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Monday, May 21

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Customs posts on Irish border unacceptable, Catholics say

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The Democratic Unionist Party leader has reached out to nationalists in Northern Ireland as research revealed that most Catholics find customs checks on the border with the Republic after Brexit “almost impossible to accept”. Arlene Foster…

Royal wedding: Hairdresser — Meghan's 'Messy bun' is so easy to do at home

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Brides who do not live in a palace or have millions at their disposal, take heart: Meghan Markle's hair took only 45 minutes to get ready on her wedding day, with the help of accessories that can be purchased on any high street for a few…

MPs to hold inquiry on Asda merger

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The proposed £12 billion merger between two of Britain's supermarket giants is facing the prospect of fresh scrutiny as MPs prepare to launch a parliamentary inquiry over the deal. Senior politicians are demanding reassurance that…

Mikel Arteta set for Arsenal job

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Arsenal are expected to appoint Mikel Arteta as their head coach this week. Their former captain has been finalising the details of his contract and has named who he wants to form his coaching team in the past few days. The expected…

Saturday, May 19

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Thousands 'left stranded' by rail timetable changes

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Thousands of rail passengers risk being stranded in the biggest shake-up of train timetables in decades. Passenger groups warned that some departure times would be altered by up to half an hour while other stations would lose services…

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Intelligent girls at greater risk of depression

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Girls who are more intelligent and those from deprived backgrounds have a higher risk of depression in adolescence, research suggests. By contrast, their male equivalents appear not to suffer from an increased risk of mental health…

Cosmetic surgeon suspended for spying on 200 of rival's patients

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A cosmetic surgeon nicknamed the Skin Queen has been suspended from practising medicine for bugging the consultations of 200 patients in a plot to force out a fellow doctor from her beauty clinic. Natalie Blakely, 44, who was once named…

Women to learn of any smear errors next week

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Women outside the Cervical Check programme who went on to develop cancer after having a smear test will have their cases identified in the next week, the HSE has promised. The announcement came after one woman said she was told that she…

Watchdog to seek views on Sainsbury's-Asda merger

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The competition watchdog has asked for comments from interested parties on the £12 billion merger of J Sainsbury and Asda before a formal investigation into the proposed deal. The Competition and Markets Authority said yesterday that it…

Millions use new data law to eradicate spam

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Britons are bidding good riddance to annoying marketing emails by ignoring pleas to resubscribe before new data laws come into force. Research from Accenture, the consultancy, indicates that a third of adults have deleted most “re-consent”…

Friday, May 18

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John Bercow accused of calling Leadsom a stupid woman

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The prime minister has added to the pressure on the speaker of the house of commons today bu calling for an investigation over allegations that he called a senior minister “a stupid woman”. Theresa May's official spokeswoman said: “We have…

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Real broadband speeds only half those advertised, says consumer watchdog Which?

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British broadband speeds delivered to users are on average half the speed advertised by providers, a study has found. Users paying for speeds up to 38 megabits per second recieve only about 19 Mbps, according to the consumer association…

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Dame Judi's Bond role too dull for me, says Glenda Jackson

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Dame Judi Dench was kidnapped by a madman who feels no pain, saw her building blown up (twice), and was murdered by a cyberterrorist as M in James Bond. All rather dull, according to one of Britain's other great actresses. Glenda Jackson,…

Barmaid's 'sadistic' killer was copying violent porn films

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A convicted sex attacker recreated scenes from violent pornographic films during the “sadistic murder” of a young barmaid on Christmas Eve. Kasim Lewis, 31, was given a life sentence yesterday and told that he will serve a minimum of 29…

Father of hit-and-run boys found dead

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A father who said that the pain of losing his two young sons in a hit-and-run crash would “never heal” has been found dead in Greece. Reece Platt-May, 30, was discovered in a hotel in Corfu in the early hours yesterday, a month after the…

Immigration advisers abandon 'racist' student survey

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The government's immigration advisers withdrew a survey of international students yesterday after criticism that it was divisive and racist. Officials made the decision after university vice-chancellors pulled out of advising students to…

Thursday, May 17

Radical plans do not mean Italy will plunge Europe into turmoil

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Not so long ago, a document as radical as the draft Italian coalition programme that surfaced on Tuesday night would have sent the markets into meltdown. As recently as Monday, the Five Star Movement and the League were discussing…

Today programme loses 65000 listeners as audience tunes out

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BBC listeners are ditching politics for classical music in the morning, according to official figures showing Radio 4's Today programme losing its audience while the Radio 3 breakfast show soars. Today has shed 65,000 listeners in a year,…

Iran gasfield proves too hot to handle for Total

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Total has said it will quit a giant gas project in Iran after American sanctions were reapplied this month. The French oil major was among the first big western companies to return to Iran after the country emerged from years of isolation…

NHS outsourcing 'put patients at risk'

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Patients were put at risk of cancer and other serious harm because of a botched £330 million NHS outsourcing deal, the spending watchdog has found. An attempt at cost-cutting has led to more than two years of chaos in back-office services…

Wednesday, May 16

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Ireland set to play England in ODI at Malahide

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The prospect of England arriving in Ireland for a Test match within the next five years appears remote, according to Warren Deutrom, the chief executive of Cricket Ireland. What is almost certain to be pencilled into the diary, however —…

We will keep expanding, says Cairn Energy boss

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An oil and gas firm embroiled in a $1.6 billion tax dispute with the Indian government is considering expanding its geographical reach. Cairn Energy has stakes in assets in the North Sea in addition to licences in places such as Ireland,…

Vulnerable 'need free-to-use ATMs'

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Legislation banning cash machine charges is being brought forward at Westminster in an attempt to stop customers from “sleepwalking” into a situation where they have to pay to get at their own money. Ged Killen, a Scottish Labour MP, has…

May's customs partnership could be illegal, ministers warn

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Theresa May has been warned that her favoured solution for the Irish border may be illegal under international trade law. The setback for the British prime minister comes amid reports that she warned Eurosceptic members of her party on…

Big Jelly Studio relishes striking the right note

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The exterior of the former Methodist chapel on a quiet street in Ramsgate is not terribly evocative of the glamour of the music business, but that doesn't appear to bother Girl Ray. The indie trio are inside, recording their latest single…

Employee has to receive a written notice of redundancy

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Supreme Court. Published May 16, 2018. Haywood v Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. Before Baroness Hales of Richmond, Lord Wilson, Lady Black, Lord Lloyd-Jones and Lord Briggs. [2018] UKSC 22. Judgment April 25, 2018.

Carol Midgley: If you are Eric Pickles your clothes should cost more than John Bercow's

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Well, I'm livid. I went to buy a large bath towel costing £9, but the woman at the till wouldn't let me have it for £5, which was what the smaller hand towel cost. “But why not?” I cried, rending my garments. “Because a bath towel is…

Script app checks for gender bias

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A British screenwriter in Hollywood has helped to devise a computer program to combat gender imbalance in films and television. Christina Hodson, who is writing the superhero spin-off Batgirl for Warner Bros, wondered if there was a way to…

Raising the baa for staging a great show

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'You have to remember, they're sheep.” Thus did the New Zealander Richard Savory introduce his dancing (sort of) sheep. Times readers, you have to see this show! On Saturday I was at the Chatsworth International Horse Trials in the…

Waterstones rewrites plan for 'independent' bookshop

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One of Britains' biggest bookstore chains has backed down after being accused of opening a new store masquerading as an independent shop. Waterstones has promised not to compete directly with existing independent outlets but was called…