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15/04/2018: Front Page: May faces anger over Syria raids
Theresa May is facing a furious backlash from MPs after she ordered UK forces to join the US and France in targeted airstrikes on Syrian chemical weapons facilities early yesterday – without having gained the consent of parliament. Hours after four...... Pubdate:

15/04/2018: News: ‘I slept through it. This was a pantomime’: hardened Damascus residents shrug off overnight strikes
When explosions rocked Damascus just after 4am, few went down to the streets. All over a city so accustomed to war, lights and TVs were switched on – not off. The US-led strike had been widely anticipated in the Syrian capital, its likely targets so...... Pubdate:

15/04/2018: News: After a power struggle in the White House, Putin gets away with it – again
It was Jim Mattis who saved the day. The US defence secretary, Pentagon chief and retired Marine general has a reputation for toughness. His former nickname was “Mad Dog”. When push came to shove over Syria last week, it was Mattis – not the state...... Pubdate:

15/04/2018: News: ‘Precise, overwhelming and effective’: 100 missiles hit Syria
The US, British and French jets that took off from the UK base at Akrotiri in Cyprus, from France, the Mediterranean and perhaps other bases in the Middle East, never neared Russian or Syrian air defence systems. Cruise missiles fired by the US B1-B...... Pubdate:

15/04/2018: News: Behind the rage, Putin shows a more measured response
The US-led airstrikes that hit Syria yesterday concluded a careful choreography that allowed the west to hit back against Bashar al-Assad’s alleged use of chemical weapons without sparking all-out war with Russia. Despite howls of outrage from Moscow...... Pubdate:

15/04/2018: News: From outrage to a united backing for punishment Iran Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei called the airstrikes a “military crime”. “The American president, the French president and the British prime minister are criminals, they will gain nothing from it.” Germany German chancellor Angela...... Pubdate:

15/04/2018: News: Countdown to conflict: how May took the risk of ordering airstrikes
Pale and tired after one of the most testing and sleepless nights of her premiership, Theresa May’s voice cracked just a little as she addressed journalists – and the British people – from the state dining room in No 10 Downing Street at 9am...... Pubdate:

15/04/2018: News: Parliament and public split over decision to take action
Theresa May will face protests outside parliament and anger from MPs in the Commons tomorrow, despite her attempts to limit the fallout from her decision to sanction Britain’s involvement in airstrikes on Syria. Wary of anger among MPs at being...... Pubdate:

15/04/2018: News: UK divided over multiculturalism, 50 years after Powell’s speech
Fifty years after Enoch Powell’s notorious “Rivers of Blood” speech, a large minority of Britons appears to believe that multiculturalism has failed and different communities generally live separate lives. A YouGov poll of 5,200 people to be released...... Pubdate:

15/04/2018: News: Corbyn urged to protect Labour MPs in antisemitism protest Britain’s two largest Jewish groups are calling on Jeremy Corbyn to protect MPs who attended a protest against antisemitism in his party, before their meeting with the Labour leader later this month. Some of the Labour MPs who attended the...... Pubdate:

15/04/2018: News: ON OTHER PAGES Rivers of Blood? The school that fought back against the racist rhetoric of Enoch Powell... Pubdate:

15/04/2018: News: ON OTHER PAGES It is up to Corbyn to eliminate leftwing antisemitism... Pubdate:

15/04/2018: News: The Woman in White … with a #MeToo message
It is one of the great potboilers of the Victorian era, a glorious melodrama of mistaken identity, manipulation and murder. Now a new BBC adaptation of Wilkie Collins’s The Woman in White, starting next Sunday, hopes to resonate in today’s world by...... Pubdate:

15/04/2018: News: Revealed: ‘perfectly realised’ early work by Leonardo
A small Renaissance painting owned by an American museum and not on public view for most of the past two decades has been identified as partly the work of Leonardo da Vinci. A Miracle of Saint Donato of Arezzo, an altarpiece panel in the Worcester Art...... Pubdate:

