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In the News

Daniel Finkelstein

DUP has too much leverage for a party that always says no

Eighties fashion

The decade that taste forgot is back, but it’s not all shell suits

Pet detective

The world’s best isn’t Ace Ventura but a spaniel called Molly

Rugby World Cup

Andrew Mehrtens: Beating New Zealand isn’t rocket science

video

Frustrated Johnson faces Brexit delay

MPs thwart October 31 deadline

Boris Johnson is facing a Brexit delay of up to three months after MPs derailed his plan to rush a deal through the Commons. Members rejected his timetable for departing the EU by 322 to 308 in a defeat that threatens to doom Mr Johnson’s “do or die” pledge to leave by October 31. The prime minister was compelled by the Benn act to ask for an extension on Saturday after...Boris Johnson is facing a Brexit delay of up to three months after MPs derailed his plan to rush...Boris Johnson is facing a Brexit delay of up to three months after MPs derailed his plan to rush...

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Political Sketch

The neighs have it after yet more horseplay

Another tricksy tank trap, another delay. Boris Johnson, part-successful, part-scuppered, took Hamlet’s attitude: “If...Another tricksy tank trap, another delay. Boris Johnson, part-successful, part-scuppered, took Hamlet’s attitude: “If it be not now, yet it will come.” The Commons supported his deal — big Tory cheers — but not his short timetable — equal cheers from the opposition. The horse is halfway into the box but she’s still...Another tricksy tank trap, another delay. Boris Johnson, part-successful, part-scuppered, took Hamlet’s attitude: “If it be not...

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Doctors hail first drug to ‘slow down’ Alzheimer’s

BEHIND THE STORY

Drug suggests our research billions were not for naught

Harry and Meghan ‘are royal modernisers’

Heat camera spots day-tripper’s breast cancer

Government lied over fracking clean-up

Judge tells ex-husband to end decades of harassment

Naomi Wolf and publisher split after book errors exposed

Plummy voices get the plum jobs in seven words

Tusk presses EU leaders to back three-month Brexit ‘flextension’

Hurdles still to jump even if MPs agree a timetable

analysis

The path to a general election

Q&A: What happened last night?

Times poll shows voters want to avoid more delay

Neither carrot nor stick was enough for wary House to hand PM victory

Devil in the detail: bill could yet split a fragile coalition

Shadow cabinet clash over new referendum

Speaker’s power to run the Commons ‘must be curbed’

Irish Sea ‘border’ means higher costs for businesses

British and Irish businesses that trade solely within the UK face a barrage of costs and red tape under Boris Johnson’s Brexit deal, the acting head of HM Revenue & Customs has warned. Addressing the Treasury...British and Irish businesses that trade solely within the UK face a barrage of costs and red tape under Boris Johnson’s Brexit deal, the acting head of HM Revenue & Customs has warned. Addressing the Treasury...British and Irish businesses that trade solely within the UK face a barrage of costs and red tape under Boris...

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RED BOX | LORD SHARKEY

UK’s reputation rests on paying its dues to the EU

One of the key components of the withdrawal agreement currently being debated in parliament is the financial settlement. Negotiated by Theresa May’s government, and unchanged in the revised agreement published last week, it...One of the key components of the withdrawal agreement currently being debated in parliament is the financial settlement. Negotiated by Theresa May’s government, and unchanged in the revised agreement published last week, it...One of the key components of the withdrawal agreement currently being debated in parliament is the financial settlement.

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RED BOX | STELLA CREASY

We have taken the first steps in Northern Ireland to equal rights for all

RED BOX | TALI FRASER

Boris Johnson killed own deal by destroying trust in the government

Welcome to Taunton

With Westminster in turmoil, Matt Chorley heads to his home town to talk shops and the Lib Dem fightback

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Doughty duchess saved family from Nazis with Times ‘crowdfund’ appeal

An indefatigable dowager duchess appealed to Times readers in a 1930s “crowdfunding” campaign that brought a family in danger out of Nazi-ruled Austria. The story, which has been researched by the daughter-in-law of one of the escapers, began only...An indefatigable dowager duchess appealed to Times readers in a 1930s “crowdfunding” campaign...An indefatigable dowager duchess appealed to Times readers in a 1930s “crowdfunding” campaign...

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No better time to die: Bond at mercy of film’s triple ending

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Stars fight to save art at Gerry’s Pompeii

100% organic agriculture could increase carbon emissions

Going organic could increase your carbon footprint, a study has found. For all that Duchy Original carrots are kinder...Going organic could increase your carbon footprint, a study has found. For all that Duchy...Going organic could increase your carbon footprint, a study has found. For all that Duchy...

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The Times Diary

She-hova can smite Jehova

The writer Kathy Lette wants only one thing for Christmas, though it is a bit of a biggie. “I’d like God to be...The writer Kathy Lette wants only one thing for Christmas, though it is a bit of a biggie. “I’d...The writer Kathy Lette wants only one thing for Christmas, though it is a bit of a biggie. “I’d...

