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In the News

Rachel Sylvester

China is winning this war of the worlds

Overindulging?

How to eat less without feeling forever famished

Henry Winter

Danny Cowley: I told Huddersfield boss I'd prove him wrong

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Don’t give paracetamol to patients, doctors told

New advice prescribes exercise for chronic pain

Doctors have been told not to prescribe drugs including paracetamol and ibuprofen to millions of chronic pain sufferers because they can do more harm than good. There is “little or no evidence” that the painkillers make any difference to the quality of life or psychological distress of the...Doctors have been told not to prescribe drugs including paracetamol and ibuprofen to millions of chronic pain sufferers because they can do more harm than good. There is “little or no evidence” that the painkillers make any difference to the quality of life or psychological distress of the...Doctors have been told not to prescribe drugs including paracetamol and ibuprofen to millions of chronic pain sufferers because...

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Poetry is a coronavirus casualty as GCSE exam pared back

Schools have been given the green light to drop poetry from the GCSE syllabus for the first time in the 2021 exams. The exams regulator Ofqual announced yesterday that pupils taking the English literature test will face questions on only one compulsory topic, a Shakespeare play. They will then be required to answer questions in any two of...Schools have been given the green light to drop poetry from the GCSE syllabus for the first time in the 2021 exams. The exams regulator Ofqual announced yesterday that pupils taking the English literature test will face questions on only one compulsory topic, a Shakespeare play. They will then be required to answer questions in any two of...Schools have been given the green light to drop poetry from the GCSE syllabus for the first time in the 2021 exams. The exams...

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Federer takes on the rooftop girls

A video of two Italian girls playing tennis between the rooftops of their apartment buildings during lockdown prompted a visit from Roger Federer who asked to join them. The winner of 20 Grand Slam competitions flew by private jet to Italy to play in situ with the friends after images of them lobbing balls from one...A video of two Italian girls playing tennis between the rooftops of their apartment buildings...A video of two Italian girls playing tennis between the rooftops of their apartment buildings...

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Juan Carlos agrees to quit Spain amid sleaze crisis

updated

ANALYSIS

Downfall of national hero who stood up to Franco

Russian hackers ‘got trade files from Liam Fox’s email account’

Fly London to New York in 90 mins on jet

One small step on the way to Mars for Musk

CORONAVIRUS | IN DEPTH

Restaurants turn the tables as customers tuck in to half-price meals

analysis

Coronavirus: What a segmented lockdown would look like

Grenfell exposes culture of bad building

Want a sophisticated social life? Cows have got it licked

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CORONAVIRUS

Testing squads to help schools remain open in virus hotspots

updated

CORONAVIRUS | ANALYSIS

We need speed as well as science

coronavirus

No 10 denies all over-50s will have to shield

CORONAVIRUS

Cities face blockades to contain a second wave

CORONAVIRUS

Oxford vaccine may be financial shot in the arm for Huawei

coronavirus

New York’s kerbside diners injured by dopey drivers

updated

CORONAVIRUS

Tensions boil over among youths at French water parks

coronavirus

Germany to spend €3m on hard-up artists’ work

updated

The German state is to spend €3 million on buying works by artists who are struggling financially as a result of the...The German state is to spend €3 million on buying works by artists who are struggling financially...The German state is to spend €3 million on buying works by artists who are struggling financially...

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CORONAVIRUS | IN DEPTH

The battle to beat Covid-19

This is the pandemic where, Boris Johnson assures us, we “followed the science”. But “the science” is neither fixed...This is the pandemic where, Boris Johnson assures us, we “followed the science”. But “the...This is the pandemic where, Boris Johnson assures us, we “followed the science”. But “the...

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Coronavirus | around the world

Philippines orders island into lockdown as cases pass 100,000

updated

Philippines
Millions of people have been ordered back into lockdown in the Philippines today as the country attempts to avoid a damaging second wave of the virus. More than 27 million people on the country’s main island of Luzon, which includes...Philippines
Millions of people have been ordered back into lockdown in the Philippines today...Philippines
Millions of people have been ordered back into lockdown in the Philippines today...

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Charity Commission ‘whitewashed’ land sale inquiry after legal threats

Briton avoids death penalty for killing husband on Malaysian island

Rockers let rip at Spotify billionaire who told them to work harder

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Royals celebrate 150 years of Red Cross

updated

Johnson’s go-ahead for TikTok headquarters divides Tories

Boris Johnson has given the go-ahead to allow TikTok, the Chinese video sharing app, to set up its international headquarters in London. In a move that has infuriated some Tory backbenchers, Downing Street said that it had no...Boris Johnson has given the go-ahead to allow TikTok, the Chinese video sharing app, to set up its international headquarters in London. In a move that has infuriated some Tory backbenchers, Downing Street said that it had no...Boris Johnson has given the go-ahead to allow TikTok, the Chinese video sharing app, to set up its international...

