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Stephen Hawking personal effects fetch £1.8m at auction

Image copyright Christie’s Image caption A copy of Prof Hawking’s best-selling book, signed with a thumbprint, was among the items up for sale Personal effects of Stephen Hawking, including a signed copy of his 1965 PhD thesis, have raised more than £1.8m at auction. A total of 22 items owned by the Cambridge physicist, who died in March, were auctioned by Christie’s. The copy of his thesis titled Properties of Expanding Universes – one of only five – was sold for £584,750 An early wheelchair raised £296,750 for charity and…

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Donald Trump in UK: Policing president’s visit ‘cost nearly £18m’

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionThousands of protesters march through London The police operation for Donald Trump’s controversial visit to the UK in July cost nearly £18m, it is estimated. Nearly 10,000 officers from across the country were needed to cover the US president’s four-day trip, according to a National Police Chiefs’ Council blog. It also says changes to pension rules could leave English and Welsh forces needing an extra £417m by 2020/21. That is equivalent to nearly 10,000 officers, it said, expressing “grave concern” about force…

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Bears LB Smith gets $18M guaranteed, hits practice field

Rookie linebacker Roquan Smith signed his rookie contract with the Chicago Bears on Tuesday, including $18 million guaranteed. Apr 26, 2018; Arlington, TX, USA; Roquan Smith (Georgia) is selected as the number eight overall pick to the Chicago Bears in the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports Smith received a signing bonus of $11 million. Like all first-round picks, the deal includes a fifth-year team option. Smith, drafted eighth overall out of Georgia in April, reported to sign his contract…

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Adama Traore: Wolves set to sign Middlesbrough winger after meeting £18m release clause

Wolves are set to sign Middlesbrough winger Adama Traore in a club record deal after meeting the £18m release clause in his contract. The 22-year-old Spaniard will have a medical on Tuesday. Wolves’ current record signing is midfielder Ruben Neves, who joined for about £16m last year. Former Barcelona player Traore missed Boro’s opening Championship match on Saturday, a 2-2 draw at Millwall, because of a shoulder injury. He joined Middlesbrough on a four-year deal from Aston Villa in 2016, having signed from Barcelona the year before. After failing to…

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