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Bercow denies Johnson vote on Brexit deal

John Bercow today refused to allow MPs the chance to approve Boris Johnson’s withdrawal agreement. The Speaker said that an attempt by the government to give MPs a vote on its deal with the EU was out of order. The decision means that Mr Johnson will be denied the chance to withdraw the letter he...John Bercow today refused to allow MPs the chance to approve Boris Johnson’s withdrawal agreement. The Speaker said that an attempt by the government to give MPs a vote on its deal with the EU was out of order. The decision means that Mr Johnson will be denied the chance to withdraw the letter he...John Bercow today refused to allow MPs the chance to approve Boris Johnson’s withdrawal agreement. The Speaker said that an...

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What hope for the deal now?

What has happened today?
John Bercow, the Speaker, ruled that Boris Johnson cannot put his Brexit deal to a second meaningful vote this evening. He said that to do so would be “repetitive and disorderly” as MPs had already had a chance to vote on the issue on Saturday. Why can’t they vote on the deal twice?
Under Parliamentary...
What has happened today?
John Bercow, the Speaker, ruled that Boris Johnson cannot put his Brexit deal to a second meaningful vote this evening. He said that to do so would be “repetitive and disorderly” as MPs had already had a chance to vote on the issue on Saturday. Why can’t they vote on the deal twice?
Under Parliamentary...
What has happened today?
John Bercow, the Speaker, ruled that Boris Johnson cannot put his Brexit deal to a second meaningful...

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William ‘worried about Harry’ after TV interview

The Duke of Cambridge is said to be concerned about his brother after the Duke and Duchess of Sussex gave emotional interviews in which they talked about struggling to deal with the pressure of life in the spotlight. Prince William’s fears emerged after Harry also spoke for the first time about the rift with...The Duke of Cambridge is said to be concerned about his brother after the Duke and Duchess of...The Duke of Cambridge is said to be concerned about his brother after the Duke and Duchess of...

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Abuse victim calls for law on throttling

Abusive partners who throttle their victims should face tougher sentences under a new law to stop the severity of the crime being underestimated by police and the courts, domestic-abuse survivors and leading charities have said.Abusive partners who throttle their victims should face tougher sentences under a new law to stop the severity of the crime being underestimated by police and the courts, domestic-abuse survivors and leading charities have said.Abusive partners who throttle their victims should face tougher sentences under a new law to stop the severity of the...

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UK population forecast to reach nearly 70 million in the next nine years

The population of the UK is projected to increase to just under 70 million within the next nine years, according to official figures released today. Almost three-quarters of population growth is because of net migration, with...The population of the UK is projected to increase to just under 70 million within the next nine years, according to official figures released today. Almost three-quarters of population growth is because of net migration, with...The population of the UK is projected to increase to just under 70 million within the next nine years, according to...

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Johnson may win this battle but lose the Brexit war

The prime minister’s coalition of MPs from all sides of the Commons won’t be enough to make Brexit a reality

Vatican cash crisis after sex scandals

The Vatican is losing money rapidly because of bad management, dodgy contracts and dipping donations, and risks defaulting by 2023, a book has claimed. Drawing on 3,000 confidential documents, Gianluigi Nuzzi writes in Universal Judgment that the Vatican lost nearly €44 million last year as its...The Vatican is losing money rapidly because of bad management, dodgy contracts and dipping donations, and risks defaulting by 2023, a book has claimed. Drawing on 3,000 confidential documents, Gianluigi Nuzzi writes in Universal Judgment that the Vatican lost nearly €44 million last year as its...The Vatican is losing money rapidly because of bad management, dodgy contracts and dipping donations, and risks defaulting by...

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Troops leaving Syria are not going home, US admits

US troops withdrawn by President Trump from supporting Kurdish forces on the Turkish border will not be “coming home” and may in some cases not even leave Syria, Pentagon officials now admit. Mark Esper, the US defence secretary, confirmed that most troops, who were filmed crossed the Syrian border into neighbouring Iraq overnight, would...US troops withdrawn by President Trump from supporting Kurdish forces on the Turkish border will not be “coming home” and may in some cases not even leave Syria, Pentagon officials now admit. Mark Esper, the US defence secretary, confirmed that most troops, who were filmed crossed the Syrian border into neighbouring Iraq overnight, would...US troops withdrawn by President Trump from supporting Kurdish forces on the Turkish border will not be “coming home” and may...

