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Westfield chairman Sir Frank Lowy and his son Peter talk via video-link as his other son Steven listens on during a media conference in Sydney on Tuesday. Photograph: David Gray/Reuters

Westfield, the developer behind shopping centres in London and New York, has agreed to be acquired by France’s Unibail-Rodamco in a $24.7 billion deal(...)

Fire fighters attack the Thomas Fire’s north flank with backfires as they continue to fight a massive wildfire north of Los Angeles, near Ojai , California. Photograph: Gene Blevins/Reuters

Firefighters hope to gain further control on Tuesday of a wildfire, the fifth-largest in California’s history, as relentless wind gusts and bone-dry (...)

Firefighters tackle flames as they advance on homes  in Carpinteria, California. Photograph: Reuters

The largest California wildfire advanced on coastal towns near Santa Barbara on Sunday, stoked by the gusty winds and dry conditions that have fuelled(...)

An aircraft drops water on the Thomas Fire,  a wildfire in Fillmore, California on December 8th, 2017. Photograph: Gene Blevins/Reuters

Growing wildfires chewing through parts of Southern California on Friday ravaged avocado farms, racehorse stables and a retirement community, even as (...)

Volunteers rescue horses at a stable during the ‘Lilac fire’ in Bonsall, California, on Thursday. Photograph: Sandy Huffaker/AFP/Getty Images

Firefighters on Friday battled an expanding front of southern California wildfires that have raged for five days and destroyed at least 500 structure(...)

Will Brexit be a good thing for Britain? Well, there are  two chances. Photograph: Adrian Dennis /AFP

Image of the week: Boris bluster The UK’s foreign secretary (at the time of writing, which we will now be inserting into all references to the Britis(...)

Oliver Schmidt, a former Volkswagen executive, has been sentenced to seven years in prison in the US. Photograph: Joe Wilsens/EPA

A US-based Volkswagen executive who oversaw emissions issues was sentenced to seven years in prison and fined $400,000 (€339,000) by a judge on Wednes(...)

Flames from a wildfire advance down a hillside near the Springs of Life Church in Casitas Springs, California. Photograph: Noah Berger/AP

More than 1,000 firefighters battled an unrelenting wildfire on Wednesday that threatened more than 12,000 homes in and around Ventura in south Califo(...)

Ahead of its official unveiling at the Los Angeles motor show, the first images and details of the new Mercedes-Benz CLS have leaked online. Fans of t(...)

 Britain’s Prince Harry poses with his fiance Meghan Markle after announcing their engagement  at Kensington Palace in London. Photograph: Facundo Arrizabalaga/EPA

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are to marry at St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle next May and will go on their first public walkabout on Friday in (...)

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