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GKN hits out in £7.4bn bid battle

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GKN has come out swinging in its defence against a £7.4 billion hostile takeover from Melrose and accused its predator of creating fake news. Melrose, a £4.5 billion London-listed acquisitive conglomerate, launched a hostile takeover of…

Trevor Bayliss: Ben Stokes will be welcomed back to England cricket team with open arms

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The date of Ben Stokes' return to the England team was thrown into doubt this morning when it was announced that he is due in court in Bristol on February 13 — the same day that he was supposed to be returning to the England team 12,000…

Brexit explained: the progress so far and what happens next

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From the cost of Marmite to the future of the fishing industry: explore what leaving the EU will really mean for Britain. Oliver Wright, Henry Zeffman, Philip Aldrick, Marcus Leroux, Callum Jones, Sam Joiner and Neil Johnston report. A pro…

Payout for YouTube star Chrissy Chambers over revenge porn

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An American YouTube star has been awarded substantial damages by the High Court in a landmark “revenge porn” claim after her British former boyfriend posted videos on a pornographic website of them having sex. Chrissy Chambers has more…

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Chelsea lose the plot in chaotic FA Cup victory over Norwich on penalties

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Chelsea survived being reduced to nine men and infuriated by the VAR system — or failure to use it — as they avoided the fate of their fellow 2017 finalists Arsenal and saw off the challenge of a vibrant Sky Bet Championship side in this…

Interserve health scare spooks investors

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Anyone trying to gauge the mood in the City after the collapse of Carillion needed only to follow the fortunes of another outsourcer yesterday. Rarely have nerves been as frayed or investors as trigger-happy as they were when told that…

All-conquering Macron has played a blinder

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In 1966, when I was 12, Britain marked the 900th anniversary of the Battle of Hastings. The Post Office issued commemorative stamps with scenes from the Bayeux Tapestry and I have never forgotten them. You looked at those figures in their…

Theo Walcott: I've got a point to prove at Everton

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Theo Walcott has vowed to revive his fortunes under Sam Allardyce after the completion of his £20 million move to Everton, stating that his career had stalled with Arsenal. Walcott put to one side the sadness he felt at severing ties with…

SAS veteran of Iran embassy siege forced to live in a B&B

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A former SAS soldier who took part in the assault on the Iranian embassy in 1980 has been living in a bed and breakfast after a council allegedly failed to offer him suitable accommodation. Bob Curry, 64, asked Herefordshire council…

British backpacker Amelia Blake killed 'in murder-suicide'

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A British woman killed in a suspected murder-suicide while backpacking in Australia has been named. Amelia Blake, 22, was found dead from multiple injuries in her flat in Newtown, in the suburbs of Sydney, last Friday alongside the body of…

Alexis Sánchez set to earn £450k a week at Manchester United

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José Mourinho is pushing Manchester United to sign Alexis Sánchez in time for him to make his debut against Burnley on Saturday in a deal in which the Arsenal attacker would earn up to £450,000 a week. United and the Chilean are in talks…

RBS refuses to rule out more branch closures

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RBS managers have refused to rule out more branch closures despite being heavily criticised for decisions that mean 62 will disappear across Scotland. Les Matheson, who runs the bank's high-street operation, emphasised that RBS had no…

V&A should have Bayeux Tapestry, says Sir Roy Strong

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The Bayeux Tapestry should be lent to the Victoria and Albert Museum rather than the British Museum, a former director of the V&A has said. Sir Roy Strong, who ran the gallery from 1974 to 1987, described the British Museum as the wrong…

Stamp duty cut fails to boost flagging housing market

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The abolition of stamp duty for first-time buyers is showing no sign of reinvigorating the housing market, surveyors have said. Almost nine in ten members of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors reported no increase in first-time…

Wake up and smell the coffee on recycling

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In Ireland we tend to think that the biggest issues are going to be solved elsewhere. Pollution is a good example. We take some action, such as the plastic bag levy, and then we apparently try to live on it for ever. On Tuesday, the…

GKN rejects £7bn hostile takeover bid by Melrose

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The first hostile takeover of a FTSE 100 company in a decade was under way yesterday after Melrose, the acquisitive London-quoted £4.5 billion conglomerate, formally tabled a £7.4 billion bid for GKN, claiming that it was about time…

Don't be afraid to rerun Brexit poll, says Varadkar

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A second Brexit referendum would not be undemocratic, according to the taoiseach, who denied yesterday that he was part of a grand conspiracy aimed at overturning the British vote. After addressing the European parliament in Strasbourg,…

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YouTube to check videos after terrorism, paedophile and Logan Paul scandals

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Google will take the initiative in reviewing videos from popular YouTube channels for the first time following a series of scandals over dangerous and inappropriate content. Checks will be made on all channels in the Google Preferred…

Fantasist killed teenager Megan Bills and hid body in clingfilm-wrapped wardrobe

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A fantasist who strangled a churchgoing teenager as part of a snuff movie fetish, then stashed her body in a wardrobe wrapped in clingfilm, has been sentenced to life in prison. Ashley Foster, 24, was today convicted of murdering Megan…