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Jihadi bride faces torture or death, claim lawyers

Bringing Isis orphans home ‘is our priority’

Egypt resort off blacklist four years after bombing

Police warn crash family’s spokesman

‘City of Dreams’ plan puts RAF Cyprus base at risk

Multimillion-pound plans to boost tourism in Limassol could force the closure of a nearby RAF base, the city’s mayor warned as he branded British military stations an anachronism in modern Cyprus. Nicos Nicolaides’s ambitious plans involve...Multimillion-pound plans to boost tourism in Limassol could force the closure of a nearby RAF...Multimillion-pound plans to boost tourism in Limassol could force the closure of a nearby RAF...

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Budget tax cuts set to be dropped as borrowing rises

GCHQ foils plots to imitate fire brigade and hack airlines

Academic enters row over ex-Oxfam chief

Survival rate doubles for premature babies

Take pills at bedtime to reduce heart risk

People with high blood pressure can more than halve the risk of dying from a heart attack or stroke by taking their medication at bedtime rather than first thing in the morning, a study has found. Experts said that the findings...People with high blood pressure can more than halve the risk of dying from a heart attack or stroke by taking their medication at bedtime rather than first thing in the morning, a study has found. Experts said that the findings...People with high blood pressure can more than halve the risk of dying from a heart attack or stroke by taking their...

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Amazon failing to tackle fake reviews and shoddy goods

Amazon is failing to get to grips with shoddy products boosted by fake reviews that risk misleading millions of customers, researchers claim. Which? examined eight electrical devices that it said typified products from obscure...Amazon is failing to get to grips with shoddy products boosted by fake reviews that risk misleading millions of customers, researchers claim. Which? examined eight electrical devices that it said typified products from obscure...Amazon is failing to get to grips with shoddy products boosted by fake reviews that risk misleading millions of...

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Parents despair at special needs ‘chaos’

Banker’s daughter fights ex-model over his millions

Comment

The DUP’s answer is always the same: no

Daniel Finkelstein

Sadly the make-up of the Commons has given far too much leverage to a party with a history of stamping out progress

ALICE THOMSON

Even royals can’t have it all their own way

ROGER BOYES

Canada’s wizard of woke has lost his magic

MATTHEW PARRIS

A plug for the woman snapped in Hitler’s bath

Libby Purves

Teach state pupils how to talk their way into a career

Readers’ poll

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Leading Articles

Press On

Parliament may have scuppered Boris Johnson’s hopes of delivering Brexit by October 31 but a deal now looks possible

Russia’s Reach

Confusion in western diplomacy has allowed President Putin to project power

Crying Wolf

How does a book go so badly wrong and no one notices?

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Times letters: Royal couple’s public life, duty and privacy

Sir, I was sad to read the unsympathetic views about Prince Harry and Meghan by correspondents (letters, Oct 22). I wonder how many of us would exchange our life for theirs? Certainly, the younger royals do not lack for food and shelter but they...Sir, I was sad to read the unsympathetic views about Prince Harry and Meghan by correspondents...Sir, I was sad to read the unsympathetic views about Prince Harry and Meghan by correspondents...

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Daily Universal Register

Briefing

US: Mark Zuckerberg, chairman and chief executive of Facebook, testifies to the US Congress committee on financial services, in Washington, DC.

France: MEPs continue the final plenary session on Brexit and Ursula von der Leyen, president-elect of the European Commission, presents a new programme in Strasbourg.

On this day

In 1642 Royalists and Parliamentarians clashed at the Battle of Edgehill, in Warwickshire, with 1,000 deaths. It was the first full-scale battle of the English Civil War; in 1942 the Second Battle of El Alamein began, lasting until an Allied victory on November 11, 1942, marking the beginning of the end of the Western Desert campaign by the Axis powers; in 1956 a mass rally took place in Budapest in protest at Soviet rule of Hungary. Soviet control continued until the collapse of communism in 1989; in 1980 ill health forced Alexei Kosygin, premier of the Soviet government, to hand power to Nikolai Tikhonov. Kosygin died on December 18, 1980; in 2002, Chechen militants stormed a theatre in Moscow, taking 912 hostages, about 130 of whom died when, three days later, Russian security services pumped a poisonous gas into the building to aid the rescue operation.

Nature notes

A small tree to look out for now, in gardens and sometimes as an escapee from a garden, is stag’s horn sumach. It has long leaves with many drooping leaflets, which are becoming a blazing red and hang like bunting from the branches. It is a tree from the eastern states of North America, and gets its dramatic name from the way in which the branches fork. An unusual colour that is beginning to be seen on rural roadsides is a lovely cinnamon. It is found on the leaves of the wild service tree, a tree that grows tall above hedges and often passes unnoticed until this autumn colour appears. The leaves have two large pointed lobes at the base and smaller points on their sides. Small specimens of this tree can often be seen flourishing on the grassy verge of the road, since it is a tree that throws up many suckers.

