• 19 Jun 2018

    The Home Secretary has ordered a review into the medicinal use of cannabis – saying his decision was prompted by the cases of two young children with severe epilepsy, who were denied access to the drugs they need. Sajid Javid said the review would first look into which cannabis based medicines might offer real benefits…

  • 7 Jun 2018

    From bullying to isolation – for young people who are coming to terms with their gender and sexuality – life can become a struggle to find acceptance without judgement. There’s a wider debate about proposed changes to the law which would allow people to change their legal gender, without a doctor’s medical diagnosis – but there’s a more fundamental need…

  • 2 Jun 2018

    From banning sweets and chocolate from supermarkets, to stopping two-for-one deals on junk food, the Government is reportedly planning new measures to tackle child obesity. The Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt could also impose a 9pm watershed on televison adverts for foods high in sugar and salt. But would any of these moves deter children from…

  • 24 May 2018

    Britain is the largest producer of medicinal cannabis, producing almost half of the world’s supply but those products are illegal in this country despite some evidence of their benefits in treating people. Some politicians remain sceptical about legalisation but a new cross-party group of MPs aims to change the law.

  • 20 May 2018

    The US has condemned Venezuela’s President election as illegitimate, and the two main challengers have alleged voters are being illegally pressured to back the incumbent Nicholas Maduro for another six years. Turnout is expected to be very low as some opponents are boycotting the election and others are banned. The poll is taking place amid…

  • 5 May 2018

    Protests have taken place in more than 90 Russian cities against Vladimir Putin days before his inauguration for a fourth presidential term. Opposition leader Alexei Navalny was arrested in Moscow. Hundreds of his supporters have also reportedly been detained. Mr Putin’s inauguration on Monday follows his landslide re-election in March and he is already Russia’s…

  • 4 May 2018

    For the first time in 72 years, the Nobel Prize for Literature has been delayed for a year. The awarding body, based in Sweden, has decided it needs to regain public confidence after a string of sexual and financial allegations were levelled at it.

  • 29 Apr 2018

    North Korea has told its southern neighbour that it will allow inspectors to confirm that its is abandoning its nuclear test site. The move follows talks between Kim Jong-un and his South Korean counterpart.

  • 22 Apr 2018

    When Stephen Lawrence was murdered – he’d been planning to become an architect – a profession that isn’t known for its racial diversity. Anja Popp spoke to the architect Elsie Owusu – she’s running to become president of the industry’s body RIBA. She claims it’s an industry with a problem, and that institutional racism has…

  • 13 Apr 2018

    The father of a 23 month old boy at the centre of a life support battle says he still wants to take him to Italy for treatment. Tom Evans said he’d tried to take his son Alfie there yesterday by chartered jet, but had been stopped by Alder Hey Hospital, where a judge has endorsed doctors’…

  • 9 Apr 2018

    Facebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg has apologised for his mistakes in how his social media company did not take seriously enough its responsibilities to its two billion users. His statement to US lawmakers was released today ahead of his evidence session tomorrow.

  • 7 Apr 2018

    The London Mayor Sadiq Khan has called for police to carry out more stop and searches of people they suspect of carrying a weapon – to help tackle the rise in gun and knife attacks. 300 more officers are being deployed in areas which have been worst affected. The Met Commissioner Cressida Dick insisted that…

  • 25 Feb 2018

    The winter Olympics closing ceremony has taken place in South Korea with a digital lightshow, fireworks and input from the country’s K-pop stars. Britain came home happy after a best-ever haul of five medals, but it was the outbreak of sporting diplomacy between North and South Korea that dominated these games.

  • 24 Feb 2018

    As a musical genre it’s rough and industrial. But fans and producers of techno say it’s beautiful computerised soul music. It grew out of inner city Detroit and exploded into the warehouse raves of Berlin and London in the late 80’s and early 90’s. It was typically dominated by men, but now has a new…

  • 29 Oct 2017

    When bullying goes from the real world to cyberspace – there is no escape for its victims. We meet the young people whose experiences of bullying on social media have helped to inspire a play about the dangers of the online world.