Friday, 31 March 2017

Google reveals latest UK tax bill

Google was charged £36.4m in UK corporation tax last year, according to its latest annual results.

UK BMW workers back strike over pensions

UK workers at BMW have voted overwhelmingly to go on strike in a dispute over pensions, the Unite union has announced.

'Good progress' on Hinkley Point C nuclear power station construction

Getting to the point where the UK could build its first new nuclear power station in 20 years took more time than was expected.

Siemens boss: My confidence in Britain's future after Brexit

The boss of Europe's biggest manufacturing company has told Sky News that he is "confident and optimistic" that Britain will "find its way" through the turbulence of Brexit.

Success for SpaceX 're-usable rocket'

California's SpaceX company has successfully re-flown a segment from one of its Falcon 9 rockets.

Hotels, restaurants and tourism may face staff shortages

The hospitality sector has warned it faces a shortfall of 60,000 workers a year if immigration from the European Union is too tightly controlled.

Apple wins Australia ruling to retain Apple Pay dominance

Apple has won a major regulatory battle in Australia that will likely see it retain control of its contactless payment technology.

UK and US tell NATO states to pay their fair share on defence

Defence Secretary Michael Fallon today joined with the US to put pressure on NATO states to pay their "fair share" on defence.

Americans are increasingly blocked at Canada border - report

The number of American citizens turned away at the Canadian border has reportedly jumped significantly in recent years.

Venezuela court takes over National Assembly functions

There has been growing criticism of Venezuela's government after the Supreme Court took over legislative powers from the National Assembly.

Brexit EU guidelines: UK told settle divorce bill before talking trade deals

EU leaders have told the UK they are willing to hold trade talks before Brexit but only if there is "sufficient progress" on the divorce negotiations.

South Africa leaders divided after President Zuma sacks Gordhan

South Africa's Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa has described the sacking of Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan as "totally unacceptable".

Dutch raids target 'tax evaders' in Europe and Australia

Dutch prosecutors say they have launched co-ordinated raids in several countries against suspected money-launderers and tax evaders.

Pakistan blast: At least 22 dead in border city Parachinar

At least 22 people have been killed and more than 70 injured in a blast outside a mosque in northwest Pakistan.

Crayola retires Dandelion from 24 pack to make room for new colour

The colour of the sun will never be the same again in many children's drawings.

UK raids in tax evasion probe linked to a Swiss bank

A tax evasion tip-off, apparently relating to Swiss bank Credit Suisse, has led to raids in five countries, including the UK,

Westminster terror attack victim Melissa Cochran says she is 'getting stronger every day'

A victim of the Westminster terror attack who lost her husband in the atrocity says she is "getting stronger every day".

Thursday, 30 March 2017

Alleged Islamic State sympathisers arrested over plot to bomb Venice's Rialto Bridge

Three alleged Islamic State extremists have been arrested on suspicion of plotting to blow up the Rialto Bridge in Venice.

Bank of England considers using palm oil for new £20 notes after animal fat fivers row

The Bank of England is consulting on the additives used to produce its polymer banknotes after criticism of the use of animal fat in the new fivers.

Toshiba told it is a 'laughing stock' at angry investor meeting

Toshiba investors have rounded on the company's executives for the series of problems that are to result in it announcing massive losses.

American Airlines pilot dies on Dallas-Albuquerque flight

A pilot died on Wednesday during a flight from Dallas to Albuquerque, New Mexico, American Airlines have confirmed.

Chocolate bars could shrink in health watchdog bid to cut obesity

England's health watchdog says sugar reduction targets for the food industry intended to tackle the childhood obesity crisis can be met - despite only being voluntary.

Brexit: UK sets out plans to replace all EU laws

Thousands of EU laws on everything from workers' rights to the environment are to be transferred into UK law as the country gears up for Brexit.

Insurer Lloyd's of London confirms new Brussels subsidiary

Lloyd's of London says it will establish a new European subsidiary in Brussels to avoid losing business when the UK leaves the EU.

Charge urged for coffee cups to reduce waste

Charging for disposable coffee cups could help cut their use by up to 300 million a year, new research suggests.

Five people killed in Snowdonia helicopter crash

Five people have been killed in a helicopter crash in north Wales.

