The nun who walks death row inmates to the gallows

Image copyright JOSEPH NAIR FOR THE BBC Image caption Sister Gerard Fernandez: spiritual advisor, counsellor and friend to those on death row In 1981 a Catholic nun from Singapore began writing letters to a female inmate on death row. It became an exchange that would last seven years. The nun was Sister Gerard Fernandez and […]

Disney boss Bob Iger talks Star Wars, Marvel and Martin Scorsese

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption “I don’t think he’s ever seen a Marvel film” – Bob Iger hits back at Martin Scorsese He’s arguably the most powerful man in Hollywood – the boss of The Avengers, The Lion King, Star Wars and Toy Story, not to mention Mickey Mouse.Since becoming chief executive of The […]

Beto O'Rourke, Democratic hopeful, ends 2020 presidential bid

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Mr O’Rourke struggled to carry the energy of his insurgent Senate campaign into a White House bid US Democratic presidential hopeful Beto O’Rourke has announced he is ending his campaign.The former Texas congressman tweeted: “Our campaign has always been about seeing clearly, speaking honestly, and acting decisively. “In that spirit: […]

Underground fire rises above New Street in Birmingham

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionGasps as underground fire rises from city street Part of a busy city centre street has been cordoned off after an underground fire reached above the surface in big flashes of flame.West Midlands Police said the flames seen on New Street, Birmingham, shortly before 17:00 GMT were […]

Essex lorry deaths: People found dead were all Vietnamese

Image caption Pham Thi Tra My and Nguyen Dinh Luong’s families are concerned they may be among the victims All 39 people found dead in a refrigerated lorry in Essex were Vietnamese nationals, police have said.The victims were found in a container on an industrial estate last week and were initially thought to be Chinese.But […]

General election 2019: Boris Johnson rejects pact with Nigel Farage

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionBoris Johnson: Election pact with Brexit Party ‘risks putting Corbyn into No 10’ Boris Johnson has rejected the suggestion from Nigel Farage and Donald Trump that he should work with the Brexit Party during the election.The Tory leader told the BBC he is “always grateful for advice” […]

Former Speaker John Bercow demands apology over £1m I'm a Celebrity claim

Image copyright Daily Mirror John Bercow is demanding an apology from the Daily Mirror over claims he asked for £1m to appear on “I’m a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here!”The outgoing Commons Speaker has accused the paper of “publishing lies despite being advised of the truth” and has complained to the press watchdog.The Mirror […]

General Election 2019: First head-to-head debate on 19 November

Image copyright PA Media Image caption Boris Johnson and Jeremy Corbyn are among the candidates competing to be prime minister The first head-to-head election debate between Boris Johnson and Jeremy Corbyn will take place on 19 November. The programme will be shown on ITV, ahead of 12 December poll. The channel said it also plans […]

General Election 2019: Government accused over 'political' Facebook ads

Image copyright HM Government Image caption The government’s MyTown campaign The government has been accused of using public funds to target voters in key general election constituencies with Facebook ads.The ads say: “the Government is investing up to £25m” in the town where the message appears on Facebook feeds.They went live on Tuesday – the […]