Four men took own lives after webcam blackmail
Four men have killed themselves in the UK in the last year after becoming victims of sextortion, police say. The number of people reporting financially-motivated webcam blackmails has more than doubled from 385 in 2015 to 864 up to November 2016. The National Crime Agency (NCA) said it believed it was also significantly under-reported and actual numbers of victims were likely much higher. The National Police Chiefs' Council said the rise in ca...Katy Perry gets charity award for her work with children from Hillary Clinton
Katy Perry's been given a humanitarian award by the woman she supported during the US presidential campaign - Hillary Clinton. The politician, who was defeated by Donald Trump, got a standing ovation as she walked onstage in New York. Unicef's Audrey Hepburn Humanitarian Award was handed to the singer in recognition of her work with vulnerable children and as a goodwill ambassador. Hillary's appearance at the Snowflake Ball was a surprise to m...Philip Morris could stop making conventional cigarettes
Philip Morris has launched a new, potentially less harmful cigarette in the UK which it says could mean halting sales of its conventional products. The so called IQOS product heats tobacco rather than burning it. The tobacco giant claims this means smokers get the same nicotine hit, but 90% less of the nasty toxins that come with cigarette smoke. It says trials - not yet externally verified - found the new cigarette had the same impact as quit...Trump eyes ex-Goldman banker Steve Mnuchin for Treasury
President-elect Donald Trump is expected to pick former Goldman Sachs executive Steve Mnuchin to be treasury secretary, US media suggest. Mr Mnuchin, who was Mr Trump's campaign finance chairman and has no government experience, could be named on Wednesday, according to reports. On Tuesday, Mr Trump picked Tom Price as health secretary and Elaine Chao as transportation secretary. He is still weighing his options in filling the posts of state a...CIA chief warns Trump: Scrapping Iran deal 'height of folly'
The director of the CIA has warned US President-elect Donald Trump that ending the Iran nuclear deal would be "disastrous" and "the height of folly". In a BBC interview, John Brennan also advised the new president to be wary of Russia's promises, blaming Moscow for much of the suffering in Syria. In his campaign, Mr Trump threatened to scrap the Iran deal and also hinted at working more closely with Russia. Mr Brennan will step down in January...Thousands 'miss out on stroke treatment'
About 9,000 stroke patients a year are missing out on a treatment that can prevent disability following a stroke, say UK experts. Clot retrieval can restore blood flow to the brain, preventing some lasting damage, but currently only 600 patients a year get this therapy, they estimate. A national stroke audit reveals part of the problem is a lack of skilled staff to do the procedure. NHS England says stroke patients are receiving high...Samsung Electronics considers splitting firm in two
Samsung Electronics has confirmed it is considering dividing the company into two separate firms. The company has been under pressure from some investors to break itself into a holding unit and an operating company to boost shareholder value. The South Korean technology giant also announced plans to increase dividends and said it would continue to buy back more shares. Restructuring pressure had been mounting after the Note 7 fiasco. In ...South Korea's President Park 'willing to resign'
South Korea's President Park Geun-hye has said she has asked parliament to help her find a way to stand down. Ms Park faced growing calls to resign amid an investigation into whether she allowed a long-time friend to influence political decisions for personal gain. She said she would "leave to parliament everything about my future including shortening of my term", but did not want to leave a power vacuum. Parliament is due to discuss...Brazil Chapecoense football team in Colombia plane crash
A plane carrying 81 people, including a top Brazilian football team, has crashed on its approach to the city of Medellin in Colombia. Police say five people survived the crash but the rest of those on board died. The chartered aircraft was carrying members of the Chapecoense football team. The team was due to play in the final of the Copa Sudamericana, against Medellin team Atletico Nacional. The first leg of the final of the cup, South Ameri...Bird flu: Netherlands culls 190,000 ducks
About 190,000 ducks have been culled in the Netherlands as the authorities try to prevent the spread of bird flu across northern European countries. The slaughter involved six farms, following the discovery of a virus in the village of Biddinghuizen, some 70km (43 miles) east of Amsterdam. Outbreaks of the highly contagious H5N8 strain have been reported in Denmark, Sweden, Germany and Finland. The Dutch authorities have not said which strain ...Trump dismisses Wisconsin recount drive as 'scam'
Republican President-elect Donald Trump has described an impending recount of votes in Wisconsin as a "scam". Mr Trump, who narrowly won the state, said the results "should be respected instead of being challenged or abused". Green Party candidate Jill Stein had initiated the recount. She also wants recounts in Michigan and Pennsylvania, citing "statistical anomalies". Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton's campaign has said it would participa...Fidel Castro death: Cubans mourn ex-leader
