News archive from 14 July 2012, page 9

Sponsored by Zimbabwe is ordered to hold by-elections

Zimbabwe's supreme court has ordered president Robert Mugabe to call by-elections by the end of August, a ruling that could alter the balance of power in parliament between his ZANU-PF party and its rivals. The case was taken to court by three...


Sponsored by Tajikistan plans web police force

Tajikistan plans to create a volunteer-run body to monitor internet use and reprimand those who openly criticise the government, the head of the central Asian country's state-run communications service said yesterday. Beg Zukhurov said the...


Sponsored by Ethiopian journalists jailed for conspiracies

Twenty Ethiopians, including a prominent blogger, journalists and opposition figures, were jailed for between eight years to life yesterday on charges of conspiring with rebels to topple the government. Rights groups condemned the sentences, and the...


Sponsored by NGO bill is fast-tracked by Russian government

The Russian government yesterday rushed a law through


Sponsored by Mladic deemed fit for court

The war crimes trial of former Bosnian Serb general Ratko Mladic will resume on Monday after doctors determined that he is well enough to appear in court, a spokeswoman for the tribunal said last night. Mladic – accused of genocide over the siege of...


Sponsored by Czech government
faces motion

Czech opposition will file a no-confidence motion in the government next week following a row over accusations of corruption which threaten its finance minister. Miroslav Kalousek is under pressure to quit given evidence that he tried to sway...


Sponsored by Tear gas used to break Sudan demo

Sudanese police fired tear gas to break up an anti-government protest of 300 worshippers after prayers yesterday, witnesses said, the latest demonstration against president Omar Hassan al-Bashir. Protests started last month when Mr Bashir, in power...

Sponsored by Celebrity profile: Tulisa Contostavlos

Sponsored by Celebrity profile: Tulisa Contostavlos

THE current X Factor judge was in the news this week for the wrong reasons, so we've decided to give you a look at what else she's been up to. Age: 24 Nickname: The Female Boss, that’s also the name of her fragrance. The X Factor actually got in...

Sponsored by Tiffany Jenkins: Authorities are out of tune on music tuition

Sponsored by Tiffany Jenkins: Authorities are out of tune on music tuition

EVERY child must have the chance to learn to play an instrument for free, purely for the love of music. When the BBC broadcast the Young Musician of the Year contest in May, which cello player Laura van der Heijde, 15, won, there was little fanfare...


Water, water everywhere as flow of history repeats itself

When the Great Yorkshire Show was cancelled after the first day, the decision was blamed on freak weather. It was exactly the same reason York had to pull a planned flotilla down the Ouse and why hundreds of homes and businesses across the county have...


Sponsored by Books in brief: Scotland’s Castle Culture | Wellington’s Wars | Midwifery in Scotland

MICHAEL Kerrigan casts his eye over the latest literary releases. Scotland’s Castle Culture edited by Audrey Dakin, Miles Glendinning and Aonghus Mackechnie (John Donald, £25) 
Rating: **** Why have the Scots historically been castle-mad? What...

The deluge of community spirit helping flood-stricken town get back on its feet

The deluge of community spirit helping flood-stricken town get back on its feet

West Yorkshire was one of the worst affected places by the recent downpours. Chris Bond went to flood-hit Hebden Bridge to see how the town is coping. TRAVELLING west from Halifax along the upper Calder Valley through Mytholmroyd and Hebden Bridge...

Sponsored by Book review: Edmund Spenser: A Life

Sponsored by Book review: Edmund Spenser: A Life

COUNTLESS Eng Lit undergraduates have blanched before the prospect of tackling the Elizabethan Edmund Spenser's poetry. A generation ago, what deterred them was the sheer length: his masterpiece, The Faerie Queene, is a daunting 3,844 stanzas long...

Sponsored by Book review: The Letters of TS Eliot Volume 3

Sponsored by Book review: The Letters of TS Eliot Volume 3

TS Eliot died on January 4 1965, aged 76. He had been married for just eight years to Valerie Fletcher, his adored and devoted second wife, 38 years his junior. Since Eliot’s death, his widow has managed her husband’s literary estate with love,...


Sponsored by Paperbacks in brief: What it is Like to go to War | Up in the Old Hotel | Everyone Loves You...

WILLIAM Leith reviews the latest paperbacks. What it is Like to go to War By Karl Marlantes (Corvus, £8.99) Rating: *****
You may not ever read a better book about war than this; it’s up there with Michael Herr’s Dispatches and Tim O’Brien’s The...


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