Cyclone Idai: Scores more deaths reported in Mozambique

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Cyclone Idai was an “unprecedented natural disaster”, a Mozambican minister said The official death toll from Cyclone Idai, which tore through southern Africa more than a week ago, rose sharply on Saturday as authorities reported scores more deaths. The number of people declared dead in Mozambique rose from 242 to […]

What’s going on with the UK economy?

Image caption Is the UK economy too hot, too cold, or just right? More than 1,000 days since the referendum, and with the clock ticking down to 29 March, the path of Brexit remains unclear. Ahead of the 2016 vote, the Treasury warned that leaving could damage the economy. And yet, for all the political […]

Transplant service at ‘breaking point’

Image copyright BSIP/Getty Images “She wanted life to go back to what it was before her kidneys shut down.” Scot Radcliffe’s wife, Gina Ravens, had been waiting four years on the transplant list for a lifesaving organ. The 62-year-old was receiving dialysis three times a week. Then, in the early hours of New Year’s Day […]

Norway cruise ship evacuated after engine problems

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionHelicopters airlifted passengers amid high winds and treacherous waves About 1,300 people are being evacuated from a cruise ship off the western coast of Norway, authorities have said. Police in the county of More og Romsdal say the ship has suffered engine problems, and all those aboard […]

Train punctuality standards to be tightened

Image copyright Stephen Noble, Tom Bitcliffe, Kieran Trafford Image caption Commuters across England faced widespread cancellations throughout 2018 A more exacting standard for punctuality will be brought in on UK railways next month in an attempt to improve performance. From 1 April, train times will be recorded to the minute at every stop. This is […]

Dozens of Mali villagers killed by gunmen

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Fulani are semi-nomadic herders At least 50 people have been killed in an attack on a village in central Mali by armed men wearing traditional Dogon hunters’ clothing, reports say. Gunmen surrounded the village before attacking people in their homes in Ogossagou in the country’s Mopti region, a local […]

Food Crime Unit pledges tougher action on food fraud

Image copyright Getty Images Businesses that commit food fraud in order to lower costs or boost supplies could soon face criminal prosecutions. The National Food Crime Unit’s new chief, Darren Davies, wants to see firms that fraudulently use cheaper substitutes criminally prosecuted. Food fraud rarely makes the news. The last major one was the 2013 […]

Italy joins China’s New Silk Road project

Image copyright Reuters Image caption There was long applause as the two leaders met to witness the signature of the deals Italy has become the first developed economy to sign up to China’s global investment programme which has raised concerns among Italy’s Western allies. A total of 29 deals amounting to €2.5bn ($2.8bn) were signed […]