15/04/2018: News: As pressure grows, Clipper is latest firm to ditch plastic in teabags
The UK’s longest-established Fairtrade tea brand has become the latest to ditch synthetic sealants in its teabags, amid mounting consumer pressure on manufacturers to help cut down on plastic pollution. Clipper Teas – which champions the unbleached...... Pubdate:

15/04/2018: News: Patients put at risk by ‘unnecessary’ treatment at Great Ormond Street
Great Ormond Street children’s hospital unnecessarily gave patients potentially dangerous drugs, subjected them to invasive tests and wrongly diagnosed them with a rare allergy, it can be revealed. An inquiry into the worldrenowned London hospital’s...... Pubdate:

15/04/2018: News: One patient’s ordeal
Tylor Savage made headlines in 2007 as “the boy who is allergic to almost every food”. Tylor, who was 12, became unwell when he ate food containing wheat, eggs, gluten, dairy, lactose or soya. He could only eat chicken, potatoes, carrots, grapes and...... Pubdate:

15/04/2018: News: ‘Was the Brexit poll compromised? We may need a public debate about that’
Damian Collins is a few minutes late for our interview in his House of Commons office and immediately apologises. Even in normal times, as chairman of the digital, culture, media and sport committee, he has a lot on his plate. But over the last few...... Pubdate:

15/04/2018: News: Arron Banks, Leave.EU and fresh questions over funding of referendum campaign
The Information Commissioner’s Office is investigating Leave.EU and its donor Arron Banks over possible breaches of the Data Protection Act. The ICO has issued “information notices” against both Leave.EU – the referendum campaign headed by Nigel...... Pubdate:

15/04/2018: News: ON OTHER PAGES What is the truth about Facebook’s ‘voter button’?, asks Hannes Grassegger... Pubdate:

15/04/2018: News: From loner to R&B giant: the Weeknd rocks Coachella
REVIEW The Weeknd ★★★☆☆ To see the grinning teens, swaying couples and squads of young women during the Weeknd’s crossover hit Can’t Feel My Face is to understand why Abel Tesfaye is the perfect opening headliner at LA’s premier music festival,...... Pubdate:

15/04/2018: News: Farmers in turmoil as the ‘beast from the east’ plays havoc with their harvest
Last year, asparagus growers were harvesting as early as 8 April. This spring, they are not expecting to harvest their open-field crop until the last week of April – a week later than the official start of the season, St George’s Day, 23 April. Welcome...... Pubdate:

15/04/2018: News: Out in the fields Asparagus Growers say their crops will not be ready until the end of the month, almost three weeks late. Potatoes Spring onions Seeds which should have been sown back in February yet to go in. Lamb and beef Stocks have been kept indoors for...... Pubdate:

15/04/2018: News: ON OTHER PAGES The Joys of Spring: our guide to the season of new beginnings Focus,... Pubdate:

15/04/2018: Comment & Analysis: Why provocateur Katie Hopkins is a perfect symbol of our tribal age
Ihave not seen the play, but I am going to write about it. Which seems an apt metaphor for the current state of public debate, an issue that lies at the heart of The Assassination of Katie Hopkins. It’s a musical, written by Chris Bush and Matt...... Pubdate:

15/04/2018: Comment & Analysis: It’s today’s racism we should address, not Powell’s Should Radio 4 have broadcast Enoch Powell’s infamous “rivers of blood” speech yesterday? Only parts of the speech were recorded at the time. So, spoken by an actor, this was the first time it had been heard in full since 1968. Few would dispute its...... Pubdate:

15/04/2018: News: Rivers of blood? The school that fought back against the rhetoric of Enoch Powell
In the aftermath of Enoch Powell’s inflammatory 1968 “rivers of blood” speech, which split the nation and instantly became one of modern British history’s most divisive addresses, the fallout was swift and fierce. Protesters took to the streets in...... Pubdate:

15/04/2018: News: The speech – and the aftermath Enoch Powell, the Tory MP for Wolverhampton South West, delivered his notorious speech on 20 April 1968 to a party meeting in Birmingham, days before the second reading of the 1968 race relations bill. Powell spoke of potential ethnic strife should...... Pubdate:

