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UK and EU agree Brexit transition deal

Brexit Secretary David Davis held talks with EU chief negotiator Michel Barnie

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A Brexit transition deal has been agreed which will allow talks on the future trade relationship between the EU and UK to be triggered later this week.

Brexit Secretary David Davis hailed the agreement between Britain and the European Commission as a "significant step" following talks with EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier in Brussels.

But the thorny question of the Irish border and the governance of the eventual withdrawal agreement remain to be settled.

Commuters face travel disruption as 'Beast from East 2.0' strikes

Heavy snowfall over the weekend has left parts of the country skidding to a standstill. The south-west of England is taking the brunt of the cold weather, which has been dubbed "Beast from the East 2.0" by forecasters.

In Devon, a 64 mile stretch of the A30, which connects major towns in the county, was closed after police deemed it impassable for motorists. Police are warning people to "only travel if necessary."

Teenager convicted over Parsons Green Tube bombing

Eighteen-year-old Ahmed Hassan has been found guilty of attempted murder over the Parsons Green Tube bombing which injured around 30 people.

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The Iraqi-born teenager set off the homemade device on a crowded rush-hour train on 15 September last year.

A fireball swept through the carriage, burning passengers’ skin, hair and clothing when the device, concealed in a supermarket carrier bag, detonated.

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Hassan was living with foster parents at a home in Sunbury, near Heathrow Airport, at the time of the bombing. He was studying media at college and had ambitions to become a wildlife photographer, following in the footsteps of renowned naturalist David Attenborough.

During the trial, he told the court that he did not intend to cause an explosion - he only wanted to spark a fire. But the prosecution argued that it was a "matter of luck" that a larger explosion had not occurred.

Being a full-time mum 'doesn't bring me happiness'

Magazine editor Natasha Pearlman has made a surprising confession - "being with my daughter every day doesn't bring me, or her, the happiness and fulfilment I had hoped for."

While she loves her daughter "completely", she has discovered that spending time at home with her is not what she wants, and although she's now freelance she is paying for full-time childcare.

But should she be making more of this opportunity that many working women would love to have?

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