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Iron and velvet

PM’s opening move was well judged, but hard work is still to come

Iron and velvet

May threat to EU terror pact

● Strike Brexit deal or we co-operate less, PM warns Brussels ● Merkel rejects call for early trade talks

Theresa May was accused last night of blackmail after she warned that the fight against crime and terrorism would be undermined if the EU refused to strike a Brexit deal with Britain. The prime minister adopted a conciliatory tone as she triggered Article 50 yesterday. However, she said that the consequences of the talks ending in failure would cause more than economic...Theresa May was accused last night of blackmail after she warned that the fight against crime and...Theresa May was accused last night of blackmail after she warned that the fight against crime and...

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It’s the end of the beginning for both sides

It was, as Nigel Evans noted, “a red, white and blue letter day”. Many of his Conservative colleagues had dressed for...It was, as Nigel Evans noted, “a red, white and blue letter day”. Many of his Conservative colleagues had dressed for the occasion. Sir Gerald Howarth wore a tie bearing a portrait of Elgar; Victoria Borwick had an Alice band, with bow, in the colours of the Union Jack; while Andrea Leadsom, who once hoped to play...It was, as Nigel Evans noted, “a red, white and blue letter day”. Many of his Conservative colleagues had dressed for the...

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Helicopter missing with five on board

A helicopter with five people on board went missing over the Irish Sea yesterday afternoon. The privately owned red Twin Squirrel aircraft had left Milton Keynes en route to Dublin. Its owners, Kevin and Ruth Burke, of Staske...A helicopter with five people on board went missing over the Irish Sea yesterday afternoon. The privately owned red Twin Squirrel aircraft had left Milton Keynes en route to Dublin. Its owners, Kevin and Ruth Burke, of Staske...A helicopter with five people on board went missing over the Irish Sea yesterday afternoon. The privately owned red...

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Patients ‘must choose between A&E and cancer care’

Patients must be told they cannot have routine operations quickly if they also want short waits for A&E, cancer care and other treatments, an NHS leader has said. Simon Stevens, head of NHS England, is being urged to relax...Patients must be told they cannot have routine operations quickly if they also want short waits for A&E, cancer care and other treatments, an NHS leader has said. Simon Stevens, head of NHS England, is being urged to relax...Patients must be told they cannot have routine operations quickly if they also want short waits for A&E, cancer...

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To teach or not to teach Shakespeare’s plays?

A proposal to drop the Bard from South Africa’s curriculum forces us to ask whether any one speaks for all humanity

Allies drop 500 bombs a week in brutal Mosul battle

The US-led coalition has intensified the battle for Mosul even as it admits that its bombs probably killed more than 130 civilians in a single airstrike two weeks ago. Warplanes have increased the number of sorties by 14 per cent this month, with an average of 500 bombs being dropped on west Mosul each week, but Iraqi forces are still encountering fierce resistance on...The US-led coalition has intensified the battle for Mosul even as it admits that its bombs...The US-led coalition has intensified the battle for Mosul even as it admits that its bombs...

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Shock and awe revisited

The bombing of western Mosul by coalition aircraft has become the most heavily concentrated airstrike operation since...The bombing of western Mosul by coalition aircraft has become the most heavily concentrated airstrike operation since the campaign against Isis began in Iraq on August 8, 2014. The intensity of the air assault reflects two objectives demanded by President Trump: to accelerate the attacks in Mosul in order to finally...The bombing of western Mosul by coalition aircraft has become the most heavily concentrated airstrike operation since the...

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Letter from beyond the grave orders Zuma to quit

South African cabinet ministers gave a standing ovation at the funeral of an anti-apartheid leader when a letter he had written demanding the resignation of President Zuma was read out to mourners. Relatives of Nelson Mandela...South African cabinet ministers gave a standing ovation at the funeral of an anti-apartheid leader when a letter he had written demanding the resignation of President Zuma was read out to mourners. Relatives of Nelson Mandela...South African cabinet ministers gave a standing ovation at the funeral of an anti-apartheid leader when a letter he...

