Wednesday … Through the night

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    The political fallout over Longannet will reverberate for sure and expect the SNP to highlight the economic repercussions at their conference that starts tomorrow.

    The Liam Fox issue refuses to go away and the under fire East Kilbride MP is now accusing the media of being vindictive – not a shrewd move by Mr Fox.

     

    The political fallout over Longannet will reverberate for sure and expect the SNP to highlight the economic repercussions at their conference that starts tomorrow.

    The Liam Fox issue refuses to go away and the under fire East Kilbride MP is now accusing the media of being vindictive – not a shrewd move by Mr Fox.

    A general strike has paralysed Greece and people have taken to the streets in protest at the austerity measures put in place by the Greek government.

    These stories, and many more featured on the news wires here and across the globe.  So, as most of Scotland sleeps, feel free to post your opinions and views on those stories listed below or any others that interest you.{jcomments on}

     

    Reward for Chinese rescuer

    The woman who rescued an injured Chinese toddler who had been left lying in the street has been offered a reward by the Chinese Government. Chen Xianmei was the woman who, after around 20 other people walked past the little girl without helping, picked her up and moved her to safety. Two-year-old Wang Yei’s mother said: “Granny Chen represents the best of human nature. It’s the nicest and most natural side of us.” The incident has sparked fears of declining morality in the country.

    Attack in Turkey leaves 24 dead

    An attack on Turkish security forces has left 24 dead and 18 injured, according to reports. Rockets were launched early on Wednesday morning in the town of Cukurca, with the Turkish President Abdullah Gul and Hillary Clinton both blaming terrorists. Mr Gul said that “those who inflict this pain on us will endure pain many times over”.

     

    Possible hope for malaria vaccine

    Clinical trials in Africa are providing hope of a vaccine for malaria, early reports indicate. Initial studies suggest that the vaccine, named RTS,S could halve the number of malaria cases. Currently 15,000 children in seven African nations are involved in the trials, which have been developed by GlaxoSmithKline and the PATH Malaria Vaccine Initiative. The latter is funded in part by Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Results from one group of infants are due in the latter half of next year.

     

    Birth of Sarkosy baby said to be imminent”

    The wife of French President Nicolas Sarkozy is due to give birth later today. French First Lady Carla Bruni arrived with her husband at a maternity clinic earlier this evening to prepare for the birth of their first child. The Elysee Palace said earlier that the couple regard the birth as a private matter, and will not discuss it publicly. Carla Bruni has a son from a previous relationship, and Nicolas Sarkozy has three sons.

     

    World’s oldest marathon runner shares the secret of his success

    Fauja Singh became the oldest person ever to have completed a marathon. The 100-year-old, who came in in an impressive eight hours, 25 minutes and 16 seconds, said that his secret is a “very simple life with a lot less stress.” He added: “Why worry about these small, small things? I don’t stress. You never hear of anyone dying of happiness.” Mr Singh who lives with family in East London, says of his rigorous eating and exercise regime: “you have to keep your engine going”.

     

    Viking grave discovered in the Highlands

    Remains dating back 1000 years belonging to a Viking have been found on the Ardnamurchan Peninsula.  The exciting find was made by a team including members from Manchester University and includes the Viking, still in his boat, with a sword, a shield, an axe, pottery and a ring pin. Archarologist Hannah Cobb, who was involved in the discovery, said: “‘People have been fascinated by these boats for a long  time but it is extremely rare to find a burial site intact, so it is of international importance.”

     

    Burns poetry returns to pub window

    After being sold by a pub owner in financial difficulty, exact replicas of three verses etched by Robert Burns onto a pub window have been restored to their former place. A total of five verses of a poem were etched onto a window of the bedroom at the Globe Inn in Dumfries where the Bard used to stay. Two never left, but the other three were sold. The panes were originally sold 177 years ago, and an attempt was made to buy them back a century ago to no avail. It is thought that Burns may have inscribed the verses with some type of diamond.