News archive from 22 December 2013, page 3

Mother and son share soldiering

While most soldiers in Afghanistan will spend Christmas Day missing their loved ones, one mother and son will be spending it just a stone's throw from each other in Helmand province. Lance Corporal Sonia Doddrell and son Mark, who is a private, are...

 

Final UK airlift from South Sudan

Britions in South Sudan are being urged to flee the country as the UK charters its final evacuation flight to the troubled African state. The Foreign Office said a third plane was being sent to the capital city of Juba tomorrow and warned that the...

 

Governments vow to co-operate

The UK, US and Libyan governments will co-operate to reveal "the full facts" of the Lockerbie bombing which claimed 270 lives. In a joint statement released on the 25th anniversary of the tragedy, the three administrations also expressed...

 
Clutha Tragedy: Comedy Gig To Help Raise Cash

Clutha Tragedy: Comedy Gig To Help Raise Cash

Glasgow's comedians are lining up to raise a laugh for victims of the Clutha Pub tragedy. They also hope tonight's comedy gig will raise several thousand pounds for the Clutha Appeal Fund, which has already amassed more than £220,000. Friends and...

 
'Church' Expecting Festive Influx Of Athiests

'Church' Expecting Festive Influx Of Athiests

A church that is "taking the Christ out of Christmas" is expecting an influx of believers at its festive services this year. The Sunday Assembly is a godless congregation with the slogan "live better, help often, wonder more"....

 
England Spinner Swann Quits Cricket

England Spinner Swann Quits Cricket

England spinner Graeme Swann has stunned the cricketing world by announcing his retirement from the game with immediate effect. One of England's greatest ever spin bowlers, the 34-year-old Nottinghamshire man is to stay in Australia with his family...

 

Heather Mills' Anger Over Paralympic Boot Row

Heather Mills has revealed her anger over a dispute about a ski boot which ended her hopes of representing Britain at next year's Paralympic Games. Speaking in a six-minute video posted on YouTube, the ex-wife of Sir Paul McCartney claimed an...

 
U.S. aircraft hit by gunfire in South Sudan as conflict worsens

U.S. aircraft hit by gunfire in South Sudan as conflict worsens

Nearly a week of fighting in South Sudan threatens to drag the world's newest country into a Dinka-Nuer ethnic civil war just two years after it won independence from Sudan with strong support from successive U.S. administrations. The U.S. aircraft...

 
Robots to the rescue at international trials in Florida

Robots to the rescue at international trials in Florida

The robot, developed by the Tartan Rescue team from the National Robotics Engineering Center at Carnegie Mellon University, was one of 17 competing in the U.S. military's Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency's (DARPA) Robotics Challenge. The...

 

IDS criticises food bank charity

Work and Pensions Secretary I ain Duncan Smith has refused requests to meet the leaders of a major food bank charity and accused them of "scaremongering", it has emerged. The Conservative Cabinet Minister told the Trussell Trust he denied...

 
Nigella Lawson Faces Drugs Investigation

Nigella Lawson Faces Drugs Investigation

Nigella Lawson is facing a Scotland Yard investigation into her admission that she took cocaine on several occasions. The 53-year-old TV cook revealed during the fraud trial of her two former personal assistants that she took the class A drug with her...

 
Volunteers Keep Revellers Safe Over Christmas

Volunteers Keep Revellers Safe Over Christmas

A front-line team of volunteers has been confronted with the aftermath of assaults, drug abuse and too much to drink as the Christmas festivities for some got out of hand in Norwich. Sky News spent the night following staff on board the city's SOS bus...

 

Syrian photographer killed in Aleppo

As well as covering the conflict, Barakat took pictures showing the life of ordinary Syrians in the divided city, which used to be Syria's commercial hub. The civil war in Syria has claimed the lives of well over 100,000 people since 2011 and driven...

 

Car bomb kills six, wounds up to 15 outside Libya's Benghazi -sources

The attacker blew himself up in a car in front of the base in Barsis, some 50 km (30 miles) outside Benghazi, a security source said. All those killed were soldiers, medical sources said, but the security source said the attacker was among those...

 
Insight-For Chinese farmers, a rare welcome in Russia's Far East

Insight-For Chinese farmers, a rare welcome in Russia's Far East

Li, chairman of the Dongning Huaxin Group, a private trading firm based in Heilongjiang province across the border, reluctantly agreed - but on one condition. "At the time I was trading and wasn't at all interested because I knew nothing about...

 


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