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Regulators to press Uber after it admits covering up data breach
Posted on Wednesday November 22, 2017

Uber faces a fresh regulatory crackdown after disclosing it paid hackers $100,000 to keep secret a massive breach last year.

Housing stocks are surging, and traders see more gains for these names
Posted on Wednesday November 22, 2017

Housing stocks are on a tear this year, and it may not be too late to get in on the rally.

Rockwell Automation rebuffs sweetened Emerson bid
Posted on Wednesday November 22, 2017

Rockwell Automation on Wednesday rejected rival Emerson Electric's sweetened $29 billion takeover offer, saying the bid undervalued the company.

Black Friday separates the 'purists' from the 'average Joe' shoppers
Posted on Wednesday November 22, 2017

Nearly 70 percent of Americans, or 164 million people, plan to shop during Thanksgiving weekend, the NRF says.

US commission recommends tariffs to curb Samsung, LG washing machine imports
Posted on Wednesday November 22, 2017

The U.S. International Trade Commission recommended tariffs to keep Samsung and LG from flooding the U.S. market with inexpensive washers.

Mortgage applications stall as interest rates rise
Posted on Wednesday November 22, 2017

Mortgage applications to purchase a home rose 5 percent last week, the Mortgage Bankers Association says.

Global growth is booming, but oil stocks have lagged. Why that’s about to change
Posted on Wednesday November 22, 2017

Energy stocks are about to play catch-up to the rest of the market, one strategist says.

North Korea calls terror relisting 'serious provocation' by Trump
Posted on Wednesday November 22, 2017

North Korea on Wednesday denounced U.S. President Donald Trump's decision to relist it as a state sponsor of terrorism.

Check out North Korean soldier defecting to South
Posted on Wednesday November 22, 2017

The U.N. released video of a North Korean soldier speeding down a tree-lined road as soldiers give chase before crossing the border safely into South Korea.

Deere tops 4th-quarter estimates, sees strong earnings in 2018
Posted on Wednesday November 22, 2017

U.S. tractor maker Deere's profit rose 79 percent year-over-year in the fourth quarter, as it sold more farm machinery in overseas markets.

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Autumn Budget: The key points at a glance
Posted on Wednesday November 22, 2017

The key announcements from Chancellor Philip Hammond - refresh your page to see updates as they happen:

Police identify four men killed in mid-air collision
Posted on Tuesday November 21, 2017

Four men killed in a mid-air crash between a helicopter and a light aircraft have been formally identified by police.

Hat-trick! Footballer legs it for baby's birth
Posted on Wednesday November 22, 2017

Wigan winger Ryan Colclough had an eventful match on Tuesday, scoring twice before rushing from pitch to hospital to meet his newborn son.

Primodos report 'irresponsible,' says expert
Posted on Wednesday November 22, 2017

A leading expert in embryo development has challenged the findings of a Government commissioned report into the pregnancy test drug Primodos.

Grangela: Labour's Rayner is a grandmother at 37
Posted on Wednesday November 22, 2017

Labour's shadow education secretary Angela Rayner has expressed her joy at becoming a grandmother at the age of 37.

Hurricane and fraud hit Thomas Cook profits
Posted on Wednesday November 22, 2017

Thomas Cook shares plunged 13% on opening after the holiday firm reported a series of costs had taken a toll on UK earnings.

Hunt for man 'who hid camera in Starbucks toilet'
Posted on Wednesday November 22, 2017

Detectives are searching for a man who appears to have filmed himself installing a covert camera in a toilet of a London coffee shop.

Notorious inmate Charles Bronson refused parole
Posted on Tuesday November 21, 2017

Notorious prisoner Charles Bronson has been refused parole - consigning him to at least another two years behind bars.

Could we be set for snowfall this weekend?
Posted on Tuesday November 21, 2017

Southern England could become a wintry wonderland this weekend, with snowfall possible on Friday and Saturday.

Energy bills dealt 'bad hand' by Hinkley - MPs
Posted on Wednesday November 22, 2017

The Government has been accused of "blinkered determination" to secure the country's first new nuclear power station in a generation at any price.


