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Britain sets out plans to break free of European Court after Brexit
LONDON (Reuters) – Britain on Wednesday outlined several escape routes from the “direct jurisdiction” of the European Court of Justice after Brexit, one of Prime Minister Theresa May’s key aims in talks to unstitch 40 years of EU membership. In a government paper on the highly-sensitive topic which touches British sovereignty, Britain set out its determination in negotiations to reach a tailor-made agreement to enforce its own laws and resolve disputes once it has left the bloc in March 2019. The paper drew attention to several EU agreements which do not require the Luxembourg-based court’s direct jurisdiction over other countries – a clear attempt to encourage more flexibility among EU officials who are protective of the court. May herself said breaking free of the ECJ’s jurisdiction meant that Britain would be able to make its own laws and British judges and courts would enforce them. “We will take back control of our laws,” she told reporters in southern England. Her words are intended to placate many pro-Brexit lawmakers in her governing Conservative Party who say the ECJ has slowly sucked power from Britain’s courts and parliament. Related Coverage Being ‘constructive’, Britain outlines ways to end EU court supremacy But they […]
Prince Harry says Charles ‘was there for us’ after Diana’s death
LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s Prince Harry defended the way his father, Prince Charles, cared for him and his brother as they grieved for their mother, Princess Diana, in a documentary previewed by the BBC on Wednesday. “Diana, 7 days” recounts the events following Diana’s death 20 years ago. She was killed with her lover Dodi al-Fayed when their limousine crashed in a tunnel in the French capital Paris as it sped away from pursuing paparazzi. Her children, Princes William and Harry, who were aged 15 and 12 when she died, spoke about her death for the first time in another documentary aired in July, but neither mentioned the role of their father during the 90-minute programme. “He was there for us,” Prince Harry told the BBC, of the heir to the throne. “One of the hardest things for a parent to have to do is to tell your children that your other parent has died.” Following Diana’s death, the royal family was subject to public criticism for its perceived treatment of the princess, who had struggled to fit into the monarchy and deal with her husband’s infidelity. Some questioned the wisdom of having the young princes walk behind their mother’s […]
The People’s Princess, Britons work to keep memory alive
LONDON (Reuters) – Abdul Daoud spilt most of the cappuccino into the saucer the first time he served Princess Diana, his nerves getting the better of him. Almost 20 years on since she was killed when her car crashed in a Paris tunnel, he still works surrounded by pictures of the woman he calls “the princess of the people” in his cafe, named Diana, his very personal attempt to keep her memory alive. “My promise to her is to put this place as a tribute for her,” he said of his cafe, set up in 1989, near London’s Kensington Gardens, home to the palace where Diana used to live. For him, celebrating her life is “business as usual” at the cafe where visitors can eat Diana salads or Diana burgers and where he said she used to stop by regularly. “She is the princess of the people, always,” he said, adding that he does not believe she will ever be forgotten. But many younger Britons said that while they can understand the fascination with the princess, whose struggles to fit in to the royal household played out in the full glare of the media, they don’t feel it themselves. “I […]
Kim Wall: Headless body identified as missing journalist
Kim Wall was last seen alive earlier this month departing on a submarine trip in Copenhagen.
Venezuela seeks arrest warrant for prosecutor
Luisa Ortega has gone to Brazil and is expected to seek asylum in the US.
Trump vows to ‘close government’ to build Mexico wall
The US president also takes aim at the media during a rally for his supporters in Arizona.
Great Wall Motor dampens Fiat bid speculation
The Chinese automaker says it has not spoken with Fiat Chrysler over a possible acquisition.
Bulldozer rampage: Australian man guilty of endangering lives
A man is found guilty of endangering a family after destroying four cars, a boat and a house.
US hits Chinese and Russian firms over North Korea
Ten companies and six individuals in Russia and China are subject to a new round of US sanctions.
‘Left with nothing’
Nawal al-Maghafi meets Yemenis struggling to survive severe food and medical shortages caused by war.
The man who wants to sell rhino horns
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Acupuncture for pets
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Amar Al-Sadi and her family escaped war-torn Yemen and are among thousands who have bought Maltese passports.
