MCC U-turns on Eton-Harrow match at Lord’s

MCC is understood to have agreed to an 11th-hour about-turn over their axing of Eton-Harrow and Oxford-Cambridge fixtures at Lord’s. A climbdown amid protests from a rebellion group comes just 24 hours after incoming president Stephen Fry backed the governing body to stand its ground at a crunch meeting with members. Accusations that MCC “trampled … Read more

Shoulder surgeon may have put hundreds of patients at risk as decade of complaints revealed

Angela Glover underwent two operations by Mr Shah. It later emerged a screw had been inappropriately placed during the first procedure, the BBC reported. Her partner, Simon Roberts, said she was in “constant pain” and it has affected her mental health. He told the BBC: “Angela’s not confident to hold a baby and that’s very … Read more

Banks pull mortgages from sale amid interest rate chaos

In a pointed reference to market demand for forecasts for the public finances from the independent Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR), which were not released by Kwasi Kwarteng, the Chancellor, when he announced plans to slash taxes last week, Mr Bailey said: “ I welcome the Government’s commitment to sustainable economic growth, and to the … Read more

Nasa ready to crash £300m spacecraft into an asteroid

They will do this by timing how long Dimorphos takes to orbit Didymos and seeing if Dart has had any effect while cubesats, released from Dart before impact, will capture images. Disruption caused by Dart is not expected to be vast but should be enough to have a significant impact over time. Tom Statler, a … Read more

Universities asked to explain ‘disadvantaged’ criteria for offers

Universities will be asked to explain how they judge whether someone is “disadvantaged” by the higher education regulator. The Office for Students is preparing to launch a consultation next week on new requirements for university “access and participation” plans which ask universities to explain measures they use to give more offers to poorer pupils. John … Read more

Russians blocked from fleeing country by border guards

At Upper Lars in the Caucasus, at least 5,000 cars were lining up on Monday waiting to cross from Russia into Georgia, which has become one of the most popular escape routes, according to Russian officials. Authorities on the Georgian side of the border said about 115,000 people and 37,000 cars crossed from Russia last … Read more

US whistleblower Edward Snowden granted Russian citizenship

US authorities have for years wanted Mr Snowden returned to the US to face a criminal trial on espionage charges. As president, Donald Trump said he would “take a look” at pardoning Mr Snowden, but never did. Mr Snowden married his US partner Lindsay Mills in a courthouse in Moscow and the couple have a … Read more

Israel pilots robotic machine gun at West Bank checkpoint

The machine gun has been installed on Shuhada Street, where there are frequent demonstrations by Palestinians against Jewish settlers and the Israeli army. It appears to have been deployed to disperse such gatherings if they become violent. Smart Shooter, the manufacturer of the weapon, describes it as “an automatic targeting and firing system for small … Read more

What the US means when it says ‘catastrophic consequences’

“That could lose any support the action had in the UN and cede the international moral high ground. “Horizontal escalation is likely what they’ll be thinking. Make the Russians hurt elsewhere.” Such a response could see Russian military capabilities targeted in other regions of the world, for example in Syria, although this could risk spreading … Read more

Botox could reduce depression and anxiety

Botox injections to stave off creases made by frowning and a furrowed brow may help alleviate some symptoms of depression, a study suggests. Botox is a common beauty treatment to alleviate wrinkles by paralyzing facial muscles with the toxin from the Clostridium botulinum bacteria. It is also used for non-superficial medical needs, such as to … Read more