California wildfires: firefighters race to contain flames before extreme winds return – live | US news

Roughly 741,000 homes or businesses in Calfornia were still without power on Monday afternoon, according to Pacific Gas and Electric’s numbers – a result of the utility’s planned power outages that PG&E hoped would reduce the risk of sparking fires. With the latest round of blackouts beginning 26 October, nearly 2 million people could go […]

Of blue suits and smelly trainers

THE most visible difference between the Conservative Party Conference and the Labour Party Conference is age-adjusted dress sense. The Conservative Party Conference is full of young people dressed like middle-aged business people. The preferred style is the blue suit with a shirt and tie but a few adventurous spirits add pocket squares, waistcoats (brightly coloured […]

Boris Johnson takes centre stage—from the sidelines

TODAY’S Conservative Party conference is all about one person: Boris Johnson. Mr Johnson booked the largest room in the conference centre, with enough space for 700, but people nevertheless started queuing three hours early. He came flanked by a bigger entourage of security guards and minders than he ever commanded as foreign secretary. The journalists […]

Britain’s government slides into chaos

NOBODY CAN accuse Theresa May of an unwillingness to repeat herself. The woman who said, again and again, that “Brexit means Brexit” is now telling Britain that her version of Brexit is the only version worth having. This morning the prime minister spent three hours extolling her deal to the House of Commons. This evening […]