Holi Festival 2020: how the thwarting of a Hindu demon king led to the colourful celebration

Holi, a traditional Hindu festival which celebrates the beginning of spring as well as the triumph of good over evil, begins next month.  Although the festival originated in India and is still widely celebrated there as a religious festival, it has been adopted in many places around the world.  Here is everything you need to know […]

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Wednesday morning news briefing: Coronavirus mass testing

If you want to receive twice-daily briefings like this by email, sign up to the Front Page newsletter here. For two-minute audio updates, try The Briefing – on podcasts, smart speakers and WhatsApp. Coronavirus: School closures and travel controls plan Britain is stepping up its coronavirus action plan. Thousands of Britons will be tested by GPs, amid fears that […]

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Farmers Union chief says Hollywood celebrities' anti-meat comments are hurting its members

Vegan activist celebrities like Joaquin Phoenix are contributing to a “hurtful” atmosphere for British farmers, the head of the National Farmers Union has said.  Minette Batters singled out Phoenix, who used his recent Oscars acceptance speech to criticise dairy farming, as she said farmers’ mental health was at risk from growing criticism of the meat […]

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CCTV images show Manchester Arena bomber 19 seconds before he launched suicide attack

CCTV images have been released of the Manchester Arena bomber 19 seconds before he unleashed carnage on an unsuspecting crowd at a pop concert.  Photographs of Salman Abedi, 22, just moments before he detonated a handmade device packed with shrapnel were shown in the trial of his brother Hashem Abedi, who is accused of helping him plan the […]

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Humans in Asia survived volcanic super-eruption 70,000 years ago, study reveals

Human populations survived the Toba volcanic super-eruption – one of the largest volcanic eruptions in the last two million years – new research suggests. The event, which occurred 74,000 years ago on the island of Sumatra, Indonesia, was about 5,000 times larger than Mount St Helens eruption in the 1980s. It has long been thought this was […]

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Tuesday evening news briefing: Hotel in Tenerife on lockdown after guest contracts coronavirus

If you want to receive twice-daily briefings like this by email, sign up to the Front Page newsletter here. For two-minute audio updates, try The Briefing – on podcasts, smart speakers and WhatsApp. Hotel on lockdown as virus spreads across Europe Around 1,000 holidaymakers in a Tenerife hotel have been told to stay in their rooms after an Italian tourist […]

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Crawley Down deaths: Husband admits killing his wife and elderly passer-by three days before Christmas

A husband has admitted killing his wife and an elderly woman in an attack on a suburban Sussex street just three days before Christmas. Amy Appleton, 32, a much-loved teacher, died of head injuries after she was attacked outside her suburban home in Crawley. Sandy Seagrave, 76, who lived close by and was described as a “feisty” and […]

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'There was no Westminster VIP child sex abuse ring', concludes inquiry

The £150million child sex abuse inquiry, that was launched on the back of claims by Labour politician Tom Watson, has found no evidence of a “powerful paedophile network” operating at the heart of Westminster. The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) concluded that while there had been individual cases of wrongdoing, there was no organised […]

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Spanish opera star Placido Domingo apologises to women after harassment claims

Opera singer Placido Domingo apologised to the women who accused him of sexual harassment for the “pain” he caused them and accepted “full responsibility” in a statement sent on Tuesday to Spanish news agency Europa Press. The singer, whose career spans more than five decades, said he now understood that some of the women who accused him […]

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White House calls for $2.5bn urgent coronavirus funding

The White House has sent lawmakers an urgent budget request for $2.5billion to address the deadly coronavirus outbreak, whose rapid spread and threat to the global economy rocked financial markets. The White House budget office said the funds are for vaccines, treatment, and protective equipment. The request could advance quickly through Congress and came as coronavirus fears were credited with […]

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Harvey Weinstein's accusers express relief at guilty verdict – and hail 'new era of justice'

Actress Mira Sorvino broke down in tears as she described her relief at the guilty verdict against Harvey Weinstein on Monday. She also expressed a tinge of disappointment that he was acquitted of the most serious charges, two counts of predatory sexual assault. But most of all, she wanted to state her gratitude to the six accusers who were brave […]

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Monday evening news briefing: Is it safe to travel as coronavirus takes hold in Europe?

