Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 25 December 2014

From the first editions

TELEGRAPH:

NO BAR ON BULGARIAN IMMIGRANTS

The Home Office has failed to reject a single request from British employers to hire Bulgarian immigrants since 2007, the country's ambassador said yesterday.

DON'T LET THE DOUBTERS STOP HS2, SAYS MINISTER

The "doubters and defeatists" fighting HS2 cannot be allowed to dictate the future of Britain, the minister charged with delivering the high speed rail line says today.

'HARD WORK BEGINS NOW' AS NUCLEAR DEAL IS AGREED WITH IRAN

WASHINGTON last night declared that the hard work on Iran's nuclear programme starts now, after six world powers and Tehran surmounted decades of mistrust to reach an interim deal.

City:

RBS FACES PROBE OVER 'KILLING OFF' SMALL FIRMS

Royal Bank of Scotland is facing calls for an investigation into controversial practices by its turnaround unit following allegations that good companies have been forced out of business for the taxpayer-backed lender's profit.

THREAT TO OIL COUNTRIES' ECONOMIES AS IRAN IS REHABILITATED

A global deal to lift sanctions against Iran could unleash a flood of oil on to world markets by next year just as crude output recovers in Libya and Iraq, triggering a slide in prices and a major shake-up of the energy landscape.

STAR

SAM: I CAN'T FACE CHEAT JOEY IN JUNGLE

Fuming Sam Faiers has sensationally quit I'm A Celeb over ex-boyfriend Joey Essex getting steamy with beauty queen Amy Willerton on the jungle show.

DR: JACKO DEATH HIS OWN FAULT

Jacko's doctor Conrad Murray has claimed he was a "broken man" who killed himself with his private stash of drugs.

BUNGLERS' 30-YEAR SLAVE MISS

Three women reportedly beaten and abused as "cult slaves" were known to social services for over 30 years, it was claimed last night.

Sport:

AVB: I'M SO SORRY

Ashamed Andre Villas-Boas apologised after Tottenham were hit for six at Manchester City.

LET'S DO IT AGAIN

Carl Froch is ready for a megabucks rematch with George Groves.

MAIL:

BANKS 'ARE SABOTAGING SMALL FIRMS'

Britain's two State-backed banks have been accused of ruining thousands of small firms by using 'unscrupulous' business practices.

PLEBGATE: OFFICER TO BE CHARGED

Police expect to charge at least one officer over the 'Plebgate' affair.

LABOUR HIT BY NEW VOTE FIXING STORM

The Unite union faces new poll-rigging allegations after it emerged that the son of a prospective MP was signed up to vote for her in breach of Labour rules.

Sport:

GET READY FOR A BROKEN ARM

The Ashes exploded into bad feeling and rancour yesterday after England had crashed in the first Test at the Gabba, with defeated captain Alastair Cook declaring: 'This is war.'

'EXPLODING' ROONEY LET OFF

David Moyes last night leapt to the defence of Wayne Rooney after the Manchester United striker was blasted for kicking out at Jordon Mutch in the 2-2 draw at Cardiff City.

EXPRESS:

150,000 SAY NO TO NEW EU MIGRANTS

A huge army of Daily Express readers has called on David Cameron to defy the EU - and stop a new wave of migration into Britain.

SLAVE'S LOVE NOTE TO NEIGHBOUR TELLS OF TORMENT BY CAPTORS

Police were last night examining claims that one of the women kept as a slave for 30 years poured her heart out to a neighbour about her "relatives" who allegedly held her captive.

IRAN NUCLEAR DEAL IS MISTAKE, SAYS ISRAEL

Israel warned yesterday of the "historic mistake" six world powers have made in a nuclear pact with Iran.

Sport:

SPURS SHAME

Furious manager Andrew Villas-Boas last night apologised to Tottenham fans for a performance that left him "ashamed and embarrassed".

CLARKE IN TEST STORM

Michael Clarke sparked a furious on-field row with Jimmy Anderson as the first Ashes Test ended in acrimony and heavy defeat for England at the Gabba.

GROVES WAS 'SAVED'

Carl Froch says referee Howard Foster "saved George Groves' career" following Saturday's ninth-round stoppage victory.

TIMES:

DRUGS AND WEAPONS ARE STILL FOR SALE ON 'DARK NET'

Illegal drugs and guns are still being sold with impunity on the "dark internet" despite police claims to have shut down the "most sophisticated and criminal marketplace".

IRAN NUCLEAR DEAL RUNS INTO STORM OF PROTEST

Iran's decade-long stand-off with the West over its nuclear programme took a crucial step towards resolution yesterday when an accord between the two sides was hammered out in Geneva.

DOCTORS 'MUST PUT MEALS AT HEART OF HOSPITAL CARE PLANS'

Doctors must take more responsibility for hospital food and drink, the top patient advocate in the NHS says.

City:

COUNCIL WORKERS CAUGHT IN PENSION FUND DEATH SPIRAL

Some local authority pension funds are so poorly funded that they are in a "death spiral", raising questions about the retirement promises to millions of council workers.

LLOYDS HAS TSB FLOAT IN SIGHT FOR NEXT YEAR

Lloyds is planning to float up to half of TSB in the first half of next year, with TSB, which has 631 branches, set to be valued at between £1.5 billion and £2 billion.

i:

'UNSCRUPULOUS' RBS 'DROVE VIABLE FIRMS TO COLLAPSE'

Royal Bank of Scotland is facing an inquiry by banking regulators into allegations that it drove firms to collapse in order to buy back their assets at rock-bottom prices.

