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Cabinet ‘war game’ to prepare for election

Cabinet ministers today “war-gamed” how they might call a general election to break the Brexit deadlock. In an emergency meeting this morning ministers debated whether they would have any choice other than to call an election if Britain is forced into a long Brexit delay. The move came as Theresa May admitted to MPs that she still did not have “sufficient support” to...Cabinet ministers today “war-gamed” how they might call a general election to break the Brexit...Cabinet ministers today “war-gamed” how they might call a general election to break the Brexit...

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The long and winding road to Brexit

If Newcastle was the omen, Sunderland was the evidence, and Birmingham and Manchester the proof. As night turned to...If Newcastle was the omen, Sunderland was the evidence, and Birmingham and Manchester the proof. As night turned to dawn in the early hours of Friday, June 24, 2016, Britain awoke to a new political reality that few had predicted and, more importantly, no one in government had prepared for: after 40 years Britain...If Newcastle was the omen, Sunderland was the evidence, and Birmingham and Manchester the proof. As night turned to dawn in the...

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Trump’s enemies have let him off the hook

It doesn’t take collusion for the American president and Russia to be on the same side

Struggle truly begins when migrants get to US border

It is a foggy morning at the El Chaparral border crossing and families who have left behind the warmer weather of Central America huddle under blankets as they wait to learn if this will be their lucky day. Names, numbers and countries are called out, signifying the few permitted to file an asylum claim with US immigration agents at the border with Mexico. Olga Castro...It is a foggy morning at the El Chaparral border crossing and families who have left behind the...It is a foggy morning at the El Chaparral border crossing and families who have left behind the...

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Release Mueller’s report in full, demand furious Democrats

Democrats launched an attack on Donald Trump’s attorney-general today for rushing to clear the president of...Democrats launched an attack on Donald Trump’s attorney-general today for rushing to clear the president of obstructing justice as they clamoured for the full Mueller report on Russian election interference to be released. William Barr decided that Mr Trump should not face charges after the special counsel inquiry...Democrats launched an attack on Donald Trump’s attorney-general today for rushing to clear the president of obstructing justice...

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Thaksin loyalists claim victory amid election confusion

The party of Thailand’s exiled former prime minister, Thaksin Shinawatra, declared that it would attempt to form a government after a confusing election that has produced no official results, and has provoked accusations...The party of Thailand’s exiled former prime minister, Thaksin Shinawatra, declared that it would attempt to form a government after a confusing election that has produced no official results, and has provoked accusations...The party of Thailand’s exiled former prime minister, Thaksin Shinawatra, declared that it would attempt to form...

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Paris summit to seek unity against China

France and Germany will treat President Xi to a show of European resolve at a Paris get-together tomorrow aimed at resisting China’s strategic push into the continent. The French president called in Angela Merkel, the German...France and Germany will treat President Xi to a show of European resolve at a Paris get-together tomorrow aimed at resisting China’s strategic push into the continent. The French president called in Angela Merkel, the German...France and Germany will treat President Xi to a show of European resolve at a Paris get-together tomorrow aimed at...

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Autonomy revenues ‘pumped up’ before sale, UK’s biggest fraud trial told

Mike Lynch, the technology tycoon, “deliberately” misrepresented dozens of contracts to “pump” up Autonomy’s revenues and make the software company appear more valuable than it really was, the High Court was told. Lawyers for Hewlett-Packard, which bought Autonomy in an $11 billion deal more than...Mike Lynch, the technology tycoon, “deliberately” misrepresented dozens of contracts to “pump” up Autonomy’s revenues and make the software company appear more valuable than it really was, the High Court was told. Lawyers for Hewlett-Packard, which bought Autonomy in an $11 billion deal more than...Mike Lynch, the technology tycoon, “deliberately” misrepresented dozens of contracts to “pump” up Autonomy’s revenues and make...

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Rise in German business confidence eases global sell-off

Business confidence has rebounded unexpectedly in Germany, curtailing fears surrounding Europe’s largest economy and slowing a sell-off in global stocks. The German benchmark ten-year bond yield returned to positive territory earlier after a leading think-tank revealed that corporate optimism had risen for the first time in seven months.Business confidence has rebounded unexpectedly in Germany, curtailing fears surrounding Europe’s largest economy and slowing a sell-off in global stocks. The German benchmark ten-year bond yield returned to positive territory earlier after a leading think-tank revealed that corporate optimism had risen for the first time in seven months.Business confidence has rebounded unexpectedly in Germany, curtailing fears surrounding Europe’s largest economy and slowing a...

