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Mental health detentions 'a scandal'

BBC - Thu, 2015-02-05 18:44
The number of people with mental health illnesses being detained in police cells is a "scandal", and the practice must end, MPs say.

Leaders to push for Ukraine truce

BBC - Thu, 2015-02-05 18:28
French President Francois Hollande and German Chancellor Angela Merkel will hold talks in Russia to try to end renewed fighting in east Ukraine.

New advice for flying when pregnant

BBC - Thu, 2015-02-05 18:27
The safest time to fly during pregnancy is before 37 weeks and, if you are carrying twins, before 32 weeks, new advice says.

Australian MPs seek leadership vote

BBC - Thu, 2015-02-05 18:11
Two Australian Liberal MPs say they will call a leadership challenge against beleaguered Prime Minister Tony Abbott.

Army 'needs more minority recruits'

BBC - Thu, 2015-02-05 18:04
The Army must do more to recruit black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) personnel, its top officer says.

Assange policing costs reach £10m

BBC - Thu, 2015-02-05 18:00
Police have spent about £10m providing a 24-hour guard at the Ecuadorean embassy in London since Wikileaks founder Julian Assange claimed asylum there.

New York crash train 'not speeding'

BBC - Thu, 2015-02-05 17:42
Investigators probing a rail accident which killed six people near New York City say the train was not travelling too fast, officials report.

China detains Canadian over secrets

BBC - Thu, 2015-02-05 17:24
China says it is holding a Canadian man on suspicion of stealing state secrets but releases his wife on bail, six months after they were detained.

Venezuela arrests retail executives

BBC - Thu, 2015-02-05 17:19
The Venezuelan authorities have arrested two more top executives under legislation aimed at controlling skyrocketing inflation.

VIDEO: Hunt under fire over 'nuns' remark

BBC - Thu, 2015-02-05 17:13
Shadow Education Secretary Tristram Hunt has been criticised for remarks he made about the teaching of nuns, on the BBC's Question Time programme.

Jordan's IS raids 'just the start'

BBC - Thu, 2015-02-05 17:10
Jordan says its air strikes on Islamic State targets are "the beginning of our retaliation" for the killing of a captured army pilot.

Radical NHS changes 'disastrous'

BBC - Thu, 2015-02-05 16:51
Huge changes to the way the NHS in England works have been "disastrous" and distracted from patient care, a damning report by a think tank says.

Moderator to meet Pope in Rome

BBC - Thu, 2015-02-05 16:44
The Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland is to have a private audience with the Pope in Rome.

Half of Scots firms 'based at home'

BBC - Thu, 2015-02-05 16:42
Home-based enterprises account for half of all Scots businesses and sustain 17% of private sector jobs in Scotland, research suggests.

Call for law change on sale of sex

BBC - Thu, 2015-02-05 16:35
Churches say law developed in Sweden to criminalise the purchase of sex has significantly reduced human trafficking.

Do police believe they are above the law?

BBC - Thu, 2015-02-05 16:32
From use of bail to dawn raids, there are concerns that the police sometimes overstep their powers, says Danny Shaw.

Oscars 2015: The foreign language contenders

BBC - Thu, 2015-02-05 16:27
The lowdown on the contenders for the foreign-language Oscar

Latest IS atrocity dominates headlines

BBC - Thu, 2015-02-05 16:24
Atrocity in the Middle East dominates this week's headlines, but Labour's spat with business has also fallen under the spotlight, says Jawad Iqbal.

Have politicians lost the art of rhetoric?

BBC - Thu, 2015-02-05 16:22
Mary Beard explains why modern politicians must learn to persuade voters through rhetoric, rather than simply make assertions and promises.

Are anti-IS tactics working six months on?

BBC - Thu, 2015-02-05 16:20
Mark Urban describes the complexities of the US-led coalition's approach to tackling Islamic State militants, six months on from when it first launched operations.