How does a leadership challenge work in the Conservative Party?

AFTER HER proposed Brexit deal triggered a flurry of government resignations, Theresa May’s job is on the line. The British prime minister faces a potential leadership challenge. Speaking to a crowd of gawping journalists and curious tourists outside the Houses of Parliament on November 15th, Jacob Rees-Mogg, an influential backbencher, demanded a confidence vote in the prime minister. He is not the only one to have done so. But how would Conservative MPs go about removing Mrs May? An ...read more

Why America struggles to sell LNG in Europe

LAST WEEK Rick Perry, America’s energy secretary, went to eastern Europe to try to sell his country’s liquid natural gas (LNG). In Warsaw he announced a 24-year contract with Poland’s state gas company, PGNiG, under which it will receive 40.95bn cubic metres of gas from an American supplier, Cheniere Energy. Mr Perry said the deal was “a signal across Europe that this is how your energy future can be developed”. In Berlin on the same day Peter Altmaier, Germany&rsqu ...read more

Why Delhi is so polluted

DELHI does not have the dirtiest air in the world. According to the 2018 ranking of 4,500 cities by the World Health Organisation, that distinction goes to Kanpur, another of the north Indian towns that occupy the top 14 spots on the list. But with 25m people Delhi is far bigger than the others, so its pollution endangers more lives. Dirty air kills some 30,000 Delhi-wallahs a year—and that is a low estimate, some doctors say, if you count for effects as varied as higher rates of lung canc ...read more

What is the flap about chlorinated chicken?

AMERICA has confirmed that it would be prepared to start negotiations next year on a post-Brexit trade deal with Britain. No deal can be signed at once. For that, Britain will have to leave the EU customs union, and this cannot happen before 2021. But that does not stop the two countries from laying the groundwork for a future deal. America’s trade envoy, Robert Lighthizer, has called for an ambitious agreement. Agreeing to a deal will be important politically, to show that post-Brexit hop ...read more

How airports use biometric technology

AS CHRISTMAS draws closer, airports around Western countries will be gearing up for their busiest days of the year. Many passengers will fear a repeat of the long queues seen at Heathrow Airport in August, when some holidaymakers waited over two-and-a-half hours to get through passport control. As the number of travellers grows, airports have started to turn to biometric technology. This could speed up various airport processes by allowing passengers to complete check-in and go through security ...read more