News archive from 31 March 2011

Nick Clegg's new 'report card' aims to improve social mobility

Nick Clegg's new 'report card' aims to improve social mobility

The government is to introduce an annual "report card" to assess whether it is improving people's life chances, drawing together seven indicators starting with babies' body weight and going all the way through life to success in adulthood to...

Guardian, 22:09 in Politics
 
Libya conflict leaves both sides running short of ammunition

Libya conflict leaves both sides running short of ammunition

Both sides in the Libya conflict are running short of weapons and ammunition after almost two weeks of intense fighting that has brutally exposed the military shortcomings of the rebels, the Guardian has been told. The rebels were forced into yet...

Guardian, 22:09 in Politics
 
India v Pakistan: ultimate cricket derby brings two countries to a standstill

India v Pakistan: ultimate cricket derby brings two countries to a standstill

In the northern Indian city of Mohali, prime ministers Manmohan Singh of India and Yousaf Raza Gilani of Pakistan paraded together in the sunshine in the prosaic stadium hosting this World Cup semi-final. They shook hands with one and all, and beamed...

Guardian, 22:09 in Sport
 
Mahendra Singh Dhoni says India's 'team unity' got them past Pakistan

Mahendra Singh Dhoni says India's 'team unity' got them past Pakistan

For the first time this week Mahendra Singh Dhoni was grinning in public. The pressure on his team in this semi-final was, he says, as intense as it can get. They survived it, and will draw strength from that against Sri Lanka in Mumbai on Saturday....

Guardian, 22:09 in Sport
 
How credit card companies want to debit you | Dean Baker

How credit card companies want to debit you | Dean Baker

Would you like to increase the sales tax in order to pay the banks another $12bn a year in profits? That is the issue that is being debated in Washington, these days. In case you missed it, this is because the issue is usually not discussed in these...

 
Kenneth Clarke denies weakening new anti-bribery law

Kenneth Clarke denies weakening new anti-bribery law

Ministers have been accused of undermining the long delayed legislation intended to crack down on payments of bribes by business executives. Anti-corruption campaigners claim the government has surrendered to lobbying by business groups, creating...

 
Live debate graphics 'sway voters'

Live debate graphics 'sway voters'

TV companies' use of interactive "worm" graphics during political leaders' debates could distort voting enough to swing a general election, researchers have claimed. The worm, which tracks audience responses to politicians' comments in a...

 

Google takes on Facebook with latest social tweak

The so-called "+1" button will start to appear alongside Google search results for select users from Wednesday, letting people recommend specific search results to friends and contacts by clicking on that button. Eventually, the feature may...

 

Apple still has a lot of room to grow: Sterne Agee

"We think the beauty with the Apple story is that the company doesn't need to win everyone over to continue its success. The company just needs to continue winning a fair share of its vast end markets," analyst Shaw Wu wrote in a note. Wu...

 

Missing Bronx zoo cobra sparks Twitter following

Mayor Michael Bloomberg responded to a Twitter message from @BronxZoosCobra, which was posted by somebody tweeting as the poisonous Egyptian cobra that went missing from the zoo's Reptile House last weekend. "Today President Obama and I toured...

 

For art's sake – and ours | David Edgar

Three years ago at the Young Vic theatre 500 arts people dragged the then Arts Council England chief Peter Hewitt slowly over hot coals in protest against a programme of cuts, many of which were later reversed. Last week the Young Vic hosted another...

 
Ajax board of directors resign after disagreement with Johan Cruyff

Ajax board of directors resign after disagreement with Johan Cruyff

Ajax's board of directors announced their resignation on Wednesday over a disagreement with Johan Cruyff over how the club should be run. The directors, including the chairman, Uri Coronel, made the announcement this evening at a meeting of the club's...

Guardian, 22:20 in Sport
 

Alleged terrorist claims British intelligence interrogated him in Uganda

Alleged terrorist Omar Awadh Omar claims he was interrogated by British intelligence. An alleged terrorist says he has been interrogated by British intelligence officers after being severely mistreated at a notorious prison in Uganda, in what appears...

Guardian, 22:23 in Business
 
Omar Awadh and the outsourcing of torture | Clara Gutteridge

Omar Awadh and the outsourcing of torture | Clara Gutteridge

The UK government has promised an inquiry into past incidents of torture. But its complicity in abusive practices appears to continue, and as the Guardian reports, a recent case suggests that its worst practices have simply been outsourced to Africa....

 
Egypt military says presidential election this year

Egypt military says presidential election this year

The new head of state would be elected a month or two after parliamentary elections scheduled for September, said Mamdouh Shaheen, a member of the military council which has governed since popular protests toppled Hosni Mubarak on February 11....

 


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