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Atlantic 'weather bomb' to bring strong winds and heavy rain to UK

Met Office issues yellow warning for strong winds over Wales and southern England and will consider naming storm if forecast worsens The aftermath of a “weather bomb” that is forecast

UK retail sales slump in September as inflation and wage woes bite

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

Spain to impose direct rule on Catalonia as deadline passes

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

Crime rising at increasing rate in England and Wales, police figures show

Rise of 13% in the 12 months to June is accompanied by even greater increases in violent offences including knife crime and sex offences The rise in crime is accelerating

Chinese growth slows, but on track to beat targets – business live

China’s GDP expanded by 6.8% over the last year, as investors await the latest healthcheck on Britain’s retail sector China on track to beat 2017 growth target The agenda: UK

Brexit talks: UK must prepare to leave without deal, say former ministers

Four ex-ministers write to Theresa May urging her to walk away from talks if EU27 continue refusing to discuss future trade The UK will inevitably leave the EU without a

Demolishing Dushanbe: how the former city of Stalinabad is erasing its Soviet past

The Tajik capital’s Soviet-era buildings are being systematically razed and replaced by multistorey apartments and malls. Most residents seem pleased “Once this shop was one of the most beautiful buildings

Thursday briefing: plight of Calais child refugees revealed

Chaos and distress for unaccompanied minors brought to UK … calls for heads to roll at FA … dog race gets first drug scandal Hello and good morning, Graham Russell

Daphne Caruana Galizia: We knew establishment was out to get her – family

Murdered investigative journalist’s sons tell of attempts on their mother’s life, and why they blame a ‘takedown of the rule of law’ in Malta for her death Looking back, they

Sculpture by the Sea 2017: coastal artworks go on show – in pictures

The annual art event brings a range of works to the Sydney coastal walk between Bondi beach and Tamarama. This year the outdoor exhibition celebrates its 21st birthday, featuring creations