UK employers’ hiring confidence lowest since Brexit vote, say recruiters
LONDON (Reuters) – British employers’ willingness to hire and invest has fallen to its lowest since last year’s vote to leave the European Union, a survey by the recruitment industry showed on Wednesday. The Recruitment and Employment Confederation said 29 percent of firms surveyed reported higher confidence in hiring and investment, but 20 percent were less confident than before. The positive margin was the narrowest since the REC started the survey in its current form in June 2016. Employers’ confidence about the economy in general was the lowest since November. “This drop in employer confidence should raise a red flag,” REC chief executive Kevin Green said. “Businesses are continuing to hire to meet demand, but issues like access to labor, Brexit negotiations and political uncertainty are creating nervousness,” he added. The REC data is based on a survey of 601 employers conducted between April 26 and July 10 by polling company ComRes. REC said the loss of confidence had intensified toward the end of the period. It is unclear how much Britain’s government will curb immigration by EU workers after the country leaves the bloc in March 2019. Prime Minister Theresa May has stuck with a long-standing, unfulfilled pledge to […]
‘I made a hole in the roof’
Five survivors of Sierra Leone mudslide give harrowing accounts of their loss and how they escaped death.
Has Harry Potter cursed Indonesia’s owls?
Conservationists say owls are taken as babies from their nests, then sold to Harry Potter enthusiasts.
Barcelona attack: Suspects ‘planned to hit key monuments’
The Sagrada Familia cathedral was among the targets, a suspect tells a preliminary hearing in Madrid.
US Afghanistan: Tillerson ups pressure on Pakistan
The US urges Pakistan to stop sheltering Taliban forces amid a new US pledge to support Afghanistan.
How children are starving in Yemen’s war
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Philippines drug war: Manila bells ring out against drug killings
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Princess Diana beguiles the world 20 years after death
LONDON (Reuters) – From TV documentaries and the private memories of her sons to a slew of new “revelations” and renewed theories about her death, Britain’s Princess Diana is once again front page news 20 years after she died. Diana was killed at age 36 on Aug. 31, 1997 along with her lover Dodi al-Fayed when a limousine carrying them crashed in a Paris tunnel as it sped away from paparazzi giving chase on motorbikes. The first wife of heir-to-the-throne Prince Charles, Diana was the glittering princess at the centre of a royal soap opera played out in the glare of the media, making her probably the most recognised woman around the world. Her passing prompted the biggest public outpouring of grief seen in Britain in recent times, and few since have captivated the world like she did. “There’ll never be anyone else like Diana,” said Ingrid Seward, editor-in-chief of Majesty magazine and author of “Diana: The Last Word”. Previous anniversaries of her death have gone by with little fanfare, suggesting that the “People’s Princess”, as she was dubbed by then-British Prime Minister Tony Blair, had perhaps lost some of her allure and relevance. But, with her sons Prince William […]
Teenager arrested for dancing Macarena on Saudi street
A 14-year-old is arrested in Saudi Arabia after a clip of him dancing in the street went viral.
Ischia earthquake: Three brothers pulled from rubble
The siblings, aged between seven months and 11 years old, were pulled from the rubble by fire crews.
LinkedIn opens video uploads to all as part of a bigger video push
Video is the name of the game in social networking: sites like Facebook and Twitter have been doubling down on the medium in recent years to drive more traffic and engagement from users, and also as a platform to snare in more premium advertising away from traditional television broadcasters; Snapchat put video at the core of its service from day one. Now Microsoft-owned LinkedIn is hoping… Read More
Scottish, Welsh govt heads unite to stop “unashamed” power grab after Brexit
Reuters Staff 3 Min Read EDINBURGH (Reuters) – The heads of devolved governments in Scotland and Wales agreed on Tuesday to work together to try to set a common strategy to thwart the threat of an “unashamed” grab of parliamentary power by London after Britain leaves the European Union. Wales and Scotland plan to reject legislation which severs Britain’s legal ties with the European Union, once known as the Great Repeal Bill, when it is brought before the devolved chambers in Cardiff and Edinburgh. That rebuff would not represent a veto in the Brexit process. It would, however, worsen Britain’s constitutional tensions by forcing the UK government to ignore the expressed wish of the devolved bodies. These decide on most domestic policies such as health and education. “The UK government’s EU (Withdrawal) Bill is an unashamed move to centralise decision-making power in Westminster, cutting directly across current devolved powers and responsibilities,” Welsh and Scottish First Ministers Carwyn Jones and Nicola Sturgeon said in a joint statement. “We believe that the bill must not be allowed to progress in its current form.” Football Soccer – UEFA Champions League Semi-Final Draw – Nyon, Switzerland – 21/4/17 First Minister of Wales Carwyn Jones […]
A black bear got punched after entering a Canadian home
The aggressive bear was eventually killed by authorities after it chased a man down the street.
