Germany is examining plans to prohibit banks from imposing negative interest rates on savers, threatening to leave lenders in an impossible position and greatly complicating the job of the European Central
The Brazilian government lacks the resources to fight a record number of wildfires burning in the Amazon rainforest, Jair Bolsonaro, the president, said on Thursday, weeks after telling donors he did need
Net migration to the UK from the EU has fallen by more than two-thirds since 2015 to register its lowest level for six years, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS). ONS estimates show net
The number of migrants crossing the channel this year has surpassed 1,000 in 2019, despite Sajid Javid declaring it a major incident last year. Some 65 men, women and children arrived in the UK yesterday
An Australian couple who fed their baby daughter a strict vegan diet that left her severely malnourished have avoided a jail sentence. On Thursday, the 35-year old man and 33-year old woman from Sydney,
Ignore the anti-military propagandists. There are few better opportunities for the young than the Army
GCSE results day is a time of celebration or sorrow for thousands of teenagers. It is also a day exploited by various NGOs and activists to have a go at the Army, who they accuse of luring disappointed
This week’s bid for pubs group Greene King has lifted the veil on the undervaluation of UK assets. Whatever happens with Brexit, it’s obvious that British equities are relatively cheap and under-owned.
Like most Brits, I started drinking young – now five years' sober, I'm not sure that was such a good idea
In news that will disappoint those who like to regard all society’s ills as originating with the disadvantaged, middle-class children have been found to be almost twice as likely as poorer classmates consume
Those in their seventies and beyond are by far the major beneficiaries of modern medicines that vanquish (or mitigate) the physical trials and tribulations of later life – arthritic joints, impaired mobility,
England captain Hollie Pearne-Webb confident ahead of EuroHockey semi-final with world champions Holland
Captain Hollie Pearne-Webb says that England will take inspiration from Alex Danson’s good luck messages ahead of their semi-final with Holland on Friday at the EuroHockey Championships. Pearne-Webb has
A German city is offering a reward of €1m (£900,000) to anyone who can prove it doesn’t exist. The city of Bielefeld in north-western Germany launched the bizarre marketing stunt this week to mark the
Enable, one of the great race mares, signed off on British turf with an awesome display of galloping in Thursday’s Darley Yorkshire Oaks, when she beat her old adversary Magical for a fourth time. In process
Rubbing statues for luck puts people at risk of developing sepsis and conjunctivitis, the first study of bacteria on monuments has shown. Experts swabbed 24 statues in 13 cities across Europe including
For Boris Johnson, today’s meeting with Emmanuel Macron must have been painful. Never mind the Brexit talks. I’m talking about the handshake. It’s always the same, when Mr Macron welcomes a fellow leader.
A French mayor stood trial on Thursday for unilaterally banning the use of pesticides around homes in his Breton village in a case supporters say could prove an “historic” turning point in their fight
Nicola Sturgeon's Growth Commission independence blueprint threatens debt mountain, Oxford University study finds
Nicola Sturgeon is still trying to “scam” Scottish voters on the cost of independence, it has been claimed after an Oxford University analysis concluded her new economic blueprint is based on a series
Frenchproducers of absinthe, the green spirit said to have inspired Van Gogh, have won a 15-year battle to have their fiery drink receive European protected status. This week, Brussels granted absinthe
Freda Dowie, actress who excelled as the long-suffering abused mother in Terence Davies’s ‘Distant Voices, Still Lives’ obituary
Freda Dowie, who has died aged 91, was a character actress who specialised in long-suffering, put-upon characters, most notably as the abused mother in Distant Voices, Still Lives (1988), Terence Davies’s
Ten Sovereigns may be up against the horse generally regarded as the fastest sprinter in training, Battaash, and last year’s narrow runner-up, Mabs Cross, but Aidan O’Brien’s colt can go a long way towards
Elon Musk is not irreplaceable as chief executive of Tesla, according to Baillie Gifford, the electric car company’s largest shareholder after its billionaire co-founder. James Anderson, a partner at Edinburgh-based
Woman, 93, who had her house burgled by three men posing as police officers dies of 'broken heart syndrome'
A 93-year-old woman who had her house burgled by three men posing as police officers has died in hospital from "broken heart syndrome". Betty Munroe was pronounced dead on Wednesday, Northamptonshire said.
Miriam Margolyes and Maureen Lipman have accused West End producers of "overt appropriation" after they cast non-Jewish actors in a musical about a Jewish family. They are among a group of 20 Jewish artists
James Roby, St Helens' last man standing from Wembley glory, determined to make another lifelong memory
As the sole survivor from the last St Helens side to last reach Wembley in 2008, captain James Roby knows more than most what it means to the town to triumph, and he is determined for more this weekend.
BBC Today programme accused of making light of domestic violence over John Humphrys and David Davis jokes
The BBC’s Today programme has been accused of making light of domestic violence after John Humphrys was heard joking over a news story about a dancer punching his wife. Humphrys, the veteran broadcaster,
Dublin and Brussels 'in secret about talks new customs checks and controls at ports and factories' as no-deal likelihood
Dublin and Brussels are in secret talks about imposing new customs checks and controls at ports and factories as the likelihood grows of a no deal exit from the European Union, it has emerged, Checks be
You've got itchy feet and £1,000 to burn. Here are five very different ways to do it... Time tends to be of the essence when you are seeking a bargain break. You certainly need to act fast in the case
Death-defying and spectacular, we select 10 great rides to try in Europe. Nerves of steel are required to fall the equivalent of 30 storeys attached only by an elastic cord around the ankle. The UK Bungee
John Degenkolb will join Lotto-Soudal next season after the German signed a two-year deal with the Belgian squad bringing an end to his three-years at the US-licensed Trek-Segafredo. After earlier this