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Greek referendum: No vote on track for landslide victory - live updates

*Latest: Tsipras calls Hollande*Official projection says 61% vote no*No supporters celebrate*Analysts fear Greek banks may collapse*Greek negotiators ready to return to Brussels*Summary: Poll shut after momentous day*Track the results here 8.19pm BST Greece’s future in the eurozone hangs by a ‘gossamer thread’ tonight, writes our economics editor Larry Elliott.The ECB coul

Greece's vote edges it towards euro exit, but the odyssey is far from over

Creditors may now be tempted to let Greece sweat it out a bit in a cashless economy, but to avoid a Grexit tragedy they should try less stick and more carrotGreece’s membership of the euro hangs by a gossamer thread after the victory for the no side in the country’s referendum. The cash machines are running out of money and the economy is in freefall.The fate of the home of democracy is no

Greece heads towards historic no vote against austerity measures

With more than 50% of the results counted, official projection from Greece’s interior ministry shows no vote set to win with an overwhelming 61% shareGreece is on the brink of a historic victory for the no vote against the austerity measures demanded by its international creditors, according to the first results. Three hours after the polls closed, and with 50% of the results counted, the

Conchita Martínez to take up the reins as Spanish Davis Cup captain

• Former Wimbledon champion Martínez to captain Spain against Russia• Spanish federation moves swiftly following dismissal of Gala LeónConchita Martínez, the former Wimbledon champion and world No2, will captain the Spanish Davis Cup team in Russia later this month according to reports emerging from Spain. The appointment, which follows the dismissal of Gala León on Friday, comes at the end of

Wimbledon’s new Superbrat Nick Kyrgios lets slip a hint of insecurity | Kevin Mitchell

Nick Kyrgios’s arrogance and tantrums have proved a big turn-off, but in time he can challenge the best. At least it won’t be dullApparently, there are only five things you need to do to win Wimbledon, Nick Kyrgios: beat Richard Gasquet, Stan Wawrinka, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray – and, as one of your compatriots sitting courtside said the other day, “pull your head in”.The growing percep

Stage Two highlights from the Tour de France

Day two from the The Tour de France saw the riders cycle from Utrecht to Zeeland. The first week can be tricky and this was proven here, as the rain and wind played their part. With Etixx-Quickstep and Tinkoff Saxo setting a fast pace it was a bad day for Vincenzo Nibali, Nairo Quintana, and Thibault Pinot who lost over a minute to fellow general classification rivals Alberto Contador and Chris Fr

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Nicholas Winton saved Jewish children, but he also has a lesson for today’s migrant crisis | David Cesarani

Affection for the man who overcame Whitehall objections in order to save so many youngsters should be balanced with a critical look at how Europe deals with immigration today Related: 'British Schindler' Sir Nicholas Winton dies aged 106 The death of Sir Nicholas Winton elicited eulogies from across British society. The prime minister tweeted: “The world has lost a great man. We must never f

The BBC or W1A – can you tell the difference? Quiz

BBC2’s meta-satire W1A has been lauded as art imitating life – an opinion highlighted by the rebranding of Today at Wimbledon as Wimbledon 2day (the W1A version saw revamped coverage titled Winbledon). Can you tell the difference between spoof plots and actual Beeb statements or gaffes? Related: Wimbledon 2day: what Clare Balding will have 2 do 2 save this balls-up Continue reading...

Lionel Richie tops UK album chart after Glastonbury set

The Definitive Collection by Lionel Richie & The Commodores reached No 10 on its release in 2003 and has now climbed to top spotLionel Richie & The Commodores’ The Definitive Collection has topped the official albums chart after Richie’s performance at the Glastonbury festival.The album, which reached No 10 on its release in 2003, jumped 103 positions this week. It is Richie’s first UK No

Osborne announces cut in benefits cap to £20,000 a year outside London

Chancellor says £23,000 figure in manifesto only applies in Greater London as he launches further attacks on BBC during interview about welfare savingsBenefit payments to families living outside Greater London are to be capped at £20,000 a year.In the first Conservative budget for 19 years, George Osborne will say that the previously announced figure of £23,000 will only apply to families

Can cuts let the BBC seize the narrative?

