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By Maria Tsvetkova MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian dancer Pavel Dmitrichenko was sentenced to six years in a high-security prison on Tuesday for ordering an acid attack that nearly blinded the artistic director of the Bolshoi Ballet and tarnished the reputation of the renowned theatre. A judge announced the sentence after convicting Dmitrichenko and two co-defendants of the attack on Sergei Filin last January, which exposed poisonous rivalries over roles, money and power at one of Russia's most prominent cultural institutions. Yuri Zarutsky, who admitted to being the masked attacker who threw acid in Filin's face in January, was sentenced to 10 years in prison. Andrei Lipatov, who drove Zarutsky to the scene, was sentenced to four years.
- Britain's construction sector unexpectedly picked up more speed in November, hitting its strongest levels of output and employment since August 2007, according to a survey of purchasing managers. A day after a similar survey showed Britain's manufacturing sector also growing much more quickly than forecasts, Tuesday's construction data will further buoy finance minister George Osborne who is due to give an update on the government's economic plans on Thursday. "Construction activity continues to spring back to life during the final months of 2013," said Tim Moore, senior economist with Markit, although he stressed the recovery was coming from a low base. Still, Britain is falling far short of the estimated 250,000 new homes a year needed to keep up with population growth.
By Steve Slater and Aashika Jain LONDON (Reuters) - Royal Bank of Scotland's systems crash that left more than 1 million British and Irish customers unable to withdraw cash or pay for goods on Monday has revived concerns about the resilience of the state-backed bank's technology. The three-hour outage on one of the busiest shopping nights of the year could cost RBS millions of pounds in compensation and comes as Britain's regulator is threatening to fine the bank for the collapse of its payment systems last year. The regulator has been scrutinising the resilience of banks' technology amid concerns that outdated systems and a lack of investment could cause more crashes. From 1830-2130 GMT on Monday, RBS's cash machines didn't work and many customers trying to pay for goods with debit cards at supermarkets and petrol stations, buy goods online or use online or mobile banking were unable to complete transactions.