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Strong UK GDP figures expected

Posted by Warren Fyfe on January 28, 2014 in Warren Fyfe Site

27 January 2014 Last updated at 21:00 ET Please turn on JavaScript. Media requires JavaScript to play. Former Woolworths worker Steve Tait discusses the challenge of finding a new job Official figures are expected to show the UK’s economic growth in 2013 was the strongest since 2007, the year before the financial crisis. Business Secretary [...]

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Ukraine MPs to hold crisis vote

Posted by Warren Fyfe on January 28, 2014 in Warren Fyfe Site

27 January 2014 Last updated at 21:46 ET The president has agreed to an amnesty – on the condition that barricades are cleared Ukraine’s parliament is expected to vote on plans to scrap a new anti-protest law in a special session called over the ongoing unrest in the country. President Viktor Yanukovych has offered to [...]

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Daft Punk lead Grammy Award winners

Posted by Warren Fyfe on January 27, 2014 in Warren Fyfe Site

26 January 2014 Last updated at 20:23 ET Daft Punk wore their trademark robot helmets to collect their Grammy Awards French dance duo Daft Punk have taken top honours at the Grammy Awards, winning five prizes including album and record of the year. Hip-hop duo Macklemore and Lewis picked up four awards – best new [...]

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UK warns Sochi attacks ‘very likely’

Posted by Warren Fyfe on January 27, 2014 in Warren Fyfe Site

26 January 2014 Last updated at 21:00 ET By Frank Gardner BBC security correspondent Russia is conducting the biggest security operation in the history of the Olympic Games Whitehall officials are warning that more terrorist attacks in Russia are “very likely to occur” in the run-up to or during the Winter Olympics in Sochi. Eighty-eight [...]

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Power transfer on Syria talks agenda

Posted by Warren Fyfe on January 27, 2014 in Warren Fyfe Site

27 January 2014 Last updated at 00:06 ET The opposition and government are fundamentally divided over the aims of the conference The Syrian peace talks in Geneva are due to move on to wider political questions such as the divisive issue of transfer of power in the country. But discussions are also expected to continue [...]

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E-cigarette ban for under-18s

Posted by Warren Fyfe on January 26, 2014 in Warren Fyfe Site

25 January 2014 Last updated at 21:14 ET The UK smoking ban does not apply to e-cigarettes Under-18s in England are to be banned from buying electronic cigarettes, the government has announced. Experts say it is not yet known what harm the tobacco-free devices could inflict and that their contents could be damaging young people’s [...]

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China court jails lawyer Xu Zhiyong

Posted by Warren Fyfe on January 26, 2014 in Warren Fyfe Site

25 January 2014 Last updated at 23:54 ET Please turn on JavaScript. Media requires JavaScript to play. BBC’s Celia Hatton: “Some say that dozens have been arrested in connection with Mr Xu Zhiyong’s movement” A Chinese court has sentenced prominent human rights activist Xu Zhiyong to four years in prison. Xu, who campaigned for children’s [...]

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Ukraine opposition unmoved by offer

Posted by Warren Fyfe on January 26, 2014 in Warren Fyfe Site

25 January 2014 Last updated at 20:05 ET Please turn on JavaScript. Media requires JavaScript to play. BBC’s Catharina Moh: Security forces “unprepared by the force of more than 1,500 protesters” Ukrainian opposition leader Arseniy Yatsenyuk says protests will continue despite President Viktor Yanukovych’s offer to appoint him as prime minister. Mr Yatsenyuk said the [...]

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GM purple tomatoes heading for shops

Posted by Warren Fyfe on January 25, 2014 in Warren Fyfe Site

24 January 2014 Last updated at 17:00 ET By David Shukman Science editor, BBC News The new tomatoes could improve the nutritional value of everyday foods The prospect of genetically modified purple tomatoes reaching the shelves has come a step closer. Their dark pigment is intended to give tomatoes the same potential health benefits as [...]

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Concessions fail to end Kiev unrest

Posted by Warren Fyfe on January 25, 2014 in Warren Fyfe Site

24 January 2014 Last updated at 21:01 ET Plumes of black smoke rose from burning tyres at barricades erected by protesters Please turn on JavaScript. Media requires JavaScript to play. The BBC’s Duncan Crawford reports on protests in the centre of Kiev, next to tyre barricades that were later set alight by protesters Violence has [...]

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