Saturday, 31 December 2016

New Year celebrations: NZ's Auckland first world city to welcome in 2017

Auckland in New Zealand has become the first major world city to welcome 2017.

Flight delays as fog hits UK airports

Dozens of flights travelling to and from UK airports have been cancelled or delayed after fog hit the south east of the UK.

Iraq Baghdad: 21 dead as twin bombs rip through market

At least 21 people have been killed and 40 people wounded in a double bombing at a busy market in the centre of the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, officials say.

Merkel: Islamist terror is 'greatest threat' to Germany

Islamist terrorism is the biggest challenge facing Germany, Chancellor Angela Merkel has said in her New Year message.

Andy Murray & Mo Farah knighted in New Year Honours list

British tennis champion Andy Murray and athlete Mo Farah have been knighted in the Queen's New Year Honours list.

Southern rail strike disrupts new year travel

Rail travellers are facing yet more disruption as Southern conductors begin a further three-day strike at midnight.

Syria conflict: UN to vote on Syria ceasefire deal

The UN Security Council will vote on a Russian resolution endorsing the ceasefire agreement in Syria.

Brazil policeman 'killed Greek envoy' at wife's request

Police in Brazil say the Greek ambassador to the country was killed by a local police officer who was having an affair with the envoy's wife.

Concrete bollards to prevent copycat London lorry attack on New Year's Eve

Concrete bollards will block traffic from crowds in central London on New Year's Eve to prevent a potential lorry attack.

US driver shot after hit-and-run rampage

A man driving a Hummer truck led police on a wild chase as he ploughed into at least eight cars before being shot by a passenger in a Porsche.

Run-DMC in $50m trademark battle

A member of pioneering rap group Run-DMC has filed a $50m (£40.7m) lawsuit accusing retailers of unlawfully using the group's name on items of clothing.

Trump: Putin 'smart' not to retaliate against Obama's sanctions

Donald Trump has praised Vladimir Putin for holding off on plans to expel US diplomats from Russia in a tit-for-tat retaliation against Washington.

Farewell to lorry driver Lukasz Urban killed in Berlin attack

Hundreds of mourners have gathered at a small Polish church to bid farewell to the truck driver killed in the Berlin Christmas market attack.

FTSE 100 share index ends 2016 at an all-time record high

The FTSE 100 share index has ended 2016 at an all-time high of 7142, breaking its closing record for a third straight day.

Friday, 30 December 2016

Zero-hours workers 'face £1,000 pay penalty'

Workers on zero-hours contracts typically earn £1,000 a year less than permanent employees, according to Resolution Foundation research.

Oxford Bus Company coach overturns on M40 in thick fog

Seventeen people were hurt when a coach veered off a motorway slip road and overturned while driving through heavy fog.

Russia vows response to diplomat expulsion from US

Russia has promised to respond to the expulsion of 35 of its diplomats from Washington, amid a bitter dispute over alleged Russian interference in the recent US presidential election.

Downing Street criticises US comments on Israel

Downing Street has criticised US Secretary of State John Kerry for calling the Netanyahu government the "most right-wing in Israel's history".

Learner drivers: Plan to include lessons on motorways

Learner drivers will be allowed on to motorways for the first time, if new government plans are approved.

Body found as Brazil seeks missing Greek ambassador

Police in Rio de Janeiro have found a body inside a burnt-out car that had been rented by the Greek ambassador to Brazil, Kyriakos Amiridis.

Finland jails police chief Aarnio for drug-smuggling

A Finnish court has sentenced the former head of Helsinki's anti-drugs police to 10 years in prison for drug-smuggling and other offences.

Serena Williams engaged to Reddit co-founder

Serena Williams has used the social media platform Reddit to announce that she is engaged to its co-founder, Alexis Ohanian.

Help to Buy loan guarantee scheme comes to an end

One of the government's flagship home ownership programmes ends on Saturday, amidst both praise and criticism.

Poland buys da Vinci and famous collection for bargain price

The Polish government has purchased a private art collection, including one of Leonardo da Vinci's most famous paintings, for a fraction of its value.

Bacon on mosque offender dies in prison

A man who placed bacon on the doors of a Bristol mosque has died in prison while serving a 12-month sentence.

Jeremy Corbyn's New Year message says he understands lack of trust in EU

Jeremy Corbyn says he understands the lack of trust in politicians and the EU that led to the Brexit vote.

