News archive from 28 April 2014

E-cigs ‘cleared of being route into smoking’

Smokers are turning to e-cigarettes in their droves, new research suggests. More than 2million adults now regularly use the tobacco-free devices – three times as many as in 2012. And despite fears that e-cigarettes are a route into smoking real...

Metro, 00:01 in Hot News
 
Nigel Farage under fire over Lenny Henry comments

Nigel Farage under fire over Lenny Henry comments

UKIP leader Nigel Farage has been urged to condemn the latest controversial comments made by one of his candidates, who suggested comedian Lenny Henry should emigrate to a "black country". Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt’s claim that Ukip is...

Scotsman, 00:03 in Hot News
 
Sorry ladies – George Clooney is engaged

Sorry ladies – George Clooney is engaged

HE once said if he ever remarried it would be to his pot-bellied pig Max. Now George Clooney, who for almost 20 years has perhaps been the world's most eligible bachelor, is said to have become engaged to his British girlfriend. The US publication...

Scotsman, 00:03 in Hot News
 
Servicemen killed in Afghan helicopter crash named

Servicemen killed in Afghan helicopter crash named

Five British servicemen killed when the Lynx helicopter they were travelling in crashed in southern Afghanistan have been named by the Ministry of Defence. Captain Thomas Clarke, Warrant Officer Spencer Faulkner, Corporal James Walters, all of the...

Scotsman, 00:03 in Hot News
 
Scottish independence: Hague turns up heat over EU

Scottish independence: Hague turns up heat over EU

FOREIGN Secretary William Hague has attacked Alex Salmond's claim that an independent Scotland would automatically be admitted to the European Union, ahead of a keynote speech the First Minister will deliver in Belgium today. The Conservative Cabinet...

Scotsman, 00:03 in Politics
 
Scottish independence: Pressure on CBI’s UK chief

Scottish independence: Pressure on CBI’s UK chief

The UK head of the CBI, John Cridland, last night faced calls to quit from independence campaigners, after it emerged the group's Scottish director Iain McMillan is to retire early in the wake of a U-turn that saw the business organisation reverse its...

Scotsman, 00:03 in Politics
 
Brian Souter hands Christians for Independence £100k

Brian Souter hands Christians for Independence £100k

BUS tycoon Sir Brian Souter has given a £100,000 donation to help a Christian group campaign for a Yes vote in the independence referendum. The SNP-supporting owner of Stagecoach gifted Alex Salmond’s party a £500,000 sum at the 2011 Holyrood...

Scotsman, 00:03 in Politics
 
Brian Monteith: ‘Best friends’ won’t impress south

Brian Monteith: ‘Best friends’ won’t impress south

Turning people in the north of England against the south is an example of Salmond's favoured method of divide and rule, writes Brian Monteith IS THERE a more divisive politician in the United Kingdom than Alex Salmond? In a typical example of bluster...

Scotsman, 00:03 in Politics
 
Brian Ferguson: Reasons for arts optimism in Edinburgh

Brian Ferguson: Reasons for arts optimism in Edinburgh

I HAVE recently been tackling the boxes of paperwork and documents lying under and beside my desk and I've had to develop a ruthless edge in consigning the vast majority of the guddle to the recycling bins. But I retain a close affection for a pile of...

 
Five-fold rise in e-cigarette smokers in Scotland

Five-fold rise in e-cigarette smokers in Scotland

USE of electronic cigarettes by smokers in Scotland has increased five-fold in the past 
four years, research suggests. A survey by YouGov found that the percentage of adult smokers who said they used e-cigarettes rose from 3 per cent in...

Scotsman, 00:05 in Health
 
Alex Salmond has ‘a certain admiration’ for Putin

Alex Salmond has ‘a certain admiration’ for Putin

Alex Salmond has given an insight into his views on world leaders by expressing admiration for the controversial Russian president Vladimir Putin. The First Minister said he admires “certain aspects” of Mr Putin but does not approve of a range of...

 
Observers held hostage in Ukraine paraded for media

Observers held hostage in Ukraine paraded for media

A TEAM of eight European military observers held prisoner by pro-Russian insurgents in the eastern Ukranian flashpoint city of Slovyansk were shown to the media yesterday. The monitors, who are linked to the Vienna-based Organisation for Security and...

 
South Korea’s PM resigns over ferry tragedy

South Korea’s PM resigns over ferry tragedy

South Korea's prime minister resigned yesterday over the government's handling of a ferry sinking that has left more than 300 people dead or missing, blaming "deep-rooted evils" in society for the tragedy. The country’s executive power is...

 
Air raid sirens call Israel to Holocaust remembrance

Air raid sirens call Israel to Holocaust remembrance

IN AN annual ritual, Israel will come to a standstill today for the country's official Holocaust remembrance day. Air raid sirens will sound, pedestrians will stop in their tracks and drivers exit their vehicles and bow their heads to honour the six...

 
US acts to boost superpower status in Asia

US acts to boost superpower status in Asia

THE United States and the Philippines agreed a ten-year pact yesterday that would allow a larger US military presence in the South-East Asian nation as it grapples with increasingly tense territorial disputes with China. The Enhanced Defence...

 


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