News archive from 11 December 2012, page 4

Female government officer shot dead in Afghanistan

Gunmen have shot dead a senior female government worker in eastern Afghanistan, five months after her predecessor was killed in a bomb attack. Nadia Sediqqi, acting head of the women’s affairs department in Laghman province, was killed as she headed...


Settlement for maid from Strauss–Kahn

Former International Monetary Fund chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn has signed a settlement with a hotel maid who accused him of sexual assault in 2011, a New York judge said last night. Details of the 63-year-old’s agreement with Nafissatou Diallo will...


EU to help Mali train its troops

The European Union has approved plans to send 250 trainers to Mali to help the army defeat Islamists who have taken over the country's desert north. The force, which would not join Malian troops in battle, is part of a wider effort against the...


Turtles saved from Bali’s restaurants

Indonesian police have confiscated 33 endangered sea turtles believed to be headed for restaurants on Bali. A Bali police spokesman said the turtles – whose meat is deemed a delicacy – were seized from a boat, but crewmen believed to be waiting to...


Uzbekistan bans Christmas

Uzbekistan has reportedly banned Christmas by keeping the local version of Santa Claus off the airwaves. Independent news website UzMetronom reported yesterday that president Islam Karimov’s authoritarian government imposed the informal ban on Father...

Images of Scotland: Walking on thin ice near Kinneill House

Images of Scotland: Walking on thin ice near Kinneill House

Dr Dennis Connolly was walking in the grounds of Kinneill House, west of Bo'ness, when he came across this swan walking gingerly across the frozen pond View more images of Scotland on our Facebook page • To submit your picture for publication online...

Scottish fact of the day: Two inventors and the story of the pneumatic tyre

Scottish fact of the day: Two inventors and the story of the pneumatic tyre

THE story of the pneumatic or air-filled tyre in fact involves two famous Scottish inventors. Robert William Thomson from Stonehaven and John Boyd Dunlop from Dreghorn Thomson was only 23 when he was granted a patent for his invention in 1846....


Classical review: Encantar and Romina Lischka, Canongate Kirk, Edinburgh

JUST four voices and a single viol; a limited palette of music from Renaissance Spain. With such small-scale forces and restricted repertoire, who would have expected such a rich and varied concert? Young Belgian all-female vocal quartet Encantar's...


Gig review: Squeeze, Academy, Glasgow

Acerbic Deptford pub-punk outfit Squeeze are one of those groups whose continued existence relies upon the sharpness of their middle-aged-and-older audience's memory for the B-sides and album tracks as much as it does their admired handful of classic,...

Bafta hails Billy Connolly’s silver screen success

Bafta hails Billy Connolly’s silver screen success

HE'S the former shipyard welder who made a career out of no-holds-barred comedy and hard-men roles on screen. But when The Big Yin came home to collect a lifetime achievement award he broke down his tears. Billy Connolly struggled to keep his emotions...

Robert Beveridge: A missed chance over STV

Robert Beveridge: A missed chance over STV

Robert Beveridge argues that by offering a channel 3 licence to cover the whole of Scotland, Westminster could have widened competition with BBC If WE were, for the first time, setting up regional licences for channel 3, who could doubt that there...


Theatre review: The Christmas Quangle Wangle, North Edinburgh Arts

AS ONE of Scotland's leading companies for tiny tots, Licketyspit are in the middle of a hugely ambitious participation project called Licketyleap, which has already involved more than 350 north Edinburgh children in telling their own stories and...


Outplay to add 120 jobs after £2.5m funding

Video game developer Outplay has unveiled plans to create more than 120 jobs over the next three years after securing £2.5 million in funding from Pentech Ventures and the Scottish Investment Bank. The Dundee-based firm, which develops games for...

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Mayor Bloomberg eyes bid for £1bn Financial Times (FT) Group

Mayor Bloomberg eyes bid for £1bn Financial Times (FT) Group

NEW YORK mayor Michael Bloomberg is weighing up whether to make a bid for Financial Times (FT) Group, according to speculation in the US. An article in the New York Times said the mayor, who owns 88 per cent of the financial information company which...

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Royal phone hoax: Australian radio presenters ‘gutted, shattered, heartbroken’ over nurse’s death

THE Australian radio presenters who duped staff at the hospital treating a pregnant Duchess of Cambridge have broken their silence in a series of television interviews, saying they were "gutted, shattered, heartbroken' by the death of nurse...

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