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The Rohingya children trafficked for sex

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media caption‘Boys raped me’ – Rohingya child trafficked for sex Girls in their early teens are being trafficked into prostitution in Rohingya refugee camps in Bangladesh, a BBC News investigation has found. Foreigners seeking sex can easily gain access to children who have fled conflict in Myanmar and now face a new threat. […]

Where next for Ant and Dec and ITV?

Image copyright PA Image caption The pair met on BBC children’s programme Byker Grove Ant and Dec – you just can’t imagine one without the other. The pair have been inseparable for years both professionally, as Britain’s best-known presenting duo, and personally, through their longstanding friendship. But there’s trouble in the camp following Ant’s recent arrest on suspicion of drink […]

Stunning images capture the world around us

Image copyright Nick Dolding The winners of this year’s Sony World Photography Awards Open competition have been revealed, with Britain’s Nick Dolding’s portrait of Emile (above) being voted the best in the Portraiture category. All the category winners will now compete for the Open Photographer of the Year award, which will be announced on the 19 April. Image copyright Mikkel […]

Photobox ad showing boy sitting on dog cleared after complaints

Image copyright Photobox Adverts for the photo printing site Photobox have been cleared by a watchdog after it received 212 complaints. Viewers had expressed concern that the three ads, featuring scenes of a family barbeque with parents photographing a boy sitting on a Great Dane, could be harmful to the pet and the child. One complaint came from the RSPCA. […]

Russia election: Trump congratulates Putin over victory

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionTrump congratulates Putin and will meet him “in the not too distant future” US President Donald Trump has spoken to his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin to congratulate him on his electoral victory two days ago. He said they would meet in the “not too distant future” to discuss limiting a growing arms […]

Tens of thousands still missing out on pension perks

Image copyright Getty Images As many as 90,000 grandparents and family members are missing out on a little-known perk that can increase their State Pension. National Insurance Credits for those who look after young children, instead of working, can be worth up to £230 a year in retirement. Insurance firm Royal London estimates that only one-in-ten of those eligible are […]

Brexit: MPs warn of multiple obstacles to EU security deal

Image copyright AFP A longer transition period after Brexit may be needed to guarantee continued security co-operation, MPs have said. The Commons Home Affairs Committee said the UK and EU should remain open to extending the transition phase after the UK’s exit beyond December 2020. It warned the EU against limiting co-operation to existing law enforcement and intelligence sharing and […]

Israel admits striking suspected Syrian nuclear reactor in 2007

Image copyright AFP/Getty Images Image caption Israel released images purportedly showing the suspected reactor during the 2007 air raid Israel’s military has formally admitted that it destroyed a suspected Syrian nuclear reactor in 2007. It said the air raid in the eastern Deir-al-Zour region had removed “an emerging existential threat to Israel and the entire region”. It said the reactor […]

Ocean plastic could treble in decade

Image copyright SPL The amount of plastic in the ocean is set to treble in a decade unless litter is curbed, a major report has warned. Plastics is just one issue facing the world’s seas, along with rising sea levels, warming oceans, and pollution, it says. But the Foresight Future of the Sea Report for the UK government said there […]

Fatal Red Arrows RAF Valley jet crash inquiry continues

Image copyright PA Investigations are continuing into the cause of a Red Arrows jet crash which killed an engineer and left a pilot injured in hospital. The Hawk aircraft, which is used by the famous aerobatic display team, crashed at RAF Valley on Anglesey at about 13:30 GMT on Tuesday. Eyewitnesses said they only saw one person eject from the […]

NHS pay: Increase for 1.3 million staff expected

Image copyright Science Photo Library Image caption If the deal is agreed, nurses will be among more than a million staff to benefit from the three-year pay increase More than a million NHS staff, including nurses, porters and paramedics, could expect average pay increases of over 6% over three years, the BBC understands. The deal, expected to be formally agreed […]

Cambridge Analytica: Facebook data row academic says he is ‘scapegoat’

