They spent billions of dollars and two decades in a quest to get to space. But it was back to Earth with a bump for Jeff Bezos and Sir Richard Branson as it turned out they may not officially qualify to become astronauts. On the very day that Mr Bezos blasted off the US government quietly tightened its rules, meaning the billionaires could miss out on the rare award of commercial astronaut wings. Mr Bezos, 57, the richest man on Earth, started his Blue Origin space company in 2000, and has been
Why could Stonehenge be stripped of world heritage site status?Unesco expresses concern that ‘substantial harm’ would be caused by the proposed cut-and-cover road tunnelStonehenge may be next UK site to lose world heritage status Unesco says Stonehenge will be put on its danger list unless plans for the A303 road tunnel are changed. Photograph: Matt Cardy/Getty Images
Boris Johnson was ready to overhaul the Northern Ireland Protocol this week but was talked down by his Brexit minister Lord Frost, The Telegraph has learnt. With the UK now demanding a formal renegotiation of the post-Brexit arrangements for Northern Ireland, The Telegraph has been told Mr Johnson is now convinced of the need to use the so-called “nuclear option” if Brussels refuses. It is understood that the warning was issued to Dublin this week, with UK officials making clear that it is Mr Jo
French authorities said on Friday they had rescued a boatload of 42 migrants in the English channel after their boat got into difficulty. The emergency services were alerted by the migrants, and a rescue vessel picked them up in the sea off the Pas-de-Calais area, according to a French police statement. Thousands of migrants each year attempt the dangerous sea crossing from France to the coast of Britain, often paying human smugglers to help them through one of the world's busiest shipping lanes in overloaded rubber dinghies.