Universal credit: Households to miss out on benefits over festive season

Universal credit: Households to miss out on benefits over festive season

Image copyright Getty Images Thousands of people on universal credit may not be paid over the festive season or may get a reduced payment, the BBC Money Box show has highlighted. Those hit will be some of the 67,000 people who claim the benefit while working and who are paid weekly. This is because there […]

Budget 2017: Tax on takeaway boxes to be considered

Budget 2017: Tax on takeaway boxes to be considered

Image copyright Getty Images A tax on takeaway boxes is to be considered in an attempt to tackle the problem of plastic waste. In Wednesday’s Budget, Chancellor Philip Hammond is expected to call for evidence on whether a tax on the use of the most environmentally damaging single-use plastics would help. Single-use plastics include packaging, […]

Ohio Supreme Court Judge Bill O’Neill brags of sex conquests

Ohio Supreme Court Judge Bill O’Neill brags of sex conquests

Image copyright Handout Image caption Judge O’Neill said the number 50 could be incorrect as he “doesn’t keep count” Ohio voters are in shock after a top judge boasted of having been “sexually intimate” with “approximately 50 very attractive females”. State Supreme Court Judge Bill O’Neill, who is a Democratic candidate for state governor, made […]

The world’s biggest lithium battery farm

The plant in the US state of California stores enough energy to power 20,000 homes for four hours. Listen to the full investigation, America’s Climate Resistance, on BBC Radio 4 Costing the Earth. The world’s biggest lithium battery farm

Gamer predicts that eSports is going to be ‘bigger than soccer’

Travis “Castaway” Waters is so good at video games that the South African gets paid to play them. This is a day in the life of the eSports gamer who competes in global tournaments watched by millions of people. Video journalist: Christian Parkinson Gamer predicts that eSports is going to be ‘bigger than soccer’

‘Evil’ legacy of Mafia boss Toto Riina

Notorious Sicilian Mafia “boss of all bosses” Salvatore “Toto” Riina has died from cancer in jail, aged 87. Riina was serving 26 life sentences and is believed to have ordered more than 150 murders. ‘Evil’ legacy of Mafia boss Toto Riina

Yemen crisis: Where power cuts threaten babies’ lives

The UN said this week that hospitals in Yemen could run out of fuel in three weeks. The Saudi-led coalition has imposed a blockade on Yemen’s borders, ports and airports since 6 November in response to a missile attack by Houthi rebels that hit near Riyadh. Clive Myrie reports from the city of Aden. Watch […]

Zimbabwe latest: Thousands celebrate end of Mugabe era

Zimbabwe latest: Thousands celebrate end of Mugabe era

Image caption Exuberant crowds gathered on Zimbabwean streets Jubilant scenes are unfolding on the streets of Zimbabwe’s capital Harare, as protests demanding the resignation of President Robert Mugabe have turned to a celebration of the army’s role in ending his grip on power. BBC correspondents say protesters are hugging soldiers in the crowd and cheering […]

North Korean defector found to have ‘enormous parasites’

North Korean defector found to have ‘enormous parasites’

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Parasites like tapeworms (file pic) can live inside people’s digestive tracts A North Korean soldier who was shot while fleeing across the border has an extremely high level of parasites in his intestines, his doctors say. The defector crossed the demilitarised zone on Monday, but was shot several times […]