News archive from 11 December 2015

Wal-Mart snubs Apple Pay and Samsung to launch its own mobile payment system

Wal-Mart snubs Apple Pay and Samsung to launch its own mobile payment system

The mobile payment wars are heating up. Wal-Mart Stores, the world's largest retailer, said it's launching its own mobile payment system that will allow shoppers to pay with any major credit or debit card or its own store gift card through its...

 

Obesity endangers health of women and their babies, warns chief medical officer

Obesity is endangering women’s health and that of their babies, the chief medical officer has warned in a report which aims to put to rest for ever the myth that pregnant women should eat for two. Prof Sally Davies looks across the spectrum at women’s...

Guardian, 00:04 in Health
 
It's Robo-bin! Hi-tech army of ‘talking' bins marches into Leeds

It's Robo-bin! Hi-tech army of ‘talking' bins marches into Leeds

AN army of hi-tech solar-powered "talking' bins - which could help slash total refuse collection rounds to just a quarter of current rates - have hit the streets of Leeds city centre. Leeds City Council is piloting the new fleet of ‘smart’...

 

House Republicans accuse Obama of breaking the law with Bergdahl swap

A Republican investigation into the prisoner swap that freed army sergeant Bowe Bergdahl from the Taliban found that the Obama administration broke the law when it hid the swap from Congress and the public. “The findings of this report should give...

 

New draft text of Paris climate change deal cuts through many sticking points

Negotiators in Paris are within reach of a new global agreement to curb greenhouse emissions to 2030 and beyond, with the French foreign minister, Laurent Fabius, saying the meeting was “extremely close to the finishing line” as he presented a draft...

 

Marine Le Pen vows to take legal action over Calais migrant crisis

The head of France’s far-right Front National has vowed to take legal action against the French state over the situation in Calais, where thousands of migrants are camping in the hope of reaching the UK. Marine Le Pen, a candidate for president of the...

 

Victoria Road in Kensington is most expensive street in England and Wales

It is where Oscar-winning actor Dustin Hoffman reportedly owns a house , and its most desirable property is thought to be worth £20m – although as recently as seven years ago a flat was sold there for less than £500,000. Victoria Road in the heart of...

Guardian, 00:06 in Business
 

Plastic fantastic: debit card spending soars in Britain

The use of bank cards to pay for a round of drinks at the bar has increased fivefold over the past decade, according to a report. The UK Cards Association, which represents Britain’s major bank card providers, said spending on plastic by British...

Guardian, 00:06 in Business
 
Cronulla rally: Supreme Court bans Sydney race riot 'memorial'

Cronulla rally: Supreme Court bans Sydney race riot 'memorial'

Image copyright AP The New South Wales Supreme Court has ruled a rally to mark 10 years since race riots in Sydney's Cronulla suburb cannot go ahead. Police had sought an injunction against Saturday's planned gathering, arguing that it could stir...

BBC, 00:08 in World News
 

Ohio police officer charged with murder and manslaughter over two incidents

An Ohio police officer has been simultaneously indicted in the fatal shooting of a speeding suspect in March and in the deadly shooting of a neighbour last week, according to state officials. A special grand jury charged the officer, Joel Jenkins,...

 

Rwanda's 'most wanted man' arrested by Interpol over 1994 genocide

Interpol agents arrested a Rwandan with a $5m bounty on his head who is among the most wanted for the 1994 genocide, officials said on Thursday. Ladislas Ntaganzwa was arrested in the eastern Congo city of Goma late Monday, according to John Bosco...

 
Adobe profit beats on strong subscriptions for Creative Cloud

Adobe profit beats on strong subscriptions for Creative Cloud

Adobe Systems Inc (ADBE.O) reported a profit that topped market expectations for the ninth quarter in a row on strong subscriber growth for its Creative Cloud package of software tools such as Photoshop. Adobe's shares jumped 4.7 percent to $93.10 in...

Reuters, 00:09 in Business
 

Storm Desmond rainfall partly due to climate change, scientists conclude

Manmade climate change was partly responsible for Storm Desmond’s torrential rain which devastated parts of Scotland, the Lake District and Northern Ireland, scientists have concluded. The researchers at Oxford University and the Royal Netherlands...

 

Naval veterans’ families invited to Battle of Jutland ceremony

Descendants of those who served at sea in the first world war are being invited to apply for places at the commemoration in May on Orkney of the Battle of Jutland, the largest naval engagement of the war, in which more than 100,000 sailors were...

 
Libor Kozak: Remi Garde on the Aston Villa striker's prospects this weekend and in the January transfer window

Libor Kozak: Remi Garde on the Aston Villa striker's prospects this weekend and in the January transfer window

Libor Kozak could be allowed to leave Aston Villa in January with Remi Garde suggesting that the big striker is still no nearer to a first team appearance. Kozak is a target for Celtic, whose manager Ronny Deila made a visit to Villa Park to watch him...

 


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