National Parks in England 'have lost millions in government funding'

National Parks in England have lost millions of pounds of government funding in the past five years, says the Press Association news agency.

Cabinet files reveal plan to shoot nuclear intruders

Sentries at Faslane naval base were ordered to shoot suspected intruders after three people broke into a nuclear submarine, cabinet papers show.

Just a second! Extra time to be added to final minute of 2016

Counting down to the New Year is going to take a little longer than usual tomorrow, as international time experts are delaying midnight by one second.

Thursday, 29 December 2016

Gold powers miners to send the FTSE 100 to a new high

Precious metals miners sent the FTSE 100 index of leading shares to a fresh high on Thursday, powered by a rise in gold prices.

United States to expel 35 Russian diplomats

The US is to expel 35 Russian diplomats, and shut down two Russian compounds, in response to "harassment" of American diplomats in Moscow and alleged interference in the recent presidential election.

Armed police to be on NYE London Tube trains after Berlin attack

Armed police will be deployed on London Underground trains for the first time on New Year's Eve following a review of security.

Syria conflict: Military says nationwide ceasefire agreed

Syria's government has agreed a nationwide ceasefire with rebels in a deal brokered by key ally Russia and opposition-backing Turkey.

Colombia approves amnesty agreed in Farc peace deal

The Colombian Congress has approved a law offering amnesty to some of those accused of minor crimes in the country's decades-long civil conflict.

Carrie Fisher's mother Debbie Reynolds has died aged 84

Film legend Debbie Reynolds has died aged 84 - a day after the death of her daughter Carrie Fisher, the beloved Star Wars actress.

UK firms' finance bosses say uncertainty is 'new normal'

UK finance chiefs have become more optimistic about the future, even though uncertainty is now the "new normal" for businesses.

Israel-Palestinians: Netanyahu condemns John Kerry speech

Israeli leader Benjamin Netanyahu has condemned as biased a speech by outgoing US Secretary of State John Kerry on Israeli-Palestinian issues.

Dense fog warning for drivers after fatal pile-up in Oxfordshire

Motorists are being warned to take extra care overnight and on Thursday morning with dense fog and freezing temperatures bringing difficult icy driving conditions.

IVF clinic says 26 women may have been fertilised by wrong sperm

An IVF treatment centre has launched an investigation after discovering that 26 women may have been fertilised by sperm cells from the wrong man.

Wednesday, 28 December 2016

Health of middle-aged reaches 'worrying new levels'

Eight out of ten middle-aged Britons either weigh too much, drink excessively or are inactive, according to new analysis from Public Health England.

Brexiteers push EU business groups to agree trade deal

Campaigners for an early Brexit have asked business groups across Europe to put pressure on their governments for a free trade agreement with Britain.

Hospital car-parking brings in more than £120m for NHS Trusts

NHS hospitals made more than £120m from car park charges in the past year, according to new figures.

Corbyn hits back after Obama suggests Labour has disintegrated

Jeremy Corbyn has hit back at Barack Obama after the outgoing US President suggested Labour under his leadership had disintegrated and lost touch with reality.

CCTV captures Berlin suspect in Milan just hours before he was shot dead

This CCTV image shows Anis Amri, the man suspected of the Berlin Christmas market lorry attack, just hours before he was shot dead by police in Italy.

Tata Sons 'sues Cyrus Mistry for confidentiality breach'

India's Tata Sons is suing its ousted chairman, Cyrus Mistry, for breach of confidentiality, media reports say.

Co-op Group planning 1,500 UK jobs with 100 new stores

The Co-operative Group is planning to create 1,500 jobs in the new year by opening 100 stores across the country.

US says claim it supported IS in Syria is 'ludicrous'

The US has described as "ludicrous" a claim by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan that it supported so-called Islamic State (IS) in Syria.

The film industry and fans around the world pay tribute to actress Carrie Fisher

The film industry and fans around the world have been paying tribute to the US actress Carrie Fischer, who has died, aged 60, after a cardiac arrest.

Toshiba shares fall 20% on deal warning

Toshiba shares fell 20% on Wednesday after the firm warned that its US nuclear business may be worth less than previously thought.

Modern slavery fears: Nearly 100 held in nail bar crackdown

Nearly 100 people working in nail bars have been arrested on suspicion of immigration offences as part of a clampdown on illegal working.