News archive from 5 January 2012, page 16


IN Mother and Child a grown-up, mature and strongly acted drama about motherhood, enlivened by some pleasingly tart, oddball characters, descends into lugubrious and contrived melodrama. Annette Bening is terrific as a spiky, awkward spinster, Karen,...



THE Madness of Maggie Thatcher would be a more appropriate title for The Iron Lady, an entertaining, astonishingly acted but dubious portrait of the former prime minister that presents her more as batty battleaxe than indomitable conviction...



QPR manager Neil Warnock has launched a scathing attack on the Football Association's disciplinary commission, branding the decision to uphold Joey Barton's red card "farcical" and "scandalous". The west Londoners found out on...

Daily Star, 15:36 in Sport
Pace of US service sector growth quickens in December

Pace of US service sector growth quickens in December

The pace of the US service sector's growth picked up in December, according to a new report. The Institute for Supply Management (ISM) said its services index rose to 52.6 last month from 52 in November. A reading above 50 indicates expansion. The...

BBC, 15:41 in Business

Goon (15)

Sean William Scott proves an irresistible force in this foul-mouthed slapstick movie about a guy called Glatt who gets recruited to the local ice hockey team simply because he's capable of taking out the opposition with his fists. Based upon real-life...

Arab monitors to stay in Syria despite mistakes

Arab monitors to stay in Syria despite "mistakes"

Syria, keen to show it is respecting an Arab League peace accord, said it had released a further 552 people detained during the revolt against President Bashar al-Assad "whose hands were not stained with blood". The team of monitors arrived...


Analysis - Iran sanctions push is test for West diplomacy

Evidence abounds of the unprecedented pressure on Iran wrought by a sharp escalation in sanctions intended to compel the Islamic Republic to rein in its nuclear programme. Whether the measures translate into real leverage or simply entrench Iranian...

Debt-wary Spain rejects bad bank idea

Debt-wary Spain rejects bad bank idea

Ring-fencing property assets at a state level was never on the government's agenda, said Deputy Prime Minister Soraya Saenz de Santamaria at a press conference after the weekly cabinet meeting on Thursday. Economy Minister Luis de Guindos said in a...

Reuters, 15:59 in Business

Bombs kill at least 67 in Iraq

Shi'ite Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki sparked the worst political crisis in a year on December 19 when he sought the removal of two senior Sunni politicians, a day after the last U.S. troops left Iraq. On December 22 bombs in predominately Shi'ite...


Screws tighten on Iran as big buyers shun its oil

The developments in Asia follow news on Wednesday that EU leaders had agreed to halt European purchases of Iranian crude. China, Iran's biggest trade partner, has already cut its purchases of Iranian oil by more than half this month and will extend...

RBS urged to publish future plans after rumour that overhaul could see 10,000 jobs axed

RBS urged to publish future plans after rumour that overhaul could see 10,000 jobs axed

The intention is that the remaining investment bank will be a traditional operation, along the lines of its predecessor County Nat West, largely serving UK corporate clients and pulling out of risky activities. It will focus on the trade finance,...

Mercedes-Benz sees record sales in 2011

Mercedes-Benz sees record sales in 2011

German carmaker Daimler has said it sold a record number of Mercedes-Benz cars in 2011. Sales of the brand rose 8% to a total of 1,260,912 last year, Daimler said. Including the Smart car and luxury Maybach brands, Daimler sold 1.36 million cars in...

BBC, 16:17 in Business

Walls divide Cairo as revolt anniversary nears

When she returned three weeks later, the neighbourhood had changed. Graffiti decrying Egypt's military rulers covered the buildings. The car horns and chatter of cafe patrons were gone. Strikingly, a wall of massive concrete blocks sliced the...

SNB boss says he won't resign over currency scandal

SNB boss says he won't resign over currency scandal

"So long as I have the confidence of the government and the bank council, stepping down is not an issue for me," Hildebrand told a packed room of reporters at the SNB's Zurich headquarters on Thursday. "It's very clear that this...

Reuters, 16:19 in Business

Economy at risk despite services pick-up

The unexpected jump in the Markit/CIPS Purchasing Managers' Index (PMI) for the service sector to 54.0 in December from 52.1 the month before provides some hope that the country may just skirt a recession for now. But the Bank of England's quarterly...

Reuters, 16:19 in Business

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