UK inflation at highest since April 2012 – BBC News

Media captionPound’s fall has driven inflation, says Mark Carney The UK’s key inflation rate hit its highest for more than five years in September, driven up by increases in transport and food prices. The Consumer Prices Index (CPI) climbed to 3%, a level it last reached in April 2012, and up from 2.9% in August. […]

UK Treasury rejects OECD’s call for second Brexit referendum – The Guardian

The Treasury has flatly rejected calls by the west’s leading economic thinktank for a second EU referendum after the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development said a second poll would significantly benefit the economy. “We are leaving the EU and there will not be a second referendum,” the Treasury said in a terse statement that […]

UK spy agencies may be circumventing data-sharing law, tribunal told – The Guardian

MI5 and MI6 may be circumventing legal safeguards when they share bulk datasets with foreign intelligence services and commercial partners, a court has been told. Most of the bulk personal datasets relate to UK citizens who are not of “legitimate intelligence interest”, the investigatory powers tribunal (IPT) has heard. The system of independent commissioners, usually […]

Hurricane Ophelia: Schools closed and thousands without power – BBC News

Media captionHigh winds caused damage across Ireland Schools are closed and hundreds of thousands of people remain without electricity in Ireland after Ophelia battered the British Isles. All schools in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland remain closed for a second day as the clear-up continues. Some 245,000 homes and businesses are without electricity […]

Bank of England’s Mark Carney says inflation hasn’t peaked yet after hitting 3% today – business live – The Guardian

US Industrial production rose 0.3% month on month, in line with expectations. A two-tenths upward revision to August was also announced (-0.7% versus -0.9% originally reported). The details show that manufacturing output rose 0.1% month on month, utilities grew 1.5% month on month while mining was up 0.4% month on month. The Federal Reserve had […]

Raqqa: IS ‘capital’ falls to US-backed Syrian forces

Image copyright AFP Image caption The official declaration that Raqqa has been “liberated” is expected soon A US-backed alliance of Syrian Kurdish and Arab fighters says it has taken full control of so-called Islamic State’s one-time “capital” of Raqqa. Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) spokesman Talal Sello said the fighting was over after a five-month assault. […]

Kirkuk: Iraqi forces seize largest oilfields near city

Media captionIraqi federal police advance towards disputed city of Kirkuk Iraqi government forces have taken control of the two largest oilfields near the disputed city of Kirkuk after Kurdish forces left the area. Iraqi troops began a takeover of Kirkuk on Monday. The actions come three weeks after a Kurdish referendum on independence, which was […]

Malta journalist death: Caruana Galizia’s son denounces "mafia state"

Media captionDebris was strewn over the road and a nearby field The son of an investigative journalist killed in a car bomb attack in Malta has denounced what he called the country’s “mafia state”. Daphne Caruana Galizia, 53, died in an explosion shortly after she left her home in Bidnija, near Mosta, on Monday. She […]

Portugal fires: Three days of national mourning for wildfire victims

Media caption“There are no words to describe it – no words” Portugal has declared three days of national mourning, beginning on Tuesday, for the victims of wildfires that raged across the country. At least 36 people died after hundreds of fires spread across central and northern areas on Sunday and Monday. They started in dry […]

Catalonia: Spain detains two separatists

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Jordi Cuixart (left) and Jordi Sánchez (right) faced a judge in Madrid on Monday A Spanish judge has jailed two key members of the Catalan independence movement. Jordi Sánchez and Jordi Cuixart, who lead prominent separatist groups, are being held without bail while they are under investigation for sedition. The […]