News archive from 5 March 2013, page 4

Human rights laws: supremely serious judgment

Britain's judges have traditionally disliked involving themselves in public controversy almost as strongly as Britain's politicians wish the judges would keep their criticisms firmly under their wigs. That is why Tuesday's Guardian interview with the...

 
UK to withdraw 11,000 troops from Germany by 2016

UK to withdraw 11,000 troops from Germany by 2016

British soldiers in Paderborn, Germany. Photograph: Ben Birchall/PA Archive/Press Association Ima More than 11,000 troops currently based in Germany will return to Britain within three years as part of a major restructuring of the army that will...

 
BP probe ignored pre-spill call about critical test - lawyer

BP probe ignored pre-spill call about critical test - lawyer

Transocean Ltd lawyer Brad Brian pushed BP's global head of safety and operational risk on why the report did not mention that call even though investigators mentioned it in their notes. BP's report placed most of the blame for the explosion and spill...

Reuters, 00:16 in Business
 
Citigroup arbitration win in $4 billion Abu Dhabi case upheld

Citigroup arbitration win in $4 billion Abu Dhabi case upheld

The Abu Dhabi fund had sought $4 billion (2 billion pounds) in damages over what it called Citigroup's fraudulent representations prior to the investment in November 2007, which followed billions of dollars in writedowns at Citigroup linked to...

Reuters, 00:16 in Business
 

Video: ‘Turn filthy Bradford Beck into a nature reserve’

Calls have been made for a beck that was once so polluted it was dubbed "the filthiest river in England" in the 19th century to be cleaned-up to help encourage wildlife. Of the 11km of Bradford Beck which flows through the city, the majority...

 

Young at higher risk of forced marriage

YOUNG people are at the greatest risk of being forced to marry against their will, according to new statistics that reveal an "alarming" number of victims. The Government’s Forced Marriage Unit (FMU) dealt with 1,485 cases last year...

 
44 Scotland Street: You all right, hen?

44 Scotland Street: You all right, hen?

The forty-second installment of Alexander McCall Smith's daily novel Volume 9 Episode 42 You all right, hen? AND he did phone her – three hours after they had said goodbye in the Elephant House when she was standing on the corner of the narrow lane...

 
Images of Scotland: Loch Lomond

Images of Scotland: Loch Lomond

Linda Armstrong took this photograph of Loch Lomond on a beautiful spring day, with a pleasing reminder of winter in the distance View more images of Scotland on our Facebook page • To submit your picture for publication online or in The Scotsman...

 
Dancing on Ice: Gareth Thomas too ill to skate

Dancing on Ice: Gareth Thomas too ill to skate

DANCING on Ice contestant Gareth Thomas has not recovered after quitting the skating show at the weekend complaining of feeling sick and dizzy. The former rugby star withdrew from the ITV show on Sunday night after he could perform only one of his two...

 
On this day: SNP independence plan | Kray’s jailed

On this day: SNP independence plan | Kray’s jailed

Events, birthdays and anniversaries for 5 March 5 March 1770: British troops fired into a mob in Boston, Massachusetts, killing five in the “Boston Massacre”. It was one of the incidents which led to the War of American Independence. 1850: The Menai...

 
Microsoft unveils self-sketching whiteboard prototype

Microsoft unveils self-sketching whiteboard prototype

Microsoft is working on an interactive whiteboard which aims to interpret users' sketches to complete the diagrams they were drawing. The firm will unveil the prototype as part of Techfest - an annual event where its researchers reveal some of the...

 
Are we really facing cyberwar?

Are we really facing cyberwar?

A few weeks ago I was standing by a railway track in the small town of Gaithersburg in Maryland as a CSX freight train blasted through the level crossing; its horn blaring and bells sounding out a warning. Passengers may have largely deserted...

 

UK citizens ‘would face EU curbs’

ANY restrictions on health and welfare benefits for immigrants from EU states would have to apply equally to UK citizens under EU law, Downing Street acknowledged yesterday. Reports had suggested changes could be rushed in before Bulgarian and...

Scotsman, 00:25 in Hot News
 

Nelson Mandela secret prison letter goes online

A HANDWRITTEN letter from anti-apartheid leader Nelson Mandela is among formerly top-secret records made available online for the first time. In the letter – dated 14 September, 1962, and addressed to the British Embassy in Pretoria – Mr Mandela...

Scotsman, 00:25 in Hot News
 

Tories ‘plan to change Human Rights Act’

BRITAIN could pull out of the European Convention on Human Rights if the Conservatives win the next general election, a Cabinet minister said. Justice Secretary Chris Grayling said he was “absolutely certain” the Tories would go into the election in...

Scotsman, 00:25 in Hot News
 


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