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Hapless criminal arrested after being recognised by bank staff as he tries to rob his own branch

A hapless criminal was arrested for trying to rob his own bank after staff recognised him as a regular customer who had visited the branch earlier the same day.<p>Charlie Enright burst in and told the tellers he had a gun, but staff hoisted the security screens and he fled empty-handed in Sheerness, …

Brexit: The UK got out of the EU in just the right time says Hong Kong financial columnist

Jake van der Kamp lambasts the ECB and says the European project has not followed its own rules.<p>The UK has done the right thing in walking out of the …

Opinion: Did 'Brexit' voters just walk Britain off a cliff?

Happy Saturday, everyone. This is Matthew Fleischer, digital editor of The Times’ Opinion section, filling in for Paul Thornton.<p>Notice your 401(k) take a precipitous dip overnight? You are not alone. We can all thank Britain for voting Thursday to “Brexit” the European Union — a decision that is …

The best Brexit Britishisms: How a gormless crapspatula Cameron left the UK in omnishambles

The world over, we have been collectively gobsmacked by the British decision to leave the European Union. Shocked and dismayed, we have been left without vocabulary, and not only because of Brexit, but the expressions the Britons have used to describe their own state of mind. We offer examples of …

Police in Camden hunt serial puddle splasher

Police are hunting a serial puddle splasher - who deliberately drives around soaking people in his 4x4.<p>The yob, who drives a Toyota 4x4, is believed to "go out for fun" every time it rains in the Kentish Town area of north London.<p>He has struck "countless times" over the past few months and is …

The Panama Papers reveal the corrupt roots of global extremism

In the aftermath of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists’ (ICIJ) release of the so-called Panama Papers—a massive leaked database of documents from offshore law firm Mossack Fonseca—it’s become public knowledge how many powerful people, including world leaders, have kept, …

Panama Papers

Radicalisation expert who tried to prevent youth from joining IS says police response was 'blasé'

In 2013, in a suburban town in the Home Counties, a story played out that would be repeated scores of times across the UK in the coming years: a …

Heavy Facebook, Twitter users 3 times more likely to be depressed

<i>Technically Incorrect offers a slightly twisted take on the tech that's taken over our lives.</i><p>How long do you spend on Facebook?<p>Do you log on often?<p>Or do you keep it on your screen all day, checking and checking? Do you occasionally post?<p>This may say something about you. Or it may not. It may also …

Social Media

Can Labour stop bickering about this list for one moment, so we can actually get to work on defeating the Tories?

The week after the Tory civil war broke out with Iain Duncan’s Smith public condemnation of his own party’s economic plans, a list categorising …

Two-thirds of banks fear Brexit, according to UK industry poll

British Bankers Association says more than 60% of respondents to its survey said they would be significantly worse off if Britain left the European Union<p>The majority of banks operating in Britain said they think they would be worse off if the UK leaves the European Union, according to a survey by …

Brexit would hurt U.S.

Political attention across the United States is inevitably fixated on this year's extraordinary presidential primaries. But there is another vote, taking place across the Atlantic, that may yet have real bearing on America's future.<p>On June 23, the United Kingdom will decide whether it should remain …

United Kingdom

A 4K PS4 Could Be Big Trouble

The big rumor out of last week, aside from everything out of the Game Developer’s Conference, is the Kotaku report that Sony might be working on something like a PS4.5 — a mid-generation hardware update that would increase the PS4′s graphical horsepower, assumedly to allow the console to handle 4K …

Why Gears of War Ultimate fails to deliver on PC

Gears of War: Ultimate Edition is the first big PC game to be released <i>exclusively</i> as a Universal Windows Platform application and its problematic …

Two Thirds Of Video Gamers Prefer To Play Alone

Video game revenues are expected to hit $93 billion by 2019. FORBES was curious as to what factors continue to drive the growth of this market.<p>To that end, in a FORBES/Qualtrics survey, 500 video game players answered questions to get to the bottom of what keeps gamers shelling out cash at every …

Tech giants are collaborating on secure email

Even though email has been around for decades, the underlying transport technology used to send it, SMTP, is still surprisingly ancient.<p>The majority of email is sent in plain text, unencrypted around the internet using SMTP – yet we still rely heavily on it for some of our most private …

Work and Pensions secretary Stephen Crabb says disability cuts will 'not be going ahead'

Newly-appointed Work and Pensions secretary Stephen Crabb's first order of business is to tackle the disabilities cuts which led his predecessor Iain …

Has George Osborne just cost Zac Goldsmith the London mayoral election?

In 2012, most opinion polls suggested that Boris Johnson would win the London mayoral election by a landslide. Part of the reason he didn't was …

Deradicalising Britain: the activists turning young Muslims away from extremism

While David Cameron urges Muslim people to do more to fight extremism, volunteers such as Jahan Mahmood are working tirelessly to steer young people away from a destructive path – and doing it much more effectively than the government’s own highly distrusted counter-terrorism scheme<p>Related: …

Why Finland has the best schools

The Harvard education professor Howard Gardner once advised Americans, "Learn from Finland, which has the most effective schools and which does just about the opposite of what we are doing in the United States."<p>Following his recommendation, I enrolled my 7-year-old son in a primary school in …

Education

More turmoil at Motorola: Rick Osterloh is out, mobile operations split between business groups

Lenovo continues to break up and absorb the remnants of Motorola. The latest victim of the process is Rick Osterloh, the company veteran that ran Motorola since Dennis Woodside’s departure in February 2014.<p>“Rick Osterloh has decided to leave Motorola Mobility. His steady leadership since Lenovo’s …

Mobile Technology

Apple workers may rebel against FBI's demands to crack the iPhone

Apple, as a company, might eventually be forced by the court to help FBI crack open the iPhone that once belonged to one of the San Bernardino …

'Tampon Tax' Victory For Cameron As EU Leaders Commit To Allowing Zero VAT On Sanitary Products

Carl Court via Getty Images<p>(Left to right) Slovenia's Prime Minister, Miro Cerar; Portugal's Prime Minister, Antonio Costa; Britain's Prime Minister …

Charlotte Church Explains Why Being Outspoken Has Made Her A ‘Litmus Test For Bigotry’

She was told from a young age to never talk about religion or politics.<p>Wales News<p>Charlotte Church at a protest in after the Conservative General …

Budget 2016: Bad News Stories 'Buried' By George Osborne's Budget

'Sugar tax' has provided cover for deficit, welfare and 'Brexit' controversy, say critics<p>Darren Staples/PA Wire<p>George Osborne at a school in …

British Jewish leader: Jews can’t trust Labour Party

Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn addressing a conference in Brighton, England, Sept. 15, 2015. (Mary Turner/Getty Images)<p>(JTA) – Citing recent …

George Osborne will have to break his own rules to win the next election

To hit his own target of a UK budget surplus by 2019/2020, Osborne would have to cut spending and boost taxes by 1.5% of GDP in the year before the 2020 election.<p>This is unlikely to go down well with a public already frustrated by government cuts and sluggish wage growth.<p>Unless economic growth …

George Osborne

Budget 2016: George Osborne to announce the end of the 3.30pm school bell

The Chancellor will use his Budget to announce a new fund allowing a quarter of all schools in England to stay open later every day<p>Thousands of schools will be able to open for an average of an hour longer a day in an end to the “Victorian” tradition of the 3.30 pm bell, George Osborne will …