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Top pay in UK up by 11% as workers’ wages fail to match inflation

FTSE 100 CEO earnings rise six time faster than the average worker, High Pay Centre says

Pay for chief executives at Britain’s biggest listed companies rose more than six times faster than wages in the wider workforce last year as the average boss’s pay packet hit £3.9m.

Chief executive pay at businesses on the FTSE 100 index surged 11% on a median basis in 2017 while average worker earnings failed to keep pace with inflation, rising just 1.7%, according to the High Pay Centre’s annual review of top pay.

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Tue, 14 Aug 2018 23:01:14 GMT
Genoa bridge collapse: 35 dead as minister calls for resignations

Transport minister says senior management of bridge operator ‘must step down’

Italy’s transport minister has called on senior managers at the company that operated the collapsed Genoa motorway bridge to resign, as the death toll rose to at least 35.

Rescuers searched overnight for survivors through tons of concrete and steel under the shattered structure of the Morandi Bridge. “We’re not giving up hope, we’ve already saved a dozen people from under the rubble,” a fire official, Emanuele Giffi, told AFP. “We’re going to work round the clock until the last victim is secured.”

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Wed, 15 Aug 2018 07:58:13 GMT
'Millennia of human activity': heatwave reveals lost UK archaeological sites

Ancient farms, burial mounds and neolithic monuments among fascinating finds in Britain and Ireland

The scorching weeks of the summer of 2018 left crops shrivelled and gardens scorched. It has also revealed the lines of scores of archaeological sites across the UK landscape, tracing millennia of human activity, from neolithic cursus monuments laid out more than 5,000 years ago to the outline of a long-demolished Tudor hall and its intended replacement.

Lost sites have been turning up all over Britain and Ireland, ploughed flat at ground level but showing up as parch marks from the air, in areas where grass and crops grow at different heights, or show in different colours, over buried foundations and ditches. A treasure trove of discoveries, including ancient field boundaries, lost villages, burial mounds and military structures, was revealed on Wednesday, recorded during the summer by aerial archaeologists flying over the landscape for Historic England.

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Tue, 14 Aug 2018 23:01:13 GMT
Grayling proposal could lead to smaller rail fare rises

Transport secretary says fares, and staff pay, could be pegged to lower inflation measure

The transport secretary has opened the way for smaller annual rail fare increases by suggesting they could be pegged to a lower measure of inflation – but only if unions accept the same measure for staff pay.

Related: Chris 'Failing' Grayling: standing room only for the gaffe-prone minister

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Tue, 14 Aug 2018 18:14:10 GMT
Labour hits out at 'false' claims over Corbyn cemetery visit

Party says leader had been attending memorial to Palestinian airstrike victims

Labour has hit out at what it said were “false and misleading” claims about Jeremy Corbyn’s visit to the Palestinian cemetery in Tunis and insisted he had attended an annual memorial for victims of an Israeli air attack on the Palestine Liberation Organisation headquarters in October 1985.

The party offered its most complete version of events yet about Corbyn’s controversial visit in 2014, and said the commemoration for the 74 people who had died was attended by “mainstream leaders”, including a Palestinian authority minister.

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Tue, 14 Aug 2018 19:52:52 GMT
Turkish lira crisis: Turkey raises tariffs on US goods – business live

All the day’s economy and financial news, as Ankara hikes the tariffs on US rice, spirits and cars

Bloomberg has calculated that Turkey’s new tariffs cover around $1bn of US imports.

That’s similar to the amount of Turkish steel and aluminium exports that were subjected to higher tariffs by President Donald Trump last week, suggesting this genuinely is a tit-for-tat response.

Lira having another good day, strengthening to 5.9652 to the dollar, as Turkey's banking watchdog increases limits on FX swap transactions.

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Wed, 15 Aug 2018 07:54:06 GMT
Parliament crash: man arrested on suspicion of terrorism

Suspect believed to be Salih Khater, 29, who is of Sudanese origin and from Birmingham

A man has been held on suspicion of terrorism offences after a car was driven into pedestrians and cyclists before crashing outside parliament in Westminster, as Downing Street revealed authorities were working on hundreds of live counter-terrorism investigations.

The suspect, a 29-year-old British national, was arrested at the scene after armed police officers swooped on a silver Ford Fiesta that had crashed into security barriers on St Margaret Street at about 7.40am on Tuesday.

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Tue, 14 Aug 2018 22:57:18 GMT
Gay couple say Ben Stokes did not deserve to face trial

Kai Barry and William O’Connor say they appreciate the cricketer defending them

Kai Barry and William O’Connor, the couple Ben Stokes said he had been defending in a fight outside a Bristol nightclub, may have been at the heart of the cricketer’s trial, but they were visibly absent from the witness box and no statements were read from them.

Jurors were not told why the men were not called, with the judge, Peter Blair QC, saying only that it would be wrong for them to speculate about any witnesses the prosecution or defence did not call.

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Tue, 14 Aug 2018 16:26:11 GMT
Gordon Brown to attack Britain's failure to tackle child poverty

Ex-PM will warn problem may reach ‘epidemic proportions’ during speech at Edinburgh international book festival

The former Labour prime minister Gordon Brown will launch a scathing attack on the failure to deal with rapidly rising child poverty on Wednesday and warn that Britain is creating a generation of children whose sufferings are never talked about.

Speaking at the Edinburgh international book festival, Brown will say it is a national disgrace that the number of children living below the poverty line is set to rise to more than five million by the early 2020s.

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Tue, 14 Aug 2018 21:30:11 GMT
White House: we cannot guarantee there's no tape of Trump using N-word

Trump-Omarosa row deepens as Sarah Sanders says ‘I can’t guarantee anything’ when asked if recordings might emerge

As the remarkable public spat between Donald Trump and former adviser Omarosa Manigault Newman continued on Tuesday, the White House was unable to guarantee that no recordings exist of the president using the “N-word”.

Related: Omarosa says Trump is a racist who uses N-word – and claims there is tape to prove it

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Tue, 14 Aug 2018 20:48:05 GMT

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