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The five must-read blogs from today, including why China can't save us.

1. For all George Osborne's optimism, China can't save us

In a globalised economy, we need more than just trade trips: we need international economic cooperation, says the Telegraph's Daniel Knowles.

2. Do we want humourless, inoffensive MPs?

We're at risk of pushing politicians away from open dialogue, warns Mark Ferguson at Labour List.

3. Jim Wallace: Salmond holding his own referendum would be undemocratic

FT Westminster's Kiran Stacey notes that that the big beasts of Scottish politics are beginning to get involved to challenge Salmond head on.

4. What if the referendum isn't legal?

Wings over Scotland asks how the country could leave the Union without asking Westminster's permission first.

5. Huntsman Withdrawal Should Aid Romney

Over at Five Thirty Eight, Nate Silver analyses the second preferences of Jon Huntsman's supporters.

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Quiz: Can you identify fake news?

The furore around "fake" news shows no sign of abating. Can you spot what's real and what's not?

Hillary Clinton has spoken out today to warn about the fake news epidemic sweeping the world. Clinton went as far as to say that "lives are at risk" from fake news, the day after Pope Francis compared reading fake news to eating poop. (Side note: with real news like that, who needs the fake stuff?)

The sweeping distrust in fake news has caused some confusion, however, as many are unsure about how to actually tell the reals and the fakes apart. Short from seeing whether the logo will scratch off and asking the man from the market where he got it from, how can you really identify fake news? Take our test to see whether you have all the answers.



In all seriousness, many claim that identifying fake news is a simple matter of checking the source and disbelieving anything "too good to be true". Unfortunately, however, fake news outlets post real stories too, and real news outlets often slip up and publish the fakes. Use fact-checking websites like Snopes to really get to the bottom of a story, and always do a quick Google before you share anything. 

Amelia Tait is a technology and digital culture writer at the New Statesman.