The Telegraph has today intimated that the current crisis regarding international action against the use of chemical weapons by Syria will inevitably lead to a tense and fractured summit. Russian President Vladimir Putin this year hosts the G20 in St Petersburg, where conflicting stances on the issue will invariably taint proceedings which were initially launched in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis to address problems of the global economy. Nevertheless, it is expected that the Syrian problem will likely be thrashed out during the one-on-one sideline meetings of the summit, as economic policy relating to 90 per cent of the world’s output is given priority.
Significant IT problems have apparently plagued Prime Minister Cameron’s flagship programme of welfare changes, according to a highly critical report by the government’s official auditors released on Thursday, the Guardian reports. “Weak management, ineffective control and poor governance”, were cited by the National Audit Office as reasons for the waste of millions of pounds and issues that increasingly put welfare claimants at risk.
Samsung has today revealed it’s new Android-powered $299 device, labelled Gear, which analysts are suggesting heralds the new dawn of wearable technology that bridges the gap between fashion and gadgetry. Gear connects via the Bluetooth wireless system, but is expected to face fierce software competition from rivals Sony and Apple in the coming months, whilst Google is also reported to be interested in developing alternative technology. The FT reports.
According to the Daily Mail, Shahidul Ahmed, who has evaded justice for 13 years, has finally been convicted of killing Rachel Manning, 18, through extensive DNA evidence. This comes five years after the release from prison of Miss Manning’s boyfriend, Barry White, who was wrongly convicted of the murder. An appeal saw the case against him overturned in 2008.
Last night foreign secretary William Hague was condemned by Noel Gallagher, for attending the GQ Man of the Year Awards, while the crisis in Syria rages on. With the opening remarks, “welcome to the Tory party conference by the way”, the former Oasis rock star then lambasted Hague for appearing to present the Writer of the Year Award to the Telegraph’s Charles Moore, after his positive biographical portrayal of Baroness Thatcher. Instead, Hague was reminded to attend to all the “s*** going on all over the world he should be sorting out.” His words were met with rousing approval from the crowds, the Telegraph reports.