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.

article 31 October 2014 World
Who's in charge in Burkina Faso after violent protests?

Burkina Faso's president says he will remain in office for another year following violent protests - but does he have any support?

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.

post 30 October 2014
Read more on Simon Israel's blog No state immunity for Jack Straw, MI5 and MI6 in rendition case

The government suffers a significant defeat in attempts to avoid a trial over allegations of complicity in the imprisonment, rendition and torture of a Libyan couple in 2004.

article 30 October 2014 UK
National sperm bank 'on a mission to change sperm donation'

With a nationwide donor shortage and increasing demand for sperm, the directors of the new national sperm bank in Birmingham say it will "revolutionise access to donor sperm".

article 30 October 2014 UK, Portugal
Punishing drug abuse 'does not deter users'
Punishing drug abuse 'does not deter users'

The Conservatives and Lib Dems clash on drugs policy as a new Home Office reports finds that criminalising abuse has no impact.

post 29 October 2014
Read more on Gary Gibbon's blog Tories to rush arrest warrant vote for fear of worse

The government's decided to bring forward the planned date for the vote on when it tries to re-join European Arrest Warrant.

video 28 October 2014 Politics

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Ukip targets PCC victory in South Yorkshire - video

After the child abuse scandal in Rotherham forced former South Yorkshire police and crime commissioner Shaun Wright to resign, Ukip believes it can pull off a shock win in the Labour stronghold.

article 28 October 2014 UK, India
New York 1965
Blackout Britain - will it happen here this winter?

The energy secretary says there will be no UK blackouts this winter. As Ofgem presents its analysis of our energy needs this winter, we look at some of the biggest power outages of the last 50 years.