FTSE 100 tumbles by 12.5% in 2018 – its biggest fall in a decade
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FTSE 100 tumbles by 12.5% in 2018 – its biggest fall in a decade

Britain’s leading stock market index has suffered its worst year in a decade as economic worries, Brexit uncertainty and the trade war between the US and China all spooked investors. The FTSE 100tumbled by 12.5% during 2018, its biggest annual decline since 2008, wiping out more than £240bn of shareholder value. The blue-chip index of…

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Afghanistan FA president denies allegations of sexual and physical abuse
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Afghanistan FA president denies allegations of sexual and physical abuse

The Afghanistan Football Federation president, Keramuudin Karim, has denied allegations he sexually and physically abused members of the women’s national team. Three players detailed to the Guardian last week the abuse they say they suffered at the hands of Karim. He and four other senior Afghan FA officials have been barred from leaving the country…

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Macron’s ‘year of national cohesion’ ends in tatters
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Macron’s ‘year of national cohesion’ ends in tatters

More than 147,000 members of the security forces will be deployed to New Year’s Eve celebrations across France as gilets jaunes anti-government protesters were expected on the Champs Élysées in Paris and Emmanuel Macron prepared a televised address on his plans for 2019 amid plummeting approval ratings and continuing unrest. Tens of thousands of police…

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Elizabeth Warren announces 2020 run for president against Trump
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Elizabeth Warren announces 2020 run for president against Trump

Senator Elizabeth Warren jumped into the race for president on Monday, announcing she is forming an exploratory committee for 2020. The Massachusetts Democrat, known for her critiques of big banks and corporations, became the first major candidate to declare her intentions with a video posted online on New Year’s Eve. “America’s middle class is under…

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New Year’s Eve 2018: celebrations around the world – live
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New Year’s Eve 2018: celebrations around the world – live

A police drone will be keeping watch over New Year’s celebrations in New York’s Times Square for the first ever time. The Associated Press have more here in this lengthy, but very interesting report: The unmanned eye-in-the-sky is the latest wrinkle in the New York City Police Department’s ever-evolving plan to keep revelers and “Rockin’…

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