News archive from 2 June 2014

Taxpayers hit with £10m bill for superbug probe

Taxpayers hit with £10m bill for superbug probe

The cost of a long-delayed inquiry into a deadly outbreak of clostridium difficile at a Scottish hospital has more than doubled from initial estimates, to stand at almost £10 million, The Scotsman can reveal. The Vale of Leven hospital inquiry was at...

Scotsman, 00:02 in Politics
 
Independence: Tory devo plans ‘will fuel Yes vote’

Independence: Tory devo plans ‘will fuel Yes vote’

DIVISIONS have opened up in Tory ranks ahead of the unveiling of the party's radical plans for the next stage of devolution, with former Scottish secretary Lord Forsyth warning it will fuel a Yes vote in the independence referendum. Scottish...

Scotsman, 00:02 in Politics
 
Independence: Scots want to share oil money - poll

Independence: Scots want to share oil money - poll

MOST Scots believe money raised from North Sea oil and gas in Scottish waters should support public services across the UK, according to a poll. The finding suggests 64 per cent would prefer to share the proceeds, compared with 30 per cent who think...

Scotsman, 00:02 in Politics
 
Brian Monteith: Trust Cameron for more devolution

Brian Monteith: Trust Cameron for more devolution

With the Scottish Conservatives set to come out for income tax-setting powers for Holyrood, a seminal moment will have been reached, writes Brian Monteith Today the Scottish Conservatives will reveal the findings of the Strathclyde Commission, the...

Scotsman, 00:02 in Politics
 
Meriam Ibrahim will ‘be released after appeal’

Meriam Ibrahim will ‘be released after appeal’

The husband of a woman sentenced to death in Sudan for abandoning Islam said he has not been informed that his wife will be released. Earlier reports said a Sudanese official had confirmed that Meriam Ibrahim, who gave birth in custody last Wednesday,...

 
Arrest over shooting rampage in Jewish Museum

Arrest over shooting rampage in Jewish Museum

A 29-YEAR-OLD Frenchman believed to have returned recently from fighting with Islamist militant rebels in Syria has been arrested for the killing of three people at Brussels' Jewish Museum last month. Mehdi Nemmouche was detained on Friday after a...

 
India: 3 confess to rape and killing outrage

India: 3 confess to rape and killing outrage

THREE men have confessed to the gang rape and killing of two teenage girls who were found hanging from a tree in northern India, police said yesterday, in a case that has recast a light on rampant sexual violence in the country. Authorities continued...

 
Taleban ‘victorious’ at release of detainees

Taleban ‘victorious’ at release of detainees

Afghan Taleban leader Mullah Mohammad Omar has issued a rare public statement hailing the exchange of five Guantanamo Bay detainees for a Taleban-held US soldier as a "big victory". Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl, 28, was handed to US forces in...

 
Family of missing Briton hail effort of searchers

Family of missing Briton hail effort of searchers

The family of a Briton missing in the Malaysian jungle have thanked those involved in the "fantastic" international search mission. Backpacker Gareth Huntley, who is on a sabbatical from his job in the City, has not been seen since he went...

 

Opposition parties make inroads in Turkish local election rerun

The AK Party dominates the Turkish political landscape, controlling most municipalities and a large majority of the seats in parliament. Erdogan has said his party's success in the March poll had renewed his mandate after 11 years in power when AK...

 
Savile abused 500 victims and one was two years old

Savile abused 500 victims and one was two years old

AT LEAST 500 victims as young as two were abused by Jimmy Savile, new research shows. A study by the NSPCC, commissioned for BBC’s Panorama, reveals confidential documents examining the extent of Savile’s offending and his access to Broadmoor...

Scotsman, 00:06 in Hot News
 
Brits ‘clueless’ about which vegetables in season

Brits ‘clueless’ about which vegetables in season

Britons admit they are "pretty clueless" about when different foods are in season, with many unaware that they can buy British strawberries in summer and homegrown Brussels sprouts in December, a survey suggests. With shoppers being...

Scotsman, 00:06 in Hot News
 
Queen’s Speech set to pave way for pension changes

Queen’s Speech set to pave way for pension changes

A RADICAL shake-up of the pension system is set to be unveiled in the Queen's Speech on Wednesday. The proposal will mean that for the first time employees will be given the power to pool their money in “pension collectives”, a system pioneered in the...

Scotsman, 00:06 in Hot News
 
Cash use falls to lowest level on record

Cash use falls to lowest level on record

Shoppers are using less cash to buy their goods than ever before, according to a survey by the British Retail Consortium (BRC). Online sales and contactless cards are behind the 14% fall in cash use over the past five years, while debit card use has...

BBC, 00:06 in Business
 
Tweets from D-Day: How pigeons earned their wings

Tweets from D-Day: How pigeons earned their wings

They were the original tweeters - pigeons who acted as vital message carriers to relay urgent news about the D-Day landings. Thousands of pigeon fanciers gave their birds to the war effort to bring back news of how the troops were progressing during...

Scotsman, 00:06 in Hot News
 


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