B&Q unable to rule out job losses in Bristol over next three…

BOSSES at B&Q retail giant B&Q were unable to rule out the closure of stores in Bristol after it was announced that 60 UK stores will be axed.Workers at the seven shops which the chain operates in Bristol were yesterday waiting to hear whether their jobs were safe or if they faced upheaval.A spokeswoman for the chain refused to confirm which 60 stores were earmarked for closure, saying that workers were only just being told the full details of closure plans.The changes were announced as…

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Andrew Getty, grandson of Getty Oil founder, found dead

Police say death of 47-year-old heir to industrialist J Paul Getty ‘does not appear to be a criminal type of act’

The grandson of billionaire Getty oil founder J Paul Getty was found dead on Tuesday afternoon at his home in Los Angeles, the family said in a statement.

Andrew Getty’s parents, Ann and Gordon, confirmed the 47-year-old’s death and requested privacy for the family during “this extremely difficult time”, adding that further details would be released as they became available.

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Rise in death sentences worldwide blamed on security crackdowns

Amnesty International condemns ‘shameful’ figures, with most of the increase coming in Nigeria and Egypt

The number of death sentences passed around the world increased by more than a quarter during 2014 from the year before, much of this connected to crackdowns on terrorism or internal security in countries such as Egypt and Nigeria, according to an annual report by Amnesty International.

Over the course of past year the number of people confirmed to have been executed globally dropped by 22%, falling to 607 from 778 in 2013. However, as Amnesty notes, this figure excludes China, which keeps death penalty statistics secret, but is believed to execute thousands of people each year. Similarly, many executions are thought to have taken place in secret in North Korea.

It is shameful that so many states around the world are essentially playing with people’s lives

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