Wednesday 21 March 2018

Scots in unity appeal


Political leaders locked in a bitter fight over Scottish independence have urged all Scots to reunite whatever the outcome of a referendum in September as the national church voiced concerns over rifts in society.

Both sides in the campaign have called for an end to rising levels of abuse and personal attacks and stressed the need to work together after the vote over the 307-year tie to England. As the race tightens ahead of the September 18 vote, the Church of Scotland said there was a danger of deepening social division.


Europe's top human rights court in its largest ever judgment ordered Turkey on Monday to pay €90m to Cyprus for its 1974 invasion and the island's subsequent division.

The decision from the European Court of Human Rights said the passage of time did not erase Turkey's responsibility in the case, ruling that Turkey must pay €30m in damages to relatives of those missing in the operations and €60m for "the enclaved Greek-Cypriot residents of the Karpas peninsula".

Ankle tag for boozers

A pilot scheme allowing offenders to ask to wear alcohol-detection tags has been launched by Northamptonshire Police.

The ankle tags, known as sobriety bracelets, will be used by the force as an alternative to sending people to prison for alcohol-related offences. Anyone who accepts a formal police caution for an offence can agree to stay sober and wear the tag for a maximum of 120 days.

Asteroid killed dinos

Dinosaurs were wiped out after a six-mile-wide asteroid slammed into the Earth 66 million years ago, new research has shown.

The study is the first to provide physical evidence for the sudden plunge in global temperatures that followed the impact off Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula. Its effects would have been identical to those of a "nuclear winter" and would have been catastrophic for dinosaurs.

Gay marriage U-turn

Couples lined up outside a courthouse before dawn on Monday as Arkansas' largest county began issuing gay marriage licences following a judge's ruling overturning the southern state's constitutional ban on same-sex marriage.

The Pulaski County clerk's office issued its first same-sex marriage licence shortly after 8am. Arkansas is located in the conservative Bible Belt in the South of America.


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