15/04/2018: News: School at the heart of the storm Two months before his notorious speech, Powell addressed a meeting in Walsall on a similar theme. He made reference to West Park primary school, which was then besieged by journalists. “We are, of course, in a minority... Out of over 600...... Pubdate:

15/04/2018: News: ON OTHER PAGES Britain has never been so tolerant and diverse... Pubdate:

15/04/2018: News: Financial doubts over ‘big society’ flagship scheme The most visible legacy of David Cameron’s “big society”, a £1.5bn taxpayer-funded scheme that encourages teenagers to get involved in their communities, is under scrutiny amid evidence it is failing to deliver value for money. The National Citizen...... Pubdate:

15/04/2018: News: Snapshot
England’s Sandy Ryan wins gold, beating Wales’ Rosie Eccles yesterday in the woman’s 69kg boxing final at the Commonwealth Games in Australia.... Pubdate:

15/04/2018: News: Paris celebrates forgotten Japanese master who once outshone Picasso
Fifty years ago, while French youth were simmering with anger and dreaming big, one of the greatest artists of Montparnasse discreetly passed away. The painter, who died as a French Catholic named Léonard Foujita, had been born 81 years earlier as...... Pubdate:

15/04/2018: Comment & Analysis: Wake up tipplers, your nice plonk is not actually doing you any good
When are certain drinkers going to realise that they’re just drinkers, consuming alcohol, like everyone else, with no special exemption from health consequences? Research from the University of Cambridge and the British Heart Foundation, which looked...... Pubdate:

15/04/2018: Comment & Analysis: A dating site for toffs? They’re welcome to each other Thrillingly, there’s a new dating app, Toffee Dating, restricted to posh people. Thank God for that, went up the cry; how else are the rest of us guaranteed to avoid them? It is only open to people who went to private school, who can drone on...... Pubdate:

15/04/2018: Comment & Analysis: Sympathy for night owls? Pah! I used to be one, but I grew out of it Can anyone spare a thought for night owls? Research from the University of Surrey and Northwestern University in the United States found that those late to bed were 10% more likely to die prematurely, were more prone to an array of disorders and it was...... Pubdate:

15/04/2018: News: Disabled people lose legal aid in 99% of benefits disputes The extent to which savage government cuts have deprived disabled people of legal aid in disputes over their benefit payments is revealed today by new official figures that show a 99% decline since 2011. The total number of disabled people granted...... Pubdate:

15/04/2018: News: In numbers Number of welfare cases involving disability benefits that were granted legal aid in 2011-12. 308 Number of welfare cases involving disability benefits that were granted legal aid in 2016-17. £350m Reduction in the legal aid budget as part of the...... Pubdate:

15/04/2018: World: Songs, shouts and sadness as Winnie, the ‘mother of the nation’, is laid to rest
Tens of thousands of South Africans filled a stadium in Soweto yesterday for the funeral service of Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, a hero of the anti-apartheid struggle in South Africa, but also one of its most controversial figures. Shouts of “Long live...... Pubdate:

15/04/2018: World: Undercover stings, fake sympathisers and Orbán’s secret war on migration
One day in mid-January, Balázs Dénes, the Hungarian executive director of a Berlinbased NGO, travelled to Amsterdam to meet Ali Mahmoud Alrabie, from a Bahraini company called Orion Ventures Capital. Alrabie’s fund was interested in supporting projects...... Pubdate:

15/04/2018: World: ‘We won in Trinidad. Now it’s time to end all homophobic laws in the Commonwealth’
I am a gay Trinidadian. Until three days ago, making that statement could have landed me in prison. Before Thursday, it was a crime for adults of the same gender to have sex. Our “buggery” law imposed 25 years’ imprisonment. All other intimacy between...... Pubdate:

15/04/2018: World: Bar brawl or terror attack? Basque trial tests fragile peace in contested region
Bar brawls in Spain are typically intemperate moments regretted the next day. But one fight that took place in Navarre, close to the Basque country, is proving different. For eight young people implicated in the punch-up, the hangover has endured for...... Pubdate:

15/04/2018: Focus: Syrian powder keg: how dangerous is this moment? As UN secretary-general, it is António Guterres’s increasingly frequent duty to warn the major powers they are rushing towards catastrophe. On Friday, on the eve of the US-led airstrikes, it was once again the former Portuguese prime minister’s turn to...... Pubdate:

