News archive from 21 August 2014

Liberian troops block off slum in Ebola fight

Liberian troops block off slum in Ebola fight

Security forces blocked off a seaside slum in Liberia's capital yesterday, stepping up the government's fight to stop the spread of Ebola but unnerving residents and sparking a protest. In central Monrovia there were few cars or people about as...

 
Grand jury to investigate Michael Brown killing

Grand jury to investigate Michael Brown killing

US ATTORNEY general Eric Holder touched down in Ferguson, Missouri yesterday, hours after nearly 50 protesters were arrested on the 11th night of demonstrations over the killing of an unarmed black teenager by a white police officer. Meanwhile, the St...

 
Landslides kill 36 in Japan after torrential rain

Landslides kill 36 in Japan after torrential rain

At LEAST 36 people, including several children, were killed in Japan yesterday when landslides triggered by torrential rain struck the outskirts of Hiroshima. Police said the death toll could rise further as seven people were also missing after a...

 
Israel strike kills family of Hamas military chief

Israel strike kills family of Hamas military chief

Israeli bombs have killed the wife and infant son of elusive Hamas military commander Mohammed Deif just hours after a truce broke down in a hail of rockets and gunfire. Five people died in the strike on a Gaza house, including Mr Deif’s family,...

 
Yes vote like break-up of friends, says Paxman

Yes vote like break-up of friends, says Paxman

HE has enraged Scottish nationalists by claiming the independence cause was being fuelled by a hatred of the English. Now Jeremy Paxman has compared the possible separation of Scotland and England to the marriage break-up of friends. But during his...

 
How humans could grow new limbs like lizards

How humans could grow new limbs like lizards

Scientists have unlocked the genetic mystery that allows a lizard to regrow its tail, bringing closer the possibility of treatments to help humans regenerate severed limbs or spinal cords. Understanding how they shed and regrow their tails could lead...

 
UK car industry exporting at record rate

UK car industry exporting at record rate

Staff at Jaguar Land Rover's Solihull plant celebrate the 500,000th Range Rover Sport to come off the production line. Photograph: John Robertson for the Guardian Britain is exporting cars at a record rate amid strong international demand for luxury...

Guardian, 00:08 in Business
 
Labour unveils plans to crackdown on energy industry abuses

Labour unveils plans to crackdown on energy industry abuses

The current energy regulator, Ofgem, has levied 30 fines totalling more than £87m on power firms since 2001, a FOI request has shown. Photograph: Action Press / Rex Features A new energy regulator under a Labour government would be given the power to...

Guardian, 00:08 in Business
 
Bank of England committee split on interest rates

Bank of England committee split on interest rates

ANY remaining semblance of forward guidance at the Bank of England was called into question yesterday with the news that two members of the monetary policy committee (MPC) voted to raise interest rates this month. Minutes of the MPC’s August meeting...

Scotsman, 00:08 in Business
 
Comment: Rich seam of mining share buybacks looms

Comment: Rich seam of mining share buybacks looms

MAKING a profit out of mining has been money for old rope for much of the past decade, what with resilient commodity prices and the voracious demand from a surging Chinese economy, in particular. Periodic macro-economic volatility and occasionally...

Scotsman, 00:08 in Business
 
Carlsberg profits warning over Ukraine crisis

Carlsberg profits warning over Ukraine crisis

CARLSBERG jolted the market with its second profits warning in 2014, as the brewer revealed the Ukraine conflict and economic uncertainties would dent its annual earnings. The Danish drinks giant said Russian beer volumes – which account for more than...

Scotsman, 00:08 in Business
 
Jeremy Paxman: Independence like marriage break-up

Jeremy Paxman: Independence like marriage break-up

SCOTTISH INDEPENDENCE: Former Newsnight presenter Jeremy Paxman has compared the possible separation of Scotland and England to the marriage break-up of friends. During his debut appearance at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Paxman revealed he knocked...

Scotsman, 00:11 in Hot News
 
Scottish independence: SNP exaggerated oil reserve

Scottish independence: SNP exaggerated oil reserve

ONE of Scotland's leading North Sea businessmen, Sir Ian Wood, has warned against independence, claiming Alex Salmond's government has exaggerated oil reserves by up to 60 per cent. The self-made energy entrepreneur believes that dwindling oil...

Scotsman, 00:13 in Politics
 
Surgeon botched cancer sufferer back operation

Surgeon botched cancer sufferer back operation

SURGEONS were forced to apologise to a recovering cancer patient who was left in "unnecessary pain and discomfort" after a botched operation on her back. The woman was operated on at the Western General Hospital, Edinburgh, in June 2012, but...

Scotsman, 00:15 in Health
 
GCSE results tipped to rise but schools reliant on resits may suffer

GCSE results tipped to rise but schools reliant on resits may suffer

A GCSE exam in progress. Photograph: David Davies/PA Schools with a challenging intake are likely to fare particularly badly on Thursday when 500,000 pupils receive the results of GCSEs taken for the first time under reforms championed by Michael...

Guardian, 00:16 in Learning
 


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