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 »
Jeremy Corbyn has condemned a “completely unacceptable” comment made by MP Clive Lewis and denied accusations of misogyny within the Labour Party. It follows the furore over a video in which Mr Lewis told a male actor to “get on your knees b****” at a game show segment of a Momentum event, held alongside the party conference. Mr Corbyn, who had previously avoided talking publicly of the issue, appeared to bow to pressure to speak out on Saturday.
Donald Trump's surprise announcement that he intends to allow the release of classified documents on the assassination of John F Kennedy has sparked speculation about his motives. The decision, made against the advice of the National Security Council, has prompted suggestions the president may seeking to distract from a series of negative stories. Some of the Mr Trump's most attention-grabbing tweets have previously diverted attention from mounting controversies.
Three hikers rescued a dog they found trapped in an abandoned mine shaft near Fairplay, Colorado. Portia Scovern shared this video of the rescue and follow-up care on October 18. The dog was underweight and dehydrated when she was found. Scovern wrote her boyfriend had been hiking a week before the rescue and heard something from the cave, but continued on his hike. When the hikers returned, the dog barked, which alerted the group to her existence. They shimmied into the shaft and rescued the dog. The dog’s owner was found following the rescue, and Fox 21 reported the dog went missing on October 4. Credit: Facebook/Portia Scovern via Storyful
Actress and director Asia Argento has said she was forced to leave her native Italy after speaking out about an alleged sexual assault at the hands of Harvey Weinstein. One of the first of more than 50 women to speak out about Weinstein, Ms Argento told the New Yorker magazine that he sexually assaulted her in a hotel room 20 years ago, when she was 21. While Argento was giving an interview about the assault accusations, journalist Mario Adinolfi tweeted the actress was attempting to “justify high-society prostitution”.
He was one of four jihadists that the UK placed on a UN sanctions list, now the only trace of Abu Sa'eed al Britani is his name on a prison wall in an Islamic State death camp.
A young couple who went missing in a national park on a hot summer day died in what appeared to be a murder-suicide pact, police say. The bodies of Rachel Nguyen, 20, and Joseph Orbeso, 22, were found in an embrace last week - two-and-a-half months after they went missing in southern California's Joshua Tree National Park on 28 July. Both had gunshot wounds - and based on evidence at the scene, detectives believe Mr Orbeso shot Ms Nguyen, then shot himself.
Parking charges for those picking up and dropping off passengers at some of the UK's busiest airports have been hiked up to "eye-watering" levels, a study has found. Eight of the top 20 airports have increased tariffs this year, according to the research by motoring firm RAC, which advised drivers to "keep goodbyes to a minimum" as five airports raised fees for dropping off departing passengers. RAC spokesman Simon Williams warned the increased charges will be viewed by drivers as "another way of making money out of them".
India's central bank on Saturday dismissed media reports that it was not necessary to link national identity card numbers, known as Aadhar numbers, to bank accounts. It said in a statement the requirement remained in force under anti-money laundering rules. "The Reserve Bank clarifies that, in applicable cases, linkage of Aadhaar number to bank account is mandatory under the Prevention of Money-laundering (Maintenance of Records) Second Amendment Rules, 2017," it said in a statement.
Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu confirmed on Saturday the club wishes to continue playing in La Liga even if Catalonia is granted independence from Spain. The Spanish government is holding a special cabinet meeting to deal with the crisis after Catalonia's president Carles Puigdemont wrote Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy a letter threatening a formal declaration of independence. Bartomeu previously said the club members would be able to help decide Barcelona's future but speaking at the annual general meeting, the president was clear about his preferred option.
Czech billionaire Andrej Babis won a thumping victory in Saturday's election as voters shunned traditional parties and gave a mandate to the anti-establishment businessman pledging to fight political corruption while facing fraud charges himself. Babis's ANO movement got 29.6 percent of the vote, nearly three times as much as anyone else in an election that saw a record nine parties secure seats in parliament's lower house. Babis has promised to bring his business expertise to government.
One of Solange Knowles' songs is called Don't Touch My Hair. The journalist who interviewed Solange has also expressed her dismay. "I am publicly disowning the Solange piece London Evening Standard published today.
A teenager who was stabbed in a "horrific" knife attack has died in hospital. Kyron Webb, 15, was severely injured in the incident in Manchester on Tuesday. Police have launched a murder inquiry after he died on Friday and two teenagers, aged 17 and 16, have been charged with murder.
One person has been killed and nine others injured after a man carried out a knife rampage at a shopping centre in southeast Poland. The alleged attacker, a 27-year-old man, attacked people at the VIVO! mall in Stalowa Wola on Friday. Eight people were taken to hospitals in Stalowa Wola, Tarnobrzeg and Sandomierz, most with serious injuries, regional police chief Krzysztof Pobuta said.
JERUSALEM/BEIRUT (Reuters) - Five projectiles from Syria set off air raid sirens in Israeli towns on Saturday, prompting the Israeli military to say it would step up its response to stray fire from the Syrian war that has repeatedly spilled over the border. The projectiles crossed into the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights and the military said it targeted three Syrian artillery guns in response. No damage or injuries were reported in Israel.
After fleeing flames that were closing in on him 12 days ago, Donnie Steggal finally returned home Friday — and sifted through the ruins of the Northern California home where he and his wife raised their two children. Steggal was among residents of the small city of Santa Rosa who fled a wildfire in the dead of night with only minutes to spare. Authorities on Friday said 8,400 homes and businesses have been destroyed as they continue to assess the devastating damage to homes and businesses that burned in and around California's famed wine country north of San Francisco.
Madrid's moves to take back some powers from Catalonia are the "worst attack since the dictatorship of Franco". The Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont was reacting to the Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy's announcement that he has approved implementing the previously unused Article 155 of the country's constitution to assume control of the region in a bid to thwart secession attempts. Mr Puigdemont said Mr Rajoy had set out to "humiliate" Catalonia in an "attack on democracy".
A body recovered from a river bed in southern Argentina was that of a missing activist who disappeared two months ago during a police operation, his brother confirmed Friday.
Arona is the name of a small town in Spain (on Tenerife, in fact). Arona is also the name of a small Seat car from Spain (Martorell, in fact). It is the latest instalment in the great Seat revival story, and it is a strong contender in the now crowded segment dominated by the Nissan Juke, Peugeot 2008 and VW Tiguan.