Nigeria’s Boko Haram conflict: Huge rise in child ‘human bombs’
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Angry protest at Charlottesville meeting over far-right rally
The city council is harangued over its handling of a white supremacy rally that ended in tragedy.
Barcelona attack: Police raid homes of suspects
Spanish police have released footage of raids on three homes in the town of Ripoll, north of Barcelona.
No longer an also-ran, Corbyn hits campaign trail
REDRUTH, England (Reuters) – British opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn is back on the campaign trail just weeks after losing an election, betting that Prime Minister Theresa May’s minority government will soon collapse. Long written off by opponents and many members of his Labour Party as an old-fashioned socialist incapable of winning power, Corbyn has been galvanized by the June election, in which Labour made gains and May’s Conservatives lost their majority. With May’s authority severely dented and the Conservatives struggling to unite over Brexit, he has ordered his party to hit the campaign trail as other parties spend the summer regrouping. There is no sign yet that Corbyn will get the early election he is betting on. But business leaders who once wrote him off now take his challenge seriously and former Prime Minister Tony Blair, a big critic, says Corbyn could one day lead Britain. “This government thinks it is there for some time to come,” Corbyn, 68, told hundreds of people at a rally this month in Pool, a village outside Redruth, a former mining town in a deprived area of southwestern England. “I’ve got news for them: we are touring the whole country this summer,” he said […]
UK air travel could slump if no early Brexit aviation deal – report
LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s airports could see passenger numbers plunge by as much as 40 percent unless the government strikes an interim aviation deal with the European Union by October 2018, according to an industry report seen by Reuters on Tuesday. The study, commissioned by leading British airports including London’s Heathrow and Gatwick, said flights could be grounded and Britain’s economy would be hit without a guarantee of future access to the EU’s single aviation market. Britain is due to leave the EU in March 2019, but with many air passengers booking months in advance, the government needs to secure a deal well before then to reduce uncertainty, the report said. Unlike other areas, such as trade, there is no automatic fallback position if no deal is reached. In its most pessimistic scenario, the report said there could be a 41 percent plunge in passengers at Britain’s biggest airports between March 2018 and March 2019. Its central scenario, assuming uncertainty over the status of flights, is for an 11.5 percent drop during that period. “The risk of no deal creates uncertainty for the industry,” it said. “Although an 11th hour deal may prevent planes from being grounded, damage to the […]
Ischia earthquake: Three brothers freed from rubble
Three boys are pulled alive from rubble on the island of Ischia, after a major tremor killed two women.
‘Donald Trump-shaped’ ecstasy pills seized by German police
The drugs were due to have been sold online under the slogan “Trump makes partying great again”.
Pair sell home to repair Russian suspension bridge
Two Russian men sell an apartment, car and a garage in an attempt to reconstruct a suspension bridge in Russia’s Far East.
Britain posts first July budget surplus in 15 years, outlook darker
LONDON (Reuters) – Britain unexpectedly posted its first budget surplus for any July since 2002 according to official data on Tuesday, welcome news for finance minister Philip Hammond in what still looks likely to be a difficult financial year for the government. The surplus in July stood at 184 million pounds, compared with last year’s 308 million pound deficit, the Office for National Statistics said, citing figures that exclude state-controlled banks. The surplus was boosted by a 10.6-percent year-on-year rise in self-assessed income tax receipts from individuals in July, a month that often sees a spike in these returns. But the year as a whole looks less promising, as last year’s vote to leave the European Union has pushed up inflation and related borrowing costs, and led to slower growth since the start of 2017. Total borrowing since the start of the financial year in April is 10 percent higher than at the same point in 2016, and in March official forecasters predicted public borrowing would rise to 2.9 percent of GDP in 2017/18. This would be the first major break in deficit reduction since the Conservatives came to power after the worst of the financial crisis in 2010, when […]
UK outlines approach to cross-border legal disputes post-Brexit
Elizabeth Piper 3 Min Read LONDON (Reuters) – Britain urged the EU on Tuesday to stick to the existing system for resolving cross-border civil disputes after Brexit, expanding on a list of proposals for future ties to try to nudge talks forward with the bloc. In the third of five papers to be published this week, the government outlined how it wanted to maintain close cooperation with the European Union in tackling disputes ranging from marital cases to challenges by small businesses against EU suppliers. The proposals followed a pattern in which Britain has sought to mirror much of its existing relationship with the EU. But in this case the government repeated its desire to dispense with the “direct jurisdiction” of the EU’s court. “International civil judicial cooperation is in the mutual interest of consumers, citizens, families and businesses in the EU and in the UK,” the government said in its latest “future partnership paper”. Related Coverage Britain wants to mirror current dispute system with EU after Brexit “That framework would be on a reciprocal basis, which would mirror closely the current EU system and would provide a clear legal basis to support cross-border activities, after the UK’s withdrawal.” The […]
Australia Zoo asks public to name white koala joey
Australia Zoo has asked the public to name a white koala joey.
