defenders, transfer, fees, rocketed, quest, success

How defenders’ transfer fees rocketed in quest for success

“I was in demand,” remembered Phil Babb. “I was on holiday and every other day I was reading the papers and I was going here, there and everywhere.” Back in 1994, the player who was once rejected by his local club Millwall appeared to have the world at his feet. Fresh from his exploits for Republic of Ireland at the ...

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Jack Reacher, Tom Cruise, ditch, goody, two-shoes, act

Hit the road, Jack Reacher: why Tom Cruise should ditch the goody two-shoes act

Tom Cruise is stuck in a holding pattern of total heroism and diminishing artistic returns, and he badly needs to break out of it. Look at the last decade of his work: he’s been almost tediously unstoppable. He has had three outings as the indestructible, comically resourceful and courageous Ethan Hunt in three of the Mission: Impossibles (with another one ...

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May, Corbyn, UK, attempt, sway, voters

May and Corbyn cross UK in attempt to sway voters on final day of campaigning

Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn criss-crossed the country on the final day of a hard-fought campaign in which the Conservatives remained clear favourites to secure an overall majority despite an energetic bid for power by the Labour party. The Labour leader attended six rallies, starting at Glasgow at 8am and ending in his own patch of Islington with a speech ...

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Polygraph, pedophiles, virtual reality, assess, sex offenders

Polygraph for pedophiles: how virtual reality is used to assess sex offenders

In a maximum security mental health facility in Montreal is a “cave-like” virtual reality vault that’s used to show images of child sexual abuse to sex offenders. Patients sit inside the vault with devices placed around their penises to measure signs of arousal as they are shown computer-generated animations of naked children. “We do develop pornography, but these images and ...

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Christopher Wray, Trump, replace, Comey, FBI director

Who is Christopher Wray, Trump’s pick to replace Comey as FBI director?

After Donald Trump’s abrupt firing of the FBI director, James Comey, last month, former agents said the bureau’s rank-and-file wanted one thing: a fiercely independent replacement who would restore the bureau’s reputation for staying apolitical. Christopher Wray, a criminal defense attorney and former senior justice department official, may not have been their first choice. But Trump’s pick for FBI director ...

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James Comey, reveals, concerns, Trump, devastating, Congress

James Comey reveals concerns about Trump in devastating account to Congress

The fired FBI chief, James Comey, has publicly revealed how Donald Trump put pressure on him to shut down an investigation into a senior adviser’s links to Russia. Trump asked Comey to drop his investigation into the former national security adviser Gen Michael Flynn, Comey’s first written account of his interactions says. “I hope you can see your way clear ...

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Iranian military, blames, Saudis, 12 killed, Tehran, terrorist attack

Iranian military blames Saudis after 12 killed in Tehran terrorist attack

Iran’s Revolutionary Guards have blamed Saudi Arabia for the first terrorist attack claimed by Islamic State in their country, setting the stage for spiralling tensions between the two rivals at a critical moment in the region. At least 12 people were killed and dozens more injured in Tehran on Wednesday when gunmen and suicide bombers attacked the Iranian parliament and ...

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OECD, outlook, global, economy

OECD: outlook for global economy is ‘better, but not good enough’

Rising inflation and weak wage growth will leave Britain rooted to the bottom of the league table for living standards among the west’s richest countries in 2018, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development has warned. In the last piece of economic news before the general election, the Paris-based thinktank said the next government would spend the first 18 months ...

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Oldest Homo sapiens bones ever found shake foundations of the human story

Fossils recovered from an old mine on a desolate mountain in Morocco have rocked one of the most enduring foundations of the human story: that Homo sapiens arose in a cradle of humankind in East Africa 200,000 years ago. Archaeologists unearthed the bones of at least five people at Jebel Irhoud, a former barite mine 100km west of Marrakesh, in ...

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Trump’s attack on London mayor ‘indefensible’, says former CIA chief

Michael Hayden, the former head of the CIA and NSA, has described Donald Trump’s criticism of the London mayor, Sadiq Khan, as “stunning” and “indefensible”, saying that he understands the swell of anger from “the great body of the British people”. In an interview, Hayden declined to say whether the UK government should rescind the invitation extended to the president ...

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