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Majestic to shut stores as group is rebranded Naked Wines

Majestic Wine could sell some or all of its Majestic Wine retail estate under a “transformation plan” that will shift the focus of the company on to Naked Wines, its faster-growing online business. The Times understands that it has already received inquiries from potential buyers for at least part of the retail...Majestic Wine could sell some or all of its Majestic Wine retail estate under a “transformation...Majestic Wine could sell some or all of its Majestic Wine retail estate under a “transformation...

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Lyft and Uber may be steering us towards decline of private car ownership

You have to plough through to page 134 of the prospectus for Lyft, the American ride-hailing company, to get to the...You have to plough through to page 134 of the prospectus for Lyft, the American ride-hailing...You have to plough through to page 134 of the prospectus for Lyft, the American ride-hailing...

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Whether it’s workers or bosses, perks are all about control of capital

Britain’s bosses face a gruelling annual general meeting season in the coming weeks. Pay is under the microscope...Britain’s bosses face a gruelling annual general meeting season in the coming weeks. Pay is under...Britain’s bosses face a gruelling annual general meeting season in the coming weeks. Pay is under...

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New Spurs stadium should be a source of pride for all of football

The fabled American sporting arena, Candlestick Park, opened on April 12, 1960 in the Bayview-Hunters Point district of San Francisco, a community needing love and investment after travails in local dry-dock and slaughterhouse workplaces. The new home of the San Francisco Giants and eventually...The fabled American sporting arena, Candlestick Park, opened on April 12, 1960 in the Bayview-Hunters Point district of San Francisco, a community needing love and investment after travails in local dry-dock and slaughterhouse workplaces. The new home of the San Francisco Giants and eventually...The fabled American sporting arena, Candlestick Park, opened on April 12, 1960 in the Bayview-Hunters Point district of San...

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It is so great that I thought: are they really letting me in?

The new Spurs stadium first comes into sight as you walk northwards along Tottenham High Road, past the outreach district HQ of the Christ Apostolic Church. From a mile away it is a silver cliff face above the distant rooftops. Then it disappears as the road bends a little and then comes back into view. Several hundred steps later and it...The new Spurs stadium first comes into sight as you walk northwards along Tottenham High Road, past the outreach district HQ of the Christ Apostolic Church. From a mile away it is a silver cliff face above the distant rooftops. Then it disappears as the road bends a little and then comes back into view. Several hundred steps later and it...The new Spurs stadium first comes into sight as you walk northwards along Tottenham High Road, past the outreach district HQ of...

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The Game Dissected: Southampton, Burnley or Cardiff – who will be relegated?

While international football has been taking place, Premier League managers have been preparing for the final weeks of the season (and hoping none of their players get injured). Three men who will have been hard at work are Neil Warnock, the Cardiff City manager, Burnley’s Sean Dyche and Southampton’s Ralph Hasenhüttl.While international football has been taking place, Premier League managers have been preparing...While international football has been taking place, Premier League managers have been preparing...

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Lawrence Unleashed: home play-offs set to guarantee Exeter-Saracens final

It’s as you were at the top of the Gallagher Premiership. As early as round five, it was looking like Exeter Chiefs...It’s as you were at the top of the Gallagher Premiership. As early as round five, it was looking...It’s as you were at the top of the Gallagher Premiership. As early as round five, it was looking...

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Phase out jackal or risk chaos at ruck

A quick game of alternative rugby history which supposes that “the jackal” had never come into existence: Sam...A quick game of alternative rugby history which supposes that “the jackal” had never come into...A quick game of alternative rugby history which supposes that “the jackal” had never come into...

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Scott Walker

Influential singer-songwriter who went from Sixties teen idol to a brooding enigma whose followers seemed to regard him a cult leader

Reclusive, enigmatic and determined that the “real” him should remain private, Scott Walker contrived a brooding mystique of philosophical angst, which he drew around himself like a cloak, although his devoted fans detected a shining halo and hailed him as a genius. His music was an influence on everyone from David Bowie and Bryan Ferry to Radiohead and Pulp. Yet he...Reclusive, enigmatic and determined that the “real” him should remain private, Scott Walker...Reclusive, enigmatic and determined that the “real” him should remain private, Scott Walker...

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Rafi Eitan

On May 11, 1960 Ricardo Klement, a 54-year-old clerk at a Mercedes-Benz factory, stepped off the bus near his home on...On May 11, 1960 Ricardo Klement, a 54-year-old clerk at a Mercedes-Benz factory, stepped off the bus near his home on Garibaldi Street in Buenos Aires. A man in the street stopped him to ask a question in Spanish. Two other men appeared. Suddenly all three wrestled him to the ground, bundled him into a car, hid him...On May 11, 1960 Ricardo Klement, a 54-year-old clerk at a Mercedes-Benz factory, stepped off the bus near his home on Garibaldi...