Image copyright AFP An academic who created an app which harvested data from 50 million users says he has been made “a scapegoat” for Facebook and Cambridge Analytica. Dr Aleksandr Kogan completed work for Cambridge Analytica in 2014, but said he had no idea the data would be used to benefit Donald Trump’s campaign. The psychology academic said he wanted […]

Refugees find new roots through the power of gardening

After escaping the horrors of war and persecution in countries like Syria, Iran and Eritrea, refugees and asylum seekers are using the healing power of gardening in Tyneside. Image copyright Caroline Briggs For the last 16 years the Comfrey Project in Gateshead has provided the space and assistance for participants to plant, grow and harvest their own vegetables on two […]

A third of Easter egg weight can be packaging, Which? says

Image copyright Which? Image caption Thorntons Classic egg comes with substantial packaging As much as a third of the weight of an Easter egg is still the cardboard and plastic packaging it comes in, according to research by Which?. However, manufacturers have made big strides to make sure such packaging can be recycled, the consumer group said. Its research looked […]

Brexit: EU implementation agreement ‘betrays’ UK fishermen

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Some Conservative MPs have expressed disappointment at the outlined fishing deal The UK’s agreement to keep EU fishing policies during the Brexit transition period has been described as a “betrayal” to coastal communities. Scottish Conservative MP John Lamont made the comment after Brexit negotiators hailed a “decisive step”. If the agreement is implemented, the […]

Class A drugs ‘brought in for patients’ at Essex mental health trust

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Class A drugs were allegedly brought into the unit A BBC investigation has uncovered allegations of staff at a mental health trust in Essex bringing in drugs for vulnerable patients. The BBC was told Class A drugs had been brought on to secure, locked wards – and that the trust had been alerted. The Essex […]

Thousands of miles of UK roads in poor condition

Image copyright Urban Cow/Getty/iStock Some 10% of the road network maintained by local authorities in Great Britain is in poor condition, or has been flagged for further inspection. Around 37,000 kilometres (22,990 miles) across England, Wales and Scotland fell below top standard in surveys carried out on behalf of the Department for Transport. The RAC said the road network had […]

Police call for ‘counter-terrorism citizens’

Image copyright PA Image caption The Westminster attack on 22 March 2017 was one of five major terror attacks on UK soil within six months Police are asking the public for more help in thwarting terror attacks after more than a fifth of calls to them yielded useful intelligence last year. The Metropolitan Police’s Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu said: “If […]

Rhino dies: Sudan was the last male northern white

Image copyright AFP Image caption Sudan, pictured in 2016, was 45 years old The world’s last surviving male northern white rhino has died after months of ill health, his carers said. Sudan, who lived at the Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Kenya, was put to sleep on Monday after age-related complications worsened. His death at the age of 45 leaves only […]

Working dads lose out in workplace, say MPs

Image copyright Getty Images “I came back to a load of photocopying,” says tax specialist Richard Cahill of his return to work at a major international company after the birth of his second child. “Basically they wanted to make the point that they weren’t happy with me,” he says of his former employers. He had taken the time off under […]

Child recovered from car in river at Cardigan dies

Image copyright @Iglwy/Twitter Image caption Social media posts showed a large police presence in Cardigan near the Castle on Monday afternoon A child has died after being recovered from a car found in a river after a woman said her vehicle had been stolen with her daughter inside. Kiara Moore, two, died at the University Hospital of Wales in Cardiff […]

Spy poisoning: Corbyn says UK must still do business with Putin

Image copyright AFP Image caption Vladimir Putin was re-elected for his fourth term as president Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has said the UK must still deal with Russia despite “all fingers” pointing to it over the Salisbury spy attack. He said he would “do business” with Vladimir Putin but assertively and on the basis of the UK’s values. Shadow chancellor […]

Cambridge Analytica: Warrant sought to inspect company

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionAlexander Nix, CEO of Cambridge Analytica was filmed by undercover reporters for Channel 4 News The UK’s Information Commissioner says she will seek a warrant to look at the databases and servers used by British firm Cambridge Analytica. The London-based company is accused of using the personal data of 50 million Facebook […]