Migrant family separations: States sue Trump administration

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionThe cost of detention v the alternatives Seventeen US states have sued President Donald Trump’s administration over its “cruel and unlawful” separation of migrant families. Democratic attorneys general from states including Washington, New York and California launched the lawsuit. The legal action objects to the policy of […]

BMW says Brexit customs costs would push up prices

Image copyright Reuters BMW has told the BBC the cost of any new customs arrangements after Brexit would push up the price of its cars. Ian Robertson, BMW’s UK special representative, said new border systems and warehousing would add to the cost of making cars such as the Mini. He said: “It’s a potential risk… […]

Uber overturns ban on operating in London

Image copyright Reuters Uber has won back its licence to operate in London after a judge overturned a ban. Transport for London refused to renew the licence when it expired last September, saying the US ride-hailing firm was not a “fit and proper” operator. Following a court hearing, Uber has been granted a licence but […]

US Supreme Court upholds Trump’s travel ban

Image copyright Reuters The US Supreme Court has ruled in favour of the Trump administration’s travel ban targeting people from several Muslim-majority countries. Lower courts had deemed the ban unconstitutional, but the US top court has reversed this decision in a 5-4 ruling announced on Tuesday. The ban prohibits most people from Iran, Libya, Somalia, […]

UK calls for more chemical weapons powers

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Inspectors can currently establish only whether chemical weapons have been used, not who is responsible The UK risks fresh confrontation with Russia later when it asks for new powers for chemical weapons inspectors to assign blame for nerve agent attacks in Syria. Inspectors can currently establish only whether such weapons […]

Japan unveils Hello Kitty-themed bullet train

Image copyright AFP Image caption The rail firm hopes the train’s eye-catching design will attract tourists It is enough to wake the tired eyes of the groggiest commuter. A striking white and pink bullet train themed around the Japanese cartoon character and marketing phenomenon Hello Kitty. The bespoke train will begin a three month run […]

Struggling Carpetright slumps to loss

Image copyright Reuters Carpetright has reported a full-year loss and falling sales as the retailer struggles to turn itself around. The floor covering retailer agreed a rescue plan earlier this year, under which it is closing 81 of its stores. For the year to 28 April, Carpetright posted a statutory loss of £70.5m, a figure […]

Transgender woman wins pension court battle

Image copyright EPA A transgender woman who was unable to access her pension, was discriminated against because of her sex, the European Court of Justice has found. The woman – known as MB – was refused the female state pension after she chose not to annul her marriage. MB said she preferred to stay married […]

Most expensive city for expats revealed

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Hong Kong has some of the most crowded housing on the planet Hong Kong is back in top spot as the most expensive city to live in the world as an expat, according to research. The city of skyscrapers had dropped to second place last year behind Luanda, the […]