Cuba is mourning its revolutionary leader Fidel Castro, whose death was announced late on Friday. Flags are flying at half mast as nine days of mourning are observed. From Monday, people will be able to pay respects before the ashes of the 90-year-old are taken to Santiago de Cuba where he launched his bid for power. There were further celebrations in the US city of Miami, however, where many anti-Castro Cuban exiles and their families have se...Women in science pledge to combat hate
Almost 10,000 women working in science have signed an open letter pledging to combat discrimination and "anti-science sentiment" following the US election. A group of scientists drafted the letter with the initial aim of building a network of 500 women. In the six days since its publication, 8,800 researchers have signed the pledge, which rejects the "hateful rhetoric that was given a voice". Dr Kelly Ramirez from Colorado State Universit...Black Friday and Cyber Monday: Five tips for spotting a bargain
Black Friday is now one of the UK's busiest shopping days. Retailers offer up a dizzying array of special offers and big discounts, with more deals added online on Cyber Monday. But how can you spot a genuine bargain? 1 Check the size of the discount Before you buy, it is always worth checking if the same product is cheaper somewhere else, experts say. Some specialist sites can tell you if the product has been discounted more heavily before....Lung cancer cells spread like unanchored tents, study says
Spreading lung cancer cells are like tents which have collapsed and are adrift in the wind, scientists from the University of York have discovered. Communication between two proteins is what triggers the cell tent to lose its shape and become unanchored, their research found. This allows the cells to travel to other areas of the body. The researchers said their findings could help prevent the spread of lung cancer. Writing in the Journal of C...Abducted California woman Sherri Papini found after three weeks
A missing California mother of two has been found three weeks after she was abducted while out jogging. Sherri Papini was still bound with restraints when she managed to flag down a car on Thursday some 140 miles (225km) from where she was last seen. Police, who say she was released by her captors, are looking for two women in connection with her disappearance. Ms Papini's husband had reported her missing after she failed to pick up their chil...Brazil president Michel Temer accused of corruption
Brazil's President Michel Temer has been accused of pressuring a cabinet minister to engage in corrupt practices. Former Culture Minister Marcelo Calero said Mr Temer asked him to help another minister in a personal business deal. He said he was asked to allow construction of luxury apartments in a historic district of Salvador. Mr Calero, who resigned last week, had previously blocked the plans. President Temer has denied the allegations. Ho...Predatory bacteria can wipe out superbugs, says study
Predatory bacteria - that eat others of their kind - could be a new weapon in the fight against superbugs, say UK researchers. Experiments showed a dose of Bdellovibrio bacteriovorus acted like a "living antibiotic" to help clear an otherwise lethal infection. The animal studies, published in Current Biology, suggested there would be no side effects. Experts said the approach was unusual, but should not be overlooked. Fear of a...Catherine Zeta-Jones takes aim at paparazzi with 'better' bikini photos
Most people can relate to the horror of seeing an unflattering photo that someone else has posted online. For celebrities who are pursued by paparazzi, that is a common occurrence. After seeing dodgy snaps of herself taken on a Mexican beach, Catherine Zeta-Jones decided to beat the paparazzi at their own game. She enlisted husband Michael Douglas to take his own photos of her in her bikini, which she posted with an angry message aimed at...Colombia signs new peace deal with Farc
The Colombian government and the country's largest rebel group, the Farc, have signed a revised peace deal. The previous deal was rejected by the Colombian people in a popular vote on 2 October. The revised agreement will be submitted to Congress for approval, rather than put to a popular vote. The deal is aimed at ending five decades of armed conflict, which has killed more than 260,000 people and left millions internally displaced. The revi...Israel fires: Tens of thousands flee as fires hit Haifa
Tens of thousands of people are being evacuated as wildfires rage through parts of Israel's third largest city of Haifa. The fires follow a two-month drought and are being fanned by strong winds in the north of the city. Wildfires are also threatening homes near Jerusalem and in the West Bank. Israel's police chief said arson was suspected in some cases and PM Benjamin Netanyahu said any such attacks would amount to "terror". "Every fire that...Shia pilgrims among more than 80 killed in IS attack in Iraq
