International News

VIDEO: The history of Christmas crackers

BBC - 4 min 36 sec ago
Christmas crackers are bound to be a feature of Yuletide celebrations this Thursday, but did you know that they actually date back more than 150 years?

Reds starting to recover - Lawrenson

BBC - 41 min 36 sec ago
Former Liverpool player Mark Lawrenson, who had described the Reds as "rudderless", says there are now signs of recovery.

Seal found in the middle of a field

BBC - 46 min 14 sec ago
A seal is found in the middle of a field in St Helens, Merseyside by a dog walker.

North Korea threatens US over Sony

BBC - 1 hour 4 min ago
North Korea threatens unspecified attacks on the US as it escalates a war of words over the Sony Pictures cyber attacks.

Giant 'El Gordo' lottery grips Spain

BBC - 1 hour 6 min ago
Spaniards await the results of the famous "El Gordo" (The Fat One) Christmas lottery, with €2.2bn (£1.7bn; $2.7bn) of prizes on offer.

Parents jailed over toddler's death

BBC - 1 hour 7 min ago
A mother and father convicted of causing or allowing the death of their young son are each sentenced to nine years.

550 pensioners lose their home help

BBC - 1 hour 8 min ago
Hundreds of elderly people across Belfast are to lose home help services because of cuts to the health trust's budget.

AUDIO: 'I never thought I'd see laptop again'

BBC - 1 hour 9 min ago
Stolen laptop containing the last photographs of a terminally ill child before she died has been returned to her family.

Jackie Chan's son charged over drugs

BBC - 1 hour 11 min ago
The son of Hollywood actor Jackie Chan is charged with a drug offence, Chinese prosecutors say, and could now face three years in jail.

Fans voice anger at Rangers' AGM

BBC - 1 hour 21 min ago
Rangers' board are greeted with chants of "out, out, out" as they take their seats at the club's AGM on Monday at Ibrox.

Two arrested over McConville murder

BBC - 1 hour 26 min ago
Police investigating the 1972 murder of Belfast mother-of-ten Jean McConville arrest two men in counties Antrim and Armagh.

VIDEO: Panto 'most difficult of all' acting

BBC - 1 hour 28 min ago
York Theatre Royal's long-serving panto dame, Berwick Kaler, tells BBC Breakfast what it takes to excel in the role of Widow Twanky or Mother Goose.

IMF cuts blamed for Ebola spread

BBC - 1 hour 34 min ago
Spending cuts imposed by the International Monetary Fund may have contributed to the rapid spread of Ebola in West Africa, UK-based researchers say.

Passenger hurt as train hits flood

BBC - 1 hour 36 min ago
A passenger was hurt when a train came to a halt after striking flood water on a rail line in East Ayrshire.

Solstice crowd gathers at Stonehenge

BBC - 1 hour 52 min ago
More than 1,000 people meet at Stonehenge to mark the winter solstice.

VIDEO: Labour: 'Keep the street lights on'

BBC - 1 hour 59 min ago
Labour's Hilary Benn says councils should invest in low-energy lighting rather than switching off street lights.

Tesco accounts face fresh inquiry

BBC - 2 hours 5 min ago
The Financial Reporting Council announces an inquiry into Tesco's accounts for 2012, 2013 and 2014.

Sainsbury's suffers website glitch

BBC - 2 hours 14 min ago
Supermarket chain Sainsbury's has become the latest victim of website difficulties amid the rush for Christmas orders.

Tour de Yorkshire reveals host sites

BBC - 2 hours 18 min ago
The start and finish locations of the inaugural Tour de Yorkshire are announced.

AUDIO: BBC editors take Mastermind challenge

BBC - 2 hours 28 min ago
BBC editors are known for their extensive knowledge of specialist subjects, but can they handle the pressure and maintain their reputations when in the spotlight?