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Drug firms told to stockpile for no-deal

Ministers have told drug companies to start stockpiling medicines again and prepare for disruption if the UK fails to strike a Brexit deal with the EU. In a letter to medical suppliers, officials at the Department of Health...Ministers have told drug companies to start stockpiling medicines again and prepare for disruption if the UK fails to strike a Brexit deal with the EU. In a letter to medical suppliers, officials at the Department of Health...Ministers have told drug companies to start stockpiling medicines again and prepare for disruption if the UK fails to...

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Beware dangers of dogs going walkies mad in midday sun

the times diary

Stuttering start for Boris

Suitable Boy actress finds TV adaptation long enough

Vikram Seth’s epic novel A Suitable Boy has sold more than three million copies around the world — but the leading lady of the BBC’s adaptation is not among the buyers. Tabu, the Bollywood superstar who plays the captivating courtesan Saeeda Bai...Vikram Seth’s epic novel A Suitable Boy has sold more than three million copies around the world...Vikram Seth’s epic novel A Suitable Boy has sold more than three million copies around the world...

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‘Wet’ Red Planet could have hosted life

Scientists searching for signs of life on Mars often conjure up the image of a planet where water once flowed liberally, forming vast deltas that shaped the rust-red landscape. A new study portrays ancient Mars in a different...Scientists searching for signs of life on Mars often conjure up the image of a planet where water once flowed liberally, forming vast deltas that shaped the rust-red landscape. A new study portrays ancient Mars in a different...Scientists searching for signs of life on Mars often conjure up the image of a planet where water once flowed...

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Migrants make dash for UK as smugglers warn door is closing

Migrants are being told by people smugglers that it is “now or never” to cross the Channel because the border will close next year when the UK is finally out of the European Union, immigration officers say. Lucy Moreton...Migrants are being told by people smugglers that it is “now or never” to cross the Channel because the border will close next year when the UK is finally out of the European Union, immigration officers say. Lucy Moreton...Migrants are being told by people smugglers that it is “now or never” to cross the Channel because the border will...

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Drug dealers behind knife crime surge in the shires

updated

Actor questions Simpsons race rules

Dog ‘a hero’ for seeing off robbers wielding machetes

Medals of Spitfire ace shot up in dogfight sell for £18,000

Cancer found in dinosaur from 77 million years ago

Toughen law to save hedgehogs, pleads charity

Cholesterol-lowering drugs may not cut the risk of heart disease

Statins and other cholesterol-lowering drugs may not reduce the risk of heart disease, researchers claim. People with poor cardiovascular health, diabetes or elevated LDL, known as “bad” cholesterol, are at higher risk of heart...Statins and other cholesterol-lowering drugs may not reduce the risk of heart disease, researchers claim. People with poor cardiovascular health, diabetes or elevated LDL, known as “bad” cholesterol, are at higher risk of heart...Statins and other cholesterol-lowering drugs may not reduce the risk of heart disease, researchers claim. People with...

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Gang grabbed £600,000 of luxury goods in home raids

A gang of “utterly shameful” criminals who broke into the homes of the England footballer Raheem Sterling and the Jamiroquai singer Jay Kay have been jailed. Vincent Ball, 52, John Barlow, 58, and Thomas Mee, 42, targeted homes...A gang of “utterly shameful” criminals who broke into the homes of the England footballer Raheem Sterling and the Jamiroquai singer Jay Kay have been jailed. Vincent Ball, 52, John Barlow, 58, and Thomas Mee, 42, targeted homes...A gang of “utterly shameful” criminals who broke into the homes of the England footballer Raheem Sterling and the...

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I was profiled, claims civil servant accused of car theft

‘Murder victim’ discovered living in woods 5 years on

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Comment

China is winning this war of the worlds

Rachel Sylvester

A sci-fi novel about a clash of intergalactic cultures sheds light on the battle for supremacy between two superpowers

JOANNA WILLIAMS

Treating us like children won’t keep us safe

TREVOR PHILLIPS

University bigots want to control minorities

GILES COREN

Anyone who shares a nasty name must fall

SARA TOR

Farewell to the laminated book of dreams

Jawad Iqbal

Gandhi doesn’t deserve to be on British currency

Is someone who once said black Africans are “troublesome, very dirty and live like animals” the best choice for the first non-white person to feature on British currency? Those racist remarks were made by Mahatma Gandhi, the Indian independence...Is someone who once said black Africans are “troublesome, very dirty and live like animals” the...Is someone who once said black Africans are “troublesome, very dirty and live like animals” the...