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Boy freed by US bankrolls al‑Qaeda

A jihadist financier who as a 15-year-old was the first al-Qaeda captive to be released from American custody after the Afghan war is now the terrorist group’s “representative” in Syria, according to the US. Mohammed al-Anizi...A jihadist financier who as a 15-year-old was the first al-Qaeda captive to be released from American custody after the Afghan war is now the terrorist group’s “representative” in Syria, according to the US. Mohammed al-Anizi...A jihadist financier who as a 15-year-old was the first al-Qaeda captive to be released from American custody after...

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Advisers set for bumper payday after merger fails

Bankers and lawyers behind the London Stock Exchange’s failed merger with Deutsche Börse will walk away with tens of millions in fees despite bungling the handling of a deal that would have combined Europe’s two leading exchanges. Freshfield, the City law firm advising the LSE, was set to receive as much as £62.4 million for working on the tie-up had it been successful...Bankers and lawyers behind the London Stock Exchange’s failed merger with Deutsche Börse will...Bankers and lawyers behind the London Stock Exchange’s failed merger with Deutsche Börse will...

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Household debt reaches record high

Credit card debt is rising at its fastest rate in more than a decade, according to the Bank of England, which will...Credit card debt is rising at its fastest rate in more than a decade, according to the Bank of England, which will review whether banks have made borrowing too easy for customers. Borrowing on credit cards increased by 9.3 per cent in the year to February, the highest rate of growth in 11 years and up from 8.6 per...Credit card debt is rising at its fastest rate in more than a decade, according to the Bank of England, which will review...

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Screwing up deal is sackable offence

There are myriad ways to blow tens of millions of other people’s money. So credit to Xavier Rolet, the London Stock...There are myriad ways to blow tens of millions of other people’s money. So credit to Xavier Rolet...There are myriad ways to blow tens of millions of other people’s money. So credit to Xavier Rolet...

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May risks underestimating the EU’s ability to defend its single market

What was striking on the day that Theresa May invoked Article 50 was how much the world had changed in nine months.What was striking on the day that Theresa May invoked Article 50 was how much the world had...What was striking on the day that Theresa May invoked Article 50 was how much the world had...

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Can Arsenal reignite season with City win? Ask Oliver Kay at noon

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European Champions Cup action returns this weekend

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Should senior internationals also represent the U21s?

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Johnson fear over doping in elite rugby

Illegal performance-enhancing drugs are a serious worry for rugby union, according to Martin Johnson, who says that the culture around the game has changed. The words of England’s 2003 World Cup-winning captain reflect growing concern about the prevalence of steroid use in the club game. UK...Illegal performance-enhancing drugs are a serious worry for rugby union, according to Martin Johnson, who says that the culture around the game has changed. The words of England’s 2003 World Cup-winning captain reflect growing concern about the prevalence of steroid use in the club game. UK...Illegal performance-enhancing drugs are a serious worry for rugby union, according to Martin Johnson, who says that the culture...

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TV referees to force new laws

Video referees could help to drive new rule changes such as a “penalty goal” being awarded for a handball on the line, football’s lawmakers have revealed. The successful trial of video assistant referees in the international between France and Spain on Tuesday is likely to accelerate the introduction of the system into the professional game...Video referees could help to drive new rule changes such as a “penalty goal” being awarded for a handball on the line, football’s lawmakers have revealed. The successful trial of video assistant referees in the international between France and Spain on Tuesday is likely to accelerate the introduction of the system into the professional game...Video referees could help to drive new rule changes such as a “penalty goal” being awarded for a handball on the line...

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Root: winning is top priority

Joe Root has emphasised that results, rather than entertainment, will be his priority when he leads England’s Test team for the first time this year. Amid the push to broaden cricket’s appeal, Tom Harrison, the ECB chief executive, suggested last week that Root’s team had a duty to play “exciting cricket for future...Joe Root has emphasised that results, rather than entertainment, will be his priority when he...Joe Root has emphasised that results, rather than entertainment, will be his priority when he...

