Ten Things You Need to Know Today: Tuesday 17 Jan 2017

1. Parliament given vote as May outlines Brexit plans

Theresa May has confirmed that Britain will leave the European single market but will push for the "freest possible trade" with EU member states after Brexit. Announcing a clean break with Europe she rejected a "half-in, half-out" approach, and revealed that Parliament would be given a final say on the deal. She called on the country to "unite to make a success of Brexit".

Brexit: Theresa May says ‘trust me’ to deliver

2. Istanbul nightclub shooting suspect captured

Turkish police have captured the main suspect in the Istanbul nightclub shooting. Abdulkadir Masharipov, who is believed to be an Uzbek national, was found at a friend's home in the city's Esenyurt district. He is alleged to have killed 39 people during the New Year's Eve attack.

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Turkish nightclub attack suspect arrested in Istanbul

3. Labour MPs urge Corbyn to be clear on immigration

Labour MPs have pressed Jeremy Corbyn for a clearer strategy on the single market and freedom of movement during a meeting of the Parliamentary Labour Party. The party leader said he would fight any attempt to turn the UK into a tax haven and promised to present a clear response to Theresa May's Brexit speech today.

4. Inflation at highest level since 2014

Rising air fares and food prices have helped push the UK inflation to its highest rate since July 2014. The annual rate of Consumer Prices Index (CPI) inflation rose to 1.6% in December according to the Office of National Statistics. That is up from 1.2% in the previous month. The fall in the value of the pound since Brexit was also partly to blame.

5. MH370: Underwater search comes to an end

Investigators are calling off the underwater search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 after scouring 46,000sq-miles of the southern Indian Ocean for more than two years. Australia, Malaysia and China said the decision was taken with "sadness". Relatives of the 239 missing people said it was "irresponsible".

MH370: mysterious 89kg load ‘added to cargo flight list after take-off’

6. China: Trump 'softening on climate change'

China's chief climate change negotiator has tried to ease worries that US president-elect Donald Trump will abandon attempts to stop global warming. Xie Zhenhua said the tycoon has softened his hardline stance since being elected and that collaboration between countries "has never ceased amid the political tensions".

7. Last man to walk on moon dies aged 82

Gene Cernan, the last man to walk on the moon, has died at the age of 82. Nasa said it was "saddened" by his loss. Cernan was one of only three people to visit the moon twice, last treading the satellite as part of the 1972 Apollo 17 mission. His death comes weeks after that of fellow astronaut John Glenn.

Why did we stop walking on the moon?

8. Aslef suspends Southern rail strike

Aslef has suspended next week's planned train drivers' strike on Southern rail, with fresh talks between the union and rail operator planned for Wednesday. Southern's parent group, GTR, has described the news as a "significant development". The RMT union has requested to join the talks but for now its separate action planned for Monday is still on.

9. George Michael's cousin links singer's death to drugs

George Michael's cousin says the singer died of an accidental drugs overdose. Andros Georgiou, a former music producer who toured with Michael, said hard drugs were "back in [Michael's] life" and that he did not believe the former Wham! star had taken his own life.

10. Briefing: The most expensive towns outside London

London remains the most expensive city in Britain for house-buying, but a number of towns and villages outside the capital also boast extravagant property prices. Virginia Water in Surrey became the UK's first "Million Pound Town" outside London just a few years ago. Since then, a handful of other places have also seen average property prices exceed the million pound mark.

The most expensive towns outside London in the UK

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