Tuesday, 28 February 2017

French police sniper shoots two in error at Hollande speech

A French police sniper has accidentally shot and injured two people during a speech by President Francois Hollande in western France.

SoftBank reaches for stars with $18bn OneWeb, Intelsat merger

The Japanese technology investor SoftBank is hatching plans for a multi-billion dollar merger of two major satellite companies - OneWeb and Intelsat - in a deal that would create a global powerhouse in the fast-changing arena of space technology.

Sir Philip Green 'pays £363m towards BHS pension scheme'

Sir Philip Green says he has paid £363m to settle the pension schemes of collapsed retailer BHS.

Atom Bank extends funding as backers inject £113m into lender

A new app-based consumer bank is on the verge of completing a cash call that will take the total sum it has raised to almost £250m – one of the biggest pools of money injected into a UK technology start-up.

UK 'must insulate 25 million homes'

More than one home every minute will need to be refurbished in the UK between now and 2050, experts say.

Indian economic growth slows in December quarter of 2016

India's economic growth slowed in the December quarter of 2016, but the pace of expansion still beat expectations.

Moneysupermarket shares hit as revenues dip

Shares in Moneysupermarket fell more than 6% after the comparison website warned that revenues so far this year were running below last year's levels.

Berlin truck attack: Police raid properties linked to mosque

German police have carried out raids across Berlin on properties linked to a mosque used by the Christmas market truck attacker, Anis Amri.

State pension age 'could rise above lifespan' in poorer areas, say MPs

The state pension age may have to rise to levels above the average lifespan of men in the UK's poorer areas, MPs say.

Rio carnival marred by fresh accident as float collapses

At least 12 people were injured when a float collapsed in Rio de Janeiro's Sambadrome, the venue where the samba schools hold their annual carnival parade.

Bad bug found in Microsoft browsing code

Google has released details of a bug in Microsoft's browsing programs that would allow attackers to build websites that make the software crash.

Australian man arrested for 'helping IS develop missiles'

An Australian man has been charged with helping Islamic State develop missiles, police said.

Millions of eggs on UK shelves to lose free range status

Millions of eggs on UK shelves are set to temporarily lose their free range status following measures to prevent the spread of bird flu.

Samsung heir Lee Jae-yong to be indicted on bribery charges

Samsung's heir apparent Lee Jae-yong is to be formally indicted on multiple charges including bribery and embezzlement, prosecutors said.

Monday, 27 February 2017

FTSE 100 shrugs off fall in insurance shares

The London market closed higher, but shares in insurance companies slid following a change to how personal injury claims are calculated.

Tesco to replace 1,700 managers with lower-paid staff

Tesco plans to replace 1,700 deputy managers in its chain of Express convenience stores.

Waterstones under fire for secret shops

Waterstones, the UK's leading bookshop chain, is on the defensive after going incognito at some of its newer stores.

Primark owner sees no sign of Brexit spending slowdown

The owner of fashion chain Primark said it had seen no sign of UK consumers reining in spending as it pencilled in a 2% rise in like-for-like sales.

London Stock Exchange and Deutsche Boerse could collapse

The 29bn euro (£24.5bn) merger of the London Stock Exchange and Deutsche Boerse could collapse after the LSE said the deal was unlikely to be approved by the European Commission.

Car insurance premiums set to soar after compensation changes

Average car insurance premiums could increase by up to £75 a year as a result of a government ruling, industry experts have said.

Sri Lanka prison bus shooting kills seven

At least seven people were killed when gunmen in Sri Lanka opened fire on a prison bus outside Colombo.

Germany's Bundesbank plays down Brexit 'punishment'

One of Germany's most senior banking executives has said the vote to leave the European Union should not be taken as an excuse to "penalise" the City.

Rio carnival: 20 hurt as out-of-control float hits fence

At least 20 people have been injured, three of them seriously, in an accident at Rio de Janeiro's Sambadrome, the venue for the annual carnival parade by the city's samba schools.

Chile floods: Millions without water in capital Santiago

Rainstorms and landslides in Chile have contaminated a major river forcing the authorities to cut off drinking water to at least four million people in the capital, Santiago.

Philippine Abu Sayyaf jihadists behead German hostage in video

Islamic militants in the Philippines have posted a video showing the beheading of a German hostage.

