Somaliland agrees to UAE military base in Berbera

Somaliland agrees to UAE military base in Berbera

Image copyright AFP Image caption The naval base will be used to fight Houthi fighters in Yemen MPs in the self-declared republic of Somaliland have agreed to allow the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to set up a military base in the port of Berbera. Observers say the deal has proved controversial among Somaliland’s neighbours in […]

Sweden defends officials wearing headscarves in Iran

Sweden defends officials wearing headscarves in Iran

Image copyright IRNA Image caption Trade Minister Ann Linde led a business delegation last week The Swedish government has defended its decision to have its officials wear headscarves during a trip to Iran, saying that failing to do so would have broken the law. Trade Minister Ann Linde led a business team last week and […]

Four dead in avalanche at French ski resort Tignes

Four dead in avalanche at French ski resort Tignes

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Tignes is a major French ski resort At least four people have died in an avalanche at a ski resort in Tignes in south-eastern France, rescuers say. A group of nine was buried after the avalanche swept through an off-piste area of the resort, and police say five people are […]

UN expert calls on Cameroon to restore net services

UN expert calls on Cameroon to restore net services

Image copyright Nji Collins Gbah Image caption Cameroonian Google coding champ Nji Collins Gbah was cut off by the disruption A UN expert has called on Cameroon to restore net access to English-speaking parts of the country. Net services in the south-west and north-west regions of the nation were cut on 17 January. Cutting net […]

Ford pledges $1bn for AI start-up

Ford pledges $1bn for AI start-up

Image copyright Getty Images Car giant Ford has announced that it is investing $1bn (£800m) over the next five years in artificial intelligence (AI) company Argo. The firms will collaborate on developing a virtual driver system for driverless cars. Ford intends to have an autonomous vehicle ready to launch in 2021. Argo was founded by […]

UK targeted by ‘dozens’ of serious cyber attacks each month

UK targeted by ‘dozens’ of serious cyber attacks each month

Image caption Ciaran Martin said hackers were attempting to obtain details of government policy Britain’s security has been threatened by 188 high-level cyber attacks in the last three months, according to a government security chief. Ciaran Martin, chief executive of the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), told the Sunday Times many of the attacks “threatened […]

Valve to let developers pay to get games on Steam

Valve to let developers pay to get games on Steam

Image copyright Valve Software Image caption The hugely popular Steam service has about 125 million active users Valve is changing the way independent game makers can get their creations onto its Steam service. The existing system, called Greenlight, is to be replaced with a scheme called Steam Direct. Greenlight lets Steam users pledge support for […]

Grammars ‘unnecessary distraction’, say MPs

Grammars ‘unnecessary distraction’, say MPs

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption MPs are not convinced that grammars can really boost social mobility The government has failed to make a convincing case for opening a new wave of grammar schools in England, say MPs. The education select committee has cast doubt on claims that they can help social mobility. There is […]

Pensioner incomes ‘outstrip those of working families’

Pensioner incomes ‘outstrip those of working families’

Image copyright Thinkstock Typical pensioner incomes after housing costs now outstrip those of working-age people, a new report suggests. The Resolution Foundation also says pensioners are more likely than their predecessors to be working, own a home and have generous private pensions. The think tank says growth in pensioner incomes has been coupled with weak […]

Undercover Panorama report reveals prison chaos

Media captionUndercover footage showed prisoners incapacitated by drugs Chaos in one of the biggest prisons in the country has been revealed in secret filming for the BBC. An undercover reporter spent two months at HMP Northumberland, which houses up to 1,348 male inmates, for Panorama. He discovered widespread drug use, a lack of control, door […]