Meet the Female Soviet Spy Who Could Have Killed Hitler and Prevented the Second World War

The spy went to the German Democratic Republic, where she worked in the Chamber of Commerce for foreign trade and as a head of the Capitalist Countries Division in the Central Department of Foreign Information. She gained some success as a writer, publishing short stories, novels and an autobiography, Sonja’s Rapport (Sonya’s Report) under the […]

David Chang, Chef and Author of ‘Eat a Peach’ Recommends Five Books About Food, Chefdom, and Perspective

DC: So the story behind that Instagram account is that my entire family came for my son’s 1st birthday, on March 1st. And so we all ended up stuck there and I needed to get out. And my buddy is like “I have a place where you and Grace can stay,” and so we go […]

‘Monday to Wednesdays are the new weekend!’ Restaurants see surge in bookings as food lovers dine out in droves on first day of Rishi’s 50% discount scheme but owners fear Saturday and Sunday demand will fall

They then make a claim seven days after the date of registration — August 7 at the earliest. HMRC then gives out a claim reference number and (all going to plan) the claim amount goes into the registered bank account in five days. Businesses will still need to pay VAT based on the full amount […]

Coronavirus: ‘rule of six’ to apply in England from Monday

To help police the new test and trace rules, the government will set out a package of support to local authorities, including a register of recently retired environmental health officers, to allow them to enforce the new rules. There will also be a renewed focus on border rules, including simplifying the arrival forms and ensuring […]

Taiwan artisans fuse reality and fantasy in miniature worlds

“I like to try to make anything, whether it’s clean, old or dirty, to let my imagination run wild,” he told AFP. His creations range from a replica of a 40-year-old grocery store in central Taiwan that caught his eye, to an imaginary “secret maintenance base” for a legion of Minions made from a discarded […]

Tuesday briefing: Brexit talks head for bitter end

Journalists forced to flee China – Two Australian foreign correspondents in China have been urgently flown home after a tense diplomatic standoff. It comes as China is accused of using “hostage diplomacy” against journalists from countries whose leaders have criticised its Communist party government. The ABC’s Bill Birtles took sanctuary in the Australian embassy in […]

Coronavirus: fears of a potential second wave rise across Europe

The warnings came as Madrid’s regional government imposed new restrictions to halt the spread of the virus in and around the Spanish capital, and the German foreign ministry advised people not to travel to the hard-hit Spanish regions of Aragon, Catalonia and Navarre.

The brutal, bitchy world of the billionaire wives: After marrying media tycoon Conrad Black, BARBARA AMIEL revelled in her new-found wealth. But as she reveals in the final part of her new memoir, she soon confirmed that money can’t buy true friends

Jayne was the Group’s deity, an infallible source of knowledge about high-society life as lived in the thinnest of its ozone layers. She had nothing to lose, I reasoned, and would help a newcomer. After all, in her life before marriage to [oil executive and art collector] Charles B. Wrightsman she was a salesgirl, albeit […]

North of England public urged to ‘do their bit’ to stop Covid surge

“A significant minority believe it is OK to have house parties, hold events with unregulated crowds, ignore the rules – well it isn’t,” they wrote. “Household transmission remains the biggest danger. By not following the guidance, advice and legislation you are at greater risk of spreading the virus to your own family, which as we […]

Wednesday briefing: England under rule of six

Virtually all gatherings of more than six people in England will be banned, Boris Johnson is due to announce today. The change, beginning on Monday, follows a sudden spike in infections with almost 8,500 positive tests recorded in England in three days. The limit applies across all of England in private and public spaces including […]