Arrest as pedestrians hit outside museum
Sweden will raise the minimum age at which workers can take their state pension over the coming years, a move designed to match an increase in average life spans, the major political parties said on Thursday. Workers can currently choose to take their state pension from the age of 61. The current pension system was designed around 20 years ago and Swedes now live around 2.5 years longer on average.
Sir Cliff Richard has been warned that details of his financial affairs may be revealed during a High Court battle with the BBC. During a preliminary hearing on Thursday, Mr Justice Mann said journalists could fairly argue that Sir Cliff's personal finances should not be kept from the public simply because he wants them to be. "An argument could be made that these arguments should not be held in complete secrecy simply because (Sir Cliff) wants to keep his financial affairs secret.
To listen to some of the hysterical coverage of a modest assertion of democratic rights by dissident Tory MPs, one might think that some act of national betrayal had been committed by these rather herbivorous parliamentarians. All they wanted was some say over the terms of the deal the Government might secure. Unless it has some strange taste for public humiliation, the Government should drop its plan to enshrine the Brexit date in legislation, and, once again, allow Parliament to do what has been promised – to “take back control”.
Survivors of a blaze that killed 71 people six months ago in the Grenfell Tower social housing block in west London wept during a multi-faith memorial service at St Paul's Cathedral on Thursday attended by members of the royal family. Fire broke out in the middle of the night on June 14 and quickly gutted the 24-storey building, which was home to a multi-ethnic community living in a poor area within one of London's richest boroughs, Kensington and Chelsea.
Poland's new prime minister said on Thursday he expected the European Commission to launch an unprecedented punishment procedure against Warsaw next week after months of wrangling over the rule of law. Several thousand people gathered in Poland's largest towns on Thursday evening to protest against a judiciary system overhaul, while the upper chamber of parliament discussed the proposed legislation. Mateusz Morawiecki, who took over as Poland's premier this week, has defended the judicial changes pushed over two years by his predecessor from the same Law and Justice (PiS) party, saying they were necessary to heal the courts.
European Union nations, now unfettered by Britain's decision to quit, achieved a 70-year-old ambition on Thursday to integrate their defences, launching a pact between 25 EU governments to fund, develop and deploy armed forces together. European Council President Donald Tusk deemed the move "bad news for our enemies". First blocked by the French parliament in the 1950s and later by Britain, which feared creation of an EU army, the pact aims to end the squandering of billions of euros by splintered defence policies.
Reversing the 1960s Beeching rail cuts will help tackle the housing crisis, says Chris Grayling
David Moyes’ decision to stick with goalkeeper Adrian rather than recall Joe Hart has been a big talking point during West Ham’s recent revival. “I’ve never played there before in my career but when the gaffer asked me to play there at Manchester City [West Ham lost 2-1], we were low on numbers,” said Cresswell, who still has hopes of making England’s squad for the World Cup. West Ham now face four games in 11 days, starting with a match at Stoke at Saturday, but Cresswell is not worried about their busy schedule.
North Korea has warned the US would take a "dangerous and big step" towards nuclear war if it enforces a naval blockade. North Korea state media said the Trump administration was "pursuing a policy of military confrontation but this is nothing but a death-bed struggle by those alarmed by the might of the DPRK always emerging victorious". "Should the United States and its followers try to enforce the naval blockade against our country, we will see it as an act of war and respond with merciless self-defensive counter-measures as we have warned repeatedly," said KCNA, citing a foreign ministry spokesman.
Hollywood star Salma Hayek has become the latest actress to speak out against film producer Harvey Weinstein, accusing him of sexual harassment and branding him a "monster". The Mexican-born 51-year-old hit out at the Hollywood mogul in a revealing article published in the New York Times, detailing alleged sexual harassment, bullying and threats made against her. The actress, who said she was inspired to share her experiences after others came forward, wrote about her time working on the 2002 film Frida - in which she played Mexican painter Frida Kahlo.
California utilities may face tougher safety rules for power lines, phone lines and utility poles in parts of the state most prone to wildfires. Under the proposed rules being considered Thursday by the California Public Utilities Commission, tree branches would have to be kept farther away from power lines, newly installed lines would have to be spaced farther apart from each other and utility companies would have to fix many safety problems in areas of high fire risk before making repairs in lower-risk zones.
Today, readers have been discussing the latest on the government’s Brexit defeat, as well as the size of wine glasses and the short story Cat Person. Polly Toynbee said she hopes Theresa May’s loss yesterday will mean remainers will grow a backbone and stand up for parliamentary democracy. Readers joined the discussion to voice their opinions on the Brexit amendment vote.
Scientists may have discovered why the more older brothers a boy has, the likelier he is to be gay as an adult. Known as the “fraternal birth order effect”, numerous studies have found a correlation between the birth order of boys and male sexual orientation. Now researchers say increasing levels of antibodies in a mother’s immune system could play a role.
Robbie Williams has opened up about the health scare that led to him cancelling dates on his ‘Heavy Entertainment Tour’.
LONDON (AP) — The Bank of England is expected to keep its main interest rate unchanged at 0.50 percent on Thursday, a month after increasing borrowing costs for the first time in a decade to contain a rise inflation stoked by last year's Brexit vote.
Stargazers across the UK have braved the early morning cold in a bid to witness the spectacular Geminids meteor shower. The annual display of hundreds of shooting stars peaked at around 6.30am in the UK, with crowds gathering in London’s open spaces hoping to secure the clearest view. The Geminids is known around the world as one of the most spectacular celestial events with stargazers spotting up to 120 stars every hour.
Online dating in Britain is a massive phenomenon with one in three under 40 year olds now using dating sites and Apps to find a partner.
Chino was walking in Glagow’s Linn Park with owner Elizabeth Brydon when he suddenly jumped without warning over the crossing's wall.