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Spain to 'force Catalonia into early election'

By Europe Correspondent, Michelle Clifford in Barcelona, and Ceren Senkul, News Reporter The Spanish government and the main opposition have agreed to hold an early election in Catalonia – effectively sacking the regional government. A spokesman from the opposition Spanish Socialist Workers Party said on Friday that an …

Data break

Image caption South Africa has been hit by what is described as the worst data breach in history Authorities in South Africa are investigating a data breach which has seen the personal details of more than 30 million citizens leaked on the internet – placing them at risk …

Shooting stars due as meteor shower peaks

Shooting stars are expected to streak across the sky as Earth passes through debris left behind by a comet. Stargazers are hoping to see the meteor shower peak this weekend, with the Orionid meteors – which appear every year – producing around 20 meteors every hour. The meteoroids …

Brexit: UK will struggle to change UK borders in time, says watchdog

Image copyright Getty Images The government will struggle to deliver the “huge changes” required to the UK’s borders in time for Brexit, Meg Hillier, chairwoman of the Commons public accounts committee. The Labour MP was responding to a report by the National Audit Office, the UK’s spending watchdog. …

Pollution hot spots around the world

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Nuclear North Korea is non-negotiable, diplomat says

Image copyright EPA Image caption North Korea has stepped up its missile testing in recent months A North Korea diplomat has said the country’s ballistic nuclear weapons programme is non-negotiable. Choe Son-hui said the US should “be prepared to co-exist with” a nuclear North Korea. She said it …

São Paulo's 'dog food' plan for poor children divides Brazil

Image copyright Reuters Image caption A woman holds up a placard reading “food pellets are not a meal” during a protest Plans to feed poor children reconstituted food made from leftovers near expiry have sparked a growing row in the Brazilian city of São Paulo. The product, known …

MP Clive Lewis sorry for 'unacceptable language' after video

Image copyright PA A Labour MP has apologised for using “offensive and unacceptable” language at the party conference last month. Norwich South MP Clive Lewis was filmed on stage at a fringe event in Brighton saying: “Get on your knees, bitch” – the video emerged on social media. …

Google offers hackers $1,000 to hack its apps

Google is offering security researchers a $1,000 (£760) bounty if they can successfully hack apps on its Play Store and help fix them. Bug bounty programmes are a popular way for companies to reward hackers who find vulnerabilities in their software and disclose them to developers so they …

Macron accuses UK of 'no deal' bluff

European leaders have suggested Britain is “bluffing” about a “no deal” divorce after a high-stakes summit in Brussels. French President Emmanuel Macron suggested British ministers were making “noise” and giving “false information” about the risk of a cliff-edge separation with the EU. “There is one negotiator on the …