Sir Philip Green’s ‘bigger than Disney’ tie-up with Simon Cowell was doomed from the start

Sir Philip Green’s ‘bigger than Disney’ tie-up with Simon Cowell was doomed from the...

In Oliver Shah’s excellent, and given what has occurred, presciently-titled book on Sir Philip Green, Damaged Goods, there is a section devoted to the retail tycoon’s friendship and business partnership with Simon Cowell.  It tells how the X Factor and Britain’s Got Talent mogul first met Green in 1999, at the Monaco Grand Prix; how Cowell…
Khashoggi murder: Saudi prosecutor absolves MBS of blame and seeks death penalty for five suspects

Khashoggi murder: Saudi prosecutor absolves MBS of blame and seeks death penalty for five...

Saudi Arabia claims a rogue “negotiation team” formed by one of Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman’s top security officials, cheered on by his communications chief, and led by an intelligence official repeatedly pictured with him, killed journalist Jamal Khashoggi by injecting him with drugs during a bungled kidnap attempt. But Saudi prosecutor Saud al-Mujeb insisted…
Hunt for owner of £76m lottery ticket bought in Boston and Skegness continues

Hunt for owner of £76m lottery ticket bought in Boston and Skegness continues

The owner of a EuroMillions lottery ticket worth more than £76million is being urged to come forward to claim the prize. Officials at the National Lottery said the winning ticket, bought in the Boston and Skegness in Lincolnshire remains unclaimed.  The ticket holder is due a total of £76,369,806.80 after matching the winning five main numbers and both Lucky Stars on the 2 November…
Brexit: Theresa May braced for more cabinet resignations after day of chaos leaves deal facing Commons defeat

Brexit: Theresa May braced for more cabinet resignations after day of chaos leaves deal...

Theresa May is braced for further cabinet resignations that would spark a challenge to her premiership, after a day of drama that left her Brexit strategy on the verge of collapse. Michael Gove was considering whether to quit, after apparently refusing to take the job of Brexit secretary – dramatically vacated by Dominic Raab –…
Callum Wilson earns England debut goal against USA in Wayne Rooney’s final hurrah

Callum Wilson earns England debut goal against USA in Wayne Rooney’s final hurrah

This match was billed as a tribute to England’s past but what will stay in the memory longest were the glimpses of their glistening future. This was not much of a football contest, but all the best football came in the hour of throat-clearing before Wayne Rooney came on. For once at Wembley, the support…
Raqqa after Isis: Mass grave reveals horror of city’s final battle

Raqqa after Isis: Mass grave reveals horror of city’s final battle

The gravediggers lift the shrouded body delicately from the trench, just as they have done hundreds of times before. The routine is familiar by now, and yet a sombre mood falls over them as they pull back the cloth.   “You can tell the fighters by their clothes,” says forensic assistant Abd Arawf Al Ahmed,…
Putting profits above society may seem logical for corporations, but is it self-defeating?

Putting profits above society may seem logical for corporations, but is it self-defeating?

“These guys are mad. Call off the invasion. Their system’s going to eat them so we won’t have to. They have these company things that they’re allowing to bust the whole place up. Let’s just sit tight and clean up once they’re done wrecking it.” That’s what an alien might very well say upon looking…
California wildfires: Communities, first responders and celebrities begin road to recovery as new fires emerge

California wildfires: Communities, first responders and celebrities begin road to recovery as new fires...

Communities across California have started on the arduous road to recovery even as massive wildfires still blaze through the state and despite more than 100 people remaining missing. Forecasters predicted extreme “red state” conditions could worsen throughout the week as the death toll in the deadly Camp Fire rose to 56, and the total number of dead across the state hit 59. …
John Lewis Christmas advert 2018: A heartfelt tribute to Elton John

John Lewis Christmas advert 2018: A heartfelt tribute to Elton John

The wait is finally over and the Christmas season has officially begun. That’s right, the John Lewis Christmas advert has been released. This year’s hotly anticipated campaign is an emotional tribute to none other than British musical icon Sir Elton John, confirming social media rumours that have circulated around the advert in recent weeks. So…
Brexit deal – live: Theresa May to address MPs after both Dominic Raab and Esther McVey resign from cabinet posts

Brexit deal – live: Theresa May to address MPs after both Dominic Raab and...

Theresa May has been forced to defend her Brexit plan to MPs just moments after cabinet ministers Dominic Raab and Esther McVey dealt her authority a major blow by resigning from the government. The prime minister secured the uneasy support of her cabinet for the draft deal with Brussels after a stormy five-hour meeting on Wednesday night. Consensus only lasted a matter…

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