Donald Trump trade deal? Ministers aim for UK-US ‘statement of intent’ within months to reduce trade barriers – Telegraph.co.uk

Unlike trade deals being scoped out with companies like India, a less expansive agreement with America is being targeted because eth economies are more aligned.  Instead British trade officials will be looking at options for “widening and deepening” links with America, especially including reducing non-tariff barriers.  Shanker Singham, the chairman of Legatum Institute’s special trade […]

Egypt journalists’ union head gets two-year jail term

Egypt journalists’ union head gets two-year jail term

Image copyright AFP/Getty Images Image caption Yehia Qallash took part in protests outside the union’s headquarters in Cairo earlier this year The head of the journalists’ union in Egypt and his two colleagues have been sentenced to two years in prison for “harbouring fugitives”. A court in Cairo also allowed Yehia Qallash and board members […]

Syria conflict: Aleppo hospitals ‘knocked out by bombardment’

Media captionAir strikes have destroyed all hospitals in eastern Aleppo, according to observers. Some of the heaviest bombardment so far on Aleppo has left rebel-held parts of the Syrian city virtually without medical facilities, observers say. The World Health Organization says all makeshift hospitals there are out of service, after five days of air and […]

Egypt journalists’ union head gets two-year jail term

Egypt journalists’ union head gets two-year jail term

Image copyright AFP/Getty Images Image caption Yehia Qallash took part in protests outside the union’s headquarters in Cairo earlier this year The head of the journalists’ union in Egypt and his two colleagues have been sentenced to two years in prison for “harbouring fugitives”. A court in Cairo also allowed Yehia Qallash and board members […]

Scores killed as train derails near Kanpur, India

Scores killed as train derails near Kanpur, India

Image copyright Krishna Keshav Image caption Rescuers are still working to free people from the wreckage At least 60 people have been killed after 14 carriages of an Indian express train derailed in northern Uttar Pradesh state, reports say. The incident took place on the Indore-Patna Express just after 03:00 local time on Sunday (21:30 […]

S Korea president Park Geun-hye ‘had role’ in scandal

S Korea president Park Geun-hye ‘had role’ in scandal

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Protests over the scandal have seen as many as half a million people on the streets South Korean President Park Geun-hye had a “considerable” role in a corruption scandal involving a close confidante, prosecutors have said. Speaking after confidante Choi Soon-sil and two aides were charged, Chief Prosecutor Lee Young-ryeol […]

Autumn Statement: £1.3bn to target congestion roads

Autumn Statement: £1.3bn to target congestion roads

An extra £1.3bn is to be spent on improving Britain’s roads, Chancellor Philip Hammond will say in his first Autumn Statement. Most of the money will be for cutting congestion and upgrades to local roads and public transport networks. The Treasury said investment in infrastructure and innovation to boost long-term economic growth would be “at […]

Inspector’s ‘ride’ on bonnet of moving car in Buenos Aires

CCTV footage from Argentina shows traffic inspector Lucas Santillan on the bonnet of a moving car which drove off when he tried to stop it. He finally fell off the car when it slowed down at a junction in Buenos Aires. Inspector’s ‘ride’ on bonnet of moving car in Buenos Aires

Row over Canadian MP’s ‘fart in the room’

After invoking the word “fart” during a House debate, politician Michelle Rempel was accused of using unparliamentary language. This isn’t the first time Canadian politics has become impolite. Video by Dan Lytwyn Row over Canadian MP’s ‘fart in the room’

Donald Trump and Mitt Romney’s war of words

President-elect Donald Trump is to meet fellow Republican Mitt Romney as he builds his transitional team, but the pair have had a tempestuous past. Donald Trump and Mitt Romney’s war of words