France ‘probes China spy ring’: Two ex-agents reported held

Image copyright AFP Image caption China is suspected of running spy moles inside the French DGSE France has detained two former foreign intelligence agents on suspicion of spying for China, French media report. The ex-DGSE agents are suspected of “extremely serious” treason on behalf of a foreign power, LCI news reports, quoting the French defence […]

Google and Facebook accused of breaking GDPR laws

Image caption Four web giants are accused of breaking the law Complaints have been filed against Facebook, Google, Instagram and WhatsApp within hours of the new GDPR data protection law taking effect. The companies are accused of forcing users to consent to targeted advertising to use the services. Privacy group noyb.eu led by activist Max […]

YouTube star John ‘TotalBiscuit’ Bain dies aged 33

Image copyright Genna Bain Popular video game critic John Bain – known as TotalBiscuit and the Cynical Brit – has died aged 33. He had 2.2 million YouTube subscribers, but retired from reviewing games in April after bowel cancer spread to his liver. In a lengthy post on Reddit, he wrote that he did not […]

Brexit: UK seeks deal on sharing of ‘top-secret’ information

Image copyright Royal Navy Image caption Royal Navy ships are taking part in a number of EU defence and security missions A deal on sharing top-secret material after Brexit is essential if the UK is to continue defence, intelligence and cyber co-operation, officials say. The UK is seeking a Security of Information agreement with the […]

Scotland ‘would keep pound’ in years after independence

Image copyright Nicola Sturgeon Twitter Image caption Andrew Wilson has handed over his growth commission report to SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon An independent Scotland would keep the pound for at least 10 years under proposals set out by the SNP’s Growth Commission. The country could potentially then move towards introducing its own currency if six […]

George Osborne takes on another post-politics job

Image copyright PA Former Chancellor George Osborne has added another role to his bulging portfolio of post-politics jobs. The London Evening Standard editor has been made chairman of a panel of advisers to Exor, which owns Juventus football club and has major stakes in Ferrari and Fiat Chrysler cars. The job comes on top of […]

Corbyn in north west NI for border visit

Image copyright Getty Images Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has crossed the Irish border after meeting business leaders in Londonderry to hear their concerns over Brexit. Mr Corbyn walked across the bridge linking Strabane in County Tyrone and Lifford in County Donegal on Friday morning. He began his visit on Thursday with a speech at Queen’s […]

North Korea: Video shows nuclear test site ‘destruction’

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Refugee crisis: The Syrians abandoning Europe

These refugees have come all the way from Syria. Now they’re smuggling themselves back. Zakariya has been living in Germany since he fled his home country. But he says integration has been difficult, and that his hosts view refugees as terrorists rather than Muslims. The BBC has followed him as he attempts to return to […]

The Muslims who fast for 22 hours a day in Iceland

Muslims in Iceland explain how they cope with one of the longest Ramadan fasts in the world, due to the long days caused by early sunrises and late sunsets. Video journalist: Jan Bruck Producer: Athar Ahmad, BBC Asian Network The Muslims who fast for 22 hours a day in Iceland