News archive from 6 August 2013

One Sudanese soldier killed in clash with South Sudan

(Reporting by Khalid Abdelaziz; Editing by Michael Georgy and Eric Beech)


Supporters of ousted Morsi rally in Cairo

Thousands of supporters of deposed Egyptian president Mohammed Morsi marched through Cairo today demanding he be returned to power. Marchers chanted: "Morsi, Morsi" and "We are not terrorists" and waved pictures of the ousted...


Embassies stay shut after terror attack warning

Britain and France kept their embassies in Yemen closed today after the United States warned of a possible attack. The US State Department said at the weekend that 19 US embassies and consulates in the Middle East and Africa would remain closed until...


Coup plot military chief jailed for life

A Turkish court convicted the country's former military chief today of trying to overthrow the government and sentenced him to life in prison. Ilker Basbug was the most prominent of 250 defendants accused of conspiring to overthrow Prime Minister...


Spain promises retaliation over building of new reef

Spanish Foreign Minister Jose Manuel Garcia-Margallo warned today that Gibraltar's "party is over." He is considering retaliatory measures towards the British territory, including a €50 (£45) border crossing fee, amid a dispute over an...


Irradiated water leaks into sea at Fukushima

Radioactive groundwater at Japan's crippled Fukushima nuclear plant has almost certainly risen above an underground barrier meant to contain it, regulators said today. But plant operator Tepco has not addressed the emergency, warned Nuclear Regulatory...


Protesters force king to scrap Spanish paedophile's pardon

Morocco's king rescinded his pardon of a Spanish paedophile on Sunday evening after a series of protests. It was the first time in recent memory that a Moroccan monarch had reversed a pardon. Daniel Galvan Fina, who was convicted of raping 11...


Dairy chief 'sorry' for baby botulism scare

New Zealand dairy giant Fonterra apologised today for a botulism scare that led China and Russia to ban some of its products. Prime Minister John Key accused the firm of a "staggering" delay in reporting the contamination of concentrated...


No justice for Tomlinson

Julia Tomlinson's rueful acceptance that a damages payout and apology from the Metropolitan Police is "as close as we are going to get to justice" for her unlawfully killed husband Ian is a sad reflection of police impunity. That Simon...

Bigshot DIY camera aims to teach kids tech basics

Bigshot DIY camera aims to teach kids tech basics

A DIY digital camera designed to teach children about how the tech it uses works has been launched in the US. Owners of Bigshot's device need to assemble its parts in a specific sequence to make it work. An online guide explains the science behind...


Fed's Fisher - drop in jobless rate puts Fed closer to end of QE3

A stalwart opponent of the Fed's current third round of quantitative easing, or QE3, Dallas Fed President Richard Fisher said he personally would have liked to start trimming the program some time ago. "I am of the opinion that unless we see some...

Reuters, 00:13 in Business
How wearable technology could transform business

How wearable technology could transform business

Once upon a time seeing your life flash before your eyes was something people did their best to avoid. Continue reading the main story Special Report: The Technology of Business Traditional firms fight the future Using tech to save our water supply...

Pension gap widens at FTSE 100 companies

Pension gap widens at FTSE 100 companies

The pension deficit at the UK's largest companies has grown slightly, according to a report by pensions expert LCP. Its annual report shows the gap between assets and liabilities in defined pension schemes widened from £42bn to £43bn in the year to...

BBC, 00:15 in Business
July heatwave provides a boost to retail sales

July heatwave provides a boost to retail sales

Retail sales enjoyed their fastest July growth in seven years, thanks to the month's heatwave, according to the British Retail Consortium (BRC). On a like-for-like basis, the BRC said sales had been up 2.2% compared with last year, as consumers rushed...

BBC, 00:15 in Business

TV backpacking adventure for Daley

Olympic diving star Tom Daley is swapping backflips for backpacks as he heads around the world for a new TV series. The bronze medallist is to head off for an adventure with his best friend Sophie Lee for the series in which he takes a whistle-stop...


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