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Infrastructure

Switzerland, Luxembourg apply for China-led infrastructure bank
Despite negative noises from the US, Switzerland and Luxembourg have become the latest European nations to apply to join the Beijing-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), the Chinese Finance Ministry announced.

21.03.2015 14:49

The Middle East oil/nuclear puzzle
US Secretary of State John Kerry may be starting to enjoy the brinkmanship, as he says it’s “unclear” whether the US and Iran would reach a political framework nuclear deal before the end of this month.

17.03.2015 14:45

Havana calling: US, Cuba re-establish direct undersea telephone cable
The US and Cuba have restored a direct telecommunication connection between the two countries as they re-establish diplomatic relations. The cable currently only carries phone calls, but could be expanded to other services, Cuba’s telecom company said.

11.03.2015 19:39

​Brooklyn Bridge repairs $100 million over budget
A costly five-year renovation of the US’ oldest suspension bridge is running almost $100 million over budget after engineers discovered 3,000 new structural problems.

03.03.2015 00:22

House in Parliament? Activists want Westminster for social housing
Britain’s Houses of Parliament should be converted into affordable flats to save taxpayer money and provide much needed accommodation, claims social housing campaign group Generation Rent.

02.03.2015 12:51

China pivots everywhere
The world’s leading economy is on a roll as it enters a new year in the Chinese zodiac. Welcome to the Year of the Sheep. Or Goat. Or Ram. Or, technically, the Green Wooden Sheep (or Goat).

20.02.2015 10:24

‘Super-prison’ plans questioned by watchdog over violence risk
The chief inspector of prisons has called on MPs to review security problems at Oakwood in Staffordshire after inmates staged a riot. The facility was riddled with drug abuse soon after opening three years ago.

18.02.2015 12:09

‘Mockery of democracy’: UK govt flip-flops, allowing fracking under National Parks
The government has reversed its decision to accept new fracking restrictions, meaning shale gas firms will be able to drill horizontally under National Parks, provided the wells start outside their borders.

13.02.2015 09:19

Free at last: Deal allowing US customers to unlock cell phones comes into force
Cell phone owners can now unlock their mobile devices to switch to another, compatible wireless provider ‒ as long as the consumer meets a specific set of criteria. The ability is the result of an agreement between the industry and the US government.

12.02.2015 17:08

One year on: How the Western media finally changed its tune on Sochi
Almost a year after the Sochi Olympics wowed winter sports enthusiasts worldwide, it’s possible to review the initial impact of their legacy. The former Soviet resort city has been transformed into a luxury destination the equal of anything in Europe.

23.01.2015 15:08

​Green Party £72 ‘citizen’s income’ policy branded ‘unworkable’
One of the UK Green Party’s flagship policies has come under heavy criticism by a leading think tank, which argues it would make British people worse-off in the long term.

28.01.2015 12:46

Florida prisons chief asks for $30mn to reform ‘abuse culture’ after 346 inmate deaths
Florida’s new Department of Corrections head is asking the state for nearly $30 million to institute badly needed reforms as federal and state offices investigate Florida prisons, which began after multiple reports of torture and inmate deaths surfaced.

21.01.2015 19:41