• Miliband states case for the union

    Press Association - 1 hour 25 minutes ago

    An independent Scotland would leave working people both north and south of the border "worse off", Ed Miliband has warned. More »Miliband states case for the union

  • Former Rangers star Jardine dies, aged 65

    AFP - 1 hour 37 minutes ago

    Former Rangers and Scotland defender Sandy Jardine has died at the age of 65 after losing his battle with cancer. More »Former Rangers star Jardine dies, aged 65

  • BBC withdraws from UK business group over Scottish independence

    Reuters - 1 hour 43 minutes ago

    By Belinda Goldsmith LONDON (Reuters) - The BBC is to suspend its membership of Britain's leading business lobby group after deciding on Thursday to join a number of organisations protesting over the CBI's move to officially campaign against Scottish independence. The BBC and the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) both issued statements saying the publicly-funded broadcaster would suspend its membership from the start of the official campaign period on May 30 until the independence referendum on September 18. The broadcaster is one of a list of companies, public agencies and universities to sever ties with the CBI after it registered with the Electoral Commission to support the campaign to stop Scotland from leaving the United Kingdom. The fallout highlights the growing divisions in Scotland over the referendum as opinion polls show the race tightening, although the pro-independence campaign remains behind. More »BBC withdraws from UK business group over Scottish independence

  • Miner 'Ran For His Life' From Flooded Colliery

    Sky News - 1 hour 56 minutes ago

    Around 650,000 gallons of water, enough to fill an Olympic swimming pool, gushed into the area where explosives were being used to extract coal from a seam. Nigel Evans, who operated the Gleision colliery's conveyor belt, said he ran as fast as he could and "did not look back". He and former mine owners MNS are on trial at Swansea Crown Court, where both deny manslaughter charges. Mr Evans said his colleague David "Jake" Wyatt had shouted at him and was "visibly panicking and running". More »Miner 'Ran For His Life' From Flooded Colliery

  • Father charged with killing baby

    Press Association - 2 hours 18 minutes ago

    A father has been charged with killing his nine-week-old daughter. More »Father charged with killing baby

  • UKIP Member Suspended Over 'Repellent Views'

    Sky News - 2 hours 25 minutes ago

    A UKIP member who appeared in the party's latest election broadcast has been suspended after allegedly expressing "repellent views" on Twitter. Andre Lampitt apparently posted racist and anti-Islamic tweets as well as inappropriate remarks about Labour leader Ed Miliband on the microblogging site. Mr Lampitt's Twitter account has also been suspended. A UKIP spokesman said: "We're deeply shocked Mr Lampitt has expressed such repellent views. More »UKIP Member Suspended Over 'Repellent Views'

  • O'Sullivan troubled as Robertson advances

    AFP - 2 hours 56 minutes ago

    Reigning champion Ronnie O'Sullivan endured a difficult opening session in his World Championship second round match against Joe Perry, while Australia's Neil Robertson eased to a first round win on Thursday. More »O'Sullivan troubled as Robertson advances

  • UK School Confirms US Paedophile Abused Pupils

    Sky News - 3 hours ago

    A prolific paedophile who taught at a London school was a "very popular" teacher who never showed any hint of wrongdoing, the school's chair of governors has told Sky News. Sir Chris Woodhead confirmed pupils at the Southbank International School had been abused by William James Vahey, a 64-year-old American who taught in schools around the world. His suicide came two days after FBI agents filed for a warrant to search a computer thumb drive containing abuse images of at least 90 children dating back to 2008. Sir Chris told Sky News he discovered children at his school had been targeted after receiving information from the Met Police, who were informed by the FBI. More »UK School Confirms US Paedophile Abused Pupils

  • Tory wind farm plans 'disastrous'

    Press Association - 3 hours ago

    Energy Secretary Ed Davey has warned that Tory plans to put an effective moratorium on new onshore wind farms will be "disastrous for business and jobs". More »Tory wind farm plans 'disastrous'

  • England post too good to turn down says Farbrace

    AFP - 3 hours ago

    England's new assistant coach Paul Farbrace admitted on Thursday that it was impossible turn down the job even though he will have mixed feelings when he faces former employers Sri Lanka next month More »England post too good to turn down says Farbrace

