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INTERNATIONAL: MPs' vote on Brexit deal ruled out by Speaker John Bercow

The Commons Speaker has refused a government request to hold a "yes" or "no" vote on its Brexit deal.

John Bercow said a motion on the deal had already been brought before MPs on Saturday, and it would be "repetitive and disorderly" to debate it again.

Saturday's sitting saw an amended motion nodded through by MPs, which withholds approval of Boris Johnson's deal until it has been passed into law.

The PM agreed a deal with the EU last week, but it must be approved by MPs.

INTERNATIONAL: Brexit: EU and UK reach deal but DUP refuses support

A Brexit deal has been agreed between the UK and EU before a meeting of European leaders in Brussels.

Boris Johnson and Jean-Claude Juncker called it a "fair" outcome. The EU Commission President said there was no need to extend the Brexit deadline.

He said: "We have a deal so why should we have a prolongation."

This will be a boost for the PM [Boris Johnson], but he still faces a battle to get the deal through Parliament on Saturday, with the DUP opposing it.

Mr Johnson urged MPs to "come together" and "get this excellent deal over the line".

International: Windrush controversy leads to change in UK's Home Secretary

The fallout of the Windrush controversy in the United Kingdom has led to the resignation of British Home Secretary Amber Rudd.

Sajid Javid has been appointed as home secretary, replacing Rudd who resigned after repeatedly struggling to account for her role in the unjust treatment of Windrush-generation migrants.

UK prime minister Theresa May announced Javid’s appointment on Monday morning, installing the communities secretary to the Home Office where his first job will be to deal with the ongoing immigration debacle.

Update: 19 confirmed dead, 50 injured in Manchester Arena blast

Some 19 people have died and 50 injured after an explosion at the Manchester Arena concert venue, Greater Manchester Police has confirmed.

Witnesses reported hearing a “huge bang” at the venue during an Ariana Grande gig on Monday evening, which police quickly described as a ‘serious incident’.

Footage posted on social media showed people fleeing the 21,000-capacity venue screaming, and the area around the arena was swamped with police and emergency services.