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 »
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.
According to the latest results from the "feeding Stonehenge" project by English Heritage, Stonehenge builders were lactose intolerant. A new exhibition at the Durrington Walls Neolithic site shows their eating habits.
Joshua Boyle and his wife Caitlan Coleman were abducted in Afghanistan on a backpacking trip. The family of the Canadian man freed with his wife and three children five years after they were kidnapped in Afghanistan have implored media to consider the trauma suffered by the family, noting that Joshua Boyle – the only member of the family to speak in public since their rescue – has yet to receive medical or psychological clearance. On Wednesday, the family of the 34-year-old said it was a blessing to have the family at home and safe.
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.
DUBLIN, Ohio (AP) — Ohio has launched an $8 million effort to attract ideas for using technology to solve the national opioid addiction crisis.
LONDON/BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraq's Kurdistan's oil exports more than halved on Wednesday in the first major supply disruption since the independence referendum last month as Iraqi military retook some of the biggest fields from Kurdistan's Peshmerga forces. Kurdish oil exports from the Mediterranean port of Ceyhan have dropped to just 225,000 barrels per day on Wednesday compared to normal flows of 600,000 bpd with both Kurdish and Iraqi sources citing technical glitches in the Kirkuk area. The area came under the control of Iraqi military on Tuesday for the first time since 2015, effectively halving the amount of production under Erbil's direct control.
Making would-be gun owners wait just a few days between purchase and possession could dramatically reduce deaths from handgun violence, a new study found. More than 700 lives were saved per year by mandatory waiting period laws in the 17 states that have them, according to the report, published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences this week. If the entire country were to have such laws, more than 900 gun violence deaths could be avoided every year, the researchers concluded.
The Seoul central district prosecutors' office confiscated some documents and evidence at the office and three other companies, including an ingredient supplier, the reports said. "We take this matter very seriously," company spokeswoman Karen Kim said. "McDonald's Korea continues to fully cooperate with all relevant authorities." In July, a consumer filed a complaint against the U.S. firm, saying her 4-year-old daughter was diagnosed with hemolytic uremic syndrome, often referred to as hamburger disease, after suffering irreversible kidney damage following the consumption of a McDonald's hamburger last year, Yonhap said.
"I was speaking to a professor from the British Antarctic Survey yesterday who told me that they are seeing in the Arctic polar bears with two sets of testicles because the phthalates are leeching out from the plastic bottles in the Arctic environment and disrupting the hormones of large mammals," she said. At the time of publication, Creagh had not responded to a request for comment.
A Native American tribe sued Amazon.com Inc and Microsoft Corp in federal court in Virginia on Wednesday for infringing supercomputer patents it is holding for a technology firm. The Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe was assigned the patents by SRC Labs LLC in August, in a deal intended to use the tribe's sovereign status to shield them from administrative review.
Classic FM boss refused permission for Hyde Park 'superhome' as council says it will exacerbate the housing crisis
It is highly unlikely that spying on protest groups and politicians has ceased. In arguing that the era of political police spying is over, Paul Mason does a disservice to the desperately needed public debate around spying on political and protest groups. For this reason, it is more important now than ever that the undercover policing inquiry does its work properly in an open and transparent fashion, providing those much-needed answers.
Four Britons have been kidnapped in Nigeria's southern Delta state, a police official said on Wednesday. The police are attempting to rescue the four people, who were taken by unidentified gunmen on Oct. 13, said Andrew Aniamaka, a spokesman for Delta state police. Kidnapping for ransom is a common problem in parts of Nigeria.
DeepMind researchers have developed an artificial intelligence program that has taught itself “thousands of years of human knowledge” from scratch in just a few days. The AlphaGo Zero algorithm, created by the Alphabet (formerly Google) subsidiary DeepMind and detailed in the journal Nature this week, mastered the classic strategy game Go without human input, while reaching a level never before reached by humans or computers.
About 100,000 people have been signed up so far to the national disability insurance scheme. The federal government will not meet its target of 475,000 national disability insurance scheme participants by 2019-20, and is failing to grow the disability workforce fast enough to meet the looming demand, the Productivity Commission has warned. The commission releases its report on the costs of the $22bn NDIS on Thursday, and offers a bleak assessment of its chances of meeting the tight deadlines set out in a series of bilateral agreements between the commonwealth and the states and territories.
Hungarian police carried out a search at a Church of Scientology center in Budapest on Wednesday. Police said the search by members of the National Investigation Bureau was related to an investigation into the suspected misuse of personal information and other crimes. Police listed the investigation's target as "unknown persons," a common designation when a specific suspect or suspects have not been identified.