News archive from 25 February 2014

Egypt’s cabinet quits, may pave way for el-Sissi

Egypt’s cabinet quits, may pave way for el-Sissi

Egypt's interim prime minister announced the resignation of his cabinet yesterday in a surprise move that could be designed in part to pave the way for the nation's military chief to leave his defence minister's post to run for president. Hazem...

 
Iran breaks UN arms embargo with Iraq deal

Iran breaks UN arms embargo with Iraq deal

Iran has signed a deal to sell Iraq arms and ammunition worth £117 million in a move that would break a UN embargo on weapons sales by Tehran. The agreement was reached at the end of November, documents showed, just weeks after Iraq’s prime minister...

 
Uganda risks ties with penalties for homosexuals

Uganda risks ties with penalties for homosexuals

Uganda's president has signed a controversial anti-gay bill that sets out harsh penalties for homosexual sex, saying it is needed to deter what he called the West's "social imperialism" promoting homosexuality in Africa. President Yoweri...

 

Ukraine: Viktor Yanukovych wanted for mass killings

UKRAINE'S acting government yesterday issued an arrest warrant for the president, Viktor Yanukovych, accusing him of mass crimes against the protesters who stood up for months against his rule. With calls mounting to put the nation’s ousted leader on...

 
Sony Xperia Z2 and Nokia’s X series unveiled

Sony Xperia Z2 and Nokia’s X series unveiled

Technology giants Sony and Nokia unveiled new mobile phones yesterday in bids to increase their shares of the smartphone market. The handsets, which were shown at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, displayed very different strategies in...

 
Pakistan Taleban chief killed near Afghan border

Pakistan Taleban chief killed near Afghan border

Gunmen killed a senior official of the Pakistan Taleban in a tribal region near the Afghan border yesterday, intelligence officials and militant commanders said. Asmatullah Shaheen Bitani and three aides died in a shooting in the Darga Mandi area of...

 
Salmond indicates Plan B is to keep using pound

Salmond indicates Plan B is to keep using pound

Alex Salmond has given the clearest signal yet that his Plan B for the currency in an independent Scotland would be to use the pound informally - if a sterling zone with the rest of the UK is rejected. The First Minister insisted there was “not a...

Scotsman, 00:02 in Politics
 
Leaders: Plan B for offers no monetary control

Leaders: Plan B for offers no monetary control

NO MATTER what George Osborne, Danny Alexander or Ed Balls says, Alex Salmond seems determined to reassure Scots that they will still have pounds in their pockets should Independence Day dawn. His latest remarks on the subject indicate that should no...

Scotsman, 00:02 in Politics
 
Hugh Reilly: Celebrities not to be taken seriously

Hugh Reilly: Celebrities not to be taken seriously

Bowie's intervention puts credibility of high-profile backers under spotlight, writes Hugh Reilly LIVING abroad as a social security exile, I’m unlikely to vote in the forthcoming referendum; to exercise my democratic right I’d need to pay a...

Scotsman, 00:02 in Politics
 
Failing Goole academy ‘should be returned to council’

Failing Goole academy ‘should be returned to council’

AN "academy of excellence" which was placed in special measures should go back to local authority control, according to a local councillor. Goole town councillor Keith Moore says the governing body at Goole High School Academy of Excellence...

 
Comment: Carphone/Dixons merger strategy rings true

Comment: Carphone/Dixons merger strategy rings true

THE high street in recent years has been mainly about internet retailing plundering bricks-and-mortar operations, while outsourcing and overseas expansion have offset tough markets at home. But major mergers? That has seemingly been off the radar amid...

Scotsman, 00:06 in Business
 
Bannatyne slashes bank debts with £92m deal

Bannatyne slashes bank debts with £92m deal

SCOTTISH entrepreneur Duncan Bannatyne has struck a £92 million sale and leaseback deal that has almost wiped out debts at his healthclubs empire. The agreement with M&G Investments covers 39 Bannatyne’s Health Clubs and will clear its loans with...

Scotsman, 00:06 in Business
 
Scottish institutes join fight against barley disease

Scottish institutes join fight against barley disease

The increasingly global nature of agricultural science was highlighted with the announcement this week that two Scottish establishments are to share in a £1 million research project into a barley disease - funded by the Danish government. The research...

Scotsman, 00:06 in Business
 
Doncaster student, 20, wins top prize of £125k in poker tournament

Doncaster student, 20, wins top prize of £125k in poker tournament

A Sprotbrough student has been crowned the winner of the Sky Poker UK Poker Championships main event, taking home the top prize of £125,000. Alex Spencer, 20, won first prize at the four-day championship at the Dusk till Dawn poker club in Nottingham...

 
Rail deal could mean new parking charges

Rail deal could mean new parking charges

NEW CHARGES could be introduced at railway station car parks in and around Leeds, the YEP has learned. Yorkshire transport bosses are urging the Government not to go ahead with the idea, fearing it will cause chaos as drivers leave their cars on...

 


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