  • Mum Charged With Murdering Disabled Children

    Sky News - 3 hours ago

    A mother arrested over the deaths of her three disabled children in south London has been charged with their murders. Tania Clarence was arrested after her four-year-old daughter and three-year-old twin sons were found dead at the family's £1.2m house in New Malden. Post-mortem examinations are being carried out at Great Ormond Street Hospital on the three children, who are understood to have had spinal muscular atrophy. The children's father, Gary Clarence, was in his family's native South Africa with his eight-year-old daughter when he heard about the deaths. More »Mum Charged With Murdering Disabled Children

  • Pictured: RAF Jets Intercept Russian Bombers

    Sky News - 3 hours ago

    Pictures showing the moment two Russian bombers were chased away from Britain by RAF fighter jets have been released. They were turned away off the coast of northeast Scotland by two Typhoon fighters scrambled from RAF Leuchars. The images, released by the Ministry of Defence (MoD), were taken by one of the RAF pilots as he flew alongside one of the Russian planes. Similar incidents happened near Britain eight times last year, according to a spokesman for the MoD. More »Pictured: RAF Jets Intercept Russian Bombers

  • Tea time again in London as Unilever brews up a drinks revival

    Reuters - 4 hours ago

    By Martinne Geller LONDON (Reuters) - Consumer goods giant Unilever opened its first European tea shop in London on Thursday, aiming to cash in on the growing appeal of unusual and luxury cuppas and ignite fresh enthusiasm for the national drink. A new generation of Britons drink more coffee than tea since the arrival of the mighty Starbucks, and a host of imitators that now crowd high streets. But with Starbucks opening a tea bar in New York last October and talking about a $90 billion (53.5 billion pounds) global market, the tide may be turning. Unilever, whose Lipton brand is the world's top-selling tea, bought Australia's T2 tea chain - where the menu ranges from a 5.75 pound box of English Breakfast to Japanese Gyokuro teas costing upwards of 25 pounds a tin - in September and hopes to appeal to the same consumers interested in upscale coffee that fuelled the last drinks boom. More »Tea time again in London as Unilever brews up a drinks revival

  • Starbucks suffers first UK sales drop after tax criticism

    Reuters - 4 hours ago

    By Tom Bergin LONDON (Reuters) - Starbucks suffered its first ever drop in UK sales last year, a period in which the company became the subject of boycotts and public criticism over its tax practices. Accounts for the group's main UK subsidiary, Starbucks Coffee Company (UK) Ltd, showed turnover fell in the year to the end of September 2013 to 399 million pounds from 413 million pounds the previous year. Starbucks said the result was not because of weakness in the business but reflected the closure of unprofitable stores. "The UK business is moving in the right direction: gross profit is up 13 percent ... We are confident this performance will continue as we continue to reduce costs," a spokesman said, adding that the group plans to open 100 news stores across the country this year. More »Starbucks suffers first UK sales drop after tax criticism

  • Museum housing Henry VIII's flagship up for British award

    Reuters - 4 hours ago

    A museum in the British city of Portsmouth that displays the salvaged hulk of King Henry VIII's flagship "Mary Rose", which sank in an attack on a French invasion fleet in 1545, is among the six finalists named on Thursday for a 100,000-pound prize. The Mary Rose Museum made the shortlist for Museum of the Year, the Art Fund charity said, for its "extraordinary and elegant" exhibition of the ship, which was rediscovered in 1971 and salvaged in one of the costliest such operations in history. Other finalists for the award, whose winner will be announced in July, are the Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft in the English county of East Sussex, the Hayward Gallery in London, the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts in Norwich, Tate Britain in London and the Yorkshire Sculpture Park in Norwich. Stephen Deuchar, director of the Art Fund, and chairman of the judges, said in a statement that given the quality of the competition for the prize, it is "no wonder that the international reputation of UK museums is riding so high". More »Museum housing Henry VIII's flagship up for British award

  • Museums compete for top award

    Press Association - 4 hours ago

    The new venue displaying the preserved remains of Henry VIII's sunken flagship the Mary Rose will compete with arts institutions such as the Hayward Gallery and Tate Britain for the UK's top museum award. More »Museums compete for top award

