News archive from 15 December 2014

Paris, Berlin urge Poroshenko to press ahead with reforms

"Only that way can the economy recover and the necessary international financial help be advanced," he said. Ukraine's parliament last week approved the new government's economic programme of tough reforms aimed at securing billions of...

 
We’ll ask US for CIA torture files, says Rifkind

We’ll ask US for CIA torture files, says Rifkind

THE head of a committee of MPs investigating allegations of British involvement in torture confirmed that he would ask the US government to hand over any material documenting the UK's role in the CIA's post-9/11 interrogation programme. Former foreign...

 
Haiti PM Laurent Lamothe quits in wake of protests

Haiti PM Laurent Lamothe quits in wake of protests

HAITI'S prime minister Laurent Lamothe announced yesterday that he was resigning along with several ministers in the wake of violent anti-government protests and a commission's call for him to step down. In his speech Mr Lamothe said he was leaving...

 
Indonesia: Rescuers pull 32 bodies from mud

Indonesia: Rescuers pull 32 bodies from mud

RESCUERS pulled more bodies from the debris yesterday after heavy rain in central Indonesia loosened soil and collapsed a hill, setting off a landslide that killed at least 32 villagers and left 76 others missing under piles of mud. About 2,000...

 
Shinzo Abe heading for a landslide victory in Japan

Shinzo Abe heading for a landslide victory in Japan

JAPAN'S ruling coalition was headed for a resounding victory in lower house elections yesterday, firming up prime minister Shinzo Abe's hold on power as he prepares to push forward on politically difficult fronts. Media projections, based on exit...

 
US marchers push for law changes after black deaths

US marchers push for law changes after black deaths

DEMONSTRATORS protesting the fatal shootings of unarmed black men by police chanted "I can't breathe!" and "Hands up, don't shoot!" and waved signs that read "Black lives matter!" as family members of three victims packed...

 
Lewis Hamilton is crowned BBC Sports Personality of the Year at awards bash in Glasgow

Lewis Hamilton is crowned BBC Sports Personality of the Year at awards bash in Glasgow

LEWIS Hamilton triumphed over Rory McIlroy to claim the BBC Sports Personality of the Year award in Glasgow. Hamilton won his second Formula One world title last month after edging an often controversial battle with Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg...

 

5 great Christmas party venues in London

We don't want to say you've left it a little late for planning your Christmas party, but... Well, there's still a little time. The perfect Christmas party venue is somewhere that looks fun as soon as you walk in and ideally has lots of things going...

Metro, 00:07 in Lifestyle
 

The next coolest areas in London (because even Peckham is, like, so over)

Remember when Brick Lane was the coolest place in London? When people would wax lyrical about how bloody "trendy' Angel was? Us neither. We’re back out on the hunt and getting the inside track on what areas of London are next for the big hip...

Metro, 00:07 in Lifestyle
 

Here's what you should be eating, drinking and doing in London this week

MONDAY - Have a mogwai Monday - Go east up west - A tiny bar with a big reputation Christmas films are often a bit mawkish and about being nice to everyone. Screw that. Gremlins is about breaking stuff and putting little monsters in blenders. Much...

Metro, 00:07 in Lifestyle
 
Oil and gas firms feel the strain of crude price drop

Oil and gas firms feel the strain of crude price drop

The number of insolvencies of UK oil and gas services companies has trebled in the last year, and the sudden plunge in crude prices is creating financial stress across the sector, according to figures published today. Accountancy and consultancy firm...

Scotsman, 00:08 in Business
 
Waiting game over RBS bail-out cash

Waiting game over RBS bail-out cash

Royal Bank of Scotland boss Ross McEwan has warned that it may take another decade for taxpayers to get their money back from the bail-out of the bank. In an interview with a foreign newspaper, McEwan said he thought the UK government’s 81 per cent...

Scotsman, 00:08 in Business
 
Monday Interview: Ken Gillespie, Galliford Try

Monday Interview: Ken Gillespie, Galliford Try

The birth of anyone's first child is always going to be a special day, but for Ken Gillespie the event was made even more memorable as it coincided with a promotion that would eventually see him head up Galliford Try's construction division. It was...

Scotsman, 00:08 in Business
 
TUC warns of stark wage gap in two-tier workforce

TUC warns of stark wage gap in two-tier workforce

Britain is allowing a two-tier workforce to emerge where staff on zero-hours contracts have much lower pay and fewer rights than permanent employees, the TUC has warned. Workers on zero-hours contracts earn £300 a week less than permanent employees...

Guardian, 00:08 in Politics
 
Comment: Banks must grasp nettle and upgrade IT

Comment: Banks must grasp nettle and upgrade IT

When the Banks children in Mary Poppins start a run on the bank, customers take fright because they are worried the institution is going to run out of cash. In the digital age, the critical issue for banks is not really cash but server capacity. The...

Scotsman, 00:08 in Business
 


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