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Russian economy in turmoil as Putin is battered by falling oil price and sanctions

Embattled economy expected to remain in recession for a second straight year<p>Russia’s economy contracted at the fastest pace in six years in 2015, as plunging oil prices and sanctions over aggression in Ukraine took their toll.<p>The country’s GDP dropped by 3.7pc last year, according to state-run …

Economics

Sweden to impose ID checks on travellers from Denmark

In a move to stem the flow of refugees, valid photo ID will be required for people travelling from Denmark for first time since 1950s<p>Sweden is set to drastically reduce the flow of refugees into the country by imposing strict identity checks on all travellers from Denmark, as Scandinavian countries …

Low oil prices are intensifying competition between OPEC members

With swelling crude oil inventories and rising global oil production, oil prices have now fallen below 11-year lows. On Monday December 21, 2015, Brent was trading at $36.04 per barrel while the WTI benchmark was trading at $34.74 a barrel.<p>While investment bankers from Goldman Sachs are predicting …

William Hague likely to vote to stay in EU

Former Tory leader once known for hostility to union says Brexit would weaken EU and could destroy UK<p>William Hague, the Conservative former foreign secretary, has declared that he is minded to vote for Britain to remain in the European Union partly because he fears “Brexit” could lead to the …

Growth in UK economy slowed this year, ONS says

Both third quarter and second quarter figures revised down by Office for National Statistics<p>Britain’s economy grew less strongly than previously thought in much of 2015, according to official data that is likely to surprise the Bank of England as it ponders when to raise interest rates.

Weak China and cheap oil do not a happy forecaster make

2016 was a year of surprises, with some particularly unexpected twists for the UK, says Roger Bootle<p>It’s nearly that time of year again: the time to reflect and take stock of the year just passed. My excuse for getting in early is twofold: first, an impending holiday; second, the likelihood that …

Over 100 Kurdish fighters killed in Turkish operation

The number of Kurdish fighters killed during a large-scale military offensive in Turkey's restive southeast has jumped to 102, a security source said on Sunday as the operation entered its fifth day.<p>At least two soldiers and five civilians have also been killed in the clashes, the source told the …

Boris Johnson To Become Foreign Secretary Next Year In Exchange For EU Support, According To Report

Boris Johnson is being lined up as Britain’s next foreign secretary, according to a report by The Telegraph. The newspaper said David Cameron is to …

Boris Johnson

ISIS Suspect Held Over Threat to U.S. Consulate in Istanbul: Report

Turkish authorities arrested a suspected ISIS militant on Tuesday for allegedly planning an attack on the U.S. Consulate in Istanbul, a security official told Reuters.<p>Police originally detained two men at a bus stop in the southeastern city of Kahramanmaras for questioning, the official said. A …

AB InBev CEO Defends Mega-Beer Merger to Congress

Anheuser-Busch InBev and Molson Coors sought to assuage concerns that a “Mega Beer” merger in the global market would not hurt the vibrancy of …

Opec bid to kill off US shale sends oil price down to 2009 low

Oil falls by $2 a barrel with energy shares as Opec refusal to stop flooding the market with cheap oil and likely US rate hike sends Brent crude tumbling<p>Oil prices have slumped by 5% after the latest attempt by Saudi Arabia to kill off the threat from the US shale industry sent crude to its lowest …

Star Wars: The Force Awakens could rocket cinema audiences to 13-year high

Film industry,Star Wars: The Force Awakens,Film,Travel & leisure,Business,Culture,UK news<p>Industry buoyant after Jurassic World and Spectre help bring in 140m in 2015, with the year’s last blockbuster still to come<p>The force is with British cinemas. If the new Star Wars film turns out to be the …

Star Wars

Paralysed Opec pleads for allies as oil price crumbles

The cartel is no longer able to steer prices and risks going the way of the Texas Railroad Commission. The oil market has become a jungle<p>The Opec cartel is to continue flooding the world with crude oil despite a chronic glut and the desperate plight of its own members, demanding that Russia, …

Syria row: No 10 admits '70,000 fighters' figure made up of disparate groups

Downing Street acknowledges it will be difficult to coordinate ‘moderate’ forces prepared to join UK and allies in attacking Isis<p>Downing Street has admitted that the 70,000 “moderate” fighters in Syria prepared to join the UK and its allies in attacking Islamic State are made up of a number of …

Downing Street

Michael Gove scraps criminal courts charge

Minister kills off controversial money-raising scheme, saying judges will have greater control over cash penalties<p>Judges and magistrates will be given greater discretion in imposing financial penalties, Michael Gove has promised, after he scrapped the mandatory criminal courts charge.<p>The justice …

Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour faces first big election test in Oldham

