News archive from 3 November 2012

Burnley shopkeeper sold fake cigarettes

A SHOPKEEPER has been left with a £650 legal bill after being caught selling rogue cigarettes and tobacco at a Burnley store. Iqbal Begum, 56, of Moneysave Convenience Store, in Lyndhurst Road, was convicted by Reedley magistrates of supplying Jin...

 

Militant attack on bus kills 18

AT LEAST 18 people, including a woman and a child, were killed when militant gunmen opened fire on a bus in Pakistan's southwestern Baluchistan province yesterday. Most of the victims died when flames engulfed the bus after the attack, which happened...

 

Unrepentant Clarke backs 'kafka' trials

Human rights groups dismissed attempts by former Justice Secretary Ken Clarke today to spin the coalition's Kafka-esque plans for secret trials. The Minister Without Portfolio, who retains responsibility for the controversial Justice and Security...

 

Orgreave activists call for Hillsborough-like inquiry

Campaigners united today to demand an inquiry into the police attack on picketing miners at Yorkshire's Orgreave coke depot. The Orgreave scandal took place 27 years ago during the miners' epic 1984-5 strike against pit closures when armoured mounted...

 

Ofqual: Schools mark up exams

Teachers lashed out at exams regulator Ofqual today following its accusations that the current marking system risked pupils being overgraded. Ofqual chief regulator Glenys Stacey launched into a tirade against secondary school teachers in a report...

 

Coalition tries to lift block on torture flights

The government is seeking to lift a moratorium on handing over Afghan detainees to prisons where there is clear evidence of torture, legal action charity Reprieve claimed today. Lawyers for Serdar Mohamed, who was tortured by the Afghan security...

 

Unite protests as farm bosses attack key agreements

Campaigners "badgered" the coalition today to stop thousands of agricultural workers being condemned to poverty wages. Unite union members, some dressed as the stripey animal, protested outside a government department in a last-ditch attempt...

 

Treasury chief dismisses reviews on BoE structure

Three independent reports questioning the "centralised and hierarchical" structure at the Bank of England are too little and too late, a Treasury chief said today. Treasury committee chairman Andrew Tyrie said the reviews was far short of...

 

MP resigns over expenses

Former Labour minister Denis MacShane resigned as an MP today over accusations he wrongly claimed thousands in expenses. A damning report by the standards and privileges committee said he knowingly submitted 19 false invoices over a four-year period...

 

Expert urges state to build houses

Radical state intervention is urgently needed to tackle Britain's housing crisis, research published today demanded. Private house-building alone will not produce enough new homes and will not solve Britain's complex housing crisis, according to the...

 

Ex-BNP bosses back with new far-right vehicle 'True Brits'

A new fascist party backed by former leaders of the British National Party (BNP) is to be launched in an attempt to replace Nick Griffin's declining electoral vehicle. The new group, which investigators say will be called True Brits, has attracted the...

 

Stonewall awards church leader 'bigot of the year'

Gay rights campaign group Stonewall crowned the leader of the Catholic church in Scotland Cardinal Keith O'Brien today as "bigot of the year." The cardinal, who has strongly opposed Scottish government plans to extend marriage to same-sex...

 

No right to whip up bigotry

Barclays and Coutts banks should think twice about blackmailing gay rights charity Stonewall into dropping its Bigot of the Year annual award. Stonewall was set up to defend lesbian and gay people against being bullied into submission and anonymity by...

 

Bosses cave in to dockers' job demands

Jubilant Kenyan dockers returned to work today after two days of strikes forced employers to cave in to their demands. More than 3,500 workers had brought key east African trade hub Mombasa to a near-complete standstill as they demanded to be put on...

 

US serviceman accused of punching teenage boy

Japanese leaders were fuming today after a drunk US serviceman allegedly broke into a flat and punched a 13-year-old boy on Okinawa. The 1am attack came as US personnel were supposed to be subject to a night-time curfew after two US sailors were...

 


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