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Libya is hosting an international conference Thursday to help build stability in the deeply divided country ahead of crucial presidential elections in December. Some 30 delegations are travelling to the capital Tripoli. Among them are representatives from the United Nations, European Union, African Union and the Arab League.French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian will attend, including officials from regional powers including Italy, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Algeria. Taking places under
European leaders gave German Chancellor Angela Merkel a standing ovation on Friday at her last EU summit after a 16-year reign that helped guide the bloc through major ups and downs.
No formal Cop26 role for big oil amid doubts over firms’ net zero plans . Officials from fossil fuel firms may attend fringe events but campaigners hail lack of official role
LONDON (Reuters) -A record proportion of the British public thinks inflation will accelerate over the next 12 months, according to data that could further boost expectations that the Bank of England will raise interest rates next month. Some 48% of people surveyed this month by consumer research firm GfK expected prices to increase more rapidly over the next 12 months, up from 34% in September, the figures seen exclusively by Reuters showed. It marked the highest share since records began in January 1985, when Margaret Thatcher was prime minister and more than a decade before the BoE became operationally independent.
A woman accused of murdering her husband following a family meal over Zoom told a court she "lost the plot" when he called her "pathetic" in the bedroom and later taunted her in the kitchen. Penelope Jackson, 66, stabbed David Jackson, 78, three times with a kitchen knife just hours after they fought during a meal to celebrate her birthday. In cross-examination, Christopher Quinlan QC, prosecuting, suggested to the defendant she had "deliberately lunged" at Mr Jackson's chest with the knife in the bedroom and he was of no threat to her when she attacked him a second time.
Rishi Sunak got a pre-Budget boost on Thursday as figures showed borrowing is a “whopping” £43.5 billion lower so far this year than expected. Public sector net borrowing was £21.8 billion in September, compared with the City forecast of £22.6 billion and the Office for Budget Responsibility prediction of £25.9 billion back in March. “That means borrowing is now a whopping £43.5 billion lower in the 2021/22 financial year so far than... expected,” said Capital Economics’ chief UK economist Paul Dales.
The launch of a new fund has brought new investors to the party.
The monarch, 95, returned to Windsor at lunchtime on Thursday
A 127-year-old farthing has been discovered under the mast of Lord Nelson’s flagship, HMS Victory. It will now go on display at the National Museum of the Royal Navy (NMRN) in Portsmouth to mark Trafalgar Day on October 21. The coin, which was placed under the ship for good luck in line with Victorian tradition, was discovered next to a metal wedge between the mast and the base plate.
The papers largely carry pictures of Alec Baldwin following a fatal incident on a film set.
British coffee and sandwich chain Pret A Manger has teamed up with JDE Peet’s to trial self-service coffee machines, further evolving its business model after sales were hammered by the COVID-19 pandemic. Pret has suffered as many of its just under 400 UK stores are located on high streets, at transport hubs and close to offices that have seen reduced occupancy during the crisis. Pret, owned by investment group JAB and founder Sinclair Beecham, said on Friday its "Pret Express" machines will be introduced into convenience shops, petrol station forecourts, universities, healthcare facilities and workplaces.
To spike a drink means to put alcohol or drugs into someone’s drink without their knowledge or permission.
Man charged with murder of Tory MP David Amess. Ali Harbi Ali, 25, also accused of preparation of terrorist acts after politician was stabbed
Retail sales volumes took a surprise dip last month to achieve their longest losing streak on record, according to official figures released as a measure of consumer confidence showed a slump to levels last seen in February.
Ted Cruz explains his bill to house migrants in Democrat-led jurisdictions
LONDON (Reuters) -Britain's 95-year-old Queen Elizabeth spent a night in hospital for the first time in years for what Buckingham Palace termed 'preliminary investigations' but returned to Windsor Castle on Thursday where she was in good spirits. "Following medical advice to rest for a few days, the queen attended hospital on Wednesday afternoon for some preliminary investigations, returning to Windsor Castle at lunchtime today, and remains in good spirits," the palace said in a statement. She returned to her desk for work on Thursday afternoon and was undertaking some light duties, the source said.
Police in Western Australia are offering a A$1m (£542,845) reward for information about the disappearance of a four-year girl. Cleo Smith was last seen in her family's tent at about 1.30am on Saturday at the remote Blowholes Shacks campsite in coastal town Macleod, which is about 900km (559 miles) north of Perth. Western Australian Police said it holds "grave fears" for her safety.
The Strictly Come Dancing star will make his pantomime debut as Buttons in Cinderella this Christmas.
Green bonds offering savers the chance to back the government's environmental projects are going on sale - but experts think the "paltry" returns on offer will see demand wilt. The bonds, described as the first ever green savings product issued by a country, go on sale online via the Treasury-backed National Savings & Investments (NS&I) today. Projects such as zero-emission buses, offshore wind and innovative low-carbon technologies will be backed by the funds raised, the government said.
Jeremy Hunt, the former health secretary, has said the Government should change the rule that people must wait six months before getting Covid booster jabs in order to improve protection before Christmas.