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Grenfell Tower: Eleven high rises ‘fail fire-risk tests’

Cladding on about 600 high rises in England is being tested, as Premier Inn admits concerns about three of its hotels. Source: BBC

Raqqa: The desperate fight for Islamic State group’s ‘capital’

The BBC's Gabriel Gatehouse is one of the first reporters to reach the de-facto IS capital Raqqa. Source: BBC

Theresa May to present Brexit plans to EU leaders

The PM is heading to Brussels the day after Brexit dominates her Queen's Speech programme. Source: BBC

London fire: Kensington council chief quits

Nicholas Holgate says he is "heartbroken" by the tower block fire in which at least 79 people died. Source: BBC

Boris Johnson struggles in interview

The foreign secretary struggled to explain how the PM would tackle "burning injustices". Source: BBC

Queen’s Speech 2017: May promises ‘humility’

Brexit is set to dominate as the government sets out its legislative plans for the next two years. Source: BBC

Policing ‘at risk’ as officers deal with terror

Police are switching resources from mainstream law enforcement to deal with the terror threat, officers say. Source: BBC

Russian jet ‘flies 5ft from US spy plane’ over Baltic Sea

The US accuses the Russian pilot of making an "unsafe" manoeuvre, but Moscow disputes that account. Source: BBC

Otto Warmbier: Trump condemns ‘brutal’ N Korea as student dies

Otto Warmbier's case remains a mystery, as the student dies six days after he is returned to the US. Source: BBC

Barclays and ex-staff charged with fraud

The Serious Fraud Office charges relate to the bank's fundraising during the 2008 financial crisis. Source: BBC

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Ex-diplomat on why Putin aims to “chip away at American influence”

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Public sector pay cap under review, No 10 suggests

Ministers hint the 1% limit could be lifted as a Labour move to scrap it is defeated in Parliament. Source: BBC