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Chris Grayling quizzed on rail fares hike, drones and no-deal Brexit planning
We talk to Transport Secretary Chris Grayling about rail fare increases and the numerous other controversies afflicting his department, including the contract he’s signed to ferry supplies to the UK if we leave the EU without a deal, and the drone incident which closed Gatwick Airport before Christmas.
Drones explained: has the technology risen too fast?
Just how dangerous are drones to aircraft? And what can be done to stop them flying in such sensitive airspace and causing such mayhem?
UK to ‘double number of drones’ used to combat Isis
Prime Minister David Cameron has pledged to double the number of British drones used to fight militants for the so-called Islamic State, as well as “enhance” the involvement of the SAS.
Drones to deliver abortion pills into Poland
Abortion rights activists will use drones to move packages of medical abortion pills from Germany into Poland. Access to abortion in Poland is among the most restricted in Europe.
Why are drones circulating overnight in Paris?
Unidentified drones fly over Paris for a second night in a row, circulating the US embassy, Eiffel Tower and Place de la Concorde.
Soon on sale in your country: US armed drones
The US is to export armed drones to sell to its military allies around the world, a move that has been welcomed by the arms industry but provoked outrage among human rights campaigners.
March of the drones: are they getting out of hand?
A drone came within 20 feet of an airliner landing at Heathrow this summer, and they have become this year’s must-have Christmas gift. Are we ready for the drone era?
France may shoot down mystery drones flying at nuclear sites
With France on alert over drones spotted flying over several nuclear power plants, a French minister says the authorities may seek to shoot them down in future.
US sends armed drones to Iraq ‘to protect its troops’
The US military says it has deployed armed manned and unmanned aircraft over Iraq to protect its soldiers, and may consider targeting “high value individuals”.
Need for ‘more clarity’ over UK drones programme
MPs defend the UK military’s controversial drones programme, saying pilots are not video-gaming “warrior geeks”, and call for more clarity around their secretive use.
What is ABI – and will it make drones even deadlier?
This week Senator John McCain moved to shift control of US drones from the CIA to the defence department. Meanwhile, fears grow about the application of activity-based intelligence to drones.
Could British drones help with Fukushima clean-up?
Parts of Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant, which was devastated by the 2011 earthquake and tsunami, are still too dangerous for humans to enter. But not, perhaps, for drones.
Fatima Bhutto: on Pakistan, drones and her new novel
Her history is steeped in the power, tragedy and politics of Pakistan’s past. And her new book is about the sacrifices modern Pakistan demands. Jon interviews Benazir’s niece, Fatima.
FactCheck Q&A: everything you need to know about drones
Barack Obama says he’s rewriting the rules on drone strikes. Are pilotless planes a vital weapon in the war on terror, or is the cost in civilian lives too high?