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BLANCHFLOWER: The looming Bank of England rate hikes rekindles 'feeling of August 2008'

Stronger economic growth and higher inflation in the United Kingdom have raised market expectations that the Bank of England could begin raising interest rates.<p>A rates rise would be aimed at recharging an anaemic economy scarred by the financial crisis and would be after a prolonged period of low …

Economics

China to relaunch one of the world's fastest bullet trains

BEIJING (AP) — China is relaunching one of the world's fastest bullet trains, running at 350 kilometers (217 miles) per hour.<p>The trains will service …

Trains

Grenfell residents condemn basing of new taskforce in council office

Lancaster West residents’ group warns lack of distance between recovery taskforce and council undermines impartiality of the team<p>Residents of the estate surrounding Grenfell Tower have condemned the decision to base the the newly appointed recovery taskforce in the offices of Kensington and Chelsea …

Investors trust banks and the government even less than before the crisis, according to a new survey

Exactly 10 years on from the first major tremor of the global financial crisis, a survey has revealed trust in the government and the financial …

British contractors fear losing jobs under UK proposal for EU citizens

Britons who commute to Europe or work short-term contracts say Theresa May’s plan will leave them worse off after Brexit<p>Up to 45,000 Britons who live and pay tax in Britain but work in mainland Europe could lose their jobs under Theresa May’s proposals for EU citizens in the UK, it has …

SNP In Humiliating Backpedal After Claiming Leader's Debate Nurse Was Wife Of Tory Councillor

'Shocked by the witch hunt by SNP extremists.'<p>The SNP has been forced to backpedal after incorrectly claiming a nurse in the audience who argued with …

Post-Brexit-vote surge for UK economy comes to an end

Weakening retail sales as inflation raises price of imports allied with lower industrial output point to the UK economy ‘dropping down a gear’<p>Worries that the UK economy is losing steam have been strengthened by news of a housing market slowdown, a drop in industrial output and the weakest …

Duterte: International Criminal Court 'cannot stop me'

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has said he would not be intimidated by the prospect of the International Criminal Court (ICC) putting him on trial over his bloody war on drugs, promising that his campaign would continue and would be "brutal".<p>"I will not be intimidated and I shall not be …

Lorde Dressed Like A Moth On 'Saturday Night Live'

This is pretty perfect.<p>Lorde blessed our ears with new music as she performed on “Saturday Night Live” this weekend.<p>For her second performance of the show, she sang the recently-released single “Liability” while wearing an all-white outfit and a large white headpiece and veil.<p>The look garnered …

Scottish MP detained in Turkey talks of 'terrifying experience'

Natalie McGarry said her experience showed the need for intervention in the conflict between Kurdish separatists and Turkish forces<p>A Scottish MP has spoken of her “terrifying experience” of being detained by security forces in Turkey for using her mobile phone.<p>Natalie McGarry says she was shoved …

More than 85% of public tips on benefit 'frauds' mostly false

Figures obtained by <i>the Observer</i> show that in the 1m alleged cases of benefit fraud put forward by the public, about 890,000 showed no fraud had taken place<p>More than 85% of fraud allegations made by the public over the last five years were false, according to figures obtained by the <i>Observer</i>.<p>A …

‘I’m nobody. I don’t exist’: Richard Gere cast adrift for homeless film

In his latest movie, the actor takes to the streets incognito as a down-and-out to highlight the daily struggle to survive<p>From Hollywood heart-throb to heart-breaking hobo: Richard Gere will use his celebrity capital this week to raise awareness of homelessness as he arrives in the UK to promote a …

Housing

Consumer prices dipped in August

Inflation remained modest in August as gasoline prices fell sharply, giving the Federal Reserve another reason to delay a hike in interest rates at a key meeting that begins Wednesday.<p>The consumer price index dipped 0.1%, the Labor Department said Wednesday, in line with economists' estimates. …

What Space Does to Your Body and Mind

Expedition 44 to the International Space Station has been successfully completed after three astronauts landed in Kazakhstan. The mission saw a …

Journalism
Journalism

Man prosecuted for catching wild deer in London suburb and eating it at Christmas

Croydon father Mian Zeshan Shahid slices deer's throat before butchering it and bragging on Facebook there was enough meat to feed ten people<p>A novice butcher narrowly avoided prison after stealing a live deer, killing and then eating it for Christmas dinner.<p>Mian Zeshan Shahid sliced the deer's …

To end the refugee crisis, we need more than grief. We need to see we're broken

First refugees arrive from Hungary after Austria and Germany open borders<p>Read more<p>We are increasingly reliant on searing images as our collective wake-up calls to problems we’ve long known existed but about which we’ve done little – and, on the other side of those images, is brokenness and personal …

Smuggling refugees into Europe is a new growth industry

A Hungarian court placed four men under preliminary arrest for being involved in the deaths of 71 migrants found in a truck in Austria.<p>A Hungarian court placed four men under preliminary arrest for being involved in the deaths of 71 migrants found in a truck in Austria.<p>By Michael Birnbaum<p>, Bureau …

Asylum Seekers

EU referendum: Cameron accepts advice to change wording of question

Electoral Commission recommended that voters be asked if they wish to remain or leave EU, not ‘Should the UK remain a member of the EU?’<p>David Cameron has accepted a recommendation by the Electoral Commission to change the wording of the EU referendum question to avoid favouring the pro-EU …

Defending champion Serena Williams marches into US Open second round

• Williams 6-0, 6-2 ahead when Vitalia Diatchenko retires hurt<br>• World No1 faces Dutch qualifier Kiki Bertens in round two<p>Serena Williams, as befits the grand dame of tennis, began the pursuit of a calendar grand slam with a regal swat on the first evening of the 2015 US Open. This time, it was the turn …

Azerbaijan Jails Reporter Who Exposed High-Level Government Corruption

Khadija Ismayilova was sentenced to seven years, six months in prison by a court in Baku Tuesday.<p>A court in Azerbaijan sentenced Khadija Ismayilova, a prominent journalist whose investigations of staggering corruption among the country's ruling elite won her international awards, to seven years and …

Merkel wants common European asylum policy

Germany has called for the immediate establishment of a common European asylum policy as thousands of migrants and refugees continue to try and enter the country.<p>In the face of an unprecedented number of new arrivals, Germany has set up refugee centres across Bavaria to provide basic needs.<p>With the …

Russia-China relations at ‘historic peak’ despite ‘illegitimate Western restrictions’ - Putin

With all the differences between Russia and China, the countries face common development targets, such as changing the structure of the economy to …

Ukraine's parliament shows cracks over devolving powers

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine's parliament majority showed cracks Tuesday after a right-wing party said it was leaving the coalition over a measure to give more power to Ukraine's regions, including the rebel-held east.<p>The announcement from the Radical Party, which came in fifth in last year's …

The Village That Will Be Swept Away

Residents of Newtok, Alaska, voted to relocate as erosion destroyed their land. That was the easy part.<p>NEWTOK, Alaska—Two decades ago, the people of this tiny village came to terms with what had become increasingly obvious: They could no longer fight back the rising waters.<p>Their homes perched on a …