Sports Personality of the Year 2019: Ben Stokes crowned winner

Ben Stokes wins Sports Personality 2019 England cricketer Ben Stokes has been voted BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2019. The all-rounder was man of the match as England won the World Cup for the first time with a dramatic super over victory against New Zealand at Lord’s. Stokes, 28, also hit an unbeaten 135 […]


Faulty valve leaves thousands without water in Bedfordshire

Image caption Residents had to queue up to 45 minutes for bottled water being handed out at a local supermarket Residents have been queuing for bottled water after thousands of homes were left without supplies on Friday evening due to a faulty valve. At its peak about 12,000 properties in Leighton Buzzard, Toddington, Hockliffe and […]

British Steel takeover ‘making progress’

Jailed Post Office worker: I wanted to kill myself

Post Office IT fiasco: ‘Decade of hell’ for accused


New Zealand volcano: Minute’s silence to mark one week after eruption

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Search teams are still looking for two missing bodies, believed to be in the water off the island A minute’s silence has been observed in New Zealand on Monday, marking one week since the deadly eruption of White Island volcano. The tribute was held at 14:11 local time (01:11 […]

Imported for my body: The African women trafficked to India for sex

Anak Krakatau: Giant blocks of rock litter ocean floor

Citizenship Amendment Act: Unrest erupts in Delhi



Bloodhound car has 800mph target in its sights for 2021

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionA taster from BBC correspondent Andrew Harding’s Bloodhound film “We’re 99% sure this car is capable of a land speed record that begins with the number 8.” Mark Chapman, chief engineer on the Bloodhound car, is reflecting on the vehicle’s high-speed trials this past November. The arrow-shaped […]


Humans ‘sole culprits’ in US parrot extinction

Image copyright Marc DurĂ  Image caption The genome comes from a specimen held in a private collection in Spain A genetic study of the US’s only native parrot appears to confirm its extinction was down to humans alone. Scientists sequenced the genome of a stuffed Carolina parakeet held in a private collection. The colourful bird’s […]


Climate change: Stalemate at UN talks as splits re-appear

Image caption Delegates at the climate talks in Madrid are concerned that divisions between rich and poor are re-emerging UN climate talks in Madrid enter their final scheduled day with divisions emerging between major emitting countries and small island states. Negotiators are attempting to agree a deal in the Spanish capital that would see countries […]