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Thiney shines as France thrash Canada

Gaëtane Thiney scored twice for France in a 4-0 win over Canada in Bochum yesterday that all but secured the French a spot in the quarter-finals of the Women's World Cup and left their opponents close to an early exit.

Maple tables new bid for TMX

The battle for control of TMX has intensified after rival bidder Maple Group increased its bid in an attempt to derail the Canadian market's tie-up with the London Stock Exchange (LSE).

Video: William and Kate visit Canada

William and Kate's itinerary is out for their official tour of Canada, activities will include a dragon boat race and cookery workshops.

Triathlon: Findlay makes it three in a row

Britain's Helen Jenkins lost to Paula Findlay in a sprint finish for the second consecutive race at the latest World Series event in Kitzbühel, Austria.

Kitchener gets call for Saxons' final

England Saxons have made three changes for tomorrow's Churchill Cup final against Canada at Sixways.

Video: Canada wildfire sparks evacuation

Wildfires in northern Canada force a town to evacuate.

HMV still looking for buyer for Waterstone’s

HMV is in talks with its banks following news that eight expressions of interest for its bookshop chain Waterstone’s were not near the £70m hoped for.

Far Out Isn't Far Enough: Life in the Back of Beyond, By Tomi Ungerer

Tired of the hectic pace of 1970s New York, the acclaimed graphic designer Tomi Ungerer and his wife Yvonne relocated to an isolated peninsula in Nova Scotia, Canada.

Invisible Ink: No 76 - Muriel Gray

Fondly remembered as a TV presenter, this cropped-blonde Scot was a tough-talking broadcaster and journalist in a time of Eighties "yoof" programming, and later appeared on our screens marching up mountains, enthusing about fell walking. What few viewers suspected was that Muriel Gray had a secret life as the author of several terrific (and terrifically creepy) supernatural thrillers.

HMV no longer rules out a CVA to deal with problems

HMV has said it will not rule out a possible company voluntary arrangement (CVA).

Taylor Wimpey sells American arm

Taylor Wimpey is selling its North American business to an investment partnership for $955m (£594m).

Canadian PM warns of 'reckless' coalition

The Canadian election campaign kicked off with the Prime Minister, Stephen Harper, urging voters to give his Conservatives an outright majority to stave off a "reckless" left-of-centre coalition government that would pose a danger to the economy.

The Future History of the Arctic, By Charles Emmerson

Political hot spot with its name in Northern Lights
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Isis, a year of the caliphate

Who can defeat the so-called 'Islamic State' – and how?
Marks and Spencer: Can a new team of designers put the spark back into the high-street brand?

Marks and Spencer

Can a new team of designers put the spark back into the high-street brand?
'We haven't invaded France': Italy's Prime Minister 'reclaims' Europe's highest peak

'We haven't invaded France'

Italy's Prime Minister 'reclaims' Europe's highest peak
Isis in Kobani: Why we ignore the worst of the massacres

Why do we ignore the worst of the massacres?

The West’s determination not to offend its Sunni allies helps Isis and puts us all at risk, says Patrick Cockburn
7/7 bombings 10 years on: Four emergency workers who saved lives recall the shocking day that 52 people were killed

Remembering 7/7 ten years on

Four emergency workers recall their memories of that day – and reveal how it's affected them ever since
Humans: Are the scientists developing robots in danger of replicating the hit Channel 4 drama?

They’re here to help

We want robots to do our drudge work, and to look enough like us for comfort. But are the scientists developing artificial intelligence in danger of replicating the TV drama Humans?
Time to lay these myths about the Deep South to rest

Time to lay these myths about the Deep South to rest

'Heritage' is a loaded word in the Dixie, but the Charleston killings show how dangerous it is to cling to a deadly past, says Rupert Cornwell
What exactly does 'one' mean? Court of Appeal passes judgement on thorny mathematical issue

What exactly does 'one' mean?

Court of Appeal passes judgement on thorny mathematical issue
E L James's book Grey is a reminder of how the phenomenon of the best-seller works

Grey is a reminder of how the phenomenon of the best-seller works

It's hard to understand why so many are buying it – but then best-selling was ever an inexact science, says DJ Taylor
Behind the scenes of the world's most experimental science labs

World's most experimental science labs

The photographer Daniel Stier has spent four years gaining access to some of the world's most curious scientific experiments
It's the stroke of champions - so why is the single-handed backhand on the way out?

Single-handed backhand: on the way out?

If today's young guns wish to elevate themselves to the heights of Sampras, Graf and Federer, it's time to fire up the most thrilling shot in tennis
HMS Saracen: Meeting the last survivor of a submarine found 72 years after it was scuttled

HMS Saracen

Meeting the last survivor of a submarine found 72 years after it was scuttled
7/7 bombings 10 years on: Martine Wright lost both legs in the attack – she explains how her experience since shows 'anything is possible'

7/7 bombings 10 years on

Martine Wright lost both legs in the attack – she explains how her experience since shows 'anything is possible'