News archive from 30 January 2013, page 9

Amazon celebrates record Christmas with $22bn of sales

Amazon celebrates record Christmas with $22bn of sales

Sales in December increased by 22% compared with a year earlier, a result that helped send Amazon shares to a record level. Photograph: Matt Cardy/Getty Images Amazon's shares rose to an all-time high after the leading online retailer unveiled record...

 
UK intervention in Mali treads a familiar – and doomed – path

UK intervention in Mali treads a familiar – and doomed – path

French soldiers as they arrive in the city of Timbuktu. Britain has confirmed that it will send troops to Mali too. Photograph: Arnaud Roine/ECPAD/Sipa/Rex Features The government is going for gold in mission creep. Just a week ago David Cameron...

 

Sheffield housing firm takes plaudits

HOUSING maintenance contractor Kier Sheffield has received 95 per cent positive feedback from council house tenants. The firm, which looks after repairs for the city’s 42,000 council houses, said it has a ‘strong customer care focus’. Kier said it has...

 
Syria: Assad regime blamed as 65 bodies found in Aleppo

Syria: Assad regime blamed as 65 bodies found in Aleppo

At LEAST 65 men have been found shot dead with their hands bound, their bodies washed up on the muddy banks of a small river in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo. Opposition campaigners blamed the government, but it was impossible to confirm who was...

 
Gina Lollobrigida’s ‘fake wedding to toy boy’

Gina Lollobrigida’s ‘fake wedding to toy boy’

Legendary Hollywood sex symbol Gina Lollobrigida claims to have discovered by chance that she is married to a Spanish toy boy who fixed a fraudulent wedding ceremony to get his hands on her fortune. Lollobrigida, 85, told police she found out on the...

 
Boy Scouts of America end anti-gay policy

Boy Scouts of America end anti-gay policy

The organisation which runs scouting in America is set to end the nationwide exclusion of gays as scouts or leaders and give local troops the freedom to decide the matter for themselves. If approved by the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) national...

 

Chaotic Zimbabwe has just $217 left in the bank

After paying public sector salaries last week, the balance in Zimbabwe's government public account stood at just $217 (about £138), finance minister Tendai Biti said yesterday. “Last week when we paid civil servants there was $217 [left] in government...

 

EU sow stall ban ‘flouted’ by 17 states

Only ten EU states out of 27 have so far complied with the ban on sow stalls which came in at the beginning of 2013, according to figures released by Brussels. Of the major producers of pig meat, France, Germany and Ireland are well short of the legal...

Scotsman, 01:54 in Business
 

Pressure growing for action over lamb prices

Farming leaders have this week put pressure on both government and the major retailers in a desperate attempt to raise the price paid for lamb. In Scotland, representatives from the National Sheep Association (NSA), NFU Scotland and Quality Meat...

Scotsman, 01:54 in Business
 
China's Wanxiang wins approval to buy US battery maker

China's Wanxiang wins approval to buy US battery maker

China's Wanxiang Group has won the approval of US authorities to buy US battery maker A123 Systems. Wanxiang, China's biggest auto parts maker, had bid $257m (£163m) to buy almost all of A123's assets after it went bankrupt last year. The deal had...

BBC, 01:56 in Business
 

U.S. judge okays BP plea, $4 billion penalty in Gulf oil spill

After the April 2010 explosion on the Transocean rig in the Gulf of Mexico, 4.9 million barrels of oil spewed into the Gulf over 87 days. Shorelines from Texas to Florida were fouled before responders could cap the mile-deep (1.6 km) well. BP has...

Reuters, 01:58 in Business
 

Not tonight, darling, EastEnders is on: The excuses MEN give for avoiding sex

As far as excuses go, turning down an intimate night of passion with a woman to watch an episode of a soap opera, may not rest easy in some households.But incredulously, it seems men are just as likely as women to make up excuses for not having sex -...

Daily Mail, 02:03 in Health
 
Israel slates Argentine bomb probe deal with Iran

Israel slates Argentine bomb probe deal with Iran

Israel has called an agreement between Iran and Argentina to investigate jointly the bombing 19 years ago of a Jewish centre in Buenos Aires that killed 85 people "like inviting a murderer to investigate the killings he committed". The...

 

Autism case study: ‘I’m giving something back by doing a good job’

ANDREW Gray is an example of how people with autism can hold down jobs and be a positive force in the workplace. The 34-year-old from Dundee, who has Asperger's, works as a waiter in a hotel and enjoys his job. But this would not have been possible...

Scotsman, 02:03 in Health
 

ALEX BRUMMER: Is activist investor Edward Bramson a rebel with a genuine cause at 3i?

When activist investor Edward Bramson put his tanks on the lawns of Foreign & Colonial Asset Management one was less than wholly persuaded that he and his team at Sherborne were good people to be entrusted with a savings group. The idea of...

 


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