News archive from 30 January 2013, page 8

Rare pygmy elephants are found dead

Ten endangered Borneo pygmy elephants have been found dead in a Malaysian forest, with wildlife officers saying that they were probably poisoned. The carcasses were found near each other in the Gunung Rara Forest Reserve, Laurentius Ambu, director of...


Venice breaks ties over anti-gay laws

Venice is breaking off cultural relations with St Petersburg because of the Russian city's legislation curbing gay rights. The city council invoked Venice’s “history, international prestige and conscience” to refrain from cultural exchanges as long as...


Kazakhstan plane crash kills 21

A BOMBARDIER Challenger CRJ-200 passenger plane crashed in thick fog near Kazakhstan's commercial capital Almaty yesterday, killing all 21 people on board. The aircraft came down near Kyzyl Tu, about three miles from the airport. "There was no...


Low turnout will not halt nuclear plans

Bulgarian prime minister Boiko Borisov's party is to go ahead with building a new nuclear power plant after turn-out in a referendum backing it was too low to be valid. Some 60.6 per cent of those who voted were in favour of building the plant, but...


New Zealand mulls cut in deliveries

New Zealand Post, the state-owned agency, is considering cutting mail delivery from six days a week to three to cut costs as people increasingly turn to the internet to pay bills and communicate. Mail volumes in the country have dropped by...


British soldiers accused of killing civilians

ALLEGATIONS that British troops in Iraq were guilty of killing civilians and "terrifying acts of brutality" were made at the High Court in London yesterday. Women, the elderly and children were among the victims of indiscriminate action...

Scotsman, 01:33 in Hot News

Cuts to legal advice ‘will cause disarray’

A FORMER High Court judge rounded on the government yesterday over cuts to legal advice centres, warning they would cause "absolute disarray". Baroness Butler-Sloss’s attack came as ministers were criticised over the Legal Services...

Scotsman, 01:33 in Hot News

Dead cat ‘strangled with phone charger’

A BENGAL cat is believed to have been strangled with a mobile phone charger, the RSPCA has said. The dead cat was found with the car charger wrapped around its neck inside a carrier bag in a walkway at Beacon Hill in Newark, Nottinghamshire.

Scotsman, 01:33 in Hot News

Gates: Act now to win war on polio

Jan 30 2013 Bill Gates has given a lecture in London in which he described the battle to eradicate polio as one of the most difficult tasks the world has ever faced. The billionaire Microsoft chairman, who launched the Bill and Melinda Gates...


Mental patients 'unlawfully held'

Jan 30 2013 One in every 25 mentally ill patients who have been sectioned have "irregularities" in their records which could mean they are being unlawfully detained, the health watchdog said. Of 4,500 patient records checked by the Care...


Two U.S. senators press Justice Department on bank prosecutions

The requests come amid renewed interest in whether U.S. authorities have held accountable the institutions and individuals who contributed to the 2007-2009 financial crisis. In a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder, the senators asked whether the...

Reuters, 01:36 in Business
Carmaker Fiat likely to miss debt target

Carmaker Fiat likely to miss debt target

Fiat's share price has outperformed rivals like Volkswagen (VOWG_p.DE) and Peugeot (PEUP.PA) in the past 30 days, driven partly by hopes that Fiat will buy more Chrysler shares beyond its 58.5 percent stake or engineer a full-scale merger. "We do...

Reuters, 01:36 in Business

Queen awards rare title to Dundee University

DUNDEE University has been awarded a rare honour from the Queen to mark her Diamond Jubilee, the UK government has announced. The College of Life Sciences is one of 12 university departments in the UK, and the only one in Scotland, to receive the...

Scotsman, 01:40 in Learning

Brazilian cities crack down on nightclubs after deadly fire

The fire was Brazil's deadliest in half a century and the tragedy resonated across the country, with many people demanding those responsible be prosecuted and that the government tighten up on safety. Police said a flare that ignited the fire and was...


Faulty F-35 fuel lines to be scanned in U.S. instead of Britain

The Pentagon on Monday said it found that a fuel line built by Stratoflex, a unit of Parker Hannifin Corp (PH.N), had been improperly crimped. The defect caused the fuel line to detach and fail just before a training flight took off at a Florida Air...

Reuters, 01:42 in Business

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