A challenge to Turkey’s Erdogan
Posted on Thursday November 16, 2017

TO STEP into the ring with Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Turkey’s bruiser of a president, takes courage and self-belief. Meral Aksener has plenty of both. At the launch of her new political party on October 25th, some of Mrs Aksener’s supporters broke into chants of “Prime Minister Meral!” She replied: “No, not prime minister. President.” A prominent nationalist and former cabinet minister, she has not yet declared her candidacy for elections that are due to be held in 2019. However, everyone assumes she will. “My friends really want me to run,” she says, referring to colleagues from her newly unveiled, innocuously named Iyi (Good) party. “I might have no other choice.”

Those who challenge Mr Erdogan tend to pay. The last to do so, Selahattin Demirtas, joint leader of the pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) and a candidate in the 2014 presidential election, was thrown in prison last year on spurious terrorism charges. Mrs Aksener herself got a taste of Mr Erdogan’s...Continue reading

Charting a new German foreign policy
Posted on Thursday November 16, 2017

IT WAS a heart-warming moment in the freezing wind of the Alsatian mountains. On November 10th the presidents of Germany and France, Frank-Walter Steinmeier and Emmanuel Macron (pictured), shared a hug as they opened a French-German war memorial at Hartmannswillerkopf, where 30,000 soldiers died during months-long battles for control of the peak in 1915. Every generation had to be reminded anew, said Mr Steinmeier, why the task “to lead Europe into a hope-filled, better future” fell to Germany and France.

Mr Steinmeier’s remarks underscored a commitment to European union, one of the twin pillars of German foreign policy since 1945, alongside participation in a multilateral world underwritten by America. But warm words cannot disguise the fact that these days both pillars are shaky. America under Donald Trump is retreating from its role as underwriter, in favour of a doctrine of national self-interest. Europe faces a number of simmering crises. East and west are divided over...Continue reading

France’s political extremes have fallen on hard times
Posted on Thursday November 16, 2017

Unsubmissive Mélenchon

“MAKE the most noise possible,” urged Jean-Luc Mélenchon, a radical-left politician, before a crowd this autumn. Saucepan-banging protesters would make a nationwide ruckus, he said, referring to a centuries-old method of protest known as les casserolades. They would tell Emmanuel Macron that his economic reforms “ruin our life and keep us from dreaming, so we stop you from sleeping”.

In the event Mr Mélenchon disturbed nobody’s repose. At the appointed hour, at two locations in central Paris, just a handful of sheepish supporters from his France Insoumise (Unsubmissive France) movement turned out. Other marches, against labour-law reforms, have been bigger, but achieved equally little. More nationwide protests were due on November 16th, involving unions and students, but looked unlikely to cause serious disruption.

For months Mr Mélenchon, despite having just 17 MPs, has in effect led...Continue reading

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David Cassidy, teen heartthrob of 'The Partridge Family,' dies at 67

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Ratko Mladic jailed for life over Bosnia war genocide
Posted on Wednesday November 22, 2017

The ex-Bosnian Serb commander is convicted for major atrocities in the Bosnian war in the 1990s.

German coalition talks continue amidst stalemate
Posted on Wednesday November 22, 2017

A "grand coalition" could be on the cards as a solution to the post-election stalemate.

Le Pen decries 'fatwa' on National Front bank accounts
Posted on Wednesday November 22, 2017

The far-right leader says banks have closed her own personal account along with her party's.

Stolen John Lennon items recovered in Berlin
Posted on Tuesday November 21, 2017

More than 100 items stolen from Yoko Ono in 2006 in New York have been found by German police.

Giant swastika unearthed under Germany sports field
Posted on Tuesday November 21, 2017

Officials ordered the structure to be removed immediately but it was too heavy to be lifted.

Russia denies nuclear accident after radioactive traces found
Posted on Tuesday November 21, 2017

The weather service says the levels of a radioactive isotope were nearly 1,000 times normal levels.

N Ireland leader warns Dublin on Brexit
Posted on Tuesday November 21, 2017

Arlene Foster warns Leo Varadkar not to "play around" with Northern Ireland over Brexit.

Russian boy's WW2 speech to German MPs stirs web anger
Posted on Tuesday November 21, 2017

A wave of abuse targets a Russian boy who told German MPs that some Nazi soldiers "died innocently".

Brexit: UK 'ready to pay more to the EU'
Posted on Tuesday November 21, 2017

But only in return for the EU moving on to talks about future trade next month, the BBC understands.

UK firms 'excluded' from space contracts by Brexit
Posted on Tuesday November 21, 2017

Aerospace firms also warn if the UK leaves the EU without a deal it will be "chaotic" for the sector.


