Government will be culpable for mass unemployment if they go ahead with furlough cuts, Labour warns

The Independent employs reporters around the world to bring you truly independent journalism. To support us, please consider a contribution. Ministers will be “culpable” for mass unemployment if they go ahead with planned blanket cuts to the furlough scheme, Labour has warned. Business groups and opposition politicians said on Friday night that firms will likely have to let their staff go...

N. Korea rejects talks ahead of US envoy’s arrival in Seoul

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea on Tuesday repeated it has no immediate intent to resume dialogue with the United States hours before U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Stephen Biegun was to arrive in South Korea for discussions on the stalled nuclear diplomacy.In a statement released through Pyongyang’s official Korean Central News Agency, senior North Korean foreign ministry official...

New Hampshire officials promise to ‘get it right’ with voter tabulations ahead of state primary

Officials in New Hampshire attempted to quell voters' fears ahead of the state primary on Tuesday, with Republican Gov. Chris Sununu promising to "get it right" with voter tabulations, as results from the Iowa caucuses remain incomplete three days later.Sununu told reporters at a news conference Thursday that "given the news and uncertainty" in Iowa, officials are seeking to assure voters that...

‘Start Here’: Democratic senators running for president hit the campaign trail ahead of impeachment trial

It's Monday, Jan. 20, 2019. Let's start here. 1. Double duty Just days before the Iowa caucuses, the Democratic senators who are running for president are squeezing in last-minute campaign stops before heading back to Washington, D.C., for the impeachment trial in the Senate this week. On today's "Start Here," ABC News' Rachel Scott says some of the senators are planning to hit the trail when...

Ahead of Senate trial, Trump legal team rejects impeachment as flawed

PALM BEACH, Fla. (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump’s legal team on Saturday issued a resounding rejection of the House of Representatives’ impeachment of him, proclaiming his innocence and calling the charges against Trump a “dangerous attack” on Americans. U.S. President Donald Trump speaks as he welcomes the 2019 NCAA National Championship Football team the Louisiana State...

Australian firefighters try to control bushfires ahead of hot days

Firefighters in eastern Australia used easing weather conditions on Sunday to bring bushfires under control ahead of forecast of soaring temperatures for next week, Trend reports citing Reuters. There were 96 fires burning in New South Wales, home to Australia’s largest city of Sydney, with only about a half contained and more than 1,600 firefighters deployed to do back burning and create...

Buchignani: The road ahead as flag comes down on Formula One season

The Formula One season ends in Abu Dhabi on Sunday with another meaningless race.Meaningless but not necessarily boring, as we learned at the last stop in Brazil on Nov. 17.Sure, the results at Interlagos had no bearing on the championship, given Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes had already secured the drivers’ and constructors’ titles.But what action!Red Bull’s Max Verstappen overtook Hamilton...

‘Time to calm down’: Hong Kong protests simmer ahead of local elections

HONG KONG, Nov 23 (Reuters) — An uneasy calm settled over Hong Kong on Saturday as the city prepared to go to the polls for local elections seen as a referendum on months of anti-government protests, after weeks of especially violent clashes between police and demonstrators.On the grounds of the besieged Polytechnic University on the Kowloon peninsula, a dwindling number of protesters...