News archive from 22 February 2011

Libya leader Muammar Gaddafi will leave no obvious successor if he goes

Libya leader Muammar Gaddafi will leave no obvious successor if he goes

No obvious successors or opposition movements are waiting to take over Libya if Muammar Gaddafi is forced from power after four decades in which political dissent was crushed and society atomised. Academics, analysts and diplomats agree that until...

 
Six Nations 2011: England brush off taunts from France

Six Nations 2011: England brush off taunts from France

Martin Johnson won the majority of his Twickenham duels with France when he was England captain and a certain amount of Gallic insecurity clearly still lingers. Marc Lièvremont may have thought he was being clever when he described England as "an...

Guardian, 22:07 in Sport
 
West Ham United 5-1 Burnley | FA Cup fifth-round report

West Ham United 5-1 Burnley | FA Cup fifth-round report

Thomas Hitzlsperger's memorable debut featured a goal and an assist and offered hope that if he stays fit West Ham may finally match their form in cup outings to the league, where they still languish in the bottom three. The priority in these parts...

Guardian, 22:07 in Sport
 
Portrait of the artist: Johnny Mathis, singer

Portrait of the artist: Johnny Mathis, singer

What got you started? My dad was a piano player and singer, and sang to his children – all seven of us. He made a lasting impression on me, though not on the rest of the family. What was your big breakthrough? Performing the song Wonderful Wonderful...

 

Television's mundane millionaires | Joe Moran

It is not hard to see why The Million Pound Drop, the latest series of which ended on Channel 4 at the weekend, has been a ratings success. The format, in which contestants get to hold a million pounds in tight wads of notes, place the money on...

Guardian, 22:09 in Showbiz
 
Outcasts: series one, episode five

Outcasts: series one, episode five

SPOILER ALERT: This blog is for those who are watching Outcasts on BBC1. Don't read on if you haven't seen episode five … • Read Phelim O'Neill's episode four blog The last Outcasts before the show is yanked from its plum position on Monday's schedule...

Guardian, 22:10 in Showbiz
 

Hamburg rout bodes ill for Merkel in election year

Merkel's Christian Democrats were swept from power in Germany's second city in the regional election on Sunday with their worst result since World War Two, plunging 20.7 percentage points from the last election there to 21.9 percent of the vote....

 
Bath's Duncan Bell cleared of making contact with eye of Chris Jones

Bath's Duncan Bell cleared of making contact with eye of Chris Jones

The Bath prop Duncan Bell has been cleared of making contact with the eye or eye area of the Sale forward Chris Jones, the Rugby Football Union says. Bell was cited after Bath's Premiership victory over the Sharks at Edgeley Park on 11 February. The...

Guardian, 22:14 in Sport
 

Ontario plans body to review LSE-TMX deal - report

Toronto, which is Ontario's capital and Canada's financial capital as well, is home to hundreds of thousands of jobs in the finance industry. The committee, which according to the Globe and Mail will be headed by veteran Liberal provincial government...

Reuters, 22:15 in Business
 
Scientists say sheep are brighter than we thought. But they don't know the half of it...

Scientists say sheep are brighter than we thought. But they don't know the half of it...

They jumped from the trailer bright-eyed, woolly and eager to explore every inch of our steep, gorsy Exmoor grassland. On a winter"s day, my wife and I had taken delivery of our new mini-flock of the local horned sheep. Not long afterwards our...

 

Ivorian troops kill protesters, AU meets Gbagbo

A meeting with Alassane Ouattara, internationally recognised as winner of a disputed November 28 election, which Gbagbo refuses to concede, was delayed until Tuesday, officials said. A dispute over the poll, which was meant to bring stability after a...

 

Mystery bird: rufous-tailed weaver, Histurgops ruficaudus

Rufous-tailed weaver, Histurgops ruficaudus, photographed at Ngorongoro Crater National Park, Tanzania, Africa. The photographer writes; "At our lunch stop in the crater, they were boldly begging from the many tourists." Image: Dan Logen, 23...

 
Harry Redknapp says Tottenham need 'miracle' to stay in top four

Harry Redknapp says Tottenham need 'miracle' to stay in top four

Harry Redknapp has claimed that if Tottenham Hotspur are to qualify for the Champions League again it would be a "miracle" that would require his strikers to start scoring regularly. Spurs finished fourth last season and are currently in the...

Guardian, 22:36 in Sport
 
Ruby Walsh's imminent return boosts Paul Nicholls' Cheltenham plans

Ruby Walsh's imminent return boosts Paul Nicholls' Cheltenham plans

Paul Nicholls's preparations for the Cheltenham Festival will receive a significant additional thrust next week when his stable jockey, Ruby Walsh, returns to ride work for the first time in nearly four months. The champion trainer has made no secret...

Guardian, 22:37 in Sport
 

ECB's Weber warns against euro zone reforms

Weber, the departing Bundesbank president, also said there is a danger in cutting interest rates on future euro zone rescue loans, as that could introduce eurobonds "through the back door." (Reporting by Karolina Tagaris; Editing by Andrew...

Reuters, 22:42 in Business
 


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