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Hot yoga no healthier than traditional form, say scientists

One of the most popular forms of yoga, which requires participants to pull agonising poses in 40 degree heat, is no healthier than traditional yoga, a study has found.<p>In the first investigation of its kind, scientists established that Bikram hot yoga, which has attracted a devoted worldwide …


New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announces pregnancy

New Zealand’s leader Jacinda Ardern has announced she will be “prime minister and mum”, revealing she is pregnant with her first child and learnt the news just days before she became prime minister-elect following her surprising election result last year.<p>Describing her partner Clarke Gayford as the …

Jacinda Ardern

Family of British backpacker 'killed in murder-suicide' in Sydney left 'shocked' by her death

The family of a British backpacker, who was reportedly the victim of a suspected murder-suicide in Sydney, have said they are "deeply shocked" by her death.<p>Amelia Blake, 22, from Loughborough in Leicestershire, was found dead in a flat in the suburb of Newtown on Friday.<p>A man in his 30s, identified …


France's 'Black Widow' sentenced to 22-years for poisoning wealthy elderly men

A French woman dubbed the "Black Widow of the Riviera" was jailed for 22-years Thursday for poisoning four wealthy elderly men, two of whom died.<p>Patricia Dagorn, 57, was convicted of killing two men found dead in 2011 on the Cote d'Azur and of drugging two others. Prosecutors say she attempted to …


Over 100 rural areas in the UK are 'cash point deserts' without a single ATM

More than 100 rural areas in the UK are "cash point deserts" without a single ATM, research shows for the first time.<p>The study by consumer watchdog Which? found a total of 123 postcode districts with a combined population of 110,935 people did not appear to contain a single ATM.<p>A further 116 …


Oxford University student cleared of rape charge as yet another case collapses days before trial begins

An Oxford University student has become the latest accused rapist to have his case dropped against him after two years on bail amid wider public concern about the actions of police and prosecutors.<p>Oliver Mears, 19, was told he was to be found not guilty following a review of evidence just days …


UK and France agree artificial intelligence tie-up

Ministers have agreed a technology tie-up with Emmanuel Macron’s government that will see the UK unite with France in areas such as artificial intelligence and cyber security.<p>Matt Hancock, the Culture Secretary, will this morning announce the two countries plan to work together to pool industry and …

Artificial Intelligence

Revealed: Top career aspirations for today's primary school children

Primary school children would rather be a YouTube star than a pop singer or actor, a survey backed by University College London and the OECD has found.<p>A report analyses the responses of over British 13,000 children aged seven to 11 who were asked about their career aspirations.<p>The fourth most …

University College London

Britain’s most successful companies have women in senior roles

Britain’s most successful companies tend to have a large proportion of women in senior management roles but the UK lags behind the US and Australia on diversity at the top, new research suggests.<p>Between 2011 and 2015, the most gender diverse quarter of companies were 20pc more likely than the least …


Festive revellers spent less on food, taking a toll on restaurants

Britain’s pub and restaurant industry looks to have suffered a tough Christmas as festive revellers curbed their spending on food.<p>Data from the Coffer Peach business tracker, which is seen as a bellwether for the industry, has shown comparable sales were down 0.1pc for the six-week Christmas period …


Fantastic revival of a darkly comic masterpiece - The Birthday Party, Harold Pinter Theatre, review

Much has been said about the importance of <b>Harold Pinter</b> and the significance of the first play of his to be staged in London: that he was a dramatist like no other, that The Birthday Party transformed the theatrical landscape. The proof of the Pinter pudding, though, is in the eating; might this …


HSBC to pay $100m in currency rigging settlement

HSBC has agreed to pay just over $100m (£72m) in penalties to settle a US Department of Justice probe into currency rigging.<p>The payment comprises of $38.4m in restitution and a $63.1m fine, with the latter reflecting a 15pc reduction "in recognition of HSBC's cooperation during the investigation …


Derry Girls, episode three review: the naughty Spice Girls of Northern Ireland are the indie antidote to populism

<b>Derry Girls</b> (Channel 4) feels like an indie antidote to the full-on populism of Mrs Brown’s Boys. It takes commitment to get the gist of Lisa McGee’s plotty Northern Irish comedy, which is shot in real locations and has characters who talk at a rate of 19 to the dozen. For anyone under the age of …


Liverpool reluctant to let Danny Ings leave with Daniel Sturridge on verge of Anfield exit

Premier League clubs hoping to tempt Liverpool to part with Danny Ings this month face disappointment as Daniel Sturridge's likely Anfield exit has repercussions for his team-mate.<p>Ings is wanted by numerous managers, ready to give him the game time he has lacked since suffering two serious knee …

English Premier League

Britannia, episode one, review: this may be the new drama Game of Thrones fans have been waiting for

