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Adoptions fall by 62% as IVF success rises

Image copyright Heather Bell Image caption Heather with her husband and four children Heather Bell persevered with IVF for almost five years before she had children. “I thought about adopting all the time,” she told BBC News, but her and her husband decided to pursue IVF. The boss of a body that represents children in […]

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Facebook sorry for 'white supremacist ad'

Facebook sorry for 'white supremacist ad'

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Facebook has said it will add more human reviewers to its advertising system Facebook has apologised after it approved an ad campaign targeted at people interested in a conspiracy theory favoured by white nationalists. News site The Intercept was able to launch a promotion aimed at 168,000 users interested in […]

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Gabon opposition leader reignites election row

Image copyright AFP/Getty Images Image caption Jean Ping has urged the citizens of Gabon to overcome their divisions Gabon’s opposition leader Jean Ping has again claimed victory in elections held in 2016, as President Ali Bongo is being treated in a hospital abroad. Speaking in Libreville, Mr Ping urged the nation to overcome its divisions […]

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Asia Bibi blasphemy case: Husband pleads for asylum

Image copyright EPA Image caption Many called for the death penalty to be reinstated following Asia Bibi’s acquittal The husband of a Pakistani Christian woman acquitted of blasphemy after eight years on death row has pleaded for asylum from the UK, US or Canada. Asia Bibi’s husband, Ashiq Masih, said they were in great danger […]

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Leicester City players fly to owner’s funeral in Thailand

Media captionEmotional Leicester team observe silence at Cardiff Leicester City players and officials are flying to Thailand to attend the funeral of the club’s owner who died in a helicopter crash. Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha’s funeral began at a Bangkok temple on Saturday with Buddhist bathing rituals and will be followed by recitation ceremonies. Players will be […]

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Brexit ‘fraying’ UK-Irish relationship

Image copyright PA Image caption Leo Varadkar says Ireland is entering into a potentially difficult period, even if there is an agreement The Irish prime minister says Brexit is fraying relations between Ireland and Britain. Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said it had also “undermined” the Good Friday Agreement (GFA). The GFA was signed by political parties […]

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ICYMI: A submerged car and a rare octopus

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Coptic Christian attack: Funerals in Egypt for seven murdered pilgrims

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Hundreds of people gathered in Minya for the funerals of six Coptic Christians killed by millitants Coptic Christians have gathered in Egypt to take part in the funerals of a group of pilgrims killed by gunmen as they headed to a monastery on Friday. Mourners expressed grief and anger as […]

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Syria war: UN convoy reaches Rukban desert camp

Image copyright AFP Image caption The camp is a cluster of makeshift tents and mud huts A UN aid convoy has reached about 50,000 civilians stranded on the Syria-Jordan border – bringing the first aid the camp has received since January. The convoy was meant to arrive at Rukban camp on 27 October, but was […]

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Brexit: Relations ‘fraying’ between Ireland and Britain

Image copyright PA Image caption Leo Varadkar also said he had a good relationship with DUP leader Arlene Foster The Irish prime minister says Brexit is fraying relations between Ireland and Britain. Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said it had also “undermined” the Good Friday Agreement (GFA). The GFA was signed by political parties in Northern Ireland […]

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