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Bithdays today

Lord (Anthony) Bamford, chairman, JCB, 74; Prof Graeme Barker, archaeologist, director of the McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research, University of Cambridge (2004-14), 73; Matthew Barzun, director, Grosvenor Group, US ambassador to the UK (2013-17), 49; Emilia Clarke, actress, Game of Thrones (2011-19), 33; Cat Deeley, TV presenter and actress, 43; Prof Douglas Dunn, poet and short-story writer, Elegies (1985), 77; Christopher Fulford, actor, Queen of the Desert (2015), 64; Charles Goodhart, economist, emeritus professor of banking and finance, London School of Economics and Political Science, 83; Maggi Hambling, artist and sculptor, A Conversation with Oscar Wilde (1998), 74; Steve Harmison, cricketer, England (2002-09), 41; Paul Kagame, president of Rwanda, 62; Philip Kaufman, film writer and director, The Right Stuff (1983), The Unbearable Lightness of Being (1988), 83; Saul Klein, entrepreneur, co-founder of venture capital company LocalGlobe and Lovefilm, 49; Sir Archie Lamb, DFC, UK ambassador to Kuwait (1974-77) and Norway (1978-80), 98; Derek Landy, novelist, the Skulduggery Pleasant books, and screenwriter, 45; Ang Lee, film director, Brokeback Mountain (2005), Gemini Man (2019), 65; Jay Osgerby, designer of the 2012 Olympic torch, 50; Pelé, footballer, Brazil (1957-71), winner of three Fifa world cups (1958, 1962, 1970), 79; James Puxley, lord-lieutenant of Berkshire, 71; Sam Raimi, film director, the cult horror Evil Dead film series, 60; Ryan Reynolds, actor, Deadpool (2016), 43; Sir Gerry Robinson, chief executive (1991-96) and chairman (1996-2000), Granada Group, 71; Ned Rorem, composer, Air Music (1974), 96; Nick Starr, co-founder, London Theatre Company, executive director, National Theatre (2002-14), 62; Matthew Williamson, fashion designer, 48.

World

Russia and Turkey stitch up deal to patrol Syrian ‘safe zone’

The leaders of Russia and Turkey agreed last night to enforce the removal of Kurdish fighters from northeastern Syria and conduct joint patrols, in a deal that secured Moscow’s dominance in the region. After talks lasting almost seven hours in the Black Sea resort of Sochi, President Erdogan said he had reached a “historic” deal with his “dear friend” President...The leaders of Russia and Turkey agreed last night to enforce the removal of Kurdish fighters...The leaders of Russia and Turkey agreed last night to enforce the removal of Kurdish fighters...

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Analysis

US gift to Assad keeps on giving

In Syria it is necessary to look beyond the cries of outrage and the claims of victory to see what is really going on.In Syria it is necessary to look beyond the cries of outrage and the claims of victory to see what is really going on. Coverage of Turkey’s invasion has focused first on US policy and whether President Trump has ruined America’s future in the Middle East, and only then on the fate of the Kurds. President Erdogan is...In Syria it is necessary to look beyond the cries of outrage and the claims of victory to see what is really going on. Coverage...

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Putin opens arms to Africa in quest for trade and clout

Botswana in the balance after former leader pits himself against successor

US diplomat says Trump did threaten Ukraine over funds

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Trudeau returns to power, but only just

WORLD AT FIVE

Bad smell hangs over Modi’s vow to clean the Ganges

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Street protests over Bolivian ‘vote-fixing’

French tourist loses her hands in shark attack

A French tourist has survived despite losing both hands and suffering a severe chest wound after a shark attacked her...A French tourist has survived despite losing both hands and suffering a severe chest wound after...A French tourist has survived despite losing both hands and suffering a severe chest wound after...

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Critics take a right swipe at Paris Olympics ‘Tinder’ logo

Paris unveiled its logo for the 2024 Olympic Games with the claim that it encapsulated three symbols at once — a...Paris unveiled its logo for the 2024 Olympic Games with the claim that it encapsulated three...Paris unveiled its logo for the 2024 Olympic Games with the claim that it encapsulated three...

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IN PICTURES

Japanese emperor pledges peace

Emperor Naruhito was formally enthroned in Japan’s Imperial Palace yesterday before an audience of 2,000 dignitaries, international leaders and foreign royalty. Arrangements for the ceremony were disrupted by rain, and Naruhito and Empress...Emperor Naruhito was formally enthroned in Japan’s Imperial Palace yesterday before an audience...Emperor Naruhito was formally enthroned in Japan’s Imperial Palace yesterday before an audience...

