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The secret connection between Cervantes and Shakespeare

As if neither man wanted to live in a world without the other, Miguel de Cervantes and<p>William Shakespearedied on the same date in 1616.<p>Or not exactly. They didn't actually succumb on the same <i>day</i>. Shakespeare and Cervantes probably died or were buried almost a fortnight apart, mostly because …

The Clintons Can Have Their Own Opinions, But They Can't Have Their Own History

Particularly when it comes to criminal justice and the 1994 Crime Bill.<p>Since we're going to be arguing about it for a while, let us stipulate that when Bill Clinton signed the Violent Crime and Control Act in 1994 he did not single-handedly launch the destructive effects of mass incarceration and …

Justice

Woman visits 7 wonders of the world in inspiring photo series

There is a big, wide world out there, but so many of us never get a chance to experience it.<p>After a string of bad luck and health problems, Megan …

'Extremely severe' brain damage found in babies with Zika-linked defect

Research in Brazil revealed babies born with microcephaly, presumed to be caused by Zika virus, had range of abnormalities<p>Scans have revealed “extremely severe” brain damage in babies born with a birth defect presumed to have been caused by the Zika virus.<p>Doctors in Brazil examined babies born with …

Public Health

'Exhilarating' Man Booker International shortlist spans the world

Turkish Nobel-winner Orhan Pamuk will compete with pseudonymous Italian Elena Ferrante and Chinese dissident Yan Lianke for prize honouring fiction in translation<p>Six books, set in locations including Istanbul and the Austrian Alps, during periods as mixed as the great famine in China and the …

Books

Kindle Oasis: Amazon's next big step towards its goal of digital paper

Company’s thinnest, lightest and most expensive e-reader yet has a new design with 9-week reading battery, ergonomic grip and page-turn buttons<p>Amazon has just released the next step in the evolution of e-readers, a wafer thin screen bolted to a small grip containing the battery and electronics, the …

Kindle

The 10 most-wanted missing or stolen paintings

A long-lost work thought to be by Caravaggio has been discovered in a leaking attic in Toulouse, France, where it had sat untouched for more than 150 years after an ancestor, who as an officer of Napoleon's army, brought it to the country.<p>The discovery – which could be worth €120 million – is being …

Keeping up with the Trumps: what we learned from CNN's bizarre family affair

This tedious spectacle shows Donald Trump does not speak to his family the way he speaks during debates; if he did they’d have their own Kardashian-style show<p>We got to meet Donald Trump’s family last night in a bizarre, tedious spectacle brought to you by CNN. What did we learn from this exercise …

Donald Trump

North Korea accuses South of 'hideous' abduction of workers

SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea accused South Korea on Tuesday of abducting its citizens in China, four days after South Korea said 13 workers at restaurant run by the North had defected.<p>Flags of China and North Korea are seen outside the closed Ryugyong Korean Restaurant in Ningbo, Zhejiang …

North Korea

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Product Details<p>Stretch crepe fabric<br>• Plunge neckline<br>• Double strap detail<br>• Slim fit - cut closely to the body<br>• Machine wash<br>• 95% Polyester, 5% Elastane<br>• Our …

Prince Harry on His Relationship with Queen Elizabeth: 'I Always View Her as My Boss'

UK farming faces two more years of pain says Carr's boss

<b>Carr’s Group</b><p><b>147p -5.5p</b><p><b>Questor says HOLD</b><p>UK farming faces two more years of pain, according to the boss of Carr’s Group [LON:CARR] as the dairy crisis worsens and beef prices tumble.<p>Carr's Group share price<p><b>Farming fight for survival</b><p>The Carlisle-based agriculture, food and engineering group warned …

Australia's new $5 bill comes under fire over Queen's image

The Queen's image on a new A$5 bill in Australia has been criticised as looking "strange", while some have questioned why the monarch appears on it all.<p>Unveiling the new design on Tuesday, the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) said the note was part of a currency overhaul to improve banknote security.<p>…

Reserve Bank of Australia

How the 'Santa Claus of jihad' radicalized young people in Belgium

He's become known as the "Santa Claus of jihad," and Belgium's federal prosecutor says he has "perverted an entire generation of youngsters," The New York Times reports.<p>The 42-year-old Moroccan man, Khalid Zerkani, reportedly has connections to the terrorists who carried out recent attacks in Paris …

