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 »
Flybe has become the latest carrier in Britain's stricken airline sector to hit trouble after issuing a profit warning to investors on Wednesday. In a statement to the markets, Flybe — Britain's third largest airline behind easyJet and British Airways — said that its profits for the first half of the 2017/18 financial year are now expected to be between £5 million and £10 million, a downward revision from a forecast of £15.9 million. "While half-year profits are lower than expected, I am confident that we are still on a clear sustainable path to profitability in line with our stated plan," Flybe CEO Christine Ourmieres-Widener said in a statement alongside the announcement.
Amazon Studios head Roy Price has resigned amid claims he dismissed allegations Harvey Weinstein raped actress Rose McGowan. In a series of Twitter posts last week, McGowan claimed she told Price "over and over" about the alleged rape, only to be informed it "hadn't been proven". McGowan added that Amazon Studios "called to say my show was dead" after she asked it "to do the right thing" over a tie-up with The Weinstein Company.
Labour inflicted a symbolic defeat on the government over universal credit on Wednesday night, hours after work and pensions secretary David Gauke announced he would end a 55p-a-minute helpline for welfare claimants. Up to two dozen Conservative MPs had said they may support a Labour motion, which called for ministers to “pause and fix” the controversial welfare reform, which the government whipped its MPs to abstain on.
Brexiteers accused of 'bullying' the EU as commissioner warns hard Brexit cliff edge is 'so close we can see the drop'
A Boston-area man was found guilty on Wednesday of conspiracy to commit acts of international terrorism and supporting Islamic State for a 2015 plot to attack police and behead a conservative blogger who organised a "Draw Mohammed" contest. David Wright, 28, was found guilty of five criminal charges for planning with his uncle and a friend to behead blogger Pamela Geller. The plot fell apart after Wright's uncle said he wanted to kill law enforcement officers instead and was shot dead by police.
Canada Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has broken down in tears as he paid tribute to the lead singer of rock band Tragically Hip on national television. Gord Downie, who had brain cancer, died on Tuesday at the age of 53. An emotional Mr Trudeau, speaking in Parliament in Ottawa, said "we are less as a country without Gord Downie in it".
Barcelona unveiled a huge banner reading "Dialogue, Respect and Sport" before kick-off against Olympiakos at the Nou Camp on Wednesday, calling for a resolution to the political crisis between Catalonia and the Spanish central government. The Champions League game against the Greek side was the first at the Nou Camp since the La Liga clash with Las Palmas on Oct. 1 which was played behind closed doors in what the club said was a protest at police crackdowns on the banned referendum on independence in the region that day. "This is the same message that was transmitted by Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu on Oct. 5, which called for a process of dialogue and negotiations to find solutions to the current political situation in Catalonia," Barcelona said in a statement.
California lawmakers may have a solution to their state's teacher shortage: paying instructors the same hefty salaries they pay themselves. The Teachers Fair Pay Act would peg teachers' pay to the wages of state lawmakers, roughly $104,000 a year. It’s a bold move in a time when schools are desperately scrambling for innovative ways to retain teachers and recruit new teachers.
Fat lives matter, is the argument one lawyer is making to keep his 273-pound client out of prison. In the latest turn of a tax scheme case that has taken more than four years to prosecute, attorney Curtis Fallgatter in a court filing Monday wrote that it would be unjust to make his obese, 5-foot-9 client Stephen Donaldson Sr., 72, serve six years and four months in prison because his life expectancy is lower than the average man's. Such a term could be equivalent to 61 percent of the time Donaldson has left to live, according to Fallgatter. A federal judge in Tampa last week sentenced Donaldson and conspirator Duane Crithfield, 70, whose weight was not disclosed, for peddling an offshore tax shelter scheme that wound up costing the Internal Revenue Service about $10 million, the Tampa Bay Times reported.
Some Shanghai intersections flash up the faces of jaywalkers on a nearby screen for public shaming and must pay a fine of 20 yuan ($3) to have it removed
Nearly four decades ago Fazol Ahmed returned to his native Myanmar with his family under a Rohingya repatriation scheme. Now he is back in the teeming camps of Bangladesh with his wife and children, a refugee once again.
The Cleveland Cavaliers beat the Boston Celtics 102-99 on Tuesday in the NBA season-opener, although the game was overshadowed by Gordon Hayward's devastating ankle injury. After the game, however, Kyrie Irving and LeBron James at least gave us something to smile about. After Irving missed the game-tying three-pointer in James' face as time expired, the two exchanged a big hug before Irving went on to hug several other Cavs players.
North Korea's deputy U.N. ambassador said Tuesday the country plans to launch many more satellites and accused the United States of trying to block its efforts to help peacefully develop outer space. As a party to several space treaties, North Korea's space development activities are "all ground on legal basis in all aspects," Kim said.
Crown casino deliberately tampered with poker machines, allowed cannabis to be smoked in gaming rooms and avoided money laundering rules, whistleblowers have alleged in a video statement tabled in federal parliament. The video evidence was collected by independent MP Andrew Wilkie and Senator Nick Xenophon as part of their “PokieLeaks” campaign to expose illicit practices in the pokies industry. The explosive allegations of misconduct by whistleblower staff could raise questions of Crown’s fitness to hold a casino licence.
Rio Tinto and two former top executives were charged with fraud by US authorities Wednesday, accused of inflating the value of the company's Mozambique coal assets and failing to disclose mounting losses.
The following are the top stories on the business pages of British newspapers. - An attempt by the UK government to keep secret documents about the financial crisis during the 600-million-pound lawsuit over Lloyds Banking Group Plc's acquisition of HBOS has been thwarted, as the judge refused a request by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy to suppress full publication of documents that contain the views of the government compiled at the height of the crisis in 2008. - The UK Civil Aviation Authority has defended its actions over the collapse of Monarch Airlines, saying that it was not to blame for the carrier going into administration.
Viacom Inc and cable operator Spectrum have agreed on a multi-year programming deal that keeps Nickelodeon, Comedy Central and Viacom's 21 other networks in 16.6 million households, the companies said on Tuesday. "Viacom and Charter have reached an agreement in principle. Viacom and Spectrum, which is owned by Charter Communications Inc, reached the deal after negotiations that prompted Viacom to run TV ads urging viewers to call Spectrum to complain about a potential blackout..
Amazon.com Inc began offering electronics from third-party sellers to Brazilian shoppers on Wednesday, expanding beyond books in the fiercely competitive e-commerce market in Latin America's largest economy. The long-awaited move will offer televisions, cell phones and laptops from hundreds of independent sellers on Amazon's website in Brazil without involving the company in the tricky logistics that have hurt many online retailers in the country. Alex Szapiro, Amazon's country manager in Brazil, declined to say if there were plans for the company to stock its own electronics inventory or open a fulfillment center to ship third-party goods more efficiently, as it did simultaneously with the launch of independent sellers in Mexico two years ago.
Overnight rain and calmer winds have helped firefighters tame a spate of deadly wildfires that broke out over the weekend, devouring homes and killing 41 people in Portugal and another four in northern Spain.