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CIA turned our celebrities into ‘sissy pants’, says Beijing

China preparing to replace Lam as Hong Kong leader

Dads rule — and it’s been that way for 4,000 years

Ex-army chief gets chance to form a coalition in Israel

Beyoncé gets her halo with themed Mass

In the beginning was the Word but a few thousand years later there was the music of Beyoncé. For some worshippers the messages work better together. The First Presbyterian Church of Brooklyn will today hold New York’s first Beyoncé Mass...In the beginning was the Word but a few thousand years later there was the music of Beyoncé.In the beginning was the Word but a few thousand years later there was the music of Beyoncé.

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Business

Wework’s Adam Neumann walks off with $1.7bn after rescue by Softbank

The ousted chief executive of Wework will receive $1.7 billion to leave the company board and give up all voting rights under a deal in which Softbank will take full control. The troubled American company has chosen a rescue package from its largest shareholder over a competing offer from JP Morgan Chase, in a deal that will value Wework at $8 billion, a sharp drop from...The ousted chief executive of Wework will receive $1.7 billion to leave the company board and...The ousted chief executive of Wework will receive $1.7 billion to leave the company board and...

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Bidding war for Just Eat as it rejects hostile offer

The board of Just Eat is under pressure after it rejected a hostile £4.9 billion bid from a South African technology...The board of Just Eat is under pressure after it rejected a hostile £4.9 billion bid from a South African technology investor that threatens to scupper a proposed merger with Takeaway.com. A takeover battle erupted for the FTSE 100 takeaway delivery group yesterday after Naspers made a 710p-a-share offer. The bid...The board of Just Eat is under pressure after it rejected a hostile £4.9 billion bid from a South African technology investor...

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Boeing sacks the head of its 737 Max programme

The Boeing executive in charge of the 737 Max programme was dismissed last night amid a deepening crisis at the aircraft maker. Kevin McAllister, chief executive of Boeing Commercial Airplanes, is the most senior executive to...The Boeing executive in charge of the 737 Max programme was dismissed last night amid a deepening crisis at the aircraft maker. Kevin McAllister, chief executive of Boeing Commercial Airplanes, is the most senior executive to...The Boeing executive in charge of the 737 Max programme was dismissed last night amid a deepening crisis at the...

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Drayson forgoes salary to end row

A former government minister has given up his salary at the healthcare technology company he founded and its board has apologised in an attempt to defuse a row over undisclosed executive bonuses worth £1 million. Sensyne Health...A former government minister has given up his salary at the healthcare technology company he founded and its board has apologised in an attempt to defuse a row over undisclosed executive bonuses worth £1 million. Sensyne Health...A former government minister has given up his salary at the healthcare technology company he founded and its board...

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business commentary

Takeaway offers are lacking in sauce

Comment

In many ways a global downturn is overdue — but it’s not inevitable

wework: profile

How Neumann’s charm melted under investors’ gaze

Just Eat

The Tencent bet that turned into billions

Spending spree forces up government borrowing

Trump’s Scotch whisky tariffs must be axed ‘before post-Brexit trade talks with US begin’

Accountants ‘complicit’ in Thomas Cook-type failures

Whitbread has rooms to improve in regions

comment

Big pay packets, freebies and abuse of power: fund managers must wake up

Are asset managers becoming the investment bankers of old? Allegations about sexual harassment and macho culture...Are asset managers becoming the investment bankers of old? Allegations about sexual harassment...Are asset managers becoming the investment bankers of old? Allegations about sexual harassment...

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city people

What price a ticket to ride? Beats us, says the Bank

When Mark Carney travelled to San Francisco in April to meet Mark Zuckerberg, the Facebook boss, it didn’t take long...When Mark Carney travelled to San Francisco in April to meet Mark Zuckerberg, the Facebook boss...When Mark Carney travelled to San Francisco in April to meet Mark Zuckerberg, the Facebook boss...

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Reckitt chief accuses predecessor as he cuts sales and profit outlook

Travis Perkins pulls plug on plumbing sale, for now

Sales growth in short supply at Bunzl

Ex-RBS boss to be questioned on allegations

Manufacturers brace for sharp collapse in exports

market report

Boeing’s grounded jets put extra weight on Tui shares

tempus

It’s hard to ignore Japan’s downgrades

Need to know

Your three-minute digest

Tariffs won’t stop Harley Davidson’s easy riders in their tracks

Harley-Davidson sales outside the United States have rebounded after being hit by increased tariffs. The classic American motorcycle maker has been caught up in the trade wars raging between the United States, China and the European Union.Harley-Davidson sales outside the United States have rebounded after being hit by increased tariffs.Harley-Davidson sales outside the United States have rebounded after being hit by increased tariffs.

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‘Eureka’ for Rio Tinto as waste rock yields lithium

American rivals take bite out of McDonald’s meaty menu

Millions more users click into Snapchat

Skincare glows for Procter & Gamble

Energy suppliers who fail Ofgem tests face ban on new customers

Businesses face change in climate

Record assets at St James’s Place despite perks furore

St James’s Place has shrugged off criticism of its culture and links to Neil Woodford, the fallen fund manager, to...St James’s Place has shrugged off criticism of its culture and links to Neil Woodford, the fallen...St James’s Place has shrugged off criticism of its culture and links to Neil Woodford, the fallen...

