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Britain, Jamaica, and the Looming Battle Over Reparations

Jamaica is pressing British Prime Minister David Cameron for reparations for slavery. So far, Britain hasn’t shown any willingness to go along.<p>The British prime minister’s jaunt to Jamaica isn’t likely to be a pleasant island sojourn or an easy respite from the refugee crisis plaguing Europe. For …

Ta-Nehisi Coates

How the banks ignored the lessons of the crash

Joris Luyendijk spent two years talking to hundreds of City insiders. They revealed how close we came to disaster – and how quickly finance went back to business as usual<p>Ask people where they were on 9/11, and most have a memory to share. Ask where they were when Lehman Brothers collapsed, and many …

What Space Does to Your Body and Mind

Expedition 44 to the International Space Station has been successfully completed after three astronauts landed in Kazakhstan. The mission saw a …

One Trip, Five Tips: Visiting Lhasa, Tibet

Any trip to Tibet should begin with its spiritual and political capital, where these five attractions will have you falling in love with the "roof of the world."<p>Venture to Lhasa, where a once-isolated Himalayan Shangri-La today beckons travelers to a mystical, if fast-modernizing, world, marked by …

It’s the £64bn question: what does George Osborne have left to sell off?

The chancellor’s divestment spree will not stop at the bailed-out banks. We look at other candidates for privatisation – and ask if this is 1987 all over again<p>George Osborne’s decision to begin selling down the government stake in Royal Bank of Scotland has paved the way, many feel, for a glut of …

7 Tips for Crispy, Totally-Not-Soggy-at-All, Hash Browns

Yes, you can (and should) make perfect hash browns. Here's how.<p>Confession: Until 2 weeks ago I was a full-on hash brown-hater. To be fair, the only hash browns I had experienced were soggy, greasy, half-raw piles of shredded potatoes sitting alongside imperfectly cooked eggs (why can no one serve a …

Breakfast

UK exports enjoy biggest rise in nearly a decade

Strong performance of exporters in second quarter 'comes as a surprise' to economists<p>Britain's exporters have enjoyed their strongest performance in more than nine years, despite sterling's recent strength.<p>The UK's exports increased by 6.6pc in the second quarter, according to official data, the …

Some foodies think the urban poor should forage for food. Not so fast

Hunger is a massive problem. If there are artisanal, DIY, local, slow-food solutions to feeding people, we haven’t seen them yet<p>Should the poor look to weeds from cracks in the sidewalk as a source of nutritious, organic free food? New York Times writer and foodie Mark Bittman thinks so. He is …

Celebrity Sightings: Tom Cruise, Katie Holmes and those Kardashian ladies - Telegraph

The narcissist test: Are you too self-obsessed?

Don’t worry if you show signs of narcissism. It may sound vain and egotistical, but a little self-love can go a long way<p>Narcissists are an unpopular bunch, typically associated with the brash egomaniacs on reality TV or pouting selfie-fanatics. But we shouldn’t be too quick to flinch from …

Psychology

Jim Parsons halts play to heckle late audience member

Maybe omniscience has rubbed off on Jim Parsons — the “Big Bang Theory” actor currently playing God on Broadway in “An Act of God.”<p>Spies at the Studio 54 show told the New York Post that last week, when Parsons spotted a theatergoer making her way to a prime orchestra seat 15 minutes after a …

Patti LuPone

J.J. Watt bowled over by meeting with Jennifer Aniston

LOS ANGELES (AP) — It's no secret that Jennifer Aniston has long been J.J. Watt's celebrity crush. The Houston Texans star had just never connected with her.<p>Until now.<p>Watt finally met the "Friends" star on Monday in Los Angeles, where they are represented by the same talent agency. He was there …

Ben Martin's wife is not at the British Open, and the reason will make you laugh

ST. ANDREWS, Scotland -- On the back nine of Tuesday's practice round, Zach Johnson told a funny story about Ben Martin, and why his wife Kelly won't be attending this year's British Open at St. Andrews. He had us in stitches, so I tracked Martin down before his own practice round this morning and …

British Open

UK households risk debt crisis by switching credit cards, warns Moody's

Britons are taking advantage of interest-free balance transfer deals but then spend more<p>UK households are risking a personal debt crisis by switching credit cards instead of paying off balances, a leading credit ratings agency has warned.<p>With consumer spending now higher than before the credit …

The City

New Nest Cam Launches In The UK

Nest unveiled their new home security camera last month, the Nest Cam and now the device is launching in the UK.<p>The Nest Cam allows you to monitor …

