News archive from 15 June 2012, page 17

Jobs initiative for bright graduates

A FRAMEWORK designed to increase the employment of graduates from universities in Wales will be launched next week. Student body NUS Wales, Higher Education Wales, CBI Wales and university funding council Hefcw have signed an agreement to support good...

 

Bahrain cuts sentences handed to protestors

A BAHRAIN court yesterday reduced sentences on nine doctors for their role in last year's pro-democracy uprising and acquitted nine others, but rights groups said the case was politically motivated and should have been thrown out over use of torture....

 

Anders Breivik is a liar, says mother

The mother of Anders Behring Breivik - the man who has confessed to killing 77 people in Norway last summer - has claimed that as much as half of the information her son has told police is made up. The statements from Breivik’s mother Wenche were read...

 
Eco-warrior actress Lucy Lawless pleads guilty to trespass

Eco-warrior actress Lucy Lawless pleads guilty to trespass

Actress Lucy Lawless has pleaded guilty to trespass after she and other activists protested aboard an oil-drilling ship docked in New Zealand. She is due to be sentenced in September and faces a maximum three years in jail. Prosecutors reduced a more...

 

François Hollande faces his ‘Fouquet moment’

Some commentators have suggested the affair could be as damaging as former president Nicolas Sarkozy's "Fouquet's moment" - a 2007 post-election party with the rich elite at a swanky nightclub. Vicomte Fouquet was Louis XIV’s extremely...

 
Analysis: Spectre of second eurozone depression too close for comfort

Analysis: Spectre of second eurozone depression too close for comfort

CONSIDER the following scenario. After a victory by the left-wing Syriza party, Greece's new government announces that it wants to renegotiate the terms of its agreement with the International Monetary Fund and the European Union. German chancellor...

 

Supreme Court dismisses Assange

THE UK's highest court has rejected a move by WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to reopen his appeal against his extradition to Sweden where he faces sex crime allegations. The announcement was made yesterday by the Supreme Court. Seven Supreme Court...

 

UN observers enter ruins of Haffa

A team of United Nations observers entered the Syrian town of Haffa yesterday after government troops overran the area near the Mediterranean coast, seizing it from rebels after an eight-day siege. The visit came hours after a suicide bomber detonated...

 

Clampdown on Salafists is launched in Germany

About 1,000 police raided scores of buildings across Germany yesterday in a clampdown on radical Salafist Islamists. German officials fear the Salafists, an ultra-conservative sect who trace their roots to Saudi Arabia and want to establish Sharia law...

 

War of words over Sri Lanka poll declared four years early

Sri Lanka's former army chief-turned-opposition leader has vowed to topple the government in elections due by 2016, calling the administration corrupt and dictatorial in a speech three weeks after leaving prison. Sarath Fonseka, once a close ally of...

 

Faulty wiring cause of Qatar mall blaze

Investigators in Qatar said faulty wiring on a fluorescent light caused a fire last month that killed 19 people, including 13 children, in Doha's Villagio Mall. The report said shortcomings in safety planning contributed to the “catastrophe.”

 

Smoking banned at Angkor Wat temples

Cambodia is to ban smoking at its world-famous Angkor Wat temples archaeological site. A government official said the rule will promote the health and comfort of visitors and prevent forest fires. More than two million tourists visit the site in Siem...

 

Gay man killed in hate crime

A GAY man was killed and his body mutilated in South Africa in what a gay rights group has described as a hate crime. Thapelo Makutle was found with his throat cut last Saturday in a room he rented in Kuruman, a town in north-western South Africa,...

 

Mexican policemen face kidnap charges

prosecutors have released videos that show five policemen kidnapping three men from a hotel in western Mexico. The three were found asphyxiated and beaten to death. The five, their commander and a police chief in Lagos de Moreno, have been detained...

 

US drone strike kills three ‘militants’

A US drone strike has killed three suspected militants in an attack on a building in a Pakistani town close to the Afghan border. The strike yesterday in Miran Shah in north Waziristan was the second in the region in less than 24 hours. Washington has...

 


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