Friday, 31 August 2018

Prime Minister Theresa May plot: Man jailed for life for Downing Street murder plan

A man who plotted to kill the prime minister in a suicide attack has been sentenced to life in prison with a minimum term of 30 years.

Homebase rescue plan voted through by creditors

Homebase creditors have voted in favour of a rescue plan that will result in 42 stores closing.

Apple expected to unveil three new iPhones

Apple is expected to unveil its new iPhone models as it hosts an event on 12 September in California.

New £15bn Crossrail route in London will open almost a year later than planned date


The new £15bn Crossrail route in London will open almost a year later than planned after missing its December opening date.

Ticket reseller Viagogo taken to High Court by competition regulator

Ticket reseller Viagogo is being taken to court by the competition watchdog over concerns it is breaking consumer protection law.

EU Commission proposing to end the practice of adjusting clocks by an hour in spring and autumn

The EU Commission is proposing to end the practice of adjusting clocks by an hour in spring and autumn after a survey found most Europeans opposed it.

Former assistant manager of Barnsley FC and two other men charged over Barnsley FC bribery claims

The former assistant manager of Barnsley FC and two other men have been charged with bribery offences.

DIY retailer Homebase future in doubt as creditors meet

DIY retailer Homebase faces a make-or-break vote on its future on Friday as it teeters on the brink of collapse.

Man held over Solihull murder of mum and daughter deaths

A man police were hunting on suspicion of murdering a mother and daughter has been arrested.

Coca-Cola to buy Costa chain coffee for £3.9bn

Coca-Cola is to buy the Costa coffee chain from owner Whitbread in a deal worth £3.9bn.

Thursday, 30 August 2018

Payday lender Wonga collapses into administration

Payday lender Wonga has announced its intention to go into administration after losing its battle to stay afloat.

Argentina's central bank raises rates as peso plummets

Argentina's central bank has raised interest rates to 60% as the value of the peso continues to plummet.

Senior Labour MP Frank Field resigns whip over anti-Semitism row

Frank Field has resigned the Labour whip, accusing the party leadership of becoming "a force for anti-Semitism in British politics".

Plastic bag fee in England could rise to 10p

The plastic bag fee in England could rise to 10p - with all shops having to charge, regardless of how big they are.

Vodafone Hutchison and TPG Telecom in $11bn Australian merger

Vodafone's Australian operations will become part of a new telecoms giant.

Wednesday, 29 August 2018

Prime Minister Theresa May calls for 'amicable solution' to scallops row after French fishermen 'attack'

Theresa May has called for an "amicable solution" to the ongoing row between French and British fisherman after their dispute over scallops turned violent.

US economic growth revised up to 4.2% for the second quarter

The US economy grew at a faster pace than initially thought in the second quarter, according to revised figures.

Luxury carmaker Aston Martin to sell shares on the London stock market

Luxury carmaker Aston Martin says it may float on the London stock market, completing a turnaround that has seen the firm boost sales and profits.

Air Canada app data breach resulting in suspected loss of thousands of its customers' personal details

Air Canada's app has suffered a data breach resulting in the suspected loss of thousands of its customers' personal details.

Russian leader Vladimir Putin softens pension reforms after outcry

Russian leader Vladimir Putin has softened planned pension changes following angry protests and a slump in his approval rating.

British Gas pays £2.65m over invalid fees and charges

British Gas has paid £2.65m in refunds, compensation and redress after wrongly overcharging more than 94,000 customers who switched to new providers.

Pound rises as EU's chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier hints at 'ambitious' Brexit deal

The pound has risen to its highest level for weeks after the EU's chief Brexit negotiator said the UK could expect a partnership with Brussels "such as there never has been with any other third country".

Pension transfers 'too generous', says Pensions Regulator

Pension schemes have been asked to consider whether they are being too generous when offering lump sums to people thinking about cashing out of "defined benefit" retirement schemes.

Publisher Johnston Press revenue slumps 10% in first half of year

Publisher Johnston Press saw revenue fall by 10% in the first half of 2018.

British-Iranian woman Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe has panic attacks in Iran jail

A British-Iranian woman jailed in Iran has been taken to a prison clinic after passing out, her husband has said.