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Ousted fund manager denies he broke the rules

A fund manager who left one of the world’s biggest investment firms after it was alleged that he had secretly bought...A fund manager who left one of the world’s biggest investment firms after it was alleged that he...A fund manager who left one of the world’s biggest investment firms after it was alleged that he...

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Sport

Rugby World Cup | Owen Slot

Jones hides May fears with All Black taunts

Yesterday in Japan, the nation celebrated the enthronement of its new emperor. The abdicating Emperor Akihito had been the ruling monarch for 30 years — which feels about as long as New Zealand’s reign in rugby. While there is little sign of the All Blacks stepping down without being forced to...Yesterday in Japan, the nation celebrated the enthronement of its new emperor. The abdicating Emperor Akihito had been the ruling monarch for 30 years — which feels about as long as New Zealand’s reign in rugby. While there is little sign of the All Blacks stepping down without being forced to...Yesterday in Japan, the nation celebrated the enthronement of its new emperor. The abdicating Emperor Akihito had been the...

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athletics

Nike boss quits just weeks after Salazar scandal

Nike’s chief executive is stepping down only three weeks after he was implicated in the Alberto Salazar scandal. Mark Parker, who had held the position since 2006, had been made aware of the testosterone experiment on Nike premises that led to the disgraced coach being banned from athletics for four years, according to evidence uncovered by...Nike’s chief executive is stepping down only three weeks after he was implicated in the Alberto Salazar scandal. Mark Parker, who had held the position since 2006, had been made aware of the testosterone experiment on Nike premises that led to the disgraced coach being banned from athletics for four years, according to evidence uncovered by...Nike’s chief executive is stepping down only three weeks after he was implicated in the Alberto Salazar scandal. Mark Parker...

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champions league | henry winter

Sterling hat-trick is lesson for Foden

Raheem Sterling left the field with the match ball while Phil Foden ended up with an important lesson. What last night confirmed was Pep Guardiola’s logic in keeping Foden at Manchester City, allowing him to watch the magnificent breadth of Sterling’s game at close quarters, rather than sending the 19-year-old out...Raheem Sterling left the field with the match ball while Phil Foden ended up with an important...Raheem Sterling left the field with the match ball while Phil Foden ended up with an important...

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champions league

Five-star Tottenham remember how to have fun

champions league

‘They’ve earned day off. It’ll stop the rumours’

Rugby World Cup | Andrew Mehrtens

Starve New Zealand of the ball and get Tuilagi to target Mo’unga

Rugby World Cup | Matthew Syed

Ant-like Kiwis offer lessons in life

My children love ants. They often go into the garden to look at these remarkable insects, marching here and there or...My children love ants. They often go into the garden to look at these remarkable insects...My children love ants. They often go into the garden to look at these remarkable insects...

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Rugby World Cup | Stuart Barnes

England will win . . . but only if they rough up slick Smith

Get to Aaron Smith, get to the All Blacks. Easier said than done, I’ll admit. But when Smith struggles to slip into...Get to Aaron Smith, get to the All Blacks. Easier said than done, I’ll admit. But when Smith...Get to Aaron Smith, get to the All Blacks. Easier said than done, I’ll admit. But when Smith...

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Champions League

‘Eriksen said we deserved to win’ – how Ajax became darlings of Europe again

It was in the away dressing room at the Allianz Arena on October 2 last year that belief began to seep through Ajax’s squad. Erik ten Hag’s team had just drawn with Bayern Munich in the Champions League group stage. They had held their own against...It was in the away dressing room at the Allianz Arena on October 2 last year that belief began to...It was in the away dressing room at the Allianz Arena on October 2 last year that belief began to...

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champions league

Lampard: My youngsters are good but we’re not Ajax yet

champions league

Klopp: Our away form must improve

Rugby World Cup

New Zealand spying on us, claims Jones

RUGBY WORLD CUP

How England use security experts to thwart spy game

The Ruck podcast

Curry and Underhill prove England have what it takes to beat the All Blacks

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rugby world cup

Moriarty: I’m so relieved, a red would’ve finished me

You will not find many around this Rugby World Cup with a good word to say about Jaco Peyper after the South African referee’s ill-advised photo opportunity with a group of Welsh fans, but Ross Moriarty is a significant exception. For the Wales No 8, Peyper assumed a status close to guardian angel on Sunday when he reached into his pocket and pulled out a yellow card.You will not find many around this Rugby World Cup with a good word to say about Jaco Peyper...You will not find many around this Rugby World Cup with a good word to say about Jaco Peyper...

