News archive from 11 April 2014

Ship ready to destroy Syria's chemical arms at sea

Now they just have to hope the weather holds and Damascus delivers on time. Former container vessel Cape Ray, docked in southern Spain, has been fitted out with at least $10 million (5 million pounds) of gear to let it take on about 560 metric tonnes...

 
Non-Scots against independence currency union idea

Non-Scots against independence currency union idea

People in England, Wales and Northern Ireland are against sharing the pound with Scotland in a currency union after independence, a new poll said. A majority (53 per cent) of people in the rest of the UK oppose the SNP’s proposal, while just 26 per...

Scotsman, 00:03 in Hot News
 
Marine must wait for Afghan murder ruling

Marine must wait for Afghan murder ruling

A Royal Marine, found guilty of murdering an injured Afghan fighter, must wait to discover if he has successfully appealed against his "unsafe" conviction. Three judges at the Court Martial Appeal Court in London, who heard arguments...

Scotsman, 00:03 in Hot News
 
3D printer to build a human heart

3D printer to build a human heart

SCIENTISTS are attempting to build a human heart with a 3D printer, with a view to creating a new organ for transplant using a patient's own cells. While it could be decades before a 3D-printed heart is put in a person, the technology is not all that...

Scotsman, 00:03 in Hot News
 
Comment: Whisky sales | M&S

Comment: Whisky sales | M&S

Scotch whisky has been such a huge growth story in recent years that a slowdown or blip was inevitable at some point. While Scotch remains a massive contributor to British export success – worth £135 a second to the trade balance – it is also tied to...

Scotsman, 00:06 in Business
 
BP can be bridge between Russia and West - Dudley

BP can be bridge between Russia and West - Dudley

Oil major BP will use its presence in Russia to help enhance relations between Moscow and the West, chief executive Bob Dudley said yesterday as he restated the group's commitment to the country. Russia and the West are in a stand-off over Ukraine. In...

Scotsman, 00:06 in Business
 
Mothercare takes small steps forward

Mothercare takes small steps forward

Mothercare lifted some of the gloom surrounding the company yesterday by revealing a more resilient UK sales performance so far this year. The retailer, which has 220 stores under the Mothercare and Early Learning Centre brands, said like-for-like...

Scotsman, 00:06 in Business
 
Scottish agriculture ‘behind game’ in CAP planning

Scottish agriculture ‘behind game’ in CAP planning

The Scottish Government came under heavy criticism yesterday over the lack of detailed information available for farmers and their professional advisers making decisions on the next Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) which commences in 2015. Jeremy...

Scotsman, 00:06 in Business
 

Britain's Got Talent has the royal seal of approval, says Cowell

Simon Cowell is convinced that even the Queen sits down to watch Britain’s Got Talent every weekend. The talent show boss said: ‘If they [the royal family] didn’t like it they wouldn’t let us do the thing on the Royal Variety and it is what makes this...

Metro, 00:07 in Showbiz
 
UN votes for 12,000 force to end CAR bloodshed

UN votes for 12,000 force to end CAR bloodshed

A 12,000-strong peacekeeping force for Central African Republic (CAR) has been unanimously approved by the United Nations Security Council. The force, consisting of 10,000 UN troops and 1,800 police, would take over from 5,000 African Union (AU)...

 
Nato ‘using Ukraine crisis for its own ends’

Nato ‘using Ukraine crisis for its own ends’

Russia's foreign ministry has accused Nato of using the crisis in Ukraine to justify its existence by rallying its wavering members against an imaginary threat. Moscow and the West are locked in a Cold War-style stand-off over Ukraine. Anders Fogh...

 
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A MAN accused of carrying out nine contract killings in central California denies those charges but has confessed to killing 40 people over several decades. Jose Manuel Martinez, 51, ­allegedly told investigators he carried out the crimes while...

 
Air pollution kills 40 people per week in Scotland

Air pollution kills 40 people per week in Scotland

Air pollution kills ten times more people every year in Scotland than obesity, a new report has claimed. Figures published yesterday estimate that 40 people north of the Border die each week as a result of man-made toxic particles floating in the...

Scotsman, 00:08 in Health
 
Scotland’s death rate greater than rest of UK

Scotland’s death rate greater than rest of UK

DEATH rates in Scotland remain higher than in other parts of the UK, despite large decreases in the last 20 years, research reveals. The report, focussing on health performance in the devolved nations, found that all countries more than halved...

Scotsman, 00:08 in Health
 


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