News archive from 12 April 2011

Girl X: An actor? In a wheelchair?

High-risk theatre ... Pol Heyvaert and Robert Softley. Photograph: Murdo Macleod It's early 2008, and the National Theatre of Scotland has asked Belgian theatre director Pol Heyvaert to work with Scottish actor and playwright Robert Softley. Heyvaert...


Mystery bird: common stilt, Himantopus himantopus

Common stilt, Himantopus himantopus, also known as the black-winged stilt, photographed at Ndutu Safari Lodge, Serengeti, Tanzania (Africa). Image: Dan Logen, 20 January 2011 [velociraptorize]. Nikon D300, 600 mm lens, ISO 1250, 1/320 sec, f/4...


Stan Kroenke could use Arsenal cash to fund takeover

Stan Kroenke's bid for control of Arsenal appears to be moving towards success after rival bids have failed. Photograph: Doug Pensinger/Getty Images Stan Kroenke launched his bid for full control of Arsenal in a deal valuing them at £731m but there is...

Guardian, 22:09 in Sport

James Collins wants to help Aston Villa avoid 'disastrous' relegation

Aston Villa's James Collins shows his relief after scoring for Aston Villa against Newcastle. Photograph: Carl Recine/Action Images James Collins is desperate to rediscover the form he showed last season, in order to repay Aston Villa's faith in...

Guardian, 22:09 in Sport

Liverpool 3-0 Manchester City | Premier League match report

Liverpool's Andy Carroll celebrates after scoring his first goal against Manchester City at Anfield. Photograph: Andrew Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images Sir Alex Ferguson and Manchester United can rarely have found a Liverpool home victory as...

Guardian, 22:09 in Sport

I'm not afraid of getting sacked, says Chelsea manager, Carlo Ancelotti

Carlo Ancelotti, the Chelsea manager, says he is used to the pressure that accompanies a Champions League game. Photograph: Jon Super/AP Carlo Ancelotti says he is "not afraid" of the consequences should Chelsea be knocked out of the...

Guardian, 22:10 in Sport

Financial minister says blocking bailouts would hurt Finland

Jyrki Katainen's party, the National Coalition, is leading polls along with its coalition partner, the Centre Party. But the opposition Social Democrats and True Finns are close behind. Both the True Finns and Social Democrats have been critical of...


Bahrain questions three reporters, may charge activist

Bahrain has seen some of the worst unrest in its history since mostly Shi'ite Muslim protesters took to the streets in February, inspired by uprisings that toppled leaders in Egypt and Tunisia, to demand a bigger say in the Sunni-ruled kingdom. The...


Two US soldiers killed in friendly-fire drone attack in Afghanistan

US soldiers were killed by unmanned Predator drone in Helmand province, Afghanistan. Photograph: Kirsty Wigglesworth/AP Two members of the US military were accidentally killed last week in a drone attack, the first American victims of the unmanned...


Culture secretary urges Stan Kroenke to keep Arsenal fans involved

Jeremy Hunt, the culture secretary, said the government wants long-term owners who regard clubs as community vehicles. Photograph: Kerim Okten/EPA The culture secretary, Jeremy Hunt, has urged Arsenal's prospective new owner to retain and strengthen...

Guardian, 22:15 in Politics

AV referendum: The weapon of choice | Vernon Bogdanor

The referendum on the alternative vote is the referendum that no one wants. Before the election Nick Clegg called it "a baby step in the right direction", the destination being proportional representation. The Conservatives agreed to the...

Guardian, 22:15 in Politics
Clinton to attend NATO meeting, visit Seoul, Tokyo

Clinton to attend NATO meeting, visit Seoul, Tokyo

Clinton will be in Berlin from Wednesday through Friday for the talks among the North Atlantic Treaty Organization's 28 members, who will also discuss Afghanistan and hold separate meetings with Georgia, Russia and Ukraine. She will travel to Seoul on...

Talented schoolboy Negus McClean stabbed 'while protecting brother'

Talented schoolboy Negus McClean stabbed 'while protecting brother'

Witnesses said Negus McClean was attacked by four teenagers on bicycles after a fight over a BlackBerry phone. Negus' relatives paid a tearful tribute to the young musician and even said they would pray for the killers. Four suspects have been...

Metro, 22:23 in Hot News

HSBC U.S. client pleads guilty to offshore tax dodge

The case includes as co-conspirators five unnamed bankers whom sources identified as employees of HSBC. The government in its indictment said the bankers worked at a large international bank headquartered in England. Defendant Vaibhav Dahake admitted...

Reuters, 22:27 in Business
Angry Bird game scoops app award

Angry Bird game scoops app award

One of the world's best-selling smartphone apps has picked up another award. Angry Birds, which claims Prime Minister David Cameron among its fans, was named best game at the Appys. Developed in 2009 by Finland-based Rovio, the game lets users launch...


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