News archive from 12 March 2015, page 5

Clothes retailers accused of labour abuses in Cambodia

Clothes retailers accused of labour abuses in Cambodia

Several High Street and high-end fashion brands have been implicated in a report on labour abuses in Cambodia. Human Rights Watch says it has uncovered alleged abuses at Cambodian garment factories that supply Marks & Spencer, Gap, H&M, Adidas...

BBC, 02:58 in Business

Recap: David Duckenfield evidence to Hillsborough Inquests - Wednesday March 11 2015

The new inquests into the deaths of the 96 Liverpool supporters who died at Hillsborough on April 15th 1989 are taking place at Birchwood Park in Warrington and are being heard by retired Court of Appeal judge Sir John Goldring, who has been made an...


Islamic State says Australian teenager carries out suicide attack in Iraq

Islamic State released an image on Wednesday claiming to show Abu Abdullah al-Australi before he carried out a suicide attack on the Iraqi city of Ramadi. Australian media recently named Abu Abdullah al-Australi as a pseudonym of 18-year-old...


Canadian PM's comments on Muslim veil set off Twitter flurry

Using the hashtag #dresscodePM, users of the social media service criticized Harper, who made the comment as part of an ongoing push by the ruling Conservatives to ban face coverings in Canadian citizenship ceremonies. "I'm thinking of wearing...


U.N. official calls China's crackdown on Uighurs "disturbing"

Xinjiang has been roiled by ethnic tensions between the Uighurs and majority Han Chinese. Uighur groups and human rights activists say the government's repressive policies in Xinjiang, including controls on Islam, have provoked unrest. Heiner...


Former RBS trader pleads guilty in U.S. to cheating customers

Matthew Katke, 34, of New York, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit securities fraud and will cooperate with prosecutors, U.S. Attorney Deirdre Daly in Connecticut said. The plea came one year after a federal jury in New Haven,...

Reuters, 04:10 in Business

Top diplomats set to meet to discuss China, South Korea, Japan summit

"If the trilateral foreign ministers’ meeting is held soon, it will undoubtedly give us the opportunity to re-establish the groundwork for trust-building and common prosperity," South Korea's deputy foreign minister Lee Kyung-soo said. Lee...


Court upholds dismissal of manslaughter charges against BP employees

A three-judge panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Wednesday dismissed 11 counts of seaman's manslaughter charges facing Kaluza and Vidrine. The panel affirmed a district court's 2013 ruling, saying the men's responsibilities on the rig...

Reuters, 04:29 in Business

Islamic State ransacks Assyrian capital as Iraq appeals for help

Officials have said for several days they were checking reports of damage at Khorsabad following attacks on the cities of Nineveh, Nimrud and Hatra by the Islamist radicals who control much of northern Iraq. On Wednesday the head of Iraq's antiquities...


China's top judge reproaches courts for miscarriages of justice

The Supreme People's Court has repeatedly promised legal reforms to protect individual rights and prevent judicial abuses in an effort to quell discontent toward the court system, which is subject to Communist Party rule. "With regard to...


Resorts World Birmingham 'will bring in 2m visitors a year'

VIEW GALLERY The £200 million Resorts World leisure development will attract two million extra visitors a year to the region, experts claim. NEC Group chief executive Paul Thandi said Resorts World, which will open in the summer, would propel...

Returning soldiers 'could boost Midland economy by £90m'

Returning soldiers 'could boost Midland economy by £90m'

The return of 1,000 soldiers from Germany to the Midlands could boost the region’s economy to the tune of £90 million. The decision to return 16 Signal Regiment and 1 Armoured Division Signal Regiment is part of the drawdown of British forces in the...

Law firm which prosecuted soldiers investigated by watchdog

Law firm which prosecuted soldiers investigated by watchdog

City law firm Public Interest Lawyers (PIL) – which defended Iraqi civilians who alleged UK troops had mistreated them – is being investigated by legal sector watchdog the Solicitors Regulation Authority. The SRA has launched an investigation...

Birmingham chosen to pilot BBC Make it Digital Traineeship programme

Birmingham chosen to pilot BBC Make it Digital Traineeship programme

Birmingham has been piloting a digital skills training programme being launched by the BBC which aims to boost young people’s employment chances and create a ‘digitally-savvy’ workforce. The BBC Make it Digital Traineeship programme is a partnership...

Virgin Media unveils 1,400 jobs boost in Birmingham

Virgin Media unveils 1,400 jobs boost in Birmingham

Around 1,400 jobs – including 1,000 apprenticeships – are on their way to the West Midlands following the biggest single investment in the UK digital economy for 10 years. Virgin Media is creating a total of 6,000 jobs across the country under the £3...


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