UK inflation at two-year high as clothing prices rise – BBC News

UK inflation at two-year high as clothing prices rise – BBC News

Image copyright Getty Images The biggest rise in clothing prices in six years helped to drive the UK’s inflation rate up to 1.2% in November, up from 0.9% in October. November’s Consumer Prices Index (CPI) inflation rate was the highest since October 2014, when it stood at 1.3%. The Office for National Statistics (ONS) said […]

UK inflation hits two year high as UniCredit announces biggest restructuring plan in Italy’s history – Telegraph.co.uk

House prices fell in October, as growth slowed across the country pulled down by a lack of affordability and a general uncertainty in the market. They fell in London 1.2pc in October, according to the Office for National Statistics. It brought the annual rate of growth in the capital down to 7.7pc, the smallest increase since June 2013.  […]

10 more of the UK’s best small towns: readers’ travel tips – The Guardian

Beverley, East Yorkshire When approaching it across parkland from the west, Beverley pulls off this neat trick of making you think you’re in a Jane Austen novel. It causes a tremor of disorientation. Is this right? And then come the cobbled streets, the gracious Georgian residences, the top-notch church in the middle that has yet […]

Aleppo battle: UN says 82 civilians shot on the spot

Aleppo battle: UN says 82 civilians shot on the spot

Image copyright Reuters Image caption As the army closes in, some people have been moving further into rebel-held territory Syrian pro-government forces have been entering homes in eastern Aleppo and killing those inside, including women and children, the UN says. The UN’s human rights office said it had reliable evidence that in four areas 82 […]

Qatar abolishes controversial ‘kafala’ labour system

Qatar abolishes controversial ‘kafala’ labour system

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Hundreds of thousands of foreign workers are in Qatar to build infrastructure for the 2022 football World Cup Qatar is ending its labour sponsorship system that forces foreign workers to seek their employer’s permission to change jobs or leave the country. It says a new contract-based law will replace […]

Serbia accuses Croatia of blocking progress to EU membership

Serbia accuses Croatia of blocking progress to EU membership

Image copyright AFP Image caption Mr Vucic (R) is pro-EU but Serbia still has a long way to go before it can join Serbian PM Aleksandar Vucic has cut short a visit to Brussels, accusing Croatia of blocking his nation’s progress towards EU membership. Serbia’s anger at Croatia – which joined the EU in 2013 […]

Russian activist Navalny to bid for presidency

Russian activist Navalny to bid for presidency

Image copyright Alexei Navalny Image caption Mr Navalny spoke of the importance of a “clash of ideas” in the 2018 campaign One of the Kremlin’s most vocal critics, Alexei Navalny, has said he will stand for the Russian presidency in 2018. The activist and anti-corruption campaigner said those in power had stopped listening to criticism. […]

World’s largest reindeer herd plummets

World’s largest reindeer herd plummets

Image copyright Thinkstock Image caption The animals are now having to swim across more water as the environment changes The world’s largest wild reindeer herd has fallen by 40% since 2000, scientists have warned. They say that the animals, which live in the Taimyr Peninsula in the northernmost tip of Russia, are being affected by […]

UniCredit to raise billions and cut 14,000 jobs

UniCredit to raise billions and cut 14,000 jobs

Image copyright Getty Images UniCredit, Italy’s biggest bank, is planning to raise €13bn (£10.9bn) and cut 14,000 jobs over the next two years in a bid to return to financial health. The bank plans to use the record rights issue to help remove almost €18bn of bad debt from its balance sheet and boost profitability. […]

Lionel Messi: Barcelona forward meets Afghan boy who became viral star

Lionel Messi: Barcelona forward meets Afghan boy who became viral star

Media playback is not supported on this device Murtaza received a special package sent by Lionel Messi An Afghan boy who became an online hit after wearing a homemade shirt bearing Lionel Messi’s famous number 10 has met his hero. A photograph of six-year-old Murtaza Ahmadi wearing the shirt made from a striped blue plastic […]