Tuesday, 31 January 2017

Petrol and diesel costs rise to two-year high - industry figures reveal



Petrol and diesel costs have hit their highest levels since December 2014, with higher pump prices starting to affect spending levels, according to the AA.

Zoopla to buy Hometrack for £120m



One of the UK's largest online property sales websites, Zoopla, is going to buy the Hometrack website for £120m.

Canadian pensioners swoop on Quorn lender Hayfin in £215m deal



A giant Canadian pension fund will this week swoop to take control of a UK-based lender which counts The Racing Post and ‎Quorn, the meat substitute food manufacturer, among its clients.

Eurozone inflation jumps in January



The eurozone's economy is showing signs of recovery after the latest data pointed to a fall in unemployment while growth and inflation picked up.

Royal Dutch Shell sells 10 North Sea holdings for £3bn



Royal Dutch Shell is to offload its holdings in 10 North Sea oil fields in a move worth up to £3bn.

Austria to ban full-face veil in public places




Austria's ruling coalition has agreed to prohibit full-face veils in public spaces such as courts and schools.

Value of Hatton Garden stolen goods doubles to £29m



The estimate of the value of loot stolen in the Hatton Garden jewellery heist has more than doubled to £29m, a judge has been told.

George HW Bush discharged from hospital



Former US President George HW Bush has been discharged from a Texas hospital after a spell in intensive care as he was treated for pneumonia.

President Donald Trump: Executive order signed on business regulations




President Donald Trump has signed an executive order designed to cut the number of regulations affecting US businesses.

Fukushima breakthrough? Lost nuclear fuel may have been found



There are fresh hopes of a breakthrough in the clean-up of the Fukushima nuclear plant after new images emerged from beneath its wreckage.

Deadly 'suicide boat' attack on Saudi warship near Yemen claimed by Houthi fighters



Fighters from Yemen's Houthi movement have reportedly crashed suicide boats into a Saudi warship, killing two people.

President Trump Fires Acting US Attorney General Over Travel Ban



Donald Trump has fired the acting US Attorney General Sally Yates, after she defied him over his controversial travel ban.

Deutsche Bank fined £560m over money laundering



Deutsche Bank has been fined a total of £560m by British and American authorities over alleged money laundering in Russia.

Monday, 30 January 2017

High Court grounds Heathrow third runway challenge


 
Campaigners have failed in a legal bid to block the prospect of a third runway at Heathrow Airport.

Francois Fillon and wife questioned over payment row



French police have interviewed presidential candidate Francois Fillon and his wife Penelope over claims she was paid for fake work, media report.

More than 60 hurt in France motorway pile-up near Paris



More than 60 people have been injured in a pile-up on a motorway in France.

Taxpayer's stake in Lloyds now below 5% after latest sale



The Government says more than 90% of the £20.3bn used to bail-out Lloyds Banking Group at the height of the financial crisis has now been recouped.

Sony takes $1bn charge on movie business



Sony has taken a hefty write-down on the value of its movie business as the unit suffers from falling DVD and home entertainment sales.

Weetabix warns of price rises this year



Cereal company Weetabix has become the latest company to warn of price rises sparked by the lower pound.

Brussels suspect Abrini formally investigated over Paris attacks



Brussels airport attack suspect Mohamed Abrini has been placed under formal investigation in France over the 2015 Paris terror attacks, his lawyers say.

Danish drugs giant makes big UK investment



Denmark's Novo Nordisk is to invest £115m over 10 years in a new science research centre in Oxford.

Volkswagen overtakes Toyota as the world's biggest carmaker



Volkswagen has overtaken Toyota to become the world's best-selling carmaker, the first time the German company has held the position.

Germany election: Martin Schulz to stand against Merkel



Leaders of Germany's Social Democrats have chosen Martin Schulz, for many years president of the European Parliament, as their candidate to unseat Chancellor Angela Merkel.

Philippines to suspend drug war to clean up 'corrupt' police



Philippine police are suspending their controversial war on drugs until after the "corrupt" police force has been "cleansed".

Trump state visit: Downing Street rejects cancellation calls



Downing Street has rejected calls to cancel President Donald Trump's proposed state visit to the UK after a US clampdown on immigration.

