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Theresa May to delay Brexit vote

PM was facing Commons defeat

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Theresa May abandoned attempts to get her Brexit deal through parliament tomorrow, pledging to go back to Brussels and seek further “reassurances” on the Northern Ireland backstop. To jeers from MPs, the prime minister said she would defer the vote after accepting the “widespread and deep concern” about the deal in the Commons. She pointedly failed to commit the...Theresa May abandoned attempts to get her Brexit deal through parliament tomorrow, pledging to go...Theresa May abandoned attempts to get her Brexit deal through parliament tomorrow, pledging to go...

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DNA evidence convicts paedophile of 1986 Babes in Wood murders

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The “Babes in the Wood” double child killer Russell Bishop has been convicted in the country’s oldest double jeopardy...The “Babes in the Wood” double child killer Russell Bishop has been convicted in the country’s oldest double jeopardy case after new DNA evidence came to light.
Bishop, now 52, was acquitted of abducting and strangling nine-year-old best friends Karen Hadaway and Nicola Fellows, who were found dead in woodland on...
The “Babes in the Wood” double child killer Russell Bishop has been convicted in the country’s oldest double jeopardy case...

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Crossrail handed extra £2.2bn amid fears of two-year delay

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The Crossrail line through London has been handed a bailout worth up to £2.2 billion amid warnings that the rail scheme could be delayed for two years. Trains were due to start running on the east-west line through the capital...The Crossrail line through London has been handed a bailout worth up to £2.2 billion amid warnings that the rail scheme could be delayed for two years. Trains were due to start running on the east-west line through the capital...The Crossrail line through London has been handed a bailout worth up to £2.2 billion amid warnings that the rail...

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Facebook bans sex talk online

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Looking for a good time tonight? Don’t, whatever you do, log onto Facebook because you could be kicked off the site. Critics have accused the social media company of censorship over its new ban on “vague suggestive statements”.Looking for a good time tonight? Don’t, whatever you do, log onto Facebook because you could be kicked off the site. Critics have accused the social media company of censorship over its new ban on “vague suggestive statements”.Looking for a good time tonight? Don’t, whatever you do, log onto Facebook because you could be kicked off the site.

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I’ve developed a grudging respect for Mrs May

Exposed to plots, coups, personal attacks and the grim task of Brexit, the prime minister quietly and firmly keeps going

Macron to announce reforms to quell yellow vest protests

President Macron is to announce “concrete and immediate” measures to help the working poor when he responds on television tonight to the grassroots revolt that has rocked the country, the government said. Under intense pressure to calm the diffuse gilet jaune (yellow vest) movement, Mr Macron...President Macron is to announce “concrete and immediate” measures to help the working poor when he responds on television tonight to the grassroots revolt that has rocked the country, the government said. Under intense pressure to calm the diffuse gilet jaune (yellow vest) movement, Mr Macron...President Macron is to announce “concrete and immediate” measures to help the working poor when he responds on television...

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UN deal on migration signed despite absentees

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The head of the United Nations has criticised member states who are refusing to back the UN’s first agreement on protecting migrant rights, accusing them of spreading “falsehoods” about the deal. António Guterres was speaking today in Marrakesh, where 164 nations signed the UN’s global compact for migration, which has been rejected by...The head of the United Nations has criticised member states who are refusing to back the UN’s first agreement on protecting migrant rights, accusing them of spreading “falsehoods” about the deal. António Guterres was speaking today in Marrakesh, where 164 nations signed the UN’s global compact for migration, which has been rejected by...The head of the United Nations has criticised member states who are refusing to back the UN’s first agreement on protecting...

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Greece crowdfunds cash to buy new frigates

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Greece has launched an appeal for public donations to help pay for new warships to bolster its ageing navy. Panos Kammenos, the defence minister, announced a crowd-funding campaign to help purchase the new vessels following a failed attempt earlier this year to lease two warships from France. Officials from the...Greece has launched an appeal for public donations to help pay for new warships to bolster its...Greece has launched an appeal for public donations to help pay for new warships to bolster its...