UK's credit rating downgraded to 'negative' by S&P on EU referendum risk

A second major ratings agency has warned that Brexit could harm the UK's economy<p>The UK is in danger of losing its gold-plated triple A grade, leading ratings agency Standard & Poor's has warned.<p>It has downgraded its outlook on the UK's sovereign rating to "negative". It is the only one of the big …

Public Administration

Elizabeth Hurley at 50: how she has influenced your wardrobe (whether you like it or not)

Britain’s greatest actor turns 50 today – happy birthday Liz! From white jeans to safety pins, here are 10 ways she has changed what you wear

Snoop Dogg sues US beer maker for slice of sale profits

The rapper claims he is entitled to 10pc of the money made when Colt 45 was sold to a drinks entrepreneur last year<p>Rapper Snoop Dogg is suing a US beer maker over claims he is entitled to a portion of the proceeds from the company’s sale to a Russian-born beer entrepreneur last year.<p>The 43-year …

Microsoft is rolling out a ton of new features for Outlook.com

Outlook.com is getting a big revamp today. Microsoft is slowly rolling out a huge preview update for the email service.<p>There are a ton of new features. First off, as we reported a few days ago, Microsoft’s Clutter tool that separates your non-essential email from your most important emails will now …

Apps

Graphene and printed electronics could usher in truly discreet wearables

The wearables market is in full swing, with a wide range of fitness trackers and smartwatches now on the market. However, the form factor is still perhaps not ideal, as bulky electronics have to be squeezed in behind a watch face. In the future, this type of issue could be solved by recent …

Nanotech

Apple Researching Combined 2D/3D Glassesless Displays

Apple is looking into a way to provide both 3D and 2D images from the same display, without requiring any special ocular equipment like 3D glasses, according to a new patent application (via AppleInsider). The display would use gaze-tracking to serve specific images to viewers, and would be able to …

Ecocapsule promises independent off-grid micro-living

Resembling the similarly-shaped Exbury Egg<i>,</i> Ecocapsule measures 446.8 x 240.7 x 248.7 cm (175.9 x 94.7 x 97.9 in), and comprises a total usable …

How to solve the maths puzzle for Vietnamese eight-year-olds that stumped parents and teachers

I set this maths puzzle yesterday. Now for the solution. It wasn’t pretty, folks, but we got there in the end<p>The challenge was to fill in the above snake with the digits 1 to 9, using each digit only once. The colon “:” means divide, and you must follow the standard order of operations, meaning …

Tories blame Lib Dems for spiralling immigration figures

David Cameron says Vince Cable blocked immigration reforms while Theresa May also shifts blame to former coalition partners<p><b>David Cameron</b> has blamed Vince Cable and his former <b>Liberal Democrat</b> colleagues for blocking measures to help get net migration below 100,000 a year.<p>The Prime Minister said the …

Liberal Democrats

Kim Kardashian Says She Made the First Move on Kanye West

True love waits for no woman.<p>In a new interview with <i>Access Hollywood</i>, Kim Kardashian said she's the one who pursued Kanye West after her divorce from Kris Humphries. She said was "always attracted" to Yeezus but never took their friendship to the next level because of timing. "I think it was six …

Kanye West

Microsoft Drops Yet Another Windows 10 Build, Promises More Stability And Polish

Microsoft is at it again today, with a new Windows 10 build. The operating system, due out this summer, has reached something akin to an inflection point: Microsoft appears now more focused on smoothing out the code than adding new features to the software.<p>The build is for subscribers of the ‘fast …

The UK gets a dedicated esports betting service this week

UK gamers can gamble real cash on the outcome of some of their favourite online video games, thanks to a dedicated new betting site, launching this week.<p>The service, dubbed <i>Unikrn Arena</i>, allows its users to bet on the outcome of various competitive eSports matches.<p>Already operating in Australia and …

Startups

Can Two People Repopulate Earth?

Short answer: Maybe, but they'd be very busy<p>Sci-Fi movies present no shortage of doomsday scenarios--asteroids, climate change and supervolcanoes just to name a few. But let’s say that one of these situations actually occurs, and humans are annihilated with the exception of one male and one female. …

BBC 'considered axing' Richard Hammond from Top Gear

Andy Wilman, ex-executive producer who quit show in wake of Jeremy Clarkson's sacking, reveals how bosses considered axing Richard Hammond<p>Former Top Gear executive producer Andy Wilman has had a dig at what he called the BBC's "Meddling Department" and told how his bosses considered axing Richard …

United Kingdom

Banks hit by record fine for rigging forex markets

Barclays, RBS, Citi, JP Morgan and UBS forced to pay out over collusion by traders in several countries in another big blow to their reputations<p>The reputation of the banking industry took another hammering on Wednesday as the fines imposed on major banks – including Barclays and bailed-out Royal …