News archive from 7 February 2016

If you're PREGNANT and worried about ZIKA this is what you need to know

The Zika virus outbreak in South and Central America and the Caribbean has now been declared a "public health emergency of international concern" by the World Health Organization (WHO). The Zika virus is an emerging mosquito-borne virus,...


Victoria plane crash: recovery operation under way as wreckage found

The wreckage of a light plane that crashed off Victoria’s surf coast, killing all four people on board, is being towed back to shore. Three bodies were recovered within hours of the crash in Bass Strait on 29 January but there has been no sign of the...


‘The cycling boom is fantastic – but I miss having London to myself’

I was shocked to realise last week that I’m approaching the 10-year anniversary of the day I started cycling in London, as a nervous first-time commuter with a lopsided backpack and a Transport for London cycling map stuffed down my top. As many do, I...


Murders in Spain, and a Dublin attack with AK-47s: the deadly 20-year war of Ireland’s drug cartels

Wearing nothing more than a pair of royal blue Superman Y-fronts, Irish boxing contender Jamie Kavanagh was flexing his muscles for the cameras on stage in preparation for the weigh-in when automatic gunfire echoed around the main hall of Dublin’s...


Frauke Petry: smiling face of Germany’s resurgent right

Time was when, if anyone mentioned a female German politician with roots in the communist east and a doctorate in science, they were talking about Angela Merkel. But these days there is a new woman on the block. Frauke Petry, the youthful leader of...

North Sea could lose 150 platforms within 10 years

North Sea could lose 150 platforms within 10 years

Nearly 150 oil platforms in the UK North Sea are expected to be scrapped over the next 10 years, according to industry analysts. Of all the decommissioning over the next 25 years, more than half is likely to take place between 2019 and 2026. The...

BBC, 00:12 in Regional

The golden years of romance and rebels: TV taps into turmoil of 1970s New York

When Vinyl, HBO’s much-hyped new drama about the music industry in 1970s New York, starts next Sunday, it will be the first of a host of shows celebrating that decade in the Big Apple. In the summer, Netflix will air Baz Luhrmann’s The Get Down, which...


British Euroscepticism: a brief history

WHAT PATH FOR EUROPE, POST 1945? After the second world war, Winston Churchill spelled out his vision “to recreate the European family, or as much of it as we can, and to provide it with a structure under which it can dwell in peace, in safety and in...


‘My family resisted the Nazis’: why director had to film Alone in Berlin

In 2009, Alone in Berlin was a little-known German novel describing an act of wartime defiance against the Nazi regime. But when its harrowing pages were translated into English six decades after it was written, Hans Fallada’s book became an...


Brazil’s sprawling favelas bear the brunt of the Zika epidemic

With rubber gloves, a plastic container full of larvicide and the official badge of Rio de Janeiro’s epidemic control department, Gilberto de Souza gains permission to enter the home of a stranger in the Vila Canoas favela, in one of the latest...


What I learnt about HMRC when I posed as a tax avoider

There’s nothing worse than a half-cocked actor banging on about something he doesn’t understand. I’m with you, absolutely. But, in my defence, I’ve at least tried to do my homework on this one. Honest. Honest is probably not quite the word, as I’m...

Guardian, 00:14 in Politics

Divided, leaderless … but can UK Eurosceptics seize their moment?

For British Eurosceptics, this is their chance, at last, to change the course of history. Arguments about Europe have destroyed the premierships of two Tory prime ministers – Margaret Thatcher and John Major – and split both the Labour and...

Guardian, 00:14 in Politics
David Cameron orders review of treatment of pregnant women by prison system

David Cameron orders review of treatment of pregnant women by prison system

David Cameron has called for a review of the way the prison system treats pregnant women after figures showed 100 babies spent time living behind bars last year. The Prime Minister said it was "absolutely terrible" to think of infants...

Scotland Stronger in Europe names Mona Siddiqui as chairwoman

Scotland Stronger in Europe names Mona Siddiqui as chairwoman

A Scottish-based campaign to keep the UK in the EU has named Prof Mona Siddiqui as the chairwoman of its advisory group. Prof Siddiqui is professor of Islamic Studies and Christian-Muslim Relations at the University of Edinburgh. She has pledged to...

BBC, 00:16 in Regional
Fiscal framework: Swinney vows Holyrood scrutiny of key papers

Fiscal framework: Swinney vows Holyrood scrutiny of key papers

The Scottish finance secretary has said that key documents used to agree any new funding deal for Scotland will be published for scrutiny. The Scottish and UK governments are working on a "fiscal framework" - to ensure any new powers for...

BBC, 00:16 in Regional

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