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New emperor ascends throne amid pomp, ceremony and controversy

There will be elaborate medieval costumes, ancient ceremonial regalia and hundreds of guests from 194 countries, including the Prince of Wales and other international royalty. Beneath the colourful exterior, however, the enthronement tomorrow of Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako has been beset with tensions...There will be elaborate medieval costumes, ancient ceremonial regalia and hundreds of guests from...There will be elaborate medieval costumes, ancient ceremonial regalia and hundreds of guests from...

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Hong Kong youth seek freedom of a Taiwanese education

Teenagers in Hong Kong are increasingly seeking to study at Taiwanese universities as fears grow that pro-democracy...Teenagers in Hong Kong are increasingly seeking to study at Taiwanese universities as fears grow...Teenagers in Hong Kong are increasingly seeking to study at Taiwanese universities as fears grow...

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China pushes Uighurs on to catwalk to erase native dress

Uighur women have been coerced into appearing in fashion shows and beauty pageants to make them “look more Chinese”...Uighur women have been coerced into appearing in fashion shows and beauty pageants to make them...Uighur women have been coerced into appearing in fashion shows and beauty pageants to make them...

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Think tank questions value of entrepreneurs’ relief

An influential think tank has questioned the value of a contentious tax break for entrepreneurs, saying it does little to promote business investment and only serves to make people who are already wealthy even richer. The Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) said that entrepreneurs’ relief leads to...An influential think tank has questioned the value of a contentious tax break for entrepreneurs, saying it does little to promote business investment and only serves to make people who are already wealthy even richer. The Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) said that entrepreneurs’ relief leads to...An influential think tank has questioned the value of a contentious tax break for entrepreneurs, saying it does little to...

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UK fourth on world list of dollar millionaires

Britain has the fourth highest number of dollar millionaires in the world, despite the impact of Brexit on the pound and the softening of the high-end property market, according to a survey. The UK has 2.46 million dollar millionaires this year — down from 2.49 million last year, but up from 750,000 in 2010, Credit Suisse’s tenth...Britain has the fourth highest number of dollar millionaires in the world, despite the impact of Brexit on the pound and the softening of the high-end property market, according to a survey. The UK has 2.46 million dollar millionaires this year — down from 2.49 million last year, but up from 750,000 in 2010, Credit Suisse’s tenth...Britain has the fourth highest number of dollar millionaires in the world, despite the impact of Brexit on the pound and the...

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Smith & Nephew chief steps down

The chief executive of Smith & Nephew, the British medical devices maker, is to step down by mutual agreement after 17 months in the role. Namal Nawana will leave at the end of the month. He will be replaced by Roland Diggelmann, a non-executive director of Smith & Nephew and a former chief executive of...The chief executive of Smith & Nephew, the British medical devices maker, is to step down by...The chief executive of Smith & Nephew, the British medical devices maker, is to step down by...

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Start-up revolution means anyone can become an entrepreneur now

The UK is undergoing an entrepreneurial revolution. It has never been easier to start a business, regardless of an...The UK is undergoing an entrepreneurial revolution. It has never been easier to start a business...The UK is undergoing an entrepreneurial revolution. It has never been easier to start a business...

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Don’t expect an automatic bounce in investment from a deal

Speaking to the press in Washington last week, Sajid Javid was emphatic. He was asked if he believed that the “deep...Speaking to the press in Washington last week, Sajid Javid was emphatic. He was asked if he...Speaking to the press in Washington last week, Sajid Javid was emphatic. He was asked if he...

