• 23 July 2019 Related TopicsTiananmen Square protests of 1989 Image copyright Reuters Image caption Li Peng, was known as the "Butcher of Beijing" for his role in the Tiananmen crackdown Former Chinese Premier Li Peng, who ordered martial law during the 1989 Tiananmen protests, has died at the age of 90, state media have announced.Li died on Monday evening in Beijing of an unspecified illness.He...

  • 23 July 2019 Related TopicsUK contaminated blood inquiry Media playback is unsupported on your device Media caption"He was a man that was dying every single day"Welsh victims of the contaminated blood scandal have started giving evidence to a public inquiry.Karisa Jones's husband Geraint was given infected blood in a transfusion in 1990 after losing his leg in a forklift truck accident at...

  • 23 July 2019 Image copyright AFP Image caption Children cooled off at the Water Mirror on the Place de la Bourse in Bordeaux The French city of Bordeaux has hit its highest temperature since records began, as Western Europe braces for the second heatwave to hit this summer.On Tuesday, Meteo France registered 41.2C (106.1F) in the south-western city, breaking a 2003 record of 40.7C.Forecasters...

  • 23 July 2019 Image copyright Getty Images Risks posed by right-wing extremists in the UK are to be included in the terror threat level system from now on.Previously the system only assessed the threat from "international terrorism".Home Secretary Sajid Javid said the assessment will now cover all forms of terrorism "irrespective of the ideology that inspires them" - including right-wing,...

  • 23 July 2019 Related TopicsUK heatwaves Image copyright Thames Valley Police Image caption Benjamin Field and Martyn Smith are accused of murdering Peter Farquhar (pictured left) and conspiring to murder Ann Moore-Martin (right) A jury deliberating verdicts in a murder trial have been sent home due to "extreme heat" as UK temperatures soar.The panel is considering if Benjamin Field, 28, and...

  • 23 July 2019 Image copyright Getty Images Image caption South Korea said a Russian A-50 early warning and control plane twice violated its airspace (file photo) Russia says it has carried out its first ever joint air patrol with China, prompting both South Korea and Japan to send jets in response.The defence ministry says four bombers, supported by fighter jets, patrolled a pre-planned route...

  • 23 July 2019 comments Related TopicsNew UK prime minister Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionBoris Johnson says he has three priorities, to deliver Brexit, unite the country and beat Jeremy CorbynBoris Johnson has been elected new Conservative leader in a ballot of party members and will become the next UK prime minister.He beat Jeremy Hunt comfortably, winning 92,153...

  • By James Gallagher Health and science correspondent, BBC News 22 July 2019 Image copyright Getty Images Gut bacteria may be playing a role in motor neurone disease, according to early studies in animals and people. Experiments show some species of bacteria - and the chemicals they make - change the pace of the disease. The team at the Weizmann Institute in Israel says it adds to work suggesting...

  • By Deborah Cohen and Hannah Barnes BBC Newsnight 22 July 2019 England's only NHS youth gender clinic lowered the age at which it offers children puberty blockers, partly based on a study now being investigated.The study's full findings have not been published - but early data showed some taking the drugs reported an increase in thoughts of suicide and self-harm. The clinic said data was from a...

  • 22 July 2019 Related TopicsConservative Party leadership contest Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionSir Alan Duncan predicts "a crisis of government" for Boris JohnsonSir Alan Duncan has quit as a Foreign Office minister in protest against a possible Boris Johnson victory in the Conservative leadership race.In his resignation letter, Sir Alan described Brexit as "a dark...

  • 22 July 2019 Related TopicsRonaldo rape allegation Image copyright Getty Images Football star Cristiano Ronaldo will not face charges after being accused of sexual assault, US prosecutors say.Kathryn Mayorga, 34, had alleged that the Juventus player raped her at a Las Vegas hotel in 2009.She reportedly reached an out-of-court settlement with the Portuguese star in 2010, but sought to reopen the...

  • 22 July 2019 Related TopicsGulf crisis Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionIran releases footage of seized "fuel-smuggling" tanker on ThursdayIran says it has arrested 17 spies who it says were working for the CIA, and sentenced some of them to death. The intelligence ministry said the suspects had been collecting information in the nuclear, military and other sectors. US...

  • 22 July 2019 Related TopicsGulf crisis Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionJeremy Hunt calls the seizure of the Stena Impero “state piracy"The foreign secretary has repeated his call for the release of a British-flagged ship and its crew detained in the Gulf by the Iranian military.The Iranian Revolutionary Guard captured the Stena Impero and its 23 crew members in...

  • 22 July 2019 Related TopicsLiberal Democrat leadership contest Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionNew Lib Dem leader Jo Swinson: "I will do whatever it takes to stop Brexit."Jo Swinson has become the first female Liberal Democrat leader, after decisively beating Sir Ed Davey in a poll of party members.She won 47,997 votes, against her opponent's 28,021.The 39-year old, who...

  • 22 July 2019 Image copyright PA Media Image caption Carl Beech denied 12 counts of perverting the course of justice and one of fraud A convicted paedophile has been found guilty of making false allegations of murder and child sexual abuse against a string of public figures.Carl Beech, 51, from Gloucester, was found guilty of 12 counts of perverting the course of justice and one of fraud.His lies...

  • 21 July 2019 Image copyright Disney Studios Avengers: Endgame is set to pass Avatar this weekend to become the highest-grossing movie of all time.The weekend take of the Disney and Marvel Studios' sequel should push it past the record held by James Cameron's epic of $2.7897bn (£2.23bn).Marvel chief Kevin Feige hailed the achievement at Comic-Con in San Diego on Saturday, although it was...

  • 21 July 2019 Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionCar drives at crowd in Dundalk graveyardA man has been seriously injured and taken to hospital after being hit by a car at a cemetery in County Louth.The incident happened at St Patrick's Cemetery in Dundalk on Sunday afternoon.Gardaí (Irish police) said a "dark coloured car drove at a number of people".The car then...

  • 21 July 2019 Related TopicsConservative Party leadership contest Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionSimon Coveney: Ireland would have to protect its place in the EU single marketIf the new UK prime minister wants to "tear up" the existing withdrawal agreement with the EU "we're in trouble", Ireland's deputy PM has said. Simon Coveney said the decision for a no-deal Brexit...

  • 21 July 2019 Related TopicsHong Kong extradition protests Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionTear gas fired at Hong Kong pro-democracy protestRiot police have fired tear gas and rubber bullets at protesters in Hong Kong following a large pro-democracy rally in the city. Officers charged demonstrators who threw objects at police lines.The clashes came after marchers ignored...

  • 21 July 2019 Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionA Royal Navy frigate can be heard warning Iranian armed forces, before the oil tanker is seizedThe UK government did not take its "eye off the ball" over the seizure of a UK-flagged oil tanker in the Gulf on Friday, the chancellor told the BBC.Philip Hammond said the UK has been working closely with US and European partners...