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The pair got married in May and the baby is due in spring

Meghan and Harry expecting a baby

A ‘delighted’ Harry and Meghan have announced they are expecting their first child in spring 2019.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, who got married in May, made the announcement as they kicked off their 16-day tour of Australia.

Meghan is thought to be 12 weeks’ pregnant and said to be in good health. Victoria and James are the bookies’ early favourites for the baby’s name.

Britain edging close to Brexit no-deal

Theresa May has claimed the UK and EU have come close to an agreement on the contentious issue of the Ireland border – but said she’s not willing to agree to any deal that would keep Northern Ireland alone in the single market and the customs union.

“We’re in the final stages of negotiations. This is the time for cool, calm heads to prevail,” May said in a speech to a background of laughter and heckling in the House of Commons.

She said there has been “a great deal of inaccurate speculation” about what has been going on within Brexit talks and said both sides have made real progress towards the withdrawal agreement and the future trade relationship.

Universal Credit ‘forcing women into sex work’

Women have been pushed into sex work following the rollout of universal credit, an MP has said.

Frank Field said women in his constituency, Birkenhead, had resorted to prostitution for the first time in their lives after being left destitute by the new system.

In response, Work and Pensions Secretary Esther McVey suggested Mr  Field could “tell these ladies that now we’ve got record job vacancies – 830,000 and perhaps there are other jobs on offer”.

Mechanic accidentally blows up fighter jet

A Belgian mechanic has destroyed a multi-million pound fighter jet after he fired a Vulcan cannon while carrying out repairs at an air force base.

The man was working with a colleague on two F-16s in a hangar near the control tower when he inadvertently fired the cannon.

The £15m plane, which was out of his line of sight, caught fired and exploded. Belgium’s Ministry of Defence is investigating the bizarre incident.