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Arsenal outfought as Wilder hands Emery a lesson

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Sheffield United played with all the urgency and belief and organisation that Arsenal lacked. Mattéo Guendouzi fought hard for the visitors, but Arsenal slumped to another reverse on the road, and deservedly so. They had nobody like John Egan and Jack O’Connell, defending with their lives. They had nobody of John Fleck’s industry and invention in midfield or anybody...Sheffield United played with all the urgency and belief and organisation that Arsenal lacked.Sheffield United played with all the urgency and belief and organisation that Arsenal lacked.

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All Blacks will shine light on Daly’s defensive flaws

When England played Argentina in Tokyo three weekends ago, it seemed that we were at Elliot Daly’s coronation. If you...When England played Argentina in Tokyo three weekends ago, it seemed that we were at Elliot Daly’s coronation. If you had to pinpoint a day when he finally established himself for good as the England full back, that was it. Both traditional and social media rose to his acclaim. When England played Australia two...When England played Argentina in Tokyo three weekends ago, it seemed that we were at Elliot Daly’s coronation. If you had to...

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England now have the guts to beat All Blacks

It was exactly on the hour against Australia that this England team showed why they should now be taken seriously as...It was exactly on the hour against Australia that this England team showed why they should now be...It was exactly on the hour against Australia that this England team showed why they should now be...

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Football can no longer ignore hard medical facts on dementia

It is the most soul-destroying experience, listening to a loved one forget your name, fail to remember your shared...It is the most soul-destroying experience, listening to a loved one forget your name, fail to...It is the most soul-destroying experience, listening to a loved one forget your name, fail to...

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Sidney Rittenberg

Idealistic American soldier who served in China, became close to Mao and spent 16 years in jail

Sidney Rittenberg, a US army interpreter, had been posted to China in the closing months of the Second World War. Before long he was dispatched to deliver a $26 cheque to the family of Li Muxian, known as Wood Fairy Li, the daughter of a rickshaw puller. She had been crushed to death by a truck driven by a drunk US air force sergeant who had failed to stop. Despite her...Sidney Rittenberg, a US army interpreter, had been posted to China in the closing months of the...Sidney Rittenberg, a US army interpreter, had been posted to China in the closing months of the...

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Barron Hilton

For Barron Hilton, son of the hotelier Conrad and grandfather of the socialites Paris and Nicky, running hotels came...For Barron Hilton, son of the hotelier Conrad and grandfather of the socialites Paris and Nicky, running hotels came a long way behind flying and American football. Although Barron and Conrad Jr, his elder brother who was known as Nicky, resisted going into the family business, in the end Barron had a stronger sense...For Barron Hilton, son of the hotelier Conrad and grandfather of the socialites Paris and Nicky, running hotels came a long way...

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Joyce Cansfield

After 30 years of compiling crosswords for The Times, the answer to 13 across in the final puzzle that...After 30 years of compiling crosswords for The Times, the answer to 13 across in the final...After 30 years of compiling crosswords for The Times, the answer to 13 across in the final...

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October 19 and 20, 2019

Clarence House
19th October, 2019
The Prince of Wales was represented by the Earl of Rosslyn at the repatriation...
Clarence House
19th October, 2019
The Prince of Wales was represented by the Earl of Rosslyn at...
Clarence House
19th October, 2019
The Prince of Wales was represented by the Earl of Rosslyn at...

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How to brag better than anyone else (it’s all about virtue-signalling)

Don’t boast about money, do show off about ecology and exercise. Stuart Heritage shows you how . . .

The new fitness brag? Try the yoga-block challenge

This gruelling workout seems simple but will leave you aching. Peta Bee gives it a go

No attention span? This man can help

His last book was a guide to making technology irresistible — now Nir Eyal wants us to concentrate again. Start by ignoring emails, he tells Andrew Billen

Stephen Duffy: ‘Most artists think they’re dreadful, but I think I’m brilliant’

A founder member of Duran Duran and songwriter for Robbie Williams, the musician is back with a new Lilac Time album, he tells Will Hodgkinson

Salmond to appear in court next month on sexual assault charges

Alex Salmond is due to appear in the high court on sexual assault charges next month. Prosecutors revealed today that the former first minister will appear at the high court in Edinburgh for a procedural hearing in the case on November 21. The politician was charged with a total of 14 offences on...Alex Salmond is due to appear in the high court on sexual assault charges next month. Prosecutors revealed today that the former first minister will appear at the high court in Edinburgh for a procedural hearing in the case on November 21. The politician was charged with a total of 14 offences on...Alex Salmond is due to appear in the high court on sexual assault charges next month. Prosecutors revealed today that the...

