Getty Images By Hazel Shearing Education correspondent More than 100 schools, colleges and nurseries in England have been told to immediately shut buildings made with a concrete prone to collapse, unless safety measures are in place. Thousands of pupils now face disruption after the government ordered action only days before the start of term. School
Getty Images By Bernd Debusmann Jr BBC News, Washington A leader of the far-right Proud Boys has been sentenced to 17 years in prison, one of the longest sentences yet handed out over the US Capitol riot. Prosecutors said US Army veteran Joe Biggs, 38, was an “instigator” of the storming of Congress on 6
Reuters By Samantha Granville in Johannesburg & Antoinette Radford in London BBC News At least 74 people have died – including 12 children – after a Johannesburg building fire. More than 50 others were injured. Officials say it is unclear what sparked the blaze at the city centre five-storey building, which had been abandoned but
By Samantha Granville Johannesburg Mussi Hamissa woke up to the sound of a massive roar. His bed was shaking and he heard people shouting: “Fire! Fire! Fire!” In shock, he rubbed his eyes open to see the orange glow of flames coming into his makeshift apartment on the third floor of the building, formerly owned
PA Media By Sam Francis Political reporter, BBC News Grant Shapps has pledged to “continue to UK’s support for Ukraine” as he takes over as defence secretary from Ben Wallace. It is Mr Shapps’ fifth cabinet job in less than a year, including roles as energy secretary, transport secretary and, briefly, home secretary. Ben Wallace
PA Media By Chris Mason, Henry Zeffman & Nick Eardley BBC News The UK’s new defence secretary is expected to be announced by Prime Minister Rishi Sunak on Thursday. Ben Wallace, who held the role for four years, resigned on Thursday after announcing last month he would leave his post at the next cabinet reshuffle.
Reuters By George Wright BBC News Army officers who seized power in a coup in Gabon on Wednesday have named General Brice Oligui Nguema as the West African state’s transitional leader. Gen Nguema was earlier carried triumphally through the streets of the capital Libreville by his troops. The deposed President, Ali Bongo, has appeared in
Getty Images By Annabelle Liang Business reporter Country Garden, one of China’s biggest property developers, has become the latest real estate giant to warn that it could default on its debts. This came as the crisis-hit company reported a record $6.7bn (£5.2bn) loss for the first six months of the year. Country Garden said in
Getty Images By Will Vernon BBC News, Moscow Russia’s imperial past looms large over Moscow. The Kremlin walls and towers make visitors feel like tiny specks on Red Square. Five miles away, I get a similar feeling when I go to Victory Park. It is a sprawling complex of museums and memorials built to commemorate
Michael Barber/Tri-City Bee Rescue By Nadine Yousif BBC News, Toronto Beekeeper Michael Barber woke up on Wednesday morning to several calls from police looking for help after five million bees fell off a truck in Canada. The hives were being transported when the straps holding them in place came loose, allowing them to slip free.
Baker Family By Michael Race Business reporter, BBC News With thousands of UK holidaymakers having their flights home cancelled in recent days, many are worried if their extra costs will be reimbursed. Families have reported forking out for food, accommodation and in some cases, alternative travel, due to the chaos. Rules exist for expenses to
Cheshire Police By Nick Triggle Health correspondent The inquiry into how nurse Lucy Letby was able to murder seven babies will now have greater powers to compel witnesses to give evidence. In a significant move, ministers upgraded the independent inquiry after criticism from families of the victims that it did not go far enough. The
Reuters By Jaroslav Lukiv BBC News Recent gains by Ukrainian troops on the southern front could open the way for pushing the Russians back to the annexed Crimean peninsula, Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba has said. He said this became possible after Kyiv liberated the “strategically important” village of Robotyne in the Zaporizhzhia region. Russia’s military