Brexit: UK ‘ready to pay more to the EU’

Image copyright EPA Brexit supporters in the cabinet have agreed the UK should offer to pay more money to the EU as it leaves. But no formal offer will be made until the EU agrees to begin talking about a new trade deal with the UK. No new figure has been given – but it […]

Budget 2017: Railcard extended for people aged up to 30

Image copyright PA Railcards offering discounted train travel are to be extended to people up to 30 years old. Chancellor Philip Hammond is set to announce the extension in Wednesday’s Budget after a successful trial that convinced the Treasury the move would be revenue neutral. Currently, the young persons’ railcard is for the 16-25 age […]

Budget 2017: Everything you need to know

If you are wondering what to do in your lunch break on Wednesday, then a good idea is to brew a cup of tea, make a sandwich and watch the Budget. It is the biggest single event of the year affecting your finances. In his speech, the chancellor will announce the government’s plans for tax […]

Sinn Féin leaders to meet Theresa May at Downing Street

Image copyright PACEMAKER Image caption Michelle O’Neill and Gerry Adams are expected to press the government on same-sex marriage and an Irish language act The Sinn Féin leadership is set to meet the prime minister at Downing Street. Departing president Gerry Adams will be accompanied by the party’s leader north of the border Michelle O’Neill […]

US moves to block AT&T’s takeover of Time Warner

Image copyright Sky Atlantic Image caption Time Warner owns HBO, the company behind Game of Thrones The US Department of Justice has filed a lawsuit to block telecoms giant AT&T’s acquisition of Time Warner, the owner of CNN and HBO. The department said the merger would reduce competition and lead to higher consumer prices. AT&T […]

Whitefish Energy: Power company halts Puerto Rico work

Image copyright AFP Image caption Two hurricanes all but wiped out Puerto Rico’s power grid An energy firm is halting work restoring power in hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico in a dispute over pay. Whitefish Energy says payments have been delayed from Puerto Rico’s bankrupt power authority. The power authority, known was Prepa, says it is reviewing […]

‘Move bus, get out the way!’

A camera operator waited 40 minutes to film a stadium demolition but was thwarted at the last moment by some unfortunate bus scheduling. The Georgia Dome in Atlanta, which in its 25-year history hosted the Super Bowl and the Olympics, was reduced to rubble by a controlled demolition using around 5,000lb of explosives. ‘Move bus, […]

Zimbabwe latest: Emmerson Mnangagwa urges Mugabe to quit now

Image copyright EPA / The Herald Image caption President Mugabe is under pressure from the public and his own Zanu-PF party Zimbabwe’s former vice-president, whose sacking led to last week’s army takeover, has urged President Robert Mugabe to resign immediately. Emmerson Mnangagwa said he fled abroad two weeks ago when he learned of a plot […]

Iran earthquake: Khamenei criticises government’s response

Image copyright AFP Image caption Ayatollah Ali Khamenei praised the Revolutionary Guards for “speeding up assistance” Iran’s supreme leader has criticised the government’s response to last week’s earthquake during a visit to the scene of the disaster. Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said many people involved in the rescue and relief operations had performed well, but that […]

Germany’s Merkel ‘prefers new vote’ after coalition talks fail

Media captionGerman chancellor Angela Merkel on Sunday said it was a day of “deep reflection” for Germany German Chancellor Angela Merkel has said she would prefer new elections to leading a minority government, after a breakdown in coalition talks plunged the country into political crisis. She also said she did not see any reason to […]

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