History geeks should give a wide berth to <b>Britannia</b> (Sky Atlantic). I’ll admit to a trainspotterish fandom from the very first image. The camera swooped down on a stone circle planted on the shore of a lake at the foot of what looked very much like Carmarthen Fan, aka the Black Mountain. It’s a …

Soap Operas

Arsene Wenger: Losing Alexis Sanchez will be less hard felt than when Robin van Persie joined Man Utd

Alexis Sanchez trained with Arsenal’s youth team as Arsene Wenger predicted less of a fan backlash over his star striker’s transfer to Manchester United than when Robin van Persie made the same move to Old Trafford in 2012.<p>Negotiations are nearing a conclusion on a swap deal that will make Sanchez …


Premier League looks into growing fees pocketed by agents

The Premier League and the EFL have launched reviews into the regulation of football agents amid growing concerns over the rising amount of money that is being paid to intermediaries who represent players, <i>Telegraph Sport</i> understands.<p>The EFL last month wrote to every club in the Championship, League …


Flu reaches epidemic levels in parts of UK as Japanese strain dominates

Flu has reached epidemic levels in some parts of the UK with the “Japanese” strain now dominant after the NHS failed to vaccinate against it, official figures show.<p>Latest data from Public Health England shows that cases of flu have risen by 150 per cent in two weeks, fuelling a “significant excess” …

Public Health

Lighting up London; Lumiere festival

Lumiere London is a light festival that takes place over four evenings, from Thursday 18 to Sunday 21 January 2018. It showcases the capital’s spectacular and iconic architecture and streets, with more than 50 works created through the vision of leading UK and international artists.


Eddie Jones: 'No one thinks England can win the Six Nations so we have an opportunity to hunt other teams down'

Eddie Jones was defiant in the face of critics writing off England’s prospects of defending their Six Nations title due to a mounting injury toll, declaring that he is completely satisfied with the shared club-country English system compared to the set-up in Ireland where the national coach has far …

Rugby Union

Police dramas have been 'done to death' says writer of new BBC police drama

Police dramas have been “done to death” by television, according to Sir David Hare, whose latest project happens to be a BBC thriller about a detective investigating a murder.<p>Collateral, starring Carey Mulligan, is Sir David’s first original television series and brings him back to the corporation …


British quadriplegic has microchip embedded in his body to give him his independence back

A British quadriplegic has become the first person to have a microchip embedded in their body to give him his independence back.<p>Alex Lewis, 37, from Hampshire, nearly died in 2013 when, after thinking he just had a cold, he was diagnosed with Strep A - a rare bacterial infection from which a …


Four in five customer complaints which led to Uber being banned from York were made by the city’s taxi drivers

York’s decision to refuse Uber a licence to operate in December was based mostly on complaints by local taxi companies, the <i>Telegraph</i> can disclose.<p>York, who in December became the third UK city to refuse the ride-hailing company a licence, had cited concerns about customer complaints as well as the …


Sea lions frolic with photographer in Canadian waters

A photographer was mobbed by a huge number of sea lions as they waited to catch some food off the coast of Vancouver Island.

Vancouver Island

Brian O'Driscoll: Jordan Larmour will benefit from his time with Ireland

Ireland legend Brian O’Driscoll has described Jordan Larmour as a “very exciting” talent but still “quite raw”, saying the young Leinster back will benefit from his time in the Ireland camp whether or not he gets any game time.<p>Larmour, 20, was the only uncapped player included in Joe Schmidt’s …

Rugby Union

David Turpin charged with lewd act against a child as revealed 17-year-old plotted escape for two years

The father of 13 children held in captivity in California has been charged with carrying out a lewd act against a child, as it emerged that the 17-year-old who raised the alarm had plotted her escape for two years.<p>Prosecutors detailing the case against David and Louise Turpin, who will appear …


Bird flu prevention zone declared across England as farmers called upon to stop disease spreading

A bird flu prevention zone has been declared across England as all farmers are told to cover ponds in netting to prevent infected birds landing.<p>The move, announced by the Government's chief veterinary officer Nigel Gibbens, means all poultry and bird keepers in England have to follow strict …

Public Health

Market report: Fevertree shares pop on swirling takeover talk

City whispers speculating that consumer goods giant Unilever is set to swoop for rising star <b>Fevertree Drinks</b> caused the upmarket tonic water maker’s shares to fizz on London’s junior market.<p>Swirling rumours mooted that Unilever will try to snap up the posh drink mixers company to help lift its …


Forensic investigation reveals headless Highland body is that of a young woman, not an 18th century clan chief

Modern forensic techniques have solved a centuries-old mystery by revealing that a headless skeleton in a Highland mausoleum is that of a young woman, and not an infamous 18th century clan chief.<p>Simon Fraser, the 11th Lord Lovat and a Jacobite sympathiser who backed Bonnie Prince Charlie, was the …