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09/12/2018: Front Page: Police flood into Paris to contain the gilets jaunes
French security forces contained fears of a fourth weekend of rioting by extremist gilets jaunes in Paris with a change of tactics including a massive show of strength. About 8,000 police and gendarmes refused to allow the gilets jaunes to gain the...... Pubdate:

09/12/2018: Front Page: 20 best Christmas party recipes
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09/12/2018: Front Page: Cabinet splits over second referendum on Brexit deal A deep cabinet split has opened up over whether Theresa May should back a second referendum in a final attempt to end the political deadlock over Brexit, as senior Conservatives last night predicted that her blueprint for leaving the EU was heading for...... Pubdate:

09/12/2018: News: Paris under siege once more, but massive police show of force keeps the lid on
Even before the sun had risen on Place de la Bastille, the enduring symbol of the revolution, France’s security forces were taking no chances. As members of the gilets jaunes (yellow vests) protest movement enjoyed an early-morning coffee in a cafe on...... Pubdate:

09/12/2018: News: Christmas charity appeal
This year, the Observer and Guardian appeal is supporting five charities that played a crucial role in securing justice for the Windrush generation, and which protect the rights of all who face having their lives turned upside down by the UK’s hostile...... Pubdate:

09/12/2018: News: Unofficial demands A charter of gilets jaunes’ “suggestions to end this crisis” has been circulating on Facebook: Economy/work A full review of taxation, with no citizen to be taxed at more than 25% of income; a 40% increase in the minimum wage, pensions and benefits;...... Pubdate:

09/12/2018: News: Hospitals in race to combat ‘toughest ever’ winter crisis
Hospitals are bringing in GPs, reopening mothballed wards and offering daycare for their staff’s children in a desperate attempt to avoid being overwhelmed this winter. NHS trusts are expanding A&Es, paying for patients to be cared for in nursing...... Pubdate:

09/12/2018: News: Snapshot
The Northern Lights put on a spectacular display this weekend, illuminating Kirkjufell mountain on the Snaefellsnes peninsula in west Iceland.... Pubdate:

09/12/2018: News: Top boys’ choir embraces a new carol amid the changing times
King’s College Choir, renowned for its live broadcast to the nation on Christmas Eve, is facing up to change. Not only was it accused last week of holding back progress by failing to admit girls, but also this year its celebratory 100th radio...... Pubdate:

09/12/2018: News: Man to be charged with murder of missing British backpacker
A 26-year-old man is to be charged with the murder of the missing British backpacker Grace Millane, 22, who disappeared in New Zealand a week ago. Police said the man would appear at Auckland district court tomorrow morning. Yesterday police said they...... Pubdate:

09/12/2018: News: UK spy agency boosts powers to launch mass data hacking
The UK’s intelligence agencies are to significantly increase their use of large-scale data hacking after claiming that more targeted operations are being rendered obsolete by technology. The move, which has alarmed civil liberty groups, will see an...... Pubdate:

09/12/2018: News: I thought I’d end up working down the pit, says skating star
The real point of skating brilliantly, above all the sparkle and the skill, is to communicate with an audience, and Olympic champions Torvill and Dean believe the latest stars of the ice rink are in danger of forgetting this. Speaking ahead of a new...... Pubdate:

09/12/2018: News: No hope of success and no plan B – but May still won’t blink
Two days into the great Brexit debate, a Tory MP called Sir Robert Syms rose to his feet to address the House of Commons. Syms is not especially well known outside his constituency of Poole in Dorset and in normal times stays loyal. But at 6.40pm on...... Pubdate:

09/12/2018: News: What could happen next?
At around 7pm on Tuesday MPs will vote on Theresa May’s Brexit deal. She is expected to suffer a heavy defeat. What could happen then? Here are six possible scenarios that could emerge from the constitutional crisis 1 Theresa May quits The prime...... Pubdate:

09/12/2018: News: ON OTHER PAGES Europe: eternal Tory battleground Focus, pages 36-37 Time for May to put deal to people Andrew Rawnsley, page 45 Brexit is a betrayal of our values David Lammy, Comment, page 46 The business outlook after Brexit Phillip Inman, Business, page 57... Pubdate:

09/12/2018: News: ‘I’m still in two minds about it all: this is not the Brexit I voted for’
The clouds have briefly cleared in the Peak District and, from behind the counter at Appleyard’s tobacconist, Martin Olsson is greeting regular customers who are taking advantage of the good weather. He is helping run his wife’s family business in...... Pubdate:

