Strolling the ancient hillforts of southern England

They stand in a clear line along the Wiltshire Downs facing north: perhaps facing an enemy whose identity we do not know. In the bright sunshine of late spring, I could see the hillforts stretching away along the escarpment – Barbury, then Liddington, and finally Uffington, with its famous chalk white horse. They may have […]

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Welcome to Gwyneth’s Goop ‘mudroom’. But does it sell rose quartz vaginal eggs?

Once upon a time, Joe, this was the easiest of peasiest questions. Oh sure, there are plenty of trendy boutiques in the world – Dover Street Market in London, 10 Corso Como in Milan – but the queen of ’em all for the past 20 years has been Colette in Paris. Colette is what fashion […]

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Faf du Plessis critical of Vernon Philander’s overall fitness and absence

  Faf du Plessis delivered a withering assessment of Vernon Philander’s overall fitness following South Africa’s series defeat in England and told the wider public it is time to move on from the prospect of AB de Villiers ever returning to Test cricket. Speaking after the 3-1 loss, the Proteas captain was simply asked about the frustration […]

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Laura Muir refuses to enter Caster Semenya debate after heartbreak

Laura Muir was close to tears after missing out on a world championship 1500m medal by seven hundredths of a second to South Africa’s Caster Semenya. Muir had led for much of the race but ran out of gas down the home straight and was beaten to bronze by Semenya, the Olympic 800m champion. South Africa’s Semenya […]

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Kenyans queue for hours to vote amid fears of post-election violence

  Result of tight contest between Uhuru Kenyatta and Raila Odinga could be known by Wednesday morning. Long queues formed outside polling stations across Kenya on Tuesday morning as fiercely contested presidential elections got under way following last-minute calls for calm from officials and politicians. Many voters had waited for hours in the rain to choose between […]

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Google reportedly fires author of anti-diversity memo

CEO Sundar Pichai says internal document that criticised efforts to promote women and under-represented minorities is ‘contrary to our basic values’ Google reportedly fired a software engineer on Monday after a document he wrote criticising the company’s diversity efforts and attributing the tech industry’s gender imbalance to biological differences between men and women went viral. “To suggest […]

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China-India border spat casts shadow ahead of BRICS summit

China is taking an increasingly tough line on a border row with India amid a rising crescendo of nationalism in state media, and President Xi Jinping looks set for an awkward encounter with Prime Minister Narendra Modi at a multilateral summit next month. Diplomats say Beijing would like to resolve the border issue before a […]

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World stocks slip as tech shares crumble after Dow breaks 22,000

World stock markets fell on Thursday, led by a tumble in tech shares as investors locked in recent gains after Wall Street’s Dow Jones Industrial Average broke the 22,000 barrier for the first time in its 121-year history. MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan fell 0.7 percent, with South Korea’s tech-heavy Kospi index […]

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Euro zone business activity lost some momentum in July, still strong: PMI

Euro zone businesses started the second half of 2017 with robust growth although the pace slowed slightly from June as a loss of momentum in Germany and France dragged on activity, a survey showed on Thursday. IHS Markit’s final composite Purchasing Managers’ Index for the euro zone was 55.7 in July, down from June’s 56.3 […]

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