The corporation’s announcement of 1,000 job losses and a projected £150m revenue shortfall in the same week are in fact separate issuesThe BBC’s charter renewal battle has now begun in earnest. It was postponed on account of the general election, but barely a day now passes without a new BBC story hitting the headlines. Briefings from government “sources” to the effect that regulation of the co

Wimbledon 2015: Venus Williams’ contribution merits long goodbye | Sean Ingle

Few could deliver destruction with such grace and, at 35, it is time we acknowledge Venus Williams’s greatness before she heads into the sunsetDuring Wimbledon’s first week you had to squeeze into the outside courts to catch repeat viewings of what Venus Williams does best: rocket-launching that snorting, sliding serve before moving as softly as a dancer into position and killing the point with

David Attenborough and producer dive deep into potential of VR

TV veteran’s latest venture with pioneer Atlantic Productions for the Natural History Museum breaks new ground in storytellingI am sitting in the Natural History Museum and have just been lunged at by a giant swimming scorpion with glittering eyes. It’s so scary I instinctively duck and cower in my seat.These are the final few seconds of First Life, an experiment in using virtual reality to

Walk down the wrong street and you're back in prison: the Kafkaesque life of a terror suspect in Britain

Since Algerian asylum seeker Y was arrested in 2003, he has spent years behind bars or unable to move more than a few miles, yet he has never been convicted of a crime. What is it like to exist under such extraordinary restrictions?This is a true story.One January morning, Y went to the cashpoint near his home to draw out some money. When the machine swallowed his card, he went into the ba

What Greenpeace could learn from Manfred Mann about saving the environment

The organisation planted an orchard in the middle of Heathrow’s proposed third runway - but sold it back to landowners too soon. In the 70s however, Manfred Mann’s Earth Band tried something similar – and, 40 years later, it’s still as green as ever...Can you save the planet by packaging up tiny parcels of it? Idealism may have withered over a plot to stop the third runway at Heathrow but it li

Keep dancing: the ballet stars leaping through the age barrier

Their bodies hurt, the roles are drying up and everyone’s comparing them with their younger selves. So how do ballerinas maintain their careers after hitting 40? Wendy Whelan (48) and Alessandra Ferri (52) reveal all“I felt I’d outgrown my shoes,” says Wendy Whelan. “My mind had expanded beyond what was being asked of me.” When Whelan retired from New York City Ballet last year, the art form

Jeff Koons: ‘People respond to banal things – they don’t accept their own history’

When it sold for $58m, his Balloon Dog became the most expensive artwork by a living artist. Are the critics right to dismiss his work as ‘smug’ and ‘baloney’, or is he justified in saying it teaches us a vital lesson about materialism?Several years ago, Jeff Koons and his wife, Justine, took a turn around the Palace of Versailles near Paris, where an exhibition of his work had just opened. K

Life for British Muslims since 7/7 – abuse, suspicion and constant apologies | Mehdi Hasan

The London bombings shocked us all. But in the decade since, our community has been unfairly demonisedIt could have been me. King’s Cross was my station. But 10 years ago, on the morning of 7 July, 2005, I happened to be on a day off, sitting at home in front of the television, glued to the news channels. Fifty-two of my fellow Londoners lay dead.Within days, the four young men behind the wo

FCA's £819m in fines revenue gives Osborne room to fund worthy causes

Chancellor expected to give details of spending in Budget, including allocation of Barclays’ record £284m over foreign exchange transactionsThe Financial Conduct Authority has imposed more than £800m of fines on banks and other companies in the first half of this year – giving the chancellor the opportunity to make eye-catching allocations to worthy causes in this week’s budget.The City re

County cricket – live!

