News archive from 22 April 2016

McDonnell lays into Osborne’s blunder

SHADOW chancellor John McDonnell accused George Osborne yesterday of building his recovery on sand after official figures showed he missed borrowing targets by almost £2 billion. The Office for National Statistics (ONS) said the Budget deficit stood...

 

Foreign Office releases rights report

THE Foreign Office recognised yesterday large-scale human rights violations in Yemen — even as British arms fuelled the country’s bloody civil war. In its annual review of human rights around the world, the department said that the conflict had had a...

 

Britain will take in extra 3,000 child refugees

AN EXTRA 3,000 child refugees from war-torn countries in the Middle East and North Africa will be taken into Britain, the government revealed yesterday. The Home Office claimed that the decision, which it called the “largest resettlement programme in...

 

Tehran rules out freezing oil production for now

IRAN won’t consider a production freeze until it reaches its pre-sanctions output of 4.2 million barrels a day, a senior energy official said yesterday. Petroleum Ministry oil contract committee chairman Mehdi Hosseini said a freeze at anything less...

 

Ireland: EU ‘will settle inter-Irish border issue if Britain votes to leave’

IRISH Foreign Minister Charlie Flanagan weighed into the row yesterday over the Common Travel Area’s future if Britain leaves the European Union. Mr Flanagan claimed frontier controls would not be decided by London and Dublin alone if British voters...

 

Government and Kurds fight for town in north-east

FIGHTING continued yesterday between the Kurdish militia and government troops in the north-eastern Syrian border town of Qamishli. Clashes broke out on Wednesday when members of the local Asayish Kurdish police force refused to stop at a National...

 

EU railing against logic

COMPULSORY rail privatisation across Europe took another step forward this week, with the decision by European Parliament negotiators to rubber-stamp the opening up of all rail routes to more competition. It beggars belief that this could happen...

 

Revolution at your local fish counter

An unexpected fallout from global warming allows PETER FROST to endulge his palate with marine food that was once the sole preserve of the filthy rich Lobster used to be one of the most expensive and luxurious of fishy delights. It was the exclusive...

 

The Housing Bill has got to be killed

We must restore decent, affordable council housing to the mainstream, return housing associations to their social purpose, control rents and demand secure homes for all, says GLYN ROBBINS This week my union, Unite, described the Housing Bill as “the...

 

Who’d take money from these clowns?

Under Jeremy Corbyn, Labour is no longer ‘sponsored’ by McDonald’s as it was during the Blairite years. The party right may complain, but we’re all lovin’ it, writes SOLOMON HUGHES I WORKED in a burger bar — not McDonald’s, one of its rivals — for...

 

Evans wins appeal for rape retrial

Footballer was convicted in 2012 and jailed for two years Footballer Ched Evans won his appeal against his conviction for raping a 19-year-old woman yesterday. Court of Appeal judges in London ordered that he must now face a fresh trial. Evans, now...

 

McGregor ends speculation about retirement

by Our Sports Desk Conor McGregor ended the retirement rumours yesterday — which he started himself on Tuesday — and confirmed he still wants to fight Nate Diaz at UFC 200. The Irishman Tweeted earlier this week to say he had decided to “retire...

 

The bottom line

This documentary puts a human face on the economic meltdown, says Maria Duarte The Divide (12A) Directed by Katharine Round 4/5 THE rich are getting richer and the poor are getting poorer, and inequality in the US and Britain is at its highest level...

 

Film round up

Miles Ahead (15) Directed by Don Cheadle 4/5 IF YOU’RE anticipating a conventional biopic of jazz legend Miles Davis, this one-off — no orthodox Hollywood offering — will be a surprise. Like jazz itself, much of it seems interestingly improvised....

 

Corbyn tells MPs the Queen is a Gooner

The Queen is suspected of being an Arsenal fan, according to one of the club’s biggest fans, Jeremy Corbyn. Labour leader Mr Corbyn joked yesterday that many of his constituents in Islington North, which is home to the Premier League club, believe she...

 


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