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Russian President Vladimir Putin, seen here visiting a hospital during the coronavirus pandemic.

Moscow denies reports of Putin heart attack and body double

A spokesman denied the Russian president was in poor health and dismissed persistent rumours he used body doubles to cover for him in public appearances.

  • Michael Murphy

This Month

Can a steak ever be worth $1400?

Is London’s new $1400 steak worth it?

A Japanese restaurant in the capital is offering super-premium Tajima black Wagyu beef – at eye-watering prices.

  • Bill Knott
Tributes have flowed in for the soccer great.

‘Gifted icon’: Tributes flow for soccer giant Bobby Charlton

The Manchester United legend, who survived a plane crash that killed teammates, was known as a gentleman of the game and perhaps England’s greatest player.

  • Mattias Karen
Jonny Fowle, Sotheby’s global head of spirits, unveils a bottle of The Macallan 1926, the world’s most expensive whisky.

‘Holy grail’ of whisky set to fetch $2.3m at auction

Sotheby’s will be putting the 96-year-old bottle of Macallan single malt whisky under the hammer in London next month.

  • Hannah Boland
There is reportedly an increased police presence in the Jewish community based in Stamford Hill, north London.

How war in Israel stirs up Europe’s cocktail of divisions

Antisemitism, Islamic extremism, Islamophobia, far-right violence: these combustible cross-currents are sowing fear in Jewish communities and terror in Belgium.

  • Hans van Leeuwen
Thousands of us indulge in real estate daydreaming.

‘We send each other houses’: Real estate is the new couples’ therapy

Do you and your partner scroll through property listings for a dream home that you’ll never buy? You’ve got house fever.

  • Shane Watson
Citibank dismissed one of its bankers over expenses claims for gross misconduct in November 2022.

Citibank analyst sacked for claiming ‘coffee and sandwiches’

Szabolcs Fekete, who blamed “very small” coffees, denied that the meal had been eaten with his partner.

  • Jane Croft
Ireland’s Jack Conan reacts after narrowly losing the Rugby World Cup quarterfinal match against New Zealand at the Stade de France in Saint-Denis, near Paris,

All Blacks resist Ireland fightbacks to win epic Rugby quarter-final

Ireland goes home after falling short again with an eighth Rugby World Cup quarter-final defeat.

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  • Jerome Pugmire
The UK watchdog’s concerns has given the go-ahead for Microsoft’s acquisition of Activision Blizzard.

Microsoft closes $109b Activision Blizzard deal after UK nod

The deal was the biggest test of the British regulatory authority’s global power to take on the tech giants since Britain left the European Union.

  • Paul Sandle and Yadarisa Shabong
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in Brussels for the defence ministers’ summit.

Zelensky gets more weapons at NATO, despite fears of eclipse by Israel

During a surprise appearance at a Brussels summit, the Ukrainian president made common cause with Israel, and got what he came for.

  • Hans van Leeuwen
People take part in a demonstration in support of Palestine at Piccadilly Circus.

Putin seeks to exploit Israel-Hamas war

The Europeans may struggle to hold on to their initially united front behind Israel, while Russia could carve out a role as a broker.

  • Hans van Leeuwen
Claudia Goldin has won the Nobel Prize in economics.

Pay gap pioneer Claudia Goldin wins Nobel economics prize

The Harvard economist has devoted decades to identifying the sources of gender pay discrimination and the deep-rooted inequality for women in the workplace.

  • Simon Johnson and Johan Ahlander
Labour Party leader Keir Starmer.

Why Britain’s next PM has memorised the Albo playbook

Ultra-cautious Labour leader Keir Starmer is taking the small-target strategy into the 2024 election. He’ll be hoping it’s like Australia in 2022, not 2019.

  • Updated
  • Hans van Leeuwen
Narges Mohammadi, who has won the Nobel Peace Prize.

Jailed women’s activist Narges Mohammadi wins Nobel Peace Prize

Iranian authorities have repeatedly imprisoned Narges Mohammadi as she fights for women’s rights in the heavily oppressive regime.

  • Jon Gambrell and Mike Corder
A portrait of Wagner mercenary chief Yevgeny Prigozhin at a makeshift memorial in Moscow.

Putin’s new theory for Prigozhin plane crash: cocaine and grenades

The Russian president claims grenade fragments were found in the bodies of those killed in the crash of mercenary chief Yevgeny Prigozhin’s plane.

  • Anton Troianovski
Ukrainian police inspect the bodies of people who were killed by a Russian rocket attack in the village of Hroza near Kharkiv.

Zelensky begs for help as ‘horrifying’ Russian strike kills 51

More than 50 civilians,including children, were killed in a Russian rocket attack on a village in the north-eastern Kharkiv region.

  • Hanna Arhirova
Autonomous delivery vehicles for Cainiao near the Alibaba Group headquarters in Hangzhou, China. There are concerns around Alibaba’s European hub in Belgium.

Belgium monitors Alibaba hub over ‘espionage’ concerns

European governments have been increasing scrutiny of the alleged security and economic risks posed by Chinese companies.

  • Laura Dubois and Qianer Liu
British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak speaks at the Conservative Party’s annual conference in Manchester.

I’ll be like Margaret Thatcher, British PM Sunak says

Trailing badly in the opinion polls and presiding over a divided party, the embattled leader paints himself as a bold agent of change.

  • Hans van Leeuwen
SAS stock is now almost worthless.

Scandinavian Airline shares plunge to 95pc wipeout

Shares in SAS are almost worthless as the airline battles to avoid bankruptcy after years of pandemic-induced struggle.

  • Louise Rasmussen
Brian Chesky, co-founder and chief executive officer of Airbnb

Airbnb boss plots long-term rentals despite housing crisis

The booking platform is to launch the ‘biggest update’ next month as it plans to expand beyond travel.

  • Oliver Barnes