Teens favoring Snapchat and Instagram over Facebook, says eMarketer
Facebook is losing appeal among teens and young adults which is contributing to generally slowing growth for the platform, according to the latest projections from research firm eMarketer. Read More
Facebook’s Safety Check feature gets its own dedicated button, can be accessed anytime
Facebook is giving its “Safety Check” feature a permanent home in its app and on the desktop, the company announced today. The feature, which lets you check to see whether friends and family are safe following a crisis, will now have its own dedicated button in the app’s navigation menu and will be available via the Facebook website on the desktop. Read More
Dating app aims to boost Russian voter turnout
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Personal bodyguard app to launch in northeast China
A mobile application is set to launch in northeast China for people seeking that VIP touch.
How Facebook prioritizes privacy when you die
Should your parents be able to read your Facebook messages if you die? Facebook explained why it won’t let them in a post in its Hard Questions series today about social networking after death. Facebook admits it doesn’t have all the answers, but it has come up with some decent solutions to some issues. Read More
Instagram adds a new creative way to reply to a photo or story
Instagram inception, here we come. If somebody sends you a photo or video in a private conversation on Instagram, the app will now let you play around with the original photo so that you can reply in a creative way and keep the context of the conversation. If you receive a photo or video, there’s now a reply button in the conversation thread. If you tap on this button, the original photo… Read More
Alt-social network Gab booted from Google Play Store for hate speech
Gab, the conservative social network that has acted as a haven for people banned from the usual platforms, has been removed from the Google Play Store for violating the company’s hate speech policy, the company announced on Twitter. Apple removed it from the App Store in June for similar reasons. Read More
Facebook downranks video clickbait and fake play buttons
Ever gotten tricked into clicking a fake play button on Facebook that opens a link instead of starting a video? I did, repeatedly, and wrote a story in 2014 titled “Yo Facebook, Ban Links With Fake Video Play Buttons”. Now Facebook is doing just that. Today it started downranking the News Feed presence of links that display a fake play button in the preview image, as well as… Read More
Skype’s much-debated redesign hits the desktop
In June, Microsoft introduced a completely revamped version of its Skype app, designed with a heavier focus on media-sharing, and other social expression tools, like emoji, reactions, and even a Snapchat-like stories feature. Now that new experience is rolling out to desktop users, but in a more limited fashion, Microsoft announced this morning. The new desktop app introduces an updated… Read More
Android newbie HMD’s Nokia 8 flagship lets you livestream ‘frontbacks’
Rebooting the venerable Nokia smartphone brand has not been a rush job for HMD Global, the Foxconn-backed company set up for the purpose of licensing the Nokia name to try to revive the brand’s fortunes on smartphones. But after starting with basic and mid-tier phones, it’s finally outted a flagship Android handset. Read More
Tech is not winning the battle against white supremacy
Content warning: This post contains racial slurs, homophobic language and very graphic depictions of racism and violence. Read More
Run to the rock
The past week has been a tough one for lovers of freedom. Slippery slopes have been slid down and a side of the human mind that once remained in shadow has reared its head. Charlottesville is just the first step down a dark road. In real life, on the public square, our support of freedom of speech and public assembly – a freedom that has long helped hater and lover alike – is in… Read More
Pinterest users can now pinch-to-zoom on photos in the app
Pinterest is adding a new feature today that allows users to pinch a photo to zoom in and out on various Pins, matching a feature that’s available on a lot of other services. As the company becomes increasingly focused on mobile and discovery centered around photos, users will start expecting the kinds of behaviors that exist on other services to exist on Pinterest. Read More
Messaging app Line adds livestreaming for group chats
In the latest update to its messaging app, Line has added a livestreaming feature, called Chat Live, which can be used in group or multi-person chats of up to 200 people. Read More
45 million people send birthday wishes on Facebook each day
Roughly 1 in 30 Facebook users tells someone Happy Birthday each day, showing Facebook’s first major emergent behavior is still going strong. Now Facebook is equipping the 45 million people sending birthday wishes each day with some new features. Now instead of just posting a soulless “HBD” or “Happy Birthday!” on someone’s wall with no personal message,… Read More