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Leading Articles

Peace Maker

Tributes to the memory of John Hume will mean little unless politicians in Belfast and Westminster heed the lessons of his remarkable achievements

Reign in Spain

The exile of the former king Juan Carlos may not be enough to save the monarchy

Companionable Cattle

Cows are social animals who like having friends alongside them

letters to the editor

Academic freedom and self-censorship

Sir, Jo Grady, the general secretary of the University and College Union (UCU), dismisses Policy Exchange’s finding that academic freedom is under threat as a “myth” and a “think tank-inspired bogeyman” (“Right-wing academics ‘forced to hide...Sir, Jo Grady, the general secretary of the University and College Union (UCU), dismisses Policy...Sir, Jo Grady, the general secretary of the University and College Union (UCU), dismisses Policy...

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Daily Universal Register

Briefing

UK: BP releases its second-quarter results; the Serpentine Gallery in London reopens; the National Railway Museum in York reopens.

US:
The Nasa astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley hold a press conference at the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas, after their return from the International Space Station; the Walt Disney Company publishes its third-quarter results.

Nepal:
Today is Gai Jatra, the Festival of Cows, on which people dressed as cows parade the streets to commemorate family members who have died in the past year.

On this day

In 1693 champagne was said to have been invented by the Benedictine monk Dom Pierre Pérignon. True or not, he made great strides in the production of sparkling wine, and in 1921 a famous champagne was named after him; in 1884 Thomas Stevens, an Englishman, completed the first bicycle trip across the US, from Boston to San Francisco. He was also the first person to cycle around the world, on a penny farthing. In later life he was manager of the Garrick Theatre in London. He died in 1935, aged 80; in 1914 Britain declared war on Germany. The report in the next day’s edition of The Times said: “This day will be momentous in the history of all time. Last evening Germany sent a curt refusal to the demand of this country that she, like France, should respect the neutrality of Belgium. Thereupon the British ambassador was handed his passports, and a state of war was formally declared by this country. It is hardly surprising news, for a long chain of facts goes to show that Germany has deliberately brought on the crisis which now hangs over Europe.”; in 1997 Jeanne Calment died in France at the age of 122 years and 164 days, officially the oldest person to have ever lived.

Nature notes

The eye-catching blue flowers of chicory are held close to its tall, woody stems and from midsummer to early autumn appear on roadsides, verges, field margins and in well-drained, scrubby areas, particularly on chalky soil. Each bloom lasts for a single day and fades rapidly in strong sunshine, their cerulean colour and brief life perhaps giving rise to the legend that a chicory sprig can grant access to heavenly realms. Its toothed leaves, which are not unlike those of the dandelion, form a basal rosette and its large taproot can be dried and ground for use as a coffee additive or even as a cheaper, caffeine-free substitute.

Melissa Harrison

Birthdays today

Sheldon Adelson, American casino magnate, 87; Adam Afriyie, Conservative MP for Windsor, shadow science and innovation minister (2007-10), 55; Lord (James) Arbuthnot of Edrom, Conservative MP (1987-2015), 68; Audrey Azoulay, director-general, Unesco, 48; Moya Brennan, folk singer, Clannad, 68; Lord (Jack) Cunningham of Felling, minister for the Cabinet Office and chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster (1998-99), 81; Declan Donnellan, co-founder (1981) and joint artistic director, Cheek by Jowl theatre company, 67; Greta Gerwig, actress and film-maker, Frances Ha (2012), Lady Bird (2017), 37; Prof Peter Goodfellow, geneticist, scientific adviser, Abingworth investment group, 69; Georgina Hale, actress, Mahler (1974), 77; Martin Jarvis, actor, Rings on their Fingers (1978-80), 79; Rakesh Kapoor, chief executive, Reckitt Benckiser (2011-19), the consumer goods company, 62; Lee Mack, comedian and actor, Not Going Out (2006-19), 52; Howard Morris, biological chemist and professor emeritus, Imperial College London, 74; Jojo Moyes, writer, Me Before You (2012), The Giver of Stars (2019), 51; Barack Obama, US president (2009-17), 59; Luke Patience, sailor, Olympic silver medallist (2012), 34; Henry Sandon, antiques expert, Antiques Roadshow (1993-2018), 92; Klaus Schulze, electronic music composer, 73; Kate Silverton, BBC News presenter, 50; Mary Slaney (née Decker), athlete, the only runner to have held all US records from 800m to 10,000m, 62; Sir Simon Stevens, chief executive, NHS England, 54; The Duchess of Sussex, 39; Antonio Tajani, president of the European parliament (2017-19), 67; Billy Bob Thornton, actor, Sling Blade (1996), Love Actually (2003), 65.

World

Ahmadinejad hints at return with call for peace in Yemen

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the combative former president of Iran, has re-emerged into the limelight with an appeal for peace in Yemen amid rumours that he hopes to return to office. Mr Ahmadinejad confirmed to The Times that he had written a personal letter to Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman of Saudi...Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the combative former president of Iran, has re-emerged into the limelight with an appeal for peace in Yemen amid rumours that he hopes to return to office. Mr Ahmadinejad confirmed to The Times that he had written a personal letter to Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman of Saudi...Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the combative former president of Iran, has re-emerged into the limelight with an appeal for peace in...

