British citizens born in US risk having UK bank accounts frozen

Britons who left US as children being chased by their banks for a US tax ID they do not have

Tens of thousands of British citizens born in the US but who left when only a few months or years old risk having their bank accounts in Britain frozen because of intense pressure by US tax authorities on UK banks.

In one case, a 74-year-old living in Cambridge has been sent increasingly urgent letters from Barclays demanding her American tax identification number, even though she left the US on the RMS Queen Elizabeth in 1947 when she was just 18 months old. She had assumed that her US citizenship had lapsed.

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David Koch obituary

US businessman, free marketeer and rightwing activist

David Koch, who has died aged 79, was ranked as the eleventh richest person in the world. Alongside his older brother Charles, he built his family’s company into one of the US’s biggest conglomerates and each brother’s share was estimated to be worth more than $50bn. They used their fortunes to influence American politics in a rightward direction following their libertarian ideology.

Charles wanted to “minimise the role of government and maximise the role of the private economy … and personal freedoms”, but the brothers’ philosophy was self-serving, protecting their worth and working against regulation of their business interests.

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US Open bow will test Coco Guaff’s confidence amid cautionary tales

Teenager’s star quality and self-assurance bode well for her US Open debut but demands of the modern game require careful handling

A few weeks after Coco Gauff’s scene‑stealing run to the fourth round of Wimbledon, the 15-year‑old made her next move. Gauff was announced as a participant in the Citi Open in Washington DC but the announcement came with a caveat – her ranking was too low and the WTA’s age eligibility rules meant she was unable to receive another wildcard, so her participation in the competition was in doubt. She would head to the capital to host fan activities and to showcase her best at practice sessions. The hope was that enough players would withdraw at the last minute to offer her a spot in the qualifying draw.

Gauff’s prayers were answered and she refused to waste the opportunity. She entered the singles qualifying draw at the 11th hour, where she qualified for the main draw and then won her first WTA event in doubles alongside the 17-year-old Caty McNally. Gauff’s presence brought a record crowd to the tournament’s qualifying rounds and her doubles matches overflowed with frantic spectators as the singles matches on the main courts were empty. In a sport that does not survive without the stars that generate ticket sales and attention, a new one had been born.

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‘We all know he’s unfit’: Joe Walsh to challenge Trump in Republican primary

Joe Walsh, a talk radio host and former congressman, said on Sunday he would challenge Donald Trump for the 2020 Republican presidential nomination.

Related: Something rotten? Trump’s state over Denmark at heart of a madcap week

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From Rory McIlroy’s Open agony to Brooks Koepka’s award for getting no respect | Scott Murray

A review of the golfing year features McIlroy’s disastrous start at Portrush and Hinako Shibuno’s fairytale win at the British Open

As the freshly plundered FedEx truck disappears down the lane, not so much as a bronze centime left rattling around the back, now seems as good a time as any to take stock of the year in golf. So here are our (slightly less valuable) end-of-season prizes.

Anti-climax of the year

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NFL: Indianapolis Colts star Andrew Luck retires after ‘cycle of injury pain’ – video

Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck has retired from the NFL in a shock announcement. The 29-year-old says he is quitting after mounting injuries, adding ‘it’s the hardest decision of my life but it is the right decision for me’. Luck has missed 26 games over the past four seasons with an variety of injuries. One of the most highly touted amateur prospects of his generation, Luck was chosen as the No 1 overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft as the Colts’ successor to Peyton Manning following a decorated collegiate career at Stanford University.

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