Paul Pogba needs to up his game to win back confidence of José Mourinho

Now is the time for Paul Pogba to prove how fine a footballer he is. The Frenchman’s mission for the rest of the season is to drive Manchester United to an FA Cup triumph, a second-placed Premier League finish and deep into the Champions League. The challenge starts with Chelsea’s visit on Sunday. Yet Pogba’s recent …

Chess: teenage stars come out to shine in Moscow Aeroflot open

Moscow Aeroflot, one of the world’s great opens, reaches its critical rounds this weekend (noon GMT start, free and live online viewing) at the Cosmos Hotel. Aeroflot vies with Tradewise Gibraltar for premier status and the differences between them are interesting. Gibraltar boasts GMs from the world top 10, almost all the best women players, …

Rick Gates: ex-Trump adviser to plead guilty and cooperate with Mueller

A former adviser to Donald Trump plans to enter a deal Friday afternoon to cooperate with special counsel Robert Mueller, according to a federal court filing. The aide, Rick Gates, plans to plead guilty to two charges: conspiracy to defraud the United States and making a false statement. A plea hearing was scheduled for 2pm …

Trump Condemns Florida Officer Who Didn’t Act; Sticks by Plan to Arm Teachers

President Trump spoke at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Maryland on Friday. Tom Brenner/The New York Times President Trump on Friday condemned a Parkland, Fla., sheriff’s deputy who stayed outside the school he was patrolling while a shooting rampage unfolded inside last week, even as he insisted that his proposal to arm well-trained teachers …

Sports of The Times: Enough. Give Russia Its Flag Back, Then Make Real Changes.

The Olympic flag — rather than the Russian flag — was raised at a medal ceremony on Thursday night in Pyeongchang, South Korea. Hilary Swift for The New York Times PYEONGCHANG, South Korea — Now that the Pyeongchang Olympics are almost over, the International Olympic Committee has to decide whether Russia has done enough penance …

EU pours cold water on UK hopes of Chequers Brexit breakthrough

EU leaders expressed their deep scepticism over the viability of the UK’s plans for a future relationship with Brussels, as details emerged of an agreement struck by the British cabinet at an away day in Chequers. Reports that Theresa May’s inner cabinet had agreed on a policy of “managed divergence” during eight hours of talks …

Yarl’s Wood women feel desperate, says Diane Abbott

Women held at the controversial immigration detention centre Yarl’s Wood felt desperate at being kept there indefinitely, Diane Abbott said after she was given rare access to the site. The shadow home secretary was there with Shami Chakrabarti, the shadow attorney general, as campaigners said around 120 women there were staging a hunger strike over …

Missing Nigerian girls declared ‘national disaster’ by president

President Muhammadu Buhari has said Nigeria has suffered a “national disaster” after dozens of girls went missing following an attack by Boko Haram jihadis on their school in north-east Nigeria. “This is a national disaster. We are sorry that this could have happened,” he said in a statement, issued five days after the attack in …

What happened to US diplomats in Cuba? – Science Weekly podcast

Subscribe and review on Apple Podcasts, Soundcloud, Audioboom, Mixcloud and Acast, and join the discussion on Facebook and Twitter Between 2016 and 2017, a number of US diplomats in Cuba reported distressing symptoms including headaches, dizziness, eyesight, hearing, concentration and balance problems. Many claimed to have heard curious sounds either at home or in hotel …

Can UK designer Paul Surridge save Roberto Cavalli’s leopard prints?

Can a British minimalist save Italy’s most famous purveyor of leopard print? That was the question on Friday in Milan when Paul Surridge presented his second collection for Roberto Cavalli. His muse for autumn/winter 2018, he said, was Sharon Stone’s character, Catherine Tramell, in Basic Instinct. “I like the idea of a powerful seductress,” the …