Nicholas Sarkozy in corruption probe amid claims he took 40MILLION from Colonel Gaddafi to fund election campaignFrench law bans candidates from receiving cash payments above 6,300Claims donations were laundered through banks in Panama and SwitzerlandSarkozy called Gaddafi 'Brother Leader' at controversial visit to Paris in 2007Former president may have accepted 40million in under-the-table kickbacks By Matt Blake and Peter Allen PUBLISHED: 11:10 GMT, 19 April 2013 | UPDATED: 01:29 GMT, 20 April 2013 Former French president Nicholas Sarkozy is to be formally investigated amid claims he accepted 40million in under-the-table kickbacks from Colonel Gaddafi during his 2007 election campaign, it was revealed today. An official at the public prosecutor’s office said an inquiry had been opened after allegations by French-Lebanese businessman Ziad Takieddine, himself under investigation over arms sales to Pakistan in the 1990s. Mr Sarkozy, 58, faces a range of charges including bribery and corruption, forgery, misuse of corporate assets and influence peddling, according to a judicial source.
British primary school where every single pupil is 'foreign' and speaks English as a second language (but it still received a glowing report from Ofsted) Gladstone Primary School in Peterborough most multi-cultural in BritainBut language barrier hasn't stopped major improvement in standards census of 1,600 schools, it was found English-speaking children are now in a minority, with the figures particularly startling in the 14 inner London boroughs, where there were 98,000 non-native English speakers compared to 78,000 who could list the language as their number one. Nationwide, there were 97 schools where the number of pupils speaking English as a mother tongue was fewer than one in 20 of the school population. After London, Birmingham had the highest concentration of 'foreign' pupils, followed by Bradford and then Leicester
Foreign doctors will have to prove they can speak English to work in NHS General Medical Council will refuse licences for doctors with poor EnglishRules come five years after German medic Daniel Ubani killed patient David Gray By Daily Mail Reporter PUBLISHED: 08:51 GMT, 24 February 2013 | UPDATED: 08:51 GMT, 24 February 2013 German doctor Daniel Ubani caused the death of patient David Gray in Cambridgeshire in 2008 after he administered 10 times the normal dose of diamorphine. A new test is being introduced to make sure foreign doctors have a good grasp of English Foreign doctors who want to work for the NHS will have to prove they can speak English well enough to treat patients, the Government has confirmed
Is sorry the hardest word to say No it’s phenomenon: Poll reveals top 10 tongue-twisters | UPDATED: 01:18 GMT, 22 December 2012 Many have said that sorry is the hardest word but they'd be wrong, linguistically speaking at least. According to a poll, the word we find hardest to pronounce is 'phenomenon'. Next in the top 10 of tongue-twisters are 'remuneration, and 'statistics'.
Instant fog, Russian style: YouTube video shows man make a pot of boiling water disappear… by pouring it from his balconyThe contents of the pot evaporates before it can even reach the groundWeather report shows outside temperatures at -41C | UPDATED: 12:54 GMT, 18 December 2012 An incredible video shows a Russian man making instant fog – by throwing a pot of boiling water from his balcony.
Do you put TMI (that's Too much Information) online Third of social network users regret what they have posted onlineOut of 2,000 over-18s a third wish they had kept personal details offline One in 10 people have been in trouble after publicly moaning about workMore than one in 20 have missed out on a job because of online photographs And three in 10 people admit they cringe about past status updates | UPDATED: 23:30 GMT, 17 December 2012 Once in a while, we’re all guilty of over-sharing. But with the rise of social networks such as Facebook and Twitter, millions of us do it on a daily basis. A survey has found that many feel guilty about providing TMI – too much information – on websites where their updates and photographs can be viewed with ease
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
Thief who has committed more than 300 crimes prepares for 16th Christmas behind bars after hurling abuse at woman PCSO Thief David Archer, 57, has more than 300 offences on his file Archer, who claims to have spent 28 years in prison, was jailed yesterday He breached an ASBO and used abusive language towards a PCSO | UPDATED: 08:59 GMT, 14 December 2012 'Horrendous record': David Archer, 57, has committed over 300 offences and is thought to have spent 28 years in prison One of the country's most prolific petty crooks – who claims to have spent almost half his life in prison – is back behind bars and facing his 16th Christmas in jail. David Archer, 57, already has more than 300 offences on his 'horrendous record', a court heard, mostly for theft. Yesterday a judge sentenced Archer to a further three months in prison for breaching an Anti-Social Behaviour Order after he threatened a female Police Community Support Officer.
'Catch Me If You Can' teenager, 17, posing as a doctor at two hospitals being hunted by police Spotted on wards at Royal Adelaide Hospital on three occasionsExpelled as an ambulance volunteer for inappropriate behaviour | UPDATED: 18:25 GMT, 13 December 2012 Impostor: A Facebook picture of the Adelaide teenager shows him wearing a medical uniform including a stethoscope A teenager has been audaciously impersonating a doctor at two hospitals in Australia in echoes of the Leonardo Di Caprio movie 'Catch Me If You Can.' The 17-year-old was spotted on hospital wards at the Royal Adelaide Hospital in South Australia wearing a name badge and a stethoscope, and even reading patient notes. There have also been numerous sightings of him on the grounds of Flinders Medical Centre in the city wearing scrubs, an identity lanyard and stethoscope.
Speed up English tests for EU doctors, say MPs who accuse Government of making 'no substantive progress'Doctors from European countries are free to work without language checksDue to a diktat from Brussels saying tests would impede movement of labour23,000 doctors from Europe are registered to work in Britain despite never undergoing checks on their English or medical skills | UPDATED: 01:03 GMT, 4 December 2012 Not enough: Ministers are not making progress on overturning EU rules forbidding language tests Ministers are not doing enough to make sure foreign doctors can speak good English, MPs warn. They accuse the Government of making ‘no substantive progress’ on overturning strict European Union rules that forbid language tests. At present, all GPs and hospital doctors from European countries are free to work in Britain without facing any form of national checks on their competence or English-speaking ability