News archive from 25 November 2013

HS2: Biggest ever bill goes before Parliament

HS2: Biggest ever bill goes before Parliament

The legislation allowing the government to build a high-speed rail line between London and Birmingham is to go before Parliament. The HS2 bill is the biggest the country has ever seen, stretching to 55,000 pages. The bill details, almost down to the...

BBC, 00:06 in Business
 

Nicole Scherzinger's dress pips Sharon Osbourne's in the X Factor fash-off... but Gary Barlow's tartan...

When it comes to her wardrobe, singer and X Factor judge, Nicole Scherzinger rarely puts a foot wrong - and Sunday night's fashion choice was no exception. The 35-year-old singer turned heads in a midnight blue satin gown by Turkish designer Zeynep...

 

Un-bare-ably cold! Kim Kardashian dons the same furry brown coat twice in one week but continues to expose...

Sure, it's freezing cold in New York right now, but perhaps if Kim Kardashian covered her chest for once she wouldn't have to compensate by wearing her furry dressing gown out in public. The star has certainly developed a new style as she spends a...

 

Suits you boys! Fans go wild as a smart-looking One Direction perform their new single on X Factor

One Direction gave their fans a real treat when they performed their new single Story Of My Life on Sunday night's episode of X Factor. The five-piece - Harry Styles, Louis Tomlinson, Zayn Malik, Niall Horan, and Liam Payne, dressed in a selection of...

 

Oh mother, behave! Kim Kardashian can't keep up with her party animal mother Kris at Kanye's Madison...

181 View comments She had no problem displaying her wild side in Kanye West's latest video Bound 2, which shows Kim Kardashian nude whilst straddling the 36-year-old artist on a motorcycle. Yet, Kim Kardashain remained rather reserved on Saturday, as...

 
NHS leaders call to close mental illness 'mortality gap'

NHS leaders call to close mental illness 'mortality gap'

People with mental illness are at increased risk of the top five health killers. Photograph: Jonathan Nourok/Getty Images NHS leaders are calling on those who are commissioning services to help close the "shocking mortality gap" that sees...

Guardian, 00:12 in Health
 
World sport 'must tackle big business of match fixing'

World sport 'must tackle big business of match fixing'

The marriage of sport and gambling, once a commercial match seemingly made in heaven, is facing some tough questions as corruption scandals continue to rock officials, players and fans. Cricket, snooker and football are among the sports that have been...

BBC, 00:13 in Business
 
Have UK businesses missed the train in Ethiopia?

Have UK businesses missed the train in Ethiopia?

Across the Ethiopian countryside 2,000km (1,243 miles) of railway is being built, the first phase of an endeavour to create a new 5,000km network. Currently no British companies are involved, despite Ethiopia approaching the UK for assistance at the...

BBC, 00:13 in Business
 
Luke Johnson: The boss who likes to be very busy

Luke Johnson: The boss who likes to be very busy

When Luke Johnson says he "doesn't like to be idle", the serial entrepreneur certainly means it. When you glance at his CV you wonder how he has the time to fit in all his commitments. Mr Johnson, who is estimated to be worth £150m, is the...

BBC, 00:13 in Business
 

Co-op 'favoured by government' over Lloyds branches deal

The government has been been accused of favouring Co-op Bank in the doomed sale of part of Lloyds TSB. Lord Levene, who headed up a rival bid to buy the branches, says he was told a political decision was made to back the Co-op's bid, which it was...

BBC, 00:33 in Business
 

PM 'out of touch' on water bills

David Cameron has been criticised by Labour for being "out of touch" for failing to tackle soaring water bills, as it urged the Government to take tougher action. Shadow environment, food and rural affairs minister Maria Eagle said the Prime...

 

Catholic Church reveals abuse cases

The Catholic Church in Scotland has said it will publish a review into cases of reported abuse over a period spanning more than five years. The church will give details of the number of incidents reported between 2006 to 2012, their nature and the...

 

Neighbourhood policing 'threatened'

The threat to neighbourhood policing highlighted in a report by former Met commissioner Lord Stevens is of "profound concern", Labour leader Ed Miliband will say. The Independent Police Commission will set out 37 recommendations to transform...

 

RBS 'unscrupulous' over small firms

Royal Bank of Scotland is facing allegations of "unscrupulous" treatment of small businesses in a report claiming the lender drove firms to collapse to buy back their assets at rock-bottom prices. Businessman Lawrence Tomlinson, who is...

 

HS2 Bill to kick off rail project

The Government is publishing a Hybrid Bill today to get the first phase of the £50 billion HS2 high-speed rail project up and running. As ministers and supporters of the controversial scheme set out its benefits to the UK, opponents of the project...

 


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