If you want to receive twice-daily briefings like this by email, sign up to the Front Page newsletter here. For two-minute audio updates, try The Briefing – on podcasts, smart speakers and WhatsApp. Travel advice updated as coronavirus grips continent Seven people have died in a day in Italy. Global stock markets have turned into a bloodbath. In South […]

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Married financial consultant pleads guilty after stalking colleague for seven months

A financial consultant has been convicted of stalking a colleague after he kept an obsessive diary of her movements on his work laptop, a court heard. Andrew Browning, 53, followed Colette Surrage around the office, watched her when she entered and exited the lavatory and turned up outside her home during a harassment campaign lasting seven months. […]

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'Your nation is doing so well': Donald Trump hugs Narendra Modi at start of whirlwind India tour

India poured on the pageantry with a joyful, colorful welcome for President Donald Trump on Monday that kicked off a whirlwind 36-hour visit meant to reaffirm US-India ties while providing enviable overseas imagery for a president in a re-election year. More than 100,000 people packed into the world’s largest cricket stadium, giving Trump the biggest […]

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Protesters gather outside court as Julian Assange begins formal fight against extradition to the US

Julian Assange will formally begin his fight against being handed over to the US, where he faces accusations he helped leak hundreds of thousands of classified documents. The WikiLeaks founder appeared in a London court on Monday for the first day of his full extradition hearing. He entered the dock at Woolwich Crown Court just after 10am […]

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Canary Islands sandstorm: British holidaymakers stranded at airports after Saharan dust clouds wreak havoc

British holidaymakers are stranded at airports in the Canary Islands after a Saharan sandstorm. Flights from Gran Canaria, Lanzarote, La Palma, North and South Tenerife Airports have been grounded for the foreseeable future due to the weather conditions. Customer service staff for the airports told the Press Association that while no planes are flying, airports have remained […]

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Weather: Met Office warns of 'tricky commute' after flood and snow warnings

Snow is expected to cause problems across northern England, Scotland and Northern Ireland on Monday – and the Met Office has issued more flood warnings. A new severe flood warning – meaning an imminent threat to life – has been issued for the River Severn in Shrewsbury, as the Environment Agency warned of ongoing flooding dangers across […]

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Four new UK cases of coronavirus detected in Diamond Princess passengers

Four new cases of coronavirus have been diagnosed in England, the Chief Medical Officer has announced. The patients had been passengers on the Diamond Princess Cruise ship, Professor Chris Whitty revealed on Sunday afternoon. They had been quarantined at Arrowe Park hospital in The Wirral, but will now being transferred to separate specialist NHS facilities. The patients returned […]

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Cambridge college head 'steps back' after claims he mishandled sexual misconduct complaints

The head of a Cambridge college has agreed to “step back” from his duties following allegations he mishandled students’ complaints about sexual misconduct. Trinity Hall said its master, Dr Jeremy Morris, made the move voluntarily while the college considers its response to the issues raised in a report published by Tortoise Media last week. The website revealed […]

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Flooding: Yorkshire village marooned in third consecutive weekend of stormy weather

A Yorkshire village has become marooned by floodwater, as a third consecutive weekend of stormy weather brings further misery to already sodden communities. Horton-in-Ribblesdale was cut off by rising water on Friday night, with floods reported across the southern edge of the Yorkshire Dales. There are 88 flood warnings and 152 flood alerts in place for the weekend […]

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Consumers at risk of being ripped off in 'wild west' carbon offsets market

