News archive from 8 July 2018

Piper Alpha disaster: how 167 oil rig workers died

The Piper Alpha disaster which killed 167 workers on 6 July 1988 off the coast of Aberdeen is the world'sdeadliest ever oil rig accident. The controversy around it was heightened when a report into the disaster by Lord Cullen judged that the operator...

Guardian, 00:01 in Business
 
‘Is it coming home?’ Rafael Nadal asks the question on every England fan’s lips

‘Is it coming home?’ Rafael Nadal asks the question on every England fan’s lips

Rafael Nadal wrapped up his third-round match in confident fashion on Saturday – and finished in time to catch the vast majority of England’s World Cup clash with Sweden. The world No. 1 is a huge football fan and was devastated to see Spain tumble...

Metro, 00:01 in Sport
 

Euan McColm: Laws governing EU referendum proved meaningless

Without a criminal sanction or the threat of a re-run, Vote Leave can cock a snook at the Electoral Commission, says Euan McColm Imagine you’re unhappy with your television. The screen’s too small, the sound’s terrible and, frankly, nobody much...

Scotsman, 00:04 in Politics
 

Prof Annie Anderson: Decades have been lost in the war on obesity

Childhood obesity is an echo of the much larger adult world (in fact 66 per cent of Scottish adults) where excess body fat is associated with the torment of stigma, lower employment and an abundance of ill health. For virtually every child that is at...

Scotsman, 00:04 in Politics
 

Dani Garavelli: We can mock Trump’s visit, but remember serious issues at stake

Knockabout stunts to humiliate Donald Trump during his UK visit are great as long as we remember the serious issues at stake, writes Dani Garavelli Last week, on US Independence Day, Therese Okoumo staged the perfect protest against Donald Trump’s...

Scotsman, 00:04 in Politics
 

Rik Mayall happy and healthy moments before death, says friend

The comedian and actor Rik Mayall seemed "happy and healthy" just moments before he died aged 56, a family friend said on Tuesday. Peter Richardson, 62, who co-founded the Comic Strip, described how his son had been with Mayall just half an...

Guardian, 00:09 in Showbiz
 
UN body condemns Australia for illegal detention of asylum seekers and refugees

UN body condemns Australia for illegal detention of asylum seekers and refugees

A key United Nations body has condemned as arbitrary and illegal Australia’s indefinite incarceration of refugees and asylum seekers, issuing critical statements on five separate cases in a year. But those unlawfully held remain in indefinite...

 
Novichok fear sends chill through Salisbury’s homeless

Novichok fear sends chill through Salisbury’s homeless

A short walk from Salisbury’s medieval cathedral and narrow lanes of boutique shops, a group of restless homeless people are gathering outside the city’s only remaining hostel in the searing heat of the sun. Josh Harris has little more than his...

 
US service member killed in 'insider attack' in Afghanistan

US service member killed in 'insider attack' in Afghanistan

The US-led coalition headquarters in Kabul has confirmed that a US service member has been killed in an apparent insider attack in southern Afghanistan. A statement issued by the Resolute Support Mission on Saturday said two other US service members...

 
Donald Trump UK visit to put 'unquestionable pressure on police

Donald Trump UK visit to put 'unquestionable pressure" on police

Donald Trump's visit to the UK in the next week will put "unquestionable pressure" on UK police forces, the Police Federation has warned. The US president will spend time in London, Windsor and Scotland during the two-day working visit....

BBC, 00:33 in Regional
 
Thousands evacuated due to fast-moving California wildfire

Thousands evacuated due to fast-moving California wildfire

Thousands were force to leave their homes in Santa Barbara County on Saturday as a fast-moving wildfire driven by strong winds and triple-digit temperatures destroyed 20 homes and other buildings, and officials declared a local emergency. The Holiday...

 
Cecilia Haddad's ex-boyfriend arrested by police in Brazil

Cecilia Haddad's ex-boyfriend arrested by police in Brazil

Brazilian police have arrested Mario Marcelo Santoro over the death of his former girlfriend Cecilia Haddad, whose body was found in Sydney’s Lane Cove River. The Rio de Janeiro police department said Santoro was arrested at a relative’s home in the...

 
Was the newlywed mechanic who stole a plane shot down?

Was the newlywed mechanic who stole a plane shot down?

In 1969, at the height of the Cold War, a homesick, hungover mechanic in the US Air Force stole a plane from his base in East Anglia and set off for Virginia. Nearly two hours later, he disappeared suddenly over the English Channel. Did he simply...

BBC, 00:45 in World News
 
Obituary: Henry Butler, the blind pianist and photographer

Obituary: Henry Butler, the blind pianist and photographer

Four months after Hurricane Katrina destroyed his house in August 2005, Henry Butler returned home to New Orleans for the first time. He couldn't see the damage - he had been blind since suffering glaucoma as a child. But he knew how bad it was. The...

BBC, 00:49 in World News
 

Surrey v Yorkshire (day three report): Adam Lyth and Andrew Gale warm to their task on ‘good day’ for...

IF Adam Lyth needs any encouragement that his England days are not necessarily over, he should look no further than his Yorkshire team-mate, Gary Ballance. Ballance’s return to the England side for today’s first Test against Pakistan at Lord’s –...

 


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