Striking railworkers, post office employees and airline staff are showing "shared contempt" for "ordinary people", Downing Street has said. In a robust response to a wave of winter strikes, the Prime Minister's spokesman condemned the trade unions accusing them of trying to cause "maximum damage" during the Christmas period. It comes as 3,500 post office workers went out on strike for five days in protest over job cuts and pension changes, hitting hundreds of Crown Post Offices.Read More »
Daphne Caruana Galizia, Malta's best-known investigative journalist, was killed on Monday when a powerful bomb blew up her car, police said, in a case that stunned the small Mediterranean island. Caruana Galizia, 53, ran a hugely popular blog in which she relentlessly highlighted cases of alleged high-level corruption targeting politicians from across party lines. Locals said Caruana Galizia had just left her house and was on a road near the village of Bidnija in northern Malta when the bomb detonated, sending her car flying into an adjacent field.
(Reuters) - Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley put the Premier League club up for sale on Monday, signalling a possible end to his decade-long reign at St James' Park. "As one of the Premier League's oldest and best supported football clubs - and for the benefit of its many fans and supporters in the UK and across the world - Newcastle United requires a clear direction and a path to a bright and successful future," the club said in a statement. "To give the club the best possible opportunity of securing the positioning and investment necessary to take it to the next level, at what is an important time in its history, its present ownership has determined that it is in the best interests of Newcastle United and its fans for the club to be put up for sale." The club said they were willing to listen to offers that would be capable of "delivering sustained investment" towards achieving their ambitions in the top flight.
British Prime Minister Theresa May and European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker agreed over dinner in Brussels on Monday that the pace of negotiations over Britain's departure from the European Union should be stepped up. Announced less than 24 hours before they sat down, accompanied by their chief Brexit negotiators, David Davis and Michel Barnier, and just three days before May returns to Brussels for an EU summit, the meeting was held well away from reporters.
Not unlike Harvey Weinstein, I spent much of my week having difficult phone conversations with lawyers and publicists. As A-listers including Nicole Kidman, Emma Stone and Annette Bening flew into London for the Film Festival in the wake of the Weinstein scandal, publicists frantically cancelled interviews.
Mercedes-Benz has announced a recall of 400,000 cars in the UK over fears airbags could deploy in error. The company's statement said it would be contacting the owners of the models affected shortly, but urged drivers not to use their vehicles as a precaution if the airbag warning light was lit in red on the dashboard. Mercedes said: "If the steering column module clock spring is broken, the driver airbag warning light will be displayed in the instrument cluster, as well as a red airbag warning lamp.
A gifted young scientist has admitted cajoling children and adults into online sex abuse and blackmailing them into performing even more degrading acts. Geophysicist Dr Matthew Falder, 28, led a secret double life during years of study at Cambridge University, where he was known as a fun party-goer. Falder - who pleaded guilty to 137 charges at Birmingham Crown Court on Monday - persuaded them to send him naked or partially clothed pictures of themselves, then threatened them with exposure unless they went much further.
Lloyds Banking Group has rejected a last-ditch bid to settle a legal claim over the disastrous merger that created Britain’s biggest high street lender, days before a trial featuring some of the country's most prominent financiers is due to begin. Sky News has learnt that the Lloyds Shareholder Action Group (LSAG) last week told the bank that it would abandon its claim in exchange for a payment of roughly £500m, according to insiders. Sources close to Lloyds said on Monday that the offer from Harcus Sinclair, the law firm acting for the claimant group of 6,000 former Lloyds TSB investors, was immediately rejected by the bank.
Actress Alyssa Milano has had more than 30,000 responses to a tweet encouraging people to reply "Me too" if they have ever been sexually harassed or assaulted. Milano said a friend had suggested the idea to give some understanding of "the magnitude of the problem" - and now the #MeToo hashtag is trending on Twitter. Among the thousands of responses included Lisa J, who posted: "Me, too.
