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Sotheby’s bought by French billionaire for $3.7bn

Image copyright Reuters Sotheby’s is being bought by telecoms billionaire Patrick Drahi in a deal valuing the auction house at $3.7bn. The company, which has been on the New York stock market for 31 years, will return to private ownership after a troubled period. French entrepreneur and art collector Mr Drahi, founder of telecoms group […]

Tory leadership race: Contenders clash over Brexit

Image copyright PA Image caption From left to right: Michael Gove, Jeremy Hunt, Sajid Javid, Dominic Raab and Rory Stewart Contenders to replace Theresa May as Conservative leader have clashed over delivering Brexit during a TV debate. The MPs argued over whether a new deal could be renegotiated with the EU, and the prospect of […]

Gulf of Oman: Iran protests to UK ambassador

Image copyright AFP/HO/IRIB Image caption Images from Iranian State TV showed smoke billowing from a tanker in the Gulf of Oman Iran has protested to Britain’s ambassador in Tehran after being accused of involvement in attacks on two oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman. Iran has denied involvement, but Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt said […]

Tory leadership race: EU will renegotiate Brexit package, says Hunt

The EU “would be willing to renegotiate” a Brexit deal, says Tory leadership hopeful Jeremy Hunt, adding “they want to solve the problem”. The EU has previously said the withdrawal agreement reached with the UK cannot be reopened. Unlike the race frontrunner, Boris Johnson, Mr Hunt did not commit to leaving the EU on 31 […]

Wainfleet flooding: More homes evacuated

Media captionThree RAF Chinook helicopters dropped 270 tonnes of ballast to fill a breach in the river bank More homes are being evacuated following severe flooding in a Lincolnshire town. Residents in 580 properties in and around Wainfleet will be moved amid concerns about flood defences along the River Steeping. The Environment Agency said water […]

London violence: Five attacks leave three dead in 24 hours

Image copyright Isabel Infantes/PA Image caption The victim died at the scene of the stabbing in Wandsworth Police have made 14 arrests after five separate attacks in London left three men dead and three others injured in the space of 24 hours. An 18-year-old man was stabbed to death at about 16:42 BST on Friday […]

Varadkar: Removing backstop ‘is effectively no deal’

Image copyright Reuters The taoiseach (Irish prime minister) has said removing the backstop from the Withdrawal Agreement, would be “effectively the same as no deal”. Leo Varadkar was responding to comments from some candidates seeking to replace Theresa May as prime minister. Many contenders have proposed changes to the backstop, even though the EU says […]

Tory leadership: Rival candidates say there must be ‘no coronation’

Media captionTory leadership: Rivals insist there must be no ‘coronation’ for Boris Rivals for the Conservative leadership have said there must be no uncontested “coronation” for leadership frontrunner Boris Johnson. Several candidates said the party needed to learn from the experience of electing Theresa May unopposed in 2016. “Let’s not make the same mistake again,” […]

Jeremy Hunt brands Labour leader ‘pathetic’ over Iran comments

Image copyright EPA Image caption Norwegian-owned tanker Front Altair was set ablaze on Thursday The foreign secretary has branded Jeremy Corbyn “pathetic”, after he questioned whether the UK had “credible evidence” Iran was behind attacks on two oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman. Jeremy Hunt said responsibility for Thursday’s attacks “almost certainly” lies with […]

Wainfleet flooding: More evacuations of homes

Media captionThree RAF Chinook helicopters dropped 270 tonnes of ballast to fill a breach in the river bank More homes are being evacuated following severe flooding in a town. Residents in 290 properties in Wainfleet, Lincolnshire, will be moved over concerns about flood defences on the River Steeping. The Environment Agency said water levels remained […]