Car shares dip on Trump tariff tweet

Image copyright Pool Image caption Donald Trump and Angela Merkel in 2017 Shares in European carmakers took a hit on Friday, after US President Donald Trump redoubled his threats of tariffs against their cars. Mr Trump tweeted that the US would place a 20% import tax on European cars, if the EU’s “tariffs and barriers […]

Baron Edouard-Jean Empain who lost finger to kidnappers dies

Image copyright AFP Image caption Baron Empain led one of France’s top industrial groups in the 1970s A French-Belgian industrialist who was the victim of one of France’s most notorious kidnappings has died aged 80. In 1978 Baron Edouard-Jean Empain, then head of the Schneider Group, was seized at gunpoint from his chauffeur-driven car near […]

BMW joins Airbus in Brexit warning

Media captionHow British is a Mini? The car giant BMW has followed plane-maker Airbus in warning about the consequences of Brexit uncertainty. BMW UK boss Ian Robertson says clarity is needed by the end of the summer. BMW makes the Mini and Rolls Royce and employs about 8,000 people in the UK. Earlier, Airbus, which […]

Chris Grayling ‘running scared’ over Northern summit cancellation

Image copyright Northern Image caption Northern passengers have faced disruption for a number of weeks Union officials have accused Transport Secretary Chris Grayling of “running scared” after he pulled out of a conference on transport in the North. Mr Grayling was due to speak at the summit in Manchester on Monday but will now take […]

No-deal Brexit plans discussed at British Irish Council

Image copyright VFKA Image caption Guernsey is hosting the summit Ireland is to step up preparations for a no-deal Brexit, the country’s prime minister (taoiseach) has said. Leo Varadkar was speaking at a meeting of the British Irish Council in Guernsey on Friday. Northern Ireland Secretary Karen Bradley and the first ministers of Scotland and […]

Ethiopia’s Ginbot 7 opposition movement suspends armed resistance

Image copyright Kalkidan Yibelta Image caption Ginbot 7 leader Andargachew Tsege was recently pardoned and freed from prison An Ethiopian rebel group has suspended its armed resistance against the government. Ginbot 7 said Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s reforms had given it hope that “genuine democracy” may be “a real possibility”. Earlier, the government said it […]

World Cup 2018: Nigeria 2-0 Iceland

Media playback is not supported on this device World Cup 2018: Nigeria 2-0 Iceland highlights Ahmed Musa scored both goals as Nigeria swept aside World Cup debutants Iceland to leave Group D intriguingly poised with one round of games to go. The Super Eagles would have gone out with defeat but came good in Volgograd. […]

Boris Becker insists CAR diplomatic passport is genuine

Media captionBoris Becker: “I believed the documents they were giving me must be right” Former tennis champion Boris Becker has told the BBC he has a genuine diplomatic passport issued by the Central African Republic (CAR), despite CAR officials saying it is fake. Lawyers for Mr Becker say he is immune from bankruptcy proceedings in […]

Joseph Mbilinyi takes Tanzania to court over rap song ban

Image copyright JOSEPH MBILINYI Image caption Joseph Mbilinyi was sentenced to five months in jail for allegedly defaming the president. Tanzanian MP Joseph Mbilinyi says he will sue the government for banning his rap song about the state of prisons. Basata, the Kiswahili acronym for the country’s arts council, banned the song for using words […]

World Cup 2018: Footballer’s hair ‘too wild’ for Iranian TV

Image copyright EPA Image caption Former Barcelona defender Carles Puyol (right) was a speaker at an event in Madrid in May 2018 with Manchester City coach Pep Guardiola (left) We have all had bad hair days, times when grooming didn’t quite work out, but it’s rare we expect our carefully-maintained, glossy locks to land us […]