South Africa: the economic challenge

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Mr Ramaphosa faces many economic challenges South Africa’s new president, Cyril Ramaphosa, will have a daunting in-tray, including a formidable economic agenda to tackle. Growth under Jacob Zuma’s leadership has been weak and unemployment is painfully high. It is one of the most unequal countries on the planet – […]

MPs want Brexit fund for UK farmers

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Sheep meat exports to the EU could be subject to high tariffs if their is no UK-EU Brexit deal MPs scrutinising the government’s plans for the agriculture industry after Brexit want funding for farmers when EU subsidies end, they said in a report. Without an EU-UK trade deal, farm […]

Florida school shooting: Trump slams FBI over attack

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Wednesday’s attack in Parkland was the deadliest US school shooting since 2012 President Donald Trump has rebuked the FBI for missing signals before Wednesday’s school shooting in Florida. He said the agency was “spending too much time trying to prove Russian collusion with the Trump campaign”. “There is no […]

Why is the manbag on the rise?

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Singer Pharrell Williams is just one of the celebrities who have been spotted modelling manbags Here’s a question. Does a bag have a gender? My husband recently spent more than £100 on a Scandi-made rucksack – black canvas, hint of leather on the trim. But has it ever crossed […]

Florida school shooting: Students demand tighter gun controls

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionStudent Emma Gonzalez to lawmakers: “Shame on you!” Young survivors of Wednesday’s school shooting in Florida have taken part in an emotionally charged rally demanding tighter gun controls. Protesters in Fort Lauderdale chanted “shame on you”, referring to US lawmakers and President Donald Trump. He said last […]

Is boasting good or bad for business?

Image copyright Maddy Savage Image caption Are, with a population of just 5,000, has become a Swedish start-up hub Sweden is one of the most innovative countries in the world, yet has a business culture that discourages bragging about its success. So is this humility a help or a hindrance when it comes to start-ups? […]

Earthquake felt across much of England and Wales

Image copyright British Geological Survey Image caption A seismometer shows the earth’s movements on Saturday afternoon A minor earthquake with a 4.4 magnitude has affected parts of Wales and England. The quake was felt over all of Wales, most of western England, as far east as London and as far north as the southern edge […]

Pope renews Vatican’s anti-sexual abuse panel

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Cardinal Sean O’Malley was re-appointed to lead the child protection panel Pope Francis has announced the renewal of the Church’s panel tasked with combating sexual abuse of children, in the wake of a fresh controversy. The Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors is made up of eight men […]