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Rafael Nadal reveals phone call with Andy Murray as Scot's recovery progress remains unclear

The world No. 1 Rafael Nadal gave an unexpected glimpse yesterday into the mindset of his old friend and rival Andy Murray. And although Nadal was sympathetic and supportive, his comments were not wholly encouraging about the state of Murray’s troublesome right hip.<p>A couple of hours after crushing …

Tennis

Opec v Trump: oil markets retreat as rifts emerge

Oil prices retreated from multi-year highs as US President Donald Trump lashed out at the world’s largest oil producing nations during a meeting which exposed rifts at the heart of the Opec cartel.<p>President Trump blamed the group for forcing global prices to “artificially” high levels, and warned …

Oil

Girl outwits gang wielding baseball bats by hiding behind wall

This is the chilling moment a 15-year-old girl was chased by a gang of baseball bat wielding thugs before she outwitted them by hiding behind a wall.<p>Shocking footage shows the terrified schoolgirl fleeing from the yobs and jumping over a garden wall where she cowers for safety.<p>The 50-second clip …

Crime

Tom Courtenay gets a new lease of life after being cured of colour blindness at 81

Tom Courtenay says he has found a new lease of life at 81 after having surgery to correct the colour blindness he never knew he had.<p>The actor was having tests ahead of a cataract operation when a doctor informed him that he could not see colour properly - the result of childhood scarlet fever.<p>The …

Color Blindness

Former French PM mulls candidacy to become Barcelona mayor

Former French Prime Minister Manuel Valls says he is considering running in Barcelona's mayoral election next year as a candidate for a Spanish pro-business party that opposes Catalan independence.<p>"I would be interested in continuing in the debate on independence and I'm going to study it," Valls …

Barcelona

Salome at Opera North, review - scandalising opera still unsettles

Those among you sick to death of finding your opera served up half-baked or over-cooked by pretentious directors should take heart from this refreshingly unadulterated new production of Richard Strauss’s Salome.<p>It comes from Opera North, which with its customary inventiveness has made a virtue of …

The Arts

Credit card market feels the crunch as top deals disappear

Choice in the credit card market is being squeezed as providers take a more cautious attitude to lending, following warnings over excessive consumer spending.<p>Research by financial analyst Moneyfacts shows the number of interest-free purchase cards on the market has dropped by 14pc in the past year, …

Personal Finance

Why London's new Alaia boutique will fire up your taste levels

The luxury strategy for cutting back on consumption is to blow most of your budget on one or two everlasting pieces thereby ensuring you can’t afford to buy anything else.<p>That’s the argument trotted out by Azzedine Alaïa junkies, and visiting his first ever store in London – the one with the …

Coco Chanel

Current account cuts: Lloyds and Bank of Scotland reduce rates by 25pc

Lloyds Banking Group is cutting the rates of two key current accounts by 25pc and pushing up the fee of packaged bank accounts from July 1.<p>Club Lloyds and Bank of Scotland Vantage customers will see their rate reduced from 2pc to 1.5pc, despite a highly anticipated Bank Rate rise and market rates …

Investing

Fraudsters target cash-strapped students for use as ‘money mules’

A growing number of young people are being lured into illegal work as “money mules”.<p>Anti-fraud prevention service Cifas said there was a 27pc increase in the number of 14-24 year olds being used as money mules during 2017.<p>A money mule is a person who is used by criminals to move illegal funds …

Identity Theft

Natalie Portman pulls out of 'Jewish Nobel' over recent events in Israel

Natalie Portman has pulled out of the "Jewish Nobel" prize ceremony in Israel because of her "extreme distress" over recent events in the country.<p>The American-Israeli actress said she did not feel comfortable attending public events in Israel after the state was criticised for firing on Palestinian …

Israel

Southampton's James Ward-Prowse looks to 'revenge factor' for FA Cup semi-final against Chelsea

For most clubs, reaching the FA Cup semi final is a delicious interruption from the day-to-day necessities of a league campaign. At Southampton this year, however, it is not like that. Four points adrift of safety with games running out, their six-year stay in the Premier League is in jeopardy. And …

Soccer

SNP minister predicts second independence vote as soon as April 2019

A second independence referendum could be held as early as April next year, Scotland’s Economy Minister has predicted as it emerged the SNP government has scrapped plans to publish North Sea oil forecasts.<p>Keith Brown, who is the clear frontrunner in the contest to become the SNP’s deputy leader, …

United Kingdom

The joy and suffering of a 1,864-mile road trip across Australia

<b>Bradley Hillas wins our weekly Just Back writing competition - and £250 - for his account of an eventful, yet rewarding, drive through Australia.</b><p>Australia rewards the foolishly rash traveller with adventure. For $500 (about £275), my friend Steph and I bought an old Mazda and set out from the …

Democrats sue Donald Trump's campaign and Russia for interfering in 2016 election

The Democratic Party is suing Russia, Donald Trump's election campaign and WikiLeaks for conspiring to damage Hillary Clinton's chances of winning the 2016 presidential election.<p>Documents filed in New York federal court show Democrats have opened a fresh front in their campaign against President …

