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 »
The actress, who has worked on several films with Weinstein including Pulp Fiction and Kill Bill, had previously said she was too angry to comment on sexual misconduct claims against the producer. Last month, when Thurman was previously asked how she felt about women speaking out about their experiences of harassment, she replied: "I think it's commendable.
Malia Obama's British boyfriend feared girls did not like him as he tried to be cool and laddish
Jon Venables was 10 when he was jailed in 1993 alongside his friend Robert Thompson for the murder of two-year-old James Bulger. Jon Venables, one of two boys convicted of the murder of toddler James Bulger, has been returned to prison again after he was caught with child abuse images for a second time. Venables was 10 when he was jailed in 1993 alongside his friend Robert Thompson for murdering two-year-old James.
Shadow chancellor John McDonnell has used a Labour rally in the West Midlands to accuse the Tories of subjecting Jeremy Corbyn to "derision and abuse" following Philip Hammond's Budget speech. Referring to what Mr Corbyn joked was a "mauling" in Parliament at the hands of Tory MPs, Mr McDonnell said of his party leader: "He is one of the mildest people I know, one of the most gentle and kindest people I know."
Argentina's navy confirmed Thursday that an unusual noise heard in the Atlantic near the last known position of a missing submarine appeared to be an explosion, dashing the last hopes of finding the vessel's 44 crew members alive.
Zimbabwe’s new president Emmerson Mnangagwa – nicknamed ‘the Crocodile’ – with his wife Auxillia speaking at Zanu-PF headquarters on Wednesday. Emmerson Mnangagwa talks of “a new era” and says that rebuilding Zimbabwe “is not a job for Zanu-PF alone but for all the people” (Mugabe finally relinquishes power, 22 November).
A staggering £12bn of welfare cuts are still on their way, a respected economic think-tank has said, as it declared Philip Hammond’s Budget was “not the end of austerity” Workers are also facing not one but two “lost decades” of earnings growth as the national debt continues to soar, the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) predicted in a bleak assessment of the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement.
Internal chaos in Theresa May’s Government is seriously undermining the Brexit negotiations, according to a leaked internal report drawn up by the Irish government. The dossier, based on meetings between Irish diplomats and senior government officials in capital cities around the European Union, shows the low esteem Britain is being held in across the continent while talks sit in the grip of deadlock. Leaked to Irish public broadcaster RTÉ, the document, which is based on diplomatic intelligence from the start of November, says that “chaos in the Conservative Government” has alarmed a number of European countries.
Photographers and sky-watchers will be treated to an awe-inspiring celestial display in December as the Geminid meteor shower lights up Earth’s atmosphere. As our planet moves through the debris field left by the Phaethon asteroid next month, flashes and trails of light will be visible overhead – as long as the weather is clear. Phaethon, named for the son of Greek god Helios, is a rocky asteroid that orbits the Sun unusually closely.
Being suspended from school may be intended to be a punishment but some kids will view being allowed to stay home as a treat.
Stamp duty is to be abolished for first-time buyers on all properties worth up to £300,000 - but the change prompted a warning that it could simply mean higher prices. The reform, one of a raft of Budget changes designed to boost home ownership, takes effect immediately and will knock up to £5,000 off the cost of purchases. HOW IS STAMP DUTY CHANGING?
French business confidence hit a near 10-year-high in November, French statistics agency INSEE said on Thursday, providing a boost for President Emmanuel Macron. The confidence indicator, based on a survey of French business people, rose two points in November to 111, its highest level since January 2008 and well above the long-term average of 100 points. The jobs market, measured by employers' hiring plans, also improved in November, INSEE said, with its indicator rising one point to 109 to reach its highest level since 2011.
What better way to check a few names off the old Christmas list than with a quick splurge on the sales? There’s a Black Friday bargain for everyone: for your little cousin, there’s this year’s must-have stocking filler, a £135 FurReal Roarin’ Tyler tiger soft toy. This way, children will be able to gaze deep into Tyler’s adorable eyes and pretend that his real world brethren aren’t being sucked into Earth’s sixth mass extinction (along with humanity when climate change engulfs us all).
Samsung's next high-end smartphones, the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+, may come earlier than usual. Samsung's new flagship smartphones for the first half of 2018 are already on their way, and may make a super-early appearance at next January's CES. The original report, from VentureBeat, mentions that the tentatively named "Galaxy S9" and "Galaxy S9+" will only be "iterative" devices, largely building on the noteworthy, trend-launching, almost bezel-less designs of this year's S8 duo.
The Apple supplier Foxconn has admitted to using illegal intern labour to assemble the iPhone X. Students said they worked 11-hour days, which is a breach of Chinese labour law. The scandal comes after Apple reportedly faced delays in getting the iPhone X to customers.
British explorer Benedict Allen, who was recently rescued from a remote area of Papua New Guinea. The anthropologist describes how it was presented to her on her seventh fieldwork season by the elders of the tribe. The media attention about the misadventure and recent rescue of British explorer Benedict Allen from Papua New Guinea, and the debate over whether his exploits are culturally appropriate in a post-colonial world, raise a question that’s at the heart of anthropology itself.
Amazon's Black Friday sale is in full swing this week, with many deals expected to last until Cyber Monday has passed. In the meantime, the retail giant has decided to whet buyers' appetites with a handful of deals across its range of popular Amazon devices, including the brand new Amazon Echo, as well as across Tech, Beauty and Homeware. New deals will arrive throughout the day and night from Amazon - to keep you in the loop, below we've selected the best of the day so far.
TOKYO (AP) — U.S. and Japanese ships and aircraft are searching the Philippine Sea for three sailors missing since the crash of a U.S. Navy aircraft.
As a UN war crimes court gears up to close its doors next month after two decades of putting on trial the worst offenders of the 1990s Balkans wars, a long shadow remains in The Netherlands.
Mozart's Don Giovanni is one of opera’s most contradictory characters, a sexual predator on a vast scale yet also a proto-revolutionary, prepared to challenge the social order while giving voice to some exquisite music. The Academy fields alternating casts for its run of Christopher Cowell’s new production. Cowell allows the opening sex act, usually placed offstage, to play in full view, clearly showing Donna Anna as a willing participant in her seduction by Giovanni.