The social media answer to stressful U.S holiday: Friendsgiving
Posted on Wednesday November 22, 2017

Americans overwhelmed by crowded highways and the prospect of cooking a turkey and all the trimmings for the Thanksgiving holiday dinner are turning for relief to the latest social-media driven holiday - Friendsgiving.

Thailand arrests woman wanted over deadly 2015 bombing at shrine
Posted on Wednesday November 22, 2017

BANGKOK: Police in Thailand on Wednesday arrested a woman wanted in connection with a 2015 bombing in Bangkok that killed 20 people, 14 of them foreign tourists. The blast at a central Bangkok shrine popular with visitors from China and elsewhere in Asia raised fears of a spillover of violence ...

Former Portsmouth and Everton forward Yakubu retires
Posted on Wednesday November 22, 2017

Former Portsmouth and Everton forward Yakubu Aiyegbeni has retired from professional football on his 35th birthday.

Norway's police downgrade threat level
Posted on Wednesday November 22, 2017

OSLO: Norwegian police said on Wednesday they had lowered the national threat assessment, but still regarded an attack by militants as a possibility. The risk level was lowered to "possible" from "likely", reversing an April decision to raise the threat assessment following an Oslo bomb scare and ...

Trump reignites feud with father of UCLA player accused of shoplifting
Posted on Wednesday November 22, 2017

President Donald Trump on Wednesday reignited a feud with the father of one of the three UCLA basketball players who was detained in China on suspicion of shoplifting, calling him an "ungrateful fool" in a series of early morning tweets.

Ireland look to put down early Six Nations marker
Posted on Wednesday November 22, 2017

DUBLIN: A clean sweep of their November tests will see Ireland put down a strong marker for next year’s Six Nations Championship, scrumhalf Conor Murray said ahead of Saturday’s game against Argentina in Dublin. “We’ve been building week-on-week here and this week is a big opportunity to put down ...

EU fines five car airbag, seatbelt suppliers over cartel
Posted on Wednesday November 22, 2017

EU antitrust regulators fined five car safety equipment makers a total of 34 million euros (US$40.0 million) on Wednesday for taking part in cartels to fix prices for seatbelts, airbags and steering wheels to Japanese carmakers.

Terror relisting 'disgraceful behaviour' by Trump: North Korea
Posted on Wednesday November 22, 2017

SEOUL: North Korea responded on Wednesday (Nov 22) to US President Donald Trump's decision to relist the county as a state sponsor of terrorism, calling it a “grave provocation and aggressive violation", North Korean state media reported. Trump put North Korea back on a list of state sponsors of ...

Train delay near Clementi MRT station during evening rush hour: Commuters
Posted on Wednesday November 22, 2017

SINGAPORE: Commuters on the East-West Line (EWL) reported a delay in their travels during the evening rush hour on Wednesday (Nov 22), with some reporting announcements of a track fault near Clementi MRT station. "I heard on the intercom that there was a track fault near Clementi, and to expect an ...

China says hopes South Korea continues to appropriately handle THAAD issue
Posted on Wednesday November 22, 2017

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi told his South Korean counterpart Kang Kyung-wha on Wednesday that Beijing hopes Seoul continues to appropriately handle their dispute over the deployment of a U.S. anti-missile system in South Korea, state media said.

The Guardian

Autumn budget 2017: Philip Hammond sets aside extra £3bn for Brexit preparation - live updates
Posted on Wednesday November 22, 2017

Rolling coverage as chancellor Philip Hammond delivers the 2017 autumn budget at 12.30pm

Hammond says he has a clear vision of what a global Britain looks like: a prosperous and inclusive economy, where everyone can shine, and the dream of home ownership is open to all; a civilised, tolerant place; an outward-looking nation, that is a force for good in the world.

That is the Britain he wants, he says. He will not build it today. But he will build the foundations.

“We have already invested almost £700m in Brexit preparations and today I am setting aside over the next 2 years a further £3bn” #Budget2017

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Key points from budget 2017 – at a glance
Posted on Wednesday November 22, 2017

The chancellor, Philip Hammond, is unveiling the budget. Please refresh this page for key points and political analysis

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Philip Hammond’s budget cannot erase the stain on the soul of his party | Rafael Behr
Posted on Tuesday November 21, 2017

Neither housebuilding nor tax breaks will do it. The Tories govern as if they despise those who backed remain

Philip Hammond’s budget faces political death by impossible demands. The question is how long he can defer the execution. The chancellor is supposed to maintain fiscal discipline and ease the pain of austerity. He must build houses, but not in anyone’s backyard. He must raise revenue, but not from taxes.

