Monday, 31 July 2017

Bank of England strike goes ahead as talks fail

The Bank of England will be hit by its first strike action in more than 50 years following the failure of talks to resolve a dispute over pay.

Royal Marine terror bomb maker Ciaran Maxwell jailed for 18 years

A terrorist who infiltrated the British military and supplied bombs to dissident Irish republicans has been jailed for 18 years.

Discovery to buy Scripps Networks in $14.6bn deal

Discovery Communications, owner of the Discovery Channel and Animal Planet, is buying Scripps Networks for $14.6bn (£11.1bn) in a deal that combines two major US television companies.

FTSE 100 bolstered by HSBC results

HSBC helped to lift the UK market after the banking giant reported a rise in half-year profits.

Free movement of people to end in March 2019, PM's spokesman says

Free movement of EU citizens to Britain will end when the country leaves the EU in March 2019, Downing Street has said, moving to contain a Cabinet row over immigration after Brexit.

Race to host EU agencies relocated from UK after Brexit.

EU countries have until midnight to submit bids to provide a new home for two agencies that will be relocated from the UK after Brexit.

Founder and former trustees of Kids Company face bans of up to six years after investigation

The founder and former trustees of Kids Company are facing company directorship bans of up to six years following a Government investigation into the charity’s collapse.

UK will not cut taxes and regulations after Brexit, says Philip Hammond

The UK will not cut tax and regulations after Brexit in a bid to undercut EU rivals, Philip Hammond has suggested.

LoveHomeSwap founder cashes in with £40m Wyndham takeover

LoveHomeSwap, one of the UK's best-known sharing economy start-ups, is close to being sold to the American hotels giant Wyndham in a £40m deal.

Unemployment rate in eurozone falls to 9.1%

The unemployment rate in the eurozone has fallen to its lowest since February 2009, according to the latest official figures.

Deloitte's auditing of outsourcing firm Mitie faces probe by watchdog

Deloitte's auditing of outsourcing firm Mitie Group's accounts is to be probed by the UK's accountancy watchdog.

Europe's biggest bank profits rise as it prepares for UK ringfence

HSBC has reported a rise in its first half profits and announced a share buyback as it prepares to ring-fence its UK retail arm by 2019.

Ban on unarranged overdraft charges considered by Financial Conduct Authority

Charges for unarranged bank overdrafts could be banned, under one option being considered by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA).

Sydney homes searched over suspected terrorism plot to bring down plane

Australian police are searching five properties in Sydney over a suspected terrorism plot to bring down a plane.

Apple 'pulls 60 VPNs over the weekend from China App Store'

The creators of several Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) have criticised Apple's decision to remove their products from its App Store in China.

Kabul attack: Gun battle and suicide bombing in Afghan capital

Afghan security forces are battling gunmen following a suicide attack outside the Iraqi embassy in the capital, Kabul.

Footballer Cristiano Ronaldo appears in court on tax charges

Footballer Cristiano Ronaldo has arrived at a Spanish court amid allegations he evaded millions in tax.

Deadly protests as Venezuela poll branded 'sham'

Britain and the US have called Venezuela's landmark vote a "sham" as 10 people - including two teenagers - were killed during violent protests.

Putin orders 755 US diplomatic staff from Russia

Vladimir Putin has ordered 755 staff to leave US diplomatic missions in Russia in retaliation for Washington agreeing to impose more sanctions on Moscow.

Sunday, 30 July 2017

Five dead and 13 injured after car bomb explodes near police station in Mogadishu

At least five people have been killed and 13 injured after a car bomb exploded near a police station in Somalia's capital.

Lewis Hamilton gives up third in Hungary as Sebastian Vettel wins Hungarian Grand Prix

Sebastian Vettel hung on to win a tense Hungarian Grand Prix despite problems with his Ferrari and a valiant attack by title rival Lewis Hamilton.

Counter-terrorism police in Australia 'foil terror plot to bring down plane'

Counter-terrorism police in Australia have stopped a suspected plot to bring down an aeroplane, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has said.

Sunday Times columnist fired over 'anti-Semitic' article

Vanessa Feltz and Claudia Winkleman

A Sunday Times columnist "will not write again" for the newspaper after one of his articles was branded "anti-Semitic" and "disgraceful".

EasyJet passenger holding baby 'punched in the face by Nice Airport worker'

EasyJet is "urgently" seeking answers from Nice Airport after one of its passengers holding a baby was apparently punched in the face by a member of staff.

