News archive from 14 December 2015

President Zuma hires South Africa's third finance chief in a week

President Jacob Zuma appointed Pravin Gordhan as finance minister on Sunday, in a dramatic U-turn that gave South Africa its third finance chief in a week after a selling frenzy in the markets. The shock announcement restoring Gordhan to the post sent...

 

Adcocks on top of the world after breaking new ground for GB

Chris and Gabby Adcock made more British badminton history by winning the mixed doubles title at the World Superseries Finals in Dubai. The husband and wife pair were the first British players to make a final at the season-ending tournament and they...

 

West Indies' Marlon Samuels banned from bowling for 12 months

West Indies batsman Marlon Samuels has been banned from bowling for 12 months by the International Cricket Council after undergoing testing on his action. It is the second ban for the 34-year-old, whose off-spin bowling is only used on a part-time...

Guardian, 00:10 in Sport
 

Zlatan Ibrahimovic scores twice as PSG rout Lyon to go 17 points clear

Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored twice as Paris St Germain defeated Lyon 5-1 at Parc des Princes on Sunday to move 17 points clear at the top of Ligue 1, while second-placed Angers could manage only a 1-1 draw against Bordeaux. PSG, who are in Monday’s draw...

Guardian, 00:10 in Sport
 

Sturgeon and Cameron to discuss cooperation over UK terrorism threat

David Cameron will meet Nicola Sturgeon on Monday to discuss how the UK and Scottish governments can cooperate to protect the UK from Islamic State-inspired extremism. In a meeting at 10 Downing Street, the pair will examine how the two...

 

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National Lottery operator 'greedy and foolish' for 0844 phone number use

The National Lottery’s #PleaseNotThem advertising campaign pleads for customers to keep playing the Lotto to prevent greedy Piers Morgan, Katie Price and designer Laurence Llewelyn Bowen from hitting the jackpot. But now the company behind the...

 

MPs ask accountancy watchdog to look again at HBOS auditors

The accountancy regulator is facing renewed pressure to open an investigation into the auditors of HBOS in the runup to its near-collapse in 2008. After the official report into what went wrong at HBOS was published last month, the Financial Reporting...

Guardian, 00:18 in Business
 

Australia, your middle-age bulge is officially a worry

The results of the latest national health survey released last week revealed that we are an overweight nation that – probably not coincidentally – does little exercise and is not all that interested in eating fruit and vegetables. On the bright side,...

Guardian, 00:18 in Business
 

Q&A should be simulcast live on ABC News 24 for national audience – report

The ABC should screen Q&A live on ABC News 24 so audiences around the country can watch it at the same time and participate on Twitter, an independent review of the high-profile panel show has recommended. According to an early draft of the report...

 

National Churches Trust awards Grade A listed Scottish church with £40,000

One of the most impressive churches built in the UK in the mid 20th century, the redbrick fortress of St Bride’s Roman Catholic church, has been awarded a £40,000 grant to help restore it to its original appearance. The church has been described as a...

 

Newcastle boss Steve McClaren says shock win at Tottenham 'was for the players'

Tottenham appeared to be cruising after Eric Dier's opener just before the break, but within minutes of making their second change, Mitrovic pulled the scores level before Perez snatched a 2-1 win in the third minute of stoppage time. And afterwards...

 

Councils face losing control of failing children's services

Children’s services that persistently fail young people will be taken over by other high-performing local authorities, children’s charities or “teams of experts”, under plans unveiled by the government. The proposals, to be set out by David Cameron on...

Guardian, 00:31 in Politics
 

Saracens coach Paul Gustard wanted by England boss Eddie Jones to replace Andy Farrell

Gustard, who filled in temporarily on tour to Argentina in 2013 when Farrell was on Lions duty, is expected to be released on a permanent basis by the English champions once compensation has been agreed with the RFU. "Paul has been made an offer...

 

Odion Ighalo strike sees Watford make Premier League history with Sunderland win

The Hornets have just reeled off three straight wins for the first time in their Premier League history, are riding high in the table after a fourth away success this season, and boast a front pair Louis van Gaal would kill for, never mind Sam...

 


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