IRAN SIGNS LANDMARK AGREEMENT TO REIN IN ITS NUCLEAR PROGRAMME

In the early hours of yesterday morning, the US and five other world powers made history by sealing a landmark deal with Iran to curb its nuclear programme in the hope of preventing Tehran from building a nuclear bomb.

REGULATOR SAYS POLICE COULD BE CALLED IN

Police could be called in to investigate the Co-op Bank if a Government review finds any evidence of criminal activity, the head of the City regulator said yesterday.

City:

MPs TO SEEK MAJOR REFORM IN WAKE OF CONTRACT SCANDALS

A powerful group of MPs will today push top civil servants to agree to sweeping reforms of how Government contracts are run by the private sector following headline-grabbing failures at outsourcing giants Serco and G4S.

JOB SECURITY A BIG WORRY FOR PUBLIC SECTOR STAFF

Job insecurity in the UK's public sector has soared as hundreds of thousands of jobs fall prey to austerity, a leading think-tank revealed today.

INDEPENDENT:

GATEWAY TO TERROR

A network of groups led by the Islamist preacher Anjem Choudary has become the "single biggest gateway to terrorism in recent British history", according to a major investigation.

A HISTORIC HANDSHAKE - BUT NOT THE DIFFICULT PART BEGINS

For the first time since the Iranian revolution of 1979, world powers struck a meaningful accord with the government in Tehran yesterday over Iran's nuclear programme.

TOP MANDARIN HITS BACK AT DUNCAN SMITH OVER UNIVERSAL CREDIT SMEARS

Britain's most senior civil servant intervened with David Cameron to help save the career of a permanent secretary who felt he was being "hounded out" of office by his political masters, The Independent has learnt.

City:

MPs SEEK TO LIFT THE VEIL ON TERMS OF GOVERNMENT OUTSOURCING DEALS

A powerful group of MPs will today push top civil servants to agree to sweeping reforms of how Government contracts are run by the private sector following headline-grabbing failures at outsourcing giants Serco and G4S.

STATE WORKERS' JOB INSECURITY ON THE RISE

Job insecurity in the UK's public sector has soared as hundreds of thousands of jobs fall prey to austerity, a leading think-tank revealed today.

MIRROR:

CHERIE'S FURY AT TONY SEX CLAIMS

Cherie Blair was outraged last night at claims her husband Tony had a secret affair with media boss Rupert Murdoch's stunning wife Wendi Deng.

DEAL TO SAVE THE WORLD...OR GRAVEST OF MISTAKES?

Iran yesterday signed a historic agreement aimed at stopping the country from developing nuclear bombs - but the deal was slammed as a catastrophic error.

TO NATIVITY AND BEYOND

The BBC is looking to stuff the opposition like a festive turkey with their Christmas Day film premiere of Toy Story 3.

Sport:

YOU SHOULD BE ASHAMED

Andre Villas-Boas told his players they should be "ashamed" of themselves after Tottenham's 6-0 humiliation at Manchester City.

REMATCH? WE'LL SEE

Carl Froch has warned George Groves he will not be forced into a rematch after retaining his WBA and IBF super-middleweight titles.

GUARDIAN:

SECRET US-IRAN TALKS PAVED WAY FOR HISTORIC NUCLEAR DEAL

A historic agreement on Iran's nuclear programme was made possible by months of unprecedented secret meetings between US and Iranian officials, in further signs of the accelerating detente between two of the world's most adversarial powers, it emerged yesterday.

CLOSED WARDS REOPENED TO STAVE OFF NHS WINTER CRISIS

Hospitals are creating thousands of extra beds, hiring more staff and getting doctors to work longer shifts in a frantic effort to avoid the NHS being crippled by major problems this winter.

COUPLE ACCUSED OF HOLDING SLAVES LINKED TO 13 ADDRESSES

Police have identified 13 addresses in London linked to the couple suspected of holding three women as prisoners for 30 years in a cult- type arrangement dominated by physical and mental abuse.

City:

RBS ACCUSED OF PUSHING FIRMS TO THE EDGE

City regulators have been handed a dossier of evidence compiled by an adviser to Vince Cable which claims that Royal Bank of Scotland was deliberately wrecking viable small businesses to make profits for the bailed out bank.

SWITZERLAND VOTES AGAINST PROPOSAL TO CAP EXECUTIVE PAY

Swiss voters yesterday decisively rejected a proposal to cap "fat-cat" pay, in a groundbreaking referendum on the issue.

FINANCIAL TIMES:

HISTORIC NUCLEAR DEAL BRINGS SANCTIONS RELIEF TO TEHRAN

Relief rather than euphoria swept through the streets of Tehran yesterday after world powers reached a historic deal to curb Iran's nuclear programme, in return for easing crippling sanctions aimed at preventing it from acquiring nuclear weapons.

RBS FACES CLAIMS OF KILLING OFF COMPANIES

Royal Bank of Scotland will today face withering new claims over the way it treats business customers, including allegations that viable companies are being forced into default so that the bank can seize their properties at knock-down rates.

GOOGLE'S SHOWCASED SHOPPING FOUND TO COME AT A PREMIUM

Anyone in the US doing their holiday shopping from the product showcases that appear at the top of Google's search results is almost certain to pay substantially more than if they delved deeper into the search engine.

Companies and Markets:

TRAFIGURA REDUCES PUMA STAKE

Trafigura, one of the world's largest commodities trading houses, has raised 500m dollars from the sale of a 10 per cent stake in Puma Energy in a deal that makes a flotation of the fast-growing petrol station and oil terminal unit less likely.

DISCORD ON LNG'S PRICE HITS SUPPLY

Asian buyers' reluctance to sign the long-term contracts that have traditionally underpinned big liquefied natural gas projects is causing a sharp slow-down in the LNG industry worldwide.

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