Sunday, January 22, 2017

UK Immigration For Australians

The UK has been told it will have to relax its immigration rules for Australians if it wants a free trade deal with Canberra.

Global Protests Against Trump

Thousands of protesters have taken part in a Women's March in London as part of an international campaign on the first full day of Donald Trump's presidency.

Marine Le Pen and Patriotism

French National Front (FN) leader Marine Le Pen has told a meeting of right-wing politicians in Germany that patriotism is the policy of the future.

Saturday, January 21, 2017

China's Economy

China's economy grew by 6.7% in 2016, compared with 6.9% a year earlier, according to official data, marking its slowest growth since 1990.

Prince William

Prince William will leave his job as an air ambulance helicopter pilot in the summer as he takes on more royal duties, Kensington Palace says.

Donald Trump

Hundreds of thousands have gathered to show their support - and to protest - as Donald Trump is inaugurated as US president.

Friday, January 20, 2017

Windsor Castle

Windsor Castle is undergoing a two week spring clean before it is re-opened to the public over the weekend.

Germany and Nato

Germany plans to boost defence spending by nearly €2bn (£1.7bn; $2.1bn) this year - but it will remain far short of the Nato target.

Mary Anne MacLeod

Donald Trump's mother, Mary Anne MacLeod, was born and brought up on the Hebridean island of Lewis but emigrated to New York to live a very different life.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Corrie Mckeague

Missing airman Corrie Mckeague's membership of a swingers website is part of the police investigation into his disappearance.
The 23-year-old RAF gunner vanished after a night out in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, on 24 September.

Lee Jae-yong

A court in South Korea is deliberating whether to issue an arrest warrant for Samsung chief Lee Jae-yong, who's been accused of bribery, embezzlement and perjury.
Mr Lee could be the first executive to be arrested in connection to a scandal which led to the impeachment of the country's President Park Geun-hye.

2016 Is Warmest

Temperature data for 2016 shows it is likely to have edged ahead of 2015 as the world's warmest year.
Data from Nasa and the UK Met Office shows temperatures were about 0.07 degrees Celsius above the 2015 mark.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

More Expensive Vegetables

Bad weather in Italy and Spain is likely to significantly increase the price of vegetables across northern Europe, food suppliers and supermarkets have told the BBC.

Ivanka Majic

A woman from Brighton who was mistaken for Ivanka Trump on Twitter by none other than the US President-elect himself has told the BBC it has been a surreal start to the day.
Ivanka Majic, a digital consultant, said she and her husband were woken at 06:00 by calls from the media.

Theresa May and EU

Theresa May has said the UK "cannot possibly" remain within the European single market, as staying in it would mean "not leaving the EU at all".

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Fire Extinguisher in Phone Battery

Researchers have designed a lithium-ion battery that contains a fire-extinguishing material, which is released if the battery gets too hot.
Flame retardant triphenyl phosphate (TPP) sits inside a shell within the electrolyte fluid. The shell melts when the temperature reaches 150C (302F), releasing the chemical compound.

Boycott Inauguration

The number of Democratic members of Congress saying they will boycott Donald Trump's inauguration on Friday has increased to 26.
Many have cited as a reason the president-elect's recent attack on civil rights icon and fellow congressman John Lewis.

Trump and Nato

A statement by US President-elect Donald Trump that Nato is "obsolete" has caused "worry" in the alliance, Germany's foreign minister says.

Monday, January 16, 2017

Fake News on Facebook in Germany

Facebook is introducing new tools in Germany to help combat the spread of fabricated news stories.
The world's largest social network said it would enable German users to flag potentially false stories.
The stories will then be passed to third-party fact-checkers and if found to be unreliable, will be marked in users' news feeds as "disputed".

John Brennan and Trump

Outgoing CIA Director John Brennan has warned US President-elect Donald Trump to avoid off-the-cuff remarks once he takes office.
He said spontaneity was not in the interests of national security.
Mr Trump is known for regularly making broad pronouncements on issues of national importance on his Twitter feed.

