Tuesday, October 28, 2008

BBC Daily: Zimbabwe talks fail to reach deal, Skinheads 'planned to kill Obama', Syria hits out at 'terrorist' US


Tuesday, 28 October, 2008, 8:00 GMT 08:00 +00:00:Europe/London
TOP STORIES
Zimbabwe talks fail to reach deal
African leaders fail to make progress at power-sharing talks in Zimbabwe and say a larger regional summit will be held.
  Japan stocks rise in late rally
Japan's Nikkei rallies after dropping below 7,000 for the first time in 26 years, following more volatile trading.
  Controversial ivory sale to open
The first legal sale of southern African ivory for almost a decade will open with conservationists split over its impact.
  Farc guard given new French life
A Colombian guerrilla who led a hostage to freedom is rewarded with almost half a million dollars and a new life in France.
  Extremists to be barred from UK
Home Secretary Jacqui Smith is to announce tougher measures to prevent extremists from entering the UK.
AFRICA
Zimbabwe talks fail to reach deal
African leaders fail to make progress at power-sharing talks in Zimbabwe and say a larger regional summit will be held.
  UN joins battle with Congo rebels
UN forces are engaged in heavy fighting against rebels in eastern DR Congo, as at least 20,000 people flee.
  Controversial ivory sale to open
The first legal sale of southern African ivory for almost a decade will open with conservationists split over its impact.
AMERICAS
Skinheads 'planned to kill Obama'
Two men have appeared in a US court accused of making threats to kill Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama.
  US Senator Stevens found guilty
The longest-serving Republican senator, Alaska's Ted Stevens, is found guilty of lying about receiving gifts.
  Drug unit 'corrupted' in Mexico
Members of a Mexican anti-drug unit passed information to a drug cartel in exchange for thousands of dollars, prosecutors say.
ASIA-PACIFIC
Japan stocks rise in late rally
Japan's Nikkei rallies after dropping below 7,000 for the first time in 26 years, following more volatile trading.
  Japan hangs two more on death row
Two convicted murderers are hanged in Japan despite criticisms of the country's stepped-up pace of executions.
  N Korea issues warning to South
North Korea lashes out at the South, threatening to reduce it to rubble unless it stops a "policy of confrontation".
EUROPE
Georgia's PM fired by president
President Mikhail Saakashvili of Georgia announces he is replacing Prime Minister Lado Gurgenidze.
  IMF European financial aid hailed
A bank which provides investment to Eastern Europe welcomes the IMF's decision to help Ukraine and Hungary.
  Moroccan jailed for 'king insult'
A Moroccan schoolboy is jailed after replacing the king's name with that of his favourite football club.
MIDDLE EAST
Syria hits out at 'terrorist' US
Syria's foreign minister accuses the US of "criminal and terrorist aggression" over what it says was a raid on its territory.
  Peres sets Israel polls in train
Israeli President Shimon Peres says no government can be formed, setting the country on the road to early elections.
  Israel to probe settler threats
Israel's attorney general's office asks police to investigate settlers who called for the deaths of Israeli troops.
SOUTH ASIA
Maldives holds election run-off
Maldives President Gayoom faces former political prisoner Mohamed Nasheed in a run-off vote for the presidency.
  India bus killing sparks protests
Senior Indian politicians protest against the killing of a migrant worker by police in the city of Mumbai.
  Nato's Afghan forces 'hit limit'
Coalition forces in Afghanistan have "now reached their limit", the former commander of UN forces in Bosnia says.
UK NEWS
Extremists to be barred from UK
Home Secretary Jacqui Smith is to announce tougher measures to prevent extremists from entering the UK.
  Banks 'need a rethink' on risks
The Bank of England says lenders may face new rules to avoid a credit crisis repeat, as it says world losses may hit £1.8 trillion.
  Tagging 'allows curfew breaches'
Criminals given electronic tags could break their curfews for more than 11 hours and still not be arrested, a report reveals.
UK POLITICS
Extremists to be barred from UK
Home Secretary Jacqui Smith is to announce tougher measures to prevent extremists from entering the UK.
  Tagging 'allows curfew breaches'
Criminals given electronic tags could break their curfews for more than 11 hours and still not be arrested, a report reveals.
  Climate bill 'to include planes'
Measures to cut UK carbon emissions by 80% looks set to cover aviation and shipping, heading off a rebellion by MPs.
UK EDUCATION
Pupils 'worry about their bodies'
A survey of teenagers finds they are more concerned about their bodies than bullying.
  Gifted poor pupils 'need advice'
