UK By Owen Amos BBC News, Manchester 14 April 2019 Share this with Facebook Share this with Messenger Share this with Twitter Share this with Email Share this with Facebook Share this with WhatsApp Share this with Messenger Share this with Twitter Share Share this with These are external links and will open in a new window Email Share this with Email Facebook Share this with Facebook Messenger Share this with Messenger Messenger Share this with Messenger Twitter Share this with Twitter Pinterest Share this with Pinterest WhatsApp Share this with WhatsApp LinkedIn Share this with LinkedIn Copy this link https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-47258619 Read more about sharing. These are external links and will open in a new window Close share panel The Grand Hotel, Cannes, 1976. On a hot summer night, a rich man and a poor man stand in a lift.The rich man is … [Read more...] about The footballer, the prince and the proposition
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After his tank ran dry, Syrian taxi driver Abu Sammy had to get out and push his car with a passer-by's help to a long queue at a Damascus petrol station. "It's really tiring," said the driver after wheeling his taxi to the pumps in the east of the capital, one hand on the steering wheel. The lines at the stations were the latest sign of a fuel crisis hitting regime-held parts of war-torn Syria, as the government set a cap on the daily consumption of subsidised petrol. Abu Sammy said his car trouble was par for the course after months of endless queueing for scarce cooking gas and fuel oil. "Our destiny is to wait in queues," he said, sitting in his taxi at the petrol station in the capital's Zablatani district. "After gas, it was fuel oil. After fuel oil, now it's petrol. What it'll be tomorrow, we've no idea," he said. Syria's government has been facing a flurry of international sanctions since the conflict started in 2011, including over the import of petroleum-related products. On … [Read more...] about Petrol rationing hits war-weary Damascus cab drivers
The unprecedented terror attack in Christchurch created a situation no New Zealand government has ever had to face. New Zealand Herald senior writer Claire Trevett reveals how the political response unfolded. DAY ONE: FRIDAY MARCH 15 It was sunny and bright in Taranaki. The Prime Minister's day had begun with a surprise visit to students taking part in the climate change protest. She then went to a function to launch a plan to move Taranaki from oil and gas industries on to cleaner energy. After speaking to media and posing for selfies with onlookers, Ardern got in a van with staff and Justice Minister Andrew Little to head to the site of the planned "green" school. It was 1.40pm. The shooting had just begun. Eight minutes earlier, and unbeknown to the Prime Minister, her office – and that of others, including National leader Simon Bridges and some media - had received a manifesto from the gunman. Seven minutes earlier, the gunman had started livestreaming his attack on Facebook. … [Read more...] about 72 hours: How Ardern responded to an unfolding tragedy
The project was born in 2013 in Kazakhstan. Xi Jinping, China’s president, who was on a state visit to Astana, gave a lecture in which he proposed to create a “Silk Road Economic Belt,” in the spirit of the old trade route that crossed the Eurasian supercontinent 20 centuries ago. To an audience of students who looked only mildly interested, Xi promised “win-win” outcomes in trade operations based on “mutual trust”. He promised that China would never intervene in the internal affairs of the participating countries nor seek leadership in regional affairs. Fast forward six years. Today, the “One Belt, One Road” (Yidai, Yilu) project goes under the more investor-friendly name of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) and has 124 countries and 29 international organisations participating. The latest to sign preliminary agreements include G-7 member, Italy, and EU core member state Luxembourg. Thousands of infrastructure projects are … [Read more...] about How scary is the Chinese Belt and Road Initiative?
Spend enough time in Churchill, and you will hear the stories. Of hearing a noise outside, pulling open the drapes and seeing a polar bear looking in through the window. Of walking around a corner at night, coming face-to-face with a bear and, implausibly, scaring it off with the strobe light on a cellphone. Of encountering an old man with a walker, determinedly clacking past a puzzled bear that peered at him from behind a rock and muttering defiantly: “If it gets me, it gets me.” Of being about to, against all better judgment, walk the couple of hundred yards from restaurant to hotel room at night, only to be pulled back by a warning that a pair of polar bears had been spotted across the street. (OK, the last story is mine. The line between being a teller of tales and the subject of an obituary can be thinner than one might like.) Such is everyday life, particularly during October and November, in this small town on the shores of Canada’s Hudson Bay. A little more … [Read more...] about ‘If it gets me, it gets me’: the town where residents live alongside polar bears