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Friday morning news briefing: 'We can do a deal', says Jean-Claude Juncker

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Boris Johnson and Jean-Claude Juncker leave their meeting in Luxembourg earlier this week - REX

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Brexit: EU chief hints Irish backstop could be dropped

Jean-Claude Juncker has given new Brexit hope by saying the EU can agree a new deal by October 31. Amid increasing optimism in Downing Street that an agreement is within reach, the European Commission president also said he was not "emotionally attached" to the Irish backstop. Brexit Secretary Stephen Barclay will meet chief EU negotiator Michel Barnier in Brussels today and there are growing signs the details could be hammered out when the PM meets EU leaders in New York next week. Here is what the pound did after Mr Juncker's comments. But Europe Editor Peter Foster explains in this analysis why it would be political suicide for Irish PM Leo Varadkar to back down on the backstop. And Matt draws inspiration for today's cartoon from loose-tongued David Cameron causing an "amount of displeasure" at Buckingham Palace.

Meanwhile, it has emerged that Commons Speaker John Bercow could be given the power to recall Parliament against Boris Johnson's wishes if the Prime Minister loses a legal case over prorogation and fails to comply with the court's ruling. With the Supreme Court due to rule next week, confusion reigns. Gordon Rayner explains each of the five possible decisions the judges could make. And here is a simple reminder of the issue of prorogation.

Most common antidepressant barely relieves symptoms

The most commonly prescribed antidepressant barely relieves symptoms of depression, a study has found. It comes amid mounting controversy over increased use of antidepressants - with roughly 7.3million people in England issued prescriptions every year. Health Correspondent Henry Bodkin reports that the study's authors were "shocked and surprised" by the results.

Third of train services are failing to run on schedule

If you are waiting on a railway platform, it is perhaps best to look away now. Official figures reveal that trains are late three times more often than previously thought. Phoebe Southworth explains why a new method of measuring punctuality has revealed that delays are much worse than you think.

News digest

Blackmail trialPremier League footballer filmed on hotel bed with woman

UK legal firstFilm student who used 3D printer to make guns is jailed

Global strikeClimate protest kicks off as UK braces for weekend chaos

'Storm' Area 51UFO enthusiasts descend on area near secret military site

Nutty decision?British civil servant thrown off flight over nut allergy

Gallery: The big picture

Hello, sunshine | The Duchess of Cambridge makes an impression at Sunshine House Children's Health and Development Centre yesterday. Click through our picture editor's choice of more pictures from around the world.

The Duchess of Cambridge talks to a child at the Sunshine House Centre yesterday Credit: Ian Vogler/Reuters

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Business and money briefing

On the brink | Thomas Cook's battle to avert collapse has been dealt a blow after lenders asked for an extra £200m injection. According to company insiders, a banking syndicate is forcing the travel agent towards collapse.

Sport briefing

Rugby World Cup | England will launch their quest with all guns blazing after naming their strongest available side for Sunday's clash with Tonga at the Sapporo Dome. Chris Graham has full squad details. As Rugby News Correspondent Gavin Mairs writes, it is a statement of intent by Eddie Jones.

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Car-free town | If you like life in the slow lane, then Britain's first "car-free community" could be for you. A council is proposing to build a 4,000-home neighbourhood accessible only to pedestrians or bikes.

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