Economic Model After Brexit

The UK may be forced to change its "economic model" if it is locked out of the single market after Brexit, Chancellor Philip Hammond has said.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Snow in Lauberhorn

A famous downhill race in the Skiing World Cup has been cancelled - because there has been too much snow.
Saturday's race at the Lauberhorn course in Wengen, Switzerland, was dropped after more than 40cm (16in) of snow fell overnight.

Kamiyah Mobley

The grandmother of a girl stolen more than 18 years ago as a newborn baby has described her "tears of joy" at discovering that she is alive and well.
Velma Aiken told the BBC it was a good feeling to know that Kamiyah Mobley was "all right and looking good".

John Lewis and Trump

Politicians, entertainers and others have come to the defence of a US civil rights campaigner, Congressman John Lewis, who has become embroiled in a row with President-elect Donald Trump.

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Leaders and Spies

It is not unprecedented for political leaders to fall-out with spies. But a row has never before played out so publicly - with rival pronouncements over Twitter and in front of Congress.


The House of Representatives will hold a vote later on a plan to begin demolishing Obamacare, despite mounting qualms among Republicans.

Ed Sheeran

Ed Sheeran's new singles Shape of You and Castle On The Hill have entered the UK singles chart at number one and number two respectively.
The Official Charts Company says it is the first time in history an artist has taken the top two chart positions with brand new songs.

Friday, January 13, 2017

Dosa Burgers

If you are a fan of Indian food, you must have come across the hugely popular masala dosa, which is a type of rice pancake with a potato filling.
But have you ever imagined the classic dish in the form of a burger? No? Well, McDonald's is reportedly planning exactly that.
Reports say that "dosa burgers" may soon be sold at McDonald's outlets.

Snow in Southern UK

A blast of freezing weather swept across the UK, bringing disruption as commuters tried to get home.
Large parts of the UK have already been hit by heavy snow, which has now to started to affect southern areas, with warnings of snow and ice during last evening's rush hour.

James Mattis and Mike Pompeo

President-elect Donald Trump's nominees for defence secretary and spy chief have been taking aim at Russia during their Senate confirmation hearings.
General James Mattis, defence secretary nominee, warned Nato was under its biggest attack since World War Two.
Mike Pompeo, Mr Trump's pick to lead the CIA, said Moscow posed a threat in Europe and was "asserting itself aggressively" in Ukraine.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Rex Tillerson

It is a "fair assumption" that Russian President Vladimir Putin was behind US election hacks, secretary of state nominee Rex Tillerson has said.

Rolf Harris

Former entertainer Rolf Harris allegedly assaulted seven women and girls in a series of "brazen" attacks over a period of 30 years, a court has been told.

Trump and Phoney Stuff

US President-elect Donald Trump says allegations Russia has compromising material on him are "fake news, phoney stuff", put together by "sick people".

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Mohd Faiz Subri

Malaysian football star Mohd Faiz Subri has taken home Fifa's prestigious Puskas Award for the best goal of 2016, a first for his country.

Jeremy Corbyn

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has said he stands by his view that immigration to the UK from the EU is not too high.

Jeff Sessions

President-elect Donald Trump's pick to be the new attorney general has denied sympathising with the Ku Klux Klan, in a tough Senate confirmation hearing.
Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions, 69, also pledged to recuse himself from any investigation into former Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Snow in UK

Temperatures across the UK are predicted to fall this week, bringing the possibility of snow in some areas.
Meteorologists say a cold front will reach Scotland and Northern Ireland on Wednesday and hit the rest of the UK on Thursday, causing temperatures to fall.

Martin McGuinness

Martin McGuinness has resigned as Northern Ireland's deputy first minister in protest against the handling of a botched energy scheme that could cost taxpayers £490m.

Trump and Streep

US President-elect Donald Trump has hit back at Meryl Streep's criticism of him as she received a lifetime achievement award at the Golden Globes.

Monday, January 9, 2017

Tube Strike

Tube staff have gone on strike across the entire London Underground network in a row over ticket office closures.
Workers from the RMT and the Transport Salaried Staffs' Association (TSSA) unions are staging a 24-hour walk out.

UK and EU

The UK cannot expect to hold on to "bits" of its membership after leaving the EU, Theresa May has said.

White House and Family Business

US President Barack Obama says he has advised his successor Donald Trump not to attempt to run the White House "the way you would manage a family business".

Sunday, January 8, 2017


The government has axed plans to fund a five-member Ethiopian girl band, saying there are "more effective ways" to invest UK aid.
International Development Secretary Priti Patel reviewed the funding after reports that pop group Yegna had received millions from UK taxpayers.

Tube Workers

Transport for London has offered unions a "new" deal to try and stop a strike by Tube workers.

Trump and Fools

US President-elect Donald Trump has posted a series of tweets condemning those who oppose good relations with Russia as "'stupid' people, or fools".

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Jamie Oliver

Celebrity chef Jamie Oliver is closing six of his 42 UK Jamie's Italian restaurants.
The Aberdeen, Cheltenham, Exeter, Tunbridge Wells and in London, the Ludgate and Richmond outlets are all scheduled to close soon.

US-Mexico Border

The US Congress is exploring ways to pay for a southern border wall, with payment to be sought from Mexico later.
President-elect Donald Trump made building a wall, paid for by the US neighbour, a central campaign pledge.


Canadian universities have seen a rise in applications from US students since the election, school administrators say.
Visits to university websites also spiked in the weeks following the election.
Some attribute this rise to fears over Donald Trump's looming presidency.

Friday, January 6, 2017

Trump and Toyota

Donald Trump has tweeted that Toyota will face hefty tariffs on cars built in Mexico for the US market.

Washington Post Express

The Washington Post Express has apologised for an "embarrassing" mix-up on its front cover.
Leading with an article about a 150,000 strong women's rights march, the Express accidentally used a male symbol instead of a female symbol.

James Clapper

The US intelligence chief has promised to explain why Russia allegedly meddled in the US presidential election.
Director of National Intelligence General James Clapper said Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered the hack of Democratic Party emails, and the motive will be revealed next week.

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Snobbery Van Ban

A housing developer has been accused of "snobbery" for banning traders from parking vans outside their homes.
As reported by The Sun, a utility worker had planned to buy a Persimmon Homes property near Colchester.
But he pulled out after learning a clause in the contract meant he would not be able to park his van outside.

Tim Barrow

Senior diplomat Sir Tim Barrow has been appointed the UK's new ambassador to the EU, replacing Sir Ivan Rogers.

Fast Radio Bursts

They're one of the most persistent puzzles in modern astronomy.
As the name suggests, Fast Radio Bursts (FRBs) are short-lived - but powerful - pulses of radio waves from the cosmos.
Their brevity, combined with the fact that it's difficult to pinpoint their location, have ensured their origins remain enigmatic.

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Ivan Rogers

The UK's ambassador to the EU, Sir Ivan Rogers, has resigned.
Sir Ivan, appointed to the job by David Cameron in 2013, had been expected to play a key role in Brexit talks expected to start within months.

Ford Motors and Flat Rock

Ford has said it will cancel a $1.6bn (£1.3bn) plant it planned to build in Mexico and instead extend operations at its factory in Michigan.
The US car giant will spend $700m on expanding the plant at Flat Rock.

Republicans and Ethics

Republicans are to drop a plan to gut the independent body that investigates political misconduct, after an outcry.
President-elect Donald Trump had criticised Republicans after they voted to strip the Office of Congressional Ethics of its independence.

Lawsuit Between Jamie Chua and Sharon Tang

What happened?

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Lawsuit Between Jamie and Sharon

What happened?


The new architectural year begins with the opening of Hamburg’s long-awaited and dauntingly ambitious €798 million (£669 million) Elbphilharmonie, an operatic concert hall complex designed by the Swiss studio Herzog & de Meuron.

Kathy Chen

The head of Twitter's China operations has left the firm after seven months in charge.
Kathy Chen announced she was leaving following a restructure of the business in Asia.

Chung Yoo-ra

The daughter of the woman at the centre of a presidential scandal in South Korea has been arrested in Denmark, say South Korean police.
Chung Yoo-ra, 20, is accused of staying in Denmark illegally, they said. They have requested her extradition.

Monday, January 2, 2017

New Pound Coin

The new 12-sided £1 coin will enter circulation on 28 March, the government has said.
The round £1 will be legal tender alongside the new, more-secure coin until 15 October.

The Queen

The Queen is feeling "better" despite missing a New Year's Day church service at Sandringham, her daughter the Princess Royal has said.

Expelled Diplomats

Thirty-five Russian diplomats expelled from the United States by President Barack Obama have left the country, Russian news agencies report.

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Regina Ip

Regina Ip wants to become Hong Kong's most powerful politician - and she's not shy about it. The BBC's Helier Cheung profiles the straight-talking "Iron Lady" as part of a series on the Asian women likely to make the news in 2017.

Grizzly Steppe

An electrical company in the US state of Vermont says it has found malware code allegedly used by Russian hackers on one of its company laptops.

Welcome 2017

Celebrations have begun as people around the world ring in the New Year.
From Sydney to Pyongyang, festive crowds gathered to say goodbye to 2016, a tumultuous year in global politics.
Earlier, Auckland in New Zealand became the first major world city to welcome the New Year.

Saturday, December 31, 2016

Leap Second

A "leap second" will be added to this year's New Year's countdown to compensate for a slowdown in the Earth's rotation.
The extra second will occur as clocks strike midnight and a time of 23:59:60 will be recorded, delaying 2017 momentarily.

Alma Deutscher

An audience in Vienna has given a standing ovation to 11-year-old British composer Alma Deutscher at the premiere of her opera Cinderella.

No Tit-For-Tat From Russia

Russian President Vladimir Putin has ruled out a tit-for-tat response after the US expelled 35 Russian diplomats amid a row over hacking.

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Friday, December 30, 2016

Festive Tax Returns

Thousands of people filed their tax returns over the festive season - a month before the deadline, the UK's tax authority has said.

Phil Scraton

Hillsborough campaigner Prof Phil Scraton has turned down an OBE in the Queen's New Year Honours list.
The author, who led the Hillsborough Independent Panel's research team, said he could not receive an honour in protest "at those who remained unresponsive" to help families and survivors affected by the disaster.

Jari Aarnio

A Finnish court has sentenced the former head of Helsinki's anti-drugs police to 10 years in prison for drug-smuggling and other offences.
Jari Aarnio was found to have helped a gang to import nearly 800kg (1,764lb) of hashish from the Netherlands and sell it in Finland in 2011-2012.

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Migrants Leaving Germany

A record 55,000 migrants left Germany voluntarily this year - more than twice the number deported.

Russia and Sanctions

Three prominent US senators have warned that Russia and its president may face sanctions over the country's alleged interference in last month's presidential election.
They said the move had cross-party support in the senate.
President-elect Donald Trump has rejected claims of Russian interference.
Outgoing President Barack Obama is expected to announce retaliatory measures as early as Thursday.

Bradley Wiggins

Five-time Olympic champion Sir Bradley Wiggins has announced his retirement from cycling aged 36.

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Rue du Brexit

A little corner of France is set to pay tribute to Britain's decision to leave the EU after a town's mayor created a "Rue du Brexit".
Julien Sanchez, a member of France's far right National Front (FN), suggested the name in order "to pay homage to the choice of the British people" following the referendum.

Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner

Former Argentine President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner has been charged over corruption allegations.

Bob Bradley

Swansea City have sacked Bob Bradley after only 85 days in charge of the Premier League club.

Tuesday, December 27, 2016


A new web tool is allowing Pacific Islanders on Vanuatu to see how rising sea levels could affect their homes and businesses over the coming years.

Storm Conor

Parts of Scotland have been hit by heavy snow showers and strong winds as Storm Conor swept across the north of the country.

Senol Buran

The boss of a cafeteria at a Turkish opposition newspaper has been detained after saying he would refuse to serve tea to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
Senol Buran, cafeteria head at Cumhuriyet, was remanded accused of insulting the president. He denies the refusal was an insult, his lawyer said.
Turkey has cracked down on dissent since a failed coup in July.

Monday, December 26, 2016

Queen Misses Christmas Service

The Queen has not attended church on Christmas Day because she is still suffering from a heavy cold.
Buckingham Palace said she was staying indoors to help her recover but added that she would still participate in the family's Christmas Day celebrations.

Evacuation at Augsburg

More than 50,000 residents from the German city of Augsburg were evacuated from their homes so that a huge World War Two bomb could be defused.
It was the country's biggest evacuation for an unexploded bomb since the end of the war.
The 1.8-tonne British explosive is thought to have come from a 1944 air raid, which destroyed the old town.

Lego Technic Porsche

Lego's new Porsche 911 GT3 RS set is gorgeous, desirable and not a little bit scary — which sums up actual car quite well. Three years in the making, the intimidating set joins the Danish toymaker's Technic line, highly complex model kits whose parts number in the thousands.

Sunday, December 25, 2016

Record Defence Budget For Japan

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has signed off a record defence budget in the face of territorial disputes with China and North Korea's nuclear and missile threats.

Arctic Heatwave

Temperatures at the North Pole could be up to 20 degrees higher than average this Christmas Eve, in what scientists say is a record-breaking heatwave.
Climate scientists say these unseasonably warm weather patterns in the Arctic region are directly linked to man-made climate change.
Temperatures throughout November and December were 5C higher than average.

Santa Protest

Tens of thousands of South Koreans have marched through the streets of Seoul - many dressed as Santa Claus - calling for the immediate removal of their president.
The festive protest marks the ninth week of rallies against Park Geun-hye.

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Israeli Settlements

The United Nations Security Council has passed a resolution urging an end to illegal Israeli settlements after the US refused to veto it.
The Egyptian-drafted resolution had been withdrawn after Israel asked Donald Trump to intervene but it was proposed again by Malaysia, New Zealand, Senegal and Venezuela.

David Friedman

US President-elect Donald Trump has chosen right-winger David Friedman as America's next ambassador to Israel.
The 57-year-old lawyer is strongly critical of the long-held US goal of a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
He also supports Jewish settlement building in the occupied West Bank and moving the US embassy to Jerusalem.

Letter from Putin to Trump

US President-elect Donald Trump's transition team have released a letter that they say was sent to him by Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Friday, December 23, 2016

Ivanka and Passenger

An airline has thrown a passenger off a flight after he accosted Ivanka Trump, the eldest daughter of President-elect Donald Trump, on a plane from New York.

Prince Charles and Religion

Prince Charles has spoken out about the danger of religious persecution, warning against a repeat of "the horrors of the past".

Trump and Nuclear

Donald Trump has called for the US to "greatly strengthen and expand" its nuclear arsenal.
The president-elect, who takes office next month, said the US must take such action "until such time as the world comes to its senses regarding nukes".

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Sleepovers in Ikea

Ikea is urging teenagers to stop creeping into its stores and having illegal sleepovers.
About 10 "non-sponsored sleepovers" have been logged across the world by the Swedish furniture giant this year.
In the past, people have hidden themselves in stores in the US, Canada, UK, Belgium, Netherlands, Japan, Australia and Poland.

Adam Saleh

A YouTube star's video about his removal from a Delta Airlines flight has gone viral across social media.
Adam Saleh told the BBC he was asked to get off the London-New York flight on Wednesday after speaking to his mother in Arabic on the phone.

Plastic Rice

Nigeria has confiscated 2.5 tonnes of "plastic rice" smuggled into the country by unscrupulous businessmen, the customs service says.

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Strike By UK Airport Staff

A strike by airport baggage handlers and check-in staff planned for Friday and Christmas Eve has been called off.
More than 1,500 members of the Unite union employed by Swissport had been due to walk out for 48 hours in a row over pay and conditions.