Donald Trump

The Pacific Commonwealth islands on the front line of the plastic waste crisis

Theresa May this week urged the Commonwealth's nations to join together to fight the scourge of plastic waste choking the world’s oceans.<p>To spearhead the efforts the Prime Minister announced £60 million worth of funding to bolster collective efforts and urged member countries to join the …

Pollution

Investigation launched in Italy after one of world's rarest bears dies during capture by rangers

An investigation has been launched in Italy into how one of the world’s rarest bears died after being captured and sedated by biologists.<p>The Marsican bear, Ursus arctos marsicanus, is the world’s rarest sub-species and lives in the Apennine mountains of central Italy.<p>A relative of the Eurasian …

Wildlife

'Flamboyant' jihadi linked to 9/11 terror cell captured by Kurdish forces in Syria

A Syrian-German jihadist linked to the 9/11 attacks on the United States has been captured in Syria by US-backed forces, the Pentagon said on Thursday.<p>Mohammad Haydar Zammar, who has been accused of recruiting some of the 9/11 Al-Qaeda hijackers, was captured over a month ago by the Syrian …

Middle East

British teen hacker made 'I own you' appear on US security chief's home TV, court hears

A British teenager hacked into a US security chief's home television and made the words "I own you" appear on screen, a court has heard.<p>Kane Gamble, 18, rocked the US intelligence community when he blagged his way into top officials' accounts in a campaign of "cyber terrorism".<p>He admitted targeting …

Sociology

'The history is close enough to touch' – tracing Guernsey's wartime past and Nazi occupation

“I’ve just discovered a diary that an uncle kept during the occupation,” says the lady next to me on the plane when I tell her I’m interested in the history of Guernsey, the Channel Island we are heading for from Gatwick in a little ATR aircraft. “His wife and child were evacuated before the German …

Massive spring snowfall gives North America best powder of the season

It's been a season of winter extremes in both America and Europe. But while ski resorts in the Alps, across France, Austria, Italy and Switzerland, have seen record-breaking snowfall and fabulous skiing since December, the same has not been true in America, where conditions have been generally been …

Skiing

Much Ado About Nothing at Rose Theatre Kingston, review - Mel Giedroyc adds the right mix of flavours

If right now, someone somewhere is either baking or tucking into a cake, the thanks – or the blame – must surely lie a teensy bit with Mel Giedroyc. Together with Sue Perkins, her partner in snide repartee, Giedroyc whipped up such a fascination with the antics of competitors on The Great British …

Spices

Kaspersky banned from advertising on Twitter over US security fears

Russian cyber security giant Kaspersky has been banned from advertising on Twitter over claims its business practice "inherently conflicts" with Twitter's advertising policies and concerns over the company's links to Russia.<p>Kaspersky chief executive Eugene Kaspersky lashed out at Twitter's Jack …

Cybersecurity

Amber Rudd vowed to 'ruthlessly' prioritise illegal migrants in memo to Theresa May

Amber Rudd vowed to “ruthlessly” prioritise the detention and forcible removal of illegal migrants in a letter sent to Theresa May just months before Windrush migrants were threatened with deportation.<p>The Home Secretary laid out “ambitious” plans to increase removals of migrants residing in the UK …

Immigration

German theatre under fire for offering free tickets to those who wear a swastika armband

A theatre in Germany was engulfed in controversy on Friday after it offered free tickets to a play based on the life of Hitler to anyone prepared to wear a swastika armband.<p>Those prepared to pay for a ticket were offered the chance to wear a Star of David instead, as “a sign of solidarity with the …

Mein Kampf

Westworld recap: the story so far, ahead of season 2

Did someone say "killer robots in cowboy hats?" Let's give a big, chrome-plated "yee-haw" for the return this weekend of Westworld, HBO's $100 million dollar tale of scientists with god complexes, inter-weaving timelines and battery-operated gunslingers set loose in a Wild West theme park.<p>A series …

TV Series

Gardening events 2018

Green-fingered events for 2018 are steadily mounting up and the season has barely begun. Don't forget to check here for snowdrop-related events until the end of March, too.<p>APRIL<p><b>Until August</b><p><b>Cambridge</b><p><b>Cambridge University 'Science on Sundays' at University Botanic Garden</b><p>Cambridge University will be …

England

Sting admits 'I'm not sure we are the Queen's musical taste, frankly' ahead of birthday concert

Sting, the musician, has admitted his collaboration with Shaggy may not be exactly to the Queen’s taste, as they prepare to play in a concert to celebrate her birthday.<p>The duo, described as a “pop/reggae pile up”, will play at the Royal Albert Hall amid a host of artists for the Queen, to mark her …

Kylie Minogue

Takeda raises offer for Shire for a fourth time to £42.8bn

Japanese drug maker Takeda has upped its offer to buy Irish rival Shire for a fourth time, pushing its bid to £42.8bn.<p>The latest cash-and-shares offer is valued at £47 per share in Shire - just 50p above the level rejected by Shire on a tumultuous day for the FTSE 100 firm yesterday.<p>It is unclear …

Biotechnology

The psychology of running a marathon: how to overcome hitting 'the wall'

Before crossing the Virgin Money London Marathon finish line, the 40,000 runners competing to finish the 26.2-mile course will be hoping to avoid a painful encounter with the proverbial wall first.<p>The debilitating loss of energy - or hitting the wall - occurs when muscle glycogen stores become …

Marathons