Death toll from Italy quake rises to 247

More fatalities expected as search for survivors continues

UK migrant numbers dipped ahead of EU vote

Net migration maintained near-record level of 327,000 in the year to March

Colombia agrees peace deal with Farc

Accord to end long civil war depends on ‘yes’ vote in plebiscite

Automatic citizenship urged for EU medics

Think-tank warns on risk of key personnel leaving NHS

Self-driving taxis hit the road in Singapore

US start-up nuTonomy launches world’s first public trial

US companies braced for tax shake-up

Reform seen as long overdue as overseas cash pile rises to $1.2tn

Earth finds neighbour just 4 light years away

Discovery of nearest planet to ours with potential for life

Vice chief predicts old-media ‘bloodbath’

Smith says revolution will see groups ‘snapping bits off each other’

Turkey pushes into Syria to contain Kurds

Backing its Nato ally’s offensive was necessary for Washington

Oil data raise Scots independence doubts

Collapse in North Sea revenues increases deficit to 9.5% of GDP

Finding work proves harder for world youth

Number of unemployed to rise as emerging nations suffer recession

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Pension megadeals lose their allure

Lower-for-longer rates lift cost of taking schemes off balance sheets

Suits join the hoodies with blockchain push

Cost savings and low returns drive lenders into working with system underpinning bitcoin

Conversation starters: Comments from our readers

"The question for me is what competencies people require as they start work. We have a knowledge-based economy and a key part of that knowledge is being able to innovate and challenge the way things are done, University is supposed to foster that. Perhaps one problem is employers recruiting someone to a first job want conformity (perhaps rightly) not challenge."
Steve2020 on Are universities worth it?



"The economic opportunity, as explored by Patrick Minford and others, is for free trade to reduce food prices. The longer term reallocation of UK resources would expand the economy. But there is a price to pay. The consequential shrinkage of farming would materially alter our rural landscape with profound social and environmental consequences, particularly in uplands."
David Campbell on The fate of British farming lies with the Treasury



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