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Happy travelling

Ah, the glamour of air travel.The early morning wake-up call, the nightmare journey to the airport on public transport laden with unwieldy suitcases. Your eventual arrival at an overcrowded and chaotic check-in, short-tempered and perspiring. If that rings an all too familiar bell, then Transport Secretary Chris Grayling shares …

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Audi offers diesel emissions upgrade for 850,000 cars

German carmaker Audi is offering a free software upgrade for 850,000 diesel cars in order to improve emissions.Audi said the upgrade would “improve emissions behaviour in real driving conditions further beyond existing legal requirements”.The carmaker added it was convinced the programme would counteract possible bans on diesel cars.In recent …

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Farm subsidies 'must be earned', Michael Gove will say

Farm subsidies will have to be earned rather than just handed out in future, the Environment Secretary Michael Gove is expected to say in a speech later.Farmers will get only get payouts if they agree to protect the environment and enhance rural life, he will say.The move is part …

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N Korea economy grows at fastest rate in 17 years

North Korea’s economy accelerated at its fastest pace in 17 years, despite sanctions over its nuclear and missile programs. Gross domestic product grew by 3.9% in 2016 compared with the previous year, according to the Bank of Korea. The growth stemmed largely from mining and energy, as well as …

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UK air traffic controllers warn of over-crowded skies

Air traffic controllers are warning that UK skies are running out of room amid a record number of flights.Friday is likely to be the busiest day of the year, with air traffic controllers expecting to handle more than 8,800 flights – a record number.They have called for a drastic …

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New agreement will allow US rice exports to China

China has agreed to allow imports of rice from the US for the first time. The agreement gives US farmers access to the world’s biggest rice consumer, with China importing about 5 million tonnes last year.It follows trade talks between the two countries that resulted in little progress on …

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