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Brexit worth letting Scotland go, say 75% of English Tory Leave voters

More than three-quarters of Tory Leave voters would sacrifice the Union to see Britain quit the EU, a poll has found. Research by Lord Ashcroft, the Conservative donor, found that 76 per cent of English Conservatives who voted Leave in 2016 would prioritise Brexit even if it mean Scotland gained independence. Of the same demographic, 74 per...More than three-quarters of Tory Leave voters would sacrifice the Union to see Britain quit the EU, a poll has found. Research by Lord Ashcroft, the Conservative donor, found that 76 per cent of English Conservatives who voted Leave in 2016 would prioritise Brexit even if it mean Scotland gained independence. Of the same demographic, 74 per...More than three-quarters of Tory Leave voters would sacrifice the Union to see Britain quit the EU, a poll has found. Research...

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‘Gagged whistleblower’ accused of deception

A civil servant who claimed that she was gagged and taped to a chair by colleagues is to face a disciplinary hearing for allegedly making false statements about the incident. There was outrage in May last year when an image was published that showed DeeAnn Fitzpatrick, a fisheries officer with Marine Scotland...A civil servant who claimed that she was gagged and taped to a chair by colleagues is to face a...A civil servant who claimed that she was gagged and taped to a chair by colleagues is to face a...

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Forgiving banishes shame of abuse, says Connolly

Sir Billy Connolly has encouraged victims of sexual abuse to forgive the people who targeted them. The comedian, 76...Sir Billy Connolly has encouraged victims of sexual abuse to forgive the people who targeted them.Sir Billy Connolly has encouraged victims of sexual abuse to forgive the people who targeted them.

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Blond beast is a surprise king of the jungle

It is three years since the poet Heathcote Williams wrote a peppery pamphlet on Boris JohnsonThe Blond Beast of...It is three years since the poet Heathcote Williams wrote a peppery pamphlet on Boris Johnson —...It is three years since the poet Heathcote Williams wrote a peppery pamphlet on Boris Johnson —...

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Martin pins blame for Brexit on ‘imperially-minded English elite’

The “Brexit shambles” has been imposed on Ireland and Europe by a “self-regarding and imperially-minded English elite”, the leader of Fianna Fáil has said. Micheál Martin said that the move was based on a “narrow nationalism which has a history of delivering short-term highs and long-term misery”. Speaking at the annual Fianna Fáil Wolfe Tone commemoration in Bodenstown...The “Brexit shambles” has been imposed on Ireland and Europe by a “self-regarding and...The “Brexit shambles” has been imposed on Ireland and Europe by a “self-regarding and...

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Gene therapy offers hope of breakthrough for skin disease

Irish researchers have announced what could become a breakthrough in the search for a cure for a painful skin disease.Irish researchers have announced what could become a breakthrough in the search for a cure for a painful skin disease. Epidermolysis bullosa (EB) is a genetic condition in which sufferers lack a vital protein responsible for binding skin. This results in painful blisters, both internal and external, from the...Irish researchers have announced what could become a breakthrough in the search for a cure for a painful skin disease.

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Pride for Ireland but familiar World Cup tale

Ireland had clearly spent some time on getting the optics right before kick-off. For the haka they adopted the...Ireland had clearly spent some time on getting the optics right before kick-off. For the haka...Ireland had clearly spent some time on getting the optics right before kick-off. For the haka...

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Fianna Fáil pair to step down over Dáil votes

Timmy Dooley and Niall Collins, two prominent Fianna Fáil TDs, have been asked to stand down from the party’s front...Timmy Dooley and Niall Collins, two prominent Fianna Fáil TDs, have been asked to stand down from...Timmy Dooley and Niall Collins, two prominent Fianna Fáil TDs, have been asked to stand down from...

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