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Sterling falls as May pulls Brexit vote

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Sterling dropped to a 20-month low this afternoon after Theresa May confirmed plans to shelve tomorrow’s parliamentary vote on her Brexit deal. The pound fell to $1.25 as the prime minister faced calls to renegotiate her agreement with the European Union and market confidence dropped in the...Sterling dropped to a 20-month low this afternoon after Theresa May confirmed plans to shelve tomorrow’s parliamentary vote on her Brexit deal. The pound fell to $1.25 as the prime minister faced calls to renegotiate her agreement with the European Union and market confidence dropped in the...Sterling dropped to a 20-month low this afternoon after Theresa May confirmed plans to shelve tomorrow’s parliamentary vote on...

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British economy stalls after brisk summer

The British economy stalled in the three months to the end of October following slowdowns in manufacturing and construction. GDP growth in the three months slowed to 0.4 per, down from 0.6 per cent in the third quarter of 2018, reinforcing fears that business is stalling in the face of uncertainty about the terms on which the country will...The British economy stalled in the three months to the end of October following slowdowns in manufacturing and construction. GDP growth in the three months slowed to 0.4 per, down from 0.6 per cent in the third quarter of 2018, reinforcing fears that business is stalling in the face of uncertainty about the terms on which the country will...The British economy stalled in the three months to the end of October following slowdowns in manufacturing and construction.

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Companies plead for certainty in uncertain times

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As rumours swirled that the vote on Theresa May’s Brexit deal was about to be pulled to avoid a humiliating defeat, Timo Boldt had a message for Westminster. “I haven’t read the 500-plus pages [of the agreement]. I know neither the Remain nor Leave camps are very excited by it. But we need some certainty to plan.”...As rumours swirled that the vote on Theresa May’s Brexit deal was about to be pulled to avoid a...As rumours swirled that the vote on Theresa May’s Brexit deal was about to be pulled to avoid a...

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Trade war is trouble for China, but world will feel effects for years

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It was just 23 months ago that Xi Jinping was hailed as the saviour of globalisation by a credulous Davos crowd...It was just 23 months ago that Xi Jinping was hailed as the saviour of globalisation by a...It was just 23 months ago that Xi Jinping was hailed as the saviour of globalisation by a...

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Taking back control does not mean giving in to political temptation

A hard Brexit would, just as its proponents say, allow us to take back control of trade policy. That has been the...A hard Brexit would, just as its proponents say, allow us to take back control of trade policy.A hard Brexit would, just as its proponents say, allow us to take back control of trade policy.

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Sterling gets this level of abuse because he’s black

Breaking news: for those in the media reporting that Raheem Sterling’s new house in Cheshire boasts a three-car garage, well it did when he bought it but doesn’t now, as the fitness-conscious Manchester City and England player quickly transformed it into a gym to work out after training. For...Breaking news: for those in the media reporting that Raheem Sterling’s new house in Cheshire boasts a three-car garage, well it did when he bought it but doesn’t now, as the fitness-conscious Manchester City and England player quickly transformed it into a gym to work out after training. For...Breaking news: for those in the media reporting that Raheem Sterling’s new house in Cheshire boasts a three-car garage, well it...

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Chelsea suspend four supporters over abuse

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Chelsea have suspended four supporters that they have identified as hurling vitriolic abuse at Raheem Sterling and say they will not hesitate to impose lengthy bans should any of them be found to have racially abused the Manchester City player. The club are also trying to track down all the video and audio coverage of the incident as part...Chelsea have suspended four supporters that they have identified as hurling vitriolic abuse at Raheem Sterling and say they will not hesitate to impose lengthy bans should any of them be found to have racially abused the Manchester City player. The club are also trying to track down all the video and audio coverage of the incident as part...Chelsea have suspended four supporters that they have identified as hurling vitriolic abuse at Raheem Sterling and say they...