Logo: Telegraph Investigates Consumers trying to offset their emissions are at risk of being ripped off in a “wild west” unregulated carbon market, an investigation by The Telegraph has found. With the trading of carbon credits enjoying a boom, concerns have been raised about offsetting projects around the world. Environmentalists have warned that offsetting could […]

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Friday evening news briefing: Danny Cipriani planned to kill himself, England rugby star reveals in video

If you want to receive twice-daily briefings like this by email, sign up to the Front Page newsletter here. For two-minute audio updates, try The Briefing – on podcasts, smart speakers and WhatsApp. Cipriani reveals he tried to buy gun to kill himself England rugby star Danny Cipriani has revealed he tried to buy a gun to kill himself as […]

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Danny Cipriani reveals he tried to buy gun to kill himself, as he speaks out in wake of ex-girlfriend Caroline Flack's death

England rugby star Danny Cipriani has revealed he tried to buy a gun to kill himself as he released a video to speak out on mental health in the wake of his ex-girlfriend Caroline Flack’s death.  In an emotional 18-minute speech posted on his Instagram account, the 32-year-old opened up about his own struggles in an […]

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UK weather: Flooding runs risk of creating 'ghettos' because properties cannot be insured

Extreme weather in the UK could create “flood ghettos” of abandoned neighbourhoods because homes cannot be insured, according to an expert.  A study by think tank Bright Blue concluded there are 70,000 uninsured homes in England that have been built on land at the highest risk of flooding.  New builds, constructed since 2009, are covered by […]

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Tokyo governor: 'Inappropriate' for London mayoral candidate to say city could step in and host Olympic Games

The governor of Tokyo has criticised as “inappropriate” the comments of a London mayoral candidate who suggested that the British capital could step in and host the Olympic Games because of the coronavirus threat in Japan. Shaun Bailey, the Conservative candidate for mayor, said London would be ready if Tokyo was unable to host the Games, which […]

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Donald Trump mocks South Korean film Parasite for Oscars success – 'what was that all about?'

Donald Trump has mocked South Korean film Parasite and its best picture victory at the Oscars. Director Bong Joon-Ho’s searing commentary on class struggle made history at the Academy Awards this month when it became the first foreign language film to win the top prize. On a memorable night, Parasite also earned Bong best director and won both best original screenplay […]

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US intelligence chief replaced 'after clash with Donald Trump over Russian bid to boost re-election'

Donald Trump replaced his intelligence chief on Thursday as reports emerged that the US president was furious with the official over a briefing given to lawmakers about Russian interference in the 2020 election campaign. Mr Trump reportedly erupted in anger at acting director of national intelligence (DNI) Joseph Maguire when he learned of the February 13 session […]

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Windrush draft report that called Home Office institutionally racist 'was watered down'

A review that found the Home Office was “institutionally racist” over its treatment of migrants has been watered down, according to a report. The independent review into the Home Office’s “hostile environment” policy – which was supposed to be published in March last year – was set up following the Windrush scandal in 2018, in which […]

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Junior doctor so stressed about being late for shift he drove car wrong way round a roundabout and threw himself at police car, tribunal hears

A junior doctor who was arrested and handcuffed by police after he had a panic-fuelled meltdown over fears he would be late for work was battling to save his career in medicine on Thursday. Dr Andrew Sadler, 24, had been due to turn in for a shift at a hospital but kept waking up and […]

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British spies blame Russian 'Sandworm' unit for cyberattack on Georgia

Security services have blamed the Russian intelligence ‘Sandworm’ unit for cyberattack on Georgia, amid fears it could be the start of a wider destabilisation campaign. The Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab described the online assault, which downed the Caucus state’s national broadcasters and websites in October, as “reckless and brazen”. Georgia today took the usual step […]

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UK weather: Storm Dennis sent '900 cars' worth of water a second through some villages as flooding threat remains

