News archive from 13 May 2015

Panama tackles gangs with carrot-and-stick approach

Panama tackles gangs with carrot-and-stick approach

"They killed one of our guys and we didn't do anything, no vengeance, nothing, nothing at all," says 18-year-old Jesus. "We really want to change, we want a new life," he insists. Jesus is a member of the now defunct Ninos Ricos...

BBC, 00:04 in World News
 
David Cameron to set out new anti-extremism law

David Cameron to set out new anti-extremism law

David Cameron is to set out a string of new anti-radicalisation powers, saying the UK has been a "passively tolerant society" for too long. The PM will tell the National Security Council a counter-extremism bill will be in the Queen's Speech...

BBC, 00:06 in Regional
 
Taxpayers’ stake in Lloyds falls below 20% in £500m share sale

Taxpayers’ stake in Lloyds falls below 20% in £500m share sale

George Osborne has taken advantage of the post-election market rally to sell more shares in Lloyds Banking Group, cutting the UK government's stake to below 20 per cent. The Chancellor’s latest disposal of around 1 per cent of the lender represents...

Scotsman, 00:07 in Business
 
AOL bought by Verizon in $4.4bn online mega-deal

AOL bought by Verizon in $4.4bn online mega-deal

AMERICAN telecoms giant Verizon is to buy internet pioneer AOL for $4.4 billion (£2.8bn), in a mega-deal that will give the group a foothold in the online video sector. That sector is seen as a burgeoning industry, targeting an advertising market...

Scotsman, 00:07 in Business
 
Shortlist revealed for DigiTech Awards

Shortlist revealed for DigiTech Awards

SCOTLAND'S vibrant digital technology sector is reflected in the record number of entries for the DigiTech Awards 2015, with well-known names and start-ups making today's shortlist. The awards are organised by trade association ScotlandIS, and chief...

Scotsman, 00:07 in Business
 
Pentagon mulls sending planes, ships near disputed South China Sea islands

Pentagon mulls sending planes, ships near disputed South China Sea islands

Such a move would directly challenge Chinese efforts to expand its influence in the disputed region by literally adding territory through a massive island-building exercise. "We are considering how to demonstrate freedom of navigation in an area...

 
Asia tops biggest global school rankings

Asia tops biggest global school rankings

The biggest global school rankings have been published, with Asian countries in the top five spots and African countries at the bottom. Singapore heads the table, followed by Hong Kong, with Ghana at the bottom. The UK is in 20th place, among higher...

BBC, 00:09 in Business
 
TTIP: Why the EU-US trade deal matters

TTIP: Why the EU-US trade deal matters

There's one big issue for the new UK government that stayed below the radar during the election campaign - trade negotiations between the European Union and the United States, known as TTIP, the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership. The big...

BBC, 00:09 in Business
 

Amnesty International calls on South Korea to free conscientious objectors

South Korea must immediately release hundreds of men who have been imprisoned for draft-dodging, Amnesty International has said in a report published on Wednesday. In its report, Sentenced to Life, the human rights organisation said 600 young South...

 

Thinning Antarctic ice shelf could contribute to sea level rise, says study

The largest ice shelf on the Antarctic peninsula is thinning because of warmer ocean and air temperatures that are driving it towards a collapse that could contribute significantly to sea level rise, a new study has found. The study by the British...

 

Ensuring all pupils reach basic levels of achievement 'could boost economy'

The UK economy could grow by billions of pounds a year if underachieving youngsters all obtained basic skills at school and boys and girls achieved similar levels of educational attainment, according to a new report commissioned by the OECD. Currently...

Guardian, 00:10 in Business
 

Rupert Everett on board for swashbuckling BBC1 drama The Musketeers

Rupert will appear in the third series as King Louis XVIII's illegitimate brother Philippe Achille, the Marquis de Feron, who rules as a corrupt governor in Paris. The 55-year-old shot to fame in 1981 for his role in Another Country, and his since...

 
Is Syria's war edging towards an outcome?

Is Syria's war edging towards an outcome?

Syria's President Bashar al-Assad has dismissed recent battlefield reverses as just part of the ups and downs of a long-term war involving thousands of battles, and says victory remains inevitable. His Lebanese ally Hezbollah, led by Hassan Nasrallah,...

BBC, 00:13 in World News
 

Tiger Woods writes letter of support to fellow stutterer

A boy who was bullied for stuttering received strong encouragement from someone else who once struggled with his speech – Tiger Woods. Golf Digest published the letter from Woods on its website on Tuesday. “I know what it’s like to be different and to...

Guardian, 00:15 in Sport
 

Cardiff owner Vincent Tan buys Belgian club KV Kortrijk for £3.6m

Cardiff owner Vincent Tan has bought Belgian top-flight club KV Kortrijk. Kortrijk, who qualified for the season-ending championship play-offs but are sixth in the six-team standings, announced the deal on their website, with Tan acquiring the side...

Guardian, 00:15 in Sport
 


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