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 »
Former teen idol David Cassidy is in hospital after reportedly suffering organ failure. The US actor and singer, 67, is "conscious and surrounded by family" after being rushed to hospital in Florida earlier this week, his spokeswoman said. Cassidy revealed earlier this year he was battling dementia after video emerged of him performing erratically in California.
The family of Gaia Pope have said they are "absolutely devastated" after police searching for the missing 19-year-old found a body. Officers from Dorset Police say they are "confident" the body is that of the teenager. The discovery on land near Swanage was made at about 3pm on Saturday by specialist search teams close to the coastal path and the field where her clothes were found on Thursday.
Emmanuel Macron's party named a new leader Saturday as the French president faces the first rebellious grumblings in the 19-month-old movement that swept him to power.
Seventy years ago, marriage in Britain was between a man and a woman, and could only end for a narrow set of reasons including adultery, cruelty and abandonment.
Rescuers searching for a missing Argentinian naval submarine are trying to pinpoint the location of emergency signals thought to be from the vessel. Seven failed satellite calls were received on Saturday, Argentina's defence ministry said, raising hopes that the 44 crew members on board ARA San Juan were trying to re-establish contact. The UK, US, Brazil, Chile and Uruguay have joined the search operation for the submarine, which disappeared 268 miles off Argentina's southern Atlantic coast on Wednesday.
British finance minister Philip Hammond, under pressure to help weakened Prime Minister Theresa May in this week's budget, promised to speed up house building and said he had some room to help voters despite his squeeze on public finances. Aware that to some her government looks overwhelmed by the task of delivering Brexit, May needs her finance minister to show voters that she has a handle on Britain's domestic problems like a housing shortage, low productivity and stagnant pay.
A man has been arrested on suspicion of theft after more than 50 mobile phones were stolen at a Royal Blood rock concert in Birmingham. Officers said the man was found to have 53 phones in his possession which are believed to have been stolen during a concert by the rock duo at The Arena Birmingham on Saturday night. Police are now encouraging the band's fans who had their phones stolen to contact them.
A London pub is offering free Christmas dinner and a pint to anyone who's on their own this year. The Alexandra, in Wimbledon, has said there are no strings attached and people who have never been in the pub before are welcome. A statement on the pub's Facebook read: "I've been asked by a few people now if we are doing the 'free meal for anyone who is on their own' thing on Christmas day this year.
Somehow, Maryam Samir survived the war in Mosul but there was a moment several months ago when her father Ahmad left her for dead. Four months on and Maryam is, in many ways, a typical 12-year-old girl.
Robert Mugabe agreed on Sunday to resign as Zimbabwe's president hours after the ruling ZANU-PF party fired him as its leader following 37 years in charge, a source familiar with the negotiations said. ZANU-PF had given the 93-year-old less than 24 hours to quit as head of state or face impeachment, an attempt to secure a peaceful end to his tenure after a de facto coup. The source said the Zimbabwe military was working on a resignation statement by Mugabe, without giving details.
A woman has been injured after the world’s largest aircraft came loose from its moorings, causing it to rip and deflate. Airlander 10, a hybrid airship that is part-plane, collapsed in Cardington Airfield, Bedfordshire, following the incident at about 9.30am on Saturday. Manufacturer Hybrid Air Vehicles (HAV) is set to launch an investigation into why the aircraft, which is the length of a football pitch, broke free but said its hull was designed to rip open and deflate in the event of coming loose.
The Laredo, Texas, Police Department stopped a number of drivers in the city on November 17 for various traffic violations, but instead of giving them tickets, the officers presented them with Thanksgiving turkeys. The officers carried out the deeds as part of Operation Peacemaker, a non-profit police organization, to help people celebrate the holiday. Credit: YouTube/Laredo Police Department via Storyful
Immigration policy is emerging as one of the thorniest issues dividing German Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives, the pro-business Free Democrats (FDP) and left-leaning Greens as they seek to forge a coalition government in marathon talks.
Proving that love knows no boundaries, a Mexican woman and a US man meet at a gate that has been briefly opened in the fence separating their countries to exchange marriage vows.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic delivered a trademark response to questions about his quick return for Manchester United: "lions don't recover like humans".
The Vatican has opened a new investigation into possible sexual abuse committed before 2013 at a private school in Rome for children destined for the priesthood, the Holy See announced Saturday.
A bulletin sent out to Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) employees counsels them to opt instead for words like “passengers” or “riders,” according to multiple reports. MTA officials said the change was part of a wider effort to be more responsive to passengers, including encouraging conductors to offer real-time updates to riders about delays. “It all goes to this fundamental need to make sure we're getting people the information they need,” spokesman Jon Weinstein told the Associated Press.
U.S. smartphone chipmaker Qualcomm is set to win “imminent” Japanese antitrust clearance for its $38-billion bid for NXP Semiconductors and gain Europe’s approval by the end of the year with slight tweaks to its concessions, a person familiar with the matter said. Winning the green light from both competition authorities would take Qualcomm a major step forward to closing the deal and reinforce its fight against an unsolicited $103-billion takeover bid from Broadcom. The Japan Fair Trade Commission (JFTC) "is expected to clear Qualcomm’s acquisition of NXP imminently," the source said.
Although we could hear back in 25 years, it’s unlikely we will, Douglas Vakoch, president of Messaging Extraterrestrial Intelligence (METI) International, told New Scientist. A person dressed as an alien attends the Mars Encounter exhibit at the Chabot Space and Science Center August 26, 2003 in Oakland, California. If we hear back, there’s limited guidance in place on how to communicate with the extraterrestrial beings, according to Seth Shostak, a senior astronomer for the SETI (Search For Extraterrestrial Intelligence) Institute.
Theresa May and the French president, Emmanuel Macron, arrive at the EU summit in Gothenburg, Sweden. The government’s insistence on legislating for a definitive date for leaving the EU is a declaration that there are no conditions which might arise in the intervening period that would make leaving the EU contrary to British interests (“May faces defeat on Brexit deal vote for MPs”, News, last week). It is an act consistent with the inability or unwillingness of parliament’s Brexit extremists to describe any sort of red-line situation which would cause them to revise their view of the desirability of Brexit.