And those are just pressures from inside the cabinet. If Hammond makes it through to the weekend without colleagues calling for him to be sacked, he’ll have beaten the odds.

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Ratko Mladić convicted of war crimes and genocide at UN tribunal
Posted on Wednesday November 22, 2017

Former Bosnian Serb army commander known as the ‘butcher of Bosnia’ sentenced to life imprisonment more than 20 years after Srebrenica massacre

Profile: the ‘warlike youth’ turned Balkan war criminal

Ratko Mladić, the former commander of the Bosnian Serb army and one-time fugitive from international justice, has been sentenced to life imprisonment after being convicted of genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity by a UN tribunal at The Hague.

More than 20 years after the Srebrenica massacre and his first indictment by the international criminal tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY), the soldier nicknamed the “butcher of Bosnia” has been found guilty of of multiple offences.

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UK universities 'face disaster within weeks' without clear Brexit plan
Posted on Wednesday November 22, 2017

Warwick University vice-chancellor says certainty is needed over EU citizens’ rights to avoid exodus of staff at all levels

British universities face “a moment of great trauma” in the next few weeks unless the government makes clear its post-Brexit plans for EU residents in the UK, a leading vice-chancellor has warned.

Prof Stuart Croft of Warwick University said in an interview with the Guardian that the possibility of no deal being struck to exit the EU was “utterly bizarre”, and that institutions needed certainty over residency rights by the end of the year to avoid seeing staff at all levels deciding to leave.

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Damian Green inquiry to conclude within days after series of interviews
Posted on Wednesday November 22, 2017

Cabinet Office minister battles for political future as investigation into allegations of sexual impropriety nears completion

An inquiry into allegations of impropriety by Theresa May’s de facto deputy Damian Green is expected to conclude within days after a series of interviews.

The political future of the first secretary of state and Cabinet Office minister remains in the balance as the department’s head of propriety and ethics, Sue Gray, deliberates over claims that Green harassed a young Conservative activist and downloaded pornography to a work computer. He denies both allegations.

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HSBC closes Marine Le Pen bank account
Posted on Wednesday November 22, 2017

French far-right leader says she and Front National are victims of ‘banking fatwa’ after Société Générale closes party’s accounts

Marine Le Pen, the leader of France’s Front National, has claimed that she and her party are victims of a “banking fatwa” after HSBC closed a bank account she had had for 25 years.

The move by Britain’s biggest bank comes amid heightened scrutiny of political accounts and the day after Société Générale, France’s second-largest bank, asked the far-right party to close all its accounts after a 30-year relationship.

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David Cassidy: star of Partridge Family dies aged 67
Posted on Wednesday November 22, 2017

Family statement says teen pop idol Cassidy died in Florida ‘surrounded by those he loved, with joy in his heart’

US teen idol David Cassidy, best known as Keith Partridge on the hit 1970s series The Partridge Family, has died at the age of 67 from organ failure.

Cassidy had been hospitalised in Florida for several days, after experiencing failure of the kidney and liver.

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Emmerson Mnangagwa to be sworn in as Zimbabwe's president on Friday
Posted on Wednesday November 22, 2017

Former vice-president, whose sacking by Robert Mugabe triggered the country’s political crisis, flies home later on Wednesday

Zimbabwe’s former vice-president will return to the country on Wednesday and be sworn in as president on Friday, the state broadcaster has reported.

Emmerson Mnangagwa fled for his safety to South Africa two weeks ago when he was sacked by Robert Mugabe, triggering a political crisis that culminated in the resignation of the 93-year-old autocrat on Tuesday.

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Baritone Dmitri Hvorostovsky dies aged 55
Posted on Wednesday November 22, 2017

The Russian singer, hailed as one of the world’s greatest, was diagnosed with a brain tumour in 2015

The Russian baritone Dmitri Hvorostovsky has died aged 55. The news was announced on his Facebook page:

“On behalf of the Hvorostovsky family, it is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Dmitri Hvorostovsky – beloved operatic baritone, husband, father, son, and friend – at age 55. After a two-and-a-half-year battle with brain cancer, he died peacefully this morning, November 22, surrounded by family near his home in London, UK. May the warmth of his voice and his spirit always be with us.”

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