Construction activity picked up slightly in November although confidence among builders remained "subdued" due to Brexit-related uncertainty, according to the latest survey snapshot of the sector. The Purchasing Managers' Index rose to 53.1 in the month, up from 50.8 previously, with any...
The last major scoop unearthed by Steve Connor, the science journalist who has lost his fight against prostate cancer aged 62, got him into the fiercest hot water. It was published simultaneously in July on both sides of the Atlantic. In...
The UK Government is looking to step up regulation of bitcoin amid concerns criminals are using cryptocurrencies to launder money and avoid taxes. The Treasury wants to regulate bitcoin under European Union anti-money laundering rules, forcing traders in the cryptocurrency to disclose...
Theresa May has a 50-50 chance of coming home from Brussels with a deal on sufficient progress today, the European Parliament's chief negotiator has said. The Prime Minister is in the EU capital to break a deadlock in Article 50 talks over...
New Zealand, famous for its jaw droppingly lovely landscapes, has been likened to a “beautiful person with cancer” by British environmentalist Sir Tim Smit. The co-founder of the Eden Project said that NZ has many environmental problems, largely caused by the dairy...
Convenience retailer McColl’s has recorded annual revenue of more than £1bn for the first time, despite a slowdown in the fourth quarter. The group said the acquisition of 298 Co-Op stores helped it boost sales 19.1 per cent in the year to...
Yemen's Houthi rebels say they have killed their former ally, instigator of the civil war Ali Abdullah Saleh - a death likely to further complicate the already bloody conflict.  Official Houthi media official Abdel-Rahman al Ahnomi confirmed on Monday that a video...
This week, Morgan Stanley claimed that “Corbyn would be more of a danger to markets than hard Brexit”, something which I saw as supremely ironic. Because the actions of Morgan Stanley, and others like it, laid the foundations for Leave because of...
It is a puzzle that the Prime Minister is making a second visit to Saudi Arabia. Of course Theresa May will have received a friendly welcome as the leader of the sixth largest economy in the world, which in addition is a permanent...
More women should be elevated to positions of power because men “seem to be having some problems these days,” Barack Obama has said. The former US President was speaking at a closed-door event in Paris when he was asked about the qualities...