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Two drink-free days a week needed, MPs’ report says

Two drink-free days a week needed, MPs’ report says

People should have at least two days a week completely clear of alcohol, a group of MPs says. It is one of the recommendations in a report by the Commons science and technology committee, which is calling for a review of all government guidelines on alcohol in the UK. It says there are “sufficient concerns” about the […]

Football is a class act

Football is a class act

Over the festive season many South American players celebrated their break from football – by organising games of football, often for charity. With all the complaints about too much football, this might seem like strange behaviour. But these Christmas and new year kickabouts have none of the pressure of their normal professional careers. Most top […]

Beyonce gives birth to daughter, say celebrity friends

Beyonce gives birth to daughter, say celebrity friends

Beyonce and Jay-Z have welcomed the arrival of their first child, according to reports from the US. News broke on several celebrity websites and appears to have been confirmed on Twitter by the stars’ celebrity friends, including Rihanna and Gwyneth Paltrow. Reports suggest the baby girl, named Blue Ivy Carter, was born by Caesarean section […]

Cameron denies ‘dictating’ terms of Scottish referendum

Cameron denies ‘dictating’ terms of Scottish referendum

David Cameron has said he is not trying to “dictate” the terms of a Scottish independence referendum. Government sources have denied reports Westminster wo uld set an 18-month limit on holding the poll, if it transfers powers for a binding vote to Holyrood. But ministers may insist on a “yes or no” vote on independence […]

Iran death sentence for ‘CIA spy’ Amir Mirzai Hekmati

Iran death sentence for ‘CIA spy’ Amir Mirzai Hekmati

A US man of Iranian descent has been sentenced to death by a court in Tehran for spying for the CIA. Amir Mirzai Hekmati was “sentenced to death for co-operating with a hostile nation, membership of the CIA and trying to implicate Iran in terrorism,” semi-official Fars news agency said. The 28-year-old’s US-based family say […]

Nigeria fuel strike brings country to a halt

Nigeria fuel strike brings country to a halt

The BBC’s Mark Lobel in Lagos says banks, shops and businesses are shut A general strike in Nigeria over the elimination of a fuel subsidy has brought the country to a standstill. Shops, offices, schools and petrol stations around the country closed on the first day of an indefinite strike. In Lagos and other cities, […]

Stricken cargo ship Rena breaks up off New Zealand

Stricken cargo ship Rena breaks up off New Zealand

A cargo ship which ran aground off the coast of New Zealand three months ago has broken in two, spilling containers and threatening a new oil spill. Heavy seas snapped off the stern section of the Greek-owned Rena, which leaked large amounts of fuel on becoming stranded in October. Up to 300 containers have been […]