A lack of effective careers advice is pushing gifted poorer students into wasting their chances of going to university, says research.
  Teenagers' learning 'dumbed down'
Researchers comparing problem-solving skills say that many more teenagers in the 1970s scored at a higher level.
ENGLAND
Seven-year-old dies in house fire
A seven-year-old boy dies and his mother and two other children are in hospital after a house fire in Leeds.
  Four charged with terror offences
Four men held following raids in Birmingham are charged with offences under the Terrorism Act.
  Airport firefighters' job fears
Firefighters and security staff enter redundancy talks after Thomsonfly's decision to reduce services at Coventry Airport.
NORTHERN IRELAND
£2.5m fees for Omagh defence team
Almost £2.5m has so far been paid to the defence team which represented Sean Hoey in last year's Omagh bomb trial.
  Executive block could hit reforms
Plans to streamline Northern Ireland's councils could be delayed by the failure of the executive to meet, the environment minister says.
  Pensioner held down by burglars
Police appeal for information after an 82-year-old woman is held down while her house is ransacked by burglars.
SCOTLAND
Salmond to meet Lloyds TSB bosses
The first minister is to meet with Lloyds TSB chiefs in a bid to safeguard Scottish jobs in its proposed merger with HBOS.
  Statement due on 'body in burn'
Police are expected to confirm whether human remains found in a burn in East Ayrshire are those of a missing woman.
  Ice sheet secrets to be revealed
The secrets of the largest ice sheet on earth are to be revealed under plans to map the Antarctic in detail.
WALES
Building group facing £100m debts
An administrator reveals that the debts of a north Wales building company are likely to run into the millions
  Summit on anti-social 'challenge'
The Church in Wales and police join forces to help curb anti-social and criminal behaviour across Wales.
  Showcase for green car technology
Wales shows off its green car credentials at the UK's first national low carbon vehicle event.
BUSINESS
Japan stocks rise in late rally
Japan's Nikkei rallies after dropping below 7,000 for the first time in 26 years, following more volatile trading.
  High oil prices lift BP's profits
BP sees its profits for the July to September period more than double to $10bn (£6.4bn), buoyed by record high oil prices.
  Sharp fall in profits for Honda
Japanese carmaker Honda Motor reports a 41% fall in profits as it struggles with falling demand and a strengthening yen.
ENTERTAINMENT
Body of Hudson nephew identified
US police say they have identified the body of a child found in a car in Chicago as the missing nephew of actress Jennifer Hudson.
  Stars mourn Four Tops star Stubbs
Hundreds of mourners gather in Detroit for the funeral of Four Tops singer Levi Stubbs, who died earlier this month aged 72.
  High School dances to top in US
High School Musical 3: Senior Year tops the US box office beating horror sequel Saw V into second place.
SCIENCE & ENVIRONMENT
Controversial ivory sale to open
The first legal sale of southern African ivory for almost a decade will open with conservationists split over its impact.
  Climate link to amphibian decline
Amphibian populations at Yellowstone - the world's oldest national park - are in steep decline, a study shows.
  Arctic ice thickness 'plummets'
Arctic sea ice thickness "plummeted" last winter, thinning by as much as 49 centimetres in some regions, data shows.
TECHNOLOGY
Microsoft to battle in the clouds
Microsoft has unveiled Azure, its cloud computing venture in which data storage and computing will happen on the web.
  Alarm raised on teenage hackers
Computer security experts warn that many teenagers are falling into a life of petty cyber crime.
  Texts tackle HIV in South Africa
Free text messages to mobile phones will soon be helping encourage South Africans to get tested for HIV.
HEALTH
Screening hope for pre-eclampsia
A blood test that screens pregnant women for pre-eclampsia could be available in five years, doctors predict.
  Jab hope for rheumatoid arthritis
A monthly injection could halt rheumatoid arthritis in half of all patients, trial data suggests.
  Tennis call 'brain bias' found
Tennis line judges are more likely to make mistakes when they call balls "out" rather than "in", say researchers.
ON THIS DAY NEWS FROM THE BBC ARCHIVES
  1962: World relief as Cuban missile crisis ends
US President John F Kennedy welcomes Russia's announcement that it will dismantle its missiles based in Cuba.
  2001: Christians killed in Pakistan massacre
Masked gunmen burst into a church in eastern Pakistan killing 18 people including children who were at prayer.
  1974: Minister's wife survives bomb attack
Sports Minister Denis Howell's wife and young son survive a bomb attack on their car.

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