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Chinese slowdown hits HSBC profits

Chinese slowdown hits HSBC profits

Image copyright Reuters HSBC has reported a lower-than-expected 15.9% rise in pre-tax profits for 2018, partly because of an economic slowdown in China and Hong Kong. Europe’s largest bank made $19.9bn (£15.4bn) before tax last year, compared with $17.2bn in 2017. Reported revenue was $53.8bn, a rise of 5% from the previous year. HSBC makes […]

Pulwama attack: Pakistan warns India against military action

Pulwama attack: Pakistan warns India against military action

Image copyright AFP Image caption In a televised address, Mr Khan called on India to provide evidence to support its claims that Pakistan was involved Pakistan PM Imran Khan says his country will retaliate if India takes military action against it in the aftermath of last week’s suicide attack on Indian forces in Indian-administered Kashmir. […]

Crowdfunding campaign for Russian air bear

Crowdfunding campaign for Russian air bear

Image copyright YouTube/Mansur the Bear Image caption Mansur had no fear of flying from an early age Staff at a Russian airfield have turned to crowdfunding on the internet after a foundling bear became too much for them to handle. Mansur the bear has lived at an airfield in Russia for the last three years, […]

SeaWorld rescue: Firefighters rescue 16 people from San Diego ride

SeaWorld rescue: Firefighters rescue 16 people from San Diego ride

Image copyright SDFD Image caption Firefighters released a photo of the malfunctioning gondola ride Firefighters have rescued sixteen people trapped in gondolas for several hours on a ride at the SeaWorld amusement park in San Diego. Some of those trapped were lowered using harnesses, rescuers say. Gondolas malfunctioned after a gust of wind tripped a […]

Islamic State group: Could it rebound from caliphate defeat?

Islamic State group: Could it rebound from caliphate defeat?

Image copyright Manbar.me In short: yes, but not in the same form. The jihadist terror group’s self-proclaimed “caliphate”, which once ruled over nearly eight million people across Syria and Iraq, has been all but eliminated. The temptation for triumphalism in Western capitals is overwhelming. It has taken four and a half years of relentless military […]

India-Pakistan crisis: Saudi Arabia aims to de-escalate tensions

India-Pakistan crisis: Saudi Arabia aims to de-escalate tensions

Image copyright EPA Image caption Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman – known as MBS – is on a high-profile tour of Asia Saudi Arabia has said it will work to de-escalate tensions between India and Pakistan, ahead of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s arrival in Delhi. The prince, known as MBS, is on a […]

Ex-Russia probe overseer Rod Rosenstein 'to step down by March'

Ex-Russia probe overseer Rod Rosenstein 'to step down by March'

Image copyright Reuters Rod Rosenstein, the US deputy attorney general who oversaw the inquiry into alleged Russian meddling, is to step down by mid-March, US media say. Reports emerged last month that Mr Rosenstein planned to quit once incoming Attorney General William Barr took over. Mr Barr’s appointment was confirmed by the Senate last week. […]

Viewpoint: Should Britain apologise for Amritsar massacre?

Viewpoint: Should Britain apologise for Amritsar massacre?

Image copyright AFP Image caption Visitors can inspect a bullet-ridden wall at the site of the massacre Hundreds of Indians attending a public meeting were shot dead by British troops in the northern Indian city of Amritsar in 1919. Historian Kim Wagner sifts fact from fiction as the UK House of Lords prepares to debate […]

Australia's drought leading to 'suffering' of children, UN warns

Australia's drought leading to 'suffering' of children, UN warns

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionChildren speak to the BBC about their experiences last year A prolonged drought in Australia is having a devastating impact on children and forcing them to “grow up” prematurely, a UN report warns. Large parts of eastern Australia have endured severe drought for months, crippling farming communities. […]

Mexico border wall: US states sue over emergency declaration

Mexico border wall: US states sue over emergency declaration

A coalition of 16 US states led by California is suing President Donald Trump’s administration over his decision to declare an emergency to raise funds for a Mexican border wall. The lawsuit was filed in the court for the Northern District of California. It comes days after Mr Trump invoked emergency powers to bypass Congress […]