Future of cash: Can a ‘bank in a box’ replace a branch? – BBC News

April 28, 2017

… per one million people in 2014. The UK had 1,074, while the average in the EU was 960 The UK recorded 54 cash machine withdrawals per person in 2014 – the highest in the world Germany and Belgium have the largest amount of cash withdrawn per adult in Western Europe. Adults in these countries on average withdraw over 3,500 a year from cash machines India has the lowest value of cash machine withdrawals with less than 270 per adult a year. However, this value has slowly increased over the …


Ivanka Trump heads to Berlin to work on special relationship

April 26, 2017

Berlin (CNN)It could be the beginning of a beautiful friendship, after all. In the wake of a mid-March White House visit characterized by awkward moments — President Donald Trump apparently declined to shake German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s hand in the Oval Office and he made an uncomfortable joke about wiretapping on live television — his most trusted adviser, daughter Ivanka Trump, is on her way to Germany. Ivanka Trump’s Berlin trip features a jam-packed Tuesday, …


Will Trump follow his heart or his head on French election?

April 24, 2017

Washington (CNN)Sunday’s French election result sets up a battle between the heart and the head of the Trump White House. In the latest blow to establishment party politics in the Western world, two outsider candidates — centrist Emmanuel Macron and far-right leader Marine Le Pen — advanced from a crowded field to a run-off for the Elysee Palace on May 7. Le Pen has risen on the same populist politics, rooted in anger over immigration policies, globalization and middle class …


How the Paris police shooting could shape the French election

April 21, 2017

… “We now have elections coming up on 8 June in the United Kingdom and in September in Germany. Even this smaller incident, in comparison to some of the ones before, is going to have a fairly large impact,” he said. Turnout It is not the first terror-related incident to mar the French election cycle, and prior attacks in the country — from the 2015 Paris attacks to last year’s Bastille Day attack in Nice — are to the forefront of many voter’s minds. Following …


The beginner’s guide to the French elections

April 20, 2017

… parliament. In other words, the high-stakes drama doesn’t end when this election does. For the rest of Europe We look forward to September when Germany holds elections. Chancellor Angela Merkel — who many now consider the most powerful woman in the world — faces the real possibility of defeat for her stance on taking in refugees. She’s been in power for an astonishing 11 years. But she herself has admitted that her immigration policy has hurt her party. More …


Theatre director Michael Bogdanov has died aged 78 – BBC News

April 18, 2017

He was an associate director of the Royal National Theatre for eight years, directed eight productions for the Royal Shakespeare Company and co-founded the English Shakespeare Company in 1986 with actor Michael Pennington. He was chief executive of the Deutsches Schauspielhaus in Hamburg, Germany’s largest national theatre, from 1989 to 1992. In 1982, he went on trial at the Old Bailey for staging an act of simulated male sex in the play The Romans in Britain. Media playback is …


In Ankara, celebrations for Erdogan mask a Turkish schism

April 17, 2017

… “This is a message to the world to shut up. Turkey is getting stronger. America has to know this, too. We are the voice, we are the ears, we are everything for the Middle East,” she added. Wasin Yalcin, 24, was celebrating the result at the AKP rally in Ankara with his friends. “This referendum is a new start and a new hope for us to get rid of foreign forces — and to stand on our own two feet. Israel, America and Germany are creating pressure over our country to take …


Ships in the night: A visit to one of Italy’s ‘pleasure boat’ yards

April 14, 2017

Viareggio, Italy (CNN)The maiden voyage of the Aurora — a new 160-foot, $26.6 million aluminum super yacht launched last week in Viareggio, Italy — lasted less than one hour and only covered a humble 500 yards. Watching an imposing vessel like the Aurora passing through the darkened streets of the scruffy, seaside town, halting traffic and only narrowly avoiding a collision with a streetlight, induces a surreal and somewhat disorienting feeling. But for those more immersed in the …


Greek Thomson: Scotland’s other great visionary architect – BBC News

April 2, 2017

Image caption The Caledonia Road Church in the Gorbals was threatened with demolition in 1966 When Glasgow council was planning to demolish one of Thomson’s landmark churches in 1966, influential American architectural historian Henry-Russell Hitchcock made a plea for them to stop. He said: “Glasgow in the last 150 years has had two of the greatest architects in the world.” Image caption The church was described as one of the finest Classical Romantic churches in …


Why China is banning beards and veils in Xinjiang

April 1, 2017

(CNN)No long beards. No veils in public places. No home-schooling. The latest measures — outlined in a sweeping new anti-extremism legislation — take effect Saturday and come on the heels of a series of steps to increase surveillance in the region that include the surrender of passports and mandatory GPS trackers in cars. “They’re doubling down on security in Xinjiang,” said James Leibold, an associate professor at Australia’s Le Trobe University, whose …


A huge sigh of relief on health care

March 29, 2017

(CNN)As House Speaker Paul Ryan pulled the Republican health care bill from voting, I could almost hear the giant sigh of relief from Atlanta and across the nation’s health care establishment. Hidden in the nooks and crannies of the American Health Care Act (AHCA) was a provision to eliminate $1 billion in disease prevention funds from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Those cheers I imagine I hear right now in Atlanta are huzzahs from the CDC headquarters. …