News archive from 27 May 2014

Pope treads carefully in minefield of Middle East

Pope treads carefully in minefield of Middle East

POPE Francis navigated the minefield of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and humbly bowed to kiss the hands of Holocaust survivors on the last day of a Middle East trip laden with bold personal gestures. “Never again, Lord. Never again!” he said in...

 
40 die as high-speed Indian express train crashes

40 die as high-speed Indian express train crashes

AT least 40 people were killed yesterday when a passenger train derailed and crashed into a parked freight train in northern India, officials said. The Gorakhpur Express passenger train was travelling at high speed at the time. The driver slammed on...

 
A baptism of fire for new Ukrainian president

A baptism of fire for new Ukrainian president

FIERCE fighting between Ukrainian government troops and pro-Russian separatists overshadowed the president-elect's first speech in which he pledged to end the crisis facing his country. Kiev launched air strikes and dropped paratroopers close to...

 
Egypt goes to polls amid huge security operation

Egypt goes to polls amid huge security operation

Millions of voters are casting ballots across Egypt to choose a new president, for the second time in two years. A huge security operation has been mounted, amid fear of attacks by militants seeking to disrupt the polls. The elections are being held...

 

Roberto Cavalli approaches Investcorp for possible investment - source

Following the example of rival Italian labels Versace and Valentino, founder-owned fashion firm Cavalli has for some time been looking for a partner or a buyer to bring in new funds. The group, famous for its colourful animal prints, came close last...

Reuters, 00:04 in Business
 
Holyrood parties play the Ukip blame game

Holyrood parties play the Ukip blame game

RECRIMINATIONS flew last night as Holyrood parties sought to point the finger of blame for allowing Ukip to win a European Parliament seat and represent Scotland in Brussels. The row followed formal confirmation yesterday that the right-wing party had...

Scotsman, 00:05 in Politics
 
MPs admit Scottish EU membership now possible

MPs admit Scottish EU membership now possible

THE SNP's timetable of 18 months for an independent Scotland to rejoin the European Union (EU) is "unachievable", the House of Commons Scottish affairs select committee has warned. However, pro-UK MPs have acknowledged Scotland would be...

Scotsman, 00:05 in Politics
 
Analysis: Farage and Ukip throw a spanner in works

Analysis: Farage and Ukip throw a spanner in works

It was meant to provide a launch pad for the official phase of the Yes campaign. Ukip would come first across the UK as a whole, but fail to secure any representation north of the Border. There would be no clearer demonstration that Scotland’s values...

Scotsman, 00:05 in Politics
 

Pope compares sexual abuse to 'satanic Mass', says will meet victims

(Reporting by Philip Pullella; Editing by Eric Walsh)

 
Week ahead: Pressure likely to rise on housing market

Week ahead: Pressure likely to rise on housing market

The housing market recovery will be in sharp focus this week, with a raft of data laying bare the Bank of England's dilemma over rising prices in the south of England. With prices elsewhere still struggling to gain traction and the economy needing all...

Scotsman, 00:05 in Business
 
People: the business diary

People: the business diary

Bank boss Graham Storrie arrived with his left arm in a sling for the opening night of Scottish Ballet's Romeo and Juliet in Edinburgh last week. However, it was not a result of an accident while practising his demi-plie. Storrie, managing director of...

Scotsman, 00:05 in Business
 
Skills shortages weigh on services sector

Skills shortages weigh on services sector

Optimism among firms in the powerhouse services sector is rising at the fastest pace on record, a survey showed today. However, the CBI warned that some companies’ growth ambitions could be hampered by a shortage of skilled workers, especially across...

Scotsman, 00:05 in Business
 
CAP will be main focus at Scotsheep

CAP will be main focus at Scotsheep

As THE Scottish sheep industry stands at a crossroads, all eyes will next week be turning to the Berwickshire farm of Quixwood, near Granthouse, when it hosts the national biennial Scotsheep event. With over 160 trade stands and 40 breed societies in...

Scotsman, 00:05 in Business
 
Helped by friends to aim higher

Helped by friends to aim higher

Practical partnerships have been the key to providing top quality care and respite for people with limited mobility, says Mairi O'Keefe Leuchie House has come a long way since its formation at short notice as an independent charity nearly three years...

Scotsman, 00:06 in Health
 
Social enterprises can provide best of both

Social enterprises can provide best of both

Ethos can be both business and charitable, says Edel Harris The world of social care is changing and we must prepare to change with it. As CEO of Cornerstone, a leading social care social enterprise in Scotland, I have pondered on what these changes...

Scotsman, 00:06 in Health
 


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