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December 31, 2018 12:44 AM Why legalising gay sex in India is not a Western idea

The decriminalisation of gay sex was arguably the biggest news story of 2018 in India. So, it wasn't surprising when it became a hotly debated topic at one of the year-end parties I recently attended in Delhi. The common consensus was that the Supreme Court's decision to strike down a colonial-era law has pushed the country towards adopting Western ideals 86

December 30, 2018 6:36 AM Calls to rid bacon and ham of processing nitrites

Leading scientists and a cross-party group of politicians are calling for chemicals called nitrites to be removed from processed meats like bacon. Cancer specialists and politicians are among those backing the campaign to take out nitrites. They say nitrite-free alternatives are safer and should be more widely used. The British Meat Processors Association 91

December 24, 2018 7:33 PM Gibraltar chief FURIOUS at plan for JOINT rule between Spain and UK ‘WE WILL NOT BEND!’

GIBRALTAR’S leader Fabian Picardo has slammed the proposal for joint rule between Spain and the UK as “unrealistic”. Spain’s prime minister Pedro Sanchez has said Madrid will revive its bid for shared sovereignty over Gibraltar once the UK has left the European Union. Mr Sanchez has claimed that Spain’s position over Gibraltar, which has been a British 109

December 24, 2018 10:18 AM AJ Pritchard: Strictly star makes MAJOR change after Lauren Steadman revelation

AJ PRITCHARD — Strictly Come Dancing 2018 favourite — made a huge change to his look after revealing what he “loves most” about his former dance partner Lauren Steadman. In one snap, which AJ uploaded to Instagram, he and Curtis sipped champagne in front of a huge Christmas tree. “Two Pritchards for the price of one, Christmas has come early,” another 99

December 21, 2018 4:58 PM Beefeaters strike over 'unwarranted attack' on pensions

