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 »
Police say Gaia Pope suffered no injuries to suggest anyone else was involved in her death. Following a post-mortem examination, officers said the 19-year-old's death was currently being treated as unexplained. Meanwhile, her twin sister has said she is "heartbroken" at the loss of her "beautiful twin".
Chancellor Angela Merkel said she would prefer a new election to ruling with a minority after talks on forming a three-way coalition failed overnight, but Germany's president told parties they owed it to voters to try to form a government. The failure of exploratory coalition talks involving her conservative bloc, the liberal pro-business Free Democrats (FDP) and environmentalist Greens raises the prospect of a new election and casts doubt about her future after 12 years in power. Merkel, 63, said she was sceptical about ruling in a minority government, telling ARD television: "My point of view is that new elections would be the better path." Her plans did not include being chancellor in a minority government, she said after meeting President Frank-Walter Steinmeier.
British Gas says it will no longer roll customers onto standard variable tariffs (SVTs) from next April - signalling the beginning of the end for the controversial energy bills. It announced the shift as the Government moves to introduce price caps on SVTs - a default tariff that has no end date and is currently used by 50% of UK homes. British Gas currently has five million SVT customers on its books.
Argentina's navy has said that a mystery sound detected underwater did not come from a missing submarine with 44 crew members on board. The noise - heard by two navy ships - had come from about 225 miles (360km) off the coast, and their position was in line with the path that ARA San Juan would have taken to reach its destination. Navy spokesman Enrique Balbi has now confirmed the noise is unrelated to the vessel - and told reporters it had likely come from a "biological" source.
Ant McPartlin has returned to television screens following his stint in rehab – with I'm a Celebrity co-host Declan Donnelly joking he had been replaced. "It's me and the gorgeous Holly Willoughby!" joked Dec. McPartlin in June admitted to going into rehab for painkiller addiction.
Former cult leader Charles Manson, who orchestrated the gruesome murders of pregnant actress Sharon Tate and six others, has died at 83. The guru-like Manson, who had a swastika tattooed on his forehead, died of natural causes at Kern County hospital, according to a California Department of Corrections statement. Manson's name and image have become synonymous with evil, with many seeing his violent crimes as the death knell for the Swinging Sixties - the era of peace and love.
Zimbabwe’s ongoing crisis descended into outright chaos on Sunday after president Robert Mugabe failed to announce his resignation as widely expected in a national address on live television. Instead, in a rambling 30 minute address, Mugabe offered no concessions to his critics, the tens of thousands who marched calling for his resignation or the army commanders who led the military takeover last week. Mugabe, who repeatedly cited the legacy of Zimbabwe’s brutal liberations wars of the 1970s, said he believed that the military “operation” launched last Tuesday by army commanders was motivated by “a deep patriotic concern for the stability of the nation” and “did not amount to a threat to our well-cherished constitutional order”.
A spectacular destruction of a US Stadium takes place in Atlanta The Georgia Dome is imploded with more than two tonnes of explosives.
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Global equities markets advanced on Monday as confidence over economic growth around the world helped investors brush off concerns about the collapse of government coalition talks in Germany, which sent the euro lower against the U.S. dollar.
Borussia Dortmund have admitted their regret at Sven Mislintat’s departure to join Arsenal as head of recruitment – but insist sporting director Michael Zorc will not follow him to Emirates Stadium. The Gunners confirmed Mislintat’s appointment this afternoon, clarifying that he will begin work next month with Steve Rowley standing down from his role as chief scout after 35 years but remaining at the club on a consultancy basis, as reported by Standard Sport this morning. Mislintat’s arrival is a significant coup for Arsenal given he is credited with unearthing a stream of young talent including Shinji Kagawa, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Ousmane Dembele.
A desperate search has intensified for 44 crew members of an Argentine navy submarine that went missing in the South Atlantic. Whipping winds and 20-foot waves have hampered the hunt for the German-built ARA San Juan, which was 268 miles off Argentina's southern Atlantic coast when it sent its last known communication on Wednesday. Search units have relied on information gathered from a British polar exploration vessel, the HMS Protector, which was equipped with an underwater search probe and was following the path taken by the submarine.
Lena Dunham has issued an apology on Twitter, after drawing criticism for defending a ‘Girls’ writer who was accused of rape.
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CEO Daniel Zhang said Alibaba was "excited" to join new partners "to redefine traditional retail" after announcing it would take a major stake in one of China's top food sellers
Shocked Blue Planet viewers vow never to use disposable plastic again after heartbreaking whale scene
A trainee black-cab driver told today how he feared he was about to die as a robber slashed his throat with a broken wine bottle. The victim, called Matt, was attacked in the early hours of Sunday last week as he drove a minicab after a long day training for his Knowledge tests. Matt picked up and dropped off the alleged attacker in Bromley, where he was told to park in a dead-end alley.
Households are more than £800 worse off per year because of Brexit, a new economic study suggests. Dr Thomas Sampson, who co-authored the Centre for Economic Performance research, said: "Even before Brexit occurs, the increase in inflation caused by the Leave vote has already hurt UK households. The rise in food prices has led think tank the Food Foundation to raise concerns that "five-a-day" may become unaffordable for millions of Britons.
Glencore Plc said on Monday it had identified material weaknesses in the internal controls for financial reporting at Katanga Mining Ltd, in which the London-listed miner has a majority. Glencore nominated three new directors to the board of Katanga, which operates mines in Democratic Republic of Congo. It said the review did not have a material impact on Glencore's consolidated income or cash flow and said it would take steps in Katanga's copper department to strengthen accounting practices.
British households felt more of a squeeze on their finances this month, a survey by data firm IHS Markit showed on Monday, and credit card firm Visa predicted spending over the Christmas holidays would fall in real terms for the first time since 2012. The reports underscored the pressure on finance minister Philip Hammond to come up with measures in this week's budget to help voters cope with the rise in inflation and slow growth in their wages. The IHS Markit Household Finance Index for November fell to 43.4, reversing some of October's improvement to 43.8.
Twenty ethnic Uighur Muslims from China broke out of a detention center near the Thai-Malaysia border, Thai officials said on Monday, after digging holes in the wall and using blankets as ladders. The 20 were part of the last remaining group of more than 200 Uighurs who were detained in 2014. Members of the group identified themselves as Turkish citizens and asked to be sent to Turkey but more than 100 were forcibly returned to China in July 2015, a move that sparked international condemnation, including from rights groups who feared they could face torture in China.
Horrifying images have captured the moment a bullfighter was gored in the groin area during a fight. Luis David Adame can be seen grimacing in pain after the bull's horn penetrated his skin. The attack from the injured animal, which can be seen with several banderillas - harpoon-pointed sticks - in its back, took place in the Santa Maria de Queretaro in Mexico during the first round of the festival.
A British explorer who went missing on an expedition in Papua New Guinea recorded a “video will” to send to his family after fearing he was going to die from malaria, it has been revealed. Benedict Allen, 57, was evacuated by helicopter after falling ill during a mission to find a remote tribe. Documentary maker Mr Allen since revealed to The Daily Mail that, at his lowest ebb, he filmed a final message for his wife and children on his camera.
The anti-LGBTQ politician from Ohio who resigned after being outed as a gay man reportedly looked for sex on Craigslist. Wes Goodman was known for pushing anti-LGBT legislation and described himself as a Christian conservative with family values. As reported by Cleveland.com, the married politician sent sexually suggestive messages to conservative colleagues he met on Capitol Hill.