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States ready to secede in war gaming for election

updated

An election “war gaming” exercise conducted amid fears of counting chaos resulted in three states threatening to secede and the military being asked to help decide the winner. Millions of Americans are expected to vote by post for the first time in November due to concerns over coronavirus. Yet counting such ballots in recent primary...An election “war gaming” exercise conducted amid fears of counting chaos resulted in three states threatening to secede and the military being asked to help decide the winner. Millions of Americans are expected to vote by post for the first time in November due to concerns over coronavirus. Yet counting such ballots in recent primary...An election “war gaming” exercise conducted amid fears of counting chaos resulted in three states threatening to secede and the...

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US braced for trouble as Hurricane Isaias sweeps in

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Hurricane Isaias battered the coast of North Carolina yesterday, creating life-threatening storm surges as it made landfall. The category 1 hurricane, with sustained wind speeds of 85mph, hit land near Ocean Isle Beach just after 11pm local time, about 40 miles south of the city of Wilmington, according to the...Hurricane Isaias battered the coast of North Carolina yesterday, creating life-threatening storm...Hurricane Isaias battered the coast of North Carolina yesterday, creating life-threatening storm...

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Young prime minister finds time to marry

Pope Benedict ‘seriously ill and extremely frail’

Castaways’ SOS led rescue team to tropical island

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Snorkeller seriously injured by humpback with calf

Trouble’s afoot after reclining tourist breaks toes off statue

World at five

How Europe’s last despot became a thorn in Putin’s side

For more than a quarter of a century Alexander Lukashenko has ruled Belarus with pitiless resolve, suppressing dissent and plying a wily course between Russia and the West in order to preserve his power. That approach has demanded some...For more than a quarter of a century Alexander Lukashenko has ruled Belarus with pitiless resolve...For more than a quarter of a century Alexander Lukashenko has ruled Belarus with pitiless resolve...

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Lionheart’s absent Queen of England is returned to her rightful place

The tomb effigy of Richard the Lionheart’s wife, Berengaria of Navarre, was sculpted upon her death in 1230 as a sign of respect. Yet over the past couple of centuries, there seems to have been scant regard in France for the...The tomb effigy of Richard the Lionheart’s wife, Berengaria of Navarre, was sculpted upon her death in 1230 as a sign of respect. Yet over the past couple of centuries, there seems to have been scant regard in France for the...The tomb effigy of Richard the Lionheart’s wife, Berengaria of Navarre, was sculpted upon her death in 1230 as a sign...

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Monaco not quite exclusive enough? Tycoon buys island for €10m

An idyllic Mediterranean island close to Monte Carlo that has served as a hideout for popes and a fortified Nazi base has been bought for €10 million by the son of a Ukrainian tycoon. Gallinara, a mile off the coast of Italy’s...An idyllic Mediterranean island close to Monte Carlo that has served as a hideout for popes and a fortified Nazi base has been bought for €10 million by the son of a Ukrainian tycoon. Gallinara, a mile off the coast of Italy’s...An idyllic Mediterranean island close to Monte Carlo that has served as a hideout for popes and a fortified Nazi base...

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Floyd killing linked to rise in murders

Doctors find Eid celebration bullet in brain of boy, 9

Masons implicated in railway station attack that shocked Italy

As Italy marked 40 years since the Bologna railway station bombing — the country’s worst terrorist atrocity since the Second World War — evidence has emerged appearing to implicate the secretive P2 masonic lodge. A bomb exploded in the station...As Italy marked 40 years since the Bologna railway station bombing — the country’s worst...As Italy marked 40 years since the Bologna railway station bombing — the country’s worst...

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Business

BP halves dividend after $17.7bn loss

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BP has halved its dividend after falling to its worst ever loss of $17.7 billion and surprised the market by unveiling its new green energy strategy early. The oil giant said that over the next decade it would increase its low carbon investment ten-fold to $5 billion a year, develop 50 gigawatts...BP has halved its dividend after falling to its worst ever loss of $17.7 billion and surprised the market by unveiling its new green energy strategy early. The oil giant said that over the next decade it would increase its low carbon investment ten-fold to $5 billion a year, develop 50 gigawatts...BP has halved its dividend after falling to its worst ever loss of $17.7 billion and surprised the market by unveiling its new...

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AA attracts rival private equity bids

A takeover battle is brewing for the AA after the self-styled fourth emergency service attracted bid interest from private equity firms. The Times has learnt that at least two private equity firms have made initial contact, with one rumoured to have mooted an offer of 40p a share — equating to a market value of about £250 million, or about...A takeover battle is brewing for the AA after the self-styled fourth emergency service attracted bid interest from private equity firms. The Times has learnt that at least two private equity firms have made initial contact, with one rumoured to have mooted an offer of 40p a share — equating to a market value of about £250 million, or about...A takeover battle is brewing for the AA after the self-styled fourth emergency service attracted bid interest from private...

