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MH370 isn’t the only flight that’s still missing

Plus: The cheapest countries for childcare, and the state of Britain's squirrels

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Plane vanished

Some other planes, besides Flight MH370, which have disappeared without trace:

— A Boeing 727 cargo plane that was being prepared for a flight in Luana, Angola, on 25 May 2003. It took off without permission and when last seen was headed south-westwards over the Atlantic.

— An Antonov An-72 cargo plane with a crew of five on a flight from Port Bouet, Côte d’Ivoire to Rundu Airport, Namibia, on 22 December 1997.

— A de Havilland Twin Otter operated by Merpati Nusantara Airlines with four crew and ten passengers on an internal Indonesian flight from Birma to Satartacik on 10 January 1995.

Baby bills

Does Britain have particularly expensive childcare? The figures below are for typical childcare costs as a percentage of net family income for a single-parent family on average earnings:

Before benefits and taxes/tax rebates

Portugal

26%

Sweden

9%

Netherlands

57%

France

22%

Spain

25%

UK

46%

Germany

23%

Japan

38%

Canada

40%

US

38%

Ireland

63%

After benefits and taxes/tax rebates

Portugal

2%

Sweden

6%

Netherlands

7%

France

7%

Spain

9%

UK

11%

Germany

17%

Japan

18%

Canada

19%

US

41%

Ireland

51%

Source: OECD

Artistic licence

A private member’s bill sought to decriminalise evasion of the TV licence. Among countries which levy a TV licence fee, which have most evasion?

Poland

65%

Italy

26%

Ireland

12%

Sweden

12%

Norway

9%

UK

5%

Austria

5%

Source: TV Licensing

Tail end

The government is to repeal a law ordering reports on the presence of grey squirrels, saying it was no longer feasible to eliminate the animals to prevent them wiping out red squirrels. How many squirrels are there?

Red

England

30,000

Wales

10,000

Scotland

121,000

Grey

England

2

million

Wales

320,000

Scotland

200,000

Source: British Mammal Society