News archive from 16 December 2011

Doctor Who's Amy and Rory to leave during next series

Doctor Who's Amy and Rory to leave during next series

Karen Gillan and Arthur Darvill - who play Doctor Who companions Amy Pond and Rory - are to leave the show during the next series. Doctor Who boss Steven Moffat made the announcement at a screening of the Christmas episode at BBC TV Centre in...

BBC, 22:01 in Art & Culture
 

Apollo set to buy Taminco: sources

Taminco is owned by CVC Capital Partners, which put the company up for sale in September. Goldman Sachs was mandated to run the hotly contested sales process. CVC and Apollo declined to comment. Apollo's bid was well ahead of its rivals, two sources...

Reuters, 22:27 in Business
 
ECB chief says euro zone on right track

ECB chief says euro zone on right track

Mario Draghi's comments came after a smooth Spanish bond auction eased fears of an accelerating slide in European markets following a summit last week that failed to reassure investors the single currency area is closer to resolving its debt crisis....

Reuters, 22:27 in Business
 
Fitch downgrades six global banks

Fitch downgrades six global banks

Fitch has downgraded six of the world's largest banks, citing the challenging financial markets. The banks include Bank of America and Goldman Sachs in the US, the UK's Barclays and France's BNP Paribas. Germany's Deutsche Bank and Switzerland's...

BBC, 22:31 in Business
 
UK officials 'to observe negotiations' over EU deal

UK officials 'to observe negotiations' over EU deal

The UK has been asked to play a role in negotiations over an EU-wide fiscal pact despite refusing to sign up to the proposed agreement. No 10 said the UK would participate in "technical discussions" over the accord since, although not an...

BBC, 22:31 in Business
 
Holding the Christmas No 1? X Factor winners Little Mix release debut single in Perrie and Jade's hometown

Holding the Christmas No 1? X Factor winners Little Mix release debut single in Perrie and Jade's hometown

It will be released in support of the Royal British Legion and the Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families Association. Others in the running for number one include Justin Bieber with his single Misteltoe, or his duet with Mariah Carey, All I Want For...

 
Hoping some of his luck will rub off on you Harry? Dougie Poynter wears his winning I'm a Celeb crown as he visits McFly bandmate ahead of Strictly final

Hoping some of his luck will rub off on you Harry? Dougie Poynter wears his winning I'm a Celeb crown as he...

An insider told The Sun: 'Dougie and Harry are not only bandmates but great friends as well. 'Dougie really wants to share his telly success with him - and went down to Strictly to surprise him. 'He told him he just has to believe in himself and do...

 
Harry snaps! Redknapp clashes with Irish fans after trial jibes as Spurs crash out

Harry snaps! Redknapp clashes with Irish fans after trial jibes as Spurs crash out

Harry Redknapp has clashed with Irish fans making inflammatory chants about his forthcoming trial. The Tottenham manager is understood to have responded with a clenched-fist gesture after being goaded by Shamrock Rovers supporters in Dublin. Tottenham...

Daily Mail, 22:57 in Sport
 

Solid retail sales, car output offer rare economic hope

But a sharp drop in factory orders in the Confederation of British Industry's November survey offered a stark reminder of the dangers ahead as the debt crisis in the euro zone -- Britain's main trading partner -- rages on. Mortgage lenders also...

Reuters, 23:01 in Business
 
Next-generation BlackBerrys 'late'

Next-generation BlackBerrys 'late'

BlackBerry maker Research In Motion is saying the new phones deemed critical to the company's future will not be out until late 2012. Mike Lazaridis, one of the company's co-CEOs, said on a conference call with analysts that the BlackBerry 10 phones...

 
Analysis: Aquino's anti-graft drive risks Philippine instability

Analysis: Aquino's anti-graft drive risks Philippine instability

Supreme Court Chief Justice Renato Corona, accused of protecting former president Gloria Macapagal Arroyo from investigation, was impeached by the lower house of Congress, dominated by Aquino allies, on Monday. Corona has vowed to fight the first...

 
Blackberry-maker delays key phone launch

Blackberry-maker delays key phone launch

Research in Motion (RIM), which makes Blackberry phones has announced a delay to the launch of its new Blackberry 10 phones. There was also disappointment at the prediction of between 11 and 12 million smartphones in the current quarter, which...

 

IMF urges Ireland to stay course with austerity plans

He said Ireland would cut its public debt ratio through an equal mix of spending cuts and tax measures. A worsening euro zone debt crisis threatens to derail Ireland's fragile recovery and force even more austerity on its recession-weary population....

Reuters, 23:48 in Business
 
Italy's Monti faces confidence vote on austerity

Italy's Monti faces confidence vote on austerity

Mario Monti's government of unelected technocrats has an overwhelming majority in both houses of parliament and the vote, to be held in the Chamber of Deputies in the afternoon, should pass easily. The austerity plan will then move to the Senate,...

Reuters, 23:48 in Business
 
SPORTS DIRECT STAFF IN LINE FOR WINDFALL

SPORTS DIRECT STAFF IN LINE FOR WINDFALL

SPORTS Direct International founder Mike Ashley and about 3,000 staff are in line to reap a share-based bonus bonanza if the sports retailer hits a string of financial targets over the next four years. Newcastle United owner Ashley, who controls...

 


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