News archive from 11 December 2012, page 3

Catalogue of failings led to building’s collapse in quake

Catalogue of failings led to building’s collapse in quake

A SIX-STOREY office building that collapsed and killed 115 people in New Zealand's devastating earthquake last year was poorly designed by an inexperienced engineer, inadequately constructed and should never have been issued a building permit, a...

 
Analysis: Hamas chief sets out his stall as he bids to lead all Palestinians

Analysis: Hamas chief sets out his stall as he bids to lead all Palestinians

HAMAS political chief Khaled Meshaal scorched Israeli and foreign ears during his landmark visit to the Gaza Strip by vowing to liberate every inch of historic Palestine. But within Palestinian politics, the trip had an entirely different...

 
'Snooper's charter' faces rough ride through parliament

'Snooper's charter' faces rough ride through parliament

A scrutiny committee has painted Theresa May's communications data bill as Big Brother by the back door. Photograph: Stefan Wermuth/Reuters Civil liberties are said to have been the political glue that brought the two coalition parties together before...

 

Hermitage chief decries ‘mob rule’ in row over British exhibit

THE head of the renowned Hermitage Museum has accused the Russian authorities of fostering "mob rule", in taking up complaints by Russian Orthodox Christians over a British exhibit they said hurt religious feelings. The row coincides with a...

 
Dominique Strauss-Kahn court case settled

Dominique Strauss-Kahn court case settled

Nafissatou Diallo outside New York State supreme court on Monday. Photograph: Alo Ceballos/WireImage A hotel maid who claims she was brutally sexually assaulted by Dominique Strauss-Kahn has settled her civil action against the former IMF chief for an...

 

Irish back SNP policy on minimum pricing for alcohol

The Irish government has given its support to new laws introducing minimum pricing for alcohol. The SNP administration passed the pricing plan, which aims to set a 50p floor price per unit, at the second attempt at Holyrood earlier this year. But it...

 
Snooper's bill is unworkable, Nick Clegg tells Theresa May

Snooper's bill is unworkable, Nick Clegg tells Theresa May

Nick Clegg (left) and Theresa May (right) find themselves at odds over the communications data bill. Photograph: Peter Macdiarmid/PA A coalition clash over the home secretary's "snooper's charter" legislation has opened up at the highest...

 

13 soldiers die as Syrian rebels capture base

Syrian rebels captured part of a large army base outside the embattled northern city of Aleppo, tightening the opposition's grip on areas close to the Turkish border, activists said yesterday. The rebels also killed 13 soldiers in an ambush near a...

 

Egypt’s army given extra power before crunch vote

Egypt's Islamist president, Mohamed Morsi, has given the army temporary power to arrest civilians during a constitutional referendum he is determined to push through, despite the risk of bloodshed between his supporters and opponents. Seven people...

 

Mugabe allies take Smith farm

The manager of a ranch owned by Zimbabwe's last white ruler has been ordered by president Robert Mugabe's loyalists to vacate the property so it can be occupied by a state institution. Farm manager Owen Jarman said he had not yet been given a date for...

 

Young footballers’ sad farewell to slain linesman

Members of Dutch youth football club SC Buitenboys have paid their last respects to linesman Richard Nieuwenhuizen, who was allegedly beaten to death by players of a rival team. The 41-year-old was attacked while officiating at an under-17 match. He...

 
CEO Guru: Managing risk

CEO Guru: Managing risk

Managing companies also means managing risks. Get your attitude to this wrong and you could be heading for trouble. Some business leaders believe that handling risk has become more difficult over the past decade or so. Joe Plumeri, chief executive of...

BBC, 00:13 in Business
 

Uganda short of cash as aid cut

UGANDA'S budget for the 2012-13 fiscal year will fall short by 6.2 per cent - the equivalent of about £161 million - due to aid cuts by donors over corruption, the government has said. At least five western countries, including Britain, suspended aid...

 
US student loans: The trillion dollar debt trap

US student loans: The trillion dollar debt trap

Jill McDevitt, 27, is well-educated and renowned in her field - but she's overwhelmed by $150,000 (£93,500; 116,300 euros) of student debt. She lives with her partner in the suburbs of Philadelphia, in an 800 sq ft flat that lacks laundry facilities....

BBC, 00:13 in Business
 

Militants jailed over plot to bomb train

A RUSSIAN court has jailed four alleged Islamist militants for plotting to bomb a high-speed train between Moscow and St Petersburg last year. Moscow City Court handed prison terms of between 15 and 18 years to Islam Khamzhuyev, Fail Nevlyutov, Mansur...

 


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