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Trump demands cut after smoothing Microsoft deal for TikTok

President Trump has demanded that the United States receives money from a deal for TikTok as he paved the way for Microsoft to buy the viral video app’s operations in the United States. The president said last night that TikTok would be closed down in the US unless Microsoft or another “very American company”...President Trump has demanded that the United States receives money from a deal for TikTok as he...President Trump has demanded that the United States receives money from a deal for TikTok as he...

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Battle over TikTok masks struggle for control of internet

Diageo stays bubbly in year of two halves

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Thousands of jobs face axe in leisure

business commentary

No easy way out for HSBC boss

Sometimes, flogging a business to Microsoft looks the only way out. If only Noel Quinn had a TikTok option for HSBC.Sometimes, flogging a business to Microsoft looks the only way out. If only Noel Quinn had a...Sometimes, flogging a business to Microsoft looks the only way out. If only Noel Quinn had a...

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comment

Results from the banks should be called an educated guess, at best

Long ago, when banking was simple and bankers were respected, the industry was informally governed by something...Long ago, when banking was simple and bankers were respected, the industry was informally...Long ago, when banking was simple and bankers were respected, the industry was informally...

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Manufacturers make headway as lockdown restrictions are eased

FTSE 100 jumps on signs of recovery

HSBC refuses to be drawn on arrests as profits plunge

Six-month wait for property fund cash

The housing market ‘mini-boom’ that may have been built on sand

Heineken glass half-empty as beer and cider sales fall

comment

Change the vaccine model to prepare for the next pandemic

Developing a vaccine or anti-infective is slow and capital-intensive. The reality is far more urgent. By 2050...Developing a vaccine or anti-infective is slow and capital-intensive. The reality is far more...Developing a vaccine or anti-infective is slow and capital-intensive. The reality is far more...

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morning briefing

BP unveils new strategy after record loss

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Good morning: BP has cut its dividend by half, posted its biggest quarterly loss and revealed plans for a radical new...Good morning: BP has cut its dividend by half, posted its biggest quarterly loss and revealed...Good morning: BP has cut its dividend by half, posted its biggest quarterly loss and revealed...

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Tui is going to the max with deal for new aircraft

Europe’s biggest travel group is buying five more new aircraft in a sale-and-leaseback deal worth $226 million. Tui Group said yesterday that it had agreed a deal with BOC Aviation for five Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft. The first jet is scheduled for...Europe’s biggest travel group is buying five more new aircraft in a sale-and-leaseback deal worth...Europe’s biggest travel group is buying five more new aircraft in a sale-and-leaseback deal worth...

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Hiscox sent into red by cancelled holidays and sporting events

tempus

Hammer blows just keep on coming for Hammerson

Non-Standard Finance in FCA spotlight

The clampdown on the guarantor loans industry has intensified after the City watchdog raised concerns at Non-Standard...The clampdown on the guarantor loans industry has intensified after the City watchdog raised...The clampdown on the guarantor loans industry has intensified after the City watchdog raised...

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Metro secures new platform in Ratesetter

Metro Bank has agreed to buy one of Britain’s biggest peer-to-peer lending platforms for an initial payment of £2.5...Metro Bank has agreed to buy one of Britain’s biggest peer-to-peer lending platforms for an...Metro Bank has agreed to buy one of Britain’s biggest peer-to-peer lending platforms for an...

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Smaller businesses hit most

Standard Life boss lined up to head audit regulator

Purplebricks puts fee model to autumn test

Hand firms any unspent grants, say lobby groups

Old masters appeal to younger buyers at Sotheby’s

Demand from young bidders and Asian buyers helped to mitigate a pandemic-related downturn in sales at Sotheby’s in the first seven months of the year. Revenues at the auction house fell by $800 million, from $3.3 billion in the same period last...Demand from young bidders and Asian buyers helped to mitigate a pandemic-related downturn in...Demand from young bidders and Asian buyers helped to mitigate a pandemic-related downturn in...

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Senior warns of long-term impact from the pandemic

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Alphabet spells out its latest deal

Market report

Glaxo vaccine talks give new dose of optimism

Stamp of approval for relaxing tax rule

Ince keeps dividend off the table despite rising profits

Shell signs up to green deal

Insurers warned over use of taxpayer cash

Sport

football

United close in on £108m Sancho deal

Jadon Sancho is hopeful that Manchester United and Borussia Dortmund will make a breakthrough in transfer negotiations this week and that he will soon be heading to Old Trafford. The Times understands that a significant barrier in negotiations has been removed, with Dortmund accepting United’s...Jadon Sancho is hopeful that Manchester United and Borussia Dortmund will make a breakthrough in transfer negotiations this week and that he will soon be heading to Old Trafford. The Times understands that a significant barrier in negotiations has been removed, with Dortmund accepting United’s...Jadon Sancho is hopeful that Manchester United and Borussia Dortmund will make a breakthrough in transfer negotiations this...

