‘The bomb actually landed in the room I had been in’

Image copyright Laila Pence Image caption Laila Pence was born Laila Ibrahim in Egypt The BBC’s weekly The Boss series profiles different business leaders from around the world. This week we speak to US financial adviser Laila Pence. Laila Ibrahim and her family had nervously returned to their home beside Egypt’s Suez Canal when the…

A Brexit deal is now ‘touch and go’, says Johnson

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionBoris Johnson: “In the last few days there’s been a sort of dawning realisation in Brussels and other European capitals” Boris Johnson has said the chances of a Brexit deal are “touch and go” – having previously said the odds of a no-deal Brexit were “a million…

Israel says it struck Iranian ‘killer drone’ sites in Syria

Image copyright AFP Image caption “Iran has no immunity anywhere,” said Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Israel has struck Iranian military sites in Syria to prevent what it said was a pending drone strike by Iran. Israel’s military rarely acknowledges operations in Syria, but it claimed on Saturday its strikes had prevented an attack on…

Why are retro sweets tasting success?

Image copyright Robert Opie Retro sweets are taking a bigger bite of the wider UK confectionery market – but what’s behind their growing popularity? What was your favourite sweet when you were growing up? Spangles, Opal Fruits, Black Jacks? Or were you more partial to a Sherbet Fountain, a Banjo or Jelly Tots? Whatever your…

Malcolm McKeown murder: Two men charged

Image caption Malcolm McKeown was found dead in his car behind a petrol station in the village of Waringstown Two men aged 24 and 25 have been charged with the murder of Malcolm McKeown. The 54-year-old was found dead in his car behind a service station in Waringstown, County Down, on Monday. The father-of-three’s body…

Imran Khan: A year facing Pakistan’s harsh realities

Image copyright Reuters Image caption For years, many doubted the former cricketing superstar would become prime minister Imran Khan, the cricketing superstar-turned-politician, has had a turbulent first year in office. It was a position that some thought he would never achieve: his 2018 election victory came after a two-decade long struggle, large portions of which…

#BulletJournal: Seven million beautiful ways to save money

Image copyright @isabelhoops Many of us might not have heard of bullet journals but they are at the heart of a trend that has been growing significantly over the past year. Essentially, these journals are financial trackers which have been hand-drawn in a notebook and decorated with amazing illustrations. Photos of them are then uploaded…

Southall murder: Man stabbed to death in west London

Image copyright Google Image caption The injured man begged to see his wife after he was attacked, a witness said A man in his 60s has been stabbed to death in west London. Emergency services were called to St Mary’s Avenue in Southall at about 18:40 BST on Saturday where they found the man suffering…

Zimbabwe: Is it worse off than under former President Mugabe?

Claim: Life in Zimbabwe is now worse than under former President Robert Mugabe, according to Fadzayi Mahere of the opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC). Verdict: It’s true that in recent months, the economic situation has worsened. But there were periods during Mr Mugabe’s long rule when the economic indicators were much worse. The opposition…

Airport security: 3D baggage scanners could end liquid restrictions

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Several US airports have already installed 3D scanning equipment All major UK airports must introduce 3D baggage screening equipment before the end of 2022, the government says. Ministers say the technology will boost security, speed up pre-boarding checks, and could end the restrictions on travelling with liquids and laptops….