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China’s economic growth hits three-decade low

China’s economic growth hits three-decade low

Image copyright Getty Images China's economy grew last year at the slowest pace in almost three decades.Official figures show that the world's second largest economy expanded by 6.1% in 2019 from the year before - the worst figure in 29 years.The country has faced weak domestic demand and the impact of the bitter trade war…
Hungary to provide free fertility treatment to boost population

Hungary to provide free fertility treatment to boost population

Image copyright Reuters Image caption PM Viktor Orban said fertility clinics were of "national strategic importance" Hungary will provide free in-vitro fertilisation (IVF) treatment to couples at state-run clinics, Prime Minister Viktor Orban has announced.He said fertility was of "strategic importance". Last month his government took over Hungary's fertility clinics.Mr Orban, a right-wing nationalist, has…
Has Felix Tshisekedi tackling DR Congo’s six biggest problems?

Has Felix Tshisekedi tackling DR Congo’s six biggest problems?

Image copyright Getty Images When Felix Tshisekedi was sworn in as president in the Democratic Republic of Congo exactly a year ago, it was hailed as a landmark moment - the first peaceful transfer of power in the vast country's almost six-decade history.For years the country, which has enormous mineral deposits, including a vital ingredient…
German economy sees weakest growth since 2013

German economy sees weakest growth since 2013

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Germany is leading manufacturer of cars The German economy grew by 0.6% last year, according to official figures, its weakest performance since 2013.The German statistics office said growth was driven mainly by household spending. Business investment in machinery and equipment was weaker, however. Exports did grow but more slowly…
Spain’s Magaluf and Ibiza crack down on alcohol-fuelled holidays

Spain’s Magaluf and Ibiza crack down on alcohol-fuelled holidays

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Magaluf is a popular destination for young holidaymakers Spain's Balearic Islands have passed a law banning pub crawls and happy hours in three popular tourist destinations in a bid to crack down on alcohol-fuelled holidays.Restrictions apply to the tourist hotspots of Playa de Palma and Magaluf in Majorca and Sant…
‘Resistant’ trees planted in Hampshire in ash dieback fight

‘Resistant’ trees planted in Hampshire in ash dieback fight

Image copyright Science Photo Library Image caption Ash dieback has devastated trees across Europe A planting scheme has begun to grow trees that it is hoped will be resistant to ash dieback disease.Scientists are growing 3,000 saplings in Hampshire and will monitor them for symptoms of the disease, which has devastated ash trees.The specimens have…
The airborne commute

The airborne commute

Image copyright Uber Image caption Test flights for Uber's flying taxis are due to start from 2020 There is something about the idea of a flying car that sparks the imagination - maybe it is the association with futuristic sci-fi movies or just the idea of finally finding a way to beat the traffic that…
UK-Africa summit: Wooing Africa after Brexit

UK-Africa summit: Wooing Africa after Brexit

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption South African wine producers will hope their government can negotiate better access to the UK market After Brexit, the UK wants to boost business trade with Africa, but as a major UK-Africa business summit starts in London, Matthew Davies asks if there really will be new opportunities for the…
Davos 2020: What is the World Economic Forum and is it elitist?

Davos 2020: What is the World Economic Forum and is it...

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Security is tight at the Alpine event Some of the world's top business people and politicians - plus a smattering of celebrities - will gather in Davos, Switzerland, for the World Economic Forum (WEF) this week.US President Donald Trump, teen climate activist Greta Thunberg and Uber boss Dara Khosrowshahi…
The island struggling to secure its future

The island struggling to secure its future

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Trees were toppled by the force of the wind in Puerto Rico's capital San Juan when Hurricane Maria hit 2017 "It was like a bomb had been thrown," says Carlos Rivera-Vélez.The chairman of Puerto Rico's Medical Technology Industry Association is recalling the events of 20 September 2017, when the…

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