Jogging in Jordan: the 650km trail that’s a journey through time

Running and travelling can be the perfect partners – whether that’s an early morning exploratory jog on a business trip or a dedicated holiday built around a multi-stage race. New routes, scenery and challenges can help enliven one’s love of running, while seeing the world on foot offers an enhanced perspective. For me, the steps …

President Trump Escalates Criticism of F.B.I. Role in Russia Inquiry

President Trump spoke to reporters on Friday before departing for an event at the F.B.I. Academy in Quantico, Va. Al Drago for The New York Times WASHINGTON — President Trump escalated his criticism of the F.B.I. on Friday over its investigation of possible links between Russia and his campaign, calling the inquiry a “very sad …

Driver arrested after Mercedes ends up wedged upright in London street

A man has been arrested on suspicion of drink-driving after a Mercedes crashed through railings in central London and ended up wedged between a building and the street. The Mercedes-Benz C220 crashed into the Fountain House serviced apartment block on Lancaster Terrace on Friday. A Scotland Yard spokesman said: “The driver of the car did …

Madrid offers sun and sanctuary to businesses escaping Brexit

Barely had the results of the EU referendum sunk in when a doctored photo of the famous banner that hangs from Madrid’s Cibeles palace began doing the rounds on social media. The “refugees welcome” sign that adorns the offices of the city council had been mischievously prefixed with a single word: British. Eighteen months on, …

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Set a Date: May 19

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle at Kensington Palace in London after announcing their engagement on Nov. 27. Toby Melville/Reuters LONDON — Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have set a marriage date for May 19, Britain’s royal family announced on Friday. The couple said shortly after announcing their engagement in late November that they were planning …

Killing Gävle – a Swedish city divided by a giant straw Christmas goat

Welcome to the small northern Swedish city of Gävle where there’s an annual battle over a 12-metre-high straw effigy of a goat. Local custodians try to protect a giant straw goat from mischievous pagans in a fight for the spirit of Christmas. Every year since 1966, in the dark days of winter, the business owners …

Is the adoption process failing families? – best podcasts of the week

One Wednesday afternoon, two children were taken away from their parents and put into foster care. The Adoption (BBC Radio 4/iTunes) follows the story of their shattered family. It’s a podcast that is heart-wrenching but brilliantly delivered. Bethany, three, and her two-year-old brother, Ben, are described by their social worker as “absolutely adorable … They …

HIM review – fond and florid farewell for Finnish metal monsters

Over the course of two decades and eight albums, Finnish goth-rockers HIM have chiselled out a decadent niche by combining melodic power with a Byronic glower. By the early 2000s, they had become multimillion-selling metal monsters across mainland Europe, and while the five-piece never quite crossed over into the UK and US mainstream, the distinctive …

First vulnerable child refugee arrives in UK from Greece under Dubs scheme

The first vulnerable child refugee stranded in Greece who qualifies for sanctuary under the Dubs amendment has arrived in the UK, more than a year after the government pledged to bring over hundreds of children. The Home Office had accepted that the boy was vulnerable and eligible for transfer 16 months ago. The Dubs amendment, …