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Carillion bosses drove construction firm off a cliff, say MPs

Carillion bosses drove construction firm off a cliff, say MPs

Business
Media playback is unsupported on your device Carillion's board presided over a "rotten corporate culture" and was culpable for its "costly collapse", two committees of MPs have concluded.They also called for a potential break-up of the big four audit firms, after they "waved through" the indebted construction firm's accounts. And they attacked the government for lacking "decisiveness and bravery" to tackle corporate regulation failures.The MPs said regulators should consider disqualifying the directors.Carillion collapsed under a £1.5bn debt pile in January. It employed 43,000 people, about 20,000 of them in the UK, thousands of whom have lost their jobs.It also held numerous public contracts, such as the maintenance of schools and priso...
Sir Cliff awaits judgment on battle with BBC

Sir Cliff awaits judgment on battle with BBC

Entertainment
Sir Cliff Richard's court battle with the BBC will now be considered by a judge for several weeks after his legal team asked for damages at "the top end of the scale" in its closing argument.The singer is suing the BBC over their coverage of the police raid of his home in 2014, in which they were investigating historical allegations of sexual abuse.Sir Cliff's legal team told the court it was a "gross invasion of his privacy" and the 77-year-old sustained "possibly permanent damage to his self-esteem, standing and reputation" and is asking for damages and fees of £600,000.Sir Cliff previously said the case had already cost him £3.4m.The BBC says its coverage of the story was in the public interest and its reporting was fair and accurate.BBC bosses, including director of news Fran...
Sir Cliff sues BBC: Corporation blames police in court

Sir Cliff sues BBC: Corporation blames police in court

Entertainment
The BBC began its defence against a lawsuit from Sir Cliff Richard by blaming police.Sir Cliff is calling for the broadcaster to pay him "very substantial" damages after live reporting the search in August 2014 by South Yorkshire Police of the popstar's apartment in Sunningdale, Berkshire, as part of an investigation into a historical child sex abuse allegation.A BBC reporter had gained prior knowledge of the raid and the corporation broadcast it as it unfolded, naming Sir Cliff in reporting.He was abroad at the time and is said to have been shocked and humiliated by the event.Sir Cliff was questioned about the alleged assault but never arrested or charged.He is suing the corporation in a High Court hearing in London which started on Thursday.BBC editors have said they will "defend ourselv...
Plane in Turkey overshoots icy runway, stops on Black Sea cliff

Plane in Turkey overshoots icy runway, stops on Black Sea cliff

World
A commercial jet carrying 168 people overshot an icy airstrip in northern Turkey on Saturday, getting wedged on a cliff just feet from the Black Sea. Despite the horrifying image of the Pegasus Airlines Boeing 737-800 seen teetering over a muddy cliff at Ankara-Tabzon Airport, all 162 passengers, two pilots, and four cabin crew were unharmed and were freed from its fuselage, the airline confirmed in a statement. The plane came dangerously close to going into the Black Sea. Afterward, the airport shut down operations until Sunday morning, and a probe was launched to figure out why the plane skidded off the runway, Trabzon Gov. Yucel Yavuz told Reuters. Local prosecutors questioned four crew members and two pilots in the wake of the incident, authorities said. They said there were no si...