How to create the ultimate guest bedroom: top tips from design experts

Everyone I canvassed for this feature was united on providing good lighting to make your guests feel catered for. And so, if by some fluke your spare room needs rewiring, then the winning formula is a combination of wall lights and side lights for reading – all of which are controlled from a central toggle … Read more

Fewer graduates could get first-class degrees next year, warn universities

Graduates will be less likely to get a first-class degree next year, universities in England will warn as they pledge to reverse pandemic grade inflation. Universities UK and GuildHE, which represent more than 100 universities across the country, will announce that by 2023, they will bring the proportion of first-class and 2.1 degrees back in … Read more

Ukraine war: ‘We need to break them … we have no alternative,’ warns Zelensky

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has said his armed forces were undeterred in their efforts to “break” Moscow’s will to pursue a nearly five-month war. It comes as Russia’s Vladimir Putin hailed his military’s victory in the grueling battle of Luhansk. Russia captured the city of Lysychansk in eastern Ukraine on Sunday, bringing an end to … Read more

Chicago shooting: Six dead and gunman on the run after attack at July 4 parade

Miles Zaremski, 73, a Highland Park resident, who was about a block away from the parade, said the gunshots came from an automatic rifle. “I was in the service a long time ago, so I know what that sound produces,” he said.  “All of a sudden there was a stampede of the crowd, who were … Read more

Tom Curry ruled out of Australia tour after concussion

England’s preparations for the second Test in Brisbane have been dealt a major blow with the news that Tom Curry has been ruled out of the rest of the tour following a concussion. Curry was replaced at half-time by Lewis Ludlam in Perth, having earlier made an impressive break in the first half. Given his role … Read more

England vs India live: latest score from day four of the fifth Test at Edgbaston

Good morning, and welcome to day four of our live blog of the fifth Test match. India resume on 125/3 and with the mighty Cheteshwar Pujara undefeated on 50*, they will be confident of amassing a formidable, and from their point of view, hopefully insurmountable total. With six sessions left in the match, and their … Read more

How to escape paying £975,000 inheritance tax with this secret trick in 2022

Thousands of people could be needlessly paying large inheritance tax (IHT) bills each year as a once widely-used tax loophole has been all but forgotten.  Everyone has a personal IHT allowance – the nil-rate band – of £325,000, above which their estate pays 40pc tax. There is also an additional allowance for passing a family home to … Read more

Women’s Euro 2022 calendar and sweepstake kit: download and print yours for free

And if your favourite team lets you down, you could still come away from this summer’s tournament a winner by taking part in a Women’s Euro 2022 sweepstake. We have created a kit that is ready for you to download, print and play with. All you need to do is cut out each team and place … Read more

Ukraine war: Zelensky vows to retake lost Lysychansk

President Volodymyr Zelensky acknowledged Kyiv’s forces had withdrawn from Lysychansk in the eastern Donbas region after a grinding Russian assault, but vowed to regain control over the area with the help of long-range Western weapons. Russia said its capture of the city of Lysychansk less than a week after taking neighbouring Sievierdonetsk gave it full … Read more

Wimbledon 2022: how to buy tickets or watch on TV, latest odds and predictions

Who was handed a wildcard to SW19? Serena Williams was awarded a wildcard to compete for a record 24th major title at Wimbledon, after nearly a year on the sidelines through injury. Williams, 40, last played a competitive match on Centre Court at last year’s tournament, when she was forced to retire during the first … Read more