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Featuring a rose, leek, thistle and shamrock, the Royal Mint believes the new coin will be the most secure in the world against counterfeiting
Chancellor George Osborne will unveil a new 12-sided pound coin featuring the four symbols of the UK – a rose, leek, thistle and shamrock – emerging from a royal coronet, ahead of his budget on Wednesday.
A close friend of Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev testified on Tuesday that Tsarnaev borrowed a gun from him two months before the 2013 attack and “kept coming up with excuses” for not returning it.
The sociology professor arrested over the weekend after she lit a cigarette on a flight from Nicaragua to Miami and loudly ranted for hours about the United States declaring war on Venezuela, told her crazy side of the crazy story to Philadelphia magazine today. It is everything you hoped it could be.
Water regulators in California voted on Tuesday to outlaw watering the lawn within 48 hours of a rainstorm, the latest effort to spur Californians to conserve as the state enters its fourth year of drought.
Facing a dramatic slowdown in voluntary conservation efforts by property owners, the state Water Resources Control Board also tightened conservation rules in other ways, prohibiting water from being served in restaurants unless customers request it, and forbidding lawn-watering more than twice a week.
Wales know a record Six Nations victory over Italy in Rome may not be enough to secure a third Six Nations title in four years, as they trail Ireland and England on points difference, and Warren Gatland has questioned how the fixture schedule is drawn up. The head coach asked why some teams are regularly given less demanding opponents first up than Wales do.
Wales faced England in the first round this year, the seventh time in 16 seasons of the Six Nations the two countries have started against each other. In contrast, Ireland have met Italy seven times on the opening weekend, the same number of occasions France have taken on Scotland.
The Football Association chairman Greg Dyke has called an increase in incidents where players crowd the referee “pretty scary” and warned of the potentially toxic effects at grassroots and youth level.
As revealed by the Observer on Sunday, the number of clubs charged over incidents where three or more players have approached the referee in a confrontational manner has already almost tripled in the top five divisions on last season.
Theresa May asks for police whistleblowers to be offered immunity to testify against the late MP and any public figures allegedly involved in child sex abuse
Theresa May has said the claims a police investigation into the late Liberal MP Cyril Smith was scrapped, and corruption blocked other historic police operations into child abuse, were “shocking and could lead to criminal prosecutions”.
The Conservative home secretary also told a committee of MPs on Tuesday she hoped immunity from prosecution under the Official Secrets Act will be offered to former police officers and intelligence agents who are prepared to testify about allegations of paedophile rings and other child sex abuse to the police, or to the government’s separate public inquiry.
Other people were rather worried that if Cyril Smith went before a court, he would open his mouth
Postmodern American architect Michael Graves, who died last week aged 80, injected more childlike exuberance into his buildings and product designs than any of his contemporaries – and produced some of the most divisive works of the period as a result
The Federal Bureau of Prisons has cancelled its contract with the private operator of the Willacy County, Texas, correctional facility after days of unrest left the site uninhabitable and resulted in 2,800 inmates being transferred to other prison facilities. The contract cancellation leaves the future of the notorious facility unclear.
A spokesman for Management and Training Corporation (MTC), the company which ran the facility, which mostly held immigrants convicted of entering the US without documentation, told the Guardian the federal department had cancelled the contract as “inmate population nationwide is down and [the bureau] no longer has a need at this time for additional beds”.
Patrick Bamford showed Derby County just what they are missing as he scored the goal that proved how deadly he can be as a central striker as Middlesbrough remained joint-top of the Championship.
The England Under-21 striker, a Nottingham Forest supporter who spent last season on loan from Chelsea to Derby, scored the decisive goal between these promotion rivals midway through the second half. Bamford also scored when Middlesbrough beat these opponents at the Riverside in December and, at a time when Derby are missing their main goalscorer Chris Martin so badly that they have won only twice in 10 games, he offered the touch of class that could prove the difference.
The lesson for Arsenal is they cannot leave themselves needing these kind of feats of escapology and expect to get away with it. Arsène Wenger’s side did their best to file this night among the great occasions of his long reign but ultimately it was just beyond them. It has become a recurring theme and, once again, glorious failure still amounts to failure.
What a bewildering team they are when they can play with this amount of distinction yet lose to the same side 3-1 at home. No team has recovered from that position in the European Cup since Ajax managed it against Benfica in 1969, back in the day of Johan Cruyff and Eusébio, but Arsenal tempted us, briefly, into thinking they might just actually do it.
Heather Watson exited the BNP Paribas Open at the fourth-round stage after a final-set slump against Carla Suárez Navarro in Indian Wells.
The British number one went into the match on a high after a career-best win over Agnieszka Radwanska, the world No8, two days ago.
Last Saturday night, a gaggle of fuck-hungry rich folks gathered in a 23rd Street loft to celebrate the New York City debut of Killing Kittens, a soiree where the world's "sexually elite" are free to tug rhythmically at each other's appendages without the distracting presence of uglies. According to a mostly sex-free writeup in the New York Post, at least one high-powered Manhattan couple was present. But who?