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    • Settle Brexit bill quickly to boost chance of free trade deal, say pro-EU Tories

      Prime minister urged not to heed call by hardliners to refuse to settle debts with Brussels after triggering article 50

      Theresa May will be urged by pro-EU Conservatives to reach a quick deal over the divorce bill from Brussels in order to maximise the chances of reaching a free trade deal within the tight deadline for Brexit talks.

      As the prime minister prepares to trigger article 50, the formal process for leaving the EU, on Wednesday, rebel Tories who seek the closest possible relationship with the EU are preparing to offer May political cover for settling what they see as Britain?s debts to Brussels.

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    • Westminster attacker Khalid Masood had interest in jihad, say police

      Scotland Yard says it has yet to find evidence linking Masood, who killed four people in London, with Islamic State

      Khalid Masood, the Westminster attacker, had a clear interest in jihad and his methods echoed the rhetoric of Islamic State leaders, Scotland Yard has said.

      Six days into the investigation, the Metropolitan police?s deputy assistant commissioner Neil Basu, who is also senior national coordinator for UK counter-terrorism policing, said there was no evidence that Masood had discussed the planning of his attack with others.

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    • United Airlines: leggings ban ´not sexist´ even though it affects women more

      United Airlines spokesman defends ?guidelines that apply to everyone? after two young girls wearing leggings were kept from boarding a plane in Denver

      The United Airlines dress code for pass riders is ?absolutely not? sexist, a spokesman for the carrier said on Monday, a day after a social media storm blew up when two young girls were prevented from wearing leggings when boarding a plane in Denver.

      Related: United Airlines defends gate decision to bar girls wearing leggings from flight

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    • New GCSEs: ´Only two pupils in England will get all top marks´

      Senior education adviser?s tweeted prediction dismissed as unhelpful as schools prepare for tougher grading system

      The chief analyst at the Department for Education (DfE) has estimated that just two pupils in England are likely to get all top grades in the new GCSEs being phased in from this summer.

      In recent years, parents, pupils and teachers have become accustomed to a sizeable number of the highest-achieving students in the most academically successful schools gaining all straight A*s in their GCSE examinations.

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    • Amber Rudd seeks more EU action over online extremism

      Green MEP Jan Philipp Albrecht says home secretary?s ideas would ?dramatically weaken internet security?

      Amber Rudd has called for more EU action to tackle online extremism, as she steps up pressure on tech firms to make it harder for terrorists to use the internet.

      Related: Why political rebels love WhatsApp

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