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Day: December 24, 2015

UK economy in shock slowdown as recovery loses steam
ENGLISH, United Kingdom

UK economy in shock slowdown as recovery loses steam

    Official figures show UK growth was weaker than thought in the second and third quarters. Britain's recovery is losing steam, according to official data that showed growth this year was weaker than previously thought. The economy expanded by just 0.4pc in the third quarter, from a previous estimate of 0.5pc, according to revised figures published by the Office for National Statistics (ONS). Growth in the second quarter was also revised down to 0.5pc. Statisticians had previously thought the economy grew by 0.7pc over the period. The ONS said weaker services growth drove the third-quarter revision as financial services firms expanded at a much slower pace than initially thought. Inventories led to the second-quarter change. On an annual basis the UK economy expanded by 2.1p...
14 injured in Peterborough city centre bus crash
ENGLISH, United Kingdom

14 injured in Peterborough city centre bus crash

    Several people have been injured after a bus crashed into a city centre building. The single-decker bus was also involved in a collision with a car in Peterborough shortly before midday. Police, fire crews, paramedics, and an air ambulance attended the scene and the road between Church Walk and Broadway was cordoned off. A spokeswoman for Cambridgeshire Police said: "Crews from Dogsthorpe and Stanground and a rescue vehicle were called to a road traffic collision in Broadway, Peterborough city centre." A structural engineer was called to assess damage to the building and a gas engineer isolated the mains. Firefighters used specialist cutting equipment to rescue two casualties from the car by 1pm. A further 12 walking wounded are being treated by the ambulance service at a ...
31 killed in Saudi hospital fire
Arab world, ENGLISH

31 killed in Saudi hospital fire

    At least 31 people have died and 107 been injured in a fire at a hospital in southern Saudi Arabia. The blaze broke out at the intensive care unit and the maternity department of the Jazan general hospi-tal in southern Saudi Arabia, the civil defence agency said on Twitter. The agency said later that the fire had been extinguished and an investigation was under way into the cause. Twenty-one civil defence teams had assisted in putting out the blaze, it added.Daily newspaper Alriyadh quoted a civil defence spokesman as saying the agency was alerted to the fire at 2am. In August, 10 people were killed and 259 wounded in a fire at a residential complex rented by oil giant Saudi Aramco in the kingdom’s Eastern Province. That fire was ignited by an electric short circuit in the...
Here’s the biggest international security challenge of 2016 that nobody is talking about
Asia, ENGLISH

Here’s the biggest international security challenge of 2016 that nobody is talking about

    Akhtar Soomro pakistan The year ahead will bring no shortage of international issues that will keep the US and its partners occupied, ranging from the fight against ISIS to the implementation of the Iran nuclear agreement. But there's been another serious impending crisis building in the background — one involving terrorism, nuclear weapons, interstate power politics, and an important US ally. The crisis isn't likely to explode in 2016. Its eruption is currently far from inevitable. But there's a good chance, depending on what happens in 2016, that it could become more likely. As Georgetown University associate professor C. Christine Fair explained in a December 21 article for Quartz, Pakistan's nuclear arsenal is growing at an alarming clip, with Islamabad acquiring some ...
Rickshaw driver demands £600 for 30 minute ride
ENGLISH, London

Rickshaw driver demands £600 for 30 minute ride

    A London rickshaw driver has been caught on camera trying to charge two tourists £600 for a half-hour journey. In the video, filmed by a passer-by outside Selfridges on Oxford Street, the driver claims that a rate of £10 a minute had been agreed. He appears to point to a tariff displayed inside the vehicle, implying that the customer was agreeing to these charges by getting in, and refuses to take 'no' for an answer. "How do you charge £600 for half an hour?" asks the customer, Engin Isguzar, who finally hands over £250 - all he has in his wallet. The video has been described as 'shocking' by Westminster City Council, which has been calling for rickshaws, or pedicabs, to be licensed. Speaking to the Evening Standard, Mr Isguzar, from the Netherlands, said that no price had...