Danniella Westbrook: Drug-free EastEnders star ‘to train as therapist’

Danniella Westbrook says she is drug and alcohol-free for the first time in years. The ex-EastEnders star tells Victoria Derbyshire she is now looking to train as a therapist, and help open a treatment centre. Watch the Victoria Derbyshire programme on BBC Two and BBC News Channel, 10:00 to 11:00 BST – and see more […]

Angela Merkel seen shaking in high temperatures

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The gondola-making sisters taking on Venetian tradition

Venice is a city that runs on ancient, unwritten rules – including that gondolas are made and steered by men. But two young women are challenging that tradition. After their father died last year, sisters Elena and Elisabetta Tramontin inherited his workshop making the flat-bottomed boats that navigate the city’s famed canals. The women are […]

Family thought US police were going to shoot them

Armed police surrounded a family car after a child left a shop with a doll without paying for it. Phoenix police say they were responding to a report of shoplifting. The city’s police chief has apologised for the aggressive confrontation and says the incident is being investigated. The incident in Arizona comes amid heightened scrutiny […]

Buenos Aires in darkness after power failure

Electricity is being restored to tens of millions of homes and businesses across South America after a massive power failure. Argentina, Uruguay and parts of Paraguay were left without power shortly after 07:00 (11:00 BST), causing trains to be halted and failures with traffic signalling, according to local media. Argentine President Mauricio Macri has promised […]

Protests return to Hong Kong streets

Protesters took part in a demonstration to state their dissatisfaction at Chief Executive Carrie Lam’s recent decision to suspend a controversial law which would allow extradition to mainland China. Some protesters are calling instead for a withdrawal, not a suspension, of the bill. Ms Lam has, since the decision, released an apology to the people […]

Nigerian weddings: Glitz, glamour but mind the cost

Echina and Leah, who live in London, had three wedding ceremonies in 12 months. Echina, who is from a Nigerian Igbo background, and Leah, whose background is Antiguan and Jamaican, wanted to honour both their cultures when they got married. Reporter: Chinwe Kalu-Uma. Wedding video footage courtesy of @Myspecialday, @skdphotos and wedding photograph courtesy of […]

Priests wear hard hats at Notre-Dame

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Hong Kong suspension: Residents and lawmakers react

Proposals for a controversial extradition law have been suspended, say Hong Kong’s chief executive Carrie Lam. Some critics are unhappy with the decision, calling for a complete removal, not suspension of the law. The decision follows mass protests in the city, and a previous refusal to halt the proposed law which would have allowed extradition […]

Sudan: Friends pay tribute to victim of Sudan protests

Mohammad Mattar is just one of at least 100 people who died in protests in Sudan last week. He was 26 and had travelled to the capital, Khartoum, from London. His death has led to people changing their profile pictures on social media to various shades of blue, in a show of solidarity with pro-democracy […]

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