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rugby world cup

No grudge with Sonny Bill, says Watson

Anthony Watson will face Sonny Bill Williams on Saturday for the first time since the All Black was sent off for a...Anthony Watson will face Sonny Bill Williams on Saturday for the first time since the All Black was sent off for a foul tackle on him during the Lions tour in 2017 but insists there are no grudges. The players met a couple of weeks after that incident in the second Test in Wellington on holiday in Fiji and Watson...Anthony Watson will face Sonny Bill Williams on Saturday for the first time since the All Black was sent off for a foul tackle...

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The Game Daily | James Gheerbrant

How Solskjaer turned United into most boring ticket in town

Premier League

Xhaka bites back at Evra as Arsenal’s reputation up north rears its head

Rugby World Cup | Stephen Jones

Criticism of Peyper is pompous – referee did nothing wrong

So now we know. A selfie can wreck your career. There could be millions of well-known people revising their...So now we know. A selfie can wreck your career. There could be millions of well-known people...So now we know. A selfie can wreck your career. There could be millions of well-known people...

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Rugby World Cup | David Walsh

Why South Africa’s win over Japan left me feeling grim

It rained in Tokyo this morning. A not uncommon event it should be said. So I took a bullet train southwest to Kyoto.It rained in Tokyo this morning. A not uncommon event it should be said. So I took a bullet train...It rained in Tokyo this morning. A not uncommon event it should be said. So I took a bullet train...

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sports photography

Times Sport Unseen Special: from Hackney Marshes to Old Trafford

In 1946, a vast patchwork of 120 full-size pitches blanketed Hackney Marshes in East London, Marc Aspland writes. It is rightly known as the spiritual home of England’s Sunday football. It was here that heroes of the game such as Bobby Moore...In 1946, a vast patchwork of 120 full-size pitches blanketed Hackney Marshes in East London, Marc...In 1946, a vast patchwork of 120 full-size pitches blanketed Hackney Marshes in East London, Marc...

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The Game podcast

Marcus Rashford looked back to his best against Liverpool

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Rugby World Cup

Hansen makes a dig at ‘selfish’ Six Nations . . . again

cricket

Root puts faith in club coach to recapture form

racing

World tour beckons for ‘hot’ Dettori

Racing

Thunderer’s racing tips

Register

obituary

Gordon Browne

Senior MI5 officer who reassured Macmillan over the Profumo scandal and argued the government’s case during the Spycatcher affair

When the Profumo affair broke in 1963 there was panic that Britain’s secrets had been betrayed to the Russians. John Profumo, the secretary of state for war, was having an affair with Christine Keeler, who was also sleeping with Yevgeny Ivanov, the naval attaché at the Soviet embassy. Had she been passing on to him intelligence she had learnt from a key cabinet minister?When the Profumo affair broke in 1963 there was panic that Britain’s secrets had been betrayed to...When the Profumo affair broke in 1963 there was panic that Britain’s secrets had been betrayed to...

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obituary

Deborah Orr

As a columnist, Deborah Orr trod where many fear to tread, her trenchant writing being necessary reading even for...As a columnist, Deborah Orr trod where many fear to tread, her trenchant writing being necessary reading even for those who did not subscribe to the ideology of the newspapers in which it appeared. She would ask questions that others would rather not ask, or point out truths that they would rather not hear. Orr...As a columnist, Deborah Orr trod where many fear to tread, her trenchant writing being necessary reading even for those who did...

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obituary

John Keenan

Memorial service

Thanksgiving service for Baroness Warnock

Ordinary people’s children

court circular

October 22, 2019

weather eye

Trail of devastation in medieval London

On this day — or thereabouts — in 1091 London was devastated by a monstrous weather phenomenon that tore through the city. “A violent whirlwind from the southwest shook and demolished more than six hundred houses and a great number of churches in...On this day — or thereabouts — in 1091 London was devastated by a monstrous weather phenomenon...On this day — or thereabouts — in 1091 London was devastated by a monstrous weather phenomenon...

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Puzzles

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FASHION

1980s fashion is back, watch out!

Get set for shoulder pads, pussy bows and serious bling, says Harriet Walker

ANNA MURPHY

What I’ve learnt about style from men

Give me an old tweed jacket any day

fashion

It’s not high, it’s not flat: it’s the midi

Ditch the trainers and the platforms — this season’s hot shoe is in between. Harriet Walker slips on a pair

fashion

Heels or flats — do convertible shoes work?

