Tag Archives: BBC

Scottish oil worker Colin Gillespie dies in Gran Canaria

An oil worker from Dundee has died after falling into a harbour in the Canary Islands. Colin Gillespie, 53, is thought have been part of the crew of the drilling vessel Stena Icemax. He was pulled from the water in the harbour at Las Palmas early on Sunday but efforts to revive him failed. Police in Gran Canaria have said ...

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Syria war: 'Dozens killed' in IS reprisals in Qaryatain

Dozens of civilians were reportedly killed by Islamic State militants in a central Syrian town before it was retaken by the Syrian army on Saturday. The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says at least 116 died in the three weeks that Qaryatain, in Homs province, was under jihadist control. Most were shot or stabbed to death by IS for ...

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Gunpowder: Guy Fawkes TV drama's violence sparks complaints

A BBC drama about the gunpowder plot has drawn criticism for its violence. One viewer labelled an execution scene in Gunpowder “grotesque and completely unnecessary”, while another called it “one of the most painful things I’ve ever witnessed on TV”. The drama, starring Game of Thrones’ Kit Harington, tells of the 1605 plot to blow up the Houses of Parliament. ...

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Director James Toback accused of sexual harassment

Oscar-nominated Hollywood film-maker James Toback has been accused by nearly 40 women of sexual harassment. The Los Angeles Times said 31 of the women had spoken on the record about their experiences, which span the last 30 years. Toback has denied the allegations and said he had never met any of the women in question or, if he did, it ...

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Bird hunters risk steep cliffs to catch gannets

The Faroe Islands are home to an impressive array of seabirds but there is only one colony of gannets, located on the most westerly island, Mykines. The young birds are considered a delicacy by the islanders. So, once a year, hunters abseil down the cliffs to catch the birds. It takes eight fit men to carry the 150m of thick ...

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PPI complaints rise 24% in six months, says FCA

Complaints about Payment Protection Insurance (PPI) are continuing to rise, the city regulator has said. The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) said the number of complaints rose by 24% in the first half of the year, compared with the previous six months. PPI complaints totalled 1.11 million, compared to 899,000 in the second half of 2016. The rise occurred even before ...

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Kenya's Ruth Odinga to be charged over Kisumu protest

Kenya’s chief prosecutor has ordered that opposition leader Raila Odinga’s sister should immediately be charged with inciting violence against the election commission. Ruth Odinga entered an election centre without permission, and caused damage to property, a statement said. Ms Odinga, a former deputy governor of Kisumu State, has not yet commented. Mr Odinga is boycotting Thursday’s presidential election re-run, saying ...

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Bank of America's Merrill Lynch fined £35m by UK watchdog

The UK’s financial regulator has fined Bank of America’s Merrill Lynch £35m for breaking reporting rules. The US bank failed to report nearly 69 million transactions over two years, the Financial Conduct Authority said. The watchdog said it was the first enforcement action taken under rules introduced following the financial crisis of 2008. Merrill Lynch’s fine was reduced by 30% ...

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Dog's head stuck in wall in Cambridge

A dog had to be rescued after getting its head firmly stuck in a wall. Billy the terrier got in a hole lot of trouble when he decided to peer through a wall in Trumpington near Cambridge. But his head was bigger than he thought and it became stuck in a hole in the trellis-type brickwork. Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue ...

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Charges dropped against Scot accused of public indecency in Dubai

A Scottish man accused of public indecency in Dubai has had the charges against him dropped. Jamie Harron, 27, had been sentenced to three months in jail for touching a man’s hip in a Dubai bar. Detained in Dubai, the group representing Mr Harron, told the BBC he has now been told the charges and sentence have been dropped. It ...

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