Published:  12:01 AM, 10 September 2019

Worldwide waffling(10.09.2019)

Worldwide waffling(10.09.2019)

It's a glorious late summer's morning in London as I set off to meet Salman Rushdie at the Penguin Random House offices in Pimlico - clear skies, the sun shining, the kind of weather that tempts you to love this city, despite its flaws, and usually puts even notoriously fractious commuters in a semi-tolerant mood. There's a restive, testy feeling in the air though: the latest convulsion of the U.K.'s seemingly unending post-imperial psychodrama saw the prime minister persuade the Queen to prorogue parliament just the previous day.

Actor Imran Khan and his wife Avantika Malik are going through a rough patch in their marriage. The latest post from Avantika has further triggered divorce rumors between the two. They reportedly separated earlier this year. Sharing a few lines by musician Morghan Harper Nichols, Avantika talked about the need for one to realize that one should make a brave decision of walking away. She took to Instagram and posted a long note as her Instagram Story. "Sometimes, you have to walk away. You have to look at the things you're giving energy to and realize that even though you could stay, and try to win their approval or try to make it up their ladder, you could also make the brave choice to take whatever energy you have left to a space that welcomes you.

Behind the noise of another tumultuous few days in U.K. politics, the nation's economy quietly had one of its worst weeks this year. Warning lights are flashing red, with manufacturing and construction shrinking and even the dominant services sector losing momentum, prompting forecasts that the U.K. is heading for a recession. At the same time, the housing market is stuck in a rut, retail sales are disappointing and shoppers are worried that Brexit will push up prices.

Nigeria's ruling party urged the government to nationalize South African companies operating in the West African nation in retaliation for xenophobic attacks on its nationals. Relations between Africa's two biggest economies have been tense following attacks on businesses run by migrant Africans in Johannesburg, which sparked reprisal raids by mobs on the offices of the South African mobile-phone company MTN Group Ltd. and stores operated by Shoprite Holdings in the commercial hub of Lagos and the capital, Abuja. "Whereas South Africans continue to benefit from the Nigerian business environment and repatriating billions of dollars.

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