News archive from 10 January 2014

Terrorists face tougher sentences

Offenders convicted of training as terrorists will face life sentences under tough new plans being drawn up. Ministers are also understood to be looking at ending automatic early release and introducing a "two strikes and you're out" policy...

 
BRC sees 'record' online purchases over Christmas

BRC sees 'record' online purchases over Christmas

A "record" amount of online shopping was done in December 2013, says the the British Retail Consortium (BRC.) There was a 19.2% growth in internet purchases from December 2012, said the BRC - and accountants KPMG - who conducted the...

BBC, 00:13 in Business
 
The Wolf of Wall Street: Why we like a villain

The Wolf of Wall Street: Why we like a villain

Good guys and bad guys, black hats and white hats. These are the staples of good story-telling, with many of us drawn to the villain's dark glamour - in fiction at least. For writers and film makers, the world of finance has proved a rich source of...

BBC, 00:13 in Business
 
The fading tune of the Mexican organ grinder

The fading tune of the Mexican organ grinder

Don Odilon Jardines has spent a lifetime at the organ grinder's handle. Now 73 years old, he is one of the oldest organ grinders still on the streets of Mexico City. For him, the organ's melody has a melancholic charm as it reverberates around the...

BBC, 00:13 in Business
 
2014: The year of encryption

2014: The year of encryption

"The solution to government surveillance is to encrypt everything." So said Eric Schmidt, Google's chairman, in response to revelations about the activities of the US National Security Agency (NSA) made by whistle-blower Edward Snowden....

BBC, 00:13 in Business
 

Google linking of social network contacts to email raises concerns

The change, which Google announced on Thursday, broadens the list of contacts available to Gmail users so it includes both the email addresses of their existing contacts, as well as the names of people on the Google+ social network. As a result, a...

 

Inter could use Chelsea target Guarin in deal to prise Osvaldo away from Saints

Inter Milan will try once more to prise Pablo Osvaldo away from Southampton, offering Fredy Guarin as part of the deal. Despite denying interest in Osvaldo the Italians remain keen on the 27-year-old who has struggled to settle after leaving Roma in...

Daily Mail, 00:21 in Sport
 

Courtois will discuss Chelsea future with Mourinho... but warns he won't sit on the bench

Thibaut Courtois has revealed that he will talk to Jose Mourinho about his future and inform the Chelsea manager he will not return to London to sit on the bench. Courtois, on loan at Atletico Madrid, has thus far resisted attempts by Chelsea to sit...

Daily Mail, 00:21 in Sport
 

Terrorists face tougher sentences

Offenders convicted of training as terrorists will face life sentences under tough new plans being drawn up. Ministers are also understood to be looking at ending automatic early release and introducing a "two strikes and you're out" policy...

 

Cineworld says in advanced talks on deal for Polish rival CCI's cinemas

Cineworld is Britain's largest cinema operator by market share and an acquisition of CCI, which runs about 100 multiplexes in Poland, Israel, Hungary, Czech Republic, Bulgaria, Romania and Slovakia, would allow it to expand beyond Britain and...

Reuters, 00:25 in Business
 
Labour says Royal Mail privatisation 'botched'

Labour says Royal Mail privatisation 'botched'

The government "botched" the privatisation of Royal Mail, short-changing taxpayers by hundreds of millions of pounds, Labour has said. Three months on from privatisation, the share price was trading at 561p at Thursday's close of trade. The...

BBC, 00:27 in Business
 

Afghanistan to free most inmates seen by U.S. as threat

Without a deal, Washington could pull most of its troops out after 2014. The United States is strongly opposed to their release because it says the prisoners, being held in Afghanistan, have been involved in the wounding or killing of U.S. and...

 
CES 2014: What does the show mean to Las Vegas?

CES 2014: What does the show mean to Las Vegas?

When CES hits Las Vegas, everyone knows. The panhandlers on the pedestrian walkways peddling their CDs, the street performers dressed as wookies, storm-troopers and minions from Despicable Me, the cab drivers and the cashiers in the shops up and down...

 

Murray could meet Nadal and Federer en route to Aussie Open final but faces world No 112 Soeda in kind...

Andy Murray is facing the possibility of successive matches against Roger Federer then Rafael Nadal if he is to reach his fourth Australian Open final. The Melbourne draw put them in the same half and he could meet them in the quarter finals and semis...

Daily Mail, 00:37 in Sport
 

Egyptian courts convict 113 over pro-Mursi protests

The government accuses the Brotherhood of turning to violence and declared it a terrorist group on December 25. The group says it is committed to peaceful protest. Thursday's rulings included three-year prison terms for 63 people in a single case, one...

 


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