  • Barclays £1.25m Cyber Heist Leader Jailed

    Sky News - 4 hours ago

    The leader of a cyber gang which stole £1.25m from British banks has been jailed for five and a half years at Southwark Crown Court. Tony Colston-Hayter's gang used a "Trojan horse" device to hijack computers at Barclays and Santander branches. Their victims also included London Metropolitan University and the University of Portsmouth. Jurors heard the gang used a device known as a keyboard video mouse (KVM) switch to access and control Barclays and Santander bank accounts remotely on three occasions. More »Barclays £1.25m Cyber Heist Leader Jailed

  • Gym Fees 'Could Stop Mortgage Approvals'

    Sky News - 4 hours ago

    Homebuyers could find themselves turned down for a mortgage because of their gym memberships, phone bills and pension payments, under new rules introduced this weekend, experts have warned. Mortgage advisers said new restrictions introduced under the Mortgage Market Review (MMR) would drastically increase the intrusiveness of checks undergone by applicants. Those commitments might include items as innocuous as informal club memberships, according to Peter Marriott of Westexe Mortgage Solutions. He said: "They might have a gym membership, they might be contributing to a pension plan - anything that's deemed by a mortgage lender to be a commitment could be held against them as an ongoing expense, which would in turn affect the affordability and the lender's decision on how much they can borrow." More »Gym Fees 'Could Stop Mortgage Approvals'

  • Mother faces triple murder charge

    Press Association - 4 hours ago

    A mother been charged with murdering three of her children. More »Mother faces triple murder charge

  • F1 Boss Ecclestone Denies Bribery Charges

    Sky News - 5 hours ago

    Formula One chief executive Bernie Ecclestone has denied bribery charges as he appeared in a Munich court at the start of his trial. The trial could threaten his control of F1 and, if found guilty, could see him jailed for up to 10 years. In a four-hour personal statement read out in German by his lawyers, Ecclestone said he was "grateful" to be able to give his side of the story though he told judges he would answer questions through his lawyers rather than personally. Ecclestone, 83, is accused of paying a $44m (£26m) bribe to a German banker to facilitate the sale of the Bavarian bank BayernLB's stake in F1 to its current owners, the private equity group CVC. More »F1 Boss Ecclestone Denies Bribery Charges

  • Gherkin skyscraper enters receivership

    Reuters - 5 hours ago

    London's landmark Gherkin office tower has been placed into receivership by its creditors, accountancy firm and joint receivers Deloitte said on Thursday, paving the way for a possible partial sale of the skyscraper. Germany's IVG Immobilien, which co-owns the 40-storey Gherkin with Evans Randall Ltd, filed for insolvency last year after years of cost overruns and mounting debt. One of Germany's best known property firms, IVG sought protection last year from its creditors after failing to reach an agreement over the restructuring of its debt. Co-owner Evans Randall said on Thursday it was ready to invest further equity into the building but the company had been unable to agree on a new financial structure with IVG due to the German partner's financial situation. More »Gherkin skyscraper enters receivership

  • 'Chosen One' banner removed after Moyes sacking

    AFP - 5 hours ago

    The last visible evidence of David Moyes' miserable reign at Manchester United was removed on Thursday as the infamous 'The Chosen One' banner was taken down from the Stretford End at Old Trafford. More »'Chosen One' banner removed after Moyes sacking

  • Crime Falls To Lowest Level In 33 Years

    Sky News - 5 hours ago

    Crime continued to fall last year, down 15% to the lowest level since records began more than 30 years ago. Figures published by the Office of National Statistics showed a sharp fall in violence, which was down by more than 20%, and vandalism, which fell by 15%. Data from the Crime Survey for England and Wales showed an increase in shoplifting of 6% and a big jump in fraud of 25%. However, the number of victims of historic sex crimes coming forward appears to have dropped. More »Crime Falls To Lowest Level In 33 Years

  • Python farewell show on big screen

    Press Association - 5 hours ago

    Cult comedy troupe Monty Python are heading back to cinemas after striking a deal to show their final ever gig on the big screen. More »Python farewell show on big screen

  • Chelsea's Ramires hit with four-game ban

    AFP - 5 hours ago

    Chelsea midfielder Ramires will miss the rest of the club's Premier League campaign after accepting a four-match ban for violent conduct on Thursday. More »Chelsea's Ramires hit with four-game ban

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