A one-month-old baby is among at least 36 people confirmed dead in Portugal and Spain after parts of both countries were ravaged by hundreds of wildfires. The newborn had been missing after a wildfire near Tabua, around 120 miles (200km) north of the Portuguese capital, Lisbon. At least 36 people have been killed in Portugal, where flames have been fanned by strong winds from Storm Ophelia in the Atlantic Ocean.
By John Davison and Rodi Said RAQQA, Syria (Reuters) - U.S.-backed militias battled foreign fighters defending the last pocket of Islamic State's one-time Syrian capital of Raqqa on Monday, bringing their four-month offensive for the city to the brink of victory. A Reuters correspondent saw smoke rising above the city and heard mortar fire, but did not see air strikes while in Raqqa. A field commander of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), an alliance of Kurdish and Arab militias, said he expected the operation to end on Monday.
The M4's Heston services eastbound have been voted the worst in the UK. The 50-year-old facility was given the lowest rating by Transport Focus, which polled 8,700 customers about 112 service stations, of a measly 62 per cent. The service station, near Heathrow Airport, is described in Google reviews as "pretty rank", with one customer complaining "the stench from the loos is unbearable".
The death toll from Saturday’s car-bomb attack in Somalia has risen to more than 300, officials say. The bomb, which was made up of hundreds of kilograms of military-grade and homemade explosives, hit the busy centre of Mogadishu. Michael Keating, the UN special envoy to Somalia, called the attack ‘revolting’. The Al-Shabab militant group are thought to be responsible for the attack but are yet to comment. After the bomb exploded, it struck a nearby fuel tanker. The shocking moment a man led police on 110mph chase – with a baby in the car 30 pictures taken inside North Korea using a mobile phone Storm Ophelia: Met Office warns of ‘potential danger to life’ in UK Bride-to-be fears dream day is off after couple’s lewd photo sparks calls for foreign wedding ban This ignited and caused a huge fireball – a move that was unexpected, according to officials, who called it ‘just very, very bad luck.’ As the rescue mission continues, more and more bodies are being recovered. President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed declared three days of mourning and joined thousands of people who responded to a desperate plea by hospitals to donate blood. ‘I am appealing all Somali people to come forward and donate,’ he urged.
Google’s latest Doodle marks what would have been the 272nd birthday of Olaudah Equiano (1746-1797), the African writer whose memoir gave the world one of its first accounts of the slave trade from a victim's perspective. The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano or Gustavus Vassa, the African was published in 1789 (the second part of its title alluding to Equiano’s slave name) and immediately became a sensation. Equiano became a rich man and the work is still read and revered to this day as a masterpiece of the colonial period.
The U.S. Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) said on Friday it was responding to an oil spill of about 7,950 to 9,350 barrels from an undersea pipe about 40 miles southeast of Venice, Louisiana, in the Gulf of Mexico. The estimated volume of the spill has not changed, said Rick Fowler, vice-president of Deepwater Projects at LLOG Exploration Company. Offshore oil and gas operator, LLOG Exploration Offshore, LLC reported to the BSEE that the source of the spill was a jumper pipe from Mississippi Canyon Block 209, Well No. 1 and that production from the associated field was shut at the time of the incident, the BSEE has said in a statement.
In Saudi Arabia, a kingdom where postal codes are rarely used, most people pay in cash, and shopping is done in giant air-conditioned malls, building an online retail business is no easy task. Investors in Noon.com, including Dubai billionaire Mohamed Alabbar and Saudi Arabia's sovereign wealth fund, have put $1 billion into the project.
TOKYO (AP) — Sleepy? Hungry? Toyota will be highlighting an array of experimental technologies aimed at improving safety and anticipating drivers' desires at the Toyota Motor Show later this month.
In one week, the Green Party and former Asda boss Andy Clarke have come to the same conclusion: we have to end the use of unnecessary single-use plastics.