Barbados removes Queen as head of state and becomes Republic - BBC News

Barbados removes Queen as head of state and becomes Republic – BBC News

The Prince of Wales, has arrived in Barbados to attend the ceremony marking the island’s transition to a Republic, with the Queen removed as head of state. The Barbados government said the time had come to fully leave the country’s…

Jury told Jeffrey Epstein’s girlfriend Ghislaine Maxwell “preyed on young girls” - BBC News

Jury told Jeffrey Epstein’s girlfriend Ghislaine Maxwell “preyed on young girls” – BBC News

Prosecutors have alleged that the socialite Ghislaine Maxwell and former girlfriend of convicted paedophile Jeffrey Epstein were “partners in crime” and that she groomed vulnerable young girls for him to sexually abuse. Ms Maxwell appeared in court in New York…

Fears over “worst ever” Covid variant as UK bans flights from southern Africa - BBC News

Fears over “worst ever” Covid variant as UK bans flights from southern Africa – BBC News

Scientists are warning that a new Coronavirus variant is the “worst” they have seen. The B.1.1.529 variant has mutations which mean it may evade immunity built up by previous Covid infection or vaccination. Cases have been detected in southern Africa…

31 people drown crossing English Channel as inflatable dingy capsizes - BBC News

31 people drown crossing English Channel as inflatable dingy capsizes – BBC News

31 people, including five women and a little girl, died on Wednesday after their rubber boat capsized while they attempted the sea crossing from France to Britain. It’s the worst disaster on record involving migrants in the English Channel. Two…

Water canon and tear gas used on migrants at Belarus-Poland border - BBC News

Water canon and tear gas used on migrants at Belarus-Poland border – BBC News

There have been clashes between police and migrants on the border between Belarus and Poland, with Polish security forces using water canon and tear gas to drive the migrants back. Poland has accused Belarus of trying to force migrants across…

FW de Klerk dies: South African leader who freed Nelson Mandela and ended white rule .- BBC News

FW de Klerk dies: South African leader who freed Nelson Mandela and ended white rule .- BBC News

FW de Klerk, the man who released Nelson Mandela from prison in South Africa and helped end white-minority rule, has died. The 85-year-old had been diagnosed with cancer earlier this year. He came to power in 1989 under apartheid, a…

Brazil's rainforest is still plundered as world leaders agree “end to deforestation" - BBC News

Brazil’s rainforest is still plundered as world leaders agree “end to deforestation” – BBC News

World leaders meeting at the climate summit in Glasgow have agreed a plan to reverse global deforestation by 2030. Scientists say that is essential if global warming is to be restricted to 1.5 degrees above pre-industrial levels. Trees capture and…

The Queen tells climate summit “act now for our children” - BBC News

The Queen tells climate summit “act now for our children” – BBC News

The Queen has urged world leaders at the COP26 climate summit in the UK to “achieve true statesmanship” and create a “safer, stabler future” for the planet. In a video message, she said many people hoped the “time for words…

Brazil’s President “should be charged with crimes against humanity” over Covid deaths - BBC News

Brazil’s President “should be charged with crimes against humanity” over Covid deaths – BBC News

In Brazil a parliamentary inquiry has said that the country’s President, Jair Bolsonaro, should be charged with crimes against humanity over his handling of the coronavirus pandemic. The country’s death toll from the pandemic is more than 600,000, the second…

Star Trek’s William Shatner admits he’s terrified by space mission - BBC News

Star Trek’s William Shatner admits he’s terrified by space mission – BBC News

The veteran actor Wiliam Shatner who played Captain Kirk in the 60s TV series Star Trek will finally get an opportunity to venture into space at the age of 90. And he’s admitted he’s terrified at the prospect. He’ll be…