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How BBC’s Frank Gardner’s father was Cold War MI6 agent caught up in a shootout with Czech soldiers

In a quiet street on the outskirts of Ostrava in Communist Czechoslovakia, a British secret agent carefully unearths a package containing highly classified documents.  Working with practised ease, he replaces it with cash, which he puts in a food tin, along with instructions for his contact, and buries it in the pre-arranged spot. It is […]

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DAN HODGES: Watch out Boris, some Tory MPs are starting to think the unthinkable 

I have already had two people come up to me today and separately say “I think Boris may have to go”,’ one Tory MP told me last week.  ‘There’s no way you would have been hearing that even last month.’  It’s just one sign that some Conservative politicians are starting to think the unthinkable. In […]

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Is this fur real! Scientists say it’s cat spit that makes you sneeze, not feline coats

Scientists have discovered why cats cause some people to cough and sneeze – and it’s not the felines’ fur, it’s their spit. After ten years of research, the experts said the allergic reaction was due to a protein in cat saliva called Fel d1. The protein coats a cat’s fur when it washes itself, causing an […]

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Personal trainer Rachael Attard reveals the real reasons why your legs aren’t getting leaner

A leading Australian personal trainer has shared the real reasons why your legs aren’t getting leaner despite a healthy diet and exercise – and how you can finally get the limbs of your dreams. Rachael Attard, from Sydney, said there are both diet and fitness reasons that are stopping you from getting slimmer legs, and […]

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Beef farmer fears a US trade deal would result in having to sell her cow herd

With its herd of contented beef cattle, Gotherington Hill Farm supplies some of the UK’s best meat, a prime example of the work done by traditional British farms. Its upland fields in the Cotswolds are also a haven for wildlife such as hares, butterflies, skylarks and dung beetles. But it could disappear if low-quality, low-welfare […]

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Northern towns and cities offer the biggest discounts as house prices are cut by up to 11 per cent

Home sellers in northern towns and cities are offering the biggest discounts as the British housing market judders back to life. Property website Zoopla found that where asking prices had been cut, sellers had offered the biggest discounts in Newcastle, with an average reduction of 11.2 per cent in May. Seven of the top ten areas […]

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XS Espresso Bondi refuse to confirm whether manager was fired for racist comments to black barista

A Bondi cafe at the centre of a racism row have refused to confirm whether they sacked a manager who caused outrage by firing a black barista. Ayo Lana, who came to Australia from the UK, said he was working at XS Espresso Cafe in Bondi, in Sydney’s east on Thursday when the manager told […]

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American teens ‘sabotaged Trump’s Tulsa rally by reserving tickets by the hundreds’

Teens reserved hundreds of tickets for Donald Trump‘s Tulsa rally on Saturday night with no intention of attending, social media users have claimed. Political strategist Steve Schmidt tweeted on Saturday night: ‘My 16 year old daughter and her friends in Park City Utah have hundreds of tickets. You have been rolled by America’s teens. ‘@realDonaldTrump you […]

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The Queen enjoys the final day of Royal Ascot – from her sofa

The Queen, pictured at Ascot last year, usually attends all five days of racing It is the Queen’s favourite engagement in her packed social calendar. But yesterday, instead of arriving at Royal Ascot by State Landau at the head of the Royal Procession, the 94-year-old – like the rest of the nation – was forced […]

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Now it’s Rod: The Movie… but where WILL they find rock star Stewart’s love interest? 

His love of leggy blondes, leopard-print trousers and hedonistic partying is the stuff of legends. And now the colourful life of rock star Sir Rod Stewart is to be turned into a Hollywood biopic, The Mail on Sunday can reveal. The as-yet-untitled movie is being overseen by Rod’s long-time manager Arnold Stiefel, who is understood […]