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Iran seizes British ship as tensions rise in Gulf

A British-flagged oil tanker was seized by Iran yesterday in an escalation of tensions between London and Tehran. The cargo vessel Stena Impero had been sailing through the Strait of Hormuz en route to Saudi Arabia when she was surrounded by four vessels and a helicopter at 4pm BST. No contact...A British-flagged oil tanker was seized by Iran yesterday in an escalation of tensions between London and Tehran. The cargo vessel Stena Impero had been sailing through the Strait of Hormuz en route to Saudi Arabia when she was surrounded by four vessels and a helicopter at 4pm BST. No contact...A British-flagged oil tanker was seized by Iran yesterday in an escalation of tensions between London and Tehran. The cargo...

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Pension scams cost £4 billion

Pension scams are costing British savers up to £4 billion a year and are the “next big financial scandal”, experts have warned. Mis-selling cases have risen sharply since 2015, when a relaxation of pension rules took effect. Last year at least 100,000 people transferred out of defined-benefit pension schemes. It is now thought that a third...Pension scams are costing British savers up to £4 billion a year and are the “next big financial scandal”, experts have warned. Mis-selling cases have risen sharply since 2015, when a relaxation of pension rules took effect. Last year at least 100,000 people transferred out of defined-benefit pension schemes. It is now thought that a third...Pension scams are costing British savers up to £4 billion a year and are the “next big financial scandal”, experts have warned.

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Johnson allies condemn threats to topple a no-deal government

Boris Johnson’s allies have accused about 20 Conservative MPs and ministers prepared to bring down the government to stop a no-deal Brexit of being “utterly deluded”. Pro-European ministers and MPs are plotting to remove Mr Johnson from office within ten weeks if he becomes Tory leader and attempts to force Britain...Boris Johnson’s allies have accused about 20 Conservative MPs and ministers prepared to bring...Boris Johnson’s allies have accused about 20 Conservative MPs and ministers prepared to bring...

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Why Johnson might gamble on an election

The Tory rebellion against no-deal is likely to bring him down anyway so the new PM should get on to the front foot

We’re back and ready to take power, declare Taliban

The men arrived just before nightfall with cold accounts of those they had sent to their deaths, and warm expectations of imminent victory. The first to enter the room as the shadows lengthened was the most senior of the three, an adviser to the Taliban’s top leadership, the Quetta Shura, a former bombmaker whose 23 missions took scores of lives, civilians and soldiers...The men arrived just before nightfall with cold accounts of those they had sent to their deaths...The men arrived just before nightfall with cold accounts of those they had sent to their deaths...

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Forget my health — it’s Putin you should worry about, says Merkel

Anglea Merkel has sought to dispel any lingering doubts about her health by insisting that she is capable of doing...Anglea Merkel has sought to dispel any lingering doubts about her health by insisting that she is capable of doing her job until her term finishes in 2021. The German chancellor, who celebrated turning 65 on Wednesday, batted away persistent questioning about three spells of trembling in public over the past month.Anglea Merkel has sought to dispel any lingering doubts about her health by insisting that she is capable of doing her job...

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Jamie Oliver creditors face £83m hit

The collapse of Jamie Oliver’s Italian restaurant chain has left creditors facing losses of £83 million. According to the joint administrators’ report for Jamie’s Italian, the biggest loser is HSBC, which had provided £39.4 million to the company in the form of secured debt against the chain’s 23...The collapse of Jamie Oliver’s Italian restaurant chain has left creditors facing losses of £83 million. According to the joint administrators’ report for Jamie’s Italian, the biggest loser is HSBC, which had provided £39.4 million to the company in the form of secured debt against the chain’s 23...The collapse of Jamie Oliver’s Italian restaurant chain has left creditors facing losses of £83 million. According to the joint...