No more carrying a spare pair of trainers or walking home barefoot — just unscrew the high heel and attach a lower one. Hilary Rose tries them

CAROL MIDGLEY

I want to kiss Sainsbury’s corporate face for ditching fireworks

Lost cat? Call the canine pet detective

film review

Terminator: Dark Fate — the first good film from this series for decades

arts

Ballet is obsessed with youth, but older artists should be celebrated

THE LOWDOWN

Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon’s fasting routines

first night | exhibition

Lucian Freud: The Self-portraits — sharpen your elbows and get up close

★★★★★
It’s the perfect show for an egomaniac. A survey of Lucian Freud’s painting through his self-portraits. The man who required his models to sit for hours, over months, often in excruciating positions (one model had to see an...★★★★★
It’s the perfect show for an egomaniac. A survey of Lucian Freud’s painting through...★★★★★
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first night | theatre

Cyrano — an ungainly mix of contemporary gags and strained poetry

first night | dance

Staging Schiele — intense portrayal of individualism

first night | pop

Summer Walker — a bizarre gig from a truly strange star

★★★★☆
Summer Walker is pop’s most perplexing new star and, to judge by this bizarre gig, perhaps its most...★★★★☆
Summer Walker is pop’s most perplexing new star and, to judge by this bizarre gig...★★★★☆
Summer Walker is pop’s most perplexing new star and, to judge by this bizarre gig...

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first night | theatre

Vassa — like a tone-deaf pre-Soviet Succession

★☆☆☆☆
I have seen shows worse than Vassa, but I have seen few productions with a less sure sense of what they...★☆☆☆☆
I have seen shows worse than Vassa, but I have seen few productions with a less sure...★☆☆☆☆
I have seen shows worse than Vassa, but I have seen few productions with a less sure...

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FIRST NIGHT | THEATRE

Translations — love in the old language

★★★☆☆
It’s a handsome production, brooding yet sometimes bracingly funny. Rae Smith’s atmospheric set, a sprawling, boggy landscape retreating towards a vast sky that turns from red to blue to grey, generates an emphatic sense of place. But...★★★☆☆
It’s a handsome production, brooding yet sometimes bracingly funny. Rae Smith’s...★★★☆☆
It’s a handsome production, brooding yet sometimes bracingly funny. Rae Smith’s...

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The British Tribe Next Door review — less anthropology, more an old-fashioned gawp

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Official Secrets video review — Keira Knightley nails it in Iraq invasion thriller

Watch our critics discuss the big new releases. This week Kevin Maher and Ed Potton give their verdicts on Official Secrets. See the Times+ website for details of our year-round offer of 2-for-1 Odeon cinema ticketsWatch our critics discuss the big new releases. This week Kevin Maher and Ed Potton give their...Watch our critics discuss the big new releases. This week Kevin Maher and Ed Potton give their...

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The Harry and Meghan divide: are you Stiff Upper Lip or Generation Emote?

HEALTH

Everything you need to know about coffee

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ARTS

Wendell Pierce on how Death of a Salesman gave him a shot at redemption

Robert Crampton

Being rude is key to success — here’s what happened when I tried it

Scotland

Scotland’s economy takes £3bn hit from Brexit fears

The uncertainty caused by Brexit has cost the Scottish economy £3 billion so far, according to independent analysis. The Fraser of Allander Institute at Strathclyde University made the estimate as it downgraded expectations of future economic growth. It said the size of the Scottish economy was 2...The uncertainty caused by Brexit has cost the Scottish economy £3 billion so far, according to independent analysis. The Fraser of Allander Institute at Strathclyde University made the estimate as it downgraded expectations of future economic growth. It said the size of the Scottish economy was 2...The uncertainty caused by Brexit has cost the Scottish economy £3 billion so far, according to independent analysis. The Fraser...

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Labour MP facing reselection fight as Unite triggers contest

Ian Murray, the only Scottish Labour MP to survive the SNP landslide in the 2015 general election, is facing a battle to stand again for the party. Unite, the trade union, has used its powers to trigger a reselection contest in the Edinburgh South constituency, where Mr Murray holds a majority of 15,514, the largest in Scotland, after his...Ian Murray, the only Scottish Labour MP to survive the SNP landslide in the 2015 general election, is facing a battle to stand again for the party. Unite, the trade union, has used its powers to trigger a reselection contest in the Edinburgh South constituency, where Mr Murray holds a majority of 15,514, the largest in Scotland, after his...Ian Murray, the only Scottish Labour MP to survive the SNP landslide in the 2015 general election, is facing a battle to stand...

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Reaction to Nazi salutes is moral panic, says lecturer

A Scottish university has distanced itself from a tutor who dismissed revulsion over Nazi salutes on football terraces as an overblown “moral panic”. Stuart Waiton, a lecturer in sociology and criminology at Abertay University in Dundee, claims racism is not on the rise but believes people are simply more sensitive...A Scottish university has distanced itself from a tutor who dismissed revulsion over Nazi salutes...A Scottish university has distanced itself from a tutor who dismissed revulsion over Nazi salutes...