The most-liked tweet in history says a lot about how the world is doing
The events that unfolded this weekend in Charlottesville, Virginia have sparked reactions from all corners of the internet. But one Twitter user, former President Barack Obama, had a response that resonated with millions. Last night, this tweet from Obama became the most-liked tweet on the platform ever, with more than 3 million likes at the time of writing. “No one is born hating… Read More
What Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and others are doing to tackle hate speech
For all the talk about the internet as a great uniter across geographical and ideological divides, it’s just as often used as a tool to deepen divides, as many users are content to stay within their ideological echo chambers. There’s no easy fix, but when hateful rhetoric begins to manifest itself as real-world violence, a failure to take a stand moves beyond theoretical. Read More
Facebook and Instagram get redesigns for readability
Taking inspiration from line drawings, Reddit and Messenger, Facebook is overhauling the design of the News Feed to make it more legible, clickable and commentable. Meanwhile, Instagram today got a little redesign itself with comment reels now being threaded so you can have sub-conversations in public. Read More
Facebook adds eBay’s Daily Deals to its Marketplace on mobile
Facebook is again getting into the daily deals space, this time in collaboration with eBay. The company has launched a new feature within its Marketplace section on its mobile app, where a selection of inventory from eBay’s Daily Deals program is now available. The deals can be shopped directly in Facebook’s app, but checkout takes place on eBay’s website through an in-app… Read More
Facebook boosts snubbed Stories Camera with Live, GIF & text sharing
Despite the tepid reception for Facebook Stories, the social network is doubling down on its full-screen Camera feature. Today Facebook added the ability to go Live, shoot two-second GIFs and share full-screen text posts on colored background from Facebook Camera, which lets you share to Facebook Stories, Direct messaging and the traditional News Feed. Read More
Rabbi Abe Cooper talks about online hate
In this episode of Technotopia I talked with Rabbi Abe Cooper, Associate Dean, Director Global Social Action Agenda of the Simon Wiesenthal Center. Rabbi Cooper doesn’t use many online services, but he knows how to remain human in a time of great digital upheaval and he shared some of the tactics he uses to help online services keep hate groups off of the Internet. He turned this… Read More
Scotland drops plan for immediate push for second independence vote
EDINBURGH Scotland’s devolved government has shelved its immediate plans to hold a second independence referendum until after the terms of Britain’s exit from the United Kingdom are clear, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said on Tuesday. The Scottish parliament in March backed Sturgeon’s bid to hold a new referendum in 2018 or early 2019, but British Prime Minister Theresa May had refused to enter into discussions on the proposal. “We will not seek to introduce the legislation for an independence referendum immediately,” she said, adding that she would still aim to offer a new vote on secession after it was clear what Britain’s decision to leave the European Union meant. Scots voted against independence by 55 to 45 percent in 2014 but Sturgeon has argued the Brexit vote changed circumstances because Scots voted overwhelmingly against leaving the EU and they should not be dragged out against their will. However, she had been under pressure to put off a new referendum because of her party’s weak performance in a national election earlier this month. She told the Scottish assembly she had listened carefully to those who were concerned about Brexit but had not wanted another independence vote immediately. She said a choice […]
Lloyds fraud victims bemoan ‘pyrrhic victory’ as compensation scheme drags
By Andrew MacAskill and Lawrence White| LONDON LONDON Lloyds Banking Group is set to miss an end-June deadline for offering compensation to victims of one of Britain’s largest fraud cases, the latest delay in a decade-long struggle by business owners for redress. Two former bankers at Lloyds’ HBOS Reading business were among those jailed in February for their involvement in the scam, which affected 64 people, including Noel Edmonds, a TV presenter and former disc jockey. Lloyds set up a 100 million pound compensation scheme in April and set the end-June deadline for payment to victims hit by the fraud, which involved siphoning off money from struggling businesses. According to one source with knowledge of the matter, less than a fifth of the 64 victims have received compensation offers and only one has reached a settlement with the bank. Edmonds is seeking more than 70 million pounds in compensation for businesses he alleges were destroyed by the fraud. He has set up a website with an “honesty countdown” clock showing the time remaining for Lloyds to meet its self-imposed deadline. Lloyds on Tuesday said it now plans to make compensation offers to some customers by the end of June. Others […]