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Cannabis investors ‘risk breaking law’

British institutions could be breaking the law by investing in the booming legal overseas cannabis market, leading lawyers have warned. The explosion of the legal marijuana market, which is expected to be worth more than $60 billion by 2025, has kick-started a race to reap profits from the sector. However, despite London’s position as a...British institutions could be breaking the law by investing in the booming legal overseas cannabis market, leading lawyers have warned. The explosion of the legal marijuana market, which is expected to be worth more than $60 billion by 2025, has kick-started a race to reap profits from the sector. However, despite London’s position as a...British institutions could be breaking the law by investing in the booming legal overseas cannabis market, leading lawyers have...

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Short-sellers cash in on Asos woes

Hedge funds have made an estimated paper profit of £150 million by shorting shares of Asos during the past year after the online fashion retailer issued three profit warnings. The company’s stock is down by 65 per cent over the last 12 months, with investors taking fright about the challenges of making money from...Hedge funds have made an estimated paper profit of £150 million by shorting shares of Asos during...Hedge funds have made an estimated paper profit of £150 million by shorting shares of Asos during...

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Wework chief sells stock before float

A founder of Wework is reported to have sold and borrowed about $700 million in transactions involving his shares in the company. Adam Neumann, chief executive of the American flexible workspace group, has sold large amounts of...A founder of Wework is reported to have sold and borrowed about $700 million in transactions involving his shares in the company. Adam Neumann, chief executive of the American flexible workspace group, has sold large amounts of...A founder of Wework is reported to have sold and borrowed about $700 million in transactions involving his shares in...

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Sirius seeks to pour another $500m into fertiliser mine

The developer of a fertiliser mine under the North York Moors launched a $500 million high-yield bond yesterday as it seeks to unlock crucial funding for the ambitious venture. Sirius Minerals is looking to raise the money to...The developer of a fertiliser mine under the North York Moors launched a $500 million high-yield bond yesterday as it seeks to unlock crucial funding for the ambitious venture. Sirius Minerals is looking to raise the money to...The developer of a fertiliser mine under the North York Moors launched a $500 million high-yield bond yesterday as it...

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Barren run could end as home stars stalk leaders

JB Holmes once broke his ankle after hitting a rut in the road while out rollerblading with his fiancée, which seems conclusive proof that the course of true love never did run smooth. So with the pressure off thanks to falling through his own fault lines the previous day, Rory McIlroy got back...JB Holmes once broke his ankle after hitting a rut in the road while out rollerblading with his fiancée, which seems conclusive proof that the course of true love never did run smooth. So with the pressure off thanks to falling through his own fault lines the previous day, Rory McIlroy got back...JB Holmes once broke his ankle after hitting a rut in the road while out rollerblading with his fiancée, which seems conclusive...

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McIlroy’s brilliant fightback falls agonisingly short

When Rory McIlroy began his second round at Royal Portrush, his task was gargantuan, rather like the appetite of his fellow Northern Irishman, Darren Clarke. McIlroy had to try to recover from a shocking opening round — not his first in a major — and survive to fight another day in the 148th Open Championship. It promised to be more a test...When Rory McIlroy began his second round at Royal Portrush, his task was gargantuan, rather like the appetite of his fellow Northern Irishman, Darren Clarke. McIlroy had to try to recover from a shocking opening round — not his first in a major — and survive to fight another day in the 148th Open Championship. It promised to be more a test...When Rory McIlroy began his second round at Royal Portrush, his task was gargantuan, rather like the appetite of his fellow...

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Zaha for £80m? Maguire for £90m? Power rests with sellers this summer

What price Harry Maguire? No, really, what price Harry Maguire? Eyebrows were raised in 2017 when Leicester City paid £12 million, potentially rising to £17 million, for a 24-year-old who had been part of the Premier League’s worst defence that season at Hull City. The same is happening now, two years and 20 England...What price Harry Maguire? No, really, what price Harry Maguire? Eyebrows were raised in 2017 when...What price Harry Maguire? No, really, what price Harry Maguire? Eyebrows were raised in 2017 when...

