News archive from 17 December 2012, page 15

Vivendi CEO says future lies in content, media business

Sale processes are underway for the units in Brazil and Morocco, sources earlier told Reuters, while Dubos told Les Echos that the future of its French operator SFR would depend in part on whether French regulators approve network sharing deals or...

Reuters, 02:35 in Business
 

Obama offers prayer of a nation

President Barack Obama has offered the Connecticut town grappling with the aftermath of a deadly school shooting "the love and prayers of a nation". The president said he was mindful that mere words cannot match the depth of the sorrow in...

 

Assad regime 'cannot win change'

Syria's vice president has said his regime and the rebels are both going down a losing path after 21 months of civil war, a rare admission by a senior government official that victory is unlikely for president Bashar Assad. The comments by Farouk...

 
Apple says China iPhone 5 sales in first weekend top two million

Apple says China iPhone 5 sales in first weekend top two million

Apple's latest iPhone, which offers a larger 4-inch screen and 4G capability, was launched in the United States and 30 other countries in September, when the company sold more than 5 million of the devices in the first three days. The device's highly...

 
McAfee says will not return to Belize, willing to talk to police

McAfee says will not return to Belize, willing to talk to police

McAfee, 67, went into hiding after his American neighbor Gregory Faull was fatally shot in November. He made his way secretly to neighboring Guatemala, but the authorities there deported him to Miami on Wednesday. "I will not go back to Belize. I...

 
Twitter had offered Instagram $525 million deal - report

Twitter had offered Instagram $525 million deal - report

Systrom later told California state regulators under oath that his company had not received any "formal offers or term sheets" from potential buyers aside from Facebook, the Times report said, adding that its sources said Twitter executives...

 
France says Afghan officials to meet Taliban near Paris

France says Afghan officials to meet Taliban near Paris

"Discreet talks have been taking place between different factions for three years," Fabius said. "If you want peace, it's usually between people who don't agree, and over there they don't talk to each other. So there will be...

 
Her time to shine: Strictly judge Darcey Bussell gets her chance to dress up for glamorous photo shoot...as she admits that she would prefer her role to be more 'hands-on'

Her time to shine: Strictly judge Darcey Bussell gets her chance to dress up for glamorous photo shoot...as...

Stuck behind the judges desk, she hasn't had much of a chance to show off her glamorous side.But Strictly Come Dancing judge Darcey Bussell, who has admitted to finding her desk role 'frustrating', has been transformed into a snow queen for a...

 

Solution in sight for budget crisis

The chief executive of a troubled hospital says his fingers are crossed that a solution to its financial woes can be found next year. Dr Peter Reading, the interim chief executive of the £289m Peterborough City Hospital, has welcomed moves by health...

 

Spending on public toilets slashed

More than £10 million has been cut from spending on public conveniences in the past two years, posing a risk to public health, according to a new study. Research by Unison found that councils across England are spending 13% less on maintaining and...

 

Kate returns at sport awards event

The Duchess of Cambridge has made her first public appearance since being treated in hospital for severe morning sickness, at the BBC's Sports Personality of the Year Awards. Wearing an emerald green floor-length dress, Kate presented cyclist Bradley...

 

Obama offers prayer of a nation

President Barack Obama has offered the Connecticut town grappling with the aftermath of a deadly school shooting "the love and prayers of a nation". The president said he was mindful that mere words cannot match the depth of the sorrow in...

 
Martha Kearney among Man Booker Prize judges

Martha Kearney among Man Booker Prize judges

BBC broadcaster Martha Kearney is among the judges for the 2013 Man Booker Prize for Fiction. A former chair of the Orange Prize, Kearney is joined on the panel by biographer and critic Robert Douglas-Fairhurst; author, broadcaster and classicist...

BBC, 02:55 in Art & Culture
 

Audit raises bowel cancer concerns

Many bowel cancer patients do not get medical help until it is too late, figures show. One in five is admitted as an emergency, presenting with severe and potentially life-threatening conditions, according to the National Bowel Cancer Audit. Of 29,000...

 

Audit raises bowel cancer concerns

Many bowel cancer patients do not get medical help until it is too late, figures show. One in five is admitted as an emergency, presenting with severe and potentially life-threatening conditions, according to the National Bowel Cancer Audit. Of 29,000...

 


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