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British Airways owner loses £500m in value after IT meltdown

IAG shares plunge amid fears for airline’s long-term reputation as premium carrier after IT failure stranded 75,000 passengers on busy holiday weekend Half a billion pounds was wiped off the market value of British Airways owner IAG following the weekend chaos caused by computer system outages, which grounded hundreds of flights. IAG shares fell more than 4% to 588p in London on Tuesday after the flight cancellations caused by the IT disaster left 75,000 passengers stranded over the bank holiday weekend. Continue reading...

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Will too much rest kill the Warriors' NBA finals campaign?

Golden State have swept through the playoffs so far but too many days off can affect a team’s sharpness at the most important stage of the season The Golden State Warriors entered the 2016 NBA finals under-rested and overwhelmed. Plagued by questions about Stephen Curry’s dodgy knee and Draymond Green’s kicks to the groin, they had just two days off before the finals. Did a lack of rest ultimately play a role in their breakdown? Perhaps this year’s Warriors will answer that question. In a remarkable reversal of fortune, after finishing their jog to the 2017 NBA finals 12-0, this year’s Warriors were given nine days to rest and recuperate before Warriors-Cavaliers III. Continue reading...

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French Open 2017: Jo Konta and Andy Murray in action on day three – live!

* Rolling updates from day three at Roland Garros * Email [email protected] | Tweet @JacobSteinberg * Kuznetsov says Murray will rise above his recent poor form * Djokovic gets off to winning start at French Open with Agassi as coach 9.41am BST Hello. In the women’s draw, world No1 Angelique Kerber has already fallen, beaten in two measly sets by Ekaterina Marakova, and there’s every chance that the leading men’s is going to join the German on the scrapheap today. Andy Murray, after all, is only the top seed at Roland Garros in name in the opinion of most pundits. It’s been a wretched five months for the knighted world No1, featuring a shock defeat at the Australian Open, an elbow injury, flu, shingles and a miserable build-up to this tournament, all of which makes him vulnerable before his first-round match against Russia’s Andrey Kuznetsov. Murray was a beaten finalist last year - not many people are expecting him to make it that far this time. They’re on Philippe Chatrier third. First up it’s another British hopeful, with Jo Konta taking on Hsieh Su-wei. Konta, the seventh seed, is confident about her chances and will expect to win this one, although she’s never been entirely comfortable on clay. Continue reading...

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David Wagner’s little dogs show team spirit to take Huddersfield Town up | Nick Miller

The Premier League’s newest additions will have a big job on their hands next season but their togetherness and high-energy style may give them a chance Before Huddersfield’s penalty shootout victory in a grim play-off final their manager, David Wagner, was fond of comparing his side’s promotion charge with Leicester winning the Premier League last season. That might be a touch strong but Wagner’s achievement in bringing Huddersfield into the top flight for the first time in 45 years remains utterly extraordinary. Wagner was appointed in November 2015 with the immediate brief of making sure Huddersfield avoided relegation to League One. They were 18th at the time, glancing over their shoulders with profound concern. A little over 18 months later those worried supporters turned into the undulating mass of ecstasy that lost their collective minds when Christopher Schindler placed, with ludicrous certainty and assurance, the crucial penalty into the bottom corner. The sight of Tommy Smith, the Terriers’ captain who left the game on a stretcher, dispensing with his crutches in order to join in fully with the celebrations, seemed to sum the mood up neatly. The “little dogs”, as Wagner calls them, barked long and loud. Continue reading...

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Inside Gaysi: the blog transforming India’s queer scene

Gay sex is against the law in India, but an online zine that also hosts events for LGBTQI people has become a pioneering force for changeThe latest issue of the Gaysi zine sports a simple but striking cover in dark colours: a scattered collage of human forms, with the words “All That We Want” across it. Thumb through the magazine and you will find pieces of fiction, photo-essays, personal narratives, illustrations and how-to guides on the theme of sexual desire, from A Quick Guide to Scissoring to evocative verse on Love in the Age of Surveillance. It is the sort of content that would not seem out of place in a gay zine published in Europe or the US, but in India it is positively subversive – and the first of its kind. Continue reading...

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Isis car bomb explodes outside Baghdad ice-cream shop

Thirteen killed and dozens wounded by blast in centre of capital as families break fast during Ramadan A car bomb has exploded outside an ice-cream shop in central Baghdad, killing 15 people and wounding 24, hospital and police officials said. The Islamic State militant group claimed responsibility for the attack on Monday night, which Iraqi officials said appeared to involve remotely detonated explosives inside a parked car. Continue reading...

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Adani reaches mine royalty agreement with Queensland government

Indian mining giant says coalmine project is back on track after agreement with Palaszczuk government A royalties agreement has been reached between the Queensland government and Indian mining giant Adani, days after the premier, Annastacia Palaszczuk, denied backflipping on a deal because of divisions inside her government. Ministers attended a snap cabinet meeting on Friday and unanimously agreed the company would not be given a royalties holiday on its proposed $16bn mine. Continue reading...

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Syd: 'The backlash from the gay community hurt my feelings'

Once part of divisive rap crew Odd Future, the artist has released one of the best R&B solo albums of 2017. But has she managed to leave the controversy behind? Sydney Bennett has the demeanour of someone who’s already seen it all. At 25, the divisive R&B artist has reaped praise from Beyoncé, Adele and Pharrell, received a Grammy nomination, toured the world with hip-hop hellraisers Odd Future, Generation Blogger’s answer to Wu-Tang Clan, and even been called a “ misogynistic lesbian”. But she is so bemused by her growing notoriety that she’d rather avoid human interaction altogether. “I have stopped going out places just to avoid uncomfortable conversations,” says Syd, her moniker now without its former appendage Tha Kyd. She is a little distant, dressed in a plaid shirt and slurping on a large Starbucks in a hotel room in London. “There are certain places that I go to where a lot people know who I am and some of those people want to talk to me. And I like talking to people sometimes but I don’t know …” The attention, she says, “is just not normal”. Continue reading...

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