Westfield shopping centres bought in $25bn deal

Image copyright Getty Images The owner of Westfield shopping centres is being bought for $24.7bn (£18.5bn) in a deal that will see the malls launched in new markets. Australia’s Westfield Corporation has agreed to be sold to French property group Unibail-Rodamco. There are 35 Westfield shopping centres in the UK and the US, while Unibail-Rodamco […]

Netflix defends A Christmas Prince tweet

Image copyright Getty Images Netflix has defended a tweet that revealed 53 people had watched its new Christmas film every day for 18 days in a row. “Who hurt you?” read the tweet, addressed to them. The tweet caused controversy, with some saying it was “creepy” of the platform to keep such close tabs on […]

PubG creator says games need ‘better protection’ from copycat titles

“Look at movies, Armageddon came out then 20 other comet disaster films came soon after,” Brendan Greene explains. He claims elements of his game, Player Unknown’s Battlegrounds (PubG), have been ripped off by other titles and he wants better protection from copycats. Newly released on the Xbox One, PubG almost singlehandedly created a new genre, […]

Michael Gove: I’ll make Brexit work for animals too

The government has published a new law that says it must treat animals as “sentient beings” when it makes laws. Environment Secretary Michael Gove promised to “make Brexit work not just for citizens but for the animals we love and cherish too”. The draft law also increases the maximum sentence for serious animal cruelty to […]

Labour clears MP Clive Lewis of sexual harassment

Image copyright PA Image caption Clive Lewis said he was “taken aback” by the allegation Labour MP Clive Lewis has been cleared of sexual harassment by a party inquiry, the BBC understands. The Norwich South MP was put under investigation last month after a party supporter claimed that she had been groped by him at […]

‘That’s where the babies are suffering’

Should pro-life supporters be banned from standing outside abortion centres and urging women to change their mind? Leila Nathoo visits one clinic in London to hear whether the right to freedom of expression has crossed over into intimidation. ‘That’s where the babies are suffering’}

UK inflation rate rises to 3.1%

Image copyright Getty Images Inflation rose to 3.1% in November, the highest in nearly six years, as the squeeze on households continued. The Office for National Statistics (ONS) said that airfares and computer games contributed to the increase. The most recent data shows that average weekly wages are growing at just 2.2%. Mark Carney, the […]

After Weinstein, Trump sexual misconduct accusers demand action

Decades ago, Jessica Leeds says Donald Trump groped her on a flight. It’s a story she first shared during the 2016 election – and multiple other women soon followed suit. Now, some of them are demanding that Congress holds the president accountable for the allegations. The BBC’s Rajini Vaidyanathan reports. After Weinstein, Trump sexual misconduct […]

Syrian army deserters on why they had to escape the civil war

Seif and Ghadir are deserters of the Syrian army. They both describe the army as slavery and talk of little food and bad conditions. One of them said that his monthly salary was around $50. They both fled to neighbouring Lebanon where they work illegally. Syrian army deserters on why they had to escape the […]

Hunting the shipwrecks of the slave trade

Off the western tip of mainland Africa lie some of the most important vestiges of the transatlantic slave trade – the wreckage of ships that sank, as they were carrying thousands of African men, women and children to the Americas. Now a team of scientists is trying to use the wrecks to learn more about […]