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Coronavirus: US slashes rates and launches huge stimulus programme

Coronavirus: US slashes rates and launches huge stimulus programme

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell held a media conference on Sunday The US has cut interest rates to almost zero and launched a $700bn stimulus programme in a bid to protect the economy from the effect of coronavirus.It is part of a co-ordinated action announced on Sunday in the…
Lebanon crisis: ‘The country needs our energy’

Lebanon crisis: ‘The country needs our energy’

Lebanon crisis: 'The country needs our energy'
Coronavirus: The month everything changed

Coronavirus: The month everything changed

Image copyright Getty Images/Alamy In the space of a month, the United Kingdom has transformed beyond recognition. And most of us haven't had time to stop and take stock.One Friday afternoon, when the UK was another country, a chalkboard leaned against the outside wall of a country pub. A message had been written in neat,…
Coronavirus: Is Trump going cold on lockdown strategy?

Coronavirus: Is Trump going cold on lockdown strategy?

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionTrump backs away as official mentions fever As a growing number of states issue "shelter in place" orders, businesses shutter and Americans everywhere are told to limit outings and practise social distancing, Donald Trump may be having second thoughts.For more than a week, Trump administration officials and…
Coronavirus: Trump puts US on a war footing combat outbreak

Coronavirus: Trump puts US on a war footing combat outbreak

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionThe effect of coronavirus around the world Describing himself as a "wartime president", President Donald Trump has vowed the US will achieve "total victory" over the coronavirus.He spoke as he revived a Korean War-era measure allowing the US to ramp up production of vital medical supplies.Two lawmakers…
OneWeb increases mega-constellation to 74 satellites

OneWeb increases mega-constellation to 74 satellites

Image copyright ONEWEB Image caption The Soyuz launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan The London-based start-up OneWeb launched another big batch of satellites on Saturday.A Soyuz rocket lifted off from Baikonur, Kazakhstan, carrying 34 more spacecraft into orbit to continue the build-up of the firm's broadband internet constellation.The mission took place despite the coronavirus…
Climate change: New rules could spell end of ‘throwaway culture’

Climate change: New rules could spell end of ‘throwaway culture’

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The rules will apply to a wide variety of products New rules could spell the death of a "throwaway" culture in which products are bought, used briefly, then binned.The regulations will apply to a range of everyday items such as mobile phones, textiles, electronics, batteries, construction and packaging.They will…
Chancellor pledges big increase to research spend

Chancellor pledges big increase to research spend

Image copyright SPL Chancellor Rishi Sunak has pledged to more than double spending on UK government research and development (R&D) by 2024.Mr Sunak promised an increase of 15% for next year with further increases in successive years.The pledge means that the government may exceed its target of boosting the proportion of private and public R&D…
Coronavirus: Germany tightens curbs and bans meetings of more than two

Coronavirus: Germany tightens curbs and bans meetings of more than two

Image copyright EPA Image caption Many people went to parks and other public places in Germany on Sunday Germany has expanded curbs on social interactions to try to contain the coronavirus outbreak, banning public gatherings of more than two people.In a televised address, Chancellor Angela Merkel said "our own behaviour" was the "most effective way"…
The Ethiopians returning home to start businesses

The Ethiopians returning home to start businesses

Hundreds of Ethiopians who have been living abroad are returning to the country, following reforms brought in by Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed. Mr Abiy's ambitious reforms include changing the law to enable more Ethiopians living abroad to come back and help rebuild the economy.For years, Ethiopia's economy has been tightly controlled by the state and…

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