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March 23 & 24

Victor Hochhauser

Victor Hochhauser was fast becoming Britain’s foremost promoter of Russian classical music and ballet when disaster...Victor Hochhauser was fast becoming Britain’s foremost promoter of Russian classical music and...Victor Hochhauser was fast becoming Britain’s foremost promoter of Russian classical music and...

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Beware the blackthorn winter of late March

There is a bit of a chill in the air at night and early morning after what has been a largely mild March, with...There is a bit of a chill in the air at night and early morning after what has been a largely...There is a bit of a chill in the air at night and early morning after what has been a largely...

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It’s a sin. I’ve fallen for Fleabag’s priest

The sexy, sweary holy man in her new series is Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s gift to women, says Alex O’Connell. Gay men are in a spin too, adds Mark Smith

The diet every man should go on: what to eat to lose your gut

Men are prioritising exercise over diet, but this is the wrong way round. Ian Marber has devised a plan to help men over 40 shed their paunch

What it’s like to film Britain’s far right

While reporting on extreme nationalist events, Newsnight’s Katie Razzall has had to put up with constant abuse

Sturgeon: independence vote is going to happen

A second independence referendum is close to inevitable, Nicola Sturgeon has claimed as one of her MSPs disobeyed party orders to attend a rally with controversial figures in the Yes movement. Theresa May has consistently said that “now is not the time” for another vote on whether Scotland should...A second independence referendum is close to inevitable, Nicola Sturgeon has claimed as one of her MSPs disobeyed party orders to attend a rally with controversial figures in the Yes movement. Theresa May has consistently said that “now is not the time” for another vote on whether Scotland should...A second independence referendum is close to inevitable, Nicola Sturgeon has claimed as one of her MSPs disobeyed party orders...

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Ministers felt they were ‘on naughty step’ after devolution

Successive British governments have consistently ignored Scottish ministers on major issues during two decades of devolution, key players in cross-party administrations have revealed. Newly published interviews reveal the tensions, from the “dysfunctional relationship” between Tony Blair and Gordon Brown taking up too much bandwidth, to the...Successive British governments have consistently ignored Scottish ministers on major issues during two decades of devolution, key players in cross-party administrations have revealed. Newly published interviews reveal the tensions, from the “dysfunctional relationship” between Tony Blair and Gordon Brown taking up too much bandwidth, to the...Successive British governments have consistently ignored Scottish ministers on major issues during two decades of devolution...

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Fallow me: deer dancer in Edinburgh festival line-up

An exhibition using dance to mimic deer and a gallery offering a “multi-sensory sound experience” feature in this year’s programme for the Edinburgh Art Festival. Announced today, the shows by Hanna Tuulikki and James Richards are in two new venues and offer proof of Edinburgh’s thriving visual art scene as the...An exhibition using dance to mimic deer and a gallery offering a “multi-sensory sound experience”...An exhibition using dance to mimic deer and a gallery offering a “multi-sensory sound experience”...

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Delaney faces questions over FAI ‘rent payments’

Leo Varadkar has said the Football Association of Ireland has questions to answer after it emerged that the governing body reportedly spent tens of thousands of euros a year renting accommodation for John Delaney. The FAI came under renewed pressure to give a full account of its finances and...Leo Varadkar has said the Football Association of Ireland has questions to answer after it emerged that the governing body reportedly spent tens of thousands of euros a year renting accommodation for John Delaney. The FAI came under renewed pressure to give a full account of its finances and...Leo Varadkar has said the Football Association of Ireland has questions to answer after it emerged that the governing body...

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Ross pressured to put council in charge of regulating airport

Shane Ross was put under intense pressure to appoint Fingal county council as the noise regulator for Dublin airport, even though officials knew accusations of a conflict of interest would arise. The transport minister chose the local authority for the role last year, despite the fact that 8 per cent of its annual income comes from the...Shane Ross was put under intense pressure to appoint Fingal county council as the noise regulator for Dublin airport, even though officials knew accusations of a conflict of interest would arise. The transport minister chose the local authority for the role last year, despite the fact that 8 per cent of its annual income comes from the...Shane Ross was put under intense pressure to appoint Fingal county council as the noise regulator for Dublin airport, even...

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Child mental health services in ‘utter disarray’ as waits increase

The number of children on the waiting list for their first appointment with a public counsellor has risen for the past three months, with the number almost reaching 2,600 in February, according to figures from the HSE. The length of the waiting list has renewed calls by opposition politicians for the government to...The number of children on the waiting list for their first appointment with a public counsellor...The number of children on the waiting list for their first appointment with a public counsellor...

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