News archive from 9 May 2014

Separatists snub Putin’s plea to delay referendum

Separatists snub Putin’s plea to delay referendum

Pro-Moscow separatists in eastern Ukraine have ignored a public call by Russian president Vladimir Putin to postpone a referendum on self-rule, declaring they would go ahead with a vote that could lead to war. Yesterday’s decision – which contradicted...

 
Republicans ‘target Clinton’ with Benghazi probe

Republicans ‘target Clinton’ with Benghazi probe

Republicans are set to launch a special investigation into a deadly 2012 attack on a US diplomatic post in Libya, raising the stakes in a political battle with the Obama administration as the election season hots up. Democrats were considering a...

 
China: TV ‘confession’ by journalist

China: TV ‘confession’ by journalist

A VETERAN journalist who was among prominent intellectuals jailed during China's 1989 Tiananmen Square crackdown has been detained just weeks ahead of the 25th anniversary of the bloodshed, on accusations of leaking state secrets. Beijing police...

 
ANC sweeps to victory in South African election

ANC sweeps to victory in South African election

The ruling African National Congress was heading for victory in South Africa's fifth post-apartheid election last night, handing president Jacob Zuma the clout to push through pro-business reforms in the face of union and left-wing opposition. It has...

 
Backlash after Souter jokes about mental illness

Backlash after Souter jokes about mental illness

Mental health campaigners including former Downing Street adviser Alastair Campbell heavily criticised Sir Brian Souter last night, after the bus tycoon used a speech to an investment conference to tell jokes about paranoia and schizophrenia. Sir...

Scotsman, 00:05 in Health
 
BT’s profits jump as it scores with premiership football

BT’s profits jump as it scores with premiership football

BT's first season showing Premier League football helped kick-off forecast-beating annual profits as its consumer revenues rose for the first time in a decade. Chief executive Gavin Patterson, unveiling his first set of results after succeeding Ian...

Scotsman, 00:06 in Business
 
Heart failure cases do not get specialist care, doctors warn

Heart failure cases do not get specialist care, doctors warn

Putting heart failure patients on general wards can delay the start of medication, specialists say. Photograph: Alamy Patients with heart failure are dying because they receive inadequate care after being "scattered" around hospitals which...

Guardian, 00:06 in Health
 
Mackie’s grows crisp supply deal with Asda

Mackie’s grows crisp supply deal with Asda

Asda shoppers in England and Northern Ireland will soon be able to enjoy haggis-flavoured crisps after Mackie's secured a major extension of its supply deal with the supermarket chain. The firm – a joint venture between Aberdeenshire-based ice-cream...

Scotsman, 00:06 in Business
 
Comment: Barclays shake-up | BT Sport results

Comment: Barclays shake-up | BT Sport results

THE shake-up of the investment banking arm of Barclays by group chief executive Antony Jenkins is more dramatic than that done by Royal Bank of Scotland to its markets business. For one thing, at taxpayer-backed RBS it has been attritional...

Scotsman, 00:06 in Business
 
MSPs refuse to back government plan for CAP

MSPs refuse to back government plan for CAP

The next common agricultural policy (CAP), where payments will be made on an area basis, should provide three different levels of acreage support according to the Scottish Parliament rural affairs committee. In their submission to the Scottish...

Scotsman, 00:06 in Business
 
Re-thatch this historic cottage? Bransholme youths would just torch it says charity

Re-thatch this historic cottage? Bransholme youths would just torch it says charity

A charity which has spent £270,000 restoring a centuries-old cottage could pull out after councillors turned down plans to re-thatch the building. Councillors and some local groups have been incensed by comments suggesting re-roofing the early 17th...

 
Armoured cars offered to Farage for Scotland visit

Armoured cars offered to Farage for Scotland visit

Far-right activists have pledged to make "armoured vehicles" available to protect Ukip leader Nigel Farage in Scotland today after his previous visit saw protests that led to him being barricaded inside a pub. Mr Farage’s return north of the...

Scotsman, 00:09 in Politics
 
Mackerel has spoiled appetite for Scots referendum

Mackerel has spoiled appetite for Scots referendum

Fisheries ministers have ignored archipelago, says Simon Collins The Shetland spring is famous for the arrival of all sorts of migratory species, mostly with feathers but always colourful and noisy. This year they include an entirely new breed:...

Scotsman, 00:09 in Politics
 
Nigeria Kidnap Girl's Father Begs For Help

Nigeria Kidnap Girl's Father Begs For Help

A parent of one of the schoolgirls taken by Islamist militants in Nigeria has pleaded with countries from around the world to send more help. Boko Haram took 276 girls from a boarding school in the village of Chibok in the northern state of Borno more...

 
North Korea Calls Obama 'A Black Monkey'

North Korea Calls Obama 'A Black Monkey'

North Korea's state media has described US President Barack Obama a "black monkey" in a commentary comndemned as one of the regime's most racist yet. Korea Central News Agency (KCNA), which is the mouthpiece of the government in Pyongyang,...

 


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