Hammond warns of “petty politics” threat to good Brexit deal
BERLIN Petty politics are the biggest threat to a good divorce deal between Britain and the European Union, Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond said on Tuesday, warning that a bad Brexit agreement could harm the economic interests of both sides. “I am confident that with the political will to put jobs and prosperity first we can achieve an early agreement on a transitional period,” Hammond said at an economic summit of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservatives in Berlin. There was a risk “that somehow we allow petty politics to interfere with economic logic, and we end up with a suboptimal solution that fails to maximise our mutual benefit,” he said. Hammond said that the shift from industry to services in most major economies had led to the economic marginalisation of many people who now view globalisation as a threat. He urged G20 leaders meeting in Hamburg next week to work towards the liberalisation of trade in services. (Reporting by Joseph Nasr and Thomas Escritt)
UK says 95 buildings fail safety checks after London tower block fire
LONDON Prime Minister Theresa May said on Tuesday Britain must hold a national investigation into exterior cladding used on high-rise buildings after all those checked after the deadly London tower block blaze this month failed safety tests. At least 79 people died when a fire that started in a fridge freezer engulfed the 24-storey Grenfell Tower block on June 14, trapping many inside their apartments as they slept. Police on Tuesday named a five-year-old boy as the youngest of the dead so far formally identified. The devastating inferno has raised concerns about the cladding used on the facades of buildings, mainly for insulation or to improve their appearance, prompting urgent safety tests to be carried out on similar tower blocks around the country. “Right now, we are at a position where 95 buildings in 32 local authority areas have now failed the tests and that remains a 100 percent failure rate,” May’s spokesman told reporters. “The prime minister said there would need to be a major national investigation into what had gone wrong when cladding which is failing the tests had been fitted on buildings across the country over a number of decades.” The Grenfell disaster, and May’s initially slow […]
Bank of England tightens credit rules for banks after Brexit resilience
By David Milliken and Huw Jones| LONDON LONDON The Bank of England tightened its controls on bank credit to more normal levels on Tuesday, deciding the risk had passed of a big hit to the economy and to lending after last year’s Brexit vote. The BoE’s Financial Policy Committee (FPC) said British banks must now hold 5.7 billion pounds between them as an additional buffer against bad times, and that it will probably double that in November. After voters decided to leave the European Union a year ago, the FPC cut to zero a requirement that banks create an extra capital buffer as part of a broad range of stimulus measures to help the country cope with the shock. But the economy has performed more strongly than expected since the referendum, despite some recent signs of a slowdown. Some of the central banks’ interest rate setters now think it is time to raise its main interest rate. BoE Governor Mark Carney said the FPC’s action did not in itself imply that monetary policy was also about to tighten. “Monetary policy is the last line of defence to address financial stability issues,” Carney told a news conference. “In that regard, we […]
UK will continue funding EU nuclear fusion project if remains as host – government
The British government said on Tuesday it would continue to fund a collaborative nuclear fusion project with the European Union to 2020 if the bloc extends Britain’s contract to host the facility beyond 2018. The Joint European Torus (JET) project, located in southeast England at the Culham Centre for Fusion Energy, studies the potential of fusion power as a low-carbon energy source for future generations. It is currently the only operational fusion experiment which is capable of producing fusion energy and is collectively used by more than 40 European laboratories. Britain’s contract to maintain and run the JET project is managed by the UK Atomic Energy Authority and is due to end in Dec. 2018. Britain’s decision to leave Euratom, the EU’s framework for nuclear energy safety and development, when it leaves the bloc, has raised concerns about future funding of collaborative nuclear research projects. The government said it was willing to underwrite its share of JET’s running costs until the end of 2020 if the EU extends Britain’s contract to host the facility. “The UK’s commitment to continue funding the facility will apply should the EU approve extending the UK’s contract to host the facility until 2020,” the government […]
