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January 16, 2019 4:45 AM Trump's White House DOUBLES cost of US government shutdown as 800,000 STILL without pay

US PRESIDENT Donald Trump’s administration has doubled the estimated cost to the US economy caused by a partial government shutdown over the Mexico border wall funding row. The US government has been partially “shut down” for the longest period in American history. The measure came into force shortly before Christmas because Trump could not secure funding 31

January 15, 2019 8:05 AM Boohoo remains in fashion as sales surge

Sales at Boohoo grew strongly in the last four months of 2018, in another sign that people are choosing online shopping over the High Street. The online fashion retailer, which also owns the PrettyLittleThing and Nastygal fashion labels, saw revenues in the four-month period jump 44% to £328.2m. It revised its revenue growth forecast for the financial 6

January 15, 2019 7:46 AM Online fashion retailer Boohoo raises revenue target after strong Christmas

While rival ASOS issued a profit warning before Christmas, Boohoo saw sales jump in the UK and US market. The owner of Nasty Gal and Pretty Little Thing said revenue rose 44% to £328.2m in the four months to 31 December, up from £228.2m a year earlier. In the UK, revenues rose 33% to £180m and US sales jumped 78% to £70.4m. Boohoo now expects revenues 7

January 14, 2019 10:16 AM Malaysian police seize 600kg of crystal meth in huge drugs bust

The latest find comes a few weeks after another police operation turned up 1.2 tonnes of crystal meth. Nearly 600kg (1,300lbs) of mostly crystal meth was found over the weekend, most of it in a container truck in the northern state of Perak, police said. The seizures come a month after police got a record bust of 1.2 tonnes of crystal meth, known locally 9

January 14, 2019 6:35 AM 'Browbeaten' Carlos Ghosn being mistreated in Japanese jail, says wife

Mr Ghosn is kept in an unheated cell, lost almost seven pounds and is given only rice and barley to eat, his wife claims. In a nine-page letter, Carole Ghosn said: "My husband's is a case study in the realities of this draconian system". Japanese authorities arrested Carlos Ghosn on 19 November and charged him with under-reporting his income by about 11

January 13, 2019 11:38 AM Airlander 10: World's longest aircraft gets full-production go-ahead

The world's longest aircraft is set to go into full production with the model designed to take its first passengers. It comes after the prototype £32m Airlander 10 - a combined plane and airship - was formally retired following successful final testing. As a result, Bedford firm Hybrid Air Vehicles (HAV) has been given Production Organisation Approval 8

January 11, 2019 8:41 AM World War 3: Iran General vows to DESTROY US army bases and threatens Israel ANNIHILATION

AN IRANIAN military chief has threatened to destroy US army bases in the Middle East in a rant in which he also vowed to “annihilate Israel”. The extraordinary outburst came from Brigadier General Mohammad Reza Naqdi, the Islamic Revolutionary Guard’s deputy commander for cultural and social affairs. Speaking on Iraqi television network Al-Nujaba, the general 11

January 10, 2019 7:45 PM Manchester Pride adopts Pride flag with black and brown stripes

Manchester Pride has chosen an official flag which includes black and brown stripes alongside the original rainbow. The 2019 Manchester Pride Festival will use a design with eight stripes which was originally flown outside Philadelphia’s City Hall in 2017, instead of Gilbert Baker‘s classic flag. Mark Fletcher, the chief executive of Manchester Pride 11

January 8, 2019 7:35 PM Margot Robbie to play Barbie in new live-action film

The Wolf Of Wall Street and Suicide Squad star replaces comedian Amy Schumer, who dropped out of the project in 2017. The Wolf Of Wall Street and Suicide Squad star will also serve as a producer on the project, which is a joint venture between Hollywood studio Warner Bros and toy manufacturer Mattel. Robbie, 28, said she was "honoured" to take on the role of Barbie 15

January 8, 2019 5:25 PM ‘Dead as a DODO!’ Gibraltar DESTROYS Spain's Brexit bid for joint sovereignty

GIBRALTAR will remain a British territory even after Brexit and any talks of a joint sovereignty over it is “as dead as a dodo”, Gibraltar’s Chief Minister said. Fabian Picardo, Gibraltar’s head, issued a stark warning against Spain, rejecting as "nonsense" the possibility of holding talks of power-sharing. In a televised New Year’s address to his fellow 11