News archive from 20 July 2016

Brazil judge briefly blocks WhatsApp over criminal case

Brazil judge briefly blocks WhatsApp over criminal case

SAO PAULO A Brazilian judge briefly blocked Facebook Inc's WhatsApp messaging service on Tuesday for failing to cooperate in a criminal investigation, before the nation's top court overturned the measure in the third such incident since December....

 

IMF slashes forecast for growth after Brexit vote

BRITAIN’S growth forecast was sharply downgraded yesterday by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) following the Brexit vote. The IMF cut its growth forecast for this year by 0.2 percentage points to 1.7 per cent and dramatically slashed the 2017...

 

Tories forced to rethink net snooping

THE government bowed to opposition demands yesterday and added fresh safeguards to the rules on accessing people’s internet connection records. Justice spokesman Lord Keen of Elie said ministers had agreed to consider further restrictions to ensure...

 

230 skilled jobs axed at car parts factory

ENGINEERING firm GKN announced yesterday that it is to sack 230 skilled workers at its factory in Telford, Shropshire. The workers make chassis for Land Rover Defender vehicles, but the contract with Jaguar Land Rover has expired. Another 21 jobs will...

 

Albania: US envoy leans on MPs to bend to EU demands

US AMBASSADOR to Albania Donald Lu threatened MPs with “grave and long-term” consequences if they did not back EU-demanded changes to the judicial system. “There will be specific negative repercussions from the US on those political leaders who vote...

 

African Union: Call to part and disarm South Sudan’s warring factions

THE African Union summit in Rwanda resolved to “separate and disarm” rival government factions in South Sudan, South African President Jacob Zuma said yesterday. Speaking on his return from the summit in Kigali that ended on Monday, Mr Zuma said a...

 

South Africa: Onslaught against ANC candidates continues

THE African National Congress condemned the murders of two more council election candidates in KwaZulu Natal on Monday. Harding ward candidate Bongani Skhosana was shot dead in front of his children at his home at about 6am on Monday. Ladysmith ward...

 

Iraq families deserve justice

BEREAVED families who lost loved ones in the Iraq war shouldn’t have to run an online crowd-funding appeal to finance possible legal action against Tony Blair and other ministers. That is the situation in which they find themselves after the Chilcot...

 

How to popularise the case against nuclear weapons?

Corbyn needs some fresh thinking to reach out to the public, argues Cailean Gallagher NUCLEAR war used to be seen as the gravest threat to life on Earth, taken seriously in Parliament and across the political divide. These days Trident is being used...

 

The joy of pak choi

by Mat Coward JULY is an ideal time to sow pak choi, that ancient Chinese leaf vegetable which is always so expensive in British supermarkets. If you start it off in the spring, along with the other brassicas, you run the risk of it bolting in summer...

 

Acts of valour 80 years ago

JOHN ELLISON looks back on the International Brigades’ struggle against fascism in the Spanish civil war As we commemorate the mutinous uprising, 80 years ago, begun in the evening of July 17 1936 by a group of medieval-minded Spanish generals against...

 

Players’ union votes to strike over loss of jobs

Chile’s footballers voted to go on strike yesterday, forcing the start of the league season to be postponed. Players’ union Sifup is unhappy at a decision to reduce promotion and relegation in the new season, a move which it says has cost 120 players...

 

Celtic boss asks fans to remain patient

Brendan Rodgers is confident Celtic fans will have the patience that might be needed to get past Lincoln Red Imps in their Champions League qualifier at Parkhead tonight. The Hoops are surprisingly trailing 1-0 to the part-timers after last week’s...

 
Blaze in Bootle sends black smoke billowing over Liverpool

Blaze in Bootle sends black smoke billowing over Liverpool

A huge rubbish fire at a warehouse in Bootle sent clouds of thick black smoke billowing across the city . Merseyside fire crews battled the blaze off Redfern Street for over two hours on Wednesday night. A spokesperson said “a large quantity of waste...

 

FA talk to Bruce over vacant job

Hull boss Steve Bruce held “informal” talks with the Football Association about the England manager’s job yesterday, according to the club. The Tigers say no official approach has been made by the FA and have echoed Sunderland, whose manager Sam...

 


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