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 »
Harry Styles stepped in for James Corden on Tuesday night just hours before his Late Late Show aired. As Styles came on stage to host the talk show, he announced that "our wonderful host James Corden had his baby today". Ben Winston, the show's producer, said: "Congrats to the Cordens.
Peter Kay has cancelled his first live tour in eight years over "unforeseen family circumstances". Kay, one of the UK's best-loved comedians, was due to tour the country for more than a year from April, starting in Birmingham. This decision has not been taken lightly and I'm sure you'll understand my family must always come first.
Two people have been charged with murder over the deaths of three children in a house fire in Salford, Greater Manchester. Zac Bolland, 23, of Blackleach Drive, Worsley, has been charged with three counts of murder, four counts of attempted murder and one count of arson with intent to endanger life. Courtney Brierley, 20, of Worsley Avenue, Worsley has also been charged with the same offences.
The Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry were among those gracing the red carpet at The Last Jedi premiere in London. The Royals spoke to cast and crew at the event as well as picking up their own stormtrooper helmets. "That's what I hear too," said Oscar Isaac, who plays Poe Dameron, when we asked him about the rumours.
U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson offered on Tuesday to begin direct talks with North Korea without pre-conditions, backing away from U.S. demands that Pyongyang must first accept that any negotiations would have to be about giving up its nuclear arsenal. "Let's just meet," Tillerson said in a speech to Washington's Atlantic Council think tank, presenting a new diplomatic overture amid heightened tensions over North Korea's nuclear and missile advances and harsh rhetoric between the two sides.
More than 100 MPs (BSE: MPSLTD.BO - news) have called on the Government to retain as close a relationship as possible with the body which regulates the nuclear industry across Europe after Brexit. The transport of nuclear materials, disposing of waste, and carrying out of research is governed by a series of nuclear safeguards that have operated in the UK for four decades through Euratom. In the Article 50 letter, the UK signalled its desire to leave Euratom at the same time as leaving the European Union.
Inspectors need new powers to tackle faith schools where teachings 'clash with British values', major Ofsted report to find
Sirens blared and thousands of doves were released as Chinese President Xi Jinping presided over a sombre ceremony in Nanjing marking 80 years since the wartime massacre in the city by Japanese troops.
The world's newest island -- formed during a volcanic eruption in the remote Pacific three years ago -- may offer clues to how life potentially developed on Mars, NASA said Wednesday.
South Korea said on Wednesday it may tax capital gains from cryptocurrency trading as global regulators worried about a bubble, with Australia's central bank chief warning of a 'speculative mania" that has seen the digital asset making rip-roaring gains. The world's biggest and best known cryptocurrency, bitcoin, surged past $17,000 to new all-time highs this week, marking an almost dizzying 20-fold rise this year and feeding fears of a bubble. Digital currencies are very popular across Asia, with many retail investors giving up their daily jobs to trade them full time in countries such as Japan and South Korea, which together make up for more than half the global trading volumes by some estimates.
Roy Hodgson says he was impressed with Christian Benteke’s performance against Watford, despite the Belgian extending his run of games without a goal to 13. It may have been a different story from the former England boss, had his side not scored two late goals to come from behind and take three valuable points from Marco Silva’s side. “I think it helps, but he would have liked to have been able to score a goal or to do something a little bit spectacular during the course of the game,” Hodgson said when asked if all Benteke needed was to be on the winning side.
As temperatures soar, the Australian Energy Market Operator issues a lack-of-reserve notice. The first heatwave of Australia’s summer has arrived, and the high temperatures have put the national energy regulator on notice. Temperatures across New South Wales, Victoria and parts of Queensland spiked on Wednesday, with parts of western Sydney approaching 40C.
The company that operates 300 Value Village, Savers and other thrift stores in the U.S., Canada and Australia is suing Washington state Attorney General Bob Ferguson, saying his office has violated the company's rights by demanding $3.2 million to settle a three-year investigation. TVI Inc., of Bellevue, said in the lawsuit filed in federal court Monday that it's trying to head off an anticipated complaint from the attorney general's office. TVI also said the attorney general's office insisted that it disclose to how much of the sale price of items in its stores goes to charities, something the company said would violate its free-speech rights and is precluded by Supreme Court precedent.
Tess Finnegan, who gave up her job as a federal trial attorney after having the first of her three children, is one of the many women who have fallen out of the job market due to lack of childcare options...
Record levels of suicide and self-harm behind bars are a “damning indictment” of the prison system and point to “deep-rooted failures”, a powerful Commons committee has warned.
Eartha Pond teaches PE at the Crest Academy in north-west London. A deputy headteacher who has raised more than £100,000 for survivors of the Grenfell Tower fire is in the running for one of the world’s top teaching awards. Eartha Pond, who combines her leadership role with teaching PE at the Crest Academy in north-west London, as well as playing professional football for Tottenham Hotspur, is one of four UK teachers up for the Varkey Foundation Global Teacher prize.
Toshiba agreed in late September to sell Toshiba Memory, the world's second-biggest producer of NAND chips, to a consortium led by Bain Capital LP for $18 billion to cover billions of dollars in liabilities arising from Toshiba's now bankrupt U.S. nuclear power unit Westinghouse. With data storage key to most next-generation technologies, demand for NAND chips has boomed, and Western Digital, Toshiba's chip business partner and jilted suitor in the auction, had threatened to block any deal without its consent.
Meg Hillier, the chair of the public accounts committee, questioned whether Camelot was operating within the National Lottery Act. Parliament’s spending watchdog has launched an inquiry into whether the National Lottery operator Camelot is failing the good causes it was set up to fund. Concerns have been raised after auditors found that Camelot’s profits over a seven-year period increased by 122% and have been proportionately greater than sales or the returns for good causes.
National parks in the U.S. will sharply drop the number of days they allow visitors to get in for free, a move that was criticized by opponents of the parks' plan to raise entrance costs at other times of the year. After waiving fees 16 days in 2016 and 10 days in 2017, the National Park Service announced Tuesday that it will have four no-cost days next year. This year's free days included all of Veterans Day weekend and the weekends surrounding National Park Week.