News archive from 16 August 2013, page 11

NSA broke privacy rules thousands of times per year - report

They ranged from significant violations of law to typographical errors that resulted in unintended interception of U.S. emails and telephone calls, it said. The Post said the documents it obtained were part of a trove of materials provided to the...

 
Ecuador to open Amazon's Yasuni basin to oil drilling

Ecuador to open Amazon's Yasuni basin to oil drilling

Correa launched the initiative in 2007 to protect the Yasuni area of the Amazon basin, which boasts some of the planet's most diverse wildlife, but said he had now scrapped it after it attracted only a small fraction of the sum it aimed to raise....

 
For China's Xiaomi, it's what's on the inside that counts

For China's Xiaomi, it's what's on the inside that counts

Xiaomi is better known globally as China's answer to Apple Inc, an image that billionaire Lei Jun has fostered since he founded the company in 2011 by dressing in the black tops, jeans and sneakers favored by the late Steve Jobs. Lei has since...

 

Sandberg's LeanIn.org criticized over call for unpaid intern

LeanIn.org, the nonprofit created by wealthy Facebook chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg, created a stir on Thursday with a job ad posted by one of its editors that called for an editorial intern to work for no pay at the group, which works...

 

Australia's opposition pledges tougher asylum laws as election race heats up

Opposition Leader Tony Abbott, whose conservatives lead Prime Minister Kevin Rudd's ruling Labour in surveys ahead of the September 7 ballot, said he would also block access to court appeals for up to 30,000 asylum seekers if they are refused as...

 

Man jailed after assaulting shop assistant

THE following local cases were dealt with by magistrates sitting in Loughborough on August 7 and 12: l Christopher Brown (53), of East Avenue, Syston, admitted assaulting a female shop assistant in Syston on May 10 and stealing vodka from an Aldi...

 
'Obesity Killing More People Than Thought'

'Obesity Killing More People Than Thought'

Researchers in the United States say obesity may be killing a lot more people than previously thought. A 20-year study showed about 18% of deaths were linked to being overweight and obese - far higher than previous estimates of about five per cent. It...

 
Dad stole £171,000 from his son's cancer fund

Dad stole £171,000 from his son's cancer fund

Wright stole a total of £171,500 from the Bobby Wright Cancer Fighting Fund, including donations of £60,000 made by two charities. He set up the fund to raise money for treatment for his son Bobby after he was diagnosed with neuroblastoma - a rare...

 

BHP faces possible U.S. anti-corruption enforcement action

"As a part of the U.S. process, the SEC and DOJ have recently notified the group of the issues they consider could form the basis of enforcement actions and discussions are continuing," BHP said in a statement, adding that it could not...

Reuters, 06:47 in Business
 
Facebook to test mobile payment feature

Facebook to test mobile payment feature

Facebook, the world's largest social networking company, is planning to test a new mobile payment feature. It will use payment details added by users to their Facebook account to automatically fill in forms when they make purchases on mobile...

BBC, 06:50 in Business
 
L'Oreal to buy Chinese skincare firm Magic Holdings

L'Oreal to buy Chinese skincare firm Magic Holdings

L'Oreal, the world's biggest cosmetics maker, has offered to buy Chinese skincare firm Magic Holdings International. L'Oreal will pay $6.5bn Hong Kong dollars ($843m; £539m) in cash for Hong Kong-listed Magic, the companies said in a joint statement....

BBC, 06:50 in Business
 
New Zealand Struck By Series Of Strong Quakes

New Zealand Struck By Series Of Strong Quakes

A series of strong earthquakes has hit New Zealand, sending people scrambling for cover and causing the capital, Wellington, to shake "like jelly". The first tremor, a 6.5-magnitude, struck at 2:31pm local time in the Cook Strait, around 58...

 
TV highlights 16/08/2013

TV highlights 16/08/2013

Chris Packham goes all soft over the bunnies in The Burrowers. Photograph: Guy Newman/BBC/Dragonfly Productions Big School 9pm, BBC1 School-set sitcom created by David Walliams, featuring a supergroup of supporting players. The action in this opener...

Guardian, 07:04 in Showbiz
 

China shares reverse gains in volatile trade

The reversal weighed on Hong Kong markets, with the Hang Seng Index and China Enterprises Index each down 0.4 percent. The first change of gear for mainland markets came in the late morning, when they erased early losses, lifting Hong Kong markets...

 
TRAVEL: Roadworks causing tailbacks in the Newark Road area of Lincoln

TRAVEL: Roadworks causing tailbacks in the Newark Road area of Lincoln

The ones to look out for and avoid in Lincoln include the Newark Road area. Major roadworks and temporary traffic lights on the A1434 Newark Road junction with Brant Road are definitely causing delays. Hurry Up!!! Special £5 Voucher for Nepalese and...

 


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