US & World

Lake Victoria Tanzania ferry disaster: Divers hunt for survivors

Image copyright Stephen MsengiImage caption Volunteers have been helping rescue efforts At least 136 people have died after a ferry carrying hundreds of people capsized on Lake Victoria, Tanzania, officials say. Many are missing and it is feared that more than 200 people in total may have drowned. Rescue efforts resumed on Friday after being […]


NHS to save ‘hundreds of millions’ in landmark drug ruling in England

Image copyright Olga IgnatovaImage caption Wet age-related macular degeneration affects around 26,000 people in the UK A landmark ruling against two leading drug companies could save the NHS in England “hundreds of millions” a year. Novartis and Bayer were trying to stop NHS doctors from prescribing a cheaper treatment for a serious eye condition. Health […]

‘I gave birth, and got Hepatitis C’

Pre-sex HIV drug should be made available on NHS, MPs say

‘Don’t go cold turkey’ to quit smoking


Tech Tent: Do the police have your biometric digits?

Image copyright Getty ImagesImage caption Police are testing facial recognition systems Campaign group Big Brother Watch claims that many people who have been wrongly identified by police facial recognition systems still end up in police databases, despite their innocence. On the Tech Tent podcast this week, we hear about growing concerns that governments and law […]

Instagram’s IGTV recommended ‘abusive’ videos

Facebook stops sending staff to help political campaigns

China blocks Twitch game-streaming service


Report slams ‘high flying’ UN environment chief

Image copyright YASUYOSHI CHIBAImage caption UN Environment executive director Erik Solheim The head of the UN body that leads on sustainability and green issues has been criticised for extensive and expensive air travel. A draft internal audit, obtained by the Guardian and seen by the BBC, says that Erik Solheim’s actions risked the reputation of […]


Hayabusa-2: Japan hopes for historic asteroid landing

Image copyright JAXAImage caption Rovers 1A and 1B (left and centre), alongside Minerva II-2 (right) which will be released at a later date Japan’s space agency (JAXA) believes it has successfully landed two robotic explorers on the surface of an asteroid, making history. “We don’t have confirmation yet, but we are very, very hopeful,” project […]


All the plastic you can and cannot recycle

Most people are trying their best to recycle plastic – but the many different ways in which recycling is collected by different councils across the UK has left them confused. What can be recycled and what can’t? We are putting more plastic in the recycling than ever before – but pictures of sea life tangled […]