US & World

Kabul attack: Explosion and gunfire near ministry building

[ad_1] Image copyright EPA Image caption The attack happened in a busy area of central Kabul An explosion and gunfire have been heard in the centre of the Afghan capital Kabul near the ministry of information.The explosion happened at around 11:40 local time (07:10 GMT), officials said.A ministry source told the BBC that there were three attackers, one of whom managed to get inside the building.No group has yet said
UK News

Diane Abbott ‘sorry’ for drinking on train

[ad_1] Image copyright PA Image caption A photo of Dianne Abbott drinking on the Overground was printed in The Sun Shadow Home Secretary Diane Abbott has apologised after a photo emerged of her sipping a can of M&S mojito on a London Overground train.Since 1 June, 2008 it has been illegal to drink alcohol on Transport for London's (TfL) network.The Hackney North and Stoke Newington MP said she was "sincerely
Entertainment

Adele splits from husband Simon Konecki

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Adele and Simon Konecki married in secret in 2016 Adele has separated from her husband Simon Konecki, representatives for the singer have confirmed.In a statement on Friday, they said the pair were "committed to raising their son together lovingly". Adele gave birth to her son, Angelo, in 2012. She married Konecki - an investment banker turned charity boss - in 2016 after five
Technology

TED 2019: The start-ups launching in space

[ad_1] Image copyright Rocket Lab Image caption Rocket Lab has had five successful launches from a base in New Zealand Peter Beck is a space entrepreneur with a rocket and launch pad in New Zealand that has permission for flights "every 72 hours for the next 30 years".The 25 satellites his firm Rocket Lab has launched include one from a US high school, which designed a spacecraft to measure the
Health

Are plants a necessity or a luxury?

[ad_1] A new campaign says we should pay less tax on plants because they are good for the environment and mental health.It's being backed by the National Garden Scheme at a time when house plants are becoming increasingly popular - particularly among young people who can't afford gardens. In the UK, plants which don't produce food are subject to full VAT (Value Added Tax) at a rate of 20%. Whereas
Business

HMRC: Beware of tax rebate text message scams

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Earlier this month John, who believed he was due a tax refund, received a text message from "InfoHM"."I was bleary-eyed from waking up early," he says. "The excitement of what my tax refund would be overwhelmed my normally pretty rational brain."He followed online instructions, and unwittingly provided personal and bank account details to online fraudsters.HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) is now warning young adults to
Education

Teachers face weekly violence from pupils, says survey

[ad_1] Many teachers are experiencing violence and abuse from pupils, a survey of teachers suggests.Nearly a quarter (24%) of teachers say they face violence once a week, the poll of nearly 5,000 members of the NASUWT teachers' union finds.Four in 10 (42%) have been threatened verbally. "Verbal abuse is now part of the daily working landscape for a primary teacher," one teacher said. The Department for Education said such violence
Science/Nature

Tulips from the air: Artist drawn to beauty of Norfolk flowers

[ad_1] Sunlight bouncing off vibrant colour from the UK's largest commercial outdoor tulip crop is difficult for artist Nigel Dickerson to resist.Each spring, for nearly a decade, Mr Dickerson has painted the tulip fields near King's Lynn - drawn to them by the "beauty of colour and the beauty of the space" they provide, he said.The flowers, from Belmont Nurseries, are grown as a bulb crop.This means they will never
UK News

Lyra McKee: Murdered journalist’s ‘dreams snuffed out’

[ad_1] Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionTributes have been paid to Lyra McKee who was shot dead in LondonderryA journalist who was shot dead during rioting in Northern Ireland had her dreams "snuffed out by a single barbaric act", her partner has said.Lyra McKee, 29, was struck by a bullet as she was observing the violence in Londonderry on Thursday night.Police have blamed dissident republicans for the
US & World

Ex-Peru president’s daughter reads suicide note at funeral

[ad_1] Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionSupporters of Alan García voice their anger at the former Peru president's wake.Thousands have turned out for the funeral of Peru's ex-President Alan García, who killed himself this week.Mr García shot himself in the head as police knocked on his door to arrest him on suspicion of taking bribes from the Brazilian company Odebrecht.His daughter read his suicide note at the