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The proposed new Heathrow Airport link would connect with trains on the south Wales main line

Hammond Heathrow £500m rail link plan consideration

UK Transport Secretary Philip Hammond is said to be drawing up plans for a £500m rail scheme linking Wales with Heathrow Airport. A proposed new spur from the Great Western main line would end the need for passengers to travel in to London before heading out to the airport. The scheme, to include the west […]

Carbon emissions ‘will defer Ice Age’

Carbon emissions ‘will defer Ice Age’

Human emissions of carbon dioxide will defer the next Ice Age, say scientists. The last Ice Age ended about 11,500 years ago, and when the next one should begin has not been entirely clear. Researchers used data on the Earth’s orbit and other things to find the historical warm interglacial period that looks most like […]

Waterproof smartphones are not the only innovations making a splash at the three-day event

CES 2012: New technologies unleashed at show

The first technologies have been unveiled at the 2012 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES). Waterproof smartphone coatings, diet-aiding armbands and a social network that warns drivers of the latest police speed-traps were all on show. Microsoft’s chief executive Steve Ballmer will present his company’s last keynote at the three-day event. The firm’s pullout has led […]

Philipp Hildebrand: "I had no knowledge of my wife's transactions that day"

Swiss National Bank chairman Philipp Hildebrand resigns

The chairman of the Swiss National Bank (SNB), Philipp Hildebrand, has resigned with immediate effect. It follows revelations his wife Kashya bought $504,000 (£323,024) in August, three weeks before the central bank intervened to cap the Swiss franc. He told a news conference he had “no knowledge” of his wife’s transaction, which she later made […]

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 […]

Reports: Japan Likely to Buy U.S. F-35 Jets

Reports: Japan Likely to Buy U.S. F-35 Jets

(TOKYO) — Japan’s government has selected the Lockheed Martin F-35 stealth fighter to bolster its aging air force and is likely to announce the multibillion-dollar deal by the end of the week, news reports said Tuesday. The announcement is expected after a committee meeting Friday, according to Kyodo News agency and the Yomiuri newspaper. A […]