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 »
Liam Fox, left, and Michael Gove will have to wait, it seems. New European council guidelines spell out that if Theresa May wants her two-year implementation phase after Brexit in March 2019 she has to be prepared to give up all power to shape her environment.
Lizzie Hines, 35, became a proud mum last Christmas when she gave birth to son Louis on the pavement outside the Spearmint Rhino strip club in central London. A crowd of well-wishers flocked to her aid on December 22 as she gave birth in the street while rushing back to UCH hospital after initially being turned away by medics. Mrs Hines, from north London, told the Standard: "We went to UCH but they told us to go home and come back later as I wasn’t far along enough.
Pro-EU Tories issued a joint statement saying they would support the amendment allowing flexibility on the UK's exit date, saving the prime minister from another embarrassing defeat. "By restoring flexibility to altering the date of exit if needed, [the amendments] reduce the risk of a chaotic Brexit through last-minute failure which might be readily curable by a change to the date.
A Bollywood actress who apparently never reads her emails could be one of the bridesmaids to accompany Meghan Markle when she weds next May. There is speculation that Priyanka Chopra will be asked by Ms Markle to be part of her bridal party when she gets married to Prince Harry in Windsor on 19 May. Ms Chopra hit the headlines earlier this year when a friend posted a picture of her holding her phone which displayed more than 250,000 unread emails.
British Airways has plunged to third from bottom in an annual survey of customer satisfaction on short-haul airlines. The poor scoring comes in a year when BA stopped free catering for passengers travelling in economy class on short-haul flights. The airline was given a score of just two stars for its food and drink and received the same poor rating for seat comfort and value for money.
The African National Congress (ANC), South Africa's only ruler since the end of apartheid, votes this weekend in a race too close to call to replace Jacob Zuma as party leader with the winner also likely to become the next president. The election is perhaps the most pivotal moment for the ANC in its 23 years of power. Scandal and corruption allegations have tainted Zuma's presidency and the party that launched black majority rule under Nobel Peace Prize laureate Nelson Mandela is now deeply divided, its image tarnished at home and abroad.
Two unusual sea lion attacks have led authorities in San Francisco to close a popular swimming area as officials try to determine the reason for the aggressive behaviour. The first attack happened on Thursday when swimmer Christian Einfeldt was seriously injured after a sea lion bit him on the arm. Mr Einfeldt believes the animal followed him as he swam from San Francisco beach to the mouth of a cove.
DJ Pete Tong is under fire from Massive Attack for using one of their songs in his latest album without permission. A version of their 1991 hit Unfinished Sympathy features on Tong's Ibiza Classics album, which was released earlier this year and is the subject of his ongoing UK tour. "I don't recollect you getting in touch to see if we would mind, but for your information: when we play that song we display photos of displaced people in refugee camps by the photographer Giles Duley on the screen to raise awareness for their plight and collect money for UNHCR.
The United States’ Federal Communications Commission voted on Thursday to repeal a set of regulations which ensure what has become known as ‘net neutrality’.
The Times columnist's self-serving critique of one of the greats of English literature says more about his ignorance than anything else.
BERLIN (AP) — Germany's top security official is extending tests of automatic facial recognition technology after an initial six-month trial showed the system had a good success rate.
NBA franchises—or well-run ones like the Cleveland Cavaliers, at least—don’t tend towards undue panic. Even—or perhaps especially—in sport, good business decisions aren’t made on emotions, where the heart so often overrides the head of otherwise shrewd investors.
James John McGeown saw the cash inside a bag left on the front seat of a parked car that had been left with its window open. Eventually, he reached into the car, took out the bag and handed it to the nearby Livingstone Brown solicitors, who confirmed Mr McGeown had stopped the bag off. When owner John McMonagle, who owns a chip shop in Clydebank, returned to his car with his colleague, Alyshia, he found a note saying his bag was safe.
Following the launch of its first SUV since 1992, Lamborghini has revealed some of the items customers can buy with it, including branded moccasins and carbon-fibre luggage
Germany's Thyssenkrupp, has offered assistance to Argentinian authorities in an investigation into the disappearance of a submarine last month, a spokesman said on Friday. The ARA San Juan was delivered in 1985 and built by a unit of Thyssen AG, which merged with Krupp to form Thyssenkrupp in 1999. "We have offered our support for the technical investigation into this tragedy and are in contact with the Argentinian navy in this respect," the spokesman said.
‘Emmerdale’ star Natalie J Robb has spoken out about her future on the show, after her character Moria Barton was revealed as Emma Barton’s killer.
Strictly Come Dancing bosses reportedly fear Debbie McGee may not be well enough to take part in Saturday night’s grand final after she fell ill earlier this week. The former magician’s assistant, 59, said she had been left feeling like a "zombie" and is “physically washed out”. McGee – who looked close to pulling out of the Blackpool special after she twisted a muscle in her back while training with Giovanni Pernice – recently opened up about the pressure to compete.
A hapless horse which fell into a swimming pool in snowy conditions has been winched to safety by fire crews. Video posted on Twitter by West Midlands Fire Service showed the sedated animal remaining calm as it was placed in a harness and lifted out of the pool off Castlehill Road, Walsall Wood, shortly before 11am on Thursday.
Workers on Virgin Trains West Coast have begun a 24-hour walkout - bringing disruption to some services. Members of the RMT and TSSA unions are on strike in a dispute over pay, staffing and other issues. Although Virgin is expecting to run a majority of journeys, there will be no trains from London to Edinburgh.