News archive from 8 February 2016

U.S. retail sales and Yellen testimony in focus

LONDON Global markets have been in turmoil since the start of the year, with stocks and commodities prices reeling, eroding inflation and making central banks increasingly dovish - a trend that could continue with more weak economic data. China, a...

Reuters, 00:02 in Business
 

Seven countries call for EU action to help steel industry

PARIS Seven countries including France, Britain and Germany have urged the European Union to step up action to relieve an ailing steel industry suffering from tumbling prices and cheap imports from China and Russia. Ministers from the three countries,...

Reuters, 00:02 in Business
 
As Big Oil shrinks, boards plot different paths out of crisis

As Big Oil shrinks, boards plot different paths out of crisis

LONDON/HOUSTON As oil and gas companies cut ever-deeper into the bone to weather their worst downturn in decades, boards have adopted contrasting strategies to lead them out of the crisis. Crude prices have tumbled around 70 percent over the past 18...

Reuters, 00:02 in Business
 

Philip Buckingham: Defeat at Burnley no cause for panic at Hull City

HULL City have been here enough times to recognise the nagging pangs of frustration. For the fifth time in seven meetings with Burnley, the Tigers' perennial rivals, a damaging loss was confirmed by just a single goal. Whether at the bottom end of the...

 

Unions bid to battle reproduction clinic closure

UNIONS are attempting to resist plans to close an NHS reproductive clinic. The Royal College of Nursing and Unison want Hartlepool Hospital bosses to withdraw plans to close the Assisted Reproductive Unit (ARU). The threat comes despite the clinic’s...

 

146 oil rigs may be scrapped

UP TO 146 North Sea oil rigs could be scrapped within the next 10 years, industry analysts warned yesterday. The plummeting price of oil has seen an estimated 65,000 jobs disappear from the sector since 2014. Bosses’ market research firm Douglas...

 

Prison is no place for babies, says Falconer

A HUNDRED babies spent time in prisons last year, Prime Minister David Cameron announced yesterday in calling for a review of the penal system. He said the situation was “absolutely terrible” and that the government was seeking custody alternatives...

 

Pope and patriarch first meet in Havana

HAVANA will be the unexpected venue on Friday for a reconciliation meeting between Roman Catholic Pope Francis and Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill. The Pope will stop off in Cuba as he returns from Mexico for the first meeting between a Catholic...

 

Hungary: Wiesenthal Centre slams nazi rally OK in ‘disreputable’ city

SIMON Wiesenthal Centre official Mark Weitzman blasted Hungarian officials at the weekend for not banning a neonazi rally in Szekes­fehervar. Plans to erect a statue to nazi collaborator Balint Homan were halted recently following an international...

 

El Salvador: Four ex-soldiers detained over 1989 priest killings

FOUR former soldiers wanted in Spain for the 1989 murder of six Jesuit priests, their housekeeper and her daughter have been arrested in El Salvador, police said yesterday. Five of the priests were Spanish and their killings during El Salvador’s civil...

 

Doomed to failure

JEREMY HUNT’S performance yesterday, just days before the next strike by junior doctors, was straight out of the classic Tory playbook. He pointed the finger at the BMA for the breakdown in negotiations, sticking to the mantra of blaming patient...

 

‘Unelectable?’ We’ve heard that before...

With the race to the White House heating up, it’s impossible to ignore the similarities between the Bernie Sanders campaign and what’s happening on this side of the Atlantic, writes Charley Allan CAN you “feel the Bern”? Hillary Clinton certainly...

 

‘Andy’ Tsege: Kidnapped and sentenced to death for his political beliefs

A British national seized and held captive by the Ethiopian government is in dire need of our support, writes KATE HODGSON BRITISH national Ethiopian-born Andargachew “Andy” Tsege suffers in a living nightmare over 3,600 miles away. After Ethiopian...

 

Life and times of a working-class hero

TOM SIBLEY recommends an inspiring memoir by one of the heroes of the International Brigades who fought in the Spanish civil war Proud Journey: A Spanish Civil War Memoir by Bob Cooney (Manifesto Press, £5) EIGHTY years ago the International Brigades...

 

Capitalism hits a solid Wall work

Economics After Capitalism: A Guide to the Ruins and a Road to the Futureby Derek Wall(Pluto Press, £14.99) THIS book is perfect for those who are beginners to economics in providing all the vital information that other books omit.  Derek Wall has...

 


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