Al-Qaeda offers $160K bounty for assassination of US Ambassador to Yemen and $23K for killing American soldiers | UPDATED: 18:03 GMT, 30 December 2012 Al-Qaeda has placed a $160,000 bounty on the head of the U.S. Ambassador to Yemen and $23,000 for the assassination of any American soldiers in the country. An audio produced by the group's media arm, the al-Malahem Foundation, and posted on militant websites Saturday said it offered three kilograms of gold for the killing of Ambassador Gerald M.
How Mrs Thatcher personally paid son Mark's bar tab and the 1,800 cost of his rescue operation after he went missing during Paris-Dakar rally | UPDATED: 16:56 GMT, 28 December 2012 After her son Mark got lost in the desert competing in the Paris-Dakar rally, Margaret Thatcher shed a rare tear in public. When it came to paying for his rescue, however, the 'Iron Lady' was firmly back in the driving seat and at pains to ensure she personally, not taxpayers, footed the bill for her hapless off-spring's misadventure. With questions being asked in Parliament about the cost of the operation, she ordered a breakdown of Foreign Office expenses…
New crisis for the Euro as Italian PM Mario Monti quits after his budget is approvedThe Italian Prime Minister stepped down after the country's parliament approved his budgetHis decision to quit raises the prospect that Silvio Berlusconi could once again become Italy's leader | UPDATED: 20:16 GMT, 21 December 2012 Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti resigned tonight, in another potential crisis for the Euro. He stepped down after the Italian parliament approved his budget. The widely-respected economist is credited for steadying the Italian economy following the premiership of Silvio Berlusconi
Europe's most exotic city It's Manchester! 153 languages spoken by a population of 500,000 Rivalled only by New York and Paris for ethnic and linguistic mix Indian and West African languages, Uyghur and Nahuati spokenStudy says number will only increase as students flood city | UPDATED: 23:16 GMT, 16 December 2012 Diverse: A study has found 153 languages are spoken in Manchester Its detractors try to portray it as a cold, wet and sometimes insular place. But Manchester is actually one of the most exotic cities in the world, researchers claim
A two-tier Europe as Britain opts out of banking union: Cameron vows to secure 'better deal' for nation After 14 hours of talks, eurozone countries agreed that the European Central Bank should directly supervise 200 banks – none of which are BritishThe agreement will prevent eurozone countries ganging up on those that have not adopted the single currency | UPDATED: 02:29 GMT, 14 December 2012 New deal: British Prime Minister David Cameron arrives at the EU Headquarters David Cameron vowed to secure ‘a better deal for Britain’ yesterday after an historic deal on EU banks established a two–tier Europe. The agreement will prevent eurozone countries from ganging up on those that have not adopted the single currency – and protect the City of London from financial regulations drawn up by the debt-stricken bloc. After 14 hours of talks, eurozone countries agreed that the European Central Bank should directly supervise 200 banks – none of which are British – in the most far-reaching step towards a single-currency superstate since the euro crisis began.