NHS attempts to save £3 per flu jab have fuelled winter crisis as 'Japanese flu' spreads through hospitals
Emirates announced a deal for up to 36 Airbus A380 aircraft on Thursday worth as much as $16 billion (11.53 billion pounds) at list prices, saving the world's biggest passenger jet from death row and securing its future for at least another decade. The European planemaker said Emirates had placed a provisional order for 20 of the double-decker superjumbos, with an option for 16 more. Airbus shares rose more than 3 percent after the announcement to touch a record high of 92.56 euros.
The boyfriend of Cranberries star Dolores O'Riordan says his "heart is broken and it is beyond repair". The Irish singer was found dead aged 46 at a hotel in central London on Monday morning. Ole Koretsky, who played with O'Riordan in alternative rock band D.A.R.K, released a statement on the group's official website.
A pair of Australian swimmers on Thursday became the first people to be rescued in the ocean by a drone when the aerial lifesaver dropped a safety device to distressed teens caught in rough seas.
A wolf which sparked a police search after escaping from a wildlife sanctuary in Berkshire has been captured. The wolf - whose name is Torak - was found eight miles (13km) away from the park after going through a field of sheep. On hearing of his capture, wildlife film maker and presenter Anneka Svenska who helped to raise Torak said he is "is gentle and timid and would never have been a threat".
EU chief executive Jean-Claude Juncker renewed an offer to Britain on Wednesday to stay in the European Union and said he hoped that even if it goes through with Brexit it would apply to rejoin the bloc. Speaking to the European Parliament, where he had endorsed a statement on Tuesday by European Council President Donald Tusk that Britain would be welcome to remain Juncker said he accepted a share of responsibility for the British referendum vote in 2016 to leave the Union. "I still feel the exit of Britain is a catastrophe, yes, a defeat we all have to take responsibility for," he said, responding to a written question from a German lawmaker who had asked if Juncker felt responsible for Brexit.
Actor Peter Wyngarde, who was best known for playing TV sleuth Jason King and the villain Klytus in the Flash Gordon film, has died aged 90. Wyngarde found fame starring as handlebar moustache-wearing King in the 1969-70 espionage series Department S, about an elite group within Interpol. When the show ended after two series, his suave character was spun off into an action series called Jason King, which ran for one season.
Lucky loser Bernarda Pera sent ninth seed Johanna Konta tumbling out of the second round of the Australian Open on Thursday with a 6-4 7-5 upset in blazing sunshine on court two. A lacklustre serving display from the British number one - she failed to land a single ace - allowed lefthander Pera ample opportunity to showcase her powerful returns off both sides and the 23-year-old American duly delivered. A single break of serve for 5-4 was enough for the world number 123 to sew up the first set after 39 minutes when Konta sent a backhand long, and Pera was soon all over the Briton's serve in the second.
Catalonia's parliament picked a separatist speaker on Wednesday, signalling the possible return of sacked nationalist Carles Puigdemont as the region's leader and the renewal of full-blown political confrontation with Madrid. The new regional assembly was meeting for the first time, and the decision to appoint Roger Torrent shattered the fragile calm that has characterised relations with central government since it was elected in December. "The will of the Catalan people is to have President Puigdemont back" as head of government, pro-independence lawmaker Elsa Artadi told Reuters after the legislature - where secessionists hold a slim majority - picked Torrent as speaker.
Rolls-Royce is considering the sale of its loss-making commercial marine business in another shake-up by Chief Executive Warren East that will streamline its activities into civil aerospace, defence and power system units. East had resisted selling the marine business, which has been hit by weak offshore oil and gas markets, saying its technology was relevant to other parts of Rolls. East said he had previously had to deal with urgent priorities at Rolls-Royce, including introducing new engines and doubling production rates of its engines for wide-body jets, before ordering a review of marine.
Interserve, a rival of Carillion until its financial collapse this week, has seen its share price fall sharply on a report the Government is closely monitoring the company. Stock was down as much as 15% in early trading on the London Stock Exchange after the Financial Times said a small team had been put together to keep an eye on the outsourcing specialist's financial health. A spokesperson told Sky News: "We monitor the financial health of all of our strategic suppliers, including Interserve.
A group of divers have discovered Mayan caves over 4,000 years old in eastern Mexico. Measuring at 215 miles long, it is believed to be the longest flooded cave on the planet. The cave is filled with hundreds of monumental relics from the ancient Mayan civilisation.
Celebrity 100% Hotter has been working wonders on some of our favourite reality stars. From Jedward to Kim Woodburn to Honey G, famous faces from the small screen have been queueing up to let the show's talented fashion, hair and make-up team work their magic to create seriously dramatic makeovers – or in some cases, makeunders, leaving the celebs almost unrecognisable. Here, we take a look back at some of the series' most memorable transformations to date. From Digital Spy
The thrifty among us may be tempted to wear all our clothes at once in order to dodge the extra charges, but one passenger recently found out that doesn’t always end well.
The only functioning airport in Libya's capital Tripoli remained shut for a third day on Wednesday after fierce clashes between armed groups damaged planes belonging to all four of the airlines that operate there. The fighting erupted on Monday after one of the city's many armed groups launched an attack at Mitiga Airport in an apparent effort to secure the release of prisoners held in an adjacent prison. A number of planes parked there were damaged during the clashes, including an A319 Airbus belonging to Afriqiyah Airlines, an Airbus A330 operated by Libyan Airlines, two Boeings operated to Buraq Air, and two jets operated by Libya Wings.
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — A longtime Miss America Organization staffer has been named its executive director of operations.
The Eurogroup must negotiate quickly on eurozone reform to be ready for action to shore up the single currency area by June, the new head of the finance ministers' grouping said Wednesday.
It is always a mug’s game to call turning points, but here goes: December 2017, when bitcoin traded at close to $20,000 (£14,500), was the turning point for this cryptocurrency – and probably the others too. You cannot have a world where there is a huge push to clamp down on offshore tax havens that allows an offshore “currency”. Cryptocurrencies wave a red flag for tax authorities worldwide.
This story was delivered to BI Intelligence Transportation and Logistics Briefing subscribers hours before it appeared on Business Insider. Pony.ai, a year-old California-based self-driving car startup, announced it recently completed a $112 million Series A funding round at an undisclosed valuation, according to TechCrunch. Morningside Venture Capital and Legend Capital, two Chinese venture firms, led the round, and were joined by eight other venture firms, including Comcast Ventures, IDG Capital Partners, Polaris Capital Group, and Sequoia Capital.