News archive from 4 December 2013

England's World Cup nightmare! Rooney and co could be dumped in group of death after Platini meddling

196 View comments England's chances of being drawn in a World Cup 'group of death' here on Friday have increased dramatically after the latest power play by UEFA president Michel Platini. France, as the lowest ranked European side, had been expected...

Daily Mail, 00:08 in Sport
UK government's infrastructure spending plan unveiled

UK government's infrastructure spending plan unveiled

A plan to boost infrastructure spending in the UK over the next two decades is being unveiled by the government. The National Infrastructure Plan (NIP) includes the government selling off its 40% stake in the Eurostar rail service. In all, about...

BBC, 00:13 in Business
Autumn Statement 2013: A better day for the chancellor

Autumn Statement 2013: A better day for the chancellor

What a difference eight months makes. Back in March, Chancellor George Osborne was waiting nervously for economic output figures, which could have showed the UK sliding into a triple-dip recession. The Budget numbers calculated by the Office for...

BBC, 00:13 in Business
Regular exercise might help slow down progression of dementia, says study

Regular exercise might help slow down progression of dementia, says study

'Exercise may, therefore, indirectly benefit family caregivers and the healthcare system by reducing some of the burden of dementia,' says the study. Photograph: Will Oliver/AFP/Getty Images Physical activity may improve memory, attention and general...

Guardian, 00:20 in Health

Global regulators expected to ease banking leverage rule - source

It marks the latest move by regulators to ease up on bank capital rules in a bid to encourage lenders to keep credit flowing to companies and the broader economy. The Basel Committee on Banking Supervision published a proposal in June to flesh out a...

Reuters, 00:24 in Business
Pisa tests: What do we know now?

Pisa tests: What do we know now?

The results of the latest Pisa tests, launched by the OECD this week, are going to be analysed disputed and selectively quoted for the next three years. But what have we found about the world's education systems, from these tests taken by 15 year olds...

BBC, 00:25 in Business
Christmas TV: Downton Abbey pitted against EastEnders

Christmas TV: Downton Abbey pitted against EastEnders

The Christmas Day episode of Downton Abbey will be pitched directly against EastEnders, according to TV schedules. The seasonal outing of ITV's popular period drama will be screened at 20:30 GMT - the same time as BBC One's flagship soap. Doctor Who...

BBC, 00:27 in Art & Culture

Obama praises Colombia efforts to seek peace with rebels

"This has been a longstanding conflict within Colombia. It is not easy," the U.S. president said. "There are many challenges ahead, but the fact that he has taken this step is the right thing because it sends the right signal to the...


Health deteriorates for American pastor in Iran prison - law centre

An Iranian court in January sentenced Saeed Abedini, 33, a naturalized U.S. citizen, to eight years in prison for undermining national security by working to establish home-based Christian churches in Iran from 2000 to 2005. The Washington-based...


UK offers loan guarantee to Hitachi for new nuclear plant

Britain has an ambitious target to replace its ageing nuclear fleet by the middle of the next decade, and Hitachi is one of a handful of firms ready to take on high upfront costs to build new reactors. Hitachi has said the plant will be based on its...

Reuters, 00:35 in Business

EU to hold marathon talks on new securities law

The bloc's Markets in Financial Instruments Directive or MiFID is being updated to reflect rapid advances in trading technology and apply lessons from the 2007-09 financial crisis to stock, bond and derivatives markets. The European Parliament and EU...

Reuters, 00:43 in Business

HTC 'One Mini' faces UK ban after court ruling on patent infringement

On Tuesday, the judge granted Nokia a final injunction to stop HTC from continuing to infringe the patent. But he allowed HTC a partial stay so that it can continue selling its flagship One model pending an appeal, because a ban would cause...


Google takes on Amazon by cutting cloud service prices

It will lower prices 10 percent on most standard services, and 60 percent on high-end data storage. Google said the service was now "generally available," signaling that it meets internal standards and is ready for a wider rollout. It is...


UK insurers plan to invest 25 billion pounds in infrastructure

Boosting private-sector infrastructure investment is a priority for Britain's government, as an unexpected rebound in growth so far this year has been driven mostly by consumer spending, which is unsustainable in the long run. Many British power...

Reuters, 00:48 in Business
Bicycles outsell cars in most EU countries in 2012

Bicycles outsell cars in most EU countries in 2012

Figures from industry bodies indicate that bicycles outsold cars in 26 of the European Union's 28 states in 2012. It is thought the trend reflects a slump in car sales brought on by the continent's economic crisis. The popularity of cycling appears to...

BBC, 00:48 in Business

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