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 »
Jennifer Lawrence has become the latest star to describe the "degrading" treatment she has received from film executives, saying she was made to do a "nude line-up" in the early days of her career. The Hunger Games star, who is one of the highest paid actresses in the world, said it was a "degrading and humiliating" moment. The 27-year-old Oscar-winner, who was speaking in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal at the Elle: Women In Hollywood awards, said: "One girl before me had already been fired for not losing enough weight fast enough.
The political upheaval from Catalonia's proposed split from Spain has held up negotiations to renew the Spanish soccer league's international television rights deals, La Liga president Javier Tebas said on Tuesday. "When you are selling something you need to know it's the right moment and we decided now is not the moment to sell our television rights," Tebas told reporters at the World Football Summit in Madrid on Tuesday.
Guy Verhofstadt was said to be astonished by the demands in the Brexit secretary’s letter to Labour and Lib Dem leaders. Guy Verhofstadt, the European parliament’s Brexit coordinator, has condemned David Davis for running a “witch-hunt” against British MEPs who recently voted in favour of delaying trade talks because of insufficient progress in the negotiations. Davis, the UK’s Brexit secretary, has called – with the support of Theresa May – for 18 Labour MEPs and one Liberal Democrat who supported a recent European parliament resolution critical of the British government to be sacked for acting contrary to the national interest.
A one-month-old baby is among at least 36 people confirmed dead in Portugal, along with three others in 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.
European Union ministers told Britain it must offer more concessions on leaving the bloc before the other 27 states will begin trade talks, signaling that Prime Minister Theresa May's trip to Brussels had failed to bring a breakthrough. Hours after May dined with senior EU officials in Brussels in the hope of pushing the EU to open talks on their post-Brexit ties, even the Netherlands -- which would be badly hit should Britain crash out of the EU with no deal to avoid trade disruptions -- said more was needed on the divorce terms first. "We, the 27 together, find it extremely important that substantial progress is made on all three areas," Dutch Foreign Minister Bert Koenders said.
Ellen van Neerven received the abuse after an exam question asked students to ‘explain how the poet conveys the delight of discovery’. An Australian poet has become the target of online abuse from high school students after one of her pieces was used in end-of-year exams. Ellen van Neerven, an Indigenous writer and poet who won the prestigious David Unaipon Award in 2013, became the unwitting target of angry school students on Monday after one her poems, Mangoes, was used as a sample text in the New South Wales year 12 higher school certificate English exam.
The chief executives of Airbus and Bombardier predicted an upswing in sales of the CSeries as a result of an agreement by Airbus to take control of the troubled Canadian jet programme. Bombardier Chief Executive Alain Bellemare predicted the deal would double the value of the CSeries programme, which has been struggling due to weak sales and now faces heavy import duties to the United States after a Boeing trade complaint. In a media conference call, both executives said plans to build some jets at Airbus' U.S. assembly plant in Alabama would mean no import duty would be payable by U.S. airlines after all, potentially thwarting the anti-dumping trade case by Boeing.
A Manhattan jury has found Ahmad Khan Rahimi - the so-called "Chelsea bomber" - guilty of setting off explosives in New York and New Jersey that injured 30 people. The explosions both took place on the night of 17 September 2016 in the Chelsea neighbourhood of New York City, and in Seaside Park, New Jersey. Court records indicate he placed improvised explosive devices at two intersections of Chelsea, one of which was a pressure cooker in a garbage dumpster that injured people in a 650 ft zone.
Katie Price breathes fire to promote her latest book Playing With Fire. The novel will be the model's 11th and it comes out on October 19.
Good Housekeeping has revealed its 2017 recommendations for buying Christmas food and this year, the best Christmas pudding is an absolute steal.
In China, construction is underway for one of the biggest airports in the world. Beijing Daxing Airport is about 42 miles south of the city center and will be accessible by high-speed train. Beijing is building a massive new airport.
When two extremely dense neutron stars crashed together in a distant galaxy, astronomers struck scientific gold, confirming previously unproven theories, including some from Albert Einstein. Scientists, starting with Einstein, figured that when two neutron stars collide they would produce a gravitational wave, a ripple in the universe-wide fabric of space-time. This is the first time scientists observed one caused by a neutron star crash.
Cyber-security firm BAE Systems Plc said on Monday it believes the North Korean Lazarus hacking group is likely responsible for a recent cyber heist in Taiwan, the latest in a string of hacks targeting the global SWIFT messaging system. "The likely culprit is Lazarus," BAE cyber-intelligence chief Adrian Nish told Reuters by telephone. The British firm has previously linked Lazarus to last year's $81 million (61.06 million pounds)cyber heist at Bangladesh's central bank, as have other cyber firms including Russia's Kaspersky Lab and California-based Symantec Corp .