IMF downgrades UK and US growth forecasts – BBC News

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The IMF’s forecast for UK growth in 2018 is unchanged The UK and US economies will expand more slowly in 2017 than previously predicted, according to the International Monetary Fund (IMF). It said “weaker-than-expected activity” in the first three months of the year meant the UK would grow by […]

UK Entrepreneurs Blame Political Leaders As Confidence Slides – Forbes

British entrepreneurs are cautiously optimistic about the outlook for their own businesses but far gloomier about the prospects for the rest of the economy, new research shows, with confidence in the ability of political leaders to deliver a supportive environment plummeting. Nearly four out five entrepreneurs – some 78 per cent – expect their businesses to […]

South African child ‘virtually cured’ of HIV

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The child caught the infection from its mother around the time of birth A nine-year-old infected with HIV at birth has spent most of their life without needing any treatment, say doctors in South Africa. The child, whose identity is being protected, was given a burst of treatment shortly […]

Israel and Jordan in diplomatic standoff after embassy deaths

Image copyright AFP Image caption Security forces have closed roads in the area Israel and Jordan are involved in a diplomatic standoff after an Israeli guard reportedly shot dead a Jordanian attacker near the embassy in Amman. Jordanian police want to question the guard and have sealed off the area, but Israel says he has […]

Poland’s President Duda vetoes judicial reforms after protests

Media captionCrowds chanted “constitution, constitution” during a candlelit protest in Warsaw on Sunday Polish President Andrzej Duda has announced he is vetoing a controversial law to replace Supreme Court judges with government nominees. Three key judicial reforms have been passed by Poland’s parliament, prompting days of demonstrations across the country. Before they become law, they […]

Turkey’s Cumhuriyet journalists in terrorism trial

Image caption Supporters of the 17 Cumhuriyet employees chanted “freedom to journalists” outside court Seventeen journalists and managers at Turkish opposition newspaper Cumhuriyet went on trial on Monday on charges of aiding a terrorist organisation. If found guilty this week, they could face sentences of up to 43 years in jail. Ten have already been […]

Kabul suicide car bomb: 30 killed in Afghan capital

Media captionThe blast is one of many to have struck Kabul this year. Video: Ahmad Shuja A suicide car bomb has exploded in the Afghan capital, Kabul, killing at least 30 people, officials have told the BBC. At least 42 people were injured in the blast and there are fears the number of casualties could […]

India court hears 10-year-old rape victim’s abortion plea

Image copyright AFP Image caption Campaigners say parents are generally reluctant to admit child sexual abuse and incest is almost always hushed up India’s Supreme Court has ordered doctors to examine a pregnant 10-year-old rape victim whose parents want permission for her to abort her baby. The child is reported to be 26 weeks pregnant […]

Why is Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe so unpopular?

Image copyright EPA Image caption Shinzo Abe had to answer tough questions on Monday Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is facing an uphill struggle amid plummeting ratings and a growing lack of confidence in his leadership. The latest public opinion polls suggest support has dropped to less than 30%. This week he is facing a […]

Bernard Tomic amazed at career, despite lack of effort at times

Tomic reached a career-high ranking of 17 in January 2016 Bernard Tomic says he has never “really tried” throughout his tennis career, adding that he has probably been operating at “around 50%”. The Australian claimed he was bored during his straight-set defeat by Mischa Zverev at Wimbledon on 4 July. A series of lacklustre displays […]