The false US election claims going viral

In the final weeks of the US election campaign all manner of false and misleading things are being shared on social media. Here are some of the most recent – and false – claims. The Trump campaign has often claimed,…

Twitter suspends fake Trump supporter accounts

Twitter has suspended a number of fake accounts purporting to be owned by black supporters of US President Donald Trump. The social media giant said the accounts broke its rules on spam and platform manipulation. Many of the accounts used…

Anger over death of baby taken from jailed mother

The death of a three-month-old baby separated from her jailed mother despite pleas to keep the pair together has shocked the Philippines, reports the BBC’s Preeti Jha. Reina Mae Nasino, a human rights worker, didn’t know she was pregnant when…

Ikea to buy back used furniture in recycling push

Ikea, the world’s biggest furniture business, is planning a second-hand furniture venture. The Swedish giant will next month launch a scheme to buy back your unwanted Billy bookcases, and certain other of its furniture items you no longer need or…

Can Johnson hold out against more restrictions?

Boris Johnson has been at pains to use every chance recently to say how much restricting our lives bothers him. Branding himself a “freedom-loving Tory”, time and again his reluctance for further clamp downs is clear. But can he, should…

Covid restrictions system ‘fundamentally flawed’

The new system of local coronavirus measures is “fundamentally flawed”, the mayor of Greater Manchester has said. A three-tier system for England was announced on Monday, with the Liverpool region being placed in the highest level, with far stricter restrictions.…

How the PM’s lockdown decisions were shaped

“Save lives, protect the NHS and shelter the economy.” If you were paying close attention at the end of September when the prime minister made his latest announcements about the limits on our lives, you’d have spotted the change in…

Ferry firms handed £77.6m post-Brexit contracts

Four ferry firms have landed government contracts worth a total of £77.6m to provide post-Brexit freight capacity. Brittany Ferries, DFDS, P&O Ferries and Stena Line will have the job of ensuring medical supplies and other vital goods continue to get…

Man arrested after blades found in pizza dough

A former pizza company employee has been arrested in the US after a customer found razor blades stuffed in the pizza dough she bought, police say. Saco Hannaford Supermarket in Maine notified police after the blades were found in a…

US pauses Covid vaccine trial due to ill volunteer

Johnson & Johnson has paused its Covid vaccine trial to investigate why one participant in the study fell ill. The company said an independent review would check if the person’s unexplained symptoms were related to the jab. It has suspended…