Afghanistan: UK considers sending more troops

Image copyright PA The government is considering sending hundreds more British troops to Afghanistan, the BBC understands. The defence secretary has written to Theresa May recommending the UK boosts its military presence in the country – but no decision has been made. The UK currently has more than 600 troops in capital Kabul helping train […]

Turning carbon dioxide into rock – forever

Image copyright G Svanberg Image caption Harnessing the power of the volcanoes: Hellisheidi is Iceland’s largest geothermal plant Nested in the snow-covered mountains of western Iceland, a maze of turbines and pipes belches thick billows of steam. This mammoth structure is responsible for providing power to a country where 100% of the electricity comes from […]

Royal wedding 2018: Finishing touches ahead of big day

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionMeghan and Harry driven along wedding route Final preparations are taking place on the eve of Saturday’s royal wedding between Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. Ms Markle’s mother, Doria Ragland, will meet the Queen for the first time at Windsor Castle later, accompanied by her daughter and […]

How VR could bring Glastonbury into your living room

Image caption Imogen Heap, who says technology could help us become “more human” Technology may have brought the music industry to its knees 20 years ago, but these days pop stars and record labels are using computing power to find new audiences and take fresh creative decisions. The benefits and pitfalls of this new technology […]

Gina Haspel confirmed as CIA’s first female director

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Haspel oversaw a secret US facility where terror suspects were tortured The US Senate has approved the CIA’s first female director, despite her role in the spy agency’s post-9/11 interrogation programme. Gina Haspel’s confirmation in a 54-45 vote follows a partisan fight among senators about the CIA’s Bush-era use […]

CBS loses initial battle with shareholder

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Shari Redstone wants to merge CBS with Viacom, another National Amusements company US media company CBS has lost an initial court battle amid a dispute with one of its biggest shareholders over control of the firm. A Delaware judge on Thursday lifted a temporary restraining order against the investor, […]