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Breaking news, Thursday 13 December

Latest news on scotsman.com

Latest news on scotsman.com

Latest: 26-year-old Wlodzimierz Umaniec has been jailed for two years for defacing a Mark Rothko painting at London’s Tate Modern gallery.

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12.20pm: Wlodzimierz Umaniec, 26, also known as Vladimir Umanets, has been jailed for two years for defacing a Mark Rothko painting at London’s Tate Modern gallery.

12.15pm: Maria Miller, the Culture Secretary, is to have her expenses investigated by Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards John Lyon, it was confirmed today.

11.35am: ScotRail workers are to hold strikes on December 22 and on Christmas Eve, the RMT union said today.

The dispute centres on the the sacking of an employee.

10.40am: ScotRail confirms wifi on all main line trains between Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen and Inverness, and on Fife Circle, by the end of 2013, as announced in July.

10.20am: Police in Glasgow have seized heroin with a street value of £3.5 million after raids on two homes.

10.12am: Fuel poverty rose again last year, after two years in decline, to its second highest level in a decade. An estimated 684,000 Scottish homes, or 29 per cent, were living in fuel poverty in October 2011, with eight per cent in extreme fuel poverty, latest figures show.

9.50am: Jacintha Saldanha, the nurse who unwittingly transferred a prank call from two Australian radio DJs about the pregnant Duchess of Cambridge, was found hanging in her nurses’ quarters, an inquest at London’s Westminster Coroner’s Court heard.

9.30am: The Government has given the green light for “fracking” for shale gas to resume in the UK.

Moves by gas company Cuadrilla to exploit the unconventional gas in Lancashire were put on hold 18 months ago after fracking, which uses high-pressure liquid to split rock and extract gas, caused two small earthquakes.

9.15am: David Cameron is attending another EU summit push towards closer economic integration after an overnight deal to set up a new system of tougher banking supervision for the eurozone.

An early-hours accord between EU finance ministers meeting in Brussels paved the way for the summit later today to endorse a single eurozone banking supervisor - the backbone of a full banking union to reassure markets and to protect the single currency from future financial crises.

8.02am: A satellite North Korea launched aboard a long-range rocket is orbiting the Earth normally but it is unknown whether it is functioning properly, South Korea said today. Defence ministry spokesman Kim Min-seok told reporters the satellite is orbiting at a speed of 4.7 miles per second but it is not known what mission it is performing.

7.54am: Medical testing kit maker Omega Diagnostics has secured £1 million from its bankers to expand its manufacturing capabilities. The Alva-based firm said it would extend its overdraft to £1.7m, on the same terms as a £700,000 facility agreed in May.

7.49am: A Chinese aeroplane has been spotted in Japanese airspace over disputed islands in the south west, a government spokesman has revealed, adding that four F-15 jets were sent to the area but no further action was taken. The islands known as Senkaku in Japanese and Diaoyu in Chinese have been at the center of a territorial dispute since the purchase of the islands earlier this year from private Japanese owners. Chinese ships have darted in and out the waters in that area in recent months but violations of airspace are more unusual.

7,45am: Google Maps have found their way back to the iPhone, with the release of the Google Maps’ app late on Wednesday. The release comes nearly three months after Apple replaced Google Maps as the device’s native navigation system and created its own maps into the latest version of its mobile operating system.

 
 
 

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