S. Africa’s Ramaphosa starts Charles III’s first state visit as king

King Charles III on Tuesday welcomed South African President Cyril Ramaphosa to London for the first state visit of his reign, with climate change, trade and the Commonwealth expected to be on the agenda. Charles and Queen Consort Camilla were joined by heir to the throne Prince William and his wife Catherine to greet Ramaphosa … Read more

Italy’s draft budget centres on energy aid

Italy’s new far-right government unveiled its 2023 draft budget on Tuesday, with most of the nearly 35 billion euros in spending going on the energy crisis rather than flashy electoral promises. More than 21 billion euros will go towards supporting households and businesses in the face of soaring utility bills, leaving little left over for … Read more

Recession-hit UK needs more migrant labour: business lobby

Britain needs more migrant labor to boost productivity as it faces a toxic mix of soaring inflation and shrinking growth, the country’s main business lobby group warned Monday. The verdict from the Confederation of British Industry came at its annual gathering in Birmingham, Britain’s second biggest city. “We come together, once more in extraordinary times,” … Read more

Markets rattled by fears of fresh Covid curbs in China

Asian and European stocks mostly fell Monday, with investor sentiment hit by renewed Covid concerns in China amid warnings that markets would remain lackluster for some time. Shares headed lower as China’s first coronavirus death in six months sparked fears officials would reimpose strict, economically painful restrictions to fight outbreaks across the country. “The conditions … Read more

Christie’s cancels controversial T-rex auction in Hong Kong

Christie’s has called off the auction of a Tyrannosaurus rex skeleton, the auction house told AFP on Monday, days before it was due to go under the hammer in Hong Kong. The cancellation came after an American fossil company raised doubts about parts of the skeleton named “Shen”, The New York Times reported on Sunday. … Read more

Renault touts ‘warm’ Nissan ties as pair review alliance

There is a “warm atmosphere” within the Renault-Nissan alliance and a deal regarding its future will be announced “in due time”, the French carmaker’s chairman said Tuesday. The auto giants are in talks over a potentially drastic reshaping of their sometimes rocky 23-year union. While the discussions are behind closed doors, a source close to … Read more

Court orders striking Kenya Airways pilots back to work

A Nairobi court has ordered striking Kenya Airways pilots to return to work by Wednesday morning after the days-long walkout forced dozens of flight cancellations and left thousands of passengers stranded. The Kenya Airline Pilots Association (KALPA) launched the strike at Nairobi’s Jomo Kenyatta International Airport on Saturday, defying a court order issued last week … Read more

Veteran French designer Philippe Starck now looks to space

Philippe Starck, the prolific French architect and designer who has made everything from lemon juicers to wind turbines, shows no sign of slowing down and is increasingly turning his eye to space. Visiting an exhibition at the Museum of Decorative Arts in Paris featuring some his early work, the 73-year-old seemed bemused by the volume … Read more

Anatomy of the week the Musk tornado hit Twitter

The whirlwind week that Elon Musk took over Twitter began with sleepless nights for company engineers — and ended with half the staff getting the axe. “It was a strange week,” said one former employee speaking on condition of anonymity. The employees received a first email Thursday informing them that they would know their fate … Read more

Kenya govt threatens striking pilots with disciplinary action

Pilots on strike at Kenya Airways will face disciplinary action if they don’t return to work immediately, the government said Sunday, with thousands of passengers stranded for a second day after dozens of fresh flight cancellations. The Kenya Airline Pilots Association (KALPA) launched the strike at Nairobi’s Jomo Kenyatta International Airport at 06:00 am (0300 … Read more