News archive from 7 December 2014, page 1

Rouble’s dramatic decline gives Russia an economic headache

Rouble’s dramatic decline gives Russia an economic headache

A website that was going viral on Russian social networks last week shows the rouble-dollar exchange rate, the rouble-euro exchange rate and the price of Brent crude changing in real time against a backdrop of slowly breaking waves, as soothing music...

Guardian, 00:11 in Business
 
Opec and American shale keep the oil price spiralling downwards

Opec and American shale keep the oil price spiralling downwards

Oil prices were back near five-year lows – below $70 per barrel – at the end of last week as commodity traders, analysts and governments struggled to come up with new forecasts for 2015. The benchmark, Brent blend, had recovered from a major drop in...

Guardian, 00:11 in Business
 
vOICe: the soundscape headsets that allow blind people to ‘see’ the world

vOICe: the soundscape headsets that allow blind people to ‘see’ the world

Using sound to help blind people to create images in their heads can prove more effective in enabling them to perform everyday activities, such as picking up a cup or even reading, than invasive surgical operations, according to groundbreaking new...

Guardian, 00:13 in Health
 
Twenty-five years after Nicolae Ceausescu was executed, Romanians seek a ‘revolution reborn’

Twenty-five years after Nicolae Ceausescu was executed, Romanians seek a ‘revolution reborn’

Until 22 December 1989, Bucharest’s stolid Central Committee building had been an impenetrable seat of communist power for decades. Then, on that day, hundreds of ordinary Romanians armed only with stones and courage surged past troops and stormed...

 
‘I’m still nervous,’ says soldier who shot Nicolae Ceausescu

‘I’m still nervous,’ says soldier who shot Nicolae Ceausescu

Ionel Boyeru’s hands tremble slightly when he talks about the day he shot dead Romanian dictator Nicolae Ceausescu and his wife Elena, beside a toilet block in a freezing courtyard. On Christmas Day, 1989 he guarded the couple’s melodramatic show...

 
War poet Isaac Rosenberg recognised in archive footage from the trenches

War poet Isaac Rosenberg recognised in archive footage from the trenches

After 30 years in the police force, retired DS Terry Abrahams has developed a sixth sense for recognising faces. It’s a talent that led him to spot, in a piece of first world war film footage, one of Britain’s greatest poets during active service. The...

 
I’m living with HIV, but it doesn’t define me

I’m living with HIV, but it doesn’t define me

When I was 13, my doctor sat me down and told me that I was HIV-positive. Sitting next to me, my mum was silent, in denial of the virus that she had unknowingly passed to me. People often say that when they discovered their HIV-positive diagnosis they...

 
Nicola Sturgeon urged to honour MND pledge

Nicola Sturgeon urged to honour MND pledge

GORDON Aikman, who campaigns to raise awareness of motor neurone disease (MND), has urged the First Minister to use some of the money allocated to Scotland as part of the Autumn Statement to pay for more specialist posts to allow people to "die...

Scotsman, 00:17 in Politics
 
Jim Murphy takes on SNP over classroom failure

Jim Murphy takes on SNP over classroom failure

JIM Murphy has pledged to bring back a controversial reform to get the best teachers into under-performing classrooms, igniting a war with the SNP over education policy. The front-runner in the race for the Scottish Labour leadership has said he will...

Scotsman, 00:17 in Politics
 
Actors help to train doctors for real-life wards

Actors help to train doctors for real-life wards

FINAL-YEAR medical students at a Scottish university are to be given training on a simulated real-life ward using actors to play the role of critically ill patients, in a bid to reduce potentially fatal errors by junior doctors. Researchers from...

Scotsman, 00:20 in Health
 
Home births: Do benefits outweigh risks?

Home births: Do benefits outweigh risks?

THE most pressing concern for Rachel Mayhew and husband John when they decided to have their second baby at home was whether or not their first-floor Edinburgh flat could withstand the weight of a birthing pool. But after a structural engineer said it...

Scotsman, 00:20 in Health
 
One Direction add additional Sheffield date to their upcoming show

One Direction add additional Sheffield date to their upcoming show

Due to phenomenal demand One Direction have added an additional Sheffield date to their upcoming On The Road Again Tour 2015. The world’s biggest pop act return to their homeland next year with the eagerly awaited announcement of a brand new UK &...

 
One Direction add additional Sheffield date to their upcoming show

One Direction add additional Sheffield date to their upcoming show

Due to phenomenal demand One Direction have added an additional Sheffield date to their upcoming On The Road Again Tour 2015. The world’s biggest pop act return to their homeland next year with the eagerly awaited announcement of a brand new UK &...

 
New blow for al-Qaeda as terror chief is killed

New blow for al-Qaeda as terror chief is killed

PAKISTANI soldiers killed a top al-Qaeda operative yesterday who was indicted in the US for his alleged involvement in a plot to bomb trains in London and New York. The death of Adnan Shukrijumah is the latest blow to the terror organisation, which is...

 


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