Business

Oil price hits three-year high of $74 a barrel

Brent crude has risen 1.7% – reaching its highest level since November 2014Oil has hit a new three-and-a-half-year peak, and other commodity prices – notably nickel and aluminium – moved sharply higher as Donald Trump’s sanctions and the continuin

United States

Market power wielded by US tech giants concerns IMF chief

Christine Lagarde feels ‘too much concentration in hands of the few’ does not help economyThe head of the International Monetary Fund, Christine Lagarde, has expressed concern about the market power wielded by the US technology giants and called for m

United States

From Kendrick's Pulitzer to Beychella: how the mainstream woke up to black excellence

This week the unparalleled contributions of black performers were finally recognised by the establishment. Why has it taken so long?Did she just say … Kendrick Lamar? The satisfied little smile on Pulitzer prize administrator Dana Canedy’s face as she

Business

Allergan hovers as Takeda fails with £44bn Shire takeover bid

Shire shares rise after Allergan said it was considering making an offer for maker of ADHD medicine Adderall Nils Pratley: Shire saga smells of overadventurous engineeringThe drugs company Shire is at the centre of a multibillion-pound takeover battle aft

Art

‘One of the most important’ sets of Middle East artifacts unveiled

A three-year renovation at the Penn Museum introduces a $5m collection of nearly 1,200 objects, many of which will be on public view for the first timeThe fertile lands of Mesopotamia are rightly hailed as a “cradle of civilization”, where some of the

Football

Bradley Wood banned from football for six years for breaching betting rules

• Former Lincoln defender found guilty of 25 breaches of FA rules• Charges relate to bookings for Wood in team’s 2017 FA Cup runThe former Lincoln City defender Bradley Wood has been banned from football for six years after committing 25 breaches of

Theatre

Broadway star opens up about missing show due to anxiety attack

‘Even Disney princesses are terrified sometimes,’ wrote Patti Murin to explain why she missed the 17 April show of Disney’s FrozenBroadway star Patti Murin opened up about mental health to fans in an Instagram post on Wednesday, explaining that she

Cricket

ECB’s 100-ball plans are a gimmick likely to kill off County Championship | Vic Marks

The ECB now prostrates itself at the knees of the broadcasters even if it means prostituting the gameEven the curmudgeons, a band I’m in danger of joining, admit that T20 cricket has the capacity to be the saviour of the modern game. So what do the ECB

United States

A Starbucks arrest shows how black Americans are robbed of their power | Rochaun Meadows-Fernandez

Men arrested for ‘loitering’ had no choice but to keep their heads down, out of fear for their lives. For black people, it’s a familiar situationAfter video footage went viral of two black men being arrested in Starbucks for “loitering”, many we

Business

Victory over Pret a Manger means the fight against misleading labels is on | Joanna Blythman

Challenging terms such as ‘natural’ is difficult, but the Real Bread Campaign’s win against the chain proves it can be doneWhen it comes to labelling, food retailers run rings around their customers, and mainly get away with it. They weave a lexicon

Football

Manchester United’s Michael Carrick says depression led to England exile

• Midfielder asked FA not to be picked for international duty• Carrick: ‘I was finding it hard going away with England’Michael Carrick has revealed he asked not to be picked for England after becoming “depressed” on international duty.The Manc

Horseracing

Horse dies at Cheltenham before race abandoned in sweltering heat

• Long-distance race called off on welfare grounds• Dame Rose collapsed and died after opening eventCheltenham racecourse took the unprecedented decision to abandon one of its races on Thursday on the grounds the three‑and‑a‑quarter‑mile trip

Books

Sharlene Teo on her first book Ponti, writing 'losers' and dealing with hype

Already praised by Ian McEwan, Teo’s debut about three Singaporean women – a cult horror movie actor, her anxious daughter and her more worldly friend – deftly captures the rivalry and jealousy of girlhoodMost narratives about teenage girls, especia

Music

Nothing Compares 2 U: the secrets of Prince's original recording, unheard until today

Who is the song about, why did Prince give it to the Family to record as an album track, and what did he really think of Sinéad O’Connor’s smash hit single? Thirty four years ago, when Paul “St Paul” Peterson was the singer in the Family, a band

Football

FA Cup victory would not change Tottenham’s life, says Pochettino

• Spurs preparing for semi-final against Manchester United• ‘It is not going to move the club to a different level’Mauricio Pochettino says that an FA Cup triumph this season would not change Tottenham’s life, as he looked ahead to Saturday’s

United Kingdom

The Windrush generation and a hostile Home Office – Politics Weekly podcast

Pippa Crerar is joined by Amelia Gentleman, Sonia Sodha, Colin Yeo and Sarah Teather to discuss the government’s chaotic response to reports of Carribean people who had come to the UK as children in the 1950s and 60s being denied their rights. Plus Libb

Formula 1

Max Verstappen will need to learn fast from Shanghai overtaking fiasco | Giles Richards

The driver’s poorly judged attempt at overtaking Sebastian Vettel in China suggests it is time for the youngster to add a more considered approach to his undoubted raw talentAt the opening of the Formula One season, Max Verstappen was as confident in hi

Football

Andy Carroll surrounded by toddlers – Football Weekly Extra

Max and the gang look back at the week in football including Andy Carroll surrounded by toddlers, World Cup morale boosters, half-time VAR, Instagram tie-ins and journalists passing colds on to playersRate, review, share on Apple Podcasts, Soundcloud, Aud

Films

Every Day review – beguiling metempsychotic teen romance

This captivating, thoughtful fantasy is like a teenaged Groundhog Day or Spike Jonze’s Her – just go with it•Sign up for Film Today and get our film team’s highlights of the dayHere is a weirdly beguiling movie, adapted by Jesse Andrews from David

Education

UK MPs announce cross-party inquiry into school funding

Plan suggests MPs are unhappy with way issue has slipped down Downing Street’s agendaMPs are in danger of starting a turf war with the Department for Education, after the education select committee announced a wide-ranging inquiry into funding for schoo

Football

Sam Allardyce responds to fan survey on his abilities: ‘I’d give myself an 11’

• Everton sent out survey to fans asking them to rank manager• Club chairman Bill Kenwright apologises to AllardyceSam Allardyce, the Everton manager, believes the idea to send out a survey asking for supporters to mark him and his coaching staff out

Business

UK drives into e-vehicle fast lane with 11% sales rise

Electric vehicles’ share of new UK registrations rises to 2%, still falling far short of Norway’s 48%Sales of electric cars in the UK have risen 11% on last year, putting the country in the premier league of those ditching petrol and diesel engines, t

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

Football

World Cup stunning moments: Austria's Wunderteam | John Ashdown

In 1934 a revolutionary Austrian side reached the World Cup semi-finals on the back of a storming run. History beckoned. And then turned its backOn the morning of 23 January 1939 Gustav Hartmann burst through the door of a Vienna apartment in search of an

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