Putin announces Russian troop withdrawal from Syria during visit

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Mr Putin announced the move at the Russian Hmeimim airbase in Syria Russia has begun withdrawing some of its troops from Syria, Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu said on Monday. President Vladimir Putin ordered the partial withdrawal during an unannounced visit to Syria on Monday. Russian support has been crucial […]

Skin betting: 500,000 children gamble every week, Gambling Commission warns

Media captionUniversity student Ryan Archer’s love of gaming spiralled into gambling when he was 15 About half a million children and young people gamble every week, a Gambling Commission report is expected to show. The regulator has warned that children as young as 11 are using so-called skin betting websites, which let players gamble with […]

Gove: I’ll make Brexit work for animals too

The government has published a new law that says it must treat animals as “sentient beings” when it makes laws. Environment Secretary Michael Gove promised to “make Brexit work not just for citizens but for the animals we love and cherish too”. The draft law also increases the maximum sentence for serious animal cruelty to […]

Tories and Labour reject second EU referendum petitions

Image copyright Getty Images Both the Conservatives and Labour have rejected petitions calling for a second EU referendum to be held. MPs held a debate at Westminster in response to four petitions on Parliament’s e-petitions website. The largest one has attracted more than 130,000 signatures since September. Brexit minister Robin Walker said there would be […]

Mohamed Salah named BBC African Footballer of the Year

Media playback is not supported on this device Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah wins 2017 BBC African Footballer of the Year Egyptian Mohamed Salah has been voted BBC African Footballer of the Year for 2017. Following a record number of votes, the Liverpool star won ahead of Gabon’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Guinean Naby Keita, Sadio Mane of Senegal […]

Apple Shazam: Why is the US company buying the music app?

Image copyright Shazam Image caption London-based Shazam originally required users to dial a number and play a song down a phone line before it became an app Scan your eyes over Apple’s just-published list of the year’s most popular iPhone apps, and there’s one notable omission: Shazam. In fact, it’s been a while since the […]

Theresa May says Brexit deal ‘good news’ for all voters

Media captionTheresa May: “What we are looking for is a deal that is right for the United Kingdom” An agreement to move on to the next phase of Brexit talks is “good news” for both Leave and Remain voters, Theresa May has told MPs. She told Parliament it should reassure those who feared the UK […]

Tories and Labour reject second EU referendum calls

Image copyright Getty Images Both the Conservatives and Labour have rejected petitions calling for a second EU referendum to be held. MPs held a debate at Westminster in response to four petitions on Parliament’s e-petitions website. The largest one has attracted more than 130,000 signatures since September. Brexit minister Robin Walker said there would be […]

Margaret Hodge repays £2.97 after Garden Bridge apology

Image copyright House of Commons An MP has apologised to the Commons and repaid £2.97 after she was found to have breached Parliament’s code of conduct. Dame Margaret Hodge offered a “sincere” apology for “inadvertently” breaching the rules over her review of the London Garden Bridge project. An inquiry said the Barking MP should not […]

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