnley man who killed partner

Gary Fletcher admits killing a woman after her body was found in a cupboard at their Burnley home.

British fighter: 'I can't go back to my own country'

After battling IS troops to take back Raqqa, Kimmie Taylor worries about police action in the UK.

House prices - has the home ownership dream soured?

Frustrations as house values in many parts of the country fail to recover from the financial crisis of 2007.

Turkey death: 'Blunt head trauma' killed Blackpool man Simon Marx

The death of Simon Marx, 42, is now being treated as suspicious following a post-mortem examination.

Red Arrows jets could have to be built abroad, MPs warn

A group of MPs has urged the government to replace the Red Arrows' jets in a bid to save jobs.

Teenager arrested for pointing torch at helicopter

A 16-year-old boy is arrested for pointing a laser torch into the cockpit of a police helicopter.

Burnley draw with West Ham United

West Ham boss Slaven Bilic is "disappointed and angry" with Andy Carroll after the striker's sending off in their draw at Burnley.

Calum Woods: Preston North End defender signs new contract

Preston North End defender Calum Woods signs a new contract, keeping him at the Championship side until the summer of 2019.

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Kirkuk: Iraqi forces seize largest oilfields near city

Two more oilfields are seized as government troops take over areas under Iraqi Kurdish control.

Catalonia: Spain detains two separatists

A Spanish judge orders the detention of two Catalan pro-independence leaders accused of sedition.

Malta journalist death: Caruana Galizia's son denounces "mafia state"

Malta's Daphne Caruana Galizia was "assassinated" for standing up to corruption, her son says.

Syria war: US-backed forces 'control' Raqqa

The Syrian Democratic Forces says only a few dozen Islamic State militants remain in the city.

Portugal fires: Three days of national mourning for wildfire victims

At least 36 people died in Portugal and three in Spain in a wave of wildfires Sunday and Monday.

Australia launches revenge porn reporting tool

One in five Australians have been victims of image-based abuse, but very few report the offence.

US Army sergeant Bowe Bergdahl admits desertion

The 31-year-old US Army sergeant tells the court his conduct was "very inexcusable".

Ahmad Khan Rahimi found guilty of New York bombing

Rahimi, 29, was described by prosecutors as a "soldier in a holy war against Americans".

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Dashcam shows car mounting pavement to avoid queue

Dashcam footage showed the 28-year-old driver leaving the road to avoid a queue.

Why is the sun red? BBC Weather's Charlie Slater explains

What has caused the red-looking sun reported across parts of England?

Sleeping rough with post-natal depression

Mhairi started to sleep rough in Bournemouth after suffering post-natal depression.

Buying a house made 'impossible' by rental costs

Rental costs in Cambridge make it hard for people to buy their own homes, according to one couple.

Grenfell art auction raises £1.9m

Artists including Antony Gormley and Tracey Emin donated works for surviving families.

Female friends for Thomas the Tank Engine

The 70-year-old children's franchise has been revamped for the latest TV series.

Ex-Emmerdale star reveals 42nd Street wardrobe secrets

Backstage with the stars of 42nd Street

Storm Ophelia whips up NI dam waves

Ryan Simpson took this footage of Spelga Dam in County Down feeling the full force of storm Ophelia.

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1.      Island life suits children. Orkney and Shetland have been identified as the best places in Britain to raise a family. This year’s children’s quality of life survey from Halifax ranked Orkney first for the third year in a row based on factors including school spending per public, class size and academic results. Shetland ranked second, Craven in North Yorkshire was third and the Western Isles came fourth. The Times
 

2.      Could a single deep-sea wind farm power the world? A major new study, published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, has claimed that all of Earth’s energy needs could be met by a single massive deep-sea wind farm stretching across the Atlantic. The authors have calculated that a wind farm covering about three million square km (1.2 million square miles) of ocean - roughly the size of India - could theoretically be used to generate “civilisation scale power”, or 18 terawatts, humanity’s entire current energy needs. The Economist
 

3.      Britain enjoying record number of tourists. The UK is attracting a record number of tourists, with nearly 40m people expected to have visited the country during 2017. VisitBritain, a tourist agency, predicts that overseas trips to the UK will increase 6% to 39.7m with spending up 14% to £25.7bn this year. With Brits holidaying at home in record numbers, in the form of ‘staycations’, tourism is worth £127bn annually to the economy. Daily Mail
 

4.      IMF says taxing rich does not hit growth. The International Monetary Fund has published analysis suggesting that Western countries would not damage growth if they increased taxes for the top 1% of earners. Labour, which has proposed a new 45% tax band for those earning more than £80,000, said the statement shows that fairer taxes are needed in the UK. The Independent
 

5.      Mockingbird novel removed from Mississippi schools. To Kill a Mockingbird has been removed from a Mississippi school's reading list because it was making "people uncomfortable". School administrators in Biloxi made the decision to withdraw Harper Lee's American classic about racism from the 8th grade curriculum after receiving complaints about the language in the book. The 1960s novel has sold 30 million copies worldwide. Daily Mail
 

6.      Speeding drivers could soon receive life sentences. Drivers who cause death by speeding, street racing or using a mobile phone may be handed life sentences under new legislation. Ministers are also exploring the possibility of a new charge of causing death by dangerous cycling after a series of incidents involving bikes. Justice Minister Dominic Raab said the government had "taken a long hard look at driving sentences" after receiving 9,000 replies to a public consultation. The Guardian
 

7.      End to raw sewage on train tracks. Train toilets will no longer empty directly onto the tracks by the end of 2019, Network Rail says. There are still around 500 carriages in the UK that do exactly that. “You quickly learn to turn your back and close your mouth when you’re trackside and a train is passing. As I know first hand,” said Network Rail boss Mark Carne. Metro
 

8.      Online dating crimes rise dramatically. Reported crime related to online dating increased by 382% between 2011 and 2016. Last year, 676 incidents were reported to police. Of these, 106 were sexual crimes and 240 were violent attacks. Sky News
 

9.  The bottom line. The price of a handshake and a backstage photo with singer Ed Sheeran reportedly costs £3,400. A “VIP package” with Britney Spears costs £1,900; Rihanna’s fans need only fork out £757. Sunday Express