Militant threat forces England out of world badminton championships

England have pulled out of the badminton world championships in Hyderabad, India, after the tournament reportedly received threats from a Pakistan-based Islamic militant group. Badminton England announced their decision yesterday, citing reports that Lashkar-e-Taiba were threatening to target the tournament, which begins Monday and is second only to the Olympics as the sport's leading event. "This was an incredibly tough decision and one we didn't take lightly," said the chief executive, Adrian Christy, who consulted with the British Foreign Office, British High Commission and local police. "We were not prepared to risk the safety of our players, coaches and staff in what we felt could have been a very volatile environment."

The burning issue

The internal combustion engine is facing a watershed moment – major manufacturer Volvo is to stop producing petroleum-powered vehicles by 2021 and countries in Europe, including the UK, have vowed to ban their sale before 2040. The National takes a look at the story of one of the most successful technologies of the last 100 years and how it has impacted life in the UAE.

Read part three: the age of the electric vehicle begins

Read part two: how climate change drove the race for an alternative 

Read part one: how cars came to the UAE


Director: Sudha Kongara Prasad

Starring: Akshay Kumar, Radhika Madan, Paresh Rawal

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