Rulantica, Europa-Park’s new indoor water world

Rulantica, Europa-Park’s new indoor water world

I’m ushered into what looks like an upright glass coffin, told to fold my hands across my chest in the classic corpse position – and then push a green button. I’m wondering exactly what I’ve got myself into when the trapdoor falls open and I plummet into a tube of fast-flowing water. It’s up my […]

Pound surges to two-year high against the euro

Pound surges to two-year high against the euro

Sterling has jumped after opinion polls suggested the UK would avoid a hung parliament after next week’s election. The pound reached a seven month high against the dollar and its highest level against the euro since May 2017. The move came after polls suggested a 10-point lead for the Conservative party and a parliamentary majority. However, analysts […]

General election 2019: Tories promise tax-cutting Budget if elected

General election 2019: Tories promise tax-cutting Budget if elected

Boris Johnson says he will take the UK out of the EU, present a “tax-cutting” Budget, and deliver on manifesto pledges on crime and health within the first 100 days if he wins the election. As the campaign enters its final week, the PM said only a Tory victory would end the Brexit uncertainty and […]

Bob Willis: Former England cricket captain dies aged 70

Bob Willis: Former England cricket captain dies aged 70

Former England captain Bob Willis has died at the age of 70. The fast bowler took 325 wickets in 90 Tests from 1971 to 1984, claiming a career-best 8-43 to help England to a famous win over Australia at Headingley in the 1981 Ashes. He captained England in 18 Tests and 29 one-day internationals before […]

Trump impeachment: Three law experts tell committee he should be removed

Trump impeachment: Three law experts tell committee he should be removed

There is no doubt that President Donald Trump’s actions require him to be removed from office, three scholars of US constitutional law have testified. The three experts described Mr Trump’s efforts to solicit help from a foreign nation as a crime and accused him of obstructing justice. Four experts, three picked by Democrats and one […]

US threatens tax on champagne and French cheese

US threatens tax on champagne and French cheese

The Trump administration is threatening to slap import taxes on $2.4bn worth of French goods in retaliation for the country’s new digital services tax. The US says the tax penalises firms like Google, Amazon and Facebook, and is proposing to hit back with tariffs of up to 100% on products including cheese, champagne and handbags. […]

Loughton hit-and-run: Murder arrest over fatal crash

Loughton hit-and-run: Murder arrest over fatal crash

A man has been arrested on suspicion of murdering a 12-year-old boy who died in a hit-and-run outside a school. The 51-year-old was also detained on suspicion of the attempted murder of four other teenagers and a 23-year-old woman who were hurt in the crash. It happened near Debden Park High School in Loughton, Essex, […]

Nato summit: Trump blasts Macron ‘bread dead’ comments as ‘nasty’

Nato summit: Trump blasts Macron ‘bread dead’ comments as ‘nasty’

US President Donald Trump has accused his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron of being “nasty” for saying Nato was brain dead. Mr Trump is in London for a summit marking the bloc’s 70th anniversary. At a news conference, Mr Trump said Nato served a great purpose and Mr Macron’s remarks had been “very insulting”. He also […]

Journeys from your sofa: 10 great travel book gifts for Christmas

Journeys from your sofa: 10 great travel book gifts for Christmas

Elsewhere, by Rosita Boland Doubleday Ireland, £8.99 It’s not entirely a travelogue nor is it a memoir. Rather, it’s the point where the two intersect, and that for me is the essence of enlightening travel. How exactly does meeting new people and seeing new places affect you, change your attitudes and increase your self-knowledge? Sometimes it’s […]

England in New Zealand: Drawn second Test seals 1-0 series win for hosts

England in New Zealand: Drawn second Test seals 1-0 series win for hosts

Second Test, Seddon Park, Hamilton (day five of five): New Zealand 375 (Latham 105) & 241-2 (Williamson 104*, Taylor 105*) England 476 (Root 226, Burns 101; Wagner 5-124) Match drawn; New Zealand won series 1-0 Scorecard New Zealand sealed a 1-0 series win over England as Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor centuries helped secure a draw in the second […]

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