The Devil is an actual person rather than a concept, Pope Francis has claimed. Satan is smart and should not be argued with, the Pontiff told TV2000, a Catholic broadcasting network. "This is evil, it is not a diffuse concept, it's a person," he...
Walt Disney, which has a market value of around $166bn, has struck a $50bn-plus deal to swallow the bulk of Rupert Murdoch’s 21st Century Fox. But what does such a tie-up actually entail? And what does it mean for Fox’s pursuit of Sky here in...
The British Chambers of Commerce has marginally revised down its economic growth forecast for the UK, citing sluggish household consumption and lacklustre business investment over the next couple of years, largely because of Brexit. The BCC on Monday said that it now...
IMAX is close to sealing a deal that could see it open cinemas in Saudi Arabia. The cinema technology firm’s chief executive Richard Gelfond said that he hopes to open up to 20 theatres in the conservative country within three years.  “We’ve heard...
The woes of an early bitcoin investor. Until recently, people who paid virtually nothing for the virtual currency and watched it soar had only one way to enjoy their new wealth -- sell. And many weren’t ready. Lenders on the fringe of...
The US economy would be $1.6trillion larger if women had the same better opportunities at work, new research has revealed.  A study published this week by Standard & Poor's found the US could boost its GDP up to 10 per cent in...
A large majority of British people think the Government’s struggle for a Brexit deal has become so all-encompassing that other crucial challenges have been forgotten about, a poll has revealed. The exclusive survey for The Independent by BMG Research showed some 60...
Labour is considering moving the Bank of England to Birmingham as part of plans to rebalance the economy and strengthen the regions. A report commissioned by Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell has concluded that the Bank’s London base is “unsatisfactory and leads to...
TV and box office hits, like the Star Wars franchise, flushed a record £7.7bn into the UK economy’s coffers last year, representing an 80 per cent surge from the revenue generated by the industry five years earlier. Official government data published on...
Two FBI officials who would later be assigned to the special counsel's investigation into Donald Trump's presidential campaign described him with insults like "idiot" and "loathsome human" in a series of text messages last year, according to copies of the messages. One...