Rugby Union

England and New Zealand dispute over Brad Shields may end up in court

• New Zealand have threatened to block England picking Shields• Eddie Jones may select player for summer tour of South AfricaEngland and New Zealand will be on a collision course that may end in the courtroom should Eddie Jones seek to select Brad Shi


ECB unveils plans for tournament with 100-ball format and 10-ball final over

• New format proposed for eight-team city-based competition• Michael Vaughan among those to criticise shock proposalThe England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has unveiled plans for their new eight-team domestic competition to use a new format of 100 b


Terry Gilliam's Don Quixote film to receive premiere at Cannes after two-decade wait

Long-gestating Man Who Killed Don Quixote confirmed as the festival’s closing film, while Lars Von Trier makes his Cannes return after seven years awayTerry Gilliam’s long-awaited The Man Who Killed Don Quixote will receive a world premiere at the Can


Animatronic Arnie pushes PPI complaints to four-year high

A 40% rise reported on back of advert featuring model head of Arnold Schwarzenegger An advertising campaign featuring an animatronic head of Arnold Schwarzenegger urging people to “make a decision, do it now!” has helped push complaints about payment

Rugby Union

Ruan Ackermann targets European Challenge Cup victory with Gloucester

• ‘We will have to be at our best’ against Newcastle, says flanker• Gloucester sixth in Premiership as season reaches its finaleThe European Challenge Cup has in recent years been Gloucester’s consolation ticket after Premiership campaigns that


Choc horror: four-fingered KitKat set to lose protected EU status

Chocolate bar not well enough known in all member states for shape to merit trademark status, European court of justice toldThe shape of the four-finger KitKat bar is set to lose its EU-wide protected trademark status after the European court of justice w


Centenarian club: wealthiest investors expect to reach 100

A UBS poll reveals more than half of high-net worth individuals are confident of such a milestoneMore than half of of the world’s wealthiest investors expect to live to the age of 100, according to a survey.UBS wealth management polled 5,000 high-net wo


What does 'normal' mean in abnormal times?

From Donald Trump to Syrian bombs – in modern political times, ‘normal’ carries an extra moral nuanceBritain joined in the bombing of Syria last weekend, explained Theresa May, because chemical weapons must not be “normalised”. But in these abno


Going private would give Oxford and Cambridge what they want: impunity | Jim Dickinson

The new universities regulator has rattled the elites, who would probably rather operate above the lawOver the years, I’ve come to know and almost love the hardy perennial higher education news stories: students so broke they’re turning to sex work, s

United States

Will Democrats be bold and pledge to break up tech monopolies? | Ross Barkan

Amazon, Google, Facebook and Apple have accrued so much power, it has damaged American democracyFor those Democrats who dream of being president, it’s no longer safe to play it safe. We live in a dangerous, unstable time in a democracy that is far from


Jonjo Shelvey could bring World Cup pizzazz to England’s beige midfield | Louise Taylor

The Newcastle midfielder has curbed his temper and forced himself into Gareth Southgate’s thinking with a series of impressive displaysJonjo Shelvey began the season by blowing a fuse but could yet end it by switching on the lights for England in Russia


‘Legal discrimination is alive and well’: Canada's indigenous women fight for equality

Canada recently passed an amendment to end inequality, but a lack of timeline means a colonial-era act still holds back indigenous womenAs a child, Sharon McIvor spent her days roaming her grandmother’s First Nations community deep in British Columbia,


Kim Jong-un's wife makes first public appearance as first lady – video

Ri Sol-ju, the wife of North Korea's leader, made her first public appearance as first lady last weekend at a ballet performance by a visiting Chinese troupe. Kim Jong-un's decision to give his wife the title is widely seen as a major boost to her status


What, no Whitney? The biggest Rock & Roll Hall of Fame snubs ever – ranked!