Saturday, 29 July 2017

Two dead and several injured in stampede at South African football match

At least two people have been killed and several injured in a crush at South Africa's biggest stadium, the state broadcaster SABC said.

North Korea leader Kim Jong-un says missile test shows all US within range

North Korea has hailed as a success its latest test of an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), describing it as a "stern warning" for the US.

University finances face £17.5bn pensions squeeze

Universities face a new blow to their finances after the main pension fund deficit soared to £17.5bn.

Hamburg supermarket attacker 'was known Islamist'

The man who killed one person and injured six in a supermarket knife attack in Hamburg was a "known Islamist", police say.

Met Police warn fraudsters are targeting child 'money mules'

Children are being targeted by criminals to act as money mules, police have warned.

Man discovered Bag of gold bars and cash worth £30k found under tree in Berlin

An unsuspecting man discovered a small fortune when he found a bag of gold sitting under a tree in Berlin.

Friday, 28 July 2017

US second-quarter growth accelerates to 2.6%

The US economy gathered speed in the second quarter of the year, growing at an annualised pace of 2.6%.

Charlie Gard parents announce death of 'beautiful boy'

Charlie Gard, the baby at the centre of a legal row over his treatment, has died, a family spokesman has confirmed.

One killed and four injured in Hamburg supermarket knife attack, police say

One person has been killed in a knife attack at a Hamburg supermarket, police say.

Embattled PwC faces fresh audit scrutiny ‎over Vodafone 'conflict'

The world's biggest auditor is facing fresh questions over its independence after a powerful shareholder adviser warned of a possible conflict of interest in its relationship with Vodafone.

Georgia ex-leader Mikheil Saakashvili plans defiant return to Ukraine

The former Georgian President, Mikheil Saakashvili, says he will go back to Ukraine to mobilise his supporters there, in defiance of Kiev's decision to strip him of Ukrainian citizenship.

Man killed wife on cruise ship for 'laughing' at him

A man suspected of killing his wife while on a cruise ship in the US state of Alaska did so because "she would not stop laughing" at him, a witness says.

Gulnara Karimova, Uzbekistan ex-leader's Islam Karimov daughter, 'detained'

Gulnara Karimova, the once-powerful daughter of late Uzbek ex-President Islam Karimov, has been in detention since a corruption conviction in 2015, officials have confirmed.

Crossrail worker death: Firms fined £1m for safety breaches

Companies working for Crossrail have been fined £1m for three sets of failures, one of which led to the death of a construction worker.

Spain's economy grew by 0.9% in second quarter

Spain's economy grew by 0.9% in the second quarter thanks to improved exports and household spending.

Telecoms group BT shares lead FTSE 100 lower

Shares in telecoms group BT fell 3.5% after it took a £225m charge related to its Italian accounting scandal.

Amazon sales rose in second quarter but profits fall sharply as it invests overseas

Amazon sales rose in the second quarter but profits plunged, as the e-commerce giant spent heavily in a bid to become the go-to shop globally for everything from food to television.

British Airways owner IAG says IT failure cost £58m

The IT failure at British Airways in May that left thousands unable to check in baggage cost it 65m euros (£58m), the airline's owner, IAG, has said.

Starbucks to take full ownership of its China stores after buyout deal

Starbucks is to take full ownership of all its China outlets, after agreeing to buying out its joint venture partner for $1.3bn (£994m).

Russia orders US to cut diplomat numbers in retaliation for sanctions

Russia has ordered the US to cut its number of diplomats in the country after Washington imposed more sanctions on Moscow.

Barclays in first-half loss after Africa sale

Barclays has posted a loss after tax of £1.21bn after the sale of part of its business in Africa.

Charlie Gard's parents: Great Ormond Street Hospital 'denied us our final wish'

Charlie Gard's parents say their "final wish" has been denied by Great Ormond Street Hospital, after a judge ordered their child's transfer to a hospice.

European aircraft maker Airbus cuts superjumbo A380 production again

European aircraft maker Airbus has cut production of its A380 superjumbo for the second time in a year.

Senate vote to force Trump's hand on Russia sanctions

The US Senate has voted almost unanimously to slap new sanctions on Russia, putting President Donald Trump in a tough position by forcing him to take a hard line on Moscow or veto the legislation.

More than 50 injured in train crash at Barcelona's Estacio de Franca

At least 54 people have been injured, one seriously, after a commuter train ploughed into the buffers at a station in Barcelona.

Driver turns Ferrari 430 Scuderia into fireball in 60 minutes

A driver has narrowly escaped after catastrophically crashing his £200,000 Ferrari - just an hour after he bought the luxury motor.