Voters go to polls in Thursday’s byelection with Jim McMahon hoping to hold the late Michael Meacher’s seat<p>Voters go to the polls in Oldham West and Royton on Thursday in the first Commons byelection of this parliament.<p>As the final day of campaigning drew to a close on Wednesday night, there were …

What To Make Of BCG's New 50 Most Innovative Companies List

• Tesla jumped from 41rst in 2013 to 3rd this year, a 38 position increase.<br>• Apple and Google hold on to first and second rankings this year.<br>• 79% of senior executives ranked innovation as either the top-most priority or a top-three priority at their company.<br>• 50% of senior executives predict technology …

Innovation

This is how terrorists get guns in Europe

Authorities haven’t yet determined where the terrorists who killed 130 people in Paris in November got their weapons–a relatively easy purchase in Europe, where gun laws are fragmented and trafficking widespread. But one potential source is the same gun shop in Slovakia that supplied the guns used …

Guns

Merkel cabinet backs German role in military campaign against IS

BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany will join the military campaign against Islamic State (IS) insurgents in Syria under plans approved on Tuesday by Chancellor Angela Merkel’s cabinet — a big step for a major European power that long resisted a direct role in the conflict.<p>Germany's Foreign Minister …

Middle East

ISIS is preparing a 'backup' capital in case its major center in Syria falls

As western countries ramp up strikes against ISIS's de-facto capital of Raqqa, Syria, the terrorist group is looking to Libya as a potential back-up option at which to base its operations, according to The New York Times.<p>While ISIS (also known as the Islamic State) has other affiliates throughout …

Kyoto Treaty Fizzled, But Climate Talkers Insist Paris Is Different

Delegates from nearly 200 nations are in Paris to negotiate a new agreement to curb global warming.<p>The first such meeting took place 18 years ago in Kyoto, Japan — a conference that produced the first international treaty aimed at slowing climate change. That attempt failed.<p>Scientists say the …

'Pay now question later': the future of tax collection

HMRC is deploying a range of new tactics to make us pay tax faster<p>HMRC was granted yet more power and resource in George Osborne’s Autumn Statement on Wednesday. Not only is the object to collect more revenue – but to collect it sooner.<p>The eye-catching measure related to the sale of residential …

At least 18 civilians killed in Syria air strikes: monitor

The strikes hit the Idlib province town of Ariha, which is controlled by the Army of Conquest, a rebel alliance of mainly Islamist groups, including Al-Qaeda affiliate Al-Nusra Front, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.<p>Several areas of the town were hit and rescue operations are under way …

Jeremy Corbyn Stamps Authority On Labour Party Over Syria, And Tells Critics: 'I'm Not Going Anywhere.'

A defiant Jeremy Corbyn has stamped his authority on the Labour Party over supporting bombing in Syria after saying only he will decide whether his …

Labour Party

Nations pledge climate action, obstacles remain to summit - France | Reuters

PARIS (Reuters) - Almost all governments have outlined plans for fighting global warming beyond 2020 in a positive sign for resolving a string of obstacles at a U.N. climate summit starting on Monday, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said on Saturday.<p>An information board about climate change …

Environmentalism

Britain's Labour Party battles for soul and identity | Reuters

LONDON (Reuters) - In the 1970s, a trio of socialists joined a battle to steer Britain’s Labour Party to the left. Within a few years, two of them had seized control of the council that governed London, running the capital for half a decade.<p>Jeremy Corbyn, leader of Britain's opposition Labour Party …

Turkey's president warns Russia not to 'play with fire'

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has warned Russia not to "play with fire" after reports emerged that Turkish businessmen had been detained in Russia.<p>Moscow said it would suspend visa-free travel with Turkey, and its tourism agency head announced on Friday it will ask more than 9,000 Russians …

Russia

Labour works around Jeremy Corbyn in Greater Manchester byelection

The ballot for the Oldham West and Royton seat vacated by the death of Michael Meacher is likely to be decided on local issues<p>“Jim, Jim, Jim-Jim-Jim. No mention of the other fella.” That’s how one Greater Manchester councillor summed up Labour’s campaign message in Oldham West and Royton, where a …

George Osborne is 'abandoning the millions of people who rent'

Osborne pledged a raft of measures that, taken together, aim to deliver 400,000 new "affordable" homes in England over the next five years.<p>But a host of big property companies have "serious concerns" about his plans, which many think will benefit the already well-off while hitting the country's …

Jeremy Corbyn leadership crisis deepens as Francois Hollande urges Labour MPs to back air strikes against Isil in Syria

Labour leader faces calls to resign as he emails members asking them what he should do over Syria<p>Francois Hollande, the French President, has urged Labour MPs to support military intervention in Syria this week in the wake of the Paris terror attacks.<p>The French President thanked Britain for the …