Wednesday, Jan 17

Lifting Ben Stokes' England suspension is the correct decision

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I watched the Ben Stokes video and my stomach turned. I thought of those people who have been punched outside bars and nightclubs, or anywhere else, and ended up hitting their heads against the concrete. Many have been seriously injured.…

Teenager saved her Turpin siblings after years of torture at California home

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The house at 160 Muir Woods Road, where 13 malnourished siblings were kept in chains, appeared indistinguishable from millions of similar homes across California. Neighbours did wonder if something was amiss inside the sand-coloured…

Bayeux Tapestry: Now for a new battle – bringing fragile masterpiece to Britain safely

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Napoleon Bonaparte flaunted it to whip up enthusiasm for invading England. Heinrich Himmler tried to grab it for Nazi Germany and Britain failed to borrow it to celebrate the Coronation in 1953. Now the Bayeux Tapestry, the great graphic…

Religious teacher at London mosque 'lured boys to join death squad'

A religious teacher brainwashed boys and encouraged them to join his “death squad” as he planned a terrorist attack on Elizabeth Tower, which houses Big Ben, and the “Queen's guard”, a court was told yesterday. Umar Haque, 25, is accused…

Tuesday, Jan 16

Jobs of Carillion's private sector workers may be saved

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Thousands of Carillion workers facing redundancy tomorrow could be reprieved as the official receiver prepares to keep the company temporarily open for business. Banks, energy companies and other private sector businesses that took out…

You'd have to be a prig to find Friends offensive

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It feels redundant to the point of lunacy to explain what the 1990s sitcom Friends was about, much like wasting space in a column to define trees, or to tell you that there's a country called France. Still, if I'm going to write a column…

England split over Ben Stokes' return after affray charge

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The board members of the ECB were last night divided over whether to allow Ben Stokes to return to the England team after the all-rounder was charged with affray yesterday. The Times understands that the majority of the 13 board members…

Erdogan launches attack on Kurds' stronghold in Syria

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Turkey has launched an attack on a US-backed Kurdish militia operating in northwestern Syria after President Erdogan vowed to “tear down” the group's border strongholds. Convoys of Turkish tanks are lining up outside Afrin, a small island…

Monday, Jan 15

Momentum chief Jon Lansman elected to Labour's executive as hard left tightens grip

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Labour took a further step to the left today after a list of candidates backed by Momentum, the grassroots campaign group, won seats on the party's ruling body. Supporters of Jeremy Corbyn already had a slim majority on Labour's national…

Our week living without plastic

Who didn't feel sad for the turtles in Blue Planet II, but is it really possible to ditch the plastic in everyday life? Damian Whitworth and his family gave it a go. Damian Whitworth. January 15 2018, 12:01am, The Times. Damian Whitworth…

Manchester City's unbeaten run ended by Liverpool in thriller at Anfield

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Whatever this thrilling Manchester City team may go on to achieve under Pep Guardiola, they will not be joining the exclusive club known as English football's “Invincibles”. Their unbeaten run in the Premier League came to an end on an…

Surgeon Captain Richard Jolly

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After the frigate HMS Ardent had been pummelled by air attacks as she lay in Falkland Sound, Surgeon Commander Rick Jolly watched as she was engulfed by fire. He was hovering near by in a Wessex helicopter hunting for casualties to take…

Sunday, Jan 14

After Trump's snub, Mrs May must reckon with Mr Macron

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The White House has never seen a president quite like Donald Trump and the special relationship between Britain and America has rarely required more diplomatic dexterity. That is currently in short supply, however. In our dealings with…

Deutsche boss John Cryan: no City exit

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Deutsche Bank will move far fewer jobs to Frankfurt after Brexit than the 4,000 that has been widely reported, according to the lender's British boss. “The 4,000 number that comes up again and again is much too high,” John Cryan told a…

Global victory for Sunday Times on Google addiction ads

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Google has suspended advertisements directed at addicts from its platforms across the world after a Sunday Times undercover investigation. This newspaper revealed that the internet giant was profiting from a practice in which brokers…

Saturday, Jan 13

BBC women 'close to walking out' over Humphrys' pay gap remarks

Female BBC presenters are considering a mass walkout over John Humphrys' leaked remarks on the gender pay gap, it was reported last night. Staff were said to be “incandescent” over the taped comments made by the Today programme presenter…

More operations may be cancelled if flu crisis continues

Scottish hospitals could be forced to postpone more operations if the number of flu cases does not ease, according to one of the country's top medical figures. Derek Bell, president of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh, said…

GKN pushes ahead with demerger after rejecting £7bn takeover offer

An opportunistic takeover bid for GKN has smoked out plans for one of the biggest demergers in British industrial history. Shares in the engineering group soared to a ten-year high after it said that it would accelerate plans to split its…

Donald Trump 'took offence at slights from the British'

President Trump's decision to cancel his visit to London was for “personal reasons” after a series of perceived slights, British officials said last night. Mr Trump had been expected to open the new American embassy in the capital but has…