US & World

Venezuela crisis: Maduro closes border with Brazil

Image copyright ReutersImage caption Venezuelan soldiers send people back as they try to cross the border from Brazil Venezuela’s President Nicolás Maduro has closed the border with Brazil amid a row over humanitarian aid. The embattled leader said he could also shut the key border with Colombia to stop the opposition bringing in relief. Venezuela’s […]

Health

Flu vaccine ‘working better for children’

Image copyright Getty Images The flu vaccine is so far proving more effective in children than in adults in the UK, mid-season figures suggest. The nasal spray flu vaccine is 87% effective in children aged two to 17 against the main circulating flu strain, influenza A(H1N1)pmd09, Public Health England data indicates. Meanwhile, the flu vaccine […]

Princess Royal Maternity Hospital: Dead babies had ‘extremely rare’ infection

Psychiatric care saved me – Richard Coles

PTSD affects ‘one in 13 by age of 18’

Technology

5G networks: Trump says US shouldn’t block technology

Image copyright Getty Images US President Donald Trump has said he wants the US to become a technology leader through competition rather than by blocking others. Mr Trump said American firms must “step up their efforts, or get left behind”. He did not specifically mention China’s Huawei, though many interpreted the comments as Mr Trump […]

Anthem video game set for tough debut

Web watchdog warns over knee-jerk regulation of social networks

AT&T and Hasbro pull YouTube ads over abuse claims

Science/Nature

Botswana mulls lifting elephant hunting ban

Image copyright Getty ImagesImage caption Botswana is home to a third of Africa’s elephants A report by cabinet ministers in Botswana has recommended lifting a four-year hunting ban and the introduction of elephant culling. After months of public meetings and consultations, the report by ministers also recommends the “establishment of elephant meat canning” for pet […]

Science/Nature

UN: Growing threat to food from decline in biodiversity

Image copyright Getty Images The plants, animals, and micro-organisms that are the bedrock of food production are in decline, according to a UN study. If these critical species are lost, the report says, it “places the future of our food system under severe threat”. The study says that land-use changes, pollution, and climate change are […]

Science/Nature

How human food is changing wildlife

Image copyright AlamyImage caption Searching for a snack: ‘Human food’ can make up as much as 30% of a black bear’s diet If a bear is awake, it is hungry; any rubbish bin, landfill site, farm or even a car could provide a meal. But in an increasingly urbanised landscape, bears and other wildlife eat […]