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BBC presenter Jon Holmes claims he was sacked for being a white man

Writer and comedian says he was fired from Radio 4’s The Now Show after 18 years because corporation wanted ‘more women and diversity’<p>A BBC presenter has launched a scathing attack on the broadcaster’s diversity strategy, claiming he was sacked for being a white man.<p>Jon Holmes, a writer and …

Television Industry

The Big Picture photography competition: round 391

The forgotten Christmas truce the British tried to suppress

New research has uncovered the most detailed account yet of the banned 1915 Christmas Truce where British and German soldiers defied official orders to make peace in No Man's Land<p>As night descended over the Western Front on Christmas Eve, the guns fell silent and carols drifted across no man’s …

Why can't anyone find the cat in this field of owls?

Whether it's math questions or mind-bending optical illusions, the internet loves to get stumped.<p>Inspired by the popular puzzle of the panda hiding amongst a sea of snowmen, Hungarian artist Gergely Dudás has another illustration that he posted on Twitter that has people searching for a cat amongst …

Sobering statistics: Teen drinking continues to fall, study shows

More American teenagers are just saying no to booze.<p>A new national survey finds that 40% of teens consumed alcohol in 2015, including 22% who did so in the 30 days before they were questioned.<p>Those figures, published Wednesday in the annual Monitoring the Future report, are the lowest they've been …

Ecuador, Sweden reach deal that could allow Julian Assange to be questioned

<b>(CNN) —</b> Five years after Julian Assange was accused of rape in Sweden, Ecuador and Sweden have reached an agreement that would allow him to be interrogated by Swedish officials at the Ecuadorian Embassy in London.<p>The WikiLeaks founder has been holed up at the embassy for more than three years to …

Japan to rule on laws that prevent women remarrying within six months of divorce

Supreme Court is considenting revoking 19th century legislation that also requires husband and wife to have the same surname<p>Japan's highest court will rule this week on a pair of 19th century family laws that critics blast as sexist and out of touch.<p>The Supreme Court will weigh the legality of a …

Cities from the air by night – in pictures

Leaning from helicopters, supported by a body harness, photographer Vincent Laforet took thousands of pictures of 10 cities to produce a stunning photoportrait of the modern city by night

Cities

DNA Reveals Mysterious Human Cousin With Huge Teeth

A new genetic analysis suggests that the recently discovered Denisovans lived in Eurasia for millennia.<p>The analysis of a fossil tooth from Siberia reveals that a mysterious people known as Denisovans, discovered a mere five years ago, persisted for tens of thousands of years alongside modern humans …

Most extensive face transplant ever performed is a success in New York

A team of medical professionals in New York City has successfully performed the most ambitious facial transplant ever attempted, involving the transfer of eyelids, scalp, ears and subcutaneous bony structures, to restore normal facial figures to a volunteer firefighter whose entire head was …

Medicine

Jeremy Corbyn: I'm 'not happy' with shoot-to-kill policy if terrorists are attacking Britain

Labour leader says policy is 'quite dangerous' and 'counterproductive', warning it could lead to 'war on the streets'<p><b>Jeremy Corbyn</b> has said he is "not happy" with letting Britain's security services adopt a “shoot-to-kill policy” if terrorists were loose in the UK.<p>The Labour leader said he thought …

Can an exoplanet’s orange haze indicate life?

An atmospheric haze around a distant planet—like the one which probably shrouded and cooled the young Earth—could show that the world is potentially …

Astronomy

Tensions in Germany rise amid flood of asylum-seekers

Chancellor Angela Merkel, already under pressure from political foes and allies, seemed Saturday to hold onto her stance of placing no limits on the number of people Germany is willing to give refuge to — a stance that is increasingly being called into question.<p>In a somber statement hours after the …

Paris attacks: We bomb the jihadists there, they shoot us here

With this attack, the jihadists are showing us that the West can win battles in the Middle East but still face a war at home<p>The Paris attackers shouted “this is for Syria” as they started their rampage, asserting that by involving themselves in the Middle East western nations had brought its wars …

Sunnybrook doctor first to perform blood-brain barrier procedure using focused ultrasound waves

Dr. Todd Mainprize leaned over and peered through his wire-rim glasses at a computer screen showing the brain scan of his brain cancer patient, Bonny Hall, who lay in a magnetic resonance imaging machine (MRI) in the adjacent room.<p>"This has gone exactly the way we hoped," the neurosurgeon said, …

Opposition party achieves wide margin of victory in Myanmar elections

Nobel winner Aung San Suu Kyi has suggested her party will win Myanmar's elections, the freest in the country's history. Opposition leaders are …

Aung San Suu Kyi

Academics land £2m prizes at Zuckerberg-backed 'science Oscars'

British researcher John Hardy among those to win a Breakthrough prize at ceremony hosted by Seth MacFarlane in the US<p>Science is starting to pay big for a small minority who land major prizes. At a ceremony in California on Sunday night, six researchers became substantially wealthier when they were …

Silicon Valley

Investment in British music hits all-time high of £500m

Record investment in the careers of songwriters and composers has helped to fuel a global boom in British music, generating revenues of over £400m in 2014<p>Record labels and music publishers invested almost half a billion pounds in British music in 2014, according to new figures, helping to fuel a …

Four government departments agree 30% spending cuts

Four government departments have provisionally agreed deals on cuts amounting to nearly 30% of their budgets, George Osborne will announce on …