UK military gears up for deployment in Mali

Image caption Nigeria Special Forces practising marksmanship skills under the direction of British troops Britain is significantly stepping up its military support in West Africa to help combat the world’s fastest growing Islamist-led insurgency. Over the past month, British troops have been helping train local forces to fight extremism in the Sahel. The region, a

David Beckham’s Inter Miami lose first MLS game at Los Angeles FC

David Beckham’s Inter Miami: Are ultras & big stars the key to MLS success? David Beckham watched on as his Inter Miami team were beaten by Los Angeles FC in their inaugural Major League Soccer game. Former England captain Beckham had a big role in setting up the new MLS team and is one of

Flooding: Storm Dennis is ‘a taste of things to come’ for Wales

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionThe Welsh Government said flood defence was a top priority The south Wales valleys are set to see as much as 50% more rain in the next decade, a weather expert has warned. Liz Bentley of the Royal Meteorological Society says the damage caused by Storm Dennis

Wales alcohol pricing scheme: How will it work?

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Minimum pricing for alcohol is already in place in Scotland From Monday, anyone in Wales who sells or supplies alcohol for less than 50p per unit will be breaking the law – and could be fined up to £1,000. This does not only apply to pubs, bars and shops,

Alcohol: Wales minimum pricing law comes into force

Image copyright Getty Images A new law introducing a minimum alcohol price in Wales has come into force. As of Monday, retailers and any outlets serving alcohol must charge at least 50p a unit, meaning a typical bottle of wine costs no less than £4.69. The change, which follows a similar move in Scotland in

Netflix’s Cheer: Inside the world of the UK’s student cheerleaders

The celebration is deafening as Meg Stovell and her team-mates leap from the sprung floor into each others’ arms. “It feels amazing,” she shouts as Tina Turner’s Simply the Best blasts from the speakers. Weeks of intensive sessions perfecting everything from somersaults to song lyrics have paid off: the Bournemouth University Falcons are the student

Cheerleading in the UK: We’re not on the sidelines any more

The celebration is deafening as Meg Stovell and her team-mates leap from the sprung floor into each others’ arms. “It feels amazing,” she shouts as Tina Turner’s Simply the Best blasts from the speakers. Weeks of intensive sessions perfecting everything from somersaults to song lyrics have paid off: the Bournemouth University Falcons are the student

Brexit: UK vows to seek ‘hard bargain’ in US trade talks

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Boris Johnson and Donald Trump met at a G7 summit in France in August Boris Johnson has promised to “drive a hard bargain” as he set out the UK’s negotiating position for a post-Brexit free trade deal with the US. The government said a deal would boost the UK

Two thirds of UK homes ‘fail on energy efficiency targets’

Image copyright Science Photo Library Image caption Experts say the UK needs to retrofit homes to make them energy efficient Nearly two thirds of UK homes fail to meet long-term energy efficiency targets, according to data analysed by the BBC. More than 12 million homes fall below the C grade on Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs)

‘I was abused – now I want to give hope to others’

Image caption Rhys Dickinson is the youngest board member of a child victims’ charity Warning: this article describes the impact of abuse which some people might find upsetting Rhys Dickinson lost his childhood to the terror of physical and sexual abuse. Now aged 23, he wants to show other young victims of crime what can

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