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UK embassy worker found dead in Lebanon

Image copyright Family handout A British woman who worked at the UK embassy in Beirut has been found dead, Lebanese police have said. Rebecca Dykes’ body was found on the side of a motorway on Saturday. She had been strangled, the BBC was told by senior police sources. An investigation is under way. Her family […]

Kaka: Former Brazil, AC Milan and Real Madrid midfielder announces retirement

Kaka returned to visit AC Milan in November, when he walked out on the pitch before a Europa League fixture Former AC Milan and Real Madrid midfielder Kaka, a 2002 World Cup winner with Brazil, has retired. The 35-year-old, who began his career in Brazil with Sao Paulo, was most recently with MLS club Orlando […]

Million Britons miss out on ‘decent’ broadband speeds

Image copyright AFP Image caption Decent broadband can be hard to find in some rural areas, said Ofcom The UK’s digital divide has narrowed but more than one million homes and offices still struggle to get good broadband, says an Ofcom report. The Connected Nations report found that about 4% of properties cannot get a […]

Brexit: Theresa May says she ‘will not be derailed’

Image copyright Reuters The prime minister has said the government is “proving the doubters wrong” with its Brexit negotiations. EU leaders agreed talks can move on to the next stage in the new year, shortly after Theresa May suffered her first Commons defeat on Brexit. Writing in two Sunday papers, she vowed she would “not […]

Diane Abbott: Listen to CBI and NHS’ on Brexit migration

Image copyright Getty Images Public services and businesses would be in a “terrible position” if there was a big reduction in migration post-Brexit, Labour’s Diane Abbott has told the BBC. The shadow home secretary said business group the CBI, health and social care say “they need these European migrants – and we have to listen […]

Michelle O’Neill believes the Executive can be restored

Image caption Michelle O’Neill said she is hopeful that the Stormont Assembly can be restored Sinn Féin’s Stormont leader said she is hopeful that the institutions at Stormont can be restored. Speaking to BBC’s Sunday Politics Michelle O’Neill said she “wants to give hope to people” that a solution to the current deadlock can be […]

Irish government to repair relationship with the DUP

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Tánaiste and Foreign Affairs Minister is seeking a meeting with the DUP The Irish Foreign Minister Simon Coveney said he intends to restore his government’s relationship with the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP). Speaking to RTÉ Mr Coveney said “repair work” is needed following the conclusion of phase 1 of the […]

Ban sale of mini mobile phones, justice secretary says

Image copyright Getty Images Online retailers should ban the sale of miniature mobile phones designed to be smuggled into prisons, the justice secretary has said. David Lidington said the devices were advertised as being able to go undetected by the body orifice security scanners used in England and Wales. “Beat the BOSS” phones can be […]

Move over Costa Rica: This spot’s on the rise

Move over Costa Rica: This spot’s on the rise

Anthony Bourdain’s best bites

Puerto Rico Life after Maria: Episode guest Tito Auger on moving forward Anthony Bourdain’s best bites