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 »
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.
(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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 32 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.
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.
Whether an actor manages to pass for a character much younger than them or they clearly had a tough paper round, here are some classic examples of when it must have been rather awkward on set between TV parents and their on-screen kids. Note: All ages mentioned are from first appearance together in the show. And we're not including those which made sense for the plot, like The Vampire Diaries or Gilmore Girls. From Digital Spy
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".
With the winds dying down, fire crews gained ground as they battled the wildfires that have devastated California wine country and other parts of the state over the past week, and thousands of people got the all-clear to return home. While the danger from the deadliest, most destructive cluster of blazes in California history was far from over, the smoky skies started to clear in some places. "This is my home I'm going to come back without question," said Howard Lasker, 56, who returned Sunday with his daughter to view their torched house in Santa Rosa.
The Duchess of Cambridge put her morning sickness behind her when Paddington Bear asked for a dance - and she revealed she was fleet of foot. Kate and the famous children's character twirled and shimmied on platform one at London's Paddington station, where Michael Bond's creation was found all those years ago.
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.
The head of the London Fire Brigade has condemned the use of the word "firemen" as "outdated" and said it should be scrapped to encourage more women to enter the profession. London Fire Commissioner Dany Cotton is urging the nation to stop using the term as part of a drive to encourage more women to become firefighters.
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