News archive from 29 April 2014

Millions get US storm alert after tornadoes kill 16

Millions get US storm alert after tornadoes kill 16

Three million residents of the central and southern United States were warned of more deadly weather to come last night, as rescue and recovery workers continued the grim task of pulling out the victims of Sunday's massive tornado strikes that killed...

 
Hundreds sentenced to death in Egypt

Hundreds sentenced to death in Egypt

AN Egyptian judge has handed down death sentences for 683 alleged supporters of the country's overthrown Islamist president, including the Muslim Brotherhood's spiritual leader. It is the latest in a series of mass trials that have drawn international...

 
More sanctions on Russia as Ukraine mayor shot

More sanctions on Russia as Ukraine mayor shot

The mayor of Ukraine's second-largest city was shot in the back yesterday, as the West hit Russia with more sanctions for allegedly fomenting unrest in the east of the country. Armed insurgents tacitly backed by Moscow seized more government...

 

Scientific proof George Clooney has finally met his match with Amal Alamuddin

George Clooney has reportedly gotten engaged to his British lawyer girlfriend Amal Alamuddin and with it, the sound of millions of hearts breaking can be heard around the world. You might not be the next Mrs George Clooney, but don't feel too upset....

Metro, 00:06 in Showbiz
 
Half of new UK cancer patients 'can expect to live for another decade'

Half of new UK cancer patients 'can expect to live for another decade'

Chemotherapy bags in a hospital ward. Photograph: Christopher Thomond for the Guardian Dramatic improvements in cancer survival mean that half of those diagnosed today can expect to live for at least 10 years, according to the UK's leading cancer...

Guardian, 00:07 in Health
 
Parents using methadone to pacify children, charity warns

Parents using methadone to pacify children, charity warns

Two people were charged last month in connection with the death of two-year-old Sophie Jones who had ingested methadone. Photograph: Lancashire Police/PA Some children are being given methadone by parents with a serious drug addiction to...

Guardian, 00:07 in Health
 
Billy Connolly: I found out I had Parkinson's and cancer on the same day

Billy Connolly: I found out I had Parkinson's and cancer on the same day

'I think they’re very closely related, deep despair and laughing,' says Billy Connolly. Photograph: Luke Macgregor/PA Billy Connolly has disclosed that he was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease and prostate cancer on the same day. The 71-year-old...

Guardian, 00:07 in Health
 
Lost Edinburgh: The Beatles at the ABC

Lost Edinburgh: The Beatles at the ABC

THIS WEEK marks an incredible 50 years since the pop phenomenon of Beatlemania invaded Edinburgh for the first time. The Fab Four’s unforgettable brace of shows at the ABC cinema on 29 April 1964 have since gone down in local pop folklore. There will...

 
Comment: Pfizer tries to take drugs in public

Comment: Pfizer tries to take drugs in public

when private overtures don't succeed, go public and ramp up the pressure on the target from third parties - ie institutional investors. The tactic is on page one of the corporate takeovers manual. US pharmaceuticals giant Pfizer has done that now...

Scotsman, 00:08 in Business
 
Third legal action launched against RBS

Third legal action launched against RBS

THOUSANDS of small shareholders in Royal Bank of Scotland yesterday launched a £20 million legal action against the bank alleging they were misled as to its financial strength at the £12 billion rights issue in 2008. The RBS Rights Issue Action Group,...

Scotsman, 00:08 in Business
 
Livestock sector ‘must keep up pressure on CAP’

Livestock sector ‘must keep up pressure on CAP’

The livestock and meat industry must keep up the pressure on the UK government for increased coupled support to help reverse the downward trend in the national suckler cow herd and sheep flock, Alan McNaughton, president of the Scottish Association of...

Scotsman, 00:08 in Business
 
EU denies Alex Salmond’s claim over living wage

EU denies Alex Salmond’s claim over living wage

ALEX Salmond yesterday demanded a shake-up of European Union law to scrap regulations that he claims prevent the Scottish Government from forcing its contractors to pay workers the "living wage". The First Minister used a visit to Belgium to...

Scotsman, 00:08 in Politics
 
Church of Scotland ‘struggling to stay alive’

Church of Scotland ‘struggling to stay alive’

KIRK membership has dropped by almost 50,000 in the past three years, more than 320 a week, according to new figures. The statistics, due to come before the Church’s General Assembly next month, have led to claims that it the Church of Scotland is...

Scotsman, 00:08 in Politics
 
Millions shut out of payments via mobile numbers

Millions shut out of payments via mobile numbers

Twenty million bank account holders will have no immediate access to the new Paym mobile payment technology, which officially launches on Tuesday. Over 18 million - mainly customers of Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS), NatWest and the Nationwide - will...

BBC, 00:11 in Business
 
Firms battle to recruit and retain best staff

Firms battle to recruit and retain best staff

When Mark Dixon got his first job after graduating from university he was slim. By the time he'd worked his way up to regional manager at the firm, he was in his 50s and obese. Concerned for his health, his employer persuaded him to go on a one-week...

BBC, 00:11 in Business
 


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