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Ahmed Kathrada

Resolute opponent of apartheid and ally of Mandela who spent 26 years in jail and later clashed with President Zuma over corruption

After Ahmed Kathrada had been arrested in 1963, and before he went on trial with Nelson Mandela and other members of the African National Congress accused of terrorist offences, he and his fellow prisoners were ordered to take cold showers. When Kathrada had finished his, he was ordered back under the freezing water. The policemen and prison guards stood by watching...After Ahmed Kathrada had been arrested in 1963, and before he went on trial with Nelson Mandela...After Ahmed Kathrada had been arrested in 1963, and before he went on trial with Nelson Mandela...

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Piers Dixon

During his four years as member of parliament for Truro, Piers Dixon managed to be a member of the Monday Club, whose...During his four years as member of parliament for Truro, Piers Dixon managed to be a member of the Monday Club, whose right-wing membership he once described as “the true Conservative faithful”, and the Bow Group, a more liberal collective of Tories. A Times profile of him in 1968 described him as a “stockbroker...During his four years as member of parliament for Truro, Piers Dixon managed to be a member of the Monday Club, whose...

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Barbara Hale

100,000 men at once

March 29


Windsor Castle

29th March, 2017
By command of The Queen, Mr Alistair Harrison (Marshal of the Diplomatic Corps)...

Windsor Castle

29th March, 2017
By command of The Queen, Mr Alistair Harrison (Marshal of...

Windsor Castle

29th March, 2017
By command of The Queen, Mr Alistair Harrison (Marshal of...

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Tests that help engineers go with the flow

It must be a child’s dream come true — a vast indoor centre the size of an aircraft hangar with model replicas of...It must be a child’s dream come true — a vast indoor centre the size of an aircraft hangar with...It must be a child’s dream come true — a vast indoor centre the size of an aircraft hangar with...

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‘I want your butt to hurt tomorrow’

Shona Vertue is credited with banishing David Beckham’s aches and pains. Yet her method nearly kills Damian Whitworth

Is £10 really the sweet spot for wine?

The ex-boss of Waitrose says you need to spend a tenner to get the best-value plonk. Jane MacQuitty isn’t convinced

Let the French eat cake. And giant chocolate chip cookies

Beyoncé’s video director has opened an American bakery in France — fashionable Parisians love it

Tanya Byron: ‘They smoke less, drink less, have less sex. Yet they are maligned’

Child of our Time has followed 25 babies born in 2000. They are now screen-obsessed teens, but it’s not all bad

Attention! Forward march to a light-filled museum of army life

A £23 million redevelopment has transformed the once stuffy National Army Museum into a bright, modern space that reconnects us with soldiers’ lives

‘It was exciting to join the House of Lords’

Lord McCluskey tells of his time as a judge, a minister — and how he acted for a Beatle

France is braced for a political revolution

Globalisation, wealth tax, gig economy — the big issues for lawyers in the French election

Should people named in court proceedings have anonymity?

A ruling from the Supreme Court has implications for the naming of third parties in legal cases

Discount rate changes: time for a U-turn or a storm in a teacup?

As Liz Truss’s insurance overhaul takes effect, Nigel Teasdale and Nigel Poole, QC, present the different sides of the argument

Scots back Westminster on Brexit

Most Scots want to see the introduction of customs checks and an end to freedom of movement, and do not support Nicola Sturgeon’s demand for a special post-Brexit deal. The results of a new study, the first in-depth research of its kind, found that a majority of Scottish voters want the same...Most Scots want to see the introduction of customs checks and an end to freedom of movement, and do not support Nicola Sturgeon’s demand for a special post-Brexit deal. The results of a new study, the first in-depth research of its kind, found that a majority of Scottish voters want the same...Most Scots want to see the introduction of customs checks and an end to freedom of movement, and do not support Nicola...

