National / International News

Southern China market blaze kills 17

BBC - Thu, 2015-02-05 19:59
A fire in a small wholesale market in southern China's Guangdong province kills 17 people, state media say.

Wild birds 'may spread flu virus'

BBC - Thu, 2015-02-05 19:02
Migratory birds may be spreading viruses that cause bird flu around the world, say scientists.

Mental health detentions 'a scandal'

BBC - Thu, 2015-02-05 18:44
The number of people with mental health illnesses being detained in police cells is a "scandal", and the practice must end, MPs say.

Leaders to push for Ukraine truce

BBC - Thu, 2015-02-05 18:28
French President Francois Hollande and German Chancellor Angela Merkel will hold talks in Russia to try to end renewed fighting in east Ukraine.

New advice for flying when pregnant

BBC - Thu, 2015-02-05 18:27
The safest time to fly during pregnancy is before 37 weeks and, if you are carrying twins, before 32 weeks, new advice says.

Australian MPs seek leadership vote

BBC - Thu, 2015-02-05 18:11
Two Australian Liberal MPs say they will call a leadership challenge against beleaguered Prime Minister Tony Abbott.

Army 'needs more minority recruits'

BBC - Thu, 2015-02-05 18:04
The Army must do more to recruit black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) personnel, its top officer says.

Assange policing costs reach £10m

BBC - Thu, 2015-02-05 18:00
Police have spent about £10m providing a 24-hour guard at the Ecuadorean embassy in London since Wikileaks founder Julian Assange claimed asylum there.

New York crash train 'not speeding'

BBC - Thu, 2015-02-05 17:42
Investigators probing a rail accident which killed six people near New York City say the train was not travelling too fast, officials report.

China detains Canadian over secrets

BBC - Thu, 2015-02-05 17:24
China says it is holding a Canadian man on suspicion of stealing state secrets but releases his wife on bail, six months after they were detained.

Venezuela arrests retail executives

BBC - Thu, 2015-02-05 17:19
The Venezuelan authorities have arrested two more top executives under legislation aimed at controlling skyrocketing inflation.

VIDEO: Hunt under fire over 'nuns' remark

BBC - Thu, 2015-02-05 17:13
Shadow Education Secretary Tristram Hunt has been criticised for remarks he made about the teaching of nuns, on the BBC's Question Time programme.

Jordan's IS raids 'just the start'

BBC - Thu, 2015-02-05 17:10
Jordan says its air strikes on Islamic State targets are "the beginning of our retaliation" for the killing of a captured army pilot.

Radical NHS changes 'disastrous'

BBC - Thu, 2015-02-05 16:51
Huge changes to the way the NHS in England works have been "disastrous" and distracted from patient care, a damning report by a think tank says.

Moderator to meet Pope in Rome

BBC - Thu, 2015-02-05 16:44
The Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland is to have a private audience with the Pope in Rome.

Half of Scots firms 'based at home'

BBC - Thu, 2015-02-05 16:42
Home-based enterprises account for half of all Scots businesses and sustain 17% of private sector jobs in Scotland, research suggests.