News archive from 1 January 2013, page 1

Japan’s PM set to rewrite apology for war record

Japan’s PM set to rewrite apology for war record

JAPANESE prime minister Shinzo Abe wants to replace a landmark 1995 apology for suffering caused in Asia during the Second World War with an unspecified "forward-looking statement". Mr Abe, a hawkish conservative who is known to want to...


Hugo Chavez facing ‘new problems’

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez is confronting "new complications" due to a respiratory infection nearly three weeks after undergoing cancer surgery, his vice-president said in Cuba as he visited the ailing leader for the first time since...


Activists defy authorities to visit wife of dissident

Five Chinese activists have defied security measures and made a brief visit to dissident Liu Xiaobo's wife, Liu Xia, who has been under house arrest since her husband was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize two years ago. The rare visit last Friday was...


Israel eases ban on Gaza building materials

Israel has started allowing long-banned building materials into the Gaza Strip, its first key concession to the territory's Hamas rulers under a cease-fire that ended eight days of intense fighting last month. Israel offered an added incentive to the...


Analysis: Peace in our time is possible if we believe in it

IF WE were hoping for peace in our time, 2012 did not deliver it. Conflict grew ever bloodier in Syria, continued to grind on in Afghanistan, and flared up periodically in West, Central, and East Africa. There were episodes of ethnic, sectarian, and...


‘Fiscal cliff’ deal is in sight, claims president

President Barack Obama last night said a deal to avoid the "fiscal cliff" of tax rises and spending cuts was "in sight". But he warned that it was not yet complete, and said it was unlikely a “grand bargain” on tax and spending...


Families 'must do more' for elderly

Families and neighbours must do more to look after the elderly to stop them enduring a "dismal existence", the Care Minister has urged. Norman Lamb said everyone had a part to play in building a "less neglectful society" and warned...


Nigeria’s president talks of apocalyptic times

Nigerian president Goodluck Jonathan has likened attacks by a radical Islamist sect in his West African nation to the coming of the "end times" - an unlikely acknowledgment from the seat of power about the violent unrest gripping the...


Body found amid Tenerife search

Police searching in Tenerife for a missing British holidaymaker have found a body. Peter Henley, 50, from Dover, Kent, flew to the Spanish island on December 6 and stayed in the resorts of Puerto de Santiago and Puerto de la Cruz. He had booked...


9 die after bus veers off icy US interstate

NINE people were killed and more than two dozen injured when a charter bus veered out of control on Sunday on snow- and ice-covered lanes of Interstate 84 in eastern Oregon, according to the Oregon State Police. The bus crashed near the start of a...


Europe in a ‘race for second place’ on GM food

The chief scientific adviser to the European Commission has suggested member states are not capitalising on their own expertise in genetically modified food. Europe appears to be in a “race for second place” by conducting highly regarded research but...



Senegal international Ba has a clause in his contract allowing him to leave St James' Park for £7.5million and both Arsenal and Chelsea have expressed an interest in signing him. Pardew, who yesterday described Ba's agents as “sharks”, says Ba must...

Happy New Year to all our readers

Happy New Year to all our readers

THE Guardian would like to wish a Happy New Year to all of its readers and advertisers. The next paper is out tomorrow, Wednesday, January 2. To contact the newsdesk email


Facebook disables message tool after privacy flaw find

Facebook has been forced to disable a messaging feature after a student uncovered a flaw


16 killed in day of Iraq violence

Explosions killed at least 16 people and wounded 76 across Iraq yesterday, police said, underlining sectarian and ethnic divisions that threaten to further destabilise the country a year after US troops left. Tensions between Shiite, Kurdish and Sunni...


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