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Theresa May is holding talks in Brussels on Monday - REUTERS

Theresa May is gearing up for crunch talks in Brussels on Brexit, Harvey Weinstein has been accused of rape from a Hollyoaks actress, and passengers have described the panic on board an AirAsia flight during a mid-air emergency.   

Meanwhile, Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino is eyeing the England job, while Antonio Conte is predicting a "difficult season" ahead.   

If you've been away from a screen or newspaper all weekend or want a summary, here's a quick recap of the main events.

1. Theresa May heads to Brussels for crunch talks

Theresa May will travel to Brussels for talks with European Union leaders amid reports that she has personally urged Angela Merkel to end the Brexit stand-off.

The meeting on Monday comes days after Jean-Claude Juncker, the President of the EU Commission, and Michel Barnier, the EU’s chief negotiator said talks about Britain leaving the EU in March 2019 were deadlocked.

Prime Minister Theresa May phoned German Chancellor Angela Merkel to urge her to help end the Brexit stand-off Credit: Reuters

Mrs May is taking Oliver Robbins, the civil servant leading the Brexit talks, with her for the dinner - the first since a frosty meal in Downing Street in April. Mr Juncker was reported to have launched a scathing attack on Mrs May during the April dinner, saying that Brexit “cannot be a success". 

Downing Street sources insisted Monday's meeting had "been in the diary for weeks" but the announcement caused surprise in Westminster, and comes after last week's negotiations ended with little movement.

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2. Hollyoaks actress claims Weinstein raped her

A British actress has revealed she told police Harvey Weinstein raped her as the organisation behind the Oscars expelled the producer over allegations of sexual abuse.

Lysette Anthony said she had told the Metropolitan Police she was attacked by Weinstein in her London home in the late Eighties. Scotland Yard had previously said it had received an allegation of sexual assault without naming the producer.

Anthony, 54, told The Sunday Times she met the producer when she starred in 1982 sci-fi film Krull and the alleged assault occurred a few years later.

She said it was a "pathetic, revolting" attack that had left her "disgusted and embarrassed".

Harvey Weinstein has been accused of rape  Credit: Reuters 

The Hollyoaks actress's claim follows several allegations of rape made by actresses in the US against Weinstein, all of which he has strenuously denied.

On Saturday some of the film industry's most powerful figures, including Tom Hanks, Steven Spielberg and Whoopi Goldberg, voted to expel the film producer from their ranks.

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3. Panic amid AirAsia flight drama

Passengers on board an AirAsia flight have described the terrifying moment when the plane lost cabin pressure and plunged 20,000 feet shortly after take off. 

Flight QZ535 was just 25 minutes into its journey from Perth to Bali when it was forced to turn back because of a technical issue on Sunday morning.

Oxygen masks dropped from the ceiling as a precaution and the 145 passengers were told to adopt the "brace" position as the plane dropped altitude. 

"I actually picked up my phone and sent a text message to my family, just hoping that they would get it," Leah, a passenger from Perth, told Nine News.

"We were all pretty much saying goodbye to each other. It was really upsetting."

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4. Somalia terror attack claims almost 300 lives

The death toll from a truck bomb that exploded near to a hotel and market in Mogadishu rose to 276 on Sunday, making it the worst terrorist atrocity in the country's history. 

Saturday's savage attack targeted a busy street close to several important ministries in Somalia's capital. Officials say about 300 people were wounded.

"This is the deadliest attack ever," police official Ibrahim Mohamed told AFP.

Civilians evacuate from the scene of an explosion in KM4 street in the Hodan district of Mogadishu Credit: Reuters

Most of the bodies in have been burnt beyond recognition, and police are braced for the number to rise due to the severity of the injuries sustained in the blast, which is the Horn Of Africa's deadliest single attack.

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5. Far-Right surges in Austria election

The far-Right was on the verge of returning to government in Austria following elections on Sunday.

Sebastian Kurz appeared all but certain to become the world’s youngest leader at just 31 after his conservative People’s Party (ÖVP) was the clear winner in initial exit polls.

But the nationalist Freedom Party (FPÖ) led by Heinz-Christian Strache looked set to emerge as kingmaker in coalition talks after Mr Kurz failed to win an outright majority.

Austria's Foreign Minister and leader of Austria's centre-right People's Party (OeVP) Sebastian Kurz leaves a polling station during general elections in Vienna Credit: AFP

With 85 per cent of votes counted, the Freedom Party was locked in a neck-and-neck battle for second place with the Social Democrat party (SPÖ) of outgoing chancellor Christian Kern.

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6. Pochettino eyes England job

Mauricio Pochettino has paraded his credentials for an eventual tilt at the England manager’s job on the eve of a crucial test of character on one of Europe’s grandest stages.

The Argentine travels to Spain for Tottenham’s Champions League appointment with holders Real Madrid in the Bernabeu on Tuesday. It brings a magnificent opportunity to gilt-edge his rapidly growing reputation as one of Europe’s most impressive young coaches.

Mauricio Pochettino says he would relish the chance to coach England Credit: Reuters

Pochettino is not thinking of switching to the international arena just yet but in an extract from his new book, published by a national newspaper at the weekend, the Tottenham manager makes his long-term ambitions clear.

“If I were to be an international manager one day, I’d relish the opportunity to coach the England national team. I’ve heard that I’ve been considered for the job before but I don’t know if there was any truth in it,” he wrote.

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7. Conte predicts 'difficult season'

Antonio Conte reacted to defeat by conceding this would be a “difficult season” while Gary Cahill admitted Chelsea may well have to match last season’s record-breaking winning run if they are to close the gap on Manchester City at the top of the table. Already the theme of Chelsea’s title defence is one of managing expectations.

At this stage last year, Conte’s side, reshaped after a painful defeat at Arsenal, had just beaten defending champions Leicester City 3-0, the second of 13 successive victories that laid the foundation of their success, to lie fifth, three points behind leaders Manchester City. 

 Antonio Conte looks dejected after the match against Crystal Palace Credit: Reuters

Twelve months on, both sides occupy the same positions, but the direction of travel has changed and defeat by a Crystal Palace side without a point or league goal before Saturday, coming on the back of a home loss to Pep Guardiola’s pacesetters, means there is now a much more daunting nine-point deficit between the teams.

Conte’s side now appear more fragile and particularly vulnerable to the loss of key players like Alvaro Morata and N’Golo Kante, both absent with hamstring injuries. 

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8. David Warner stokes Ashes fire

Australia opener David Warner has fired the opening salvo ahead of this winter's Ashes against England, likening the series to a "war" and saying the hosts would work up some "hatred" for their opponents to get in the right frame of mind.

Warner also insists he does not regret comments he made during the first Ashes Test at the Gabba in 2013 about England having "scared eyes", adding that he fully expected more words to be exchanged during the coming series.

David Warner  Credit: EPA

"As soon as you step on that line it's war," Warner said on ABC Grandstand. "You try and get into a battle as quick as you can. I try and look in the opposition's eyes and try and work out 'how can I dislike this player, how can I get on top of him?'

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Boris Johnson's wife, Marina Wheeler, helps as the Foreign Secretary boards a row boat with Czech Republic's Deputy Foreign Minister Ivo Sramek Credit: AFP

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