Plunge in UK confidence hits Debenhams, adds to slowdown fears
By James Davey and William Schomberg| LONDON LONDON British consumer confidence plunged during the political crisis sparked by Prime Minister Theresa May’s election flop, hitting the sales of general retailers such as Debenhams (DEB.L) just as shoppers’ spending power is undermined by the pound’s fall. Two major surveys showed confidence among British consumers and retailers had fallen back to levels last seen in the wake of the shock 2016 Brexit vote which thrust Britain’s $2.5 trillion (1.96 trillion pounds) economy onto an uncertain path. Polling firm YouGov said it expected economic growth to fall sharply over the coming months while the Confederation of British Industry said retailers were downbeat about July. The tension could be felt on the high street, where the second-biggest department store group, Debenhams, warned that trading had turned volatile. “We have seen an increase in customer uncertainty caused by the overall environment and that has an impact on categories that are related to disposable income,” Chief Executive Sergio Bucher said, as clothes sales proved particularly weak. British consumers have been hit by a sharp rise in inflation, caused in large part by the fall in the value of the pound since Britain voted last June to […]
Uber wins right to contest English tests for London drivers
LONDON Uber said it had won the right to appeal against a court decision in favour of plans by a London regulator to impose new English reading and writing standards in a move which could deprive it of thousands of drivers. In March, the San Francisco-based firm, which allows people to book journeys on their smartphone, lost a court battle against Transport for London (TfL), the latest setback as the authorities crack down on the ride service. Uber has cited TfL data that the language rules, which would involve written tests, could mean about 33,000 private hire drivers out of a total of around 110,000 operating in London would be unable to renew their licences. Drivers applying for a new or renewed licence have until the end of September to prove they meet the more rigorous English language criteria, pushed by London Mayor Sadiq Khan partly in response to pressure from drivers of the city’s traditional black cabs who fear their business model is being undercut. Uber called for the proposals to be delayed until after court proceedings due next February at the very least. “We’re pleased to have secured this appeal to defend tens of thousands of drivers who […]
World’s first ATM machine turns to gold on 50th birthday
LONDON Five decades since it heralded a transformation in the way people obtained and used cash, the world’s first ATM was turned into gold for celebrations of its fiftieth anniversary. The brainchild of Scottish inventor Shepherd-Barron, the first ATM (automated teller machine) was opened on June 27, 1967 at a branch of Barclays bank in Enfield, north London, the first of six cash dispensers commissioned by the bank. English actor Reg Varney, who starred in the British TV comedy show “On The Buses”, was the first person to withdraw cash from the new machine. Now there are an estimated three million cash machines across the globe with some 70,000 cash machines in the UK alone which dispensed 175 billion pounds in 2016. The world’s most northerly machine is at Longyearbyen, Svalbard, Norway and the most southerly located at the McMurdo station at the South Pole. To commemorate the anniversary, Barclays transformed the ATM at its Enfield branch into gold, added a commemorative plaque and placed a red carpet in front for its users. “Even though recent years have seen a huge uptake of digital banking and card payments, cash remains a crucial part of most people’s day-to-day lives,” said Raheel […]
Citi says May’s premiership is not sustainable, UK to have another election within a year
LONDON Prime Minister Theresa May’s government is not sustainable beyond a few months and there is likely to be another British national election within the next year, Citi said in a research note. “We continue to think that her premiership is not sustainable beyond a few months, perhaps a year at most, and will be under pressure in the face of contentious parliamentary votes from the very beginning,” Citi said. “Our base case remains that we will have a Conservative leadership contest followed by a new general election within the next 12 months,” the bank said. (Reporting by Guy Faulconbridge; editing by Michael Holden)
Johnny Depp may face perjury charges, Australia’s deputy PM warns
The actor’s ex-managers allege he knew he was breaking the law when bringing his dogs into Australia.
US warns Syria over ‘potential’ plan for chemical attack
Syria is planning another chemical attack, the US says, warning it would pay a “heavy price”.
