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Amazon accused of ‘bullying’ smaller UK publishers

June 29, 2014 at 9:58 pm

By Joe Miller Technology reporter

Books There are hundreds of publishing companies in the UK

Amazon is facing a battle with UK publishers as it seeks to secure more advantageous terms in its latest round of contract negotiations.

BNP Paribas to be ‘punished severely’, says boss

June 29, 2014 at 9:54 pm

BNP chief executive Jean-Laurent Bonnafe Mr Bonnafe said the fine must not affect the bank’s future plans

The boss of BNP Paribas has written to staff warning that the French banking giant will be fined heavily by US authorities.

Facebook emotion experiment sparks criticism

June 29, 2014 at 9:51 pm

Facebook logo Facebook said it conducted the study to gauge users’ response to content

Facebook is facing criticism after it emerged it had conducted a psychology experiment on nearly 700,000 users.

Pakistan ‘charity head’ lambasts US sanctions move

June 29, 2014 at 9:48 pm

Hafiz Saeed (centre) addresses his supporters in Lahore. Photo: 27 June 2014 Hafiz Saeed lives openly in the Pakistani city of Lahore

The head of a Pakistani charity group whom the US and India accuse of masterminding the 2008 Mumbai attacks has dismissed new US sanctions.

How two Polish gamers created a global blockbuster

June 29, 2014 at 9:43 pm

Adam Easton By Adam Easton BBC News, Warsaw

How two Polish men created a blockbuster global gaming phenomenon

When Barack Obama visited Poland in 2011, the country’s Prime Minister Donald Tusk chose to give the US President a copy of the computer game The Witcher 2 as a present.

Chai – the drink India can’t live without

June 29, 2014 at 8:38 pm

In India, chai is more than just a cup of tea to start the day – the thick sweet drink is an integral part of the rhythm of life. Zach Marks and Resham Gellatly have been documenting the culture of Indian chai and the people who sell it – known as chai wallahs.


One hand taking tea from another hand

Tea is India’s most popular drink – the country consumes 837,000 tonnes of it every year. The ritual of drinking chai transcends all boundaries, and roadsides are dotted with chai wallahs who serve it boiled up with spices, sugar and milk.

Ukraine’s sink or swim EU agreement

June 29, 2014 at 8:19 pm

By David Stern BBC News, Kiev

Man walks in Kiev with EU flag (1 March) Viktor Yanukovych’s rejection of the association agreement was a motivating force for pro-EU protesters

Putin’s complicated game in Ukraine

June 29, 2014 at 8:15 pm


Bridget Kendall By Bridget Kendall Diplomatic correspondent, BBC News

Vladimir Putin Mr Putin’s recent apparent change of tack on Ukraine may be only part of a more complex policy

What is President Putin up to?

Isis rebels declare ‘caliphate’ in Iraq and Syria

June 29, 2014 at 8:09 pm


A gunman in the Syrian city of Raqqa waves an Isis flag - 29 June 2014 Isis militants said they would now want to be known as “the Islamic State”

Islamist militant group Isis has said it is establishing a caliphate, or Islamic state, on the territories it controls in Iraq and Syria.

Editorial – Island.lk

June 29, 2014 at 12:30 am

Don’t forget the beedis

June 28, 2014, 4:22 pm

The dangers of smoking are well known and documented and given  the information age we live in, it is only the stupid who will indulge in a  habit the tobacco industry likes to call an “adult choice.’’ We have today run  a report elsewhere in this issue saying that Mr. Walter Laduwahetty, the  President of the Sri Lanka Cancer Society, has written to Health Minister  Maithripala Sirisena congratulating him for the campaign he has been running  requiring the publication of pictorial health warnings on cigarette packets and  pledging the Cancer Society’s support for this endeavour. More importantly, he  has made a point we ourselves did in this space some time ago: that given the  price of a single cigarette being over Rs. 25, very few people (especially in  the less affluent segments of society) buy their smokes in packets. They can  only afford a stick or two at a time and the health warnings on the cigarette  packs will bypass them. Thus there will be no regular reminder that they are  inviting illness by lighting up. That is why it is essential that all cigarette  sellers, under pain of a stiff fine for non-compliance, should be made to  display large pictorially explicit posters warning about the dangers of smoking  at the point of sale. We hope the Minister of Health will quickly get moving on  this matter.

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