News archive from 15 December 2011, page 17

Anglo-French tensions mount as Banque de France boss calls for UK credit downgrade

Anglo-French tensions mount as Banque de France boss calls for UK credit downgrade

Bank of France Governor Christian Noyer: 'UK has bigger deficit' The head of France's central bank today suggested the UK was a candidate for a credit rating downgrade. Banque de France governor Christian Noyer said ratings agencies should be looking...

 
One Man, Two Guvnors gets a new leading man

One Man, Two Guvnors gets a new leading man

Hit comedy One Man, Two Guvnors is to transfer to a new West End home, with Owain Arthur taking over the lead role. The show's current star, James Corden, is taking the play to Broadway in April. Arthur, Corden's understudy, will play the gluttonous...

BBC, 15:40 in Art & Culture
 
Home Repossessions 'To Rise 22% In 2012'

Home Repossessions 'To Rise 22% In 2012'

The number of home repossessions will rise sharply next year while lending slows down, Britain's lenders have warned. The Council of Mortgage Lenders (CML) predicts 45,000 homes will be reclaimed by banks in 2012, compared to an estimate of 37,000...

 
China villagers defy government in standoff over death

China villagers defy government in standoff over death

Many hundreds of residents in Wukan Village in Guangdong province held an angry march and rally despite moves by authorities to halt a land project at the centre of the months-long unrest and detain local officials involved. "The whole village is...

 
We don't want to be in Europa League but we might as well win it now, says Rooney

We don't want to be in Europa League but we might as well win it now, says Rooney

Rooney said: 'The two of them are both important players for us. 'With Nemanja being our captain it's a shame we've lost him for the season as he's a great defender. But the younger lads have been great. 'It's a shame for Darren, too - he's a great...

Daily Mail, 15:53 in Sport
 
Allan on brink of Ibrox move as Rangers confirm talks to sign Dundee United star

Allan on brink of Ibrox move as Rangers confirm talks to sign Dundee United star

United are reported to have accepted a bid of around £400,000 for Allan from West Brom, but both sides of the Old Firm remain interested. Celtic manager Neil Lennon has previously expressed his admiration for the 20-year-old, who has rejected a new...

Daily Mail, 15:53 in Sport
 
'Tesco tax' on large NI retailers to go ahead

'Tesco tax' on large NI retailers to go ahead

Northern Ireland Finance Minister Sammy Wilson has said that a levy on large stores is to go ahead but at a reduced rate. The so-called "Tesco tax" has been fiercely opposed by large retailers who said it could limit investment and cost...

BBC, 15:54 in Business
 
RANCIC 'REALLY WELL' AFTER DOUBLE MASTECTOMY

RANCIC 'REALLY WELL' AFTER DOUBLE MASTECTOMY

International TV personality GIULIANA RANCIC has undergone successful double mastectomy surgery. Doctors operated on the E! network's news anchorwoman and Fashion Police regular on Tuesday night (13Dec11) and her husband Bill insists she's already...

 
UK car production up for sixth month in November

UK car production up for sixth month in November

Car production in the UK rose for the sixth straight month in November, according to the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT). A total of 136,111 cars were made last month, up 8.5% from the same point last year. UK engine production rose...

BBC, 16:00 in Business
 
Madonna signs new three-album deal

Madonna signs new three-album deal

Madonna has signed a new deal to release her next three albums through Interscope Records. Her first album since Hard Candy, which came out in 2008, will be released by the label, part of Universal Records. The 53-year-old singer, whose new single is...

BBC, 16:11 in Art & Culture
 

Another war lost by Obama

At least Barack Obama did not use his predecessor's inane Mission Accomplished backdrop to accompany his Welcome Home speech to US troops returning from Iraq. Mission Accomplished would have applied only if the Pentagon had set its combat goals as...

 

London's $9 billion property sell-off risks price drops

So far, offers are believed to have been made for about 1.7 billion pounds of the offices, which are in London's City financial zone and Canary Wharf business hub, global real estate consultancy CBRE (CBG.N) said. It is not clear how many are under...

Reuters, 16:15 in Business
 
Small pension pot refunds to be banned

Small pension pot refunds to be banned

People with small pots of money in defined-contribution pension schemes will be stopped from cashing them in if they leave after less than two years. The government says it will change the law so people cannot take refunds which then leave them...

BBC, 16:21 in Business
 

Carlos the Jackal pleads innocence in French court

The Venezuelan-born Sanchez, once one of the most wanted of all international criminals, denied any involvement in four bloody bombings that wounded nearly 200 people and left 11 dead. "There is nothing...to connect me with these four...

 
RBS to close 4 M&A deals in MENA in 2012

RBS to close 4 M&A deals in MENA in 2012

"We're advising on a total of four deals that will hopefully happen next year," Tom Emmet, RBS' managing director and head of corporate finance and equity capital markets for the Middle East and Africa, told Reuters in an interview....

Reuters, 16:29 in Business
 


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