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Abuse victims to be spared court trauma

Victims of abuse and vulnerable witnesses are to be protected from hostile cross-examination in court by recording their evidence before a trial, according to Scotland’s most senior legal officer. The new measures will allow alleged victims of child abuse, domestic violence or rape to give their testimony to a special commission and avoid...Victims of abuse and vulnerable witnesses are to be protected from hostile cross-examination in court by recording their evidence before a trial, according to Scotland’s most senior legal officer. The new measures will allow alleged victims of child abuse, domestic violence or rape to give their testimony to a special commission and avoid...Victims of abuse and vulnerable witnesses are to be protected from hostile cross-examination in court by recording their...

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Cheese to blame for E Coli death

An unpasteurised artisan cheese was the cause of a fatal outbreak of E.coli O157 in which a three-year-old girl died, an inquiry has concluded. A report by Health Protection Scotland (HPS) said that Dunsyre Blue was the source of linked outbreaks in July and September last year. Its ruling was based on...An unpasteurised artisan cheese was the cause of a fatal outbreak of E.coli O157 in which a...An unpasteurised artisan cheese was the cause of a fatal outbreak of E.coli O157 in which a...

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EU must focus on its own future, says Kenny

Enda Kenny has said no country exiting the European Union could be seen to be “advantaged or better off” than remaining states as formal Brexit negotiations commenced with the triggering of Article 50. Setting the tone for the lengthy and complex discussions, the taoiseach said Ireland will stand...Enda Kenny has said no country exiting the European Union could be seen to be “advantaged or better off” than remaining states as formal Brexit negotiations commenced with the triggering of Article 50. Setting the tone for the lengthy and complex discussions, the taoiseach said Ireland will stand...Enda Kenny has said no country exiting the European Union could be seen to be “advantaged or better off” than remaining states...

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No deal is the worst scenario for Ireland

At 12.20pm yesterday, the British government officially triggered Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty. At least two years of potentially tortuous negotiations will determine whether Britain and the EU will be able to agree a divorce and a new trade deal. The outcome will have significant implications for Britain, Ireland and the EU, probably in...At 12.20pm yesterday, the British government officially triggered Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty. At least two years of potentially tortuous negotiations will determine whether Britain and the EU will be able to agree a divorce and a new trade deal. The outcome will have significant implications for Britain, Ireland and the EU, probably in...At 12.20pm yesterday, the British government officially triggered Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty. At least two years of...

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We must avoid ‘cliff edge’ effect, says Ibec

Ireland will negotiate as one of 27 EU member states but every effort must be made to ensure that Britain maintains a close relationship with the union, the finance minister has said. Michael Noonan had a telephone conversation with Philip Hammond, the chancellor of the exchequer, yesterday after the UK government...Ireland will negotiate as one of 27 EU member states but every effort must be made to ensure that...Ireland will negotiate as one of 27 EU member states but every effort must be made to ensure that...

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Reported sex offences double in decade

The number of rapes and sexual assaults reported to gardaí reached their highest level in the past decade in 2016 while the level of murders rose by almost a third. Official figures show a total of 2,549 sexual offences were...The number of rapes and sexual assaults reported to gardaí reached their highest level in the past decade in 2016 while the level of murders rose by almost a third. Official figures show a total of 2,549 sexual offences were...The number of rapes and sexual assaults reported to gardaí reached their highest level in the past decade in 2016...

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Noonan in war of words over Project Eagle

The chairman of the public accounts committee called into question the fitness of Michael Noonan as finance minister last night during heated exchanges in the Dáil. Seán Fleming, the Fianna Fáil TD, claimed that Mr Noonan had...The chairman of the public accounts committee called into question the fitness of Michael Noonan as finance minister last night during heated exchanges in the Dáil. Seán Fleming, the Fianna Fáil TD, claimed that Mr Noonan had...The chairman of the public accounts committee called into question the fitness of Michael Noonan as finance minister...

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