Archive for May 1st, 2016

The Week Ahead: An Economic Forecast for the European Union

Sunday, May 1st, 2016:

ECONOMY Taking the pulse of the eurozone. Tuesday morning, the European Commission will announce its spring economic forecast for growth and employment across the 28 member states of the European Union. The forecast may also shed light on whether the long-awaited recovery in the eurozone may finally be consolidating and on the effects of falling prices and the economic slowdown in China. The commission, which makes the forecasts three times a year, may update its estimates about the costs and benefits of the ongoing large-scale migrations to European nations. James Kanter AUTOS Analysts expect new vehicle sales to rise. Automakers […] Read More →

How lives of Osama Bin Laden's neighbours changed forever

Sunday, May 1st, 2016:

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Bin Laden’s compound in 2012, before it was completely demolished Al-Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden was killed in Abbottabad, Pakistan in a dramatic and bloody raid by US Navy Seals on 2 May 2011. Five years on the BBC’s M Ilyas Khan finds loose ends, unsettling and unanswered questions, and a neighbourhood changed forever. It is a precarious life next to the razed Bin Laden home The open spaces that once surrounded the sprawling compound are fast disappearing. When I first saw it, just hours after al-Qaeda’s leader-in-hiding was killed, it was an open and […] Read More →

How Paris is stepping up its drive against the car

Sunday, May 1st, 2016:

Image copyright Alamy Paris is notorious for snarled-up traffic and cranky drivers – but cars are gradually being edged out as the city steps up a life-or-death battle to cut pollution. A stroll along the French capital’s grandest boulevard, the Champs-Elysees, has just become possible without choking on exhaust fumes – from May cars are banned on the famous avenue one Sunday every month. Pedestrians have already reclaimed part of the picturesque Left Bank of the River Seine, where traffic has been permanently banned, allowing restaurants, cafes and art exhibits to spring up. A 3km (1.8-mile) section of the Right […] Read More →

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