UK News

Boris Johnson’s burka jibe: Why do some Muslim women wear the veil?

[ad_1] Image copyright EPA Former foreign secretary Boris Johnson has been criticised for saying Muslim women wearing burkas "look like letter boxes" and for comparing them to "bank robbers" -prompting calls for him to apologise and be expelled from the Conservative Party.But Mr Johnson's comments, which some believe will aggravate Islamophobic tensions in the UK, have also highlighted some confusion about what a burka is - as the veil revealing
Education

Edinburgh University’s spare places will go to people from deprived areas

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The Scottish government wants to see more students from deprived areas gaining places at university One of Scotland's most prestigious universities will give all of its spare degree places to people from disadvantaged areas.The University of Edinburgh is keen to meet a Scottish government objective to increase social diversity in the student population.To help achieve that it will use this year's clearing process
Entertainment

Oscars introduce new award for outstanding popular film

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images The Oscars are introducing a new awards category for outstanding achievement in popular film.It's among three changes approved on Tuesday by the Academy's board of governors.It means films which are popular with the public but not with critics could be much more likely to be recognised.Superhero films such as Black Panther are among those which could now stand a much better chance of being recognised
UK News

Ben Stokes ‘was main aggressor in nightclub fight’

[ad_1] Image copyright PA Image caption Ben Stokes denies affray and is on trial at Bristol Crown Court England cricketer Ben Stokes was the "main aggressor" in a fight outside a nightclub, a court has heard.The Durham all-rounder is one of three men accused of fighting in Bristol on 25 September.Bristol Crown Court previously heard Ryan Ali, 28, and Ryan Hale, 27, were knocked unconscious by 27-year-old Mr Stokes, who
Technology

Magic Leap augmented reality headset goes on sale

[ad_1] Image copyright Magic Leap Image caption Magic Leap claims its kit makes the unreal feel real Magic Leap's much-anticipated augmented reality glasses have gone on sale more than three years after the Florida firm released its first teaser video.The start-up is backed by big names - including Google, Alibaba, AT&T and the Saudi state - which collectively have invested $2.3bn (£1.8bn) in it.Leap One's Lightwear headset mixes together graphics
US & World

Tendai Biti: Zambia denies Zimbabwe politician asylum

[ad_1] Image copyright AFP Image caption Tendai Biti is accused of pre-empting the official election results and inciting protests A senior member of Zimbabwe's opposition MDC Alliance, Tendai Biti, has been denied asylum by neighbouring Zambia.Zimbabwe's police accuse Mr Biti of inciting violence following last month's election.Zambian Foreign Minister Joe Malanji told the BBC that Mr Biti's grounds for asylum were weak.Earlier, his lawyer said his client had been detained
US & World

Iran sanctions: US can’t stop our oil exports, says minister

[ad_1] Image copyright AFP Image caption The Iranian rial has lost half its value since April Iran's foreign minister has said the United States will not be able to prevent the country from exporting oil. Mohammad Javad Zarif told the Iran newspaper that President Donald Trump's goal of forcing the rest of the world not to buy Iranian oil was impossible.He also mocked what he called Mr Trump's "tantrums and
UK News

European Championships 2018: Adam Peaty wins gold in 50m breaststroke

[ad_1] 2018 European ChampionshipsVenues: Glasgow and Berlin Dates: 2-12 AugustCoverage: Live across BBC TV, BBC Radio 5 live and sports extra plus the BBC Sport website with further coverage on BBC iPlayer, Red Button, Connected TVs and mobile app.Britain's Adam Peaty set a new championship record to retain the 50m breaststroke title and win his third gold at the European Championships in Glasgow.Full story to follow. [ad_2] Source link
US & World

Two men trapped in elevator rescued from Toronto floods

[ad_1] Image copyright Reuters Image caption Cars face flooded roads in Toronto due to heavy rains Heavy flooding in the Canadian city of Toronto nearly caused two men trapped in an elevator to drown.Police rescued the two men who were standing on top of a handrail in order to stay above 6ft of water (2m) as rising waters flooded a basement below. A police spokeswoman said there was "only one
Business

Homebase owner ‘plans to close 60 stores’

[ad_1] Image copyright PA Image caption Homebase has about 250 stores and 11,500 staff in the UK and was sold for £1 in May The new owners of Homebase will reveal plans to close up to 60 stores next week, putting up to 1,500 jobs at risk.Restructuring company Hillco, which bought the DIY chain for £1 in May, will outline plans for a rescue deal next week, according to reports.Hillco
Entertainment

Netflix’s Insatiable: Was the backlash justified?

