IMF raises UK’s growth forecast

IMF raises UK’s growth forecast

Image copyright Getty Images The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has raised its forecast for the UK’s economic growth this year, following a better than expected economic performance since the Brexit vote. The IMF says it now expects the UK to grow by 1.5% this year, compared with the 1.1% it was previously forecasting. Its prediction […]

Obamacare repeal: Trump pledges ‘health insurance for all’

Obamacare repeal: Trump pledges ‘health insurance for all’

Image copyright Getty Images President-elect Donald Trump has promised “insurance for everyone” as Republicans draw up a replacement for the Affordable Care Act. “It’s very much formulated down to the final strokes. We haven’t put it in quite yet but we’re going to be doing it soon,” said Mr Trump. Republicans have taken the first […]

Trump-Lewis row: Democrat inauguration boycott grows

Trump-Lewis row: Democrat inauguration boycott grows

Image copyright AFP Image caption Donald Trump was widely criticised for his attack on civil rights hero John Lewis The number of Democratic members of Congress saying they will boycott Donald Trump’s inauguration on Friday has increased to 26. Many have cited as a reason the president-elect’s recent attack on civil rights icon and fellow […]

Orlando Pulse nightclub: Gunman’s wife arrested

Orlando Pulse nightclub: Gunman’s wife arrested

Image copyright Reuters Image caption It was the worst mass shooting in modern US history The wife of the gunman who killed 49 people at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, last year has been arrested in San Francisco, US officials say. Noor Salman is suspected of aiding and abetting her husband Omar Mateen, who […]

Gambians flee ahead of Barrow ‘inauguration’

Gambians flee ahead of Barrow ‘inauguration’

Image caption The ferry takes people across the River Gambia towards Senegal’s capital, Dakar A worker at The Gambia’s main ferry crossing has told the BBC that thousands of people are fleeing every day as they are “afraid of war”. “People are in chaos, people are leaving” as they don’t know what is going to […]

Thandi Klaasen: Tributes for South African jazz star

Thandi Klaasen: Tributes for South African jazz star

Image copyright Gallo Images Image caption The musician’s face was disfigured in an acid attack South Africans have been paying tribute to renowned jazz musician Thandi Klaasen who has died aged 86. President Jacob Zuma said the nation had lost a leading pioneer of jazz who promoted a “cosmopolitan culture”. Born to a shoemaker and […]

Egypt court upholds ruling halting transfer of islands to Saudi Arabia

Egypt court upholds ruling halting transfer of islands to Saudi Arabia

Image copyright AP Image caption Lawyer Khaled Ali (centre) has led the legal challenge against the transfer of the islands A top Egyptian court has upheld a ruling halting a plan to transfer two Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia. The High Administrative Court rejected an appeal by the government against a lower court’s decision […]

Nuisance calls: BT records more than 31 million in one week

Nuisance calls: BT records more than 31 million in one week

Image copyright Thinkstock BT recorded more than 31 million nuisance calls in a single week before Christmas, the telecoms firm has said. The company, which supplies 40% of the landlines in the UK, said more than 12 million of those were about accident claims. The figures were collected over seven days between 13 and 19 […]

Popular porn sites blocked in Philippines

Popular porn sites blocked in Philippines

Image caption The sites have been blocked on the orders of the Philippine government Popular pornography websites XVideos, Redtube and Pornhub have been blocked by two ISPs in the Philippines. Customers of Smart and Sun Cellular said they could no longer access the sites on portable devices or desktop computers. Instead, users see a message […]