International News

Billionaire pays to aid MLAs' skills

BBC - Thu, 2015-01-15 21:17
The Northern Ireland Assembly is given £600,000 by a US billionaire philanthropist to help MLAs improve their political skills.

VIDEO: Cuban cigars allowed in the US

BBC - Thu, 2015-01-15 20:44
Americans will be able to bring home small numbers of Cuban cigars after a ban of more than 50 years

China investigating spy chief Ma Jian

BBC - Thu, 2015-01-15 20:37
China confirms it is investigating a powerful intelligence chief, Ma Jian, for corruption, as President Xi Jinping's crackdown continues.

Belgium on alert after deadly raid

BBC - Thu, 2015-01-15 20:16
Belgium is on its second-highest alert - a day after two suspected jihadists were killed in a major anti-terror raid in the east of the country.

VIDEO: US-Cuba: 'Historic moment for Cuba'

BBC - Thu, 2015-01-15 19:34
The United States government has announced that new measures to ease travel and trade restrictions on Cuba will come into effect on Friday.

Man charged over supermarket attack

BBC - Thu, 2015-01-15 19:08
A 25-year-old man is charged with attempted murder over an attack at a Tesco supermarket in Mold, Flintshire.

VIDEO: El Capitan: 'Find your own Dawn Wall'

BBC - Thu, 2015-01-15 18:42
Kevin Jorgeson, and Tommy Caldwell are amazed at the attention they have received.

Why has xenophobia risen in Germany?

BBC - Thu, 2015-01-15 18:19
Concerns over immigration and Islamisation appear to be fuelling a surge in support for the far right in Germany, says Sebastian Borger.

VIDEO: #FreeSpeechStories: 50 lashes every Friday

BBC - Thu, 2015-01-15 18:06
Wife of flogged blogger speaks of her "perpetual anxiety"

India's 'superhero snacks'

BBC - Thu, 2015-01-15 18:00
An artist's mission to turn Indian snacks into superheroes

The shopping basket that reveals what we eat

BBC - Thu, 2015-01-15 17:58
How has the typical basket of goods changed since 1947?

Crowds throng Manila as Pope visits

BBC - Thu, 2015-01-15 17:49
Filipinos turn out in Manila as Pope Francis begins his visit, with a presidential welcome and a Mass later in the day.

Stress 'stops empathy for strangers'

BBC - Thu, 2015-01-15 17:45
Stress is what stops us feeling empathy for people we do not know, suggests a study from North America.

Closing eyes 'aids memory recall'

BBC - Thu, 2015-01-15 17:45
Closing your eyes when trying to recall events increases the chances of accuracy, researchers at the University of Surrey suggest.

A&Es given safe nurse staffing rules

BBC - Thu, 2015-01-15 17:36
A&E units in England are being given strict guidelines on how many staff they need on duty to provide safe care.

US jackpot winner accused of fraud

BBC - Thu, 2015-01-15 17:35
Officials in the US state of Iowa arrest a lottery employee named as the mystery winner of a multimillion-dollar ticket.

Schools to face double inspections

BBC - Thu, 2015-01-15 17:31
Some schools in England could be visited twice on the same day by different Ofsted inspectors to test the reliability of findings.

Where dolphins and fisherman are no longer friends

BBC - Thu, 2015-01-15 17:30
Where fishermen and dolphins are no longer best friends

Quiz of the week's news

BBC - Thu, 2015-01-15 17:22
The Magazine's weekly quiz of the news, 7 days 7 questions.

VIDEO: In search of Myanmar's rare dolphin

BBC - Thu, 2015-01-15 17:20
Dolphin numbers along Myanmar's Irrawaddy River have declined to such an extent that they are now listed as critically endangered, and those that remain are now wary of human contact.