August 3rd, 2010
06:02 AM ET

World update: Heatwave threatens Russia's economy

An update from the newsdesk in London on the stories we're following today:

Russia fires - While the fires rage on, the Russian heatwave is becoming even more devastating as it threatens the burgeoning economy. Crops and farmland have become evermore vulnerable and Russia is becoming more worried about the longer term effects of the high temperatures.  Matthew Chance will be reporting from Voronezh. Read the full story

Zardari visit - Pakistan’s President Zardari is due to leave France for England today and expected to arrive early evening local time. The UK and Pakistan have been locked in a diplomatic spat since British PM David Cameron made comments regarding Pakistan exporting terror while he was on a visit to India last month.

Kenya referendum - Kenya is holding a referendum this week which will intrinsically change its constitution. David McKenzie profiles a voter who was injured in the post-election violence of 2007-2008 and looks at what his hopes are for Kenya’s future.

Nigeria’s illegal refineries - The Niger Delta is used to oil spills but the multi-national oil companies say they aren’t to blame. They say a network of illegal oil refineries run by locals who are siphoning black-market petrol are responsible for any environmental damage. Christian Purefoy reports.

Michelle Obama Spain - The Spanish resort of Marbella is buzzing with the news that Michelle Obama and her two daughters are due to spend their vacation in the region. Al Goodman travels to the town to see what the Obamas can experience from their trip? What are the trendy boutiques? Where are the best restaurants?

Liverpool FC - Media reports suggest that Hong Kong tycoon Kenny Huang has put in a formal bid for Liverpool Football Club. We are chasing the story.

soundoff (One Response)
  1. kelly

    So what if she went to Spain. Americans were you doing all this complaining when Bush was in the office? I don's think so. The economy was bad prior to Obama becoming president thanks to him. We have other things to worry about than were Michelle vacations. She is the first lady of the U.S she can vacation where ever she chooses. You people are making such a big deal about it because she is BLACK. You people should get a life!!!!

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