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Ryanair moves towards recognising pilot unions

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionRyanair tells Today the airline is moving to recognise unions as it’s “time for change” Ryanair has said it is prepared to recognise pilot unions as it seeks to avoid strike disruption over the Christmas period. Earlier this week, 79 Dublin-based Ryanair …

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Japan expands unilateral sanctions against North Korea

Image copyright Getty Images Japan has imposed fresh sanctions against North Korea as it seeks to ramp up pressure on Pyongyang over its nuclear and missile programmes. Chief cabinet secretary Yoshihide Suga said the assets of another 19 entities and individuals would be frozen. More than 210 organisations and people …

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Locked out

Image copyright Seehotel Jagerwirt Image caption Christoph Brandstatter (third from right) had his Austrian hotel hacked four times The internet of things (IoT) promises many advantages – smart cities with integrated transport systems, for instance – but it comes with a significantly increased cybersecurity risk. So how should we be …

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HS2 redundancy pay 'shocking waste' of taxpayer cash

Image copyright Other Image caption A computer generated image of an HS2 train on the Birmingham and Fazeley viaduct Unauthorised redundancy payments made by the state-owned company managing the HS2 rail project were a “shocking waste of taxpayers’ money”, MPs have said. The Public Accounts Committee said the firm overseeing …

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NatWest bank spat prompts web security changes

Image copyright Natwest website Image caption The Natwest website shows as “not secure” in some web browsers NatWest bank says it will enhance the security of its website, following a spat with security experts who spotted a vulnerability. Several researchers had asked why some banks used encrypted HTTPS connections for …

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The pig farmer taking on Tesco

Image copyright Richard Baugh Pig farming can be a messy business, but some say supermarkets are playing an even dirtier game. Richard Baugh’s family have been raising pigs for three generations at Woodside Farm in rural Nottinghamshire. But Mr Baugh says he’s been forced to change the name of his …

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Teva Pharmaceuticals: Israeli drugmaker to cut 14,000 jobs

Image copyright EPA Image caption Almost half of Teva’s employees are based in Israel Israel’s Teva Pharmaceutical Industries has announced a restructuring plan that will see it cut 14,000 jobs worldwide, or 25% of its total workforce. Israel itself will feel a deep impact – the company plans to cut …

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Scottish income tax changes unveiled

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Derek Mackay arrived in the Holyrood chamber alongside First Minister Nicola Sturgeon ahead of his budget speech The Scottish government has announced income tax changes that will see higher earners pay more than elsewhere in the UK – and lower earners pay less. The …

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ECB keeps eurozone interest rates unchanged

Image copyright Reuters The European Central Bank has kept its interest rates and economic stimulus programme unchanged, with attention now switching to its latest forecasts for clues to future policy direction. Its main interest rate for countries in the eurozone remains at zero. The bank’s asset purchase programme will drop …

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Niki Austrian airline failure strands many passengers

Image copyright AFP Image caption A Niki jet on the tarmac in Vienna The Austrian airline Niki has grounded its planes, stranding thousands of passengers, after filing for insolvency protection. Niki has about 20 planes serving resorts in southern Europe and north Africa. Niki was founded by Niki Lauda, the …

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