Volvo’s self-driving cars will hide from UK ‘bullies’ – Engadget

Those are the words of Erik Coelingh, senior technical leader at Volvo Cars: “From the outside you won’t see that it’s a self-driving car. From a purely scientific perspective it would be interesting to have some cars that are marked as self-driving cars and some that are not and see whether other road users react […]

Carney’s Future at BOE Overshadows U.K. Rate Decision – Bloomberg

Carney’s Future at BOE Overshadows U.K. Rate Decision – Bloomberg

Mark Carney’s policy decision is playing second fiddle to speculation about his tenure. The Bank of England governor may be about to announce how long he will stay in the role, a choice that has ramifications for the stewardship of the economy at a time of unprecedented change. While economists expect him to keep interest […]

UK’s Polish graves get Halloween clean-up – BBC News – BBC News

UK’s Polish graves get Halloween clean-up – BBC News – BBC News

Amid the revelry and dressing up at Halloween comes a more solemn occasion – one that is being upheld by the UK’s Polish community this week. All Saints Day, 1 November, is when Catholics remember the saints and their own deceased family and friends. In Poland, where it is a public holiday, people light candles […]

A weak pound is no tonic for UK’s long-term economic recovery – The Guardian (blog)

A tumbling pound is the defibrillator shock that Britain’s ailing exporters desperately needed to halt their terminal decline. That’s the message repeated on an almost daily loop by economists for Brexit. Now that sterling has lost almost a fifth of its value against the dollar and about 14% against the euro since the referendum, it […]

South Africa drops charges against Finance Minister Gordhan

South Africa drops charges against Finance Minister Gordhan

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The efforts of Pravin Gordhan (C) to rein in government spending have won him respect South Africa’s chief prosecutor has dropped fraud charges against Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan. Mr Gordhan had described the allegations as without merit and politically motivated. News of the charges earlier this month rattled the […]

France ends Sangaris military operation in CAR

France ends Sangaris military operation in CAR

Image copyright AFP Image caption Sangaris is credited with stopping massacres amidst the chaos of the civil war France is ending its military mission in the Central African Republic (CAR), three years after it intervened to stop mass killing after a rebellion ousted former president Francois Bozize. The withdrawal of the 2,000 French troops comes […]

Lebanon: Michel Aoun elected president, ending two-year stalemate

Lebanon: Michel Aoun elected president, ending two-year stalemate

Image copyright AP Image caption Michel Aoun leads the Free Patriotic Movement, the biggest Christian bloc in parliament Lebanon’s parliament has elected Michel Aoun as president, ending a political stand-off that has left the post empty for more than two years. The Maronite Christian former general secured 83 votes in the 128-seat chamber when MPs […]

Aleppo siege: UN envoy Mistura ‘appalled’ by rebel attacks

Aleppo siege: UN envoy Mistura ‘appalled’ by rebel attacks

Image copyright AFP Image caption Civilians are being forced out of western Aleppo The UN special envoy for Syria, Staffan de Mistura, says he is “appalled and shocked” that rebels in Aleppo are targeting civilians in the city. The “relentless and indiscriminate” rocket attacks had killed scores of civilians in western Aleppo in the past […]

Teen hacker ‘accidentally’ causes 911 attack

Teen hacker ‘accidentally’ causes 911 attack

Image copyright AP Image caption Mr Desai said 911 services had been hit while he sought bugs in Apple’s iOS software An 18-year-old has been charged with three counts of computer tampering after “accidentally” swamping Arizona’s emergency services with thousands of bogus 911 telephone calls. Meetkumar Hiteshbhai Desai told police he had tried to share […]