Monday, February 19, 2018

World news

London warned it’s not ready for robot taxis and drone deliveries

Europe’s largest city is a hotbed of ideas to make getting around the metropolis that little bit easier - but it isn’t ready for them on the streets. London’s regulators are unprepared for the introduction...

US and UK pledge millions for largest-ever fund to fight modern day slavery

New public-private partnership aims to raise $1.5bn (£1.1bn) Leading businessmen, philanthropists and politicians have announced a new global fund for ending modern slavery. The public-private partnership plans to develop a new $1.5bn (£1.1bn) fund “to coordinate a...

British children more worried about Trump than global warming and nuclear war, study suggests

Children are experiencing "widespread anxiety" over the threat of terrorism and Donald Trump's presidency, a new survey from the Mental Health Foundation has found. In a bid to try and find out the impact world...

UK government borrowing narrows after EU credit

UK government borrowing nearly halved in December from a year earlier, helped by a rebate from the European Union. Public sector borrowing, excluding state-owned banks, fell to a lower-than-expected £2.6bn last month, a £2.5bn fall...

Amazon opens first supermarket with no checkouts at all

E-retail behemoth Amazon is ringing in a new era for shoppers by opening its first supermarket with no checkouts at all – human or self-service. The company on Monday will open the doors to the...

Social media companies are losing public trust as ‘traditional’ media regains it, report finds

‘The public wants action on key issues related to online protection, and to see their concerns addressed through better regulation,’ says CEO of Edelman UK A new report has found people’s trust in social media...

Facebook plans major changes to news feed

Facebook is to change how its news feed works, making posts from businesses, brands and media less prominent. Instead, content that sparks conversations among family and friends who use the site will be emphasised, explained...

Amazon ‘very likely’ to bid for Premier League streaming rights

Amazon plans to bid for the rights to stream Premier League matches in the upcoming auction, according to a source familiar with the matter, part of a broader strategy to bring more sports content...

Margaret Thatcher thought pandas did not make ‘happy omens’ for politicians, documents reveal

Margaret Thatcher thought pandas did not make “happy omens” for travelling politicians, newly-released government files reveal. While “panda diplomacy” may have been a favourite ploy of Chinese leaders, the former Prime Minister was not a...

Renewable energy now makes up nearly third of all electricity generated in UK

Latest government figures show ‘record high’ for electrical power produced from sources like wind and solar. Electricity generation from renewable energy has reached a “record high”, according to new government statistics. The third quarter of 2017...