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Archive for March, 2016

Batman v Superman takes $424m at global box office

March 31, 2016

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice has taken $424m (£300m) at the box office worldwide in its first five days despite poor reviews. The global total – the fourth-highest ever – included $170.1m in the United States, a record for a March debut and the sixth-highest US opening weekend. Dawn of Justice took £15.5m in […]

Falkland Islands seek clarity on new ruling expanding Argentina’s sea control

The Falkland Islands have asked the UK to clarify the meaning of an international commission judgement that would leave the islands surrounded by Argentina’s territorial waters. The decision, which is not yet final, follows a request by Argentina in 2009 to expand its maritime territory to include that of the islands, known as the Malvinas […]

Tata Steel jobs: David Cameron says there are “no guarantees” on steel crisis

David Cameron says the government is “doing everything it can” to save thousands of steel jobs – but warned there were “no guarantees of success”. Speaking after chairing crisis talks on Tata Steel’s decision to sell its UK business, the PM said nationalisation was not the answer but the government was “not ruling anything out”. […]

UK economy grows faster than expected

The UK economy grew 0.6% in the fourth quarter of 2015, higher than the previous estimate of 0.5%. As a result, the economy grew by 2.3% for the whole of 2015, rather than 2.2% as previously thought, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS). The figure came as a surprise to analysts, who had […]

Microsoft chatbot is taught to swear on Twitter

March 24, 2016

A chatbot developed by Microsoft has gone rogue on Twitter, swearing and making racist remarks and inflammatory political statements. The experimental AI, which learns from conversations, was designed to interact with 18-24-year-olds. Just 24 hours after artificial intelligence Tay was unleashed, Microsoft appeared to be editing some of its more inflammatory comments. The software firm […]

New Zealand votes to keep flag in referendum – The proposed new flag, Silver Fern, was criticised as uninspiring by some

New Zealanders have voted to keep their existing flag after a national referendum, preliminary results show. The referendum asked whether the flag which includes the Union Jack should be replaced by a design called Silver Fern, which won an earlier ballot. The results show 56.6% voted for no change, while 43.1% opted for the new […]

MH370 search: Mozambique debris ‘almost certainly’ from missing plane

The transport ministers of Australia and Malaysia say two plane parts found in Mozambique almost certainly came from missing Malaysian Airlines flight MH370. The two pieces of debris were found separately by members of the public and were flown to Australia for analysis. Australian’s Darren Chester said the finds were “consistent with drift modelling” of […]

Deal done to sell two Tata Steel mills in Scotland

International metals firm Liberty House has signed a deal to buy two mothballed steel plants in Lanarkshire. The agreement involves the Scottish Government buying the Clydebridge and Dalzell plants from Tata Steel, and immediately selling them on to Liberty. The sale will be made under the same terms with no cost to the taxpayer. Liberty […]

National house price gap widens

March 22, 2016

House prices have risen significantly in England in the past year in contrast to the rest of the UK, figures suggest. Prices rose by 8.6% in England in the year to the end of January, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) said. In comparison, property prices went up by 0.1% in Scotland and 0.8% in […]

EU referendum: Moody’s predicts ‘small’ UK economic hit from EU exit

The UK economy would be hit by leaving the EU, but the impact would be “small” and unlikely to lead to big job losses, according to credit agency Moody’s. The UK could also be allowed to keep many of its trade terms with the EU so as to avoid disruption, Moody’s said. The report shows […]

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