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Glitch scuppers submarine delivery date

Scots history teaching ‘reinforces racism’

Battle for last word on poets’ feud

Stagecoach chief’s £109m is biggest charity gift for century

Plea for ‘shooting galleries’ and drugs policy rethink

Switchers boost support for Union

Pro-independence campaigners are losing supporters at a faster rate than they are gaining them, a poll has found. A survey for Progress Scotland, a campaign group fronted by the former SNP deputy leader Angus Robertson, used a...Pro-independence campaigners are losing supporters at a faster rate than they are gaining them, a poll has found. A survey for Progress Scotland, a campaign group fronted by the former SNP deputy leader Angus Robertson, used a...Pro-independence campaigners are losing supporters at a faster rate than they are gaining them, a poll has found. A...

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SNP backs change from all-girls school

Proposals to open up Scotland’s last all-girls school to boys have moved a step closer after securing the approval of senior councillors. Glasgow city council recently consulted parents and other interested parties over the...Proposals to open up Scotland’s last all-girls school to boys have moved a step closer after securing the approval of senior councillors. Glasgow city council recently consulted parents and other interested parties over the...Proposals to open up Scotland’s last all-girls school to boys have moved a step closer after securing the approval of...

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Brain expert says ban headers for under-18s

Man is charged over death of dog walker, 83, in woods

Old Highland survivor called Tolkien elm is tree of the year

An elm in the Highlands named after the tree creatures in JRR Tolkien’s book The Lord of the Rings has been awarded the title of Scotland’s tree of the year. The Last Ent of Affric beat five other finalists in an online vote run by Woodland Trust...An elm in the Highlands named after the tree creatures in JRR Tolkien’s book The Lord of the...An elm in the Highlands named after the tree creatures in JRR Tolkien’s book The Lord of the...

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Pick-up artist who harassed women on street is jailed

Appeal ruling will decide foster carers’ employment rights

Children’s flu vaccines face delays for extra tests

Death on farm ‘could have been avoided’

Monk admits Catholic school failings over child sex abuse

Business

Teacher’s set to become pet project for developer

business | comment

There is a better way to maintain our population than looking to migrants

The latest population trends across the UK prompted a predictable ministerial warning from the Scottish government.The latest population trends across the UK prompted a predictable ministerial warning from the...The latest population trends across the UK prompted a predictable ministerial warning from the...

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Business

Scores of jobs at sausage plant face axe

A sausage skin maker is planning to close one of its Scottish factories, with the expected loss of about 90 jobs.A sausage skin maker is planning to close one of its Scottish factories, with the expected loss...A sausage skin maker is planning to close one of its Scottish factories, with the expected loss...

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football

Jack commits his future to Rangers

football | Michael grant

Risks of football may force people out of the game

football

Forster aims to play his way back into England side

football

Porto have lost star quality but they still pose a threat

Ireland

Varadkar ‘sorry for litany of failures’ in cervical screening

Leo Varadkar has apologised to the women and families whose “lives were shattered” by the cervical screening scandal. The taoiseach made a formal state apology in the Dáil yesterday about the “litany of failures” that led to “humiliation, disrespect and deceit”. He spoke as members of the advocacy group 221+, set up for the women affected by the scandal, watched from...Leo Varadkar has apologised to the women and families whose “lives were shattered” by the...Leo Varadkar has apologised to the women and families whose “lives were shattered” by the...

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Revamp of Dublin bus network ‘keeps integrity of original plan’

The “integrity” of a plan to overhaul Dublin’s bus network is intact after a revamp of the project, the head of the...The “integrity” of a plan to overhaul Dublin’s bus network is intact after a revamp of the project, the head of the state’s transport body said. The National Transport Authority (NTA) announced yesterday that more routes than originally envisaged would continue to go through the heart of Dublin, with the vast...The “integrity” of a plan to overhaul Dublin’s bus network is intact after a revamp of the project, the head of the state’s...

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Clerk of Dáil to question TDs over absent voting

Brexit extension still possible, Tusk assures British MPs

Making bankers liable ‘will enhance industry culture’

Mother of journalist who killed herself calls for stronger online harassment laws

Woman who suffocated daughter ‘was obsessed with fears over autism’

A murder trial was told that a mother admits suffocating her daughter with a pillow in the family home after becoming “obsessed” and “devastated” that the toddler had a particular type of autism. The woman, who cannot be named...A murder trial was told that a mother admits suffocating her daughter with a pillow in the family home after becoming “obsessed” and “devastated” that the toddler had a particular type of autism. The woman, who cannot be named...A murder trial was told that a mother admits suffocating her daughter with a pillow in the family home after becoming...

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Garda whistleblower wanted to ‘take down’ commissioner

A garda whistleblower told a detective superintendent he was going to “take down” ther former Garda commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan and wage “all out attack” on management, a tribunal has heard. Garda Nicholas Keogh was giving...A garda whistleblower told a detective superintendent he was going to “take down” ther former Garda commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan and wage “all out attack” on management, a tribunal has heard. Garda Nicholas Keogh was giving...A garda whistleblower told a detective superintendent he was going to “take down” ther former Garda commissioner...

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FAI claims privilege on papers wanted in watchdog inquiry

Bullying ‘not reported’ by Oireachtas staff