Dubai-based mobile payments provider Beam goes global after major retail acquisition

The United Arab Emirates has seen a boom in the number of local mobile payments services on offer for consumers over the past two years, with platforms rushing to capitalize on the growing popularity of digital payments and attract the country’s 1.3 million unbanked adult residents. Mobile operator Etisalat, along with local bank, Emirates NBD,…

O2 investigating network data problems

Image copyright Getty Images Thousands of O2 customers in the UK have reported problems using data and 4G services. Many users took to Twitter to complain about the difficulties, which were first reported at about 05:30. An O2 spokesperson confirmed the problems, saying: “Our technical teams are investigating reports of issues when using data.” The…

Oil prices in focus as Saudi Arabia, Russia discuss production

OPEC began managing crude supply in partnership with Russia and several other nations last year in order to end a punishing downturn in oil prices. The Middle East-dominated group produces around 40 percent of the world’s oil and has a long history of adjusting production to guide the energy market. The energy alliance’s policy of…

Grace Millane: ‘Concern grows’ for backpacker missing in New Zealand

Image copyright Millane Family Image caption Grace Millane turned 22 on Sunday, but has not replied to her family’s birthday messages Police searching for a British backpacker missing in New Zealand say concerns are growing for her safety. Grace Millane’s father is said to be on his way to the country, where his 22-year-old daughter…

The Illinois State Capitol is ringing in the holidays with a Satanic statue

This holiday season, the Satanic Temple of Chicago has been granted permission to place their statue in the lobby of the state Capitol building in Springfield, Illinois, a spokesman for the Secretary of State’s office told CNN. The statue is approximately four and a half feet tall and about 18 inches long, spokesman Dave Druker…

Investor visa scheme halted in money laundering crackdown

Image copyright PA Ministers are halting a “gold-plated” visa scheme offering foreign investors a fast-track to settling in the UK, as part of a crackdown on financial crime. Tier 1 investor visas were introduced in 2008 to encourage rich people from outside the EU to invest in the UK. A £2m investment bought a visa…

US-China trade tensions resurface after Huawei CFO arrest

Market focus is largely attuned to the arrest of a top executive at Chinese tech giant Huawei, amid investor concern that the news could derail progress in U.S.-Sino trade talks. Canadian authorities said Wednesday that they had arrested Huawei’s global chief financial officer in Vancouver, where she is facing extradition to the United States. Meng…

The 92-year-old that depends on the community to see her husband

Sarah is 92. The only way she can visit her husband, a few miles away, in a home is by relying on a community taxi driven by volunteers. She lives in Pateley Bridge, North Yorkshire where there are no buses due to cuts to local government budgets. Her story comes as a report by Campaign…