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Test event delays may stop Spurs playing at new stadium until February

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Tottenham Hotspur are facing a further delay to the opening of their new stadium due to difficulties staging test events over the Christmas period. The club must hold several different events in order to gain a safety certificate, and are preparing to welcome 6,000 fans selected by a ballot for a tour of the ground...Tottenham Hotspur are facing a further delay to the opening of their new stadium due to...Tottenham Hotspur are facing a further delay to the opening of their new stadium due to...

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English batsmen can learn from old-fashioned Pujara

Rarely does the preamble marry the reality. So while much of the pre-Test chatter in Adelaide was about Virat Kohli’s...Rarely does the preamble marry the reality. So while much of the pre-Test chatter in Adelaide was...Rarely does the preamble marry the reality. So while much of the pre-Test chatter in Adelaide was...

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Baxter incapable of fixing Exeter’s broken machine

‘The big question is whether, as a playing group, we can get our heads around the Heineken Cup; whether we have...‘The big question is whether, as a playing group, we can get our heads around the Heineken Cup...‘The big question is whether, as a playing group, we can get our heads around the Heineken Cup...

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Edwin Taylor

Influential designer who transformed The Sunday Times and introduced graphics with key stories

Dr William Shearer

Immunologist who was determined to find a cure for a boy whose vulnerability to germs required him to live inside a bubble

David Meek

Gentlemanly stalwart of local journalism who reported on Manchester United from the Munich air crash in 1958 until 1995

December 8 and 9

First men demobilized

From The Times December 10, 1918 Demobilization began yesterday at Wimbledon Common. From 8 in the morning a large...From The Times December 10, 1918 Demobilization began yesterday at Wimbledon Common. From 8 in...From The Times December 10, 1918 Demobilization began yesterday at Wimbledon Common. From 8 in...

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How to feature a tribute

If you would like to celebrate the life of a relative, friend, or colleague, a wedding or engagement, or the birth of...If you would like to celebrate the life of a relative, friend, or colleague, a wedding or...If you would like to celebrate the life of a relative, friend, or colleague, a wedding or...

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How Kirstie Allsopp delegates Christmas

The presenter reveals that it takes a team to make Christmas happen in her (two) households. Julia Llewellyn Smith pays a visit

This woman did 25 jobs before she turned 25

Emma Rosen quit her top civil service job to look for something more satisfying

The City’s most discreet private club

The Palumbo clan, the property-developing dynasty behind the Walbrook, discuss private members, royal rancour and family feuds

From a WWII battle to a spin in an Aston Martin — the games of 2018

Lifelong gamer Chris Bennion recommends the most exciting video games released this year

At 16 I was down and out in Piccadilly

Kerri Douglas used to sleep rough. Now she has a job, a home and family. It is possible to escape, she explains

RBS suffers from culture of bullying, claims whistleblower

Royal Bank of Scotland has started an investigation into bullying after a whistleblower claimed that harassment was rife at the lender. Staff suffered persistent intimidation, threats and humiliation in a “culture of bullying”, according to private emails seen by the Press Association. The...Royal Bank of Scotland has started an investigation into bullying after a whistleblower claimed that harassment was rife at the lender. Staff suffered persistent intimidation, threats and humiliation in a “culture of bullying”, according to private emails seen by the Press Association. The...Royal Bank of Scotland has started an investigation into bullying after a whistleblower claimed that harassment was rife at the...

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Patients ‘kept in the dark’ after cleaning unit failed safety inspection

Patients operated on using instruments from a sterilising unit that failed a safety inspection will never be identified after health bosses chose not to inform them. A leaked memo reveals that NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde considered whether to tell people who underwent surgery using the implements but decided against it, saying that the...Patients operated on using instruments from a sterilising unit that failed a safety inspection will never be identified after health bosses chose not to inform them. A leaked memo reveals that NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde considered whether to tell people who underwent surgery using the implements but decided against it, saying that the...Patients operated on using instruments from a sterilising unit that failed a safety inspection will never be identified after...