Terrorism

Getting away with murder: literature's most annoyingly unpunished characters

Nobody wants to see the baddie win, however much sense it makes to the story. Which of the villains in books do you wish retribution on?<p>From cunning spies who evade discovery to baddies who literally get away with murder (and worse), novels that leave villains unpunished can be nail-bitingly …

Literature

Paul Krugman: Any Republican in the White House dooms the U.S. to another financial crisis

Either Democratic candidate would, at least, appoint judges sympathetic to spirit of financial reform<p>In his Monday New York Times column, economist Paul Krugman argued that at stake in next November's election is the future of financial reform, which has been thrown into jeopardy by what he …

The White House

Punk at 40: The Ramones honoured with New York museum exhibition

The Ramones kick started punk rock and remain one of the most influential bands to have emerged from 1970s New York.<p>But they fell a long way short of their stated ambition to be as big as The Beatles and the original members died with a sense that their contribution to popular music had been …

Indie Music

Tom Jones and wife Linda, the early years – in pictures

Singer Tom Jones’s wife, Melinda Rose Woodward, known as Linda, has died from cancer. The pair, who began dating at 15, had been married for 59 years. Linda died at Cedars-Sinai hospital in Los Angeles after a “short but fierce battle” with the illness

Buckingham Palace

Santorini for first-timers

Santorini is the supermodel of the Greek islands, a head-turner whose face is instantly recognisable around the world: multicoloured cliffs soar out of a sea-drowned caldera, topped by drifts of whitewashed buildings. With its reputation for dazzling panoramas, romantic sunsets and volcanic-sand …

European Travel

Tourists in Japan to use fingerprints as 'currency' instead of cash

Visitors to Japan may soon be able to forget the hassle of having to change money – with the launch of a new system enabling fingerprints to be used as currency.<p>The system, which will launch this summer, aims to make shopping and checking into hotels faster and more convenient for overseas …

Cleaning of sculpture on London's Wellington Arch reveals intricate details

Bronze statue of Peace by Adrian Jones was commissioned by Edward VII to replace an equestrian statue of the Duke of Wellington<p>High above the roaring traffic of London’s Hyde Park Corner, conservators are delicately cleaning and waxing intricate details usually visible only to pigeons of one of the …

Buckingham Palace

Expresso app will show you everything wrong with your writing

If you want to see how well you’re writing, the free text-analyzer Expresso will give you a detailed breakdown of whatever you give it.<p>The web-based …

Schoolgirls in New Zealand told to lengthen skirts to 'stop distracting male staff and pupils'

Comments by deputy principal have been criticised by students and academics<p>Teenage girls at a New Zealand high school have reportedly been told to lower their skirts to knee level so as not to “distract” male students and teachers.<p>Around 40 students in year 11 at Henderson high school in Auckland …

New Zealand

England vs Great Britain vs United Kingdom Explained

<i>Venn Diagram Map created by Anna Debenham</i><p>The map above demonstrates the difference between the British Isles, United Kingdom, Great Britain, and …

Inside London’s Amazing Rolling Stones Exhibit

The Rolling Stones have created a lavish, over-priced celebration of themselves at the Saatchi Gallery. It's hard not to love them for it.<p>LONDON — …

Saddam's ISIS

In their January 2016 <i>Foreign Affairs</i> article, “Saddam’s ISIS?” Samuel Helfont and Michael Brill argued that former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein’s …

Lebara: the little-known mobile firm cashing in on the migrant pound

If you’ve ever been accosted at the airport or station by a SIM card seller clad in bright blue, the chances are you will have come across Lebara Mobile.<p>The little-understood but highly visible company sells cheap international airtime to tourists and economic migrants arriving in the UK. Its staff …

Conservative Party

Neanderthals may have died of diseases carried by humans from Africa

New research challenges the idea that the spread of infectious diseases exploded as agriculture evolved 8,000 years ago<p>Diseases and infections passed on by the ancestors of modern humans when they moved out of Africa and into Europe may have helped wipe out the Neanderthals who previously dominated …

Hunter Gatherers