US embassy in Iraq 'stormed' by protesters angry at air strikes on militia

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionFires were set next to the walls of the embassy compound by angry demonstrators Protesters angered by recent US air strikes on an Iran-backed Iraqi militia have reportedly broken into the US embassy compound in Baghdad.US forces are said to have fired tear gas to disperse a […]

Scrap 'quick-fix diets and tea-toxes' this New Year

Image copyright Getty Images If your New Year resolution is to lose some weight, avoid fad diets, because they don’t work and can be harmful, says NHS England’s top doctor. Diet pills, ‘tea-toxes’ and appetite suppressant products are no ‘quick fix’, says Prof Stephen Powis, NHS medical director. Products making this claim can have side-effects, […]

Jeremy Corbyn urges Labour to lead 'resistance' to Conservatives in 2020

Image copyright AFP Image caption Mr Corbyn will continue to lead his party in Parliament into 2020 Jeremy Corbyn has urged Labour to lead “the resistance” to Boris Johnson’s Tory government over the coming year despite its crushing election defeat.In his New Year message, the party’s leader said it faced tough times ahead after its […]

Huawei feels 'bite of winter' after Trump ban

Image copyright Getty Images At Huawei, workers are either “tree-growers” or “pit-diggers” and the “heady scent of plums” comes only after the “bone-deep bite of winter”.So says a poetic New Year’s message from the Chinese telecoms giant which sets out its “vision” for 2020.But beneath the flowery language, Huawei admits life will be “difficult” after […]

Not enough NHS staff for people with cancer, charity warns

Image copyright Getty Images There are not enough NHS staff to meet the needs of growing numbers of people with cancer, a health charity is warning.Macmillan Cancer Support says patients are calling its helpline “at breaking point”, feeling they cannot ask questions of the overstretched doctors and nurses caring for them.Key targets for cancer care […]

New Year's Eve: Police warning as UK prepares for 2020

Image copyright AFP/Getty Images Image caption Some 2,000 fireworks will be fired from the London Eye Police are warning people not to attend New Year celebrations on the River Thames in London without a ticket, as the UK prepares to usher in 2020.More than 100,000 tickets have been bought for Tuesday night’s sold-out fireworks display.The […]

Civil partnerships: First mixed-sex unions to take place

Image copyright PA Media Image caption Rebecca Steinfeld and Charles Keidan won a legal bid for the right to have a civil partnership Thousands of heterosexual couples in England and Wales are expected to enter into civil partnerships later today. The unions will take place after a long legal battle against the law which had […]

'Man on the Moon' moment – the year's big breakthroughs

It has been a remarkable year of promise in medical science – from inventing ways of treating the untreatable to reversing paralysis and keeping the brain alive after death. Image copyright Fonds de dotation Clinatec Image caption Thibault was able to move his arms and legs when in the exoskeleton “It was like [being the] […]