‘Back to the Future Day’ arrives at last
Today is 21 October 2015: the date to which Marty McFly travels in Back to the Future II. Were the film’s predictions correct? Or is trying to guess the future a fool’s game?
China to fund new railway line in East Africa
In the latest of many huge projects on the African continent, China has promised to build a railway from Kenya to Uganda. But is it for everyone’s benefit or part of a new colonial empire?
Electricity chaos plunges India into darkness
Half of India has been left without power in one of history’s biggest electricity shortages. The crisis has revealed worrying truths about the creaking infrastructure of an emerging nation.
UK roads to be sold off under new plans, PM reveals
Prime Minister David Cameron has unveiled plans to sell parts of Britain’s road network to foreign investors. Privatisation can earn governments much-needed cash, but it is always controversial.