News archive from 24 August 2015, page 8

Transgender sitcom Boy Meets Girl ushers in new era for TV

"Leo, there's something that I need to tell you." Those are the first words from Judy, one of the main characters in BBC Two's new sitcom Boy Meets Girl. Judy then informs Leo, her date, that she was born a man. Except she puts it even more...

BBC, 03:29 in Regional
 

Roseanne Beckett wins $2.3m for malicious prosecution after 26 years

Twenty-six years to the day after Roseanne Beckett was arrested for trying to kill her husband, she has been awarded $2.3m plus costs for malicious prosecution. Roseanne Beckett, formerly Roseanne Catt, was released from jail in 2001 after serving...

 
Ahmad Zeidan: UAE drugs convict in new appeal to government

Ahmad Zeidan: UAE drugs convict in new appeal to government

A British man jailed in the United Arab Emirates after allegedly being tortured into admitting drugs charges has made a fresh plea for government help. Ahmad Zeidan from Reading was sentenced to nine years after he was arrested when cocaine worth...

BBC, 03:46 in Regional
 
Rethink needed over Scottish carbon targets, study says

Rethink needed over Scottish carbon targets, study says

Scotland needs to shift a fifth of its spending on new buildings and transport towards backing for its targets of big cuts in carbon emissions, a new study has claimed. A report published by the Task Force on Low Carbon Infrastructure said less should...

BBC, 03:46 in Regional
 

Jarryd Hayne continues to impress in second NFL pre-season outing

Related: Jarryd Hayne impresses as he takes NFL pre-season bow for San Francisco 49ers Australian rookie Jarryd Hayne has excited San Francisco 49ers fans early in his second game in the National Football League pre-season, returning three punts for...

Guardian, 03:58 in Sport
 

BT Sport win bidding war with Sky to stage next Ashes series

BT Sport are believed to have paid £350million to secure the rights to broadcast the Ashes from Cricket Australia, breaking Sky's 10-year stranglehold of live cricket coverage in this country. Sky have had the rights to broadcast overseas cricket for...

 

Jessica Ennis-Hill on top of the world ahead of the defence of her Olympic title

With memories of her golden glory at London 2012, Ennis-Hill won the final event of the seven, the 800m, to regain the world heptathlon crown in the Bird's Nest Stadium yesterday, with a performance that she insisted meant just as much to her as her...

 

Asia-Pacific share market plunge triggered by jitters over China

Fears of a slowdown in the Chinese economy sent Asia-Pacific stocks plummeting on Monday, days after Wall Street suffered its biggest one-day loss in almost four years. In Australia the benchmark S&P/ASX 200 and the All Ordinaries indices fell...

 

Mel Gibson denies pushing and spitting at female photographer in Sydney

Mel Gibson did not push a female photographer outside a Sydney cinema on Sunday night, his US publicist has said, calling the story “a complete fabrication”. On Monday morning, Australian media outlets reported that the Oscar-winning actor and...

 

South Korea's Park Geun-hye asks North for apology amid tensions

South Korean President Park Geun-hye has said cross-border propaganda broadcasts will continue until Pyongyang apologises for landmines that injured two South Korean soldiers. North Korea has threatened to use force to stop the broadcasts, ratcheting...

BBC, 04:25 in World News
 
Deadline looms for nominations

Deadline looms for nominations

There is less than a week to go to nominate your community heroes for this year's Best of Northumberland Awards. Readers are being encouraged to put forward individuals and groups in the county who go above and beyond the call of duty and/or show...

 

British hostage Robert Semple 'to return to UK' after being freed in Yemen

A Briton held hostage in Yemen for around 18 months is reportedly set to return to the UK after being freed. The man, named by the United Arab Emirate's state news agency as Robert Douglas Semple, 64, was released in a military intelligence operation...

 

Sudanese immigrant faces 'Channel Tunnel walk' charges

An immigrant who is alleged to have almost crossed the English Channel on foot by nearly walking the entire length of the Channel Tunnel is to appear in court. Abdul Rahman Haroun, 40, has been charged with causing an obstruction to an engine or...

 

Tunisian border guard killed and three wounded in jihadist shootout

A Tunisian border guard was killed on Sunday in a shootout with jihadists on the border with Algeria, state television and the president of a union of border guards said. “A border guard was killed and three others were wounded in a shootout with a...

 

George Pell criticised by Catholic bishop as 'destroyer of unity' on child sex abuse

Cardinal George Pell “destroyed the unity” of the Catholic church’s response to child sex abuse, an Australian bishop has told the royal commission. Bishop Geoffrey Robinson, who played a key role in developing the Australian church’s response to...

 


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