The desperate journey Cubans make by water to the US

Elian Lopez hoped his life-changing journey would go smoothly - then the wind changed and the sun went down. His harrowing ordeal in the deadly waters between Cuba and Florida highlights the risk record numbers of migrants are prepared to take to reach the US. A Cuban fisherman who's unsuccessfully...
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BioLite SolarPanel10+ review

With a built-in battery behind a solar panel the BioLite SolarPanel10+ is one of the best ways of recharging a smartphone if you’re outdoors, but only if you have time to kill. Pros. +. Rugged design. +. Sundial for max. solar power. +. Integrated 3,200mAh battery. +. Folds up...
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Bob Burdette Center to host ‘Charley West BBQ Fest’ on Saturday

CHARLESTON, WV (WOWK) — Charleston barbecue lovers can rejoice on Saturday at the “Charley West BBQ Fest” hosted by the Bob Burdette Center (BBC) after-school program. From 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Haddad Riverfront Park, event attendees can enjoy savory foods, cold brews, local music and a barbecue competition. Barbecue vendors will be on-site […]
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Nine seal pups released after months of rehabilitation

An RSPCA treatment centre has released a group of seal pups back into the wild following months of rehabilitation. The East Winch Wildlife Centre in Norfolk released nine pups from a site at Sutton Bridge for them to journey on to the sea at The Wash. The seals needed months...

Devon man refused hotel refund after partner died

A man was refused a refund for a birthday stay at a Premier Inn after his partner he was booked in with died. Martin Hayward, 70, of Buckfastleigh, Devon, said the hotel in St Austell, Cornwall told him he should either come on his own or with another partner. He...

BBC Young Dancer Adhya Shastry 'an inspiration' to young dancers

A teenager who was named BBC Young Dancer 2022 has "really inspired" other young dancers, her instructor has said. Adhya Shastry, 17, won the BBC Four competition earlier this month. She started dancing Bharatanatyam, the classical Indian dance form, aged nine at the Kalakunj performing arts group in Reading. Adhya,...

Covid-19: An end to two years of statistics and BBC whiteboards

What has been a daily Covid marker for more than two years has come to an end. Am I sad? Absolutely not. However, it is a significant moment in Northern Ireland's Covid-19 story. For more than two years, the Department of Health published the Covid-19 daily dashboard statistics online. That...

Barclays to shut Ludlow and Bridgnorth branches

An MP said he was "disappointed" Barclays has "chosen to abandon" its customers by closing two more branches. Barclays said it would be closing its Ludlow and Bridgnorth branches in Shropshire on 26 August. It put the decision down to dwindling transactions and customers using other branches. In a post...

Liverpool energy: Fears tariff error could lead to fire service cuts

A spike in Liverpool City Council's energy bill could result in fire service cuts, a councillor has warned. The council could end up paying an extra £10m overall, after mistakes left it on a more expensive tariff. The energy deal covers the Labour-run council's properties, maintained schools and Merseyside...

Women's Premier 15s: Watch Sunday's semi-finals live on the BBC

Date: Sunday, 22 May Fixtures: Saracens v Harlequins (14:00 BST), Exeter Chiefs v Bristol Bears (16:30 BST) Coverage: Watch live on the BBC Sport website and app and BBC iPlayer (UK only) Sunday's Women's Premier 15s semi-finals will be shown live back to back in the UK on the BBC...

Excitement in Sunderland ahead of play-off final

People in Sunderland have been showing their support as their club prepares for the play-off final at Wembley. Sunderland, who were relegated to League One in 2018, will return to the Championship if they win the match against Wycombe on Saturday. Follow BBC North East & Cumbria on Twitter, Facebook...

Jimmy Savile victim says Steve Coogan may ‘struggle’ to portray paedophile’s darker side in new BBC series

A woman who was once assaulted on camera by Jimmy Savile has spoken out about the forthcoming BBC drama based on the prolific celebrity paedophile.In The Reckoning, which hits screens later this year, Savile will be played by Steve Coogan, the actor best known for the comic character Alan Partridge.Sylvia Edwards was 18 years old when Savile assaueld her on camera during a recording of Top of the Pops. At the time, her complaints about being groped had been dismissed by a crew member. Speaking to Sky News, she said: “I’m hoping [Coogan] portrays it well to make people...

Liam Gallagher plays unreleased track ‘World’s In Need’ on ‘Later… With Jools Holland’

Liam Gallagher heads up tonight’s episode of Later… With Jools Holland – watch him play unreleased track ‘World’s In Need’ below. The long-running and prestigious BBC show returned last week (May 14) for a new season, with all the musical guests in the same room for the first time since lockdown. Leading the first episode was Wet Leg, who performed ‘Wet Dream’ and ‘Ur Mum’.

Agent's abused former partner in legal action against MI5

A woman who was terrorised and abused by an MI5 agent is taking legal action against the security service. Beth, not her real name, has lodged a formal complaint with the watchdog for the intelligence agencies, the Investigatory Powers Tribunal (IPT). On Thursday, a BBC investigation revealed her then partner...