15/04/2018: Focus: ISRAEL
Iran’s gain in Syria is Israel’s loss. Tel Aviv is determined to disrupt Iranian lines of communication, control and supply to Hezbollah and keep Iranian-run militias away from the line of separation at the Golan Heights. It prefers the US and Russia...... Pubdate:

15/04/2018: Focus: THE ASSAD REGIME
Bashar al-Assad is increasingly confident of his survival in office, shored up by Russia and Iran. His aim is to consolidate his position in western Syria, eliminating the last resistance, then expand his control eastwards. Use of chemical weapons...... Pubdate:

15/04/2018: Focus: IRAN
Iran sees Syria as buffer zone and the fall of Assad and the rise of a Sunni regime would be a strategic nightmare. But Tehran, and its Islamic Revolutionary Guards, also see Syria as a bridge to Hezbollah, its client militia in Lebanon that has done...... Pubdate:

15/04/2018: Focus: RUSSIA
For Vladimir Putin, the struggle in Syria is emblematic of the central theme of his rule, the restoration of Russia as a great power. Helping the Assad regime to prevail is an all-or-nothing proposition, a test of strength with the west and the ground...... Pubdate:

15/04/2018: Focus: Middle East power struggle After seven years of murderous conflict, Syria is now the battlefield for a multitude of conflicts, some intertwined, some unrelated and with their own logic, driven by a cast of regional and world powers each with their own agenda. Yesterday morning’s...... Pubdate:

15/04/2018: Focus: UNITED STATES
The Trump administration mantra is that it is in Syria only to fight Isis. Policing the use of chemical weapons with airstrikes is portrayed as an exceptional responsibility, driven by a national interest in non-proliferation. Trump has cut off the...... Pubdate:

15/04/2018: Focus: UNITED KINGDOM
The UK sees its role as a partner in the anti-Isis coalition and its participation in chemical weapons strikes as an international non-proliferation responsibility – and part of the price of being a permanent member of the UN security council. London...... Pubdate:

15/04/2018: Focus: TURKEY
Recep Tayyip Erdoğan was initially one of the most vociferous advocates of regime change in Damascus, but now finds himself seeking accommodation with the regime and its backers to break up the Kurdish hold of territory along the Turkish-Syrian border....... Pubdate:

15/04/2018: Focus: FRANCE
Emmanuel Macron has taken a strong line on punishing chemical weapons use and, like Britain, France sees participation in such strikes as part of the burden of retaining its major power status. Paris also sees the anti-Isis fight as being a national...... Pubdate:

15/04/2018: Focus: 2001: A Space Odyssey How one film haunts our dreams of space
Astronomers last week announced official names for the principal mountains and valleys of one of the solar system’s remotest objects, the tiny world of Charon. More than 3.6bn miles distant from the Sun, the moon – which orbits the dwarf planet, Pluto...... Pubdate:

15/04/2018: Focus: Finally, the joys of spring
With a mini-heatwave in prospect, there are a whole host of ways to celebrate the season’s new life. You could sing with the nightingales in East Anglia – or party at a Japanese-inspired cherry-blossom festival. Slough off a few layers, step out in...... Pubdate:

15/04/2018: Focus: The countryside
Does spring begin for you with a carpet of bluebells? The jinking flight of an orange-tip butterfly? Or the first swift screaming in the sky? There are many ways we can join this joyous explosion of life among the species witth which we share the...... Pubdate:

15/04/2018: Focus: Days out
With shorts and T-shirt weather on the way, it’s time to blow away the winter cobwebs on a coastal walk. Options? Chalkup21 is a new 17-mile architecture trail along the top of the white cliffs between Folkestone and Deal, Kent, which highlights...... Pubdate:

15/04/2018: Focus: The garden I almost hesitate to say the frost has gone (I was mugged in March after I’d sown early salad seed), but it is probably safe to say that you can start spring gardening now. So go to your local garden centre. Stock up on fresh compost and seaweed feed...... Pubdate:

15/04/2018: Focus: Fashion
Spring is a reminder that you have legs so, for women, tights are a stone-cold no. Elsewhere, the only acceptable hat is a beret (think Dior, buy Topshop) and while you should slough off your coat, do keep a light jacket, ideally a trench, worn open...... Pubdate:

15/04/2018: Focus: The arts
At the National Gallery in London Monet and Architecture offers a new perspective on the impressionist master’s work, looking at his career through the buildings he painted, while America’s Cool Modernism: O’Keeffe to Hopper, with 35 paintings never...... Pubdate:

15/04/2018: Viewpoint: The perfect crimes Why thrillers are leaving other books for dead
For years, crime fiction titles have topped the bestseller lists and library lending tables. That sales of the genre have now overtaken general fiction, as revealed at the London Book Fair last week, comes as no surprise to its readers, practitioners,...... Pubdate:

15/04/2018: Comment & Analysis: It was right to strike, but only bringing Russia to the table can end the conflict
It was on Wednesday that Donald Trump sent that fateful tweet about a looming attack on Syria as punishment for the latest use of chemical weapons by the Assad regime. My judgment, before then, was that western military action was not, necessarily,...... Pubdate:

15/04/2018: Comment & Analysis: The Sunday Essay The murder of Lee Rigby ushered in a wave of ‘easy’ extremist violence. But will such random acts result in Islamism losing its malign power?... Pubdate:

15/04/2018: Comment & Analysis: There is still no western strategy to secure peace The limited, short-lived US, British and French missile strikes in Syria yesterday are unlikely to have a lasting impact on the course or the conduct of the civil war. Indeed, Syrian opposition figures fear the small scale on which they were conducted...... Pubdate:

15/04/2018: Comment & Analysis: Powell was wrong. Why are migration policies so cruel? This week marks the 50th anniversary of Enoch Powell’s infamous “rivers of blood” speech, delivered to a meeting of the Conservative Political Centre in Birmingham and widely condemned for its anti-immigrant, racist sentiment. It led to his immediate...... Pubdate:

15/04/2018: Comment & Analysis: Syria has paid a terrible price for the west’s disastrous policy of doing nothing
Let’s cut the canting. No one thinks, not those ordering them and not those opposing them, that the missile strikes against the Assad regime will influence the outcome of the catastrophe in Syria. That pass was sold long since. If there was an...... Pubdate:

15/04/2018: Comment & Analysis: How street shrines became the latest site for our debate over public values
If the police have no national guidelines on impromptu shrine creation – and on monitoring appropriate dimensions, longevity, vigil nuisance – escalating outrage over the Hither Green housebreaker-memorial indicates it might not be a bad idea to invent...... Pubdate:

15/04/2018: Comment & Analysis: Youth services cuts After the surge in London gang violence, the spotlight has fallen on a reduction in manpower and money.... Pubdate:

15/04/2018: Comment & Analysis: Open University gave millions of Britons a second chance. Now it needs one itself
One by one, the great institutions that bind Britain together are being allowed to fray, weaken and decline. They may do good and even vital work, but whatever their purpose – from the system of legal aid to the Open University – they are under siege....... Pubdate:

15/04/2018: Comment & Analysis: May I have a word?
I am the first to admit that much of the modern world passes me by, to the bewilderment and annoyance of my family and friends. Skype, Spotify, Bluetooth, video games, Alexa – all are, happily, closed books to me, and long may they stay so. Especially...... Pubdate:

15/04/2018: Comment & Analysis: Game on for the man who tells a good tale
What Remains of Edith Finch was a surprise best game winner at the Bafta Games awards on Thursday night. The indie release had been nominated in several other categories, but its top prize victory was such a shock that its creative director, Ian Dallas...... Pubdate:

15/04/2018: Comment & Analysis: How to put your foot in it with a campaign to sell trainers
Without the brilliantly furious open letter that social worker Amber Gilbert Coutts posted on Instagram, Puma’s “House of Hustle” party might have simply faded into one of any number of similar nights. The promotional event, thrown in partnership with...... Pubdate:

15/04/2018: Comment & Analysis: Everything about the tattoo was beautiful and nothing hurt
To mark the 11-year anniversary of Kurt Vonnegut’s death, an author enjoyed by many men I know, the reliably great books site Literary Hub posted a not entirely scientific survey of the internet’s favourite Vonnegut-themed tattoos, unearthing 300...... Pubdate:

15/04/2018: Comment & Analysis: Pixar picks a winner as Hollywood joins the real world
Congratulations to Domee Shi, whose short Pixar film Bao received its first teaser trailer last week. The Chinese-Canadian Shi is not only the first female director of a short film for Pixar, but the animation company’s first female Asian director,...... Pubdate:

15/04/2018: Comment & Analysis: YOUR LETTERS
This week’s issue New party? New politics, more like Your front-page story tells us that there is “£50m backing for new party to ‘break mould’ of UK politics”, (News, last week). Once again we are in the realms of the short-term “fix” for a deep...... Pubdate:

15/04/2018: Comment & Analysis: Britain’s view on… free bus travel for under-25s
New Statesman ‘Buses are best’ “Making it cheaper for young people to travel is a good thing that will make it easier for them to stay in education or access jobs. What’s more, buses are by far the best way of moving large numbers of people around...... Pubdate:

15/04/2018: Comment & Analysis: Write to us Letters, which may be edited, should be include a full name and postal address and be sent to Letters to the Editor The Observer, Kings Place, 90 York Way, London N1 9GU (to be received by noon Thursday). Email: observer.letters@observer.co.uk...... Pubdate:

15/04/2018: Comment & Analysis: Rome wasn’t built in a day but these days it feels as if it may collapse in one
So far this year, Rome has suffered an astonishing 44 sinkholes. Every two or three days, a new crater appears in the Italian capital’s asphalt. They’re normally the size of a small room, a few metres wide and a few metres deep. In February, though,...... Pubdate:

15/04/2018: Comment & Analysis: The Age, Australia ‘Apology has a stench’ “Zuckerberg says he’s responsible for ‘what happens’. But ‘what happens’, like the expression ‘shit happens’, makes it seem like things happened without anyone, like Zuckerberg, actually doing anything. Zuckerberg is busy trying to rescue Facebook’s...... Pubdate:

15/04/2018: Comment & Analysis: CNN ‘A chance for Facebook’
“Facebook is already taking steps to address concerns over privacy, safety and the sanctity of democracy. Because the social media giant is imposing new standards of transparency and accountability to address the privacy breach, Congress should hold...... Pubdate:

15/04/2018: Comment & Analysis: The Economist ‘Clueless interrogators’ “Where Mr Zuckerberg was competent, his interrogators were often clueless. To work for its users, the data economy requires thoughtful policy and a sea-change in the way tech firms are run. On this week’s evidence, neither looks likely.”... Pubdate:

15/04/2018: Comment & Analysis: Morgan Wright ‘Outmatched’ “While Zuckerberg was outmatched by media-loving senators and representatives on some lines of questioning, the members of Congress were clearly out of their depth when asking questions about technology.” Morgan Wright is an expert on cyber security...... Pubdate:

15/04/2018: Comment & Analysis: After rape trials, is the court of public opinion now trumping the law?
Why should women respect the law, when the law was written by and for men who have no respect for women? It’s a question that the suffragettes dispatched briskly when their agenda of arson and bombings was attacked: if men refused to let women make...... Pubdate:

15/04/2018: Comment & Analysis: A bid for freedom
Last week, New Yorkers called the police because they thought a tiger was roaming the streets. It turned out to be a “particularly large raccoon”. Here are some other notable episodes of animals at large… In 2011, this zebra was one of two that...... Pubdate:

15/04/2018: Comment & Analysis: The day a new terror was unleashed
Just under five years ago, two men, Michael Adebolajo and Michael Adebowale, ran down and then butchered with knives Fusilier Lee Rigby as he walked back to his barracks in Woolwich, south London. Still covered in Rigby’s blood, Adebolajo calmly spoke...... Pubdate:

