News archive from 20 February 2012, page 16

RIHANNA SPENDS BIRTHDAY WORKING

RIHANNA SPENDS BIRTHDAY WORKING

Pop superstar RIHANNA pulled an all-nighter ahead of her birthday on Monday (20Feb12) - to record new music. The Umbrella hitmaker partied in London over the weekend (18-19Feb12) to mark turning 24, but turned her attention to work on Sunday as she...

 
MANCHESTER UNITED TARGET AJAX DUO CHRISTIAN ERIKSEN AND VIKTOR FISCHER

MANCHESTER UNITED TARGET AJAX DUO CHRISTIAN ERIKSEN AND VIKTOR FISCHER

MANCHESTER UNITED are preparing a double swoop for Ajax duo Christian Eriksen and Viktor Fischer. Manchester United have put Ajax’s midfield ace Eriksen, 20, at the top of their wanted list. United boss Sir Alex Ferguson is willing to spend more than...

Daily Star, 15:09 in Sport
 

IEA says EU could live with abrupt Iran oil halt

Oil prices rose on Monday to an eight-month high above $121 a barrel as Iran said it halted exports to British and French companies ahead of a European Union embargo starting on July 1. "We don't think this announcement will have a real impact on...

 

Internet for all... British firm develops £22 wireless tablet to plug 'affordability gap' in market

'The most important thing is the price. And within that price, [customers] primarily want to get Internet access, want to have good multimedia... and then basic applications' - Datawind CEO Suneet Singh Tuli Yet Mr Singh suggests there's a further...

 
North Korea raises alert for live-fire drill

North Korea raises alert for live-fire drill

The exercise, involving the use of mortars, some 5,000 rounds of ammunition and attack helicopters, took place near a disputed sea border off the west coast and near a South Korean island bombarded by the North after a similar drill in 2010. South...

 
ECB halts purchases of eurozone bonds

ECB halts purchases of eurozone bonds

The European Central Bank (ECB) has said it made no purchases of eurozone government bonds last week. The emergency bond-buying programme was not used for the first time since August. The central bank has been buying the bonds of cash-strapped...

BBC, 15:52 in Business
 
TABLETS COULD CHANGE THE FACE OF E-COMMERCE DESIGN

TABLETS COULD CHANGE THE FACE OF E-COMMERCE DESIGN

The dramatic rise of the tablet could affect how websites market themselves in 2012 and the future, this includes e-commerce design and also site features, content and the way we advertise. The sale of tablets has seen a major rise over the last...

 

Rebels say holding 52 peacekeepers in Sudan's Darfur

But the capture of more than 50 soldiers will be seen as a major setback for an already stretched mission, set up to keep the peace in a territory the size of France. "We are holding the UNAMID soldiers because they entered our territory without...

 
Call the Midwife series ends on ratings high

Call the Midwife series ends on ratings high

The final episode of Call the Midwife attracted 9.2 million viewers, according to initial overnight figures. The BBC said it was the most successful new drama series on the channel since 2001, when the current ratings system began. The series finale...

BBC, 16:09 in Art & Culture
 
England just a stepping stone on path to Grand Slam glory for Wales, roars Halfpenny

England just a stepping stone on path to Grand Slam glory for Wales, roars Halfpenny

All smiles: England centre Brad Barritt looked relaxed on Monday ahead of Saturday's big clash 'At the end of the day we want to be the best,' said Halfpenny. 'That means winning every single game and achieving the Grand Slam. That is the objective in...

Daily Mail, 16:10 in Sport
 
Asia debates more rights for domestic workers

Asia debates more rights for domestic workers

Filipina Teresita Herrera Blanco has worked in Hong Kong for more than 16 years, cooking, cleaning and babysitting as a domestic helper for a local family. She says her employers treat her well but should they decide they no longer need her, she...

BBC, 16:19 in Business
 
German presidency row shakes Merkel's coalition

German presidency row shakes Merkel's coalition

Conservative leaders warned the FDP on Sunday there would be "serious consequences" - language party officials understood to mean the end of the coalition - if they refused to drop support for former East German rights activist Joachim...

 

Putin to win Russian election in first round - poll

Prime Minister Putin hopes to convincingly win the March 4 election in order to take the sting out of a growing urban protest movement which casts him as an authoritarian leader who rules through a corrupt and tightly controlled political system. Once...

 
Pay Rises Set To Help Struggling Households

Pay Rises Set To Help Struggling Households

Potential pay rises are at their highest level in three years, research has found, giving a glimmer of hope to households struggling to make ends meet. According to a survey by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), workers in...

 
The Help dominates NAACP Image awards

The Help dominates NAACP Image awards

Oscar contender The Help has been named best picture at this year's NAACP Image Awards, winning additional prizes for stars Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer. Davis was named best actress and Spencer best supporting actress for their roles in the civil...

BBC, 16:45 in Art & Culture
 


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