News archive from 3 July 2015

Slaven Bilic’s first night at West Ham ends in row with Andorran minnows

Slaven Bilic finished his first night back at West Ham United by being described as “The Special One” but it was not in a good way. Xavi Roura, the manager of the Andorran part-timers Lusitans, practically spat out the words as he raged at Bilic for a...

Guardian, 00:01 in Sport

Andrew Strauss says Alastair Cook is the best man to captain England for the Ashes but offers no assurances...

Andrew Strauss is convinced Alastair Cook remains the best man to lead England into the Ashes but he will give him no guarantees beyond this series. The former England captain had a baptism of fire as the new director of cricket when he sacked coach...

Daily Mail, 00:02 in Sport

Kids Company's Camila Batmanghelidjh asked to step down by government

A high-profile charity has been told it will not get more public funding unless its celebrated chief executive, Camila Batmanghelidjh, is replaced. A collaboration between BBC Newsnight and BuzzFeed revealed that officials are withholding £3m from...

BBC, 00:03 in Regional

West Belfast: Two held after 'shotgun fired' in playground

Two people have been arrested after a report of a shotgun being fired in a playground in west Belfast. Police said children fled from the park in Dover Street, off the Shankill Road, on Thursday and reported that a man was brandishing a shotgun. The...

BBC, 00:03 in Regional
Ilona Amos: Scotland clear on circus animals

Ilona Amos: Scotland clear on circus animals

The Scottish public has given a resounding "no" to the question of whether the country should allow travelling circuses to perform with wild animals. In a public consultation launched earlier this year, 98 per cent backed an outright ban on...


Investment in child health in world's poorest countries saves 34m lives

More than 34 million children’s lives have been saved in the last 15 years at a cost, in the poorest countries, of about $4,000 each, say experts who have compiled a scorecard of donor and government spending on child health. The US government has...


Foreign Office 'did not stop Iraq making weapons due to British firm's presence'

The government delayed taking action to prevent Iraq obtaining chemical weapons partially because British exporters were involved in the trade, according to Foreign Office documents. Newly released papers from 1983 show that even before Iraq began...


UK officials discussed resettling 5.5m Hong Kong Chinese in Northern Ireland

Government officials raised the idea of resettling the entire five and a half million residents of Hong Kong in Northern Ireland at the height of the Troubles, it has emerged in government documents that have just been released. The extraordinary...


Australian detention centre secrecy laws condemned by world medical body

The World Medical Association has condemned new secrecy laws in Australian detention centres, and called on the prime minister, Tony Abbott, to amend the new laws to allow medical staff to speak out about the healthcare of asylum seekers. On...


Transfer News: Man Utd star's Madrid visit, Arsenal's Carvalho deal, Chelsea's Oscar vow

David De Gea paid a visit to Madrid today. The Manchester United shot-stopper has been continually linked with a move to Real. But the 24-year-old insists he was in the Spanish capital purely for 'vacation reasons'. Spanish paper AS tweeted a picture...


Financial problems 'now endemic' in NHS England, says King's Fund

Patients in England face poorer NHS and social care, including longer waiting times, because of the financial “black hole” that looms over hospitals and other services, says a leading thinktank. The King’s Fund warns that already unprecedented...

Guardian, 00:11 in Health

Gene therapy for cystic fibrosis may be possible by 2020, scientists say

A treatment to help those with cystic fibrosis may be available within five years, say scientists who who have been working for decades to develop a gene therapy for the disease. The results of a year-long trial showed only a small and variable...

Guardian, 00:11 in Health
City Buzz: Popular Leeds venue closes to make way for new ‘Deep South’ dive bar

City Buzz: Popular Leeds venue closes to make way for new ‘Deep South’ dive bar

Change is coming for Merrion Street once more as a beloved bar makes way for a new "Deep South' dive bar. Popular venue The Reform will close on September 5 after 11 years of trading. But owner Phil Harrison told City Buzz that it’s very much a...

Plexus Holdings hails ‘milestone’ licensing deal

Plexus Holdings hails ‘milestone’ licensing deal

Oil and gas technology group Plexus Holdings has signed a "transformational" deal to roll out its wellhead equipment around the globe. The licensing agreement will see Chinese oilfield services giant Jereh manufacture, rent and sell the...

Scotsman, 00:13 in Business
Scotch Whisky chief raises glass to Botswana

Scotch Whisky chief raises glass to Botswana

Scotch whisky has been given protected geographical status in Africa for the first time, industry bosses said yesterday. David Frost, chief execuitve of the Scotch Whisky Association (SWA), said it was “ground-breaking” that the drink had been...

Scotsman, 00:13 in Business

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