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May 19, 2017 8:28 PM Probe launched into political parties' use of Facebook ahead of election

Political messages could breach data protection law Political parties waging an increasingly vicious election war on Facebook have been warned by Information Commissioner Elizabeth Denham not to break strict data protection laws. With an estimated 60% of the UK population having a Facebook account, parties increasingly see it as one of the most important 78

May 19, 2017 9:31 AM RATINGS! Three Girls, Redwater, Election Debate and the latest soap viewing figures

BBC One's Three Girls concluded with strong numbers for its third and final episode last night. Three Girls launched to 5 million viewers in the 9PM hour on Tuesday, and dropped only slightly to 4.9 million for Wednesday's episode. The three-part series, which tells the story of the victims in the 2012 grooming and sex trafficking case in Rochdale, concluded 27

May 18, 2017 9:48 PM Sam Allardyce believes Crystal Palace's clash with Manchester United should have been moved to help Jose Mourinho's side win Europa League

Sam Allardyce says it is shameful that the Premier League has not helped Jose Mourinho and Manchester United by moving Crystal Palace's tie at Old Trafford to Saturday instead of Sunday. The Palace boss says he would have happily moved their match to give United a greater chance of victory in the Europa League final against Ajax on Wednesday 23

May 18, 2017 7:35 PM Ex-New York Senate leader Skelos seeks new trial on appeal

NEW YORK (AP) - Federal appeals court judges don't seem eager to embrace the arguments of lawyers seeking a new trial for Republican former New York Senate leader Dean Skelos (SKEH'-lohs) and his son. Skelos was convicted of strong-arming three companies into giving his son $300,000 and was sentenced to five years in prison. A three-judge panel Thursday 16

May 18, 2017 4:09 PM Manifestos promise welcome reboot for green economy

All the main parties have released their manifestos and we can now be certain that this most dispiriting and monotonous of elections will deliver a significant green lining. The UK's cross party consensus on climate action has held. All the main parties accept climate action is essential and are committed to delivering it. The level of ambition and the precise 109

May 18, 2017 11:48 AM IMF: Polish zloty broadly in line with fundamentals

WARSAW, May 18 (Reuters) - The Polish zloty's current exchange rate is broadly in line with macroeconomic fundamentals, Anna Ilyina, the head of the International Monetary Fund mission to Poland said on Thursday. The Polish currency has firmed around 7 percent against the euro since December on the back of gross domestic product (GDP) growth picking 21

May 18, 2017 9:27 AM ‘EastEnders’: Denise Fox Star Diane Parish Hails ‘Forensic Actress’ Ann Mitchell, Ahead Of Food Bank Scenes

The next installment of the soap will see Diane’s character Denise Fox come face-to-face with Cora Cross, played by Ann, when she visits a food bank. Sadly, Denise will flee in embarrassment, but actress Diane has shared her delight at getting to work with Ann again. “My eye is always drawn to strong women, like Lindsey Coulson [who played Carol Jackson] 27

May 18, 2017 8:10 AM Cocaine WARNING: Killer drug is skyrocketing in purity in Britain and here's why

THE rise of near 100% pure cocaine has prompted a police warning – and the reason why it has become so strong has been revealed. The price is also extremely high – it is around £80 a gram for purity in excess of 70% according to Drugwise. But Harry Shapiro of drugs charity Drugwise says this is probably not the case. He told the Metro: “To find levels 34

May 18, 2017 6:28 AM SNB to keep expansive monetary policy

ZURICH, May 18 (Reuters) - The Swiss National Bank (SNB) will maintain its ultra-loose monetary policy to help rein in the strong franc, Chairman Thomas Jordan was quoted as saying in a newspaper interview published on Thursday. "The overvalued franc, the underutilisation of production capacity and low inflation make it necessary for us to stick to our expansive 21

May 18, 2017 6:18 AM Thomas Cook posts revenue rise ahead of key summer season

LONDON, May 18 (Reuters) - Tour operator Thomas Cook posted a rise in revenue in line with expectations on Thursday, and said it was seeing strong customer demand across most of its markets ahead of its key summer season. Revenue rose 3 percent to 3 billion pounds ($3.9 billion), roughly in-line with a Thomson Reuters estimate, which the company said reflected 25