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Alan Turing

With news that the mathematician is to appear on the new £50 note, The Times revisits, and expands, the original terse obituary of this enigmatic genius

Julia Farron

Star of the Vic-Wells ballet company who created several new roles

Jeremy Lancaster

Diffident industrialist who turned Wolseley into a powerhouse and amassed a vast art collection

Eva Kor

Prisoner at Auschwitz who with her twin sister survived experiments at the hands of Dr Josef Mengele and later forgave her captors

Alan Rogan

Long-serving ‘guitar tech’ to Pete Townshend of the Who with a personality big enough to match that of his rock-star employer

Beware the hidden costs of credit

Who knew that buying a lottery ticket on your card attracts interest immediately?

You may be aware that it is very expensive to withdraw cash from an ATM with your credit card, but did you realise that the same applies to exchanging currency, buying a gift voucher or even paying to play fantasy football? Many people face exorbitant fees because they have no idea that activities such as gambling are considered a cash advance and charged as such, says...You may be aware that it is very expensive to withdraw cash from an ATM with your credit card...You may be aware that it is very expensive to withdraw cash from an ATM with your credit card...

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Ten pension scams we should fear most

As many as one in three transfers from company pension schemes raise a red flag that could signify that someone is...As many as one in three transfers from company pension schemes raise a red flag that could signify that someone is being scammed. The warning signs include high fees, investments in unusual companies or the involvement of unauthorised advisers. This represents a huge increase in suspicious dealings — in 2016 one in...As many as one in three transfers from company pension schemes raise a red flag that could signify that someone is being scammed.

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Anne Ashworth: Pensions must be a priority for the next government

Let’s face it: fixing pensions may not be high on the new government’s agenda. This is a shame since action is...Let’s face it: fixing pensions may not be high on the new government’s agenda. This is a shame...Let’s face it: fixing pensions may not be high on the new government’s agenda. This is a shame...

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Don’t use your pension to buy a home

Should you be able to dip into your pension to take out some cash for a house deposit without facing a hefty tax hit...Should you be able to dip into your pension to take out some cash for a house deposit without...Should you be able to dip into your pension to take out some cash for a house deposit without...

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What’s new, pussycat? Elton John and Tim Rice on the Lion King remake

The 1994 original was a huge hit, but the team behind a spectacular live-action remake think they can do even better, says Will Hodgkinson

All is revealed: the nation’s most risqué artworks

As the Wallace Collection launches a conservation project that includes its sauciest painting, Fragonard’s The Swing, Nancy Durrant tracks down great works designed to titillate

My culture fix: Louis de Bernières

The author lets us into his cultural life

Summer cycling guide: the UK’s most beautiful routes

Forest trails, lakeside paths and spectacular mountain views. Jump on your bike and try one of these rides

Anna Wintour: Fat? I don’t like that word

The editor-in-chief of American Vogue talks about her 50 years in fashion

Ask Suzi Godson: Sex without a condom is uncomfortable

Q: My girlfriend and I decided to stop using them, but it’s causing me problems. What can I do?

Five great summer brunch recipes

From chickpea shakshuka to feta and black bean tacos, these breakfast and brunch recipes all cost less than £10 to make for four people

The best English vintage yet

Our vineyards have produced a clutch of delicious, fruit-led still whites, pinks and reds, says Jane MacQuitty

Great British isles: 20 of the best

From wild Shetland outposts to the sunny Isles of Scilly, James Ellis finds the best small island getaways — plus where to stay

Georgia, the cool new place to take a break

It’s packed with fascinating culture and sights, and the opening of hip hotels means you can tour in style, writes Lisa Grainger

Rocket man! My big weekend adventure at Space Camp

Microgravity training, spacewalks and crash-landings — Ben Clatworthy heads to Alabama to learn some astronaut skills

The land that doubled for the moon

Will Hide explores the remote Icelandic region where Neil Armstrong trained for his epic mission

Great holidays for less

Bag a cut-price holiday in Crete, save £200pp on a Caribbean cruise or book a bargain break in the New Forest

Celtic inquiry ‘has failed to contact victims’

Celtic FC has failed to contact survivors of systemic sexual abuse at its feeder club despite launching its own investigation into the scandal two years ago, a senior lawyer has claimed. Last month Peter Lawwell, the club’s chief executive, announced club insurers had appointed a “wholly...Celtic FC has failed to contact survivors of systemic sexual abuse at its feeder club despite launching its own investigation into the scandal two years ago, a senior lawyer has claimed. Last month Peter Lawwell, the club’s chief executive, announced club insurers had appointed a “wholly...Celtic FC has failed to contact survivors of systemic sexual abuse at its feeder club despite launching its own investigation...