At least 80 people, many of them Shia pilgrims, have been killed in a truck bomb attack at a road stop in Iraq, a security official says. The blast struck at a petrol station and restaurant near Hilla, some 100 km (60 miles) south of Baghdad. Busloads of pilgrims had stopped there on their way home from commemorating Arbaeen in the holy city of Karbala. Many Iranians were among the dead. The jihadist group Islamic State said it carried out the...Climate changing 'too fast' for species
Many species will not be able to adapt fast enough to survive climate change, say scientists. A study of more than 250 plants and animals suggests their ability to adapt to changes in rainfall and temperature will be vastly outpaced by future climate change. Amphibians, reptiles and plants are particularly vulnerable, according to US researchers. And tropical species are at higher risk than those in temperate zones. Some animals might be able...Facebook 'made China censorship tool'
Facebook worked on special software so it could potentially accommodate censorship demands in China, according to a report in the New York Times. The social network refused to confirm or deny the software's existence, but said in a statement it was "spending time understanding and learning more" about China. No decisions about the company's approach in the country had yet been made, a spokeswoman said. The Electronic Frontier Foundation, a gro...Brad Pitt 'will not be charged' after FBI investigation
Actor Brad Pitt will not be charged with any crime after an investigation into allegations involving one of his children, the FBI said. The Oscar winner had been accused of mistreating son Maddox, 15, on board a private flight from France to Los Angeles. Angelina Jolie filed for divorce soon afterwards and is seeking sole custody of their six children. Social workers investigating the same claim cleared Pitt two weeks ago. The FBI s...Fukushima: Japan lifts tsunami alert after 7.4 quake
Japan has lifted the tsunami advisories issued after a 7.4 magnitude earthquake hit its eastern coast. The quake struck near Fukushima at about 06:00 local time (21:00 GMT Monday), triggering initial warnings of 3m (9.8ft) high waves. The waves which eventually hit the coast were much smaller. Thousands were asked to evacuate the area and minor injuries were reported. An earthquake and tsunami struck the area in 2011 killing 18,000 people. Th...Kanye West taken to LA hospital following disturbance call
US rapper Kanye West has been taken to hospital following an emergency services call, media reports say. A police spokesperson told the BBC they had received a "disturbance call" on Monday afternoon, but did not name the singer. The disturbance was later deemed a medical incident, he said, and the fire department responded. A spokesman for the LA Fire Department said an unnamed man had been taken to hospital for "further assessment". "At 13:2...Donald Trump: US to quit TPP on first day in office
President-elect Donald Trump says the US will quit the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal on his first day in the White House. He made the announcement in a video messageoutlining what he intends to do first when he takes office in January. The TPP trade deal was signed by 12 countries which together cover 40% of the world's economy. Mr Trump also pledged to reduce "job-killing restrictions" on coal production and stop visa abuses. But...Andy Murray beats Novak Djokovic to win ATP World Tour Finals title and seal wor...
Britain's Andy Murray beat five-time champion Novak Djokovic to win his first ATP World Tour Finals title and end 2016 as the world number one. With the year-end top ranking on the line, Murray won the much-anticipated final 6-3 6-4 at London's O2 Arena. "I'm very happy to win and to be world number one is very special," said the Scot. "It's very special playing against Novak in a match like this." Murray, 29, extended his career-best winning ...France Sarkozy: Ex-president exits after defeat
French ex-President Nicolas Sarkozy has been knocked out the contest for a centre-right presidential candidate and signalled his withdrawal from politics. Admitting defeat, Mr Sarkozy endorsed Francois Fillon, a moderate who finished first in Sunday's first round, according to near-complete results. Alain Juppe, who like Mr Fillon is an ex-prime minister, finished second. They will face each other in a run-off next Sunday. The winner will comp...Obama says he may comment as citizen on Trump's presidency
US President Barack Obama has said he may speak out after leaving office if he feels his successor Donald Trump is threatening core American values. By convention, former presidents tend to leave the political fray and avoid commenting on their successors. Mr Obama said he would give Mr Trump time to outline his vision but added that, as a private citizen, he might speak out on certain issues. Mr Trump spent the weekend interviewing candidates...The Grand Tour: Jeremy Clarkson's first show since Top Gear praised
The first episode of The Grand Tour, Jeremy Clarkson's first TV series since exiting Top Gear, has been given rave reviews by critics. The show launched on the Amazon Prime streaming service on Thursday evening. It is the first programme to be fronted by Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May since they parted company with the BBC last year. Writing in The Evening Standard, Ben Travis described it as a "stunningly beautiful sho...Terminally ill teen won historic ruling to preserve body