UK's broadcasting regulator bans Saudi Arabia TV advert

The UK's broadcasting regulator has ruled that a television advert for Saudi Arabia breached its rules on political advertising.

Tuesday, 28 August 2018

Aston Martin roars onto London stock market with £5bn float

Aston Martin is expected to confirm plans to list on the London Stock Exchange when it announces annual results on Wednesday morning.

Japanese carmaker Toyota to invest $500m in Uber in driverless car deal

Japanese carmaker Toyota is to invest $500m (£387m) in Uber and expand a partnership to jointly develop self-driving cars.

Boeing says Asia Pacific needs 240,000 pilots, technicians and cabin crew over next two decades

If you need a job, you may want to consider training as an airline pilot and moving to China.

'Grave concern' Primark building in Belfast city centre could collapse, says fire service

There are "grave concerns" that the Primark building in Belfast city centre could collapse, the fire service has told the BBC.

House of Fraser criticised 'greedy' landlords

House of Fraser has criticised "greedy landlords" that are resisting new owner Mike Ashley's attempts to cut rents on the store chain's 59 outlets.

Former chief rabbi condemns Corbyn comments on British Zionists

A former chief rabbi says Jeremy Corbyn's comments about British Zionists are the "most offensive statement" by a politician since Enoch Powell's "Rivers of Blood" speech.

Prime minister Theresa May pledges Africa investment boost after Brexit

Theresa May has announced plans to boost Britain's investment in Africa after Brexit, during her first trip to the continent as prime minister.

Monday, 27 August 2018

Thieves replace Paraguay police rifles from police armoury with toy replicas

Thieves in Paraguay have stolen 42 powerful rifles from the police armoury.

Colombia's anti-corruption referendum failed to reach minimum number of votes

Colombia's anti-corruption referendum has failed to reach the minimum number of votes required for it to be valid.

US President Donald Trump announces 'incredible' trade deal with Mexico

The US and Mexico have reached common ground on key trade terms as pressure mounts to complete renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement.

Uber to focus more on its electric scooter and bike business over cars

Uber says it plans to focus more on its electric scooter and bike business, and less on cars, despite the fact it could hurt profits.

Pineapples filled with 67kg of cocaine seized at main wholesale fruit and vegetable market in Madrid

Myanmar generals must be tried for genocide against Rohingya, according to a UN report

Myanmar's top generals must be prosecuted for genocide over the treatment of the Rohingya, according to a UN report.

Saturday, 25 August 2018

Asian Games: Sohrab Moradi breaks weightlifting's longest standing world record

Iran's Sohrab Moradi broke weightlifting's longest standing world record en route to winning gold at the Asian Games.

Fifa bans Palestinian Football Association president Jibril Rajoub for Lionel Messi comments

Fifa has given the president of the Palestinian Football Association a 12-month suspension after he urged fans to burn Lionel Messi shirts and pictures.

Tesla chief executive Elon Musk will no longer take Tesla private

Tesla chief executive Elon Musk says he will no longer be taking the electric car maker private, just two weeks after saying he was considering a deal.

Friday, 24 August 2018

Scottish Power to raise its standard variable gas and electricity prices

Scottish Power is to raise its standard variable gas and electricity prices from 8 October.

Ryanair changes its carry on baggage rules again in bid to reduce delays

Ryanair is changing its carry on baggage rules for the second time this year in a bid to reduce delays.

US authorities : Drug tunnel ran from old KFC in Arizona to Mexico bedroom

US authorities have found a secret drug tunnel stretching from a former KFC in the state of Arizona to Mexico.

Hurricane Lane: Hawaii hit by flooding and landslides as storm nears

Hurricane Lane has been downgraded to a category two tropical storm as it churns towards Hawaii, but is still causing flash flooding and landslides.

Zimbabwe court upholds President Emmerson Mnangagwa's election win

President Emmerson Mnangagwa's win in last month's polls has been upheld by Zimbabwe's Constitutional Court.

Scott Morrison is new Australian prime minister as Malcolm Turnbull ousted

Scott Morrison has been sworn in as Australia's prime minister, replacing Malcolm Turnbull after a Liberal Party coup.

Thursday, 23 August 2018