Trump causes ‘major’ shift in global view of US: Pew
The US president and his policies “are broadly unpopular around the globe”, a survey says.
China ‘asks India to withdraw troops’ from Nathu La pass
The area, the Nathu La pass, is used by Indians going for pilgrimages to religious sites in Tibet.
Brazil’s Michel Temer charged with corruption
Charges follow a recording in which Mr Temer seems to encourage payment of hush money.
‘Pharma bro’ Martin Shkreli fraud trial opens in New York
The former pharmaceutical chief denies operating a Ponzi-like scheme that cheated investors.
Colombia’s Farc has completed disarmament, UN says
The transfer of the rebels’ personal weapons was a key condition in last year’s peace agreement.
Senate healthcare bill leaves 22m more without cover, CBO says
Millions of Americans could lose insurance under a Senate bill, a congressional report says.
Crowd catches girl after ride fall
A father describes the moment it happened at a Six Flags theme park in New York.
£100m from West to clean up Russian nuclear base
Western nations are giving Russia nearly £100m to clear up nuclear waste at Andreyeva Bay, a contaminated Cold War submarine base.
The robot that can pick up virtually any object
Scientists at UC Berkeley have created a robot that has learnt to pick up virtually any object.
The EU argues that the rights of the bloc’s citizens should not change as a result of Brexit.
Twenty years on, we review predictions for Hong Kong made when Britain handed the city over to China.
Trump travel ban injunction partly lifted by top US court
The US Supreme Court partly implements the travel and refugee bans pending a full review in October.
US senator to block arms sales to Gulf over Qatar crisis
Influential Republican Bob Corker wants to see a “path forward” to resolving the crisis in the Gulf.
Facebook, Microsoft, YouTube and Twitter form Global Internet Forum to Counter Terrorism
Today Facebook, Microsoft, YouTube and Twitter collectively announced a new partnership aimed at reducing the accessibility of internet services to terrorists. The new Global Internet Forum to Counter Terrorism adds structure to existing efforts by the companies to target and remove from major web platforms recruiting materials for terror groups. Read More
Canada nurse Elizabeth Wettlaufer jailed for life for murders
A former Ontario nurse is sentenced to life in prison for killing eight elderly people in her care.
Painter Salvador Dali’s body to be exhumed for paternity suit
A judge orders the exhumation of the painter’s body to obtain samples for a paternity suit.
Facebook brings new masks, filters and reactions to Messenger video chat
Facebook is bringing a ton of new filters, masks and video reactions to video chats in Messenger, aiming to deliver a more fun experience to younger users on the app and shore up the service against competing video chat apps. Read More
Nigerian president’s Eid speech in Hausa criticised
Greetings in a regional language have stirred rather than quelled rumours over the president’s health.
‘I’m not a bad guy’
El Hadji Diouf had a reputation for bad behaviour as a player, but tells BBC Sport’s Stanley Kwenda this was unfair.
Uptime, YouTube’s experimental app for watching videos with friends, opens to all
YouTube’s experimental app Uptime, which lets you watch videos with friends while reacting and commenting, has now opened up to all users. The app was first launched in March of this year, from Google’s internal incubator, Area 120, as a means of testing a more interactive and social way to watch YouTube. However, it initially required an invite to use it. That requirement was… Read More
Algerians champion traditional dress for Eid al-Fitr
An online campaign is urging Algerians to promote local fashion to mark the end of Ramadan.
South Africa prisoners entertained by ‘strippers’
Officials have confirmed photos of scantily dressed women were taken inside a Johannesburg jail.
Street named after footballer for a day
The Tottenham and Kenyan midfielder has a street named after him in Tanzania – but not for long.
Spain wildfires threaten Doñana nature reserve
About 2,000 people have been evacuated as the fires near the Unesco heritage site.
Blue shark spotted on holiday resort in Majorca
The shark was reportedly 8ft long and had to be put down after it was caught because of a head injury.
Retired UK ambulances saving lives in Syria
Volunteers from the ‘Unity Convoy’ have delivered 100 ambulances to the devastated country.
A decades-old murder and how a Supreme Court decision means freedom for one man, and life in prison for the other
How to fix netflix streaming issues on chromecast?
How is it going with the amazing Google Chromecast? It doesn’t matter how long you are using this astonishing streaming device to stream your favorite content, as there are many re | read more