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UK threatens to withhold United Nations funding

<b>Theresa May has warned the United Nations that Britain could withhold up to 30% of its £90m core funding each year unless the organisation reforms.</b><p>The PM told delegates at the UN general assembly there was a gap between "the nobility of its purposes and the effectiveness of its delivery".<p>In order …

Brexit

Chelsea v Nottingham Forest

BBC coverage<p>TEAM NEWS<p><b>Midfielder Eden Hazard will start for Chelsea for the first time this season in their Carabao Cup third-round tie with Nottingham Forest.</b><p>Hazard, who broke his ankle in June, has made three substitute appearances in the past 10 days for the Blues, who are without the suspended …

English Premier League

Joe Root: 'Australia will try to keep England captain quiet during Ashes'

<b>Australia will "target" England captain Joe Root during this winter's Ashes tour down under, says director of cricket Andrew Strauss.</b><p>Root will lead the side in an Ashes series for the first time with the first Test taking place in November.<p>Strauss said his one piece of advice to Root would be to …

Bicycle Racing

Court ruling not needed to withdraw care, judge says

<b>Legal permission will no longer be required to end care for patients in a permanent vegetative state, a judge has ruled.</b><p>Until now, even if medics and relatives agree to withdraw nutrition from a patient, a judge must also consent.<p>But a landmark decision by Mr Justice Jackson means those cases will …

Health Care

Catalonia referendum: Spain PM calls for 'escalation' to stop

<b>Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy has gone on national TV to urge Catalan separatists to abandon their plans for a referendum on 1 October.</b><p>He asked the region's government to give up its "escalation of radicalism and disobedience".<p>The Spanish authorities have sought to stop the vote, which they …

Europe

Dundee v Celtic

BBC coverage<p><b>Dundee winger Roarie Deacon has recovered from a knock that forced him off at the weekend ahead of Celtic's League Cup quarter-final visit.</b><p>Darren O'Dea is available despite his weekend red card, but fellow defenders Josh Meekings and Julen Etxabeguren and striker Marcus Haber remain …

English Premier League

Cathedral defends decision to allow Hellboy filming

<b>Church officials have defended their decision to allow the latest Hellboy movie to be filmed inside Wells Cathedral.</b><p>The film involves a comic book superhero with a back story including Nazism and the occult.<p>Some worshippers have criticised the decision to allow the 900-year-old building to host the …

Comics

How Angela Merkel rose to power to lead Germany

Angela Merkel has led Germany since 2005 and she is tipped to win a fourth term as chancellor.<p>Here's the insider account of how a young girl from East Germany became one of the most powerful people in the world.

Germany

Theresa May: UK will withhold funding from UN unless it reforms

Addressing the UN General Assembly, Prime Minister Theresa May says the UK will withhold millions in funding unless the UN achieves "sufficient results".

Brexit

The RAF has killed more than 3,000 IS fighters in Iraq and Syria

<b>RAF airstrikes in Syria and Iraq have killed more than 3,000 militants from so-called Islamic State, new Ministry of Defence figures reveal.</b><p>Figures to the end of July show an estimated 2,684 fighters were killed in Iraq since bombing began in 2014.<p>Another 410 died in Syria since airstrikes started …

Islamic State (ISIS)

Fed to start unwinding bond portfolio

<b>The Federal Reserve has said that it will start to run down some of the investments it made to boost the US economy after the financial crisis.</b><p>In October the Fed will start to reduce a $4.2trn portfolio of US Treasury bonds and mortgage-backed securities, it said.<p>It will initially cut up to $10bn …

Economy

Nest reveals alarm system and smart doorbell

<b>Nest is expanding its range of smart home products, ending a lull in which it improved existing kit, but did not expand into fresh categories.</b><p>The items include an internet-connected intruder alarm, a video-streaming doorbell and a door lock system developed in collaboration with Yale.<p>In addition, …

Home Automation

Lucy Fizz: Transgender icon becomes face of Glitterbox

How transgender dancer Lucy Fizz is using her own story and role as the face of a disco revival night to challenge society's view of the LGBT community.

