London Uber drivers to charge electric car fee

Image copyright PA Image caption Uber decorated a car in greenery to promote the electric-power fee Uber is planning to add a surcharge to all fares booked via its app in London to help its drivers buy electric vehicles. The fee, expected to be 15p per mile, will be introduced “early” in 2019. Uber said […]

‘Instagram used more than Snapchat’ by US teens

Image copyright Getty Images/Snap/Facebook Image caption This is the first time Piper Jaffray’s survey has placed Instagram ahead of Snapchat in recent years Instagram has overtaken Snapchat as the most used social media app among US teens, according to a study. A total of 8,600 teenagers were surveyed for investment bank Piper Jaffray’s twice-annual look […]

Self-driving school bus test halted in US

Image copyright Transdev French-based transport firm Transdev has been ordered to stop an “unlawful” test of a driverless school bus in Florida by US regulators. The regulator said the firm had not been authorised to transport schoolchildren in Florida, and said the test was “irresponsible” and “inappropriate”. Transdev said it would stop the test a […]

John Lewis pulls the plug on DVD players

Image copyright Getty Images The DVD’s days appear to be numbered after the UK’s favourite department store said it would stop selling the players once found under almost every television. John Lewis said it would not put more players on shelves when stocks run out. Sales are down 40% as more people watch movies and […]

World’s longest sea crossing: Hong Kong-Zhuhai bridge opens

Media captionFlying over the world’s longest sea bridge Chinese President Xi Jinping has officially opened the world’s longest sea crossing bridge, nine years after construction first began. Including its access roads, the bridge spans 55km (34 miles) and connects Hong Kong to Macau and the mainland Chinese city of Zhuhai. The bridge cost about $20bn […]

World’s longest sea bridge: Aerial shots over the Hong Kong-Zhuhai crossing

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Testing Trump’s migrant caravan claims

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Foreign maids on ‘hell’ of kafala jobs in Middle East

Foreign maids on ‘hell’ of kafala jobs in Middle East

Many African and Asian countries have banned the recruitment of domestic workers for countries in the Middle East who subscribe to the “kafala” system. Under the system, foreign maids are legally bound to their employer and have limited rights. Employers can take advantage of their position and many women are overworked, underpaid and physically abused. […]

A ‘new country’ with no borders

If you were to create your own country, you might think about a territory, language and passports. Simon Anholt and Madeline Hung have taken a different approach. When they launched the Good Country in September, they ditched notions of national identity and focused instead on the international interest. In the current climate of aggression and […]

Ask America: How Americans think Trump affects their life

As part of the BBC’s Ask America project, we asked people from a dozen US states how they think the 45th president has changed things for them since he took office. In two weeks, the country goes to the polls in congressional elections which will have an impact on Donald Trump’s agenda. Video produced by […]

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