The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame recognises the world’s greatest popular music stars – except for the ones it doesn’t, from Kate Bush to KraftwerkThis week saw the latest batch of inductees into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio, b


The perfect ... shepherd’s pie | Felicity Cloake

What could be simpler than lamb (always lamb) mince topped with mash? Yet even this domestic classic has a thousand variations. We cherry-pick the best to bring you an unbeatable shepherd’s pieI once made a formal, if ever-so-slightly slurred, complaint


Drinks: Hippo Lite review – Cate Le Bon's postcards from the edge

The second album from Cate Le Bon and Tom Presley, recorded in France, is a playful post-punk tonic full of cryptic skronkThere may be no more concrete proof of Cate Le Bon’s stature than Noel Gallagher’s appearance on Later… With Jools Holland last


Readers recommend playlist: songs about Commonwealth countries

A reader discovers geographical references in your suggestions from around the world – featuring Ian Dury, Kirsty MacColl, the Super Eagles and TrafficHere is this week’s playlist – songs picked by a reader from hundreds of your suggestions last wee


Steps Back in Time review – the magic of young Kenneth MacMillan

Barbican Pit, LondonA programme of MacMillan’s early works by his former ballerina Viviana Durante is brimming with tricksIn the early 1950s, Kenneth MacMillan saw little in the world of ballet that was a true reflection of himself. Scottish and working


World Cup FiveЯ | Allowing Paul Pogba to be licentious in a manner Mourinho disapproves of

Sign up for our free weekly email featuring the latest news, intrigue, analysis and blunders from the 32 competing nations“Toujours l’attaque,” as Napoleon Bonaparte used to say. And in fairness to the wee man, he stuck to his word, even when it pro


Amazon Prime passes 100m subscribers mark

Service that bundles fast delivery with video and music streaming edges closer to Netflix’s 125 million subscribersAmazon has revealed that it has more than 100 million subscribers to its Prime service, which bundles free shipping with video and music s


Filthy lucre: scavenging grime and sewage for gold on Mumbai's streets | Puja Changoiwala

Along the narrow alleys of one of India’s largest bullion markets, men and women scrape a living scouring the dust and even the drains for specks of the precious metal When most of Mumbai is fast asleep at 5am each day, 41-year-old Tanu Behre sets out o


Simy's overhead spectacular keeps Napoli in Scudetto race | Paolo Bandini

For the second time this season, Juventus were on the receiving end of a stunning bicycle kick. The latest, though, came from an unexpected sourceIt’s not over until it’s over. Or should that be: “it’s not over until the overhead kick”? The Scud

United States

An open letter to the US Congress: don’t let Trump rip up the Iran deal | Richard Bacon, Omid Nouripour and Delphine O

It was a major breakthrough, drastically reducing the risk of a nuclear arms race. Abandoning it now will do lasting damage• Signed by parliamentarians from Britain, Germany and FranceFor more than a decade, we – Europeans, Americans, and the internat

United Kingdom

'Very angry badger' causes part of Scottish castle to be closed

Repairs to masonry damaged by intruder put Craignethan’s cellar tunnel out of bounds to publicParts of a Scottish castle remain closed to the public after a “very angry badger” took up residence. The cellar tunnel at Craignethan Castle, in South Lan


North Korea wants total denuclearisation, says Seoul

South Korea’s president says Pyongyang has not attached any conditions such as US troop withdrawalNorth Korea has expressed a desire for “complete denuclearisation” of the Korean peninsula without attaching preconditions such as the withdrawal of US


Fifa dismisses racism charges against Spanish player in Under-17 World Cup final

• Rhian Brewster claimed Morgan Gibbs-White was called ‘a monkey’ • Fifa says case dismissed ‘in view of lack of sufficient evidence’No action will be taken against a Spanish player accused of racially abusing England Under-17 international Mo


Caroline Wozniacki may boycott Miami Open over 'threats and abuse'

Australian Open winner disappointed by reaction of Miami officialsWorld No 2’s complaints follow rowdy scenes at her defat to PuigCaroline Wozniacki, the world No 2, has warned she may boycott the Miami Open after what she considered was an inadequate r


You want to be pregnant. You're depressed. A tough choice lies ahead

What is it like to try for a baby when the medication you take for depression doesn’t mix well with pregnancy?Throughout my teens, I was adamant I didn’t want children. I thought they were annoying, sticky money pits who had no business being near me.


March retail sales fell 1.2% due to beastly weather

ONS blames 7.4% decline in petrol sales on ‘beast from the east’, which dragged down sectorRetail sales fell steeply in March owing to a slump in petrol sales when the “beast from the east” hit Britain.Volume of sales fell 1.2% in March from Febru


Independent British festivals commit to banning plastic bottles and straws by 2021

The Drastic on Plastic initiative will target single-use plastics, including drinks and toiletry bottles, straws, food trays, cable ties and glitterMore than 60 independent British music festivals have committed to ban single-use plastic from their sites

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