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Bookie blames £2 betting cap for shop closures

A struggling bookmaker has blamed the £2 cap on fixed odds betting terminal stakes for the closure of several of its shops across Scotland. Scotbet has announced that it has gone into receivership and is to close 11 of its 41 Scottish branches, claiming the introduction of a maximum stake on FOBT was “the straw which broke the camel’s back”.A struggling bookmaker has blamed the £2 cap on fixed odds betting terminal stakes for the closure of several of its shops across Scotland. Scotbet has announced that it has gone into receivership and is to close 11 of its 41 Scottish branches, claiming the introduction of a maximum stake on FOBT was “the straw which broke the camel’s back”.A struggling bookmaker has blamed the £2 cap on fixed odds betting terminal stakes for the closure of several of its shops...

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Doctor MP is investigated over alleged confidentiality breach

An SNP MP who works as a clinical psychologist is under investigation for allegedly keeping patients’ confidential files in her constituency office. Lisa Cameron is alleged to have left documents relating to patients in an “insecure or public area” within her East Kilbride parliamentary office. The claims will be...An SNP MP who works as a clinical psychologist is under investigation for allegedly keeping...An SNP MP who works as a clinical psychologist is under investigation for allegedly keeping...

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Ahern: We must be friends with Boris to minimise no-deal chaos

Bertie Ahern, the former taoiseach, has said he is a “bit frightened” at the looming Brexit deadline, with just “61 negotiating days” remaining when governments return from the summer break. He said a no-deal would cause chaos and have immediate repercussions for our biggest food exporters. In an...Bertie Ahern, the former taoiseach, has said he is a “bit frightened” at the looming Brexit deadline, with just “61 negotiating days” remaining when governments return from the summer break. He said a no-deal would cause chaos and have immediate repercussions for our biggest food exporters. In an...Bertie Ahern, the former taoiseach, has said he is a “bit frightened” at the looming Brexit deadline, with just “61 negotiating...

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Man accused of possessing hammer and hatchet after mini-riot

A 25-year-old man has been accused of brandishing a hatchet and a hammer as offensive weapons following a mini-riot outside a music venue in Dublin. Gardaí responded after an incident outside the Lost Lane, on Adam Court, off Grafton Street, in the early hours of July 7, during a gig by the African artist Naira Marley. Ahmed Majeed, with an...A 25-year-old man has been accused of brandishing a hatchet and a hammer as offensive weapons following a mini-riot outside a music venue in Dublin. Gardaí responded after an incident outside the Lost Lane, on Adam Court, off Grafton Street, in the early hours of July 7, during a gig by the African artist Naira Marley. Ahmed Majeed, with an...A 25-year-old man has been accused of brandishing a hatchet and a hammer as offensive weapons following a mini-riot outside a...

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‘We need proper housing, not co-living’

Eoghan Murphy, the minister for housing, was accused of being “detached from reality” after describing co-living spaces as being “like a very trendy, kind of boutique-hotel-type place”. Co-living combines private en-suite bedrooms with communal spaces and kitchens. An Bord Pleanála rejected a 222-bedroom co-living...Eoghan Murphy, the minister for housing, was accused of being “detached from reality” after...Eoghan Murphy, the minister for housing, was accused of being “detached from reality” after...

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Sligo man loses appeal against knife-attack sentence

A 51-year old man jailed for a “frenzied” knife attack on his step-daughter and her partner has lost an appeal against the severity of his sentence, while the court heard there is “nothing untoward” about a judge “commenting on the frequency of...A 51-year old man jailed for a “frenzied” knife attack on his step-daughter and her partner has...A 51-year old man jailed for a “frenzied” knife attack on his step-daughter and her partner has...

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