News archive from 13 December 2012, page 4

Male circumcision bill becomes law

German MPs approved a bill yesterday that explicitly permits male infant circumcision. The move ends months of legal uncertainty after a Cologne court ruled in June that the religious practice amounts to bodily harm. Jewish and Muslim groups feared...


Machel plane crash inquiry to reopen

South Africa is to re-examine the circumstances of an 1986 plane crash in which the president of Mozambique, Samora Machel, was killed. It has long been thought South African agents downed the plane to rid the apartheid regime of a leading critic.


Monastery target of attack by vandals

Vandals have spray-painted offensive slogans about Jesus Christ on a Greek Orthodox monastery in Jerusalem. The overnight attack yesterday on the Monastery of the Cross was the latest in a series on Christian holy sites. Extremist Jews sympathetic to...


Speaker resigns for having an affair

The speaker of strait-laced Singapore's parliament resigned yesterday after admitting having an extramarital affair. Michael Palmer, a member of Singapore’s ruling People’s Action Party, said his conduct was “improper” and a “serious error of judgment”.


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Film reviews: Alex Cross | Great Expectations | The Oranges | Seven Psychopaths | Sightseers

Film reviews: Alex Cross | Great Expectations | The Oranges | Seven Psychopaths | Sightseers

Alistair Harkness reviews the latest cinematic releases. ALEX CROSS (15) * A cinematic reboot for James Patterson’s bestselling Alex Cross crime novels, this makes the baffling decision to cast Tyler Perry in the role previously inhabited – in Kiss...


Four skippers fined £155,000 over illegal fish landings worth millions

FOUR fishing boat skippers who admitted landing millions of pounds worth of herring and mackerel have been fined a total of £155,000. The four, all shareholders in the Fraserburgh-based Klondyke Fishing Co, breached European regulations to land so...

Mental health patients to be given new rights

Mental health patients to be given new rights

Nick Clegg has said that he hopes planned changes will end the institutional bias against those with mental health conditions. Photograph: Luke Macgregor/Reuters Patients with mental health problems are to be given new rights over which consultant...

Guardian, 00:14 in Health
NHS: spending watchdog questions claims of £5.8bn savings

NHS: spending watchdog questions claims of £5.8bn savings

Margaret Hodge says the NHS will have to search deeper and wider for future efficiency ­savings. Photograph: Frank Baron for the Guardian Repeated claims by ministers that the NHS made almost £6bn of productivity gains last year have been questioned...

Guardian, 00:14 in Health
Ex-Comet owner Darty continues to feel the consumer squeeze

Ex-Comet owner Darty continues to feel the consumer squeeze

ELECTRICALS retailer Darty, which sold the collapsed Comet chain for £2 in February, has pledged to eliminate losses at its non-core operations after falling into the red during the first half. The group, formerly called Kesa, agreed to sell its...

Scotsman, 00:15 in Business

Barclays aims for ethical edge as it confirms Sants as compliance chief

BARCLAYS has confirmed that former financial services watchdog Hector Sants will be joining the bank in an effort to boost its regulatory compliance oversight in the wake of having to pay hundreds of millions in fines. The former chief executive of...

Scotsman, 00:15 in Business

£110m ‘non-traditional’ funding for small firms

BUSINESS Secretary Vince Cable yesterday gave a £110 million boost for small businesses by handing cash to four "non-traditional" specialist lenders. The Department for Business Innovation & Skills (BIS) said the first £55m tranche of...

Scotsman, 00:15 in Business

Wind power for Scottish Water

SCOTTISH Water has teamed up with a renewable energy company to develop an 18-turbine windfarm that could generate up to a third of the utilities' energy requirements. Eneco Wind UK will launch a “comprehensive” public consultation for the proposed...

Scotsman, 00:15 in Business

Doble to fund £1.2m innovation centre

AMERICAN engineering firm Doble will today unveil a £1.2 million "centre for innovation" at Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) to assess the condition of high-voltage power lines and develop ways to improve the reliability of power...

Scotsman, 00:15 in Business

Supermarket cheer as fuel prices cut

Drivers were given some pre-Christmas cheer yesterday as supermarkets announced cuts to fuel prices. Asda is cutting 1p a litre off petrol and 2p a litre off diesel at its fuel stations from today. Asda said motorists will pay no more than 128.7p a...

Scotsman, 00:15 in Business

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