[ad_1] Image copyright Netflix Image caption Debby Ryan plays 'Fatty Patty' in Insatiable The trailer of new comedy series Insatiable sparked outrage last month, with social media users claiming it sent a bad message about body image.The premise of the series sees unpopular and overweight schoolgirl, Patty, seeking revenge on bullies after returning to school from the summer holidays with a new (thinner) body.But the footage in the trailer has
Health

Why ‘stealth spheres’ are making you ill

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images A nefarious trick used by viruses to make us sick - "stealth spheres" - has been discovered by scientists. It had been thought viruses were all lone wolves, each on a solo campaign of infection.Instead they can form "packs" of up to 40 viruses and surround themselves with a fatty sphere that makes them invisible to our body's defences. The team at the US National
Health

Beauticians dropped from new cosmetic filler register

[ad_1] Image copyright Science Photo Library Beauticians have been banned from joining a new register designed to make getting injected with fillers safer. The voluntary register was opened by the Joint Council for Cosmetic Practitioners in April to everyone trained to a high standard. But now it will include only those with medical training, after doctors and nurses threatened to boycott it.The joint council said two beauticians had applied to
UK News

‘Trump’ drugs found at Bestival contained double MDMA dose

[ad_1] Image copyright The Loop Image caption The tablets, which had "Trump" stamped on the back, contained more than 250mg of MDMA Orange-coloured drugs shaped like Donald Trump's head were tested at Bestival and found to contain more than two doses of MDMA.Not-for-profit company The Loop provided a drug testing service to people who managed to get substances past security at the Dorset festival.It said the tablets, which had "Trump"
Business

Tesla board mulls plan to go private

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Tesla's board has confirmed that it will consider the proposal by chief executive Elon Musk to take it private.A statement was issued by six members of the electric carmaker's board after Mr Musk tweeted to say he had the funding to de-list the company.The board had "met several times over the last week" to discuss going private, the statement said.They said this "included discussion as
Business

China to hit US with tariffs on US imports worth $16bn

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Bags of imported chemicals at a port in Zhangjiagang in China China's commerce ministry has announced that it will start imposing 25% import duties targeting $16bn (£12.4bn) worth of US goods. The Chinese counter-move will take effect immediately after the US imposes tariffs on the same amount of Chinese goods on 23 August.The list of US imports affected by the taxes includes coal,
US & World

Migrant farmers strike in Italy after 16 road deaths

[ad_1] Image copyright EPA Image caption Migrant labourers earn as little as one euro to pick 100kg (221lbs) of tomatoes Migrant labourers have gone on strike in Italy in protest at their poor working conditions, after 16 workers died in road crashes.Shouting "we are not slaves", farm workers downed tools and marched on the city of Foggia in southern Italy.The strike comes after 16 migrants died in two separate accidents
Politics

Boris Johnson faces growing criticism over burka jibe

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Boris Johnson said he did not want to see full-face coverings banned, but said it was "ridiculous" women chose to wear them Former foreign secretary Boris Johnson is facing growing criticism over his remark that Muslim women wearing the burka "look like letter boxes".Dominic Grieve, the ex-attorney general, said he would quit the party if Mr Johnson became leader.Ex-Tory chairwoman Baroness Warsi said
Technology

Snapchat: Does drop in users spell trouble?

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Snapchat's Evan Spiegel predicts earnings will rise despite a fall-off in its most active users Snapchat is often name-dropped as being the must-have app for Millennials and their younger Generation Z cohorts, but new figures are causing concern that it could already have peaked.For the first time, its parent Snap reported that the number of people using the service on a daily basis