News archive from 9 March 2016

Property service charges soar to average £2,777 per year for new-builds

Property service charges soar to average £2,777 per year for new-builds

Buyers of apartments in new-build towers not only have to pay sky-high prices but also face soaring annual service charges that now average £2,777 a year, according to new research. Some of the worst service charges are found in new apartment blocks...

Guardian, 00:02 in Business
 
Islamic State commander targeted by US military in Syrian airstrike

Islamic State commander targeted by US military in Syrian airstrike

The US military has said it targeted a Chechen figure in Islamic State command structure in an airstrike in Syria on 4 March. While the Pentagon has yet to determine if it killed Tarkhan Tayumurazovich Batirashvili, it described him as an Isis war...

 
What a cockadoodle to-do: Cambridge removes ‘racist’ statue

What a cockadoodle to-do: Cambridge removes ‘racist’ statue

A Cambridge University college has bowed to pressure from its students and removed a bronze cockerel from its main hall after protests that the looted sculpture celebrated a racist and colonial past. Jesus College said that it would consider...

 
Dick Pound: Maria Sharapova ‘reckless beyond description’ over drug test

Dick Pound: Maria Sharapova ‘reckless beyond description’ over drug test

Maria Sharapova and her team were “reckless beyond description” in failing a drug test at the Australian Open, according to the World Anti Doping Agency’s first president, Dick Pound. Related: ITF’s silence over Maria Sharapova’s confession does...

 
Arsène Wenger defiant over protest banner but worried by Arsenal injuries

Arsène Wenger defiant over protest banner but worried by Arsenal injuries

Arsenal’s 4-0 victory over Hull City at the KC Stadium took the FA Cup holders into a quarter-final on Sunday against Watford at the Emirates. Yet Arsène Wenger was forced to claim he had nothing to be scared of following a banner that appeared from...

Guardian, 00:04 in Sport
 
Andrei Kanchelskis: This is the only thing Louis van Gaal's got right at Man Utd

Andrei Kanchelskis: This is the only thing Louis van Gaal's got right at Man Utd

Van Gaal promoted Marcus Rashford to the first team and his decision was vindicated when the striker scored back-to-back doubles against FC Midtjylland and Arsenal. Kanchelskis has been a vocal critic of Van Gaal this term. And while he insists the...

 
Brazil demolishes home of slum resident fighting eviction over Olympic development

Brazil demolishes home of slum resident fighting eviction over Olympic development

Authorities have bulldozed the house of a Rio woman whose fight to stay in her home near the city’s Olympic Park came to symbolize the fight between the city and residents of the Vila Autodromo favela. A court order authorizing the demolition had been...

 
Climate scientists step up search for 'holy grail' of million-year-old ice

Climate scientists step up search for 'holy grail' of million-year-old ice

Somewhere deep below the ice in Antarctica lies a time capsule. It’s the holy grail of climate science and promises to reveal the past and future of Earth’s atmosphere. And right now, scientists are meeting in Hobart to work out a plan to dig it up....

 

Staff 'overwhelmed' at HMP Doncaster

Staff at a prison with high levels of violence were "overwhelmed" and safety was a major concern, an inspection report has warned. HMP Doncaster had larger numbers of assaults than in similar institutions and violent incidents resulted in...

 
Intriguing history of 'Paris siege' letter

Intriguing history of 'Paris siege' letter

When A Mesnier wrote to his mother in December 1870, Paris was under siege. The Prussians had surrounded the capital, food supplies were running low and temperatures had dropped below freezing. Mr Mesnier wrote of his hopes for victory and his...

BBC, 00:09 in World News
 
A lost generation: Inside the besieged Syrian towns where children are starving to death

A lost generation: Inside the besieged Syrian towns where children are starving to death

Youngsters and their families have been held hostage in “open-air prisons” where groups illegally using siege tactics as a weapon of war to prevent food, medicine, fuel and other vital supplies from crossing checkpoints.  A shocking report released by...

 
Migrant deal that could see millions of Turks come to EU met with anger

Migrant deal that could see millions of Turks come to EU met with anger

European leaders were yesterday hopeful of finalising an agreement next week with Turkey to begin the return of tens of thousands of asylum seeker from Greek islands. Under a radical "one-of-one" plan, all migrants arriving in Greece from...

 
Wallabies star Kurtley Beale set to sign with London Wasps for $2.7 million

Wallabies star Kurtley Beale set to sign with London Wasps for $2.7 million

Kurtley Beale is reportedly set to sign a record two-year deal worth $2.7 million with the London Wasps, according to reports in the Daily Mail. Such a deal is unlikely to be matched by the Australian Rugby Union even if Beale enters into a flexible...

Guardian, 00:13 in Sport
 
Melbourne's Etihad stadium should be demolished, says Eddie Maguire

Melbourne's Etihad stadium should be demolished, says Eddie Maguire

The future of Etihad Stadium has been called into question after Collingwood president Eddie McGuire suggested it should be demolished, with a new ground to be built on the site of the Hisense Arena. The ground would be similar to the one currently in...

Guardian, 00:13 in Sport
 
Warning over electronic cigarettes

Warning over electronic cigarettes

Electronic cigarette users are being warned that e-smoke may cause eye-irritation. Traditional tobacco smokers remain most at risk, with double the chances of developing an eye condition known as age-related macular degeneration (AMD) whilst research...

 


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