All the action from Nottinghamshire v Middlesex and Leicester v Kent 5.44pm BST Richard Gibson at Trent Bridge:Second new ball was taken at 255-7. This has been a terrific stand between Malan and Harris, and is now worth 100. Floodlights are on and rain is threatening to intervene. Malan into the 140s with consecutive boundaries off Luke Wood. 4.26pm BST Richard Gibson at Trent Br

Couple faces court after taking children out of school to see sick grandfather

Shahnawaz and Sofiya Patel ignored headteacher’s refusal of their authorised absence request so their sons could visit their grandfather during term time A couple who took their children out of school without permission to visit their sick grandfather in India are being taken to court this week as part of the government’s continuing crackdown on term-time absence.Shahnawaz and Sofiya Patel

New York prison escapee to spend 23 hours a day in maximum security cell

David Sweat transferred from hospital to prison infirmary ahead of placement in solitary confinement, where he will be placed on suicide watchThe surviving escapee from the New York prison break and three-week manhunt will spend 23 hours a day in a maximum-security cell, much more confined than he and a fellow murder convict were in the prison from which they managed a getaway, officials said

The Real Deal by Richard Desmond – digested read

‘It still upsets me no one recognised Asian Babes as a giant leap forward towards a multicultural society’To be honest, I can’t remember too much about my early days because if I did I might say something that could incriminate me. They were happy days, though. Playing drums, midnight flits, petty scams, business advisers with unexplained fires, hand to mouth accounting and people getting a b

‘It is like being inside a migraine’ – the first visitor to Grayson Perry’s House for Essex reveals all

Hanging Hondas, gigantic tapestries and a chapel for a living room - the artist’s bizarre shrine to an Essex everywoman is now open to guests. Here’s what they can expect …‘You’re the first to stay here,” says the guy with the keys as he lets us into A House for Essex, a two-bedroom, two-bathroom, one-chapel, shrine to the late Julie Cope – a fictional Essex everywoman – designed by artist Gray

Lightning strike leaves two critically injured

Two people flown to hospital with life-threatening injuries after being struck by lightning on Brecon BeaconsTwo people have been taken to hospital with life-threatening injuries after being struck by lightning on Pen y Fan in the Brecon Beacons. The pair, one of them a man in his 50s, were flown by RAF Sea King helicopter to Prince Charles hospital in Merthyr Tydfil. Continue reading...

US-led air strikes hit Isis targets in Raqqa - video

The United States and its allies launch a series of strikes on the Syrian city of Raqqa, currently an Islamic State stronghold, on late Saturday and early Sunday. At least ten militants were killed during the operation but there were also reports of civilian casualties. Raqqa is the de facto capital of the territory that the militant group declared an Islamic caliphate a year ago Continue reading.

Tour de France: André Greipel wins stage as Froome and Contador prosper

• André Greipel wins stage two from Utrecht to Zeeland • But Froome and Contador finish well ahead of main rivals for overall titleOne year after crashing out of the race, Chris Froome and Alberto Contador were back in control of the Tour de France, hurting their main rivals in a hectic second stage won by Germany’s André Greipel on Sunday.Crosswinds and crashes caused several splits as the

André Greipel wins the second stage of the Tour de France – as it happened

André Greipel pipped Peter Sagan in a thrilling sprint to win the stage and the green jersey, whilst Fabian Cancellara capitalised on a Mark Cavendish mistake to take third and claim the yellow jersey*Tour de France 2015: our stage-by-stage interactive 4.51pm BST We had crashes, punctures, a cracking sprint finish, and ALL THE WEATHER: what a race.Big props to Greipel, he quietly wen

Pay rises for bosses - and shareholder dissent - back on the agenda

Some of the UK’s biggest companies are sounding out investors about basic pay for executives after changes to the way bonuses are paidSome of the UK’s biggest companies are sounding out shareholders about pay rises for their bosses in a move that risks reigniting the controversy over excessive executive pay.The potential increases to salaries would further inflate overall boardroom remuner

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