UK retail sales jump unexpectedly in November, aided by Black Friday bargain shopping

Retail sales jumped unexpectedly in November, reflecting Black Friday bargain hunting by shoppers. The Office for National Statistics (ONS) reported that sales volumes were up 1.1 per cent...

Saudi Arabia hosts first-ever concert by female performer

Saudi Arabia has allowed a female singer to perform solo at a public concert for the first time in the country’s history. Lebanese singer Hiba Tawaji took...

Torture still being carried out at Guantanamo Bay despite US denials, says UN investigator

An independent UN human rights investigator said on Wednesday that he had information about an inmate being tortured at the US Guantanamo Bay detention facility, despite...

Brexit: Theresa May’s EU summit marred by embarrassing defeat at hands of Tory rebels

Theresa May is set to arrive in Brussels for a key EU summit on Thursday having suffered a damaging defeat in Parliament over her central piece...

Heathrow Airport’s most festive exports, from 27 tonnes of Christmas lights to 6,000 tonnes...

Heathrow - or perhaps it should be Heathrow-ho-ho - has revealed the record-breaking amounts of festive exports that fly through the airport in the run-up to...

Peaky Blinders season 4 episode 5 review and recap: ‘Women with serious faces everywhere’

There was quality everywhere in Peaky Blinders tonight and right from the opening, which saw Iggy Pop brought in to cover Nick Cave's 'Red Right Hand' opening. We...

Eurozone GDP growth forecasts ‘substantially’ upgraded by ECB as Brexit Britain set to struggle

The European Central Bank has "substantially" upgraded its GDP growth forecasts for the eurozone, reflecting the brightening economic prospects for the single currency area even as the...

Brexit bill: Grieve warns Theresa May of second defeat and says he does not...

Conservative ex-cabinet minister Dominic Grieve has said he does not care about “knives being out for me” over his role in forcing changes to Theresa May’s...

Gibraltar launches world’s first licence for fintech firms using blockchain

Gibraltar’s financial services watchdog will introduce the world’s first bespoke licence for “fintech” firms using blockchain distributed ledger technology from next month in a bid to...

Marijuana compound is harmless and should be available, WHO says

A compound derived from marijuana has health benefits and should not be subject to government restrictions, the World Health Organization (WHO) said. “Recent evidence from animal and human studies shows...

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