post 01 November 2014
Read more from Kylie Morris on her blog The hidden heroin epidemic gripping America

Vermont, struggling against an unlikely drugs crisis, is railing against a system that seems to feed heroin addiction.

video 31 October 2014 World, United States

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J Street: the new Israel lobby on the block - video

Kylie Morris follows the election money trail in Washington. And there's a powerful new lobby group in town. Meet J Street - a liberal group determined to bring peace to the Middle East.

post 31 October 2014
Read more on Simon Israel's blog Hostages for fortunes: why governments still pay terror ransoms

Terrorist kidnapping and extortion is now a multi-million pound industry, according to a UN report - and the average value of a foreign hostage is £1.7m.

article 31 October 2014 Technology, United States
Virgin galactic
One pilot killed in Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo crash

The co-pilot of a suborbital passenger spaceship being developed by Virgin Galactic dies after the craft crashed during a test flight in California's Mojave Desert.

post 31 October 2014
Read more on FactCheck FactCheck: what has the European Arrest Warrant ever done for us?

The government says the European Arrest Warrant makes Britain safer. But some MPs hate it. Who's right?

post 31 October 2014
Read more on Michael's blog Labour's by-election - but all three main parties are in despair

Labour has won the South Yorkshire crime commissioner by-election - but all three main parties are gloomy about their general election prospects.

article 31 October 2014 UK
Liam Dutton by Warmest Halloween on record for the UK

The UK has experienced its warmest Halloween on record, with the temperature soaring to 23.6C at Gravesend in Kent and Kew Gardens in London on Friday afternoon.

article 31 October 2014 UK
Praise 'will not boost' pupil performance. So what will?

Lavishing praise on pupils is unlikely to help them improve in the classroom, new research says. Here are three things that are likely to help - and three that probably will not.

article 31 October 2014 UK
Fiona Woolf, lord mayor of London
Fiona Woolf quits as head of child abuse inquiry

The head of the inquiry into child sex abuse resigns after concerns emerged over her links with former home secretary Lord Brittan.

article 31 October 2014 UK
More kids reach for help after Googling 'How to kill myself'

Childline reports a significant rise in children at risk of suicide reaching out. The internet is hindering but also helping efforts to keep children safe.

article 31 October 2014 Politics
Euro banknots
Britain's EU bill at £11.3bn - and Brussels wants more

Official statistics show the UK's net contribution to the EU rose by £2.7bn to £11.3bn in 2013. The government says it will not hand over a further £1.7bn Brussels expects to be paid by 1 December.

article 31 October 2014 World, Russia
Milonov: 'Ban Apple chief from Russia for being gay'

Apple boss Tim Cook should be "banned for life" from Russia after coming out as gay and poses threats of "Ebola, Aids and gonorrhoea", says Vitaly Milonov, one of Russia's most prominent politicians.

article 31 October 2014 UK
Know how many calories are in your glass of wine?

Are you eating a salad tonight and thinking of having a glass of wine? If so, you could be consuming the calorific equivalent of a doughnut or a hamburger.

article 31 October 2014 UK
Do young black people stand a chance in Westminster?

A prominent black member of the Liberal Democrats resigns from the party, citing an alleged incident of "appalling racism", which he said was the last straw.

video 31 October 2014 World

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Two bodies found after fireworks blaze - video

The bodies of two people have been found following a blaze at a fireworks factory in Stafford. A 53-year-old man has been arrested.

article 31 October 2014 World
Army chief takes charge in Burkina Faso after protests

Burkina Faso's armed forces chief General Honore Traore says that he has taken charge of the west African state after former president Blaise Compaore resigned.

article 31 October 2014 World, France
Who needs Halloween when real life is harrowing enough?
Who needs Halloween? The real world is scary enough

As the spectre of war, pestilence and economic hardship hangs over us, a commercialised autumn festival of horror may not be what we need right now.

post 30 October 2014
Read more from Paul Mason on his blog The economic state of mind driving people towards Ukip

Great Yarmouth, flooded with holidaymakers in the half-term sun, is mainly white working class and increasingly Ukip. This is one of the UK Independence Party's target seats.

article 30 October 2014 UK
Support worker Angela Lawrence
Ciaran Jenkins by Sexual exploitation: 'it shouldn't be normal, but it is'

As Manchester teenagers tell Channel 4 News that sexual exploitation is all too commonplace in their life experience, support workers tell of their anger at the lack of urgency in tackling the issue.

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RAF Typhoons intercepted a Russian Bear bomber as it approached UK airspace yesterday, the Ministry of Defence said.

It was the second flypast by aircraft from Vladimir Putin’s air force in three days.


Militants from the Islamic State group have killed 85 more members of the Iraqi Albu Nimr tribe, in a killing campaign launched last week in retaliation for resistance against the group’s advance.


"Space is hard - but worth it."

Richard Branson pledges to persevere with space travel after his Virgin Galactic test flight crashes in California, killing one of the pilots.


Sir Richard Branson said his thoughts are with all those at Virgin Galactic and partner business Scaled after the SpaceShipTwo crash, adding: “Thanks for all your messages of support. I’m flying to Mojave immediately to be with the team.”


Can you guess which drinks match the following foods in terms of calories?

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