A 14-year-old girl who wanted her body to be preserved, in case she could be cured in the future, won a historic legal fight shortly before her death. The girl, who was terminally ill with a rare cancer, was supported by her mother in her wish to be cryogenically preserved - but not by her father. She wrote to the judge explaining that she wanted "to live longer" and did not want "to be buried underground". The girl, who died in October, has b...Trump election: Baltic warning over Russian move on Nato
Lithuania has warned that Russian President Vladimir Putin may test Nato in the weeks before Donald Trump becomes US president. Foreign Minister Linas Linkevicius said he was "very afraid" for the Baltics, as well as the Syrian city of Aleppo. Nowhere is the troubled transition of Donald Trump being watched more carefully than in the Baltic states. Lithuania believes its dark view of Russian intentions is justified by its geography and its his...Dementia game 'shows lifelong navigational decline'
The world's largest dementia research experiment, which takes the form of a video game, has indicated the ability to navigate declines throughout life. The findings, presented at the Neuroscience 2016 conference, harnessed data from 2.4 million people who downloaded the game. Getting lost is one of the first symptoms of Alzheimer's disease. And the researchers at University College London believe the results could help make a dementia test. S...US election: Clinton wanted to curl up after Trump win
Hillary Clinton has laid bare her disappointment at her election defeat to Donald Trump in her first public appearance since she lost a week ago. The Democratic candidate said she had wanted to "curl up with a good book and never leave the house again". But in a speech at a children's charity she urged the audience to fight for American values and "never give up." Mrs Clinton won the popular vote but was beaten to the presidency in the all-imp...Jeremy Clarkson accuses airport worker of barring him from flight
An airport worker kept Jeremy Clarkson off a UK-bound flight because of a Top Gear special, it has been reported. The ex-Top Gear host claimed Stuttgart Airport worker Manuel Pereira had said he was from Argentina as he stopped him boarding a flight in Germany on Monday. Top Gear's Argentina special prompted protests over a car number plate that appeared to refer to the Falklands War. A spokesman for Stuttgart Airport told the BBC Mr Clarkson ...Mayor resigns over Michelle Obama 'ape in heels' post
The mayor of a town in the US state of West Virginia has resigned after she was caught up in a controversy over racist comments about Michelle Obama. Beverly Whaling had appeared to applaud a Facebook post referring to Mrs Obama as an "ape in heels". She wrote that the post had made her day, but later said she was referring to the election outcome. A petition calling for the mayor's resignation had gathered over 170,000 signatures. Ms Whaling...Donald Trump denies transition disarray after sackings
US President-elect Donald Trump has defended his handling of the transition to the White House, amid reports of disarray in his team. Mr Trump tweeted that the process of selecting his new cabinet and other positions was "very organised". US media say two senior members of the transition team working on national security have been forced out. Mr Trump, a property tycoon and Republican outsider, won an unexpected victory against Hilla...Michelle Obama 'ape in heels' post causes outrage
A racist Facebook post about Michelle Obama has caused a major controversy involving a town mayor in the US state of West Virginia. Pamela Ramsey Taylor, who runs a local non-profit group in Clay County, referred to the first lady as an "ape". "It will be refreshing to have a classy, beautiful, dignified first lady in the White House. I'm tired of seeing a Ape in heels," she said. Local mayor Beverly Whaling responded with "just made my day Pa...
Four men took own lives after webcam blackmail Katy Perry gets charity award for her work with children from Hillary Clinton Philip Morris could stop making conventional cigarettes Trump eyes ex-Goldman banker Steve Mnuchin for Treasury CIA chief warns Trump: Scrapping Iran deal 'height of folly' Thousands 'miss out on stroke treatment' Samsung Electronics considers splitting firm in two South Korea's President Park 'willing to resign' Brazil Chapecoense football team in Colombia plane crash Bird flu: Netherlands culls 190,000 ducks Trump dismisses Wisconsin recount drive as 'scam' Fidel Castro death: Cubans mourn ex-leader Women in science pledge to combat hate Black Friday and Cyber Monday: Five tips for spotting a bargain Lung cancer cells spread like unanchored tents, study says Abducted California woman Sherri Papini found after three weeks Brazil president Michel Temer accused of corruption Predatory bacteria can wipe out superbugs, says study Catherine Zeta-Jones takes aim at paparazzi with 'better' bikini photos Colombia signs new peace deal with Farc Israel fires: Tens of thousands flee as fires hit Haifa Shia pilgrims among more than 80 killed in IS attack in Iraq Climate changing 'too fast' for species
Today For week For Month