09/12/2018: News: Remain campaigners to pledge help for NHS in a new referendum
A pledge to spend the “dividend” secured by staying in the European Union on nationwide regeneration is being drawn up by senior Remain strategists ahead of a possible second referendum. In anticipation of a fresh poll, they are developing plans for a...... Pubdate:

09/12/2018: News: Tuition fee cuts hit poorer students – social mobility tsar
Cutting university tuition fees risks failing to help the young people most in need of help to access higher education, Theresa May’s new social mobility tsar has warned. Martina Milburn, the new chair of the Social Mobility Commission, said she was...... Pubdate:

09/12/2018: News: UK airlines ‘not doing enough’ on pollution
Some of the world’s biggest airlines, including British Airways and Virgin Atlantic, are contributing significantly more to carbon dioxide emissions than they need to, according to an environmental research group. The most efficient new aircraft...... Pubdate:

09/12/2018: News: Why the big Christmas lights switch-on is now a turn-off
Christmas lights are meant to inspire festive cheer – not death threats. But for the shopkeepers of Aldeburgh, organising the big switch-on has met with such a mixture of opposition and indifference that they have given up. The lights are up in the...... Pubdate:

09/12/2018: News: Our bitterns are safe … but other rare birds face peril as vital support is cut
They are some of the most elusive birds to nest in the UK. Indeed, they hide so well in their reedbed homes that ornithologists can only estimate bittern numbers by counting the sources of the booming sounds made by males in summer. It is a census that...... Pubdate:

09/12/2018: News: Lung illness nearly doubles as flu and pollution take toll Accident and emergency departments have seen attendances due to lungrelated illnesses almost double in under a decade as virulent flu strains and air pollution take their toll. A shortage of lung specialists means services can be patchy, however. The...... Pubdate:

09/12/2018: News: Drug tests at festivals save lives, study finds
An alarming rise in drug-related deaths at music festivals can be countered by testing illicit substances on site, according to the first academic study of its kind. Testers found that one in five substances sold at the Secret Garden Party, a four-day...... Pubdate:

09/12/2018: News: In numbers 913,646 The number of attendances at A&E departments in England last year for lung-related illnesses £11bn The estimated annual cost to the UK economy due to respiratory conditions and their treatment 2% The estimated amount of medical research...... Pubdate:

09/12/2018: News: What happens when your child becomes violent … with you
Violence by children against their parents and carers amounts to 10,000 cases a year, according to police figures, and a new domestic abuse bill could include this hidden problem for the first time. Here, one mother, Lesley Clough*, documents her...... Pubdate:

09/12/2018: News: 87% of perpatrators of adolescent violence against parents are sons, while 77% of victims are mothers... Pubdate:

09/12/2018: News: What’s it like to fear your own child?
Anushka Asthana talks to a mother about living with her increasingly violent son in the Guardian’s Today in Focus podcast tomorrow www.theguardian.com/news/ series/todayinfocus... Pubdate:

09/12/2018: News: 1,459 juveniles were charged with offences related to violence and abuse against parents in 2015/16... Pubdate:

09/12/2018: News: 95% The increase in child to parent violence recorded by the Met from 2012-16... Pubdate:

09/12/2018: News: A Time Lord and a sleuth: the perfect team for tourism
Two of Britain’s most famous fictional exports, Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Who, are at the heart of a new generation of “live” immersive attractions designed to draw foreign tourists this winter. Yesterday a Sherlock-themed interactive game,...... Pubdate:

09/12/2018: News: Hollywood must end its fixation with beauty, says top director
Hollywood may be making inroads into creating bigger and better roles for women and black and minority ethnic actors – but there is one taboo that the film world stubbornly fails to address, according to one of its most prominent female...... Pubdate:

09/12/2018: News: Pensioner poverty rises as benefits freeze bites One in six pensioners is now living in poverty as a result of declining home ownership, soaring rents and the benefits freeze, the Joseph Rowntree Foundation has warned. Pensioner poverty is rising, having fallen steadily for nearly two decades, the...... Pubdate:

09/12/2018: Comment & Analysis: A fear of cultural loss is fuelling anger with elites across Europe
‘Canwe borrow him?” Gary Lineker asked in April of the “charismatic, smart and ballsy” Emmanuel Macron. The BBC presenter was far from alone in being besotted by the French president. “His basic message to the French people,” observed the Liberal...... Pubdate:

09/12/2018: Comment & Analysis: EU obsession with migration is shameful, racist and fatal Itwas the most shameful piece of news from the past week. Yet it was barely covered. The charity Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has been forced to end its rescue operations in the Mediterranean because of pressure and harassment from European nations,...... Pubdate:

09/12/2018: News: And the bride wore… faux fur, long sleeves and chunky boots
A winter wedding used to mean celebrations spent shivering in a pashmina, but now outfits that are both wedding – and weather – appropriate are beginning to appear on the high street. The fashion world has woken up to the fact that increasing numbers...... Pubdate:

09/12/2018: News: Play about antisemitism is met by wave of abuse
A new play about rising antisemitism that opens in a London theatre this week has become the target of antisemitic abuse. One Jewish Boy by Stephen Laughton focuses on the relationship between a Jewish man and a mixed-race, non-Jewish woman, their...... Pubdate:

09/12/2018: News: Snapshot
A candelit procession marks the Swedish Sankta Lucia festival of light service at York Minster, celebrating Saint Lucy, a young Sicilian girl martyred for her faith in the fourth century.... Pubdate:

09/12/2018: World: How Vox party’s success shattered faith in Spain’s immunity to far right
Los Remedios doesn’t have the feel of a political frontline. Rowers glide along the green waters of the Guadalquivir, a huge Christmas tree sits beneath a warm December sky and the nearby churrería is already bedecked with artificial...... Pubdate:

09/12/2018: World: Jailed rebels in Syria plead not to be forgotten In a shaky mobile phone video, around a dozen men stand in silence, faces grim, placards held above their heads. The corridor’s yellow light reveals exposed wires and damp, peeling paint. The men are detainees in the central prison in Hama, western...... Pubdate:

09/12/2018: World: Trump lashes out as court files link him to election crimes
Donald Trump has lashed out at the federal investigation into Russian election meddling, after court filings produced the most direct evidence yet linking him to criminal conduct. The president reacted after bombshell sentencing memos submitted by...... Pubdate:

09/12/2018: World: Snapshot
Pieces of an ancient mosaic called ‘Gypsy girl’ that were missing for decades on display at Zeugma museum in Gaziantep, Turkey. Ohio’s Bowling Green State University returned 12 fragments it bought in 1965 for $35,000.... Pubdate:

09/12/2018: World: Belgians confront the long-hidden legacy of their cruel colonial past
Segregation was total. For white people, it was a world of free healthcare, tennis in the afternoon, black-tie balls and grenadine cocktails in the evening. For the black population, it was a subsistence diet of cassava root that rarely, if ever,...... Pubdate:

09/12/2018: World: Reign of terror The Congo Free State, founded in 1885 as the personal fiefdom of Leopold II (pictured right) inspired Joseph Conrad’s imperial horror story, Heart of Darkness. Under Leopold’s rapacious rule, as many as 10 million people were killed, according to an...... Pubdate:

09/12/2018: World: The 8.1 billion reasons why Vietnam is drowning in plastic
It takes 45 minutes to pick up all the milk cartons that have washed up on Long Hai beach overnight. “I feel like all I do is collect them,” says Nguyen Thi Ngoc Tham, 51, gesturing towards the quiet length of sand that fronts her beach house in the...... Pubdate:

09/12/2018: World: Three killed by roadside bomb A roadside bomb killed three civilians in a car in the western Herat province of Afghanistan yesterday, said the provincial government, which blamed Taliban insurgents. In northern Kunduz province at least four Taliban fighters were killed by their own...... Pubdate:

09/12/2018: World: Christmas treat for space station A Space capsule filled with Christmas goodies arrived at the International Space Station yesterday. The spaceship reached the orbiting lab three days after its launch from Cape Canaveral. Commander Alexander Gerst used the station’s robotic arm to grab...... Pubdate:

09/12/2018: World: Six killed in disco stampede A stampede in an overcrowded disco killed five teenagers and a mother who was with her daughter yesterday. Another 59 were injured. Police believe panic was triggered when an irritant was sprayed inside Lanterna Azzurra in Corinaldo on the Adriatic.... Pubdate:

09/12/2018: Focus: Why Europe is the Tories’ eternal battleground Who would be a Conservative chief whip today? The divisions and disagreements appear far worse than anything John Major faced during the Maastricht era. Then, the tactics employed by the Whips Office, helping Major enforce his narrow majority against a...... Pubdate:

09/12/2018: Focus: 1988
‘The Bruges speech’, right, as it became known, is remembered for Margaret Thatcher proclaiming that Britain would not be suppressed by a European ‘identikit’ superstate. Less readily recalled is that it was Thatcher who, two years earlier, had signed...... Pubdate:

09/12/2018: Focus: 1973
Britain joins the European Economic Community, or Common Market. Edward Heath, above centre, after overcoming years of French hostility, signs the accession treaty in Brussels in 1972. The Conservative party leadership at this time were enthusiastic...... Pubdate:

09/12/2018: Focus: 1991
John Major, above right, at Maastricht. He secures opt-outs from the single currency and the Social Chapter. But his premiership is dogged by opposition from ‘Maastricht rebels’ on the party’s right, culminating in his description of three cabinet...... Pubdate:

09/12/2018: Focus: 2013
David Cameron pledges an ‘In-Out’ referendum on whether Britain should leave the EU. His purpose is in large part to appease the Eurosceptics in the party (and it’s a pledge he perhaps hopes never to have to fulfil). The Tories, however, win a majority...... Pubdate:

09/12/2018: Focus: 1998
William Hague, left, embraces Euroscepticism with such ploys as allowing the party a vote on a single currency. All to little avail, at least in terms of popular appeal – the Tories heavily lose the 2001 election.... Pubdate:

09/12/2018: Focus: Bleak midwinter Why all the best Christmas films thrive on disaster
It’s the Christmas present that nobody wanted. Disney’s Nutcracker revamp, The Nutcracker and the Four Realms, stars Keira Knightley and cost about $130m, making it one of the most expensive Christmas-themed movies ever made. Now, with paltry earnings...... Pubdate:

09/12/2018: Focus: Meghan v Kate: the joys of a family feud
There is a Yiddish word that comes in handy if you are part of a family, and the word is broigus. I offer this word (meaning a feud, especially between relatives) to the royal family, free to use, as rumours of their own alleged dispute spread across...... Pubdate:

09/12/2018: Focus: STARS OR TURKEYS? My three best festive films… The Shop Around the Corner (1940) Delightful Comedy by Ernst Lubitsch stars James Stewart and Margaret Sullavan falling in love at Christmas. Remade as You’ve Got Mail. Never did the “Bah, humbug!” spirit make for such...... Pubdate:

09/12/2018: Focus: Nappies, wipes ... and hope: how baby banks are transforming lives
Niyah, six months old, chews the unwrapped present Father Christmas has just given her. She’s normally a smiler, but is not about to bestow a gummy grin on him – at least, not yet. Niyah and her mother, Rachael Aldrin-Quaye, are at a Christmas party...... Pubdate:

09/12/2018: Focus: Helping hands Presents This Trussell Trust’s Big Wrap scheme provides Christmas gifts to children whose parents use food banks. Heat and light Charities including the Salvation Army and the Trussell Trust help people in need with utility...... Pubdate:

09/12/2018: Focus: ‘May 1968 was a revolution … now the violence is just frightening’
The last time Paris burned, his was the face of insurrection. Dany le Rouge (Danny the Red – a nickname that partly reflected his politics and partly his hair) was the hero of a generation. Even when Daniel Cohn-Bendit, leader of the May 1968 student...... Pubdate:

09/12/2018: Focus: 800 years of strife 1229 University strike and riots that led to a number of student deaths. 1789 French Revolution: the Paris insurrection erupted in July and culminated in the successful attack on the Bastille prison. 1871 Paris Commune: the insurrection of Paris...... Pubdate:

09/12/2018: Focus: ON OTHER PAGES Macron’s failure to listen... Pubdate:

09/12/2018: Comment & Analysis: We all fell for Facebook’s utopianism, but the mask is at last being torn away
The spell has been weakening for a while, but last week it finally broke: Facebook is just a company, like the rest. We’ve suspected it for a while, thanks in part to the reporting of Carole Cadwalladr in this paper. Already this year it was...... Pubdate:

09/12/2018: Comment & Analysis: It’s time for May to put her deal to the people The choice facing MPs on Tuesday – whether to approve the terms of Britain’s exit from the EU negotiated by the prime minister – is the most important postwar decision parliament has confronted. It will irrevocably shape our nation’s future, Britain’s...... Pubdate:

09/12/2018: Comment & Analysis: Macron’s failure to listen is fuelling the fury of the gilets jaunes The French are unhappy with their lot. What’s new? France has a tradition of public protest dating back 50 years to the 1968 student uprising in Paris – and before that, to the revolution of 1789. It’s normal. So why view the current wave of anti-tax,...... Pubdate:

09/12/2018: Comment & Analysis: Mrs May has no choice but to charge into the valley of parliamentary death
As Theresa May rides towards an all but certain defeat in parliament this week, some of her more historically minded colleagues are likening the prime minister to the doomed Charge of the Light Brigade. That’s a little unfair. The Crimean war...... Pubdate:

09/12/2018: Comment & Analysis: As Churchill saw, Britain’s glory is not found in isolation
The European Union was once just an audacious dream. A fragile hope built out of the ashes of two world wars. European integration was not just a project led by the French and the Germans; from its birth, the UK had been an active parent. It was built...... Pubdate:

09/12/2018: Comment & Analysis: £17.3m The amount made between June 2017 and June 2018 by seven-year-old toy reviewer Ryan, from Ryan ToysReview... Pubdate:

09/12/2018: Comment & Analysis: £14.1m Makeup artist Jeffree Star began experimenting with his mother’s makeup as a boy. Now he has 10 million YouTube subscribers... Pubdate:

09/12/2018: Comment & Analysis: YouTube stars A seven-year-old boy has topped the list of YouTube’s highest-earning stars. Here are the top five... Pubdate:

09/12/2018: Comment & Analysis: £14.5m British gamer Daniel Middleton specialises in the popular Minecraft game... Pubdate:

09/12/2018: Comment & Analysis: ‘Bringing home the bacon’ offensive? It’s more of an offence to make a farce of English
As a career reptile – the late Denis Thatcher’s word for the class that also includes Paul Dacre and James Delingpole – I can see some merit in Peta’s plan to make people speak more respectfully about animals. Its case, announced last week, is that:...... Pubdate:

09/12/2018: Comment & Analysis: The dramatic arrest that threatens to ramp up trade tensions between the US and China
Thearrest and request for extradition of a top executive of one of the world’s biggest tech companies is scarcely business as usual. But that is what happened to Huawei’s chief financial officer, Meng Wanzhou, in Vancouver last Saturday. The US wants...... Pubdate:

09/12/2018: Comment & Analysis: May I have a word?
The shifting patterns of English: Christmassy cascades of trains I find little more cheering than a heartfelt plea from a fellow grump, and stepping boldly forward this week is John Williams, who wrote deploring the adding of “y” to nouns to make...... Pubdate:

09/12/2018: Comment & Analysis: A Golden Globe snub, but her deadly talents will out
The announcement of this year’s Golden Globes nominations marks the arrival of awards season in earnest. Lady Gaga earned a best actress nod, though anyone who saw her in the video for Telephone (featuring Beyoncé), to give it its full and proper...... Pubdate:

09/12/2018: Comment & Analysis: Sometimes, we need to be left wanting more
In news that will satisfy fans of pleasingly melodramatic same-sex romance, admirers of gorgeous Italian scenery and the peach industry, André Aciman has said that not only would he welcome a follow-up to Luca Guadagnino’s adaptation of his novel, Call...... Pubdate:

09/12/2018: Comment & Analysis: The Muse? It’s more about graft
When I have finished the kind of book that worms its way into your brain, leaving echoes of its story and world long after it is back on the shelf, I like to read interviews with the person who wrote it. In most of the conversations I read or saw with...... Pubdate:

09/12/2018: Comment & Analysis: The price of arming the police How right Roger Graef is to question Cressida Dick, the Metropolitan police commissioner who proposes to deploy armed police on our streets (“Toting guns, ramming mopeds. This is no way to build trust in our police”, Comment, last week). As Graef says:...... Pubdate:

09/12/2018: Comment & Analysis: Food for thought Because I am a fan of Barbara Ellen (“Is an NHS-backed diet going to succeed when most others don’t?”, Comment, last week), I need gently to correct her on a couple of facts. This trial of which she wrote was after two – not one – trials over the last...... Pubdate:

09/12/2018: Comment & Analysis: Stressed teachers need more support Amanda Spielman states that teachers “shouldn’t have to carry out parental duties” (“Schools can’t be substitute parents, warns Ofsted chief”, News, last week). When I started teaching in London 50 years ago, thousands of teachers were shouting that...... Pubdate:

09/12/2018: Comment & Analysis: Where does the buck stop?
Reading of Feargal Sharkey’s travails over “water regulation” (“Once he sang of teenage kicks. Now his theme is saving rivers”, Focus, last week) put me in mind of Harry S Truman and “the buck stops here”. Yet over the last few decades a system has...... Pubdate:

09/12/2018: Comment & Analysis: A very British bias We said the Colt “peacemaker” was a rifle. It is a revolver. Whether its name is appropriate is another matter (“Toting guns, ramming mopeds. This is no way to build trust in our police”, 2 December, Comment, page 47). Write to the Readers’ Editor,...... Pubdate:

09/12/2018: Comment & Analysis: The trouble with whips Roy Hattersley’s article on the behaviour of the whips in the House of Commons highlights the absurdity of our parliamentary practice (“Bullying whips? They’re a myth, and can’t stop this Brexit fiasco”, Focus, last week). The two-party system, a...... Pubdate:

09/12/2018: Comment & Analysis: Not-so-golden oldies We rightly respect and admire people staying fit and healthy into their 80s and 90s (“We applaud the active old but if they carry on for ever, the young may lose out”, Comment, last week). However, in the context of employment, this most definitely...... Pubdate:

09/12/2018: Comment & Analysis: Write to us Letters, which may be edited, should include a full name and postal address and be sent to Letters to the Editor The Observer, Kings Place, 90 York Way, London N1 9GU (to be received by noon Thursday). Email: observer.letters@observer.co.uk (please...... Pubdate:

09/12/2018: Comment & Analysis: Meat and climate change The suggestion that meat-eating and flying should be rationed to reduce personal carbon emissions is a welcome sliver of the kind of realism that is desperately needed if we are to stand any chance of limiting global temperature rise (“We ban cannabis...... Pubdate:

09/12/2018: Comment & Analysis: Farage finds Ukip awful. How does he feel about his more sinister friends?
NigelFarage clutched his pearls and resigned from Ukip last week, protesting that he of all people could not possibly associate with criminals. The decision of his successor Gerard Batten to hire convicted fraudster and inveterate yob Stephen...... Pubdate:

09/12/2018: Comment & Analysis: The world’s view on… France’s gilets jaunes protests
The Local France ‘Two Frances’ “There is a tendency, observable in reader comments on Le Monde articles, for parts of metropolitan-liberal France to sneer at the gilets jaunes as oil-guzzling “beaufs” (oafs), ecologically ignorant “péquenots” (yokels)...... Pubdate:

09/12/2018: Comment & Analysis: What message does this Christmas advert send to working mothers?
Forthose who’ve yet to see the BBC Christmas advert, Wonderland, the one that’s caused a furore, it’s a heartwarming tale of a harassed mother bunking off from work to hang out with her child, which, unwittingly, employs a somewhat unfestive good...... Pubdate:

09/12/2018: Comment & Analysis: Pete Shelley showed us what small-town boys can do
Howsad to hear that Pete Shelley of Buzzcocks has died of a heart attack, aged 63. Buzzcocks’ legacy as witty, pithy, effortlessly catchy northern punkpop pioneers is assured. However, Shelley seemed to bring even more elements to the party: a sense of...... Pubdate:

09/12/2018: Comment & Analysis: A day without phone reception is not the end of the world DidO2’s recent one-day network breakdown herald a new definition of “national disaster”? Forget the bombings of the Blitz, now it’s “I can’t load Amazon!” People didn’t just feel mildly inconvenienced, they were declaring themselves “devastated”. O2...... Pubdate:

09/12/2018: Business & Cash: Superdry feels the heat long after summer slump
There is at least someone looking forward to winter. The management at Superdry, the retailer that has become synonymous with multiple zips and Japanese characters, blamed the warm weather this summer for its muted financial performance as people...... Pubdate:

09/12/2018: Business & Cash: Thirty million hit by O2 network failure More than 30 million customers of mobile providers including O2, Tesco Mobile and Sky Mobile were unable to get online on Thursday, with many also unable to make or receive phone calls, after a technical fault caused a UK-wide outage. The problem hit...... Pubdate:

09/12/2018: Business & Cash: Barclays customers in tar sands oil plea Thousands of Barclays customers have threatened to switch to another bank unless it promises not to invest in pipelines for oil from tar sands, dubbed the “dirtiest fuel on the planet”. Greenpeace, which occupied a branch of Barclays on Wednesday...... Pubdate:

09/12/2018: Business & Cash: Ted Baker boss faces harassment claims Ray Kelvin, the founder of the fashion chain Ted Baker, has been criticised by a group of former and current staff for a regime of “forced hugs” and alleged harassment at the retailer’s head office. More than 60 people are understood to have come...... Pubdate:

09/12/2018: Business & Cash: Markets plunge over doubts on trade deal US stock markets fell sharply on Tuesday as investors lost faith in a trade truce between the US and China that had been negotiated by Donald Trump at the G20 summit. The Dow Jones industrial average lost close to 800 points – just over 3%. Other...... Pubdate:

09/12/2018: Business & Cash: £2.2m Bonus received by Mike Betts, boss of the firm that leases cars to people with disabilities on behalf of the Motability charity.... Pubdate:

09/12/2018: Business & Cash: £888m Total tax breaks that Motability Operations gets from the government.... Pubdate:

09/12/2018: Business: Sanctions, software and switches: the facts behind a global dispute
Why is Huawei in the news? Its chief financial officer, Meng Wanzhou, who is also the daughter of the company’s founder, was arrested in Canada on 1 December and faces extradition to the US over allegations of helping evade sanctions against Iran. The...... Pubdate:

09/12/2018: Business: The founder
The arrest of Huawei’s chief financial officer, Meng Wanzhou, has thrown a new spotlight not only on the company but also on its founder: her father, Ren Zhengfei (pictured). Much of the doubt surrounding Huawei stems from Ren’s background in the...... Pubdate:

09/12/2018: Analysis: Delays and departures at HS2 as another infrastructure project goes off the rails
Long before spades have hit the ground to build Britain’s planned £55bn high-speed train network, HS2 has given the appearance of hurtling out of control. HS2 Ltd is welcoming its third chairman in the last five months after the departure of Sir Terry...... Pubdate:

09/12/2018: Analysis: Will the gambling industry lose big by ending live sports ads on TV? Don’t bet on it Leaked proposals from the online gambling industry to end advertising during live sports indicate that it has learned from the hapless campaign against curbs on fixed-odds betting terminals. Instead of acknowledging concerns and volunteering to forfeit...... Pubdate:

09/12/2018: Analysis: You can’t judge the state of the world economy by looking at the price of oil Ten years down the road from the global financial crisis and the warning indicators for the world economy are flashing once more, with financial markets plunging last week. There is, however, one red light on the dashboard that looks oddly out of...... Pubdate:

09/12/2018: Economics: Why are so many UK businesses just barely managing?
As Britain walks closer to the EU’s exit door, it is worth considering the nation’s capacity to survive without, as the Bank of England governor, Mark Carney, would say, the kindness of strangers. The strangers in this case are foreign investors and...... Pubdate:

09/12/2018: Cash: Need a bank to send money abroad? It’s faster to take a suitcase of cash on a plane
Elaine and Malcolm Thompson’s charity, St Paul’s Children’s Project, pays school fees and expenses for 36 orphans in Zambia. In October they made a payment using the Swift system of £11,000 from the charity’s Barclays account to its designated bank in...... Pubdate:

09/12/2018: Cash: Paying Dartford crossing charge is a French farce
I have read about the number of unpaid fees for the Dartford crossing since the automated system was introduced. My experience may provide one explanation. I crossed on my way home to France. I couldn’t pay the Dart Charge within the “midnight the day...... Pubdate:

09/12/2018: Travel: Five of the best
These new or revamped boltholes in alluring locations offer stylish bedrooms, a warm welcome and food that is worth the journey 1. The East London Hotel, Bethnal Green This 161-room hotel and cafe-bar near Mother Kelly’s Doorstep is a stylish base...... Pubdate:

09/12/2018: Weather: Speedy crossword Across 7 Hispanic word for a wadi or canyon (6) 8 French Mediterranean port and naval base (6) 9 TV genre: a product found in bars? (4) 10/11 Items listed on a restaurant bill, traditionally at the foot (5,3,7) 13 Hiding place: squirrel away (5) 15...... Pubdate:








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