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 »
Jamie Harron told supporters that all he wanted was to be back home and sleeping in his own bed.
Formula One driver Jenson Button has claimed he was forced to confront Sir Richard Branson after the Virgin boss touched his girlfriend’s face while drunk at a restaurant. The 2009 world champion said the incident with his then girlfriend Jessica Michibata took place at an expensive Japanese restaurant called Nobu during the 2009 Australian Grand Prix. Writing in his new book Life to the Limit, the British racing driver said he was eating dinner with Michibata, a Japanese fashion model, Richard Goddard, his manager, his father, and a few others when Sir Richard approached their table and sat down.
Hollywood director Quentin Tarantino has admitted he had known of incidents of Harvey Weinstein mistreating women before the scandal broke earlier this month. It comes as Los Angeles police confirmed they are investigating an allegation of sexual assault against the film producer. The investigation follows those launched by officers in New York and London into a number of allegations of rape or sexual assault against Weinstein.
Former head of MI6 suggests Brexit may not happen as he warns leaving EU could reduce UK's diplomatic power
Ed Sheeran has told Sky News he believes sexual abuse and harassment is "definitely happening" in the music industry, as well as in Hollywood. In the wake of allegations against film producer Harvey Weinstein, the 26-year-old singer said that, while he had not "come across it" himself, he believes the music industry also suffers from the problem. Speaking about the #MeToo social media campaign, Sheeran said: "I think it's dreadful that this stuff wasn't talked about before.
European Union leaders welcomed a proposal by British Prime Minister Theresa May aimed at unblocking Brexit talks, but said concessions to ease the fears of EU citizens living in Britain were not enough. Arriving at a two-day summit in Brussels on Thursday with other EU leaders, May sought to shift the focus away from a failure to push the talks beyond a discussion of a divorce settlement and onto trade talks just 17 months before Britain is due to leave. Instead the prime minister, weakened after losing her Conservative Party's majority in a June election, put renewed emphasis on settling citizens rights, one of three issues that must be solved to break the deadlock in talks.
The actress Tippi Hedren, who famously accused legendary director Alfred Hitchcock of sexual assault, has urged today's stars to continue to speak out about harassment they suffer in Hollywood. The star of Hitchcock classics The Birds and Marnie says educating young people about what is acceptable behaviour is the key to eradicating abuse. Hedren described in her memoirs a catalogue of harassment by Hitchcock along with an assault in a car on the way to her hotel.
Daphne Caruana Galizia’s family say they had known for years that she was being targeted. With hindsight, says Matthew Caruana Galizia , red-eyed from emotion and lack of sleep, it seems obvious. Matthew, his brothers Andrew and Paul, and their aunt Corinne sit on the sofa and a couple of old armchairs around a large, low table filled with empty coffee cups.
Low pay is "endemic" in the UK with few workers managing to progress into better paid jobs, according to a new study. Just one in six (17%) of those on low pay managed to move permanently up the salary scale over the last decade, the report from the Social Mobility Commission said. It also said that a quarter remained permanently stuck on low pay while 48% fluctuated in and out of this category.
Children in lower-income families spend more time watching TV and using electronic devices than kids in more affluent homes, according to a survey released Thursday. The report by the nonprofit group Common Sense Media on the viewing habits of more than 1,400 children nationwide age 8 and under found that less-affluent youngsters spend nearly three-and-a-half hours daily watching TV and using varied devices including smartphones, tablets, laptops and video game players. The offspring of better-educated parents also spend less time with media (1 hour, 37 minutes) compared with children of those with less education (2 hours, 50 minutes).
As nervous investors retreat from Catalonia, afraid the wealthy region may secede from Spain, another European region whose politicians once campaigned for independence is looking to attract some of them -- by talking of autonomy, not secession. The Italian region of Lombardy, the country's industrial engine and home to its financial capital Milan, is holding a referendum on Sunday for more autonomy, an outcome its once-proudly secessionist leader hopes will lure more investment. The two regions are competing to host Europe's drugs regulator which must leave the UK and find a new home inside the European Union.
Oct 19 (Reuters) - The following are the top stories in theWall Street Journal. Reuters has not verified these stories anddoes not vouch for their accuracy.
Good morning! Here's the technology news you need to know this Thursday. 1. Google DeepMind's AlphaGo artificial intelligence agent is now smarter than ever and taught itself how to play Go. The new agent, named AlphaGo Zero, beat the previous agent 100 games to 0 after just three days of practice. 3. A former Uber executive was dropped from a lawsuit involving a woman who was allegedly raped by a driver. Emil Michael, Uber's former senior vice president of business who resigned in June, is no longer a defendant.
CHICAGO (AP) — Javier Baez snapped an 0-for-20 skid with two home runs, Wade Davis hung on for a six-out save and the Chicago Cubs avoided a sweep, holding off the Los Angeles Dodgers 3-2 Wednesday night in Game 4 of the NL Championship Series.
Turkish police have detained the prominent civil society figure and businessman Osman Kavala at Istanbul's Ataturk Airport as part of a secret investigation, the T24 news website and other media said on Thursday. The T24 news website cited Kavala's lawyer as saying he had been taken to the counter-terror police department after an order was issued for him to be detained for seven days. Police in Istanbul were not immediately available to comment.
The following are the top stories on the New York Times business pages. - Kenneth I. Chenault, one of the longest-serving executives in finance and one of corporate America's few black top leaders, will retire next year as the chairman and chief executive of American Express. - Anthem Inc, one of the nation's major health insurance companies, said on Wednesday that it planned to start its own business to manage prescription drug plans by partnering with CVS Health, the large pharmacy benefit manager and drugstore chain.
The government is under increasing pressure to set aside millions to refund the call fees of Universal Credit claimants after confirming plans to scrap charges for the service’s helpline.
(Adds comment, detail, updates prices) By Melanie Burton MELBOURNE, Oct 19 (Reuters) - London copper held steady onThursday after in-line economic readings out of China signalledsome moderation in growth. China's economic growth slowed slightly as expected in thethird quarter as the government's efforts to rein in theproperty market and debt risks tempered activity in the world'ssecond-largest economy. "China's data was in line with expectations, so it's notsurprising that markets haven't reacted too much," said DanHynes at ANZ in Sydney. ...
Farmers who fled war in the Colombian Andes are returning to revive their abandoned land, cultivating coffee trees that are boosting global supplies of the highest-quality beans. Colombia's five-decade civil war, the longest in the Americas, displaced millions and disrupted farming for decades in areas that produce coffee for the most exacting consumer. The revival of coffee farming in the former conflict zones could help boost Colombia's coffee output by 40 percent, according to government estimates.
As Hindus across India celebrate Diwali this week, scientists fear a ban on firecrackers and other emergency anti-pollution measures deployed by authorities may not be enough to prevent a repeat of last year's "airpocalypse" in Delhi.