Oscars 2017: La La Land handed best picture Oscar in error instead of Moonlight

Moonlight has been awarded the best picture Oscar after La La Land was handed the top gong in error.

Sunday, 26 February 2017

Google brings Assistant to more Android phones

Google's voice-activated digital assistant will soon be available on smartphones running the latest versions of the Android operating system.

Barclays to confirm Sir Ian Cheshire as UK chairman

Barclays will this week announce the appointment of Sir Ian Cheshire as chairman of its UK-based operations, a key milestone in its planning for new rules aimed at protecting taxpayers in a future banking crisis.

Sir Mo Farah 'annoyed' at leaked coach doping report

Sir Mo Farah has said that he has "never broken the rules" on drugs in his sport, following the leaking of a report naming his coach.

IS terror threat 'is highest since days of IRA' - UK terror laws watchdog

Islamic State militants are planning "indiscriminate attacks" on UK citizens on a scale similar to those perpetrated by the IRA 40 years ago, the new terrorism watchdog has said.

Five people in hospital after being hit by a car in south east London

Five people are in hospital after a car hit a wall and collided with a group of pedestrians in London.

Manny Pacquiao and Amir Khan to fight in April

WBO world welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao will fight Great Britain's Amir Khan on 23 April.

Australia and Indonesia restore full military ties

Australia and Indonesia have restored full military ties less than two months after Indonesia suspended co-operation over "offensive" teaching material found at an Australian base.

Vehicle hits crowd at New Orleans parade

A vehicle has driven into a crowd at a Mardi Gras parade in the US city of New Orleans, leaving 28 people injured, some seriously.

Saturday, 25 February 2017

One dead, two injured in Heidelberg car attack

A man has died and two other people were hurt after a man drove into a pedestrian area in Heidelberg, Germany.

James O'Connor and Ali Williams held on Paris cocaine charge

Two former rugby internationals, New Zealander Ali Williams and Australian James O'Connor, have been arrested in Paris on drugs charges.

Mosul battle: Kurdish reporter Shifa Gardi killed in Iraq

A Kurdish female reporter has been killed while reporting on the battle for Mosul in Iraq.

Saudi foreign minister makes landmark visit to Iraq

The Saudi foreign minister Adel al-Jubeir has met Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi - the first such visit by a Saudi foreign minister since 1990.

Househunter's 30ft fall down well lands estate agent with £200,000 fine

An estate agent has been fined £200,000 after a woman fell 30ft down a well while viewing a house.

Syria: Twin attacks on Homs security bases kill dozens

Gunmen and suicide bombers have attacked security bases in the western Syrian city of Homs, killing at least 32 people.

VW cracks down on executive pay after diesel scandal

Volkswagen will set caps on executive pay, the German carmaker said as it announced a return to profit for 2016 following the "dieselgate" scandal.

French magistrate to investigate Francois Fillon case

A French magistrate is to investigate payments made to the family of centre-right presidential candidate Francois Fillon, prosecutors say.

Olathe shooting: India shocked after national killed in US

India has expressed shock after the fatal shooting of an Indian national in the US, amid reports that the attack may have been racially motivated.

European Parliament: Questions raised over Martin Schulz's spending

Questions have been raised over spending by former European Parliament head Martin Schulz, who is challenging Angela Merkel in Germany's election.

Brazil: Footballer Pele's son Edinho in jail over drug trafficking charges

The son of Brazil's footballing legend, Pele, has handed himself in to complete his sentence for money laundering and drug trafficking.

Kim Jong-nam killing: Suspect 'was paid $90 for baby oil prank'

An Indonesian woman arrested for the murder of the half-brother of North Korea's leader has said she was given 400 Malaysian ringgits ($90; £72) to carry out a prank.

Friday, 24 February 2017

Sacked Leicester boss Claudio Ranieri: 'My dream has died'

Sacked Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri has responded to his dismissal saying: "Yesterday my dream died."

Syria: 'Car bomb kills 41' near al-Bab after IS defeat

A car bomb has killed at least 41 people in a rebel-held village near the Syrian town of al-Bab, sources in the region and monitors say.

India police arrest 'world's cheapest smartphone' firm boss

The director of Ringing Bells, the Indian firm which claimed to be selling the world's cheapest smartphone, has been arrested on allegations of fraud.

Top Duterte critic arrested on drug charge

A leading critic of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, Senator Leila de Lima, has been arrested on drug trafficking charges.