A Taliban escapee, a baby and the story that followed their chance meeting

Image copyright Shams Hussaini Francis Amos has wide eyes, round cheeks and a bright smile that reveals a solitary front tooth. He is eight months old and is better at making friends than his dad.On a warm Saturday afternoon, my son and I swam in a hotel pool in Batam, Indonesia. The resort overlooked the […]

Arctic blast: US temperatures plummet to record lows

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Michigan is among the US states affected by heavy snowfall An Arctic air mass has brought record-breaking low temperatures to several places in the US. The Arctic blast, which began in Siberia, has brought heavy snow and ice to many areas. Daily records have been set in states including Kansas […]

Bolivia crisis: Jeanine Áñez declares herself interim president

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Jeanine Áñez proclaimed herself interim president Bolivian opposition senator Jeanine Áñez has declared herself interim president of the South American country following Evo Morales’ resignation.Lawmakers from Mr Morales’ party boycotted the session, meaning there was no quorum for the appointment.But Ms Áñez said she was next in line under the […]

Election 2019 in maps: Where are the seats that could turn the election?

There are 650 constituencies in the UK but most of the campaigning for the general election will take place in a smaller number. As ever, much of the focus will be on marginal constituencies – places where the winning majority in 2017 was small.However, at this election the parties will also be targeting a large […]

General election 2019: Chris Davies to stand for Tories

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Chris Davies lost his seat in Brecon and Radnorshire after he was convicted of a false expenses claim A former MP who lost his seat after he was convicted of a false expenses claim has been selected by the Conservatives to stand in the general election. Chris Davies lost […]

HS2 should happen despite rising cost, says review

Image copyright Getty Images A draft copy of a review into the HS2 high-speed railway linking London and the North of England says it should be built, despite its rising cost.The government-commissioned review, launched in August, will not be published until after the election.It says the project might cost even more than its current price […]

England need late goal to beat Czech Republic

Mead’s fine finish puts England ahead Leah Williamson’s first international goal rescued a late win for England in a friendly against the Czech Republic to ease the pressure on boss Phil Neville and his side.Coming into the game with just one victory in seven games, England trailed to Tereza Szewieczkova’s finish.A Beth England volley and […]

England flooding an absolute tragedy, says Boris Johnson

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionThe BBC’s David Shukman views the scale of the flooding in the Doncaster area from a helicopter The prime minister has announced more support for communities in parts of Northern England that have been affected by flooding.Boris Johnson made the commitment following a meeting of the government’s […]

Bolivia crisis: Evo Morales says he fled to Mexico as life was at risk

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionEvo Morales steps off the plane after being granted political asylum in Mexico Former Bolivian President Evo Morales has arrived in Mexico City saying he asked for asylum because his life was in danger.Mr Morales resigned on Sunday after weeks of protests over a disputed presidential election […]