Entertainment

Rose McGowan: 'Weinstein tried to contact me'

Image caption Ms McGowan said the response since she had gone public with her allegations had been “nothing short of cataclysmic”. Actress Rose McGowan has told the BBC Harvey Weinstein has tried to contact her since she went public with her allegations that he raped her. She said she had received “texts, things like that”, […]

UK News

Child abuse inquiry: Institutions need change of culture – interim report

Image copyright PA Image caption Prof Alexis Jay chairs the inquiry A “change in culture” is needed within institutions and government if children are to be properly safeguarded, an interim report by the independent child sexual abuse inquiry has said. It said “all too often” organisations put the reputation of their leaders and staff before […]

Technology

Google gun emoji becomes water pistol

Image copyright Google Google is to replace the gun emoji with a water pistol on its Android operating system, bringing it in line with Apple, Samsung and Twitter. Apple led the way in 2016 in the wake of a series of shootings in the US. It was criticised at the time for deviating from the […]

US & World

Kim Wall murder: Danish inventor Peter Madsen given life sentence

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Madsen was sentenced to life for the murder of Swedish journalist Kim Wall Danish inventor Peter Madsen has been sentenced to life in prison without parole for the murder of the Swedish journalist Kim Wall on his submarine. Prosecutors said Madsen had planned to kill Ms Wall, 30, either […]

UK News

Father admits daughter's strangle murder in Wimbledon home

Image copyright Met Police Image caption Sophia Peters was killed at her family home in Blenheim Road in Wimbledon An antiques dealer has pleaded guilty to the murder of his seven-year-old daughter. Robert Peters throttled Sophia with a dressing gown cord in the family home in Wimbledon, south-west London, on 3 November last year. He […]

US & World

Serzh Sargsyan: Protesters return after talks fail in Armenia

Image copyright AFP Image caption Opposition leader Nikol Pashinyan says a “velvet revolution” is unfolding in Armenia Tens of thousands of opposition protesters have returned to the streets in Armenia despite the resignation of long-standing leader Serzh Sargsyan. Demonstrators are angry that talks between protest leader Nikol Pashinyan and Mr Sargsyan’s replacement as prime minister […]

UK News

Alfie Evans: The people supporting his family

Alfie Evans has a rare undiagnosed degenerative neurological condition and is being cared for at Alder Hey hospital in Liverpool. The 23-month-old’s parents have been fighting to have him taken to Italy for further treatment while his life support has been withdrawn. His sad story has inspired people to come out and support him and […]

Politics

Young migrants to UK face higher university costs

Young migrants who have completed schooling in the UK and want to go to university face fees to prove their citizenship as well as higher university costs. Law student Michelle told Today that her mother had to choose between her and her sister because applying for both of them was too costly. Minister for Children […]

Politics

Windrush: Boris Johnson 'urges PM to grant illegal migrants amnesty'

Image copyright Reuters Boris Johnson urged Theresa May to introduce an amnesty for illegal migrants in the wake of the Windrush scandal, the BBC understands. Government sources have played down reports of a row between the pair over the issue at Tuesday’s cabinet. The Windrush migrants are in the UK legally but were threatened with […]

Health

Report recommends NI abortion law change

Image copyright Science Photo Library Image caption Terminations are only permitted in NI if a woman’s life is at risk or if there is a risk of permanent and serious damage to her mental or physical health A working group has recommended a change to Northern Ireland’s laws to allow abortion in cases of fatal […]

Politics

Ruth Smeeth escorted by Labour colleagues to anti-Semitism hearing

Labour MP Ruth Smeeth has been escorted by colleagues to a hearing where she will give evidence against a party member accused of anti-Semitism. Luciana Berger said she and others were there in “solidarity” and they wanted to see “strong action” over the issue. Marc Wadsworth was suspended from the party after a 2016 incident. […]

Business

Sky receives £22bn formal takeover offer from Comcast

Image copyright Sky US cable TV giant Comcast has made a formal £22bn bid for Sky, which values the broadcaster at £12.50 a share. The move threatens Rupert Murdoch’s attempts to take full control of the pay-TV group. His 21st Century Fox had already agreed to buy the 61% of Sky it does not already […]