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I suspect no door or beginning will match the one we and the kids opened that day in August 2000, as we stepped onto the terrace of our house in Herault

We are about to vacate our little holiday home in Puissalicon in the Languedoc, the one my wife and I and the kids and extended family and friends fel(...)

 Rory Best: “It’s been a little bit of a roller-coaster of emotion, pressure, everything.”

The end of the road, the end of a journey and, in Rory Best’s case, the end of his career. This was not remotely how he or the rest of this team, Irel(...)

Ryan Moore riding Ten Sovereigns to win The Darley July Cup Stakes at Newmarket in July. Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

It’s a stretch to say the ‘British Champions Day’ tag is a misnomer but the context of Saturday’s action includes Aidan O’Brien’s decision to send Rya(...)

The UK  is about to leave the main political-economic club on the continent without any broader strategy as to how it will manage its relationship with that organisation. Photograph:  Olivier Matthys/Pool/AFP via Getty Images

Beyond vague slogans and nostalgic evocation of bygone glories, Brexiteers have always struggled to articulate a coherent vision of Britain’s place in(...)

El Greco: part of the 1575 version of Christ Driving the Traders from the Temple. Photograph: Minneapolis Institute of Art

Greco’s Virgin surges forward, draped in the vibrant blue that inspired Picasso, surfing on a thin crescent moon. The monumental painting measures mor(...)

Outgoing president of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker earned a round of applause from the hardbitten hacks. Photograph: Olivier Hoslet/EPA

The failure of the EU leaders to agree to opening EU accession talks with North Macedonia and Albania was a “mistake of historic proportions”, Europea(...)

 The photograph posted by Donald Trump claiming  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was having a ‘meltdown’. Photograph: Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead via AP

It started with a letter; it ended with a picture. This week the world was given an insight into the diplomacy of Donald Trump when a letter he penne(...)

Albanian prime minister Edi Rama said his country was “collateral damage” in the EU’s internal disputes. Photograph: Gent Shkullaku/AFP

North Macedonia and Albania reacted with dismay on Friday to a decision by member states not to start accession talks with the two Balkan candidate co(...)

As Donald Trump’s missteps in the Middle East compounded his impeachment troubles this week, Vladimir Putin could look on contentedly as the cards in Syria fell Moscow’s way. Photograph: Alexey Druzhinin/Sputnik/AFP via Getty Images

As Donald Trump’s missteps in the Middle East compounded his impeachment troubles this week, Vladimir Putin could look on contentedly as the cards in (...)

An intense ‘battle for survival’ between a Tibetan fox and a marmot. Photograph: Yongqing Bao/PA.

An intense “battle for survival” moment between a Tibetan fox and a marmot has won the UK’s Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition. The winnin(...)

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