Storm Dennis has sent “900 cars” worth of water through some villages, experts claim, as flood-hit communities are warned things will get worse before it gets better. Jeremy Parr, Head of Flood and Incident Risk Management at Natural Resources Wales, revealed that in some parts of the Taff Valley region over the weekend there were 900 cubics meters-per-second of […]

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Germany 'terror attack': 'Far-Right' suspect found dead after 10 people killed in Hanau shooting – latest news

Full report: 10 people killed and four injured after two shootings Ten people have been killed in what is being investigated as a suspected terror attack in the German city of Hanau after a suspected far-Right gunman opened fire at two shisha bars. This is what we know: Local media have named the suspect as Tobias R, […]

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Australia in shock after rugby star sets alight to car carrying his estranged wife and three children

Prime Minister Scott Morrison said Thursday that Australians were “shocked, saddened and devastated” by the deaths of four people including three children after a car fire in apparent domestic violence. Hannah Baxter, 31, and her children Aaliyah, 6, Lainah, 4, and Trey, 3, died after their car was set alight on a street in suburban Brisbane on […]

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Exclusive: Christopher Steele feared Russian assassination after discovering explosive Trump-Kremlin claims 

Crossfire: Episode 2 – The Dossier Former MI6 agent Christopher Steele feared assassination from Russia after he discovered explosive Trump-Kremlin allegations before the 2016 US election, his friends have told The Telegraph. People who have known Mr Steele for more than a decade feared he would be the target of reprisal attacks after detailing the […]

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Oxford could remove Homer and Virgil from compulsory Classics syllabus amid diversity drive

Oxford could remove Homer and Virgil from the  compulsory Classics syllabus as part of a diversity drive, it has emerged.  Homer’s epic poems, the Iliad and the Odyssey, are considered central works of ancient Greek literature, while Virgil’s Aeneid is one of the most revered poems in Latin literature. Oxford Classicists currently take papers on Homer and Virgil during exams […]

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Wednesday evening news briefing: Immigration points system 'not end of Polish builders'

If you want to receive twice-daily briefings like this by email, sign up to the Front Page newsletter here. For two-minute audio updates, try The Briefing – on podcasts, smart speakers and WhatsApp. Priti Patel defends new immigration points system Priti Patel has defended the Government’s new immigration points system as she insisted it was “not the end of the […]

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Japan faces mounting criticism over coronavirus cruise crisis

A Japanese infectious diseases expert was ejected from the locked down Diamond Princess cruise ship in Yokohama this week after he raised questions about quarantine lapses, amid mounting criticism of the government’s handling of the coronavirus crisis on board.  In a damning expose on YouTube, Kentaro Iwata, an infectious diseases professor at Kobe University, said he […]

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UK weather: Flood-hit residents braced for further flooding as rivers threaten barriers

Flood-hit communities are braced for further heavy rain as river levels continue to threaten to breach barriers. Hundreds of properties have been flooded and at-risk properties evacuated across England and Wales after the downpours brought to the UK by Storm Dennis. The Environment Agency (EA) has warned that levels on the Rivers Wye and Severn […]

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Trump commutes sentence of former Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich in clemency spree

President Donald Trump on Tuesday said he had commuted the sentence of Rod Blagojevich, the former Democratic governor of Illinois convicted of corruption for trying to sell former President Barack Obama’s vacated US Senate seat. Blagojevich, who appeared on Mr Trump’s “Celebrity Apprentice” reality television show in 2010 while awaiting trial, had been serving a 14-year […]

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Tuesday evening news briefing: Drug shortage fears as coronavirus slows Chinese factories

If you want to receive twice-daily briefings like this by email, sign up to the Front Page newsletter here. For two-minute audio updates, try The Briefing – on podcasts, smart speakers and WhatsApp. Drug shortages threat following coronavirus outbreak The coronavirus outbreak may cause drug shortages as China’s factories either shut down or operate at a drastically reduced capacity. An […]