Benoit Hamon wins Socialist ticket for French presidential election



Benoit Hamon has won the Socialist party's primary to choose its candidate for France's presidential election.

Fake news inquiry by MPs examines threat to democracy



MPs are launching a parliamentary inquiry into the "growing phenomenon of fake news".

Six teenagers found dead after garden party in Germany



Police are investigating if six teenagers found dead after a garden party in Germany were poisoned by carbon monoxide.

Devolved leaders to call for Brexit role at Cardiff talks



Leaders of the devolved governments in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland are to press for a greater role in Brexit negotiations when they hold talks with Theresa May in Cardiff.

Starbucks CEO pledges to hire 10,000 refugees globally



Starbucks has pledged to hire 10,000 refugees globally over the next five years, in response to US President Donald Trump's recent immigration ban.

Quebec City mosque shooting: Six killed, eight wounded



Six people have been killed and another eight wounded in a shooting at a mosque in Quebec City, Canada, police say.

Sunday, 29 January 2017

Australian Open: Roger Federer beats Rafael Nadal to win 18th Grand Slam title of his legendary career



Roger Federer won his 18th Grand Slam title and first for five years with a thrilling five-set victory over Rafael Nadal in the Australian Open final.

France elections: Socialists choose candidate in final vote



France's governing Socialist party is set to choose its candidate for the presidential election in April.

Football returns to Aleppo after five years of war



A local football match took on significant meaning for supporters this weekend - as war-torn Aleppo saw its first live game in five years.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau takes a stand on social media against temporary US ban


 
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has taken a stand on social media against the temporary US ban on refugees and immigration from designated countries.

Princess Diana: Princes commission statue 20 years after her death



A statue of Princess Diana has been commissioned by the Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry, 20 years after her death.

Trump's immigration ban sparks 'chaos and cruelty' worldwide



America's immigration system has been plunged into chaos and confusion in the wake of strict travel restrictions on people from seven Muslim-majority nations.

Coins discovery 'will re-write' Anglo-Saxon history



Historians say an entire chapter of the Anglo-Saxon period will have to be re-written after a metal detectorist found a huge hoard of coins in a field.

Trump and Putin make counter-terror top priority in first call



Donald Trump held a series of phone calls with world leaders on Saturday - including one with Vladimir Putin.

Saturday, 28 January 2017

Silicon Valley giant grows stake in UK fintech star TransferWise



One of the early backers of Facebook is increasing its stake in TransferWise, a British financial technology pioneer, in a move that will be hailed as a vote of confidence in UK start-ups.

Diesel drivers to pay more to park in Westminster City Council pilot



Drivers of diesel vehicles are to be charged an extra 50% to park in an area of central London in an attempt to cut pollution.

Barclay brothers pursue Shop Direct sale after record Christmas



The proprietors of The Daily Telegraph are accelerating plans to cash in on record festive trading at Shop Direct, their retail business, by offloading a significant chunk of the £2bn business.

Missing Pakistani activist Salman Haider returns home



Pakistani blogger Salman Haider has returned home, more than 20 days after disappearing in the capital Islamabad.

Colombia: Spain agrees to extradite Farc 'abortions nurse'



Spain has agreed to extradite to Colombia a former Farc rebel accused of carrying out 300 forced abortions on women fighters, some of them underage.

Chinese New Year firework displays spark dense Beijing smog



The air pollution level in Beijing soared to its second highest level in five years after people seeing in the Chinese New Year set off fireworks.

UK and Turkey to enhance trade links, says Theresa May



Theresa May has said the UK will enhance trade relations with Turkey after talks with the country's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Trump executive order prompts Google to recall staff



Google has recalled travelling staff members to the US after an executive order from President Donald Trump restricting entry for nationals of seven Muslim-majority countries.

Serena Williams wins a record 23rd Grand Slam title



Serena Williams has beaten her sister Venus in the Australian Open final, winning a record-breaking 23rd Grand Slam.

Friday, 27 January 2017

Prime Minister May and President Trump hail UK-US relationship in a joint news conference at White House



US President Donald Trump and British Prime Minister Theresa May have reaffirmed their commitment to the Nato alliance after White House talks.

March for Life anti-abortion activists rally in DC



Anti-abortion activists are gathering in Washington to join the annual March for Life protest that has the support of President Donald Trump.