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John Mitchell finally begins new role as England rugby defence coach this week

John Mitchell finally begins new role as England rugby defence coach this week

The Rugby Football Union has finally secured the services of John Mitchell as England’s new defence coach after agreeing a compensation package of £200,000 with the Blue Bulls. The former All Blacks head coach is set to begin his new role at England’s...

4 min. ago in Sport
 
‘Tied to trees and raped’: UN report details Rohingya horrors

‘Tied to trees and raped’: UN report details Rohingya horrors

Horrific accounts of murders, rapes, torture and indiscriminate shelling allegedly committed by the Burmese army against the Rohingya people and other minority groups have been laid out by UN investigators in an extensive new report detailing evidence...

5 min. ago in World News
 
Friend of student who died after taking MDMA could go to jail for supplying drugs

Friend of student who died after taking MDMA could go to jail for supplying drugs

The friend of a student who died after taking ecstasy as she celebrated the end of her time at university has been told she could go to jail for supplying controlled drugs. Joana Burns, 22, was celebrating finishing her final year of a maths degree at...

19 min. ago in World News
 
Democrats taking Senate 'would be bigger shock than Trump in 2016'

Democrats taking Senate 'would be bigger shock than Trump in 2016'

Democrats aiming to take the US Senate in November need results “more shocking than Trump winning the 2016 election”, a leading polling expert said on Monday, playing down expectations of a blue wave. Democrats lead Republicans nationwide by 54% to...

19 min. ago in World News
 
Poet’s Word joins high-profile runners ruled out of action after injury

Poet’s Word joins high-profile runners ruled out of action after injury

A devastating week for the equine stars of Flat racing continued on Tuesday when it was announced that Poet’s Word had suffered an injury and will not be seen again in public this year. The news follows two days after the retirements of Alpha Centauri...

30 min. ago in Sport
 
Two directors quit key fracking firm amid 'Tory rebellion' claims

Two directors quit key fracking firm amid 'Tory rebellion' claims

Third Energy, one of the firms at the frontline of the UK’s fracking drive, has been hit by the departure of two of its directors due to delays over its flagship project in North Yorkshire. Campaigners said the resignations were a sign of a company...

30 min. ago in Business
 
Billy Joe Saunders charged with misconduct for ‘sickening’ video

Billy Joe Saunders charged with misconduct for ‘sickening’ video

Billy Joe Saunders has been charged with misconduct by the British Boxing Board of Control after the emergence of video footage in which he appears to offer a woman drugs. Images filmed from inside the WBO world middleweight champion’s car show him...

42 min. ago in Sport
 
Police chiefs: no-deal Brexit would mean loss of crime-fighting tools

Police chiefs: no-deal Brexit would mean loss of crime-fighting tools

Police chiefs have said a no-deal Brexit would mean the loss of an array of crime-fighting tools and any planned replacements would be less effective. They said they had set up a unit to limit any potential damage from a no-deal Brexit, including...

51 min. ago in World News
 
Immigration report is much-needed antidote to dog-whistle politics

Immigration report is much-needed antidote to dog-whistle politics

The migration advisory committee report is a major antidote to dog-whistle politics, bringing much-needed facts about the impact of immigration into the national conversation. The 140-page report, commissioned by the former home secretary Amber Rudd,...

51 min. ago in World News
 
Brawn again: why Hollywood's muscle heroes are bigger than ever

Brawn again: why Hollywood's muscle heroes are bigger than ever

If global politics had left you in any doubt, the commotion caused by Mark Wahlberg last week confirmed that we are truly in the age of the strongman. The publication of the actor’s daily routine – which includes two gym sessions, six meals and one...

today, 13:05 in Art & Culture
 
Donald Trump's reliance on Chinese restraint is risky

Donald Trump's reliance on Chinese restraint is risky

China’s response to Donald Trump’s escalating trade war has been relatively restrained so far. But Tuesday’s latest $200bn (£152bn) increase in US tariffs, with the threat of more to come, may provoke tougher, asymmetrical retaliation as Xi Jinping,...

today, 13:02 in World News
 

Barnaby Joyce sexual harassment allegation: Catherine Marriott speaks out

Rural advocate Catherine Marriott has spoken out about her allegations of sexual harassment against former deputy prime minister Barnaby Joyce, saying she was “terrified” over what to do about the complaint. “He was a very popular Ag Minister at that...

today, 13:02 in World News
 
Stephen Jeffreys, playwright behind The Libertine, dies aged 68

Stephen Jeffreys, playwright behind The Libertine, dies aged 68

Tributes have been paid to the influential British playwright Stephen Jeffreys, who has died aged 68. Jeffreys was best known for his play The Libertine, based on the life of hedonistic Restoration rebel the Earl of Rochester. The Libertine opened at...

today, 12:57 in Art & Culture
 
Sailor's rape confession uncovered in 17th-century journal

Sailor's rape confession uncovered in 17th-century journal

A 17th-century sailor’s confession about a rape, of which he became so ashamed that he sought to cover it up for ever, has been exposed by conservation workers who discovered the note hidden under a rewritten version in his journal. The confession...

today, 12:57 in Art & Culture
 
Jeremy Dutcher wins Polaris prize, Canada's top music award

Jeremy Dutcher wins Polaris prize, Canada's top music award

Jeremy Dutcher, a singer performing in the indigenous Wolastoq language, has won Canada’s most prestigious pop music award, the Polaris prize. The prize – the equivalent of the UK’s Mercury prize – was announced at a gala in Toronto on Monday. It is...

today, 12:57 in Art & Culture
 


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