News Daily: Brexit 'end' plan, and UK embassy worker's murder

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May to discuss 'end' plan for Brexit

EU countries have agreed that talks on Brexit can move on. So what does the UK want from its future relationship with them? Theresa May will address that subject - the so-called "end state" - later when she chairs the "Brexit cabinet", consisting of a dozen or so of her most senior ministers.

The prime minister will also update Parliament on last week's Brussels summit, telling MPs she wants to sign trade deals with countries outside the EU during the "implementation period" immediately after Brexit happens in March 2019.

The EU says discussions on the long-term trading relationship between itself and the UK are not likely to start before next March - although "internal preparatory discussions" can take place before then. Labour argues the timescale could be a "real problem" for business. But Mrs May will tell MPs she wants "access to one another's markets" to "continue as now, while we prepare and implement the new processes and new systems that will underpin our future partnership".

It's going to be another busy day of Brexit news, so why not reacquaint yourself with all the issues, using our guide?

Murder probe after British woman found dead in Lebanon

Police in Lebanon are investigating the murder of Rebecca Dykes, a British woman whose body was found on the side of a motorway at the weekend. Sources told the BBC that Ms Dykes - who worked at the UK embassy in Beirut - had been strangled. It is believed she was abducted after leaving a going-away party for a colleague. A post-mortem examination is due to take place later. Hugo Shorter, the UK's ambassador to Lebanon, tweeted that embassy staff were "deeply shocked" and "saddened" by Ms Dykes's death.

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Power cut hits world's busiest airport

More than 1,000 flights have been cancelled following a power cut at the world's busiest airport. A fire is believed to have caused the problem at Hartsfield-Jackson international airport, in Atlanta, Georgia. It handles more than 250,000 passengers and almost 2,500 flights every day. Images shared on social media showed passengers waiting in darkness.

Farah named Sports Personality of the Year

Four-time Olympic champion Sir Mo Farah has been named BBC Sports Personality of the Year for 2017. The 34-year-old, who won his third successive 10,000m world championship gold medal in London in the summer, said: "I didn't imagine I was ever going to win this but anything can happen. If you work hard you can achieve your dreams." World Superbike champion Jonathan Rea came second in the public poll and two-time Paralaympic champion (and recent Strictly Come Dancing contestant) Jonnie Peacock was third.

The 'completely childish' man hanged for murder

By Sanchia Berg

Medical reports released to the National Archives this summer show that Gwynne Owen Evans, who was hanged in 1964 at the age of 24, had serious psychological problems. But his defence team made no attempt to enter a plea of diminished responsibility - a plea that, if accepted, would have saved his life.

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What the papers say

Several newspapers lead with the killing of UK embassy worker Rebecca Dykes in Beirut, the Daily Mirror describing it as a "horror attack". The i reports that Ms Dykes had been about to fly home to see her family for Christmas. Elsewhere, the Times says Conservative MPs are urging Theresa May to stay as prime minister until 2021 to oversee trade talks with the EU. The Daily Mail warns that six million middle-class workers are failing to save enough for retirement. And the Daily Express predicts that 70mph winds will batter the UK over Christmas.

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