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Image copyright Getty Images What has Russian TV been saying about the nerve agent attack and how much of it is true? On 4 March, Sergei and Yulia Skripal were found collapsed on a bench in Salisbury and it was later confirmed by British authorities that the pair had been poisoned by Novichok, a type […]

The US Department of Justice called it “the largest foreign bribery case in history”. After Brazilian multinational Odebrecht admitted guilt in a cash-for-contracts corruption scandal in 12 nations, it vowed to change its ways. But Brazil’s authorities are still wrestling with an encrypted computer system used to run the firm’s illicit payment system. The federal […]

The faecal transplant, also known as trans-poo-sion, surely has the title of medicine’s most disgusting procedure. It is pretty much what you are imagining – part of a faecal stool is taken from one person and given to another. The purpose is to introduce new beneficial microbes to the receiving patient’s digestive system. And it […]

Image copyright Getty Images Having a strong network of friends has many advantages, from offering support when we are down, to a group we can share our thoughts with. But could we be missing out if we only mix with people “just like us”? For most of us, the people we see on a regular […]

Tommy was diagnosed with dementia in 2011. He isn’t scared to die – but he’s terrified of going into hospital. He says hospital staff don’t always understand the needs of dementia patients. New research commissioned by the National Institute for Health Research says care isn’t always good enough. The Department of Health says it aims […]

Ten years ago I attempted to live plastic-free. With the government pledging to crack down on plastic waste, will it be any easier a decade on? Summer 2008 was a warm one. I know that because my kitchen gently hummed with the sour scent of plastic milk bottles and yoghurt cartons. During that July, I […]

Image caption Broadcasting House in 1959 For decades the BBC denied that job applicants were subject to political vetting by MI5. But in fact vetting began in the early days of the BBC and continued until the 1990s. Paul Reynolds, the first journalist to see all the BBC’s vetting files, tells the story of the […]

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionRachel Barrie explains how whisky tasting plays a tune Rachel Barrie is one of the few women ever to hold the title of Scotch whisky master blender. In her 26-year career, Rachel has sniffed or sipped 150,000 different whiskies. She is a trailblazer in what was traditionally […]

Image caption Carwyn Jones and Jeremy Corbyn together at the Welsh Labour conference in 2017 Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn will address Welsh Labour delegates less than 24 hours after Carwyn Jones’s shock news he is to step down as first minister and Welsh Labour leader. Mr Jones made the announcement on Saturday saying he had […]

Caley Burke is a Nasa flight analyst based at Kennedy Space Center in Florida. She designs the trajectory so that when rockets are launched into space, they end up in the right place. Caley’s currently working on the InSight Lander, which is heading to Mars later this year. She told BBC Radio 5 live about […]


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