US-Africa: Bolton unveils plan to counter Russia and China influence

Image copyright Reuters Image caption John Bolton met Russia’s President Vladimir Putin in October The US has accused China and Russia of using “opaque” and “corrupt” practices to expand their influence in Africa. US National Security Adviser John Bolton said the two nations were “deliberately and aggressively” attempting to gain an economic advantage over the…

California has a plan to tax text messages

A new surcharge proposed by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) wouldn’t be a per-text tax, but a monthly fee based on a cellular bill that includes any fees for text-message services. Most carriers offer a flat fee option for texting, and already charge a similar fee for other services included in the bill —…

U.K. Government Markets Its Brexit Plan as Least Bad Option

Britain’s government on Wednesday abandoned any pretense that leaving the European Union would lift the economy, instead presenting its own plan to leave as the least destructive option. The government’s switch in argumentation followed publication of a bleak official economic analysis of life outside the European Union, which showed that under terms similar to those…

Brexit: Trump says May’s Brexit plan could hurt UK-US trade deal

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionTrump: Brexit agreement “great deal for EU” Donald Trump has suggested Theresa May’s Brexit agreement could threaten a US-UK trade deal. The US president did not specify which aspect of the deal concerned him but told reporters the withdrawal agreement “sounds like a great deal for the…