Visual ArtBBC

Covid: Banksy to auction Southampton hospital artwork for NHS

Street artist Banksy hopes to raise more than £3m for the NHS with the auction of a painting offering a "universal tribute" to staff. Game Changer appeared at Southampton General Hospital during the first wave of the coronavirus pandemic. The anonymous graffiti artist is now auctioning the original canvas to...
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Relationship AdviceBBC

Covid child brides: 'My family told me to marry at 14'

A new Unicef report released on Monday suggests millions more underage girls are at risk of being forced into marriage around the world due to the coronavirus pandemic. "My family told me I shouldn't say no to such an offer, as the boy who wanted to marry me was from a wealthy family," 14-year-old Abeba told the BBC.
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EuroMillions winner 'looking for son's teddy before fatal crash'

A lottery winner caused a fatal crash when he took his eyes off the road to find his young son's teddy bear, a court was told. Matthew Topham, 31, who scooped a £45m EuroMillions jackpot in 2012, had reached into the back of his BMW to find the "upset" two year-old's toy.
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Deliveroo boss Will Shu: 'I was never into start-ups'

"I never set out to be a founder or a CEO. I was never into start-ups," says Will Shu, founder of food delivery chain, Deliveroo. His comments came as the firm set out plans to issue shares to the public which could value it at about £7bn. Deliveroo has not...

Instagram photos help Facebook AI 'teach itself'

One billion public-facing Instagram photos were used to train an algorithm created by Facebook to learn to recognise images by itself. Traditionally, algorithms have been trained on datasets which have already been categorised by humans - labelled cats, dogs or flowers, for example. But the Instagram photos were presented to...

First day back at school has 'gone well', say heads

The first day back at school for millions of children in England has "gone well", say head teachers. They are reporting high levels of take-up of Covid tests and compliance with new rules on wearing masks in secondary school classrooms. Primary schools have opened in full, but most secondary schools...

Fears for 5,000 UK steel jobs as lender collapses

The principal financial backer of one of the UK's largest industrial groups has fallen into administration. Specialist bank Greensill Capital was the main lender to businessman Sanjeev Gupta's sprawling empire, which includes Liberty Steel. The appointment of administrators to Greensill puts 5,000 jobs at risk at Liberty Steel and other...
Premier LeagueBBC

When fans fall foul of coronavirus lockdown rules

Rangers fans are not the only football supporters who have broken coronavirus rules to mark a pivotal moment. While much of last year saw professional sport taking place in empty stadiums, there have been several moments when jubilant - or disappointed - supporters fell foul of Covid restrictions. Liverpool's clinching...

Woman sentenced after drowning dog tied to rock in Nottinghamshire

A woman has been sentenced after a court heard she failed to stop her ex-partner trying to drown a dog, but charges against him were dropped. German shepherd-type dog Bella is now "doing well" after being saved from the Trent in Nottinghamshire a year ago. The court was told Charlene...
Public SafetyBBC

Sarah Everard: Police speak to 'over 750 people' as search continues

Detectives searching for a missing woman last seen five days ago have "spoken to over 750 people" for information. Sarah Everard was last spotted on CCTV walking alone in Clapham, south London, along the A205 Poynders Road, from the junction with Cavendish Road, in the direction of Tulse Hill. Police...

Switzerland referendum: Voters support ban on face coverings in public

Switzerland has narrowly voted in favour of banning face coverings in public, including the burka or niqab worn by Muslim women. Official results showed the measure had passed by 51.2% to 48.8% in Sunday's referendum. The proposal was put forward by the right-wing Swiss People's Party (SVP) which campaigned with...

Ikea boss warns tariffs will lead to higher prices

The boss of Ikea has told the BBC he fears that global trade tensions will lead to higher prices for customers. Jesper Brodin, chief executive of Ingka Group, which is the furniture giant's holding company, said imposing restrictions such as tariffs "normally doesn't benefit the ordinary people". Many countries have...

Meghan and Harry air criticisms of Royal Family

We're signing off for the night, but you can head over to our main story for more details about Harry and Meghan's interview. Today's updates were written by Alice Evans, Hazel Shearing, Jen Meierhans, Ashitha Nagesh and Emma Saunders. They were edited by Claire Heald, Sarah Fowler, Vanessa Barford, Paul...

Champions League: Reformed 36-team tournament could be agreed this month

Plans for a reformed 36-team Champions League which would start in 2024 could be agreed by the end of this month. European Clubs' Association (ECA) chairman Andrea Agnelli expects the final details - around how the four extra places will be allocated - to be resolved in the next couple of weeks.

Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe must be released 'permanently', says PM

Boris Johnson has called for Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, the British-Iranian woman jailed in Iran on spying charges, to be released "permanently" so she can be reunited with her family in the UK. She has had her ankle tag removed at the end of her five-year sentence. However, her husband Richard Ratcliffe...
Energy IndustryBBC

BP staff set to work from home two days a week

BP has told office-based staff they will be expected to spend two days a week working from home after lockdown restrictions ease. The oil giant said in meetings last month that most would be asked to work from home 40% of the time, or two days a week for full-time employees.

Naga Munchetty: It’s time to talk about race

The killing of George Floyd last year triggered a national debate about racial injustice not just in the US, but in the UK, too. Naga Munchetty travelled across the UK to understand what race and racism means today. I have experienced racism. You never forget the first time you hear...

How rice shaped the American South

Just before the American Revolution, a woman whose name I may never know disembarked a ship in the harbour of Charleston, South Carolina, destined for a rice field. She was a member of the Mende people of Sierra Leone. Her back bore the letters "R.A.C.E." – Royal African Company of England – seared into her flesh with a brand. The ship on which she was brought started its journey in Liverpool or London and made its way south along the upper Guinea Coast. It waited at Bunce Island in the Sierra Leone estuary, bobbing in the water, waiting for supplies and a cargo of "choice healthy slaves" that would be sold at auction by scramble on the deck or by the wharf when it landed at its final destination: the swampy, moss-draped Carolina Lowcountry.