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UK weather: 'This is not normal flooding. We are in uncharted territory', says Environment Agency

Climate change means homeowners should not expect flood protection Analysis: The UK must have a strategy for stormy weather ahead Subscribe to The Telegraph, free for 30 days Areas of the UK are in “uncharted territory” after record levels of flooding, with more heavy rain forecast for later in the week. Nine severe flood warnings, indicating […]

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Boy Scouts of America files for bankruptcy after thousands of sex abuse claims

Barraged by hundreds of sex-abuse lawsuits, the Boy Scouts of America filed for bankruptcy protection Tuesday in hopes of working out a potentially mammoth victim compensation plan that will allow the hallowed, 110-year-old organisation to carry on. The Chapter 11 filing in federal bankruptcy court in Wilmington, Delaware, sets in motion what could be one of the biggest, […]

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Tuesday morning news briefing: Brexit 'can benefit all of Europe'

If you want to receive twice-daily briefings like this by email, sign up to the Front Page newsletter here. For two-minute audio updates, try The Briefing – on podcasts, smart speakers and WhatsApp. UK negotiator talks up gains of ‘economic competition’ Boris Johnson’s chief negotiator has set out his stall in his first major speech in Brussels. David Frost […]

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Climate change protesters dig up Trinity College lawn at Cambridge

Trinity College Cambridge said it “regrets the criminal damage done to its property” after climate activists staged a protest by digging up its lawn. Extinction Rebellion cited the college’s “ties with fossil fuel companies” and its role in the development of Innocence Farm in Suffolk as reasons for the protest on Monday. On the group’s Facebook […]

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Monday evening news briefing: Storm Dennis death toll rises

If you want to receive twice-daily briefings like this by email, sign up to the Front Page newsletter here. For two-minute audio updates, try The Briefing – on podcasts, smart speakers and WhatsApp. Storm Dennis death toll rises as flooding continues Britain is enduring a second day of flooding and travel chaos after being battered by Storm Dennis. Four people […]

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Secretary stole £1.2m from property tycoon boss to buy herself sports cars, court hears as she is spared jail

A secretary who stole nearly £1.2m from her property tycoon bosses and used it to splash out on a fleet of luxury cars has been spared jail. Samina Khan, 48, bought Aston Martins, BMWs, Porsches, and Audis while fiddling the books and forging signatures at Landmark and Duram Properties over a period of 13 years. […]

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Shamima Begum says 'whole world fell apart' after losing citizenship appeal

Shamima Begum said her “whole world fell apart” when she lost the first stage of her appeal against losing her British citizenship. Appearing for the first time without her black burka, in line with deradicalisation efforts in Roj, a camp managed by Western-backed Syrian Democratic Forces, ‘Isil bride’ runaway Begum told ABC News: “I kind […]

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Coronavirus latest news: Cases hit 70,000 while Britons may be stuck in quarantine in Japan

Britons on Diamond Princess may be quarantined in Japan Woman tests positive after two weeks stuck on Westerdam cruise Covid-19 symptoms: what to look for and how to treat it Subscribe to The Telegraph, free for 30 days British citizens trapped on a cruise ship rife with coronavirus may be quarantined in Japan, it emerged […]

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Supercomputer to improve weather forecasts to receive £1.2 billion funding from the Government

A new supercomputer providing more accurate forecasts of severe weather is to receive £1.2 billion from the Government towards its development. The technology will be managed by the Met Office, with the aim of offering more sophisticated rainfall predictions and better forecasting at airports. Data will also be used to predict storms more accurately, select the […]

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Heathrow Airport apologises for disruption caused by 'technical issues'

Heathrow Airport has apologised for disruption caused by “technical issues”. The west London hub said extra staff had been put on to help with directing people to their gates. The situation at the airport, which appeared to be causing delays, was described on Twitter by one passenger as “utter chaos”. Jenny Nielsen tweeted pictures of whiteboards […]

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