News archive from 8 December 2012

Rioting breaks out in flag protest

Rioting broke out across Belfast after hundreds of loyalists took to the streets to protest over flags. Three people were arrested in connection with the disorder. PSNI assistant chief constable Will Kerr said 21 police officers had been injured...

 
Mary Robinson on her remarkable Irish presidency

Mary Robinson on her remarkable Irish presidency

FORMER Ireland President Mary Robinson has never shirked a challenge. Her latest is what she describes as the biggest human rights issue in the world today - how to protect the globe's poor from climate change. By Chitra Ramaswamy MARY ROBINSON is...

 
Ruling party wins majority in Burkina Faso vote

Ruling party wins majority in Burkina Faso vote

In 2000, Burkina Faso restricted presidents to two five-year terms but the constitutional court said the rule only applied to Compaore from the end of his 2000-2005 term. Compaore's Congress for Democracy and Progress (CDP) secured 70 of 127 seats in...

 
NEW TSUNAMI PANIC TERROR FOR JAPANESE

NEW TSUNAMI PANIC TERROR FOR JAPANESE

Terrified residents feared a repeat of the devastation as the 7.3 magnitude quake struck in the Pacific off the coast of Miyagi. Buildings in Tokyo swayed for several minutes – but the tremor merely left several people injured along the north-eastern...

 
Fiction of the year: 2012 was a year that made history

Fiction of the year: 2012 was a year that made history

IT WAS once again Hilary Mantel's year, as she again scooped the Man Booker with the second book in her Cromwell trilogy, Bring up the Bodies (Fourth Estate, £20). Will she win a Triple Crown with the last volume? Future Booker judges will be severely...

 
TWO DEAD IN CENTRAL NAIROBI BLAST

TWO DEAD IN CENTRAL NAIROBI BLAST

This evening's blast was the second in the capital in three days. A blast near a military base on Wednesday wounded eight people. Both explosions went off in a Somali neighbourhood of Nairobi known as Little Mogadishu. Kenya has seen a series of...

 
Children’s books of the year: Warm words for the coldest of days

Children’s books of the year: Warm words for the coldest of days

The Man from the Land of Fandango (Frances Lincoln, £11.99) is a joyful romp. The late great Margaret Mahy's poem is full of rhyme and assonance and onomatopoeia. Babies and Toddlers The text loops and sweeps and swooshes over the page. Polly Dunbar’s...

 
Youth cafe is Samara Jawaid's dream

Youth cafe is Samara Jawaid's dream

By David Knights A Keighley teenager has led a successful bid for cash to open a youth cafe at a Lawkholme community centre. Samara Jawaid will run the cafe with fellow volunteers from Keighley Association Women and Children's Centre. The four girls...

 
Crime books of the year: Murder, they wrote

Crime books of the year: Murder, they wrote

REBUS returned, and in less than a fortnight Stephen Fry's adaptation of Rankin's Doors Open will be on TV. Denise Mina won the Theakston’s Crime Novel of the Year and her graphic novel adaptation of Stieg Larsson’s The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo (DC...

 
BRING ON X FACTOR AND STRICTLY SHOWDOWN

BRING ON X FACTOR AND STRICTLY SHOWDOWN

He says the ITV singing contest is screened too late for a family entertainment show. As fans get set for part one of the live final tonight, Dermot, 39, said: “We're a family show and I don't know a family that starts watching at eight o'clock and...

 

Airedale Hospital praised for care of elderly patients

Airedale Hospital has been praised for the way it treats elderly patients in a national report by a health watchdog. The State of Care report, published by the Care Quality Commis-sion (CQC), highlights the findings of an unannounced visit to the...

 
Brokers see mortgage choice rise

Brokers see mortgage choice rise

At her dining room table in her home near Sunningdale in Berkshire, Margaret McNaughton is looking over sheets of figures with her mortgage adviser Jane King. Her three-year mortgage deal has come to an end and she is looking for the best new rates...

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LISA RILEY STEPS DOWN FROM HER PANTO ROLE

LISA RILEY STEPS DOWN FROM HER PANTO ROLE

Lisa, 36, agreed to take the panto part because she never expected to get this far in the contest. But after being voted through by viewers, she will miss the first performances of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. Her former Emmerdale co-star Adele...

 
Authors’ books of the year: Scotland’s top authors select their favourite reads

Authors’ books of the year: Scotland’s top authors select their favourite reads

Christopher Brookmyre, Irvine Welsh, Ian Rankin and Alexander McCall Smith are among a litany of Scots literary stars offering up their favourite books of the year. NICK BARLEY Director, Edinburgh International Book Festival One of the sharpest pieces...

 
DOWNTON ABBEY BIG DAY IS SET TO END IN TEARS

DOWNTON ABBEY BIG DAY IS SET TO END IN TEARS

Producers of the hit TV period drama hinted the two-hour special will be packed with romance, scheming, spats, scandal, laughter and more than a few tears. Laura Mackie, director of drama at ITV, revealed: “This is one episode you will want to see...

 


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