15/04/2018: Comment & Analysis: The city of cardboard they called home
Meanwhile, beneath the bridge, there are other architectural fantasies. To the east, you look at a spider’s web of steel and glass; down below, you find a city of cardboard inhabited by those whose risks no one thinks it worthwhile to insure. The...... Pubdate:

15/04/2018: Comment & Analysis: This week in 1908 The new Prime Minister has begun well. He has lopped and grafted both boldly and judiciously. The appointments announced on Monday and Tuesday have been received by all sections of opinion with a satisfaction that Mr. Asquith, if he were superstitious,...... Pubdate:

15/04/2018: Comment & Analysis: TALKING POINT A telegram from St. Petersburg to the “Matin” states that the Russian police have found at the house of an individual belonging to the Terrorist Society documents proving the existence of a carefully laid plot against the Tsar and his family. Foreign...... Pubdate:

15/04/2018: Business & Cash: City gents head for an uneasy week in the spotlight
Back in the 1990s, the share-trading website E*Trade used to run a television advert featuring a cocky young financial adviser counselling a greyhaired client. “You have a retirement plan?” the client asks. “Oh sure,” says his adviser. “Invest, get...... Pubdate:

15/04/2018: Business & Cash: London house prices in dramatic slump House prices in London are falling at the fastest rate in nine years, according to Halifax, Britain’s biggest mortgage lender. Prices in the capital were down 3.2% between January and March compared with the previous quarter, the sharpest decline since...... Pubdate:

15/04/2018: Business & Cash: Vital statistic £4.88bn Price offered by French shopping-centre group Klépierre for UK rival Hammerson in March. £5.04bn Price offered last week, just before the French group walked away from any deal with the Birmingham Bullring owner.... Pubdate:

15/04/2018: Business & Cash: Software firm aims at $1bn flotation A cyber-security firm is floating in London in an attempt to raise $1bn from the City and fund expansion plans in what would be the biggest-ever UK tech listing. Czech Republic-based Avast Software is led by chief executive Vincent Steckler, a...... Pubdate:

15/04/2018: Business & Cash: BA owner ponders bid for Norwegian The owner of British Airways has said it is considering making a bid for rival airline Norwegian, amid fierce competition between the two for transatlantic passengers. International Airlines Group (IAG), formed in the 2010 merger of BA with Spanish...... Pubdate:

15/04/2018: Business & Cash: Glencore distances itself from Deripaska Commodity trader Glencore has begun cutting ties with the Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska after US sanctions against his empire. Glencore boss Ivan Glasenberg has resigned from the board of the Deripaska-controlled Russian aluminium firm Rusal....... Pubdate:

15/04/2018: Business: Trade war and real war haunt the world’s economic gathering
From Syria to social media, world leaders have many urgent matters to discuss when they congregate at international gatherings. But it is the threat to the world economy from Donald Trump’s trade dispute with China that is poised to dominate the annual...... Pubdate:

15/04/2018: Business: The IMF senses not all is well with this upswing
Christine Lagarde ought to be a happy woman. As she noted in a speech in Hong Kong last week, there is good economic news around the world. The US is operating at full employment, the upswing in Europe has spread across the continent, Japan is growing...... Pubdate:

15/04/2018: Analysis: The government may want oligarchs out but it shouldn’t bank on City sanctions
Russian oligarchs, the rouble and the Moscow stock market all felt the pain of US sanctions last week. The share price slumps at Oleg Deripaska’s En+ and Rusal companies, the steepest daily fall in the national currency for three years, and a...... Pubdate:

15/04/2018: Analysis: Uber’s not back-pedalling with electric bike deal – it’s gearing up for future Uber’s acquisition of US bike-hire firm Jump looks rather pedestrian by the standards of its own vaulting ambition, at least at first glance. Compared to moonshot ideas such as cars that can fly – or the more tangible advance of driverless taxis –...... Pubdate:

15/04/2018: Analysis: Streaming brings a song back to heart of the music industry With UK record labels enjoying the biggest growth surge in revenues in more than two decades, the music industry has finally put the once-looming threat of a piracy apocalypse behind it. Digital formats have moved from being the industry’s bete noire...... Pubdate:

15/04/2018: Business: Switch to smart systems is key to future of cheaper and cleaner energy supply
The home of the future looks an increasingly attractive place to live this week, after millions of households received the unwelcome news that their energy bills were going up again. Switching supplier is one quick fix to rising bills. But in the long...... Pubdate:

15/04/2018: Economics: Beware bribery and corruption in Brexit’s new world
As Britain bids farewell to the single market, plenty of businesses are looking further afield for export opportunities. Some are jumping aboard the trade missions organised by Liam Fox’s department for international trade, while others look to their...... Pubdate:

15/04/2018: Cash: Spring selling season stalls, as the housing market starts to feel the chill
It was an announcement homebuyers and sellers barely needed to be told – Britain’s property market is going through its flattest period in the last five years. A report from the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (Rics) found that demand from...... Pubdate:

15/04/2018: Cash: Mortgage rate rise could go on hold
Bank of England governor Mark Carney (left) announced in November that interest rates would rise for the first time in a decade, from 0.25% to 0.5%. A further two rate increases of 0.25% are expected before 2020 with some economists predicting another...... Pubdate:

15/04/2018: Cash: Calls to postpone ‘second mortgage’ The government has been urged to stall controversial benefit changes which came into effect in the new tax year, amid claims they unfairly penalise the most vulnerable in society. On 6 April, a “second mortgage” system replaced the Support for...... Pubdate:

15/04/2018: Cash: We need zero tolerance of this parking scandal
I was intrigued by the case of the reader MR who lost his appeal against a parking infringement charge because he mistook a zero for the letter O when entering his car number plate. I had an almost identical experience when I received a £60 ticket for...... Pubdate:

15/04/2018: Travel: Five of the best
1 Galeries Lafayette Foundation, Paris Occupying a five-storey industrial building in Le Marais, the Galeries provides Paris with another ambitious art space. It opens with The Silence of the Sea, the first solo exhibition in France of New York artist...... Pubdate:

15/04/2018: Classified: MAN’S BEST BENCH
This adorable and striking bench from Alison’s Marketplace looks wonderful in garden settings and will charm your friends and family. Regal, welcoming and measuring a generous W117 x H67 x D25cm, this amazing pet is available for just £169 (RRP: £245)....... Pubdate:

15/04/2018: Classified: KICK BACK WITH SMART CHAIR
Contemporary design and sumptuous top grain leather upholstery make the Capri leather chair as comfy as it is stylish. It doubles up as a dining and desk chair, and has a gorgeous burnished metal frame. Delivered fully assembled, the Capri leather...... Pubdate:

15/04/2018: Classified: KISS GOODBYE TO CLUTTER
Coming with eight compartments and a comfy padded seat cushion, the Kempton shoe storage bench is perfect for keeping your hallway clutter-free. It measures H56 x W97 x D34cm, ideal for hallways of all shapes and sizes, and comes in the pictured white....... Pubdate:

15/04/2018: Classified: SHADY ARBOUR IS A GREAT BUY FOR SPRING
Make a statement in your garden while spending sunny days relaxing under the shade of the Fairleigh Arbour. Suitable for all types of weather, this private yet comfortable arbour boasts a diamond trellis back and sides with a charming arch top,...... Pubdate:

15/04/2018: Classified: MIRROR, MIRROR
Giving the appearance of a charming decorative window with shutters, the Snowdrop mirror from Alison’s Marketplace would enhance any home or garden this spring. Delivered fully assembled and measuring H157 x W131cm, the Snowdrop is crafted from FSC...... Pubdate:

15/04/2018: Classified: ADD A TOUCH OF VENICE
Spruce up your home for the spring with the stunning Odeon mirror. Inspired by Venetian design, this statement piece can be hung landscape or portrait and features a triple bevelled edge. Choose from 90 x 60cm (£89, RRP: £99), 120 x 80cm (£109, RRP:...... Pubdate:

15/04/2018: Classified: PERFECT BENCH
The Harrogate classic wooden bench provides year-round comfort at an excellent price. Made from the finest redwood in a weather-resistant finish, this charming bench is handmade by a family firm in the UK. Currently priced at just £169 (RRP: £203) for...... Pubdate:

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