EU will not be ‘blackmailed’ over UK vaccine supplies
France’s foreign minister has said the EU will not be “blackmailed” by the UK on Covid vaccines. Speaking after President Macron’s failed gambit to block exports of the vaccine, Jean-Yves Le Drian said Europe would not “pay the price” for the UK’s decision to prioritise the number of people getting a first dose “knowing there will be problems with the second one”. The heads of state and government of the remaining 27 EU member states held a video summit last night to discuss stricter export controls on vaccines. Yet James Crisp analyses how EU leaders have left the gun of an export ban on the negotiating table with Britain but they do not want to pull the trigger in case they shoot themselves in the foot.
Armed forces to adopt ‘Premier League-style training’
The Armed Forces are to adopt Premier League-style training methods to improve the performance of servicemen and women, The Telegraph has learnt. Traditional military drills such as completing distance runs under an allotted time are to be downgraded in favour of a new data-driven approach “specifically tailored” to individuals. The programmes will be akin to how elite athletes are monitored, The Telegraph understands, with output and data measured “like never before” to help troops improve their mental and physical resilience on the battlefield.
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Mohammed cartoon | The school at the centre of a row over the showing of a cartoon of the Prophet Mohammed in class has closed after crowds gathered at the gates for a second day. See video from the scene.
Around the world: At least 32 dead in Egypt train crash
Egyptian president Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi vowed to punish those responsible for a train crash on Friday that killed at least 32 people and injured over 100, in the latest of several fatal rail accidents to befall the country. The Egyptian railway authority said the crash, which left passengers trapped under wreckage, was caused by “unknown individuals” pulling the emergency brakes. Read on for details.
‘I gave him a head start of 10g of cocaine and four bottles of whisky’
For Jimmy White, a renewal of rivalries with Stephen Hendry in the first round of qualifying for the World Championship is enough to unleash a flood of memories. He tells Hector Nunns that few of them are happy
City access to Single Market | The UK and European Union have reached a deal on a forum for both sides to discuss financial services regulation. The memorandum of understanding sets the terms of engagement between the two parties but does not grant the City of London access to the EU’s Single Market. Read on for details.
India vs England | Jonny Bairstow and Ben Stokes launched a six-hitting blitz as England delivered a savage batting performance to tie the ODI series with India at 1-1. Read on for the match report.
Three things for tonight
And finally… for this evening’s downtime
The history of Sherlock spin-offs | The ever-popular consulting detective has proved a gold mine for adaptations but don’t blame the fans – his creator got there first. Susannah Goldsbrough takes on the curious case of Sherlock Holmes and the never-ending spin-offs.
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