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 »
Game of Thrones star Lena Headey has claimed Harvey Weinstein angrily marched her out of a hotel after she rejected his advances. The British actress posted a series of tweets in which she detailed meetings between the two where the Hollywood mogul allegedly made "suggestive" comments towards her and became enraged after she rejected his advances. It comes as Weinstein has resigned from the board of The Weinstein Company - the film studio he co-founded in 2005.
Never Mind The Buzzcocks have shared a touching tribute to former team captain Sean Hughes who passed away yesterday (16 October) at the age of 51. Tributes to the Irish stand-up poured in from across the world of comedy with the music quiz show publishing a compilation of some of Hughes' funniest moments. Hughes, born in London and raised in Dublin, first performed at the Comedy Store in 1987.
Daisy Lowe has said that new “best friend” Louise Redknapp has “completely changed” her life and given her the confidence to pursue her goals. The British model gushed about her new friend in her Femme podcast, crediting her with helping her turn her life around after they appeared together on last year’s Strictly Come Dancing. “I don’t use best friend often especially with someone I’ve only known for a year but Louise Redknapp completely changed my life and the two of us became these kind of wonderful confidence boosters for one another,” Lowe said.
Sainsbury's has unveiled plans to cut up to 2,000 UK jobs as part of its programme to save hundreds of millions of pounds in costs. The UK's second-largest supermarket chain said it was consulting on a series of measures that would mainly affect human resources and payroll staff - freeing up cash for the continuing price war with rivals. It said 600 further roles were under threat from a restructuring that would consolidate HR and other support roles across its grocery chain, Argos and Sainsbury's Bank.
Jason Isaacs discusses Donald Trump and accuses him of being a sexual predator and more of a problem even than Harvey Weinstein as 'he doesn't recognise any standards', while speaking at the UK premiere of The Death of Stalin.
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.
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.
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.
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.
‘Why have a list of victims when a list of perpetrators could be so much more useful?’ Photograph: Valery Hache/AFP/Getty Images
Cheryl is returning to The X Factor to help Simon Cowell whittle down the talent at the next stage of the competition. The former judge jets out to the South of France to help Cowell choose the top three groups to take forward to the live shows. The Judges' Houses stage of the ITV contest sees the remaining 24 hopefuls fly to various locations with their judges, where they must convince them they should make the cut.
The promotion of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's 28-year-old sister to the country's top decision-making body is a sign he is strengthening his position by drawing his most important people closer to the centre of power, experts and officials say. Kim Yo Jong was named as an alternate member of the politburo within the ruling Workers' Party of Korea - the opaque, all-powerful party organ where top state affairs are decided, the North's official media said on Sunday. It makes her only the second woman in patriarchal North Korea to join the exclusive club after Kim Kyong Hui, who held powerful roles when her brother Kim Jong Il ruled the country.
Airbus SE's deal for a majority stake in Bombardier Inc's CSeries jet programme is expected to jumpstart sales of the Canadian aircraft in Asia, analysts said. The Airbus-Bombardier deal will give the European planemaker a 50.01 percent interest in the CSeries programme, while the jet will get a better sales network. In Asia, Korean Air Lines Co is so far the only customer of the narrowbody jets and is slated to soon take delivery of the first of 10 CS300 aircraft.
Two-thirds of Afghan girls do not attend school due to growing insecurity and poverty, Human Rights Watch said Tuesday, underlining the challenges of educating women in the patriarchal country 16 years after the Taliban were ousted.
Nearly 800 life peers, hereditary peers and religious leaders make up Parliament’s upper chamber, but they have faced mounting scrutiny in recent years over their large costs. The Government is now investigating ways of reducing the size of the Lords, which is the world’s second-largest legislative chamber. The Lords committee is set to propose the 15-year limit in a report to be published this month, The Times reported.
The death of dozens of children in a 2013 shipwreck after repeated SOS calls were ignored has returned to haunt Italy as survivors relive the nightmare in a new documentary.
COX'S BAZAR, Bangladesh (AP) — Thousands more Rohingya Muslims have fled Myanmar and crossed into Bangladesh where more than half a million others are already living in squalid and overcrowded camps to escape large-scale violence.
“We are employing in just about every segment across our business – everything from marketers to product developers, as well as technical roles,” says Alan Laing, managing director UK and Ireland at Sage, a British software company that employs about 13,000 people worldwide.