News archive from 23 March 2011, page 14

Church must 'speak out against sexual violence' in Africa | Riazat Butt

Church must 'speak out against sexual violence' in Africa | Riazat Butt

Churches can "no longer remain silent on the issue of sexual violence", according to a Christian NGO, which said religious institutions were failing the communities they were meant to serve by not speaking out against the assault and rape of...

 
Debunking stereotypes: the French are impossibly rude

Debunking stereotypes: the French are impossibly rude

The French aren't rude; they just hate you. That's not true, obviously, but anyone who's been the victim of a vicious and apparently unprovoked verbal assault by a Parisian waiter or shop assistant or taxi driver may be forgiven for thinking that...

 
Portugal bail-out looms as government nears collapse

Portugal bail-out looms as government nears collapse

Portugal's opposition parties have withdrawn their support for austerity policies that may lead to the Lisbon government's collapse on Wednesday. The government's expected defeat in a parliamentary vote is likely to trigger an international financial...

BBC, 07:38 in Business
 

Budget 2011: the five datasets you need to know

George Osborne delivers the 2011 Budget today at 12.30. But what are the statistics that will shape his speech? These are some of the key statistics shaping the economy right now. Click on a heading to read more and explore the data for yourself. 1....

Guardian, 07:38 in Politics
 
Budget 2011: Osborne to scrap fuel duty rise

Budget 2011: Osborne to scrap fuel duty rise

Chancellor George Osborne looks certain to announce that he is scrapping a 1p duty rise announced by Labour and due to come into effect next month. There will also be a helping hand for would-be first-time housebuyers in the shape of a £250m fund...

 

Furs please! Ferret found on the platform at Haymarket Station

haymarket station Image 1 Now arriving at Platform Four, Mickey the fare dodging ferret A ferret was rescued from a Scottish railway station after getting off a train from London. The weaselly wanderer was spotted scampering about on platform four at...

 

Insurgents kill 3 Muslims in Thai south

Among the victims was a 33-year-old defence volunteer, one of hundreds trained by the government to provide security in villages across Yala, Narathiwat and Pattani provinces, where ethnic Malay separatists are waging a bloody rebellion against the...

 

Gazan rockets hit deep in Israel, minister sees war

Islamic Jihad, a smaller Palestinian faction and occasional ally of Hamas, said it fired a rocket earlier on Wednesday that landed outside the Israeli port city of Ashdod, 40 km (25 miles) north of Gaza. No one was hurt in that attack. Vice Premier...

 
Government to exempt more from income tax - source

Government to exempt more from income tax - source

The threshold, or personal allowance, is set to rise to 7,475 pounds this fiscal year from 6,475 pounds in 2010/11. "This is another step towards taking more people out of tax altogether," the source said. Taking the threshold above 8,000...

Reuters, 07:52 in Business
 

Cap&Reg returns to profit, but no dividend

Its EPRA net asset value per share was 57 pence, against 47 pence a year earlier. Chairman John Clare said in a statement the lack of a new shopping centres coming to market, and the shift in demand to out-of-town retail underpinned a rise in demand...

Reuters, 07:52 in Business
 
Salford teenager describes £33k car insurance shock

Salford teenager describes £33k car insurance shock

A teenager has described his amazement after being quoted almost £33,000 to insure his second-hand car. Jake Redshaw, 17, from Salford, bought a six-year-old Vauxhall Corsa for £3,000 after he passed his test earlier in March. He told the BBC he...

BBC, 07:55 in Business
 
Sainsbury's sees sales rise in tough trading climate

Sainsbury's sees sales rise in tough trading climate

The UK's third-biggest supermarket group, Sainsbury's, has said like-for-like sales in the full year to 19 March, excluding fuel, were up by 2.3%. Like-for-like sales for the fourth quarter were up by 1%. Chief executive Justin King said the trading...

BBC, 07:59 in Business
 

Iain Gray tells Salmond 'your time is up' in fiery last First Minister's Questions

Iain Gray yesterday told Alex Salmond: "Your time is up," as the two leaders clashed for the last time at Holyrood before the election. The Scots Labour leader used the final First Minister's questions before the May 5 poll to launch a...

 

Smiths Group profit rises and says outlook positive

Sales rose 7 percent to 1.37 billion pounds, in-line with estimates of 1.36 billion pounds. Profit at its biggest segment, Smiths Medical, was up 5 percent, but sales fell 2 percent. The company said it would focus on sales growth through increased...

Reuters, 08:02 in Business
 

NY Times quartet tell of ordeal during detention in Libya

The four New York Times journalists released after six days in detention in Libya have been telling of their ordeal. Reporter Anthony Shadid, who is the paper's Beirut bureau chief, wrote a joint piece for his newspaper along with photographers Lynsey...

 


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