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Teenager denies raping and murdering six-year-old girl

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A teenager will go on trial next year charged with the rape and murder of six-year-old Alesha MacPhail on the Scottish island of Bute. The 16-year-old, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, denied the charges when he apppeared at the High Court in Glasgow today. Alesha was at the start of a three-week break...A teenager will go on trial next year charged with the rape and murder of six-year-old Alesha...A teenager will go on trial next year charged with the rape and murder of six-year-old Alesha...

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Rebels are putting the Union in peril, warns Mundell

Tory rebels plotting to vote down Theresa May’s Brexit deal are risking a second referendum and the end of the Union, the Scottish Secretary has said. David Mundell accused the prime minister’s critics of backing no deal with...Tory rebels plotting to vote down Theresa May’s Brexit deal are risking a second referendum and the end of the Union, the Scottish Secretary has said. David Mundell accused the prime minister’s critics of backing no deal with...Tory rebels plotting to vote down Theresa May’s Brexit deal are risking a second referendum and the end of the Union...

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Every Brexit option is a red alert except one

Anyone who has sat on the board of a company, a charity, a council or committee will recognise that heart-sinking item on the agenda: “risk assessment”. It warns of possible dangers ahead. It is often accompanied by lists...Anyone who has sat on the board of a company, a charity, a council or committee will recognise that heart-sinking item on the agenda: “risk assessment”. It warns of possible dangers ahead. It is often accompanied by lists...Anyone who has sat on the board of a company, a charity, a council or committee will recognise that heart-sinking...

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Amnesty hails Ireland as human rights leader

Ireland stood out globally as a progressive voice for human rights in 2018, making it a landmark year for the country, Amnesty International has said. In its annual review of international human rights, the group says that the vote to repeal the Eighth Amendment served as an example of “the power...Ireland stood out globally as a progressive voice for human rights in 2018, making it a landmark year for the country, Amnesty International has said. In its annual review of international human rights, the group says that the vote to repeal the Eighth Amendment served as an example of “the power...Ireland stood out globally as a progressive voice for human rights in 2018, making it a landmark year for the country, Amnesty...

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Flanagan: Smooth extradition with UK is key to fight crime

The smooth operation of extradition to help tackle crime and terrorism is a key objective for the Irish government after Brexit, according to the justice minister. Charlie Flanagan said yesterday that he had asked officials to examine the implications of Brexit on extradition between Ireland and Britain. “The departure of the UK from the EU...The smooth operation of extradition to help tackle crime and terrorism is a key objective for the Irish government after Brexit, according to the justice minister. Charlie Flanagan said yesterday that he had asked officials to examine the implications of Brexit on extradition between Ireland and Britain. “The departure of the UK from the EU...The smooth operation of extradition to help tackle crime and terrorism is a key objective for the Irish government after Brexit...

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€1m boost to ease hospital overcrowding this winter

Simon Harris will increase the National Treatment Purchase Fund’s budget in an effort to tackle hospital overcrowding this winter. The health minister has set aside an initial fund of €1 million to be made available from today and used until the end of next month. It will be used for patients at nine “key sites of...Simon Harris will increase the National Treatment Purchase Fund’s budget in an effort to tackle...Simon Harris will increase the National Treatment Purchase Fund’s budget in an effort to tackle...

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Harris tells HSE critics of abortion law: I want solutions, not problems

Simon Harris has confronted clinicians who claim that they are not ready to implement abortion services across the health service from next year. The health minister said the move was not a “deadline or a political project” but...Simon Harris has confronted clinicians who claim that they are not ready to implement abortion services across the health service from next year. The health minister said the move was not a “deadline or a political project” but...Simon Harris has confronted clinicians who claim that they are not ready to implement abortion services across the...

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Recovering addicts ‘need support to fight stigma’

Methadone users are secluded and stigmatised, their health is generally poor and they need better support to successfully reintegrate into society, research indicates. A report said that methadone, a heroin substitute used to...Methadone users are secluded and stigmatised, their health is generally poor and they need better support to successfully reintegrate into society, research indicates. A report said that methadone, a heroin substitute used to...Methadone users are secluded and stigmatised, their health is generally poor and they need better support to...

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