• Published on 21 Dec 2017 Sections Politics

    A high turnout and a result that looks like it will be too close to call: millions of Catalans have been going to the polls to elect a new regional government in a hotly contested race between parties which want Catalonia to go its own way – and those which want to keep it part…

  • Published on 21 Dec 2017 Sections Politics, UK

    The family of the British Iranian woman who’s been jailed in Tehran say they’re hopeful she could be home soon. They’ve discovered that Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe’s case has been classed as “eligible for early release”. Her husband Richard Ratcliffe said it was “definitely a positive step” – although he was still cautious about the news.

  • Published on 21 Dec 2017 Sections Politics, United States

    By an overwhelming majority of 128-9, the United Nations General assembly has declared America’s decision to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel as “null and void”. Dozens of countries abstained but it’s unclear how many were deterred by President Trump’s threat to cut off funding to states which opposed his declaration. And the United…

  • Published on 20 Dec 2017 Sections Spain

    Voters in Catalonia are going to the polls tomorrow to elect a new regional government, with a choice between pro-separatist parties and those who want to keep the region firmly part of Spain. Madrid called the snap poll  after it declared October’s independence referendum illegal and sacked the entire Catalan government. But polls show people…

  • Published on 20 Dec 2017 Sections Europe, Technology

    The European Court of Justice has ruled that ride-hailing firm Uber is officially a transport company and not a digital service. Uber had previously argued it was a technology service enabling people to contact each other, rather than a cab company. Andre Spicer,  professor of organisational behaviour at Cass Business School, and Benita Matofska, founder of The People…

  • Published on 20 Dec 2017 Sections FactCheck, Russia

    The Russian Embassy put forward some stats in response to the former foreign secretary. But we’re not convinced their argument is as strong as it appears.

  • Published on 17 Dec 2017 Sections Science, Technology, United States

    In the heart of the Nevada desert, Area 51 has become the holy grail of conspiracy theorists – home, they say, to a top secret US military base for the study of extra-terrestrials. But now it has emerged that the theorists might not have been that far off. It has been reported that the Pentagon…

  • Published on 16 Dec 2017 Sections Business, China, Politics, UK

    He was the man who brought us the Brexit referendum – but since his hurried departure from Downing Street in the wake of the result, David Cameron has kept a low profile. Eighteen months on, the former Prime Minister has re-emerged. He will now take control of a £750 million fund to improve ports, roads…

  • Published on 16 Dec 2017 Sections Politics, South Africa

    The party of the late Nelson Mandela will elect a new leader to succeed President Zuma – a man facing more than 780 counts of corruption. On the ballot are Mr. Zuma’s ex wife, who is a seasoned minister, and Cyril Ramaphosa, a veteran of the struggle who has become a multi-millionaire lover of fine…

  • Published on 15 Dec 2017 Sections UK, United States

    He calls himself the Antichrist Superstar. Now armed with a new album, Heaven Upside Down, Marilyn Manson is playing sell-out concerts across the UK. He’s back on tour despite breaking his leg after two giant prop firearms fell on him during a previous show. He talks about his controversial music and the shock-rock tactics which…

  • Published on 15 Dec 2017 Sections United States

    While many of Donald Trump’s critics see his Presidency as no laughing matter, to late-night TV hosts, Trump is like a never-ending Christmas, an infinite reservoir of material. But for some comedians, the time for light-hearted joking has come and gone. Samantha Bee, is funny, make no mistake, but it’s her biting political commentary on…

  • Published on 15 Dec 2017 Sections Politics, UK

    Journalist and Remain campaigner, Hugo Dixon, and the Conservative MEP and international trade spokesman, David Campbell Bannerman, discuss Brexit.

  • Published on 15 Dec 2017 Sections Politics, UK

    For once, some Brexit news which Theresa May can put under the Christmas tree. European leaders have given the green light for the Brexit negotiations to continue to their second stage. But at the Brussels summit, they warned that the next phase of talks would be more difficult than the first. And they said Britain…

  • Published on 15 Dec 2017 Sections Politics, UK

    As the European Council ended, there was snippy language from some EU27 leaders about the need for the UK Government to get on with making its mind up about where it wants to go with the future relationship with the EU post-Brexit. But there was also guidance that the EU is ready to start exploratory…

  • Published on 14 Dec 2017 Sections

    The humanitarian agency Medecins Sans Frontieres says it believes more than 6,700 Rohingya muslims were killed in one month in a government crackdown in Myanmar. This is in stark contrast to figures from the Myanmar government which says that 400 people have been killed since August. Jane Deith’s report contains themes that some viewers may find…