News archive from 31 January 2013, page 10

Obama says immigration overhaul possible by first half of 2013

"I´m hopeful that this can get done, and I don´t think that it should take many, many months. I think this is something we should be able to get done certainly this year and I´d like to see if we could get it done sooner, in the first half of the...

 
Italian conman pocketed £575,000, court told

Italian conman pocketed £575,000, court told

A MAN who posed as a top lawyer pocketed more than £575,000 a client had paid him for legal services that were never provided, a court has heard. Giovanni di Stefano, known as the Devil’s Advocate for taking on “unwinnable” cases, is accused of...

Scotsman, 01:42 in Hot News
 
Israel tight-lipped after Syrian convoy air strike

Israel tight-lipped after Syrian convoy air strike

Israel's airforce attacked a convoy on the Syrian-Lebanese border yesterday morning, after the Israelis warned their Lebanese enemy Hezbollah against using chaos in Syria to acquire anti-aircraft missiles or chemical weapons. Regional officials said...

 
Gillard stuns Australia by announcing election date

Gillard stuns Australia by announcing election date

Australian prime minister Julia Gillard has stunned voters by setting a national election for 14 September, eight months away, in a country where governments have traditionally kept a strategic advantage by giving the opposition little more than a...

 
Berlusconi turns to Mario for election-winning strike

Berlusconi turns to Mario for election-winning strike

EXTROVERT footballer Mario Balotelli is used to hogging the limelight at English premiership club Manchester City, but with his move yesterday to AC Milan he has been tipped to play a crucial role in Italy's pending general election. Seen as Italy’s...

 
Businessman takes a pop at Beijing pollution

Businessman takes a pop at Beijing pollution

China's foulest fortnight for air pollution in memory has rekindled a tongue-in-cheek campaign by a Chinese multimillionaire with a streak of showmanship who is raising the alarm by selling canned fresh air. In Beijing yesterday, Chen Guangbiao’s...

 

Morsi moves to play down vitriolic remarks against Jews

Egypt's president Mohamed Morsi has said vitriolic remarks he made against Jews and Zionists in 2010 had been taken out of context and said he was not against the Jewish faith. “I am not against the Jewish faith, I am not against Jews who practise...

 

Ballot papers pulped over logo

Cyprus has been forced to reprint all 575,000 ballot slips for next month's presidential election after Guinness World Records objected to a candidate's use of its logo. Andreas Efstratiou, earned a Guinness Book of World Records entry for creating...

 

Bollywood star dragged into diplomatic row

Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan has been caught in a verbal row between India and Pakistan after he wrote a magazine article that led to heated exchanges between the nations. The controversy erupted after Pakistan’s interior minister, Rehman Malik,...

 

Germany is all atwitter over political sexism row

Outrage over a German politician's alleged sexist remarks has led to a surge in women seeking advice about sexual harassment in the workplace. Stern magazine journalist Laura Himmelreich claims that Rainer Bruederle, 67, a leading member of the...

 

Court orders Shell Nigeria to pay out over oil leak

A DUTCH court has ruled that a subsidiary of international oil giant Royal Dutch Shell should be held responsible for a pipeline leak poisoning farmland in Nigeria, as it had failed to take adequate measures to prevent sabotage. In its ruling...

 

South Korea launches rocket at third attempt

South Korea has launched its first space rocket carrying a science satellite amid heightened regional tensions, caused in part by North Korea's successful launch of a rocket last month. It was South Korea’s third attempt in four years to launch a...

 

Leading Bolshoi ballerina delays return to Russia following threats

A LEADING ballerina with the Bolshoi Ballet who is on leave in Canada says she does not want to return to Russia after receiving threats - a development that follows an acid attack on the dance troupe's ballet chief. Svetlana Lunkina, 33, told the...

 

Asian power shift has echoes of pre-war failures

Whether east Asia's politicians and pundits like it or not, the region's current international relations are more akin to 19th-century European balance-of-power politics than to the stable Europe of today. Witness east Asia’s rising nationalism,...

 

French forced to turn off lights

French shops and office buildings will have to turn off their lights at night to save energy and reduce light pollution, the environment ministry has decreed. From 1 July, all non-residential buildings will have to switch off interior lights one hour...

 


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