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Premier League

Top clubs battling to keep five substitutions rule

Chelsea are leading last-ditch efforts to persuade Premier League chairmen to agree to allow five substitutions next season with the more powerful clubs fearing they will lose a vote on the issue. The 20 Premier League clubs are meeting on Thursday and at least 14 need to be in favour of the proposal to allow two more than the usual three...Chelsea are leading last-ditch efforts to persuade Premier League chairmen to agree to allow five substitutions next season with the more powerful clubs fearing they will lose a vote on the issue. The 20 Premier League clubs are meeting on Thursday and at least 14 need to be in favour of the proposal to allow two more than the usual three...Chelsea are leading last-ditch efforts to persuade Premier League chairmen to agree to allow five substitutions next season...

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CRICKET | MIKE ATHERTON

Pace and variety give Pakistan an attack to be feared

Just before the lockdown I spent a thoroughly enjoyable week in Pakistan. I was making a short film about the return of international cricket to the country and in an attempt to discover a little more about cricket on the ground, found myself in the middle of a patch of scrubland in central Lahore, surrounded by...Just before the lockdown I spent a thoroughly enjoyable week in Pakistan. I was making a short...Just before the lockdown I spent a thoroughly enjoyable week in Pakistan. I was making a short...

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Henry winter | danny cowley interview

‘After he sacked me I looked the chairman in the eye and told him I’d prove him wrong’

football

Arsenal offer three-year deal to Willian

rugby union

Ten a side, no scrums, no tackling: rugby’s plan to return

rugby union | owen slot

Robshaw finds strength to open up on his darkest hour

Chris Robshaw soaked up the blows like no other rugby player you can think of. It was only when listening to his...Chris Robshaw soaked up the blows like no other rugby player you can think of. It was only when...Chris Robshaw soaked up the blows like no other rugby player you can think of. It was only when...

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golf | paul forsyth

How lockdown has helped ailing clubs get out of the rough

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For all the suffering inflicted on the population these last four months, the pandemic has not been without its...For all the suffering inflicted on the population these last four months, the pandemic has not...For all the suffering inflicted on the population these last four months, the pandemic has not...

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Football | Tony Cascarino

Starting top scorer Mitrovic would be tactical blunder for Fulham

Scott Parker has Aleksandar Mitrovic available for tonight’s Championship play-off final but the Fulham head coach must resist the temptation to throw his top scorer straight back into the team at Wembley. Mitrovic, 25, has scored 26 times in the league this season — Fulham’s next highest scorer is Tom Cairney with eight — but missed both legs of their play-off...Scott Parker has Aleksandar Mitrovic available for tonight’s Championship play-off final but the...Scott Parker has Aleksandar Mitrovic available for tonight’s Championship play-off final but the...

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football

Two rivals, four miles, one irresistible prize

Thomas Frank has been invited to step back, for a brief moment, to reflect upon a remarkable season — and journey —...Thomas Frank has been invited to step back, for a brief moment, to reflect upon a remarkable season — and journey — for Brentford that rests upon one more weighty occasion. “We are in the play-off final, after the best [season] in the club’s history in more than 70 years,” Frank says. “There are many people — and...Thomas Frank has been invited to step back, for a brief moment, to reflect upon a remarkable season — and journey — for...

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Veteran coach Cowen answers Koepka’s SOS with tough love

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Refreshed Banton is ready to fight for England spot

Lockdown came just at the right time for Tom Banton. His eye-catching performances for Somerset in last year’s T20 Blast earned him stints in the Big Bash League and the Pakistan Super League over the winter. He also made his England debut in New Zealand, where he played in three T20s, and made further appearances in South Africa, in three ODIs. It was a rapid rise to...Lockdown came just at the right time for Tom Banton. His eye-catching performances for Somerset...Lockdown came just at the right time for Tom Banton. His eye-catching performances for Somerset...

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England to ensure Test against Pakistan can go ahead despite local lockdowns

Plans have been drawn up to ensure that England’s Test series against Pakistan can go ahead even if there is further...Plans have been drawn up to ensure that England’s Test series against Pakistan can go ahead even if there is further tightening of local Covid-19 restrictions, including the possibility of a further full lockdown. A rise in coronavirus cases in the North West has led to more severe restrictions being imposed in...Plans have been drawn up to ensure that England’s Test series against Pakistan can go ahead even if there is further tightening...