LGBTQ

Former Mountie jailed for smuggling ivory into US

<b>A retired Canadian police officer has been sentenced to five years in prison for smuggling ivory into the US.</b><p>Gregory Logan, 59, was sentenced to 62 months in prison on Wednesday by a US district court in the state of Maine.<p>He had pled guilty to 10 money laundering offences last year, after being …

Crime

Queensbury raid uncovers 35 men living in house

<b>A raid on a three-bedroom house in north west London found 35 men living in rooms full of mattresses.</b><p>The discovery was made on Winchester Avenue, Queensbury, on Tuesday following noise complaints from neighbours, Brent council said.<p>The men, of Eastern European origin, had piled bedding in every …

Houses

Hurricane Maria knocks out power in Puerto Rico

Hurricane Maria

Hurricane Maria: Whole of Puerto Rico without power

<b>Hurricane Maria has knocked out power to the entire island of Puerto Rico, home to 3.5m people, emergency officials have said.</b><p>Abner Gómez, head of the disaster management agency, said the hurricane had damaged "everything in its path".<p>None of the customers of Puerto Rico's Electric Power Authority …

Caribbean

Thomas Cook pilots to strike on Saturday

<b>Pilots working for the travel group Thomas Cook will stage a strike on Saturday as part of a dispute over pay.</b><p>Their trade union, the British Airline Pilots' Association (Balpa), confirmed the strike after five days of talks failed to resolve the dispute.<p>A strike on 8 September was the first by …

Travel

Ryanair compensation info 'woefully short' says Which?

<b>Ryanair's information to customers about compensation for cancelled flights is "woefully short", consumer group Which? has said.</b><p>Ryanair has stepped up efforts to deal with the 2,100 flights it has cancelled during the next six weeks.<p>It says all 315,000 customers received emails on Monday, advising …

Airlines

Game of Thrones Arya among 200 most popular names

<b>Baby names are becoming increasingly adventurous - often inspired by characters and figures from the world of entertainment.</b><p>More than 300 girls born in England and Wales last year were named Arya, sharing their name with the well-known Game of Thrones character.<p>That's more than the number of …

Harry Potter

Euro 2020: Wales 'delighted' to bid for Euro 2020 matches in Cardiff

<b>The Football Association of Wales will bid to stage Euro 2020 matches amid doubts over games in Brussels.</b><p>The proposed new Eurostadium in Grimbergen, just north of the Belgian capital, has yet to be built.<p>Cardiff's Principality Stadium, Wembley and Stokholm in Sweden are also being considered as …

Soccer

Wayne Rooney: Everton forward fined two weeks' wages

<b>Everton have fined Wayne Rooney two weeks' wages and will donate the money to charity following his drink-driving conviction.</b><p>Everton intend to give the entire sum - thought to be about £300,000 - to local projects through their Everton in the Community scheme.<p>Rooney, 31, was said to be apologetic …

Manchester

UK scientists edit DNA of human embryos

<b>The blueprint for life - DNA - has been altered in human embryos for the first time in the UK.</b><p>The team at the Francis Crick Institute are unravelling the mysteries of the earliest moments of life.<p>Understanding what happens after a sperm fertilises an egg could lead to ways of improving IVF or …

Genetics

Mark Sampson: FA chief executive Martin Glenn explains why England manager was sacked - BBC Sport

English Premier League

Catalonia referendum: Protests over raids to halt vote

Spain's government has stepped up efforts to halt an independence vote in Catalonia they call illegal.

Catalonia

Ship photographer's private collection to be auctioned

<b>About 50 unseen celebrity photos including Hollywood stars Dame Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton will be auctioned.</b><p>The images including Bette Davis, Phil Silvers, Buster Keaton and comedy duo Morecambe and Wise were taken by photographer George Ruff who worked in first class on Cunard cruise …

Royal Family

Dominic Chappell denies BHS probe charges

<b>Former BHS boss Dominic Chappell has denied failing to hand over information to a probe into the sale of the collapsed retailer.</b><p>He is charged with failing to provide information and documents to the regulator on three occasions.<p>Mr Chappell's Retail Acquisitions bought BHS for just £1 in 2015 from …

Fraud

What government wants from tech in the fight against terror

<b>The prime minister wants technology companies to do more to tackle extremist content on the web. They say it's not as straightforward as it might sound.</b><p>As so-called Islamic State faces defeat in the battlefield of the Middle East, British security officials know the online battle will increasingly …

Censorship

Iranian President Rouhani hits back at Donald Trump's UN speech

In his first speech at the UN on Tuesday, President Trump included Iran among "a small group of rogue regimes".

Donald Trump

YouTube to end paid channels service

<b>YouTube has announced the end of paid channels, which were launched in 2013 as one of the site's first attempts at charging for content.</b><p>The facility let people pay a monthly fee to access individual YouTube channels from providers such as National Geographic and Sesame Street.<p>However, the service …

YouTube