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Meet the rail-mad millionaire with Britain’s only privately owned train

Meet the rail-mad millionaire with Britain’s only privately owned train

British businessman Jeremy Hosking is one such man. His train, The Chairman’s Set, is comprised of repurposed former Caledonian Sleeper coaches – in classic 1950s British Rail “blood and custard” livery – and is, officially, Britain’s only privately owned train (the Royal Family have one, of course, but as theirs is owned by DB Cargo,...

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Ministers refuse to use tribute to Iranian president drawn up by Foreign Office staff

Ministers refuse to use tribute to Iranian president drawn up by Foreign Office staff

On Tuesday, James Kuriuki, the UK’s deputy ambassador to the United Nations, joined his colleagues to observe a moment of silence for the late president. The British diplomat stood alongside his American counterpart at the beginning of the 9,629th meeting of the Security Council, for the silence requested by Russia, China and Algeria. Gilad Erdan,...

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UK owes Caribbean nations £205bn in reparations, says Cambridge academic

UK owes Caribbean nations £205bn in reparations, says Cambridge academic

Britain owes Caribbean nations more than £200 billion in slavery reparations, a leading academic has claimed. Rev Dr Michael Banner, the Dean of Trinity College Cambridge, said the UK was once “the leading slaving nation in the world”, and that the modern-day descendants of slaves deserved compensation. In a new book, Britain’s Slavery Debt, the...

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Out of the slaughterhouse, into the ‘meatgrinder’ for Ukraine’s recruits

Out of the slaughterhouse, into the ‘meatgrinder’ for Ukraine’s recruits

In such an environment, it is no surprise that today’s Ukrainian army now also has psychologists as well as old-school chaplains. “A lot of people have just seen too many dead or injured,” says Julia (not her real name), 28, the 22nd’s resident shrink, who operates from a practice in an abandoned home. “It’s especially...

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Iran threatens Britain for defending Israel in April attack

Iran threatens Britain for defending Israel in April attack

Tehran’s attack came in retaliation after a suspected Israeli strike on Iran’s Damascus consulate on April 1 killed seven high-ranking members of the IRGC. They were with members of Islamic Jihad, the Palestinian terror group, at the compound when the attack occurred, sources with knowledge of the meeting told The Telegraph. As soon as Iran...

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I had a happy family and a good job as a GP – but I decided to kill myself

I had a happy family and a good job as a GP – but I decided to kill myself

Amandip Sidhu’s charity has helped more than 3,000 people since it was set up, offering, among other things, weekly drop-in Zoom support groups. ‘We hear time and time again that more and more GPs are working longer hours. They don’t just see patients, there is a huge amount of administration and bureaucracy,’ he says. ‘There...

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British-built ‘unhackable’ navigational system flown in world first

British-built ‘unhackable’ navigational system flown in world first

A team of on-board physicists and aeronautic engineers tended to the quantum navigation system, as well as an onboard quantum clock, which is the size of a record player. The first few tests of the quantum navigation equipment failed to work as the vibrations from the aircraft’s engines, as well as a host of other...

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Chinese and Hong Kong students at British universities silenced by Beijing

Chinese and Hong Kong students at British universities silenced by Beijing

Hong Kong and Chinese students at British universities are being secretly photographed and filmed as part of a global pattern of harassment and intimidation by Beijing, according to Amnesty International. In a new 63-page report released by the human rights group on Monday, students describe being followed at protests in their host cities, with many...

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British paratroopers practise high readiness with allies in Estonia

British paratroopers practise high readiness with allies in Estonia

One of the hallmarks of a gold-standard drop, achieved on Saturday, is the ability to drop groups of soldiers, referred to as “sticks”, from both port and starboard doors simultaneously. However, unlike this drill, part of Nato’s massive Swift Response exercise, the transport aircraft would be likely to approach a real battle wingtip to wingtip,...

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Russia finds vast oil and gas reserves in British Antarctic territory

Russia finds vast oil and gas reserves in British Antarctic territory

The EAC decided to challenge the Foreign Office’s management of the UK’s Antarctic interests following reports in the Daily Maverick, a South African online journal, which discovered Moscow’s activities after its survey ship docked in Cape Town.  Such issues will likely come to a head in India later this month at the annual meeting for...