Tech firms privacy protections questioned after Westminster attack

Google, Twitter and Facebook will be asked later to explain their positions on extremist content on their platforms and on government access to encrypted communications of the public.

Ivanka Trump takes job advising her father President Donald Trump

Donald Trump's daughter Ivanka has taken an unpaid job officially advising her father at the White House.

Wednesday, 29 March 2017

Bitcoin entrepreneur Amir Taaki quizzed over fighting in Syria

A London-based software developer and "hacker" has said he is under police investigation after going to Syria to fight against the Islamic State group.

Shots fired on driver 'attacking police' near US Congress

Police in Washington have fired on a woman in a car after she struck a police vehicle near the US Capitol and tried to run over several officers.

iPhone users fooled by fake ransomware

Apple has issued an iPhone software update after reports of fake ransomware attacks where money was demanded in order to unlock the handset's browser.

'No turning back' on Brexit as Article 50 triggered

Britain's departure from the European Union is an "historic moment from which there can be no turning back", Theresa May has told MPs.

France anaesthetist investigated for poisoning patients

An anaesthetist suspected of poisoning seven patients - two of whom died - appeared in court in France on Wednesday.

BT in urgent hunt for 'clean' auditor after £530m Italy scandal

BT Group is trying to secure the quick-fire appointment of a new auditor, two months after the emergence of a £530m accounting black hole at its business services division in Italy.

RBS hikes settlement offer to investors ahead of cash call trial

Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) has offered to pay millions of pounds more to shareholders suing it over the 2008 rights issue which preceded its collapse into Government control.

Mexico prison riot leaves two inmates dead in Monterrey

A fresh riot broke out in Cadereyta prison near the northern Mexican city of Monterrey on Tuesday.

World Cup qualifying: Argentina lose 2-0 to Bolivia hours after Lionel Messi is banned

Argentina are out of the automatic qualification places for the World Cup after losing 2-0 to Bolivia hours after captain Lionel Messi was given a four-match ban for abusing an official.

Colombia government overrules Cajamarca mining ban referendum

The Colombian government says it will overrule the result of a referendum held in the town of Cajamarca, where 98% of residents voted against a major gold mining project.

EU blocks £25bn London Stock Exchange merger with Deutsche Boerse

European regulators have formally blocked the £25bn merger between the London Stock Exchange (LSE) and Deutsche Boerse.

Toshiba's nuclear unit Westinghouse files for bankruptcy protection

Embattled Toshiba says its Westinghouse Electric (WE) nuclear division, which has interests in the UK, has filed for bankruptcy protection from creditors.

France election: Ex-PM Valls backs Macron for president

France's ex-Prime Minister Manuel Valls has thrown his weight behind the centrist candidate for the presidency, Emmanuel Macron, and not his own Socialist party's candidate.

Pound under pressure as Theresa May prepares to trigger Brexit

The pound is under pressure as Theresa May prepares to fire the starting gun on the marathon two-year process for the UK to formally leave the EU.

Samsung to release new phone after Note 7 woes

The latest smartphone from Samsung is expected to be unveiled later today.

Tuesday, 28 March 2017

Article 50: May signs letter that will trigger Brexit

Theresa May has signed the letter that will formally begin the UK's departure from the European Union.

Amazon to buy Middle East online retailer Souq

Amazon has made its first move into the Middle East after agreeing to buy the region's largest online retailer,, for an undisclosed amount.

UN experts call for release of UAE activist Ahmed Mansoor

UN human rights experts have called on the United Arab Emirates to release the prominent activist Ahmed Mansoor.

China's Tencent buys 5% stake in Tesla

Chinese tech giant Tencent has spent $1.78bn (£1.4bn) on buying a 5% stake in electric carmaker Tesla.

Trump signs order undoing Obama climate change policies

President Donald Trump has signed an executive order rolling back Obama-era rules aimed at curbing climate change.

Scotland's MPs back independence referendum

MSPs have backed Nicola Sturgeon's calls for a second independence referendum in Scotland.

Redrow withdraws Bovis takeover offer

Redrow has withdrawn its takeover offer for fellow housebuilder Bovis.