News archive from 17 December 2014

How to lose weight – just by breathing

How to lose weight – just by breathing

NEW research will be met with a sigh of relief by anyone sneaking in an extra mince pie or turkey sandwich this Christmas. Scientists have found you can shed the pounds simply by breathing. More than 80 per cent of fat leaves the body through...

 
How did café killer slip through, asks Australia

How did café killer slip through, asks Australia

Australia's prime minister is demanding to know how a man with such a "long and chequered history" of violent crime as Man Horan Monis slipped through the cracks and ended up in the downtown Sydney cafe where he took 17 people hostage....

 
Thousands protest over immigration in Germany

Thousands protest over immigration in Germany

A record 15,000 flag-waving, slogan-chanting marchers took to the streets of Germany to protest against immigration to the country. And the numbers are making the nation and their politicians squirm. The new grass-roots movement assailing the German...

 
Police find body of ex-Marine shooting suspect

Police find body of ex-Marine shooting suspect

A FORMER Marine suspected of killing his ex-wife and five of her relatives was found dead in the woods near his suburban Philadelphia home yesterday after a day-and-a-half manhunt that closed schools and left people on edge. District Attorney Risa...

 
Pakistan hearts not in cricket after Taleban outrage

Pakistan hearts not in cricket after Taleban outrage

Experienced Pakistan batsman Younus Khan says it will be extremely tough for the cricketers to go ahead with today's fourth one-dayer against New Zealand in Abu Dhabi following the killing spree at a Peshawar school. Witnesses said at least 132...

 

EU lawmakers stop short of Palestine recognition vote

This follows Sweden's decision in October to recognise Palestine and non-binding votes since then by parliaments in Britain, France, Ireland and Spain in favour of recognition that demonstrated growing European impatience with the stalled peace...

 
Black Friday can’t deliver cheer for Scottish stores

Black Friday can’t deliver cheer for Scottish stores

Last month's Black Friday retail extravaganza turned out to be damp squib for Scottish stores, which saw their sales fall despite the hordes of bargain hunters. A growing number of chains have embraced the concept of heavy pre-Christmas discounts,...

Scotsman, 00:04 in Business
 
Spain’s Repsol swoops on Talisman as crude slides

Spain’s Repsol swoops on Talisman as crude slides

Oil producer Talisman Energy is being taken over in a multi-billion-pound deal that will raise question marks over the future direction of its North Sea business as the price of a barrel of crude continues to slide. Spanish group Repsol said yesterday...

Scotsman, 00:04 in Business
 
Comment: Low inflation a boon, but deflation a curse

Comment: Low inflation a boon, but deflation a curse

SHARPLY falling inflation is a double-edged sword. On the one hand, it is good news for consumers, puts any interest rate rises even more on the back burner, and creates a feel-good factor ahead of next year's general election. Less promisingly, it...

Scotsman, 00:04 in Business
 
Aldi and Lidl pile more pressure on big four

Aldi and Lidl pile more pressure on big four

Discount grocers Aldi and Lidl have continued to grow at the expense of the "big four" chains, the latest snapshot of spending habits suggests. The German duo now command a record 8.6 per cent slice of the supermarket sector, which eked out...

Scotsman, 00:04 in Business
 

The rare rainbow in the desert: European Space Observatory reveals stunning image of colourful phenomenon...

It is an incredibly rare phenomenon - and the shot of a lifetime. A researcher at the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array telescope control center in the Atacama desert captured this amazing image of a rainbow high over the Chilean desert....

 
Hartlepool United slash ticket prices for festive matches

Hartlepool United slash ticket prices for festive matches

HARTLEPOOL United have slashed ticket prices for the matches against Oxford United and Morecambe at Victoria Park. Chairman Peter Harris said the club’s new owners TMH 2014 Limited - who have brought the club off IOR on a dramatic day at Victoria Park...

 
Low oil price to push petrol below £1 a litre, says RAC

Low oil price to push petrol below £1 a litre, says RAC

Petrol could soon sell for below £1 a litre thanks to the plummeting price of oil, motoring organisation the RAC has predicted. If the prediction proves to be correct, it would mean the price of petrol was at its lowest level since May 2009. Its...

BBC, 00:09 in Business
 
Virtual galleries open new markets for art

Virtual galleries open new markets for art

Every year in December, Miami Beach becomes the epicentre of the art world. Tens of thousands of people flock to Art Basel where sales of art reportedly top $3bn (£1.9bn). In the hyper-party atmosphere billionaires rub shoulders with struggling...

BBC, 00:09 in Business
 

MPs urge 'joint enterprise' review

A shake-up of so-called joint enterprise legislation - which was used to convict the killers of black teenager Stephen Lawrence - could be needed in murder cases to stop "minor" players from being condemned to spend life in prison for...

 


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