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Froome well off the pace set by Bernal in Tour warm-up

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John Hume

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When the Northern Ireland Troubles broke out in his home town of Londonderry in 1968, John Hume led a civil rights protest and was arrested by Paddy Ashdown, no less, who was serving with the Royal Marines. Thirty years later, at the signing of the Good Friday agreement, which many hoped would bring those troubles to an end, he had acquired almost the status of a...When the Northern Ireland Troubles broke out in his home town of Londonderry in 1968, John Hume...When the Northern Ireland Troubles broke out in his home town of Londonderry in 1968, John Hume...

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In litigation, said Sir Gavin Lightman, there is only one winner, and it is generally the lawyers. Bold, innovative...In litigation, said Sir Gavin Lightman, there is only one winner, and it is generally the lawyers. Bold, innovative and outspoken, Lightman was not a run-of-the-mill High Court judge: he campaigned against wigs, forcefully advocated for better access to justice and denounced pomposity and time-wasting by fellow...In litigation, said Sir Gavin Lightman, there is only one winner, and it is generally the lawyers. Bold, innovative and...

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Is this politics’ Me Too moment? Westminster, we have a problem

As ex-MP Charlie Elphicke is convicted of sexual assault, and another senior Tory is arrested, will Westminster clean up its corridors?

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Does drinking cause cancer? Let’s ask instead what prevents it

The geneticist Kat Arney thinks scientists should focus less on why some people get the disease and more on learning why some don’t

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No dunking! Tea, it’s the new performance drink

There’s evidence that tea can boost endurance, aid recovery and prevent muscle ache

Even as doggedly loyal tea drinkers we have excelled ourselves in recent months. Sales of tea have spiralled, with Waitrose reporting a 10 per cent increase in customers buying loose-leaf types (and a 32 per cent rise in the number of teapots sold). And provided that you skip the accompanying biscuits — a survey by Kantar found that we spent £19 million on those during...Even as doggedly loyal tea drinkers we have excelled ourselves in recent months. Sales of tea...Even as doggedly loyal tea drinkers we have excelled ourselves in recent months. Sales of tea...

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It’s essential to warm up. “Always do some simple mobility exercises for the upper and...1. Practise tennis prehab
It’s essential to warm up. “Always do some simple mobility exercises for the upper and lower body with rotations to activate the muscles around the shoulders and some footwork drills,” says Anna Poyser, a physiotherapist for the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA). “And do a gentle...1. Practise tennis prehab
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For full TV listings for the week, see thetimes.co.uk/tvplanner Viewing guide, by Ben Dowell Cuba: Castro vs the...For full TV listings for the week, see thetimes.co.uk/tvplanner Viewing guide, by Ben Dowell Cuba:...For full TV listings for the week, see thetimes.co.uk/tvplanner Viewing guide, by Ben Dowell Cuba:...

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Best books of 2020: our favourites so far

Here’s our pick of the best books of 2020 so far. If you panic at the sight of groaning bookshop tables and Amazon’s...Here’s our pick of the best books of 2020 so far. If you panic at the sight of groaning bookshop...Here’s our pick of the best books of 2020 so far. If you panic at the sight of groaning bookshop...

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Scotland

Challenge to Sturgeon’s timeline of Salmond inquiry events

Nicola Sturgeon is facing fresh scrutiny over her assertion that she had no knowledge of sexual harassment allegations against Alex Salmond until he told her about them. The first minister told MSPs that she did not know about a Scottish government investigation into allegations of sexual harassment against her predecessor until he visited her home on April 2, 2018. Ms...Nicola Sturgeon is facing fresh scrutiny over her assertion that she had no knowledge of sexual...Nicola Sturgeon is facing fresh scrutiny over her assertion that she had no knowledge of sexual...

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Edinburgh Festival 2021 is in doubt, says director

The future of Edinburgh International Festival in 2021 is in doubt, according to its director. Fergus Linehan...The future of Edinburgh International Festival in 2021 is in doubt, according to its director. Fergus Linehan described the “deeply unpleasant” experience in April of cancelling the “official” event because of Covid-19, along with the Fringe and book festival. All have been reinvented for a three-week event...The future of Edinburgh International Festival in 2021 is in doubt, according to its director. Fergus Linehan described the...

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Teachers told to use ‘do not cross’ lines

Teachers may have to draw “do not cross” lines in classrooms as schools prepare to reopen, a union has warned. All schools will reopen by August 18, with guidance issued to councils that children should “return to school...Teachers may have to draw “do not cross” lines in classrooms as schools prepare to reopen, a union has warned. All schools will reopen by August 18, with guidance issued to councils that children should “return to school...Teachers may have to draw “do not cross” lines in classrooms as schools prepare to reopen, a union has warned. All...

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Sight of crowded pubs brought me close to tears, says Sturgeon

Nicola Sturgeon said that she was close to tears looking at images of packed pubs as she warned that such behaviour could “easily” see the hospitality trade return to lockdown. The first minister said that photographs of dense...Nicola Sturgeon said that she was close to tears looking at images of packed pubs as she warned that such behaviour could “easily” see the hospitality trade return to lockdown. The first minister said that photographs of dense...Nicola Sturgeon said that she was close to tears looking at images of packed pubs as she warned that such behaviour...

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NHS deaths regrettable, says safety inquiry judge

Kohli apologises for making women feel ‘intimidated’

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Let’s march for independence again, says MP

Russian owner of Highland castle jailed for £8m fraud

Piano amphitheatre appeal strikes chord

The creators of the world’s first amphitheatre made entirely out of upcycled pianos are seeking funds to secure its future with a permanent home. Sixty old pianos due to be discarded and burnt were made into a 100-seat performance venue that has...The creators of the world’s first amphitheatre made entirely out of upcycled pianos are seeking...The creators of the world’s first amphitheatre made entirely out of upcycled pianos are seeking...

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Scottish Tory leadership contender rejects second independence vote

The Scottish Conservative leadership candidate Douglas Ross has pledged to be “a strong independent voice” for Scotland as he resisted demands for a second independence referendum. The Moray MP said his policies would “reflect...The Scottish Conservative leadership candidate Douglas Ross has pledged to be “a strong independent voice” for Scotland as he resisted demands for a second independence referendum. The Moray MP said his policies would “reflect...The Scottish Conservative leadership candidate Douglas Ross has pledged to be “a strong independent voice” for...

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Enemy within is greatest threat to the SNP

Sometimes even Scottish politics, typically a land of one-eyed special pleading and holier-than-thou earnestness, can amuse. In an otherwise forgettable, miserable year special mention must be made of those nationalists who...Sometimes even Scottish politics, typically a land of one-eyed special pleading and holier-than-thou earnestness, can amuse. In an otherwise forgettable, miserable year special mention must be made of those nationalists who...Sometimes even Scottish politics, typically a land of one-eyed special pleading and holier-than-thou earnestness, can...

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Brown takes Dalziel role at Warriors

Kelly Brown, the former Scotland captain and Glasgow Warriors stalwart, is returning to the club as assistant coach with responsibility for the forwards, ten years after he left to play in England for Saracens. The 38-year-old is moving north, after a short spell as the London club’s academy manager, as part of a coaching shuffle which will result in John Dalziel, the...Kelly Brown, the former Scotland captain and Glasgow Warriors stalwart, is returning to the club...Kelly Brown, the former Scotland captain and Glasgow Warriors stalwart, is returning to the club...

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Brown thrilled to renew love affair with Glasgow

Kelly Brown’s return to Glasgow after a decade south of the border had a degree of inevitability about it. The 64-cap...Kelly Brown’s return to Glasgow after a decade south of the border had a degree of inevitability about it. The 64-cap former captain has maintained strong links with rugby in Scotland, has regularly been at national training sessions to help with the breakdown and is clearly a coach with ideas to contribute. If he...Kelly Brown’s return to Glasgow after a decade south of the border had a degree of inevitability about it. The 64-cap former...

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Barkas ‘will replace Bain sooner rather than later’

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Motherwell pay the penalty

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Hibernian keen to be part of test events for supporters

Leeann Dempster, the Hibernian chief executive, is eager for her club to be involved in testing out the return of...Leeann Dempster, the Hibernian chief executive, is eager for her club to be involved in testing...Leeann Dempster, the Hibernian chief executive, is eager for her club to be involved in testing...

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How lockdown has helped ailing clubs get out of the rough

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For all the suffering inflicted on the population these last four months, the pandemic has not been without its...For all the suffering inflicted on the population these last four months, the pandemic has not...For all the suffering inflicted on the population these last four months, the pandemic has not...

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Hume ‘stands alongside O’Connell and Parnell’

Leading figures across the political spectrum showered the late John Hume with praise yesterday, with many saying the Nobel Prize laureate will take his place among Irish greats such as Daniel O’Connell and Charles Stewart Parnell. Mr Hume, who was born in Derry on January 18, 1937, died aged 83 at a care home in his home city after several years of suffering from...Leading figures across the political spectrum showered the late John Hume with praise yesterday...Leading figures across the political spectrum showered the late John Hume with praise yesterday...

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In his own words: ‘The answer to difference is to respect it’

John Hume’s achievement in helping to establish peace in Northern Ireland was defined by his total adherence to...John Hume’s achievement in helping to establish peace in Northern Ireland was defined by his total adherence to non-violence. While lauded in retrospect, and rewarded by being a recipient of the 1998 Nobel Peace prize, this position was not an easy one to take at the time. The early Seventies, when Mr Hume was...John Hume’s achievement in helping to establish peace in Northern Ireland was defined by his total adherence to non-violence.

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Road to the Nobel for ‘Ireland’s greatest’

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Pubs ‘will need compensation’ if they cannot reopen

Higher-educated dominate private hospital wards

Only independents can save FAI, says Quinn