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A third of UK on ‘inadequate’ income

A third of UK on ‘inadequate’ income

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Six million children are said to live in households with insufficient income Nearly a third of the population of Britain is living on an “inadequate” income, according to research by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF). In 2014-15, it said that 19 million people were living on less than the […]

Female MP abuse ‘puts women off politics’ says Diane Abbott

Female MP abuse ‘puts women off politics’ says Diane Abbott

Women may be deterred from entering politics because of abuse suffered by female MPs, Diane Abbott says. The shadow home secretary said she was speaking out about her own experiences after recently receiving a series of threats and insults. Last week Brexit secretary David Davis was branded “sexist” for reportedly sending a text saying he […]

Abortion pill online sales ‘increasing in Britain’

Abortion pill online sales ‘increasing in Britain’

Image copyright Thinkstock The number of abortion pills being bought online in Britain is increasing, data shown to the Victoria Derbyshire programme suggests. Government figures show 375 doses, sent to addresses in England, Wales, and Scotland, were seized in 2016, compared with just five in 2013. Taking the pills while pregnant without medical approval is […]

Early deaths among care leavers revealed

Early deaths among care leavers revealed

Image caption Daniel found it hard to adjust after leaving care Young people who have grown up in care are far more likely to die in early adulthood than other young people, Freedom of Information figures reveal. They show 90 people who left care in the UK between 2012 and 2016 died in the years […]

Football headers ‘linked to brain damage’

Football headers ‘linked to brain damage’

Image copyright Thinkstock UK scientists say they have uncovered tentative evidence that repeated blows to the head during a footballer’s professional career may be linked to long-term brain damage. The research, the first of its kind, follows anecdotal reports that players heading heavy balls may be more prone to developing dementia later in life. The […]

Kim Jong-nam: Killing could be sign of ‘brutal’ N Korean regime

Kim Jong-nam: Killing could be sign of ‘brutal’ N Korean regime

Image copyright AP Image caption Kim Jong-nam had largely lived outside North Korea since falling out of favour with his half-brother South Korea has confirmed that the half-brother of North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-un has been killed in Malaysia. Kim Jong-nam died after an apparent poison attack in the airport in the capital, Kuala Lumpur, […]

Jakarta elections: Voting begins amid governor blasphemy trial

Jakarta elections: Voting begins amid governor blasphemy trial

Image copyright AP Image caption People across many parts of Indonesia are voting for local and provincial leaders Residents of the Indonesian capital, Jakarta, are voting for a new governor, in an election overshadowed by the incumbent’s blasphemy trial. Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, known as “Ahok”, is the first Christian and ethnic Chinese leader of the […]

India launches record 104 satellites in single mission

Media captionThe previous record was 37 rockets put into space at once India has created history by successfully launching 104 satellites on a single mission, overtaking the previous record of 37 satellites launched by Russia in 2014. All but three of the satellites are from foreign countries, most of them from the United States. The […]

Flynn-Russia calls: Republicans join calls for investigation

Media captionIs losing top job in 24 days a record? Leading members of the US Republican Party have joined calls for a wide investigation into the former national security adviser’s links with Russia. Michael Flynn quit on Monday over claims he discussed US sanctions with Russia before Donald Trump took office. On Tuesday, a White […]

Komla Dumor Award 2017: Seeking a future star of African journalism

Komla Dumor Award 2017: Seeking a future star of African journalism

Image caption Komla Dumor died suddenly aged 41 in 2014 The BBC is seeking a future star of African journalism for the BBC World News Komla Dumor Award, now in its third year. Journalists from across the continent are invited to apply for the award, which aims to uncover and promote fresh talent from Africa. […]