News archive from 18 January 2011

UK linked to notorious Bangladesh torture centre

UK authorities passed information about British nationals to notorious Bangladeshi intelligence agencies and police units, then pressed for information while the men were being held at a secret interrogation centre where inmates are known to have died...

Guardian, 22:01 in Politics
 
Poorest families' standard of living 'will continue to fall'

Poorest families' standard of living 'will continue to fall'

About seven million of Britain's poorest people will see their spending power fall by a tenth over the next decade because the prices of essentials such as food, fuel and clothing are rising much faster than inflation, according to new research. With...

Guardian, 22:02 in Business
 

China's too big to be bullied by the US | Simon Tisdall

White House talks between Barack Obama and China's president, Hu Jintao, which begin tomorrow night, are not just any old summit. The former US national security adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski summed up the mood, describing the meeting as "the most...

 

Bangladesh interrogation centre where Britons were taken to be tortured

In the northern Dhaka suburb of Uttara, across the road from a women's medical college, is a compound controlled by a Bangladeshi paramilitary police unit called the Rapid Action Battalion. Just inside the gate, on the left hand side, is an...

 
Portrait of the artist: DBC Pierre, writer

Portrait of the artist: DBC Pierre, writer

What got you started? Anger. I was unemployed, and had just spent a day feeling overwhelmingly disenchanted. In anger, I wrote a sentence and then a paragraph and then a page. And then I just kept going. What was your big breakthrough? The mind and...

 
Bankers overpaid, says RBS chief Sir Philip Hampton

Bankers overpaid, says RBS chief Sir Philip Hampton

Large numbers of bankers are paid more than they are worth, the chairman of Royal Bank of Scotland has conceded. Sir Philip Hampton told the BBC that too many average investment bankers were getting above average pay. "The star quality, as it...

BBC, 22:21 in Business
 
Tunisian uprising fires a warning to region's hardliners

Tunisian uprising fires a warning to region's hardliners

EgyptElation has been met with trepidation in Egypt, where Tunisia's uprising is being seen as a rare chance to break the shackles of autocratic rule that could plunge the country into the unknown. As demonstrations raged in Tunis, and the stock...

 
David Cameron styles himself as heir to Tony Blair on public service reform

David Cameron styles himself as heir to Tony Blair on public service reform

David Cameron openly adopted the mantle of a Blairite public service reformer yesterday by saying the coalition's determination to grasp a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to push plans for health and education were based on Blair's view that he should...

Guardian, 22:35 in Learning
 
Return to spender: The £20 Elvis novelty banknote that fooled the German bank clerk without a suspicious mind

Return to spender: The £20 Elvis novelty banknote that fooled the German bank clerk without a suspicious mind

The German Central Bank displayed it and several others in Frankfurt this week as specimens of the 60,000 fakes which managed to get into the country's monetary system last year. The bank said most bogus Elvis notes come in 200 euro denominations and...

 
Martin O'Neill to reject West Ham despite £3m bonus for staying up

Martin O'Neill to reject West Ham despite £3m bonus for staying up

Martin O'Neill is to turn down the chance to return to club management with West Ham United, leaving Avram Grant, whose position appeared critically undermined over recent weeks, expected to be asked to continue in the role at Upton Park until the end...

Guardian, 22:39 in Sport
 
Chelsea set to make improved bid for Benfica centre-half David Luiz

Chelsea set to make improved bid for Benfica centre-half David Luiz

Chelsea are to make an improved offer to Benfica for their Brazil international defender David Luiz, though the bid is still expected to fall short of the £43m release clause in the defender's contract that would trigger his sale. The Premier League...

Guardian, 22:39 in Sport
 
Tottenham join Liverpool in chase to sign Luis Suárez from Ajax

Tottenham join Liverpool in chase to sign Luis Suárez from Ajax

Tottenham Hotspur have stepped up their interest in the Ajax striker Luis Suárez. Harry Redknapp, the Spurs manager, is determined to improve his options up front in order to secure a finish in the Premier League's top four. The club have also checked...

Guardian, 22:39 in Sport
 
Scotland's Craig Levein 'thrilled' at prospect of friendly with England

Scotland's Craig Levein 'thrilled' at prospect of friendly with England

Scotland's manager, Craig Levein, has admitted he would be "thrilled to bits" if the international fixture against England could be revived. The Scottish Football Association today replicated its English counterpart by announcing a...

Guardian, 23:12 in Sport
 
Neil Lennon of Celtic censured for referee remarks but SFA wants peace

Neil Lennon of Celtic censured for referee remarks but SFA wants peace

As Neil Lennon was severely censured for comments made about a referee, the chief executive of the Scottish Football Association today expressed a wish that friction between the governing body and Celtic should be toned down. Lennon, the Celtic...

Guardian, 23:12 in Sport
 

18-year-old male rushed to hospital after possible shooting in Dover

An 18-year-old man was taken to hospital tonight after an incident that may have involved a firearm. The teenager was taken by ambulance from Frith road in Dover, Kent, to the William Harvey Hospital at 8pm. The Dover Grammar School for Girls is...

 


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