News archive from 17 September 2015

Manchester United have very good chance of sealing Cristiano Ronaldo transfer this summer, says journalist

Manchester United have a great chance of signing Cristiano Ronaldo this summer, according to reports. At the age of 30, Ronaldo’s future at the Bernabeu is being questioned more than ever, with the Portuguese superstar regularly linked with moves to...

Metro, 00:00 in Sport

This Arsenal squad is good enough to win the Premier League, claims Gunners legend Charlie Nicholas

Arsenal's current squad is strong enough to win the Premier League this season, according to former star Charlie Nicholas. The Gunners have recovered well from their opening day defeat at the hands of West Ham, winning three out of their four...

Metro, 00:00 in Sport

Tim Cook slams 'opportunistic' Steve Jobs films: Apple CEO discusses founder's legacy and coming out as gay...

Michael Fassbender's upcoming film 'Jobs' depicts the late Apple founder as an aggressive and emotionally-detached leader. But according to Apple's chief executive, portrayals of Steve Jobs, such as this, are 'opportunistic' and unfair. Appearing on...

Fatwa composer AR Rahman ‘meant no offence'

Fatwa composer AR Rahman ‘meant no offence'

Oscar-winning composer AR Rahman has said that he did not intend to offend anyone when he composed the music for an Iranian film on the prophet Muhammad. Mr Rahman, who is very popular in India, was responding to a religious edict, or “fatwa”, by a...

Outrage as pigs shot for blood splatter experiment

Outrage as pigs shot for blood splatter experiment

An ANIMAL rights group said yesterday that New Zealand researchers who secured live pigs to a surgical table and shot them in the head with a pistol as part of a study on blood-spatter patterns acted cruelly, and has urged them to end such

Police turn tear gas and water cannons on refugees

Police turn tear gas and water cannons on refugees

Hungarian police used tear gas and water cannons on hundreds of migrants who breached a razor wire fence on the border with Serbia yesterday, while migrants prevented from moving through the country opted for a longer route into western Europe through...


A stroll by the sea will help you sleep longer, study finds

A bracing coastal walk has long been regarded as a perfect way to blow away the cobwebs but a new study suggests it can also result in almost an hour of extra sleep. The study found that people sleep on average for 47 minutes longer the night after a...

Guardian, 00:04 in Health

NHS failed to collect data on cancer treatment outcome

The NHS has spent almost £1bn giving 74,000 cancer patients drugs rejected by the medicines regulator but does not know if they have extended their lives, the National Audit Office has said. In a new report released on Thursday, the NAO castigated the...

Guardian, 00:04 in Health

RAF air strikes since 2014 'kill around 330 IS fighters'

Image copyright MOD About 330 fighters from the Islamic State group are estimated to have been killed as a result of RAF air strikes, the defence secretary has said. Michael Fallon said the figure was "highly approximate", partly because...

BBC, 00:11 in Regional

Egypt attack: Mexico minister visits injured survivors

Image copyright AP Mexico's foreign minister has visited six survivors of an Egyptian army attack in which eight Mexican tourists were killed after being mistaken for militants. Claudia Ruiz Massieu met the survivors in hospital in Cairo, and said...

BBC, 00:12 in World News

Students urged to back counter-radicalisation programme

Image copyright PA The National Union of Students (NUS) is being urged by ministers to support the government's counter-radicalisation programme, Prevent. Universities Minister Jo Johnson has written to the NUS saying it was "disappointing"...

BBC, 00:13 in Regional

Adam Dant's The Government Stable: the storeroom that contains an election

In the giant storehouse devoted to the bric-a-brac – human and material – of the 2015 general election, the Conservative party lectern has become a devotional object, enshrined in glass. The lectern was one of hundreds of objects, people and scenes...


Two Britons make seven-strong Artes Mundi shortlist

Seven artists from around the world have been put on the shortlist for the seventh edition of one of the UK’s most important contemporary art prizes. The Artes Mundi prize is given every two years in Cardiff and was won earlier this year by the...

South Tyneside Council bosses face having to sell off houses – leaving thousands on waiting list

South Tyneside Council bosses face having to sell off houses – leaving thousands on waiting list

Council bosses in South Tyneside face having to sell off more than 200 local authority homes while more than 5,500 people languish on the waiting list. South Tyneside Council could have to sell 207 houses under a proposed government scheme, claims...


Drinking protects against heart attacks but raises cancer risk, study says

Alcohol consumption protects against heart attacks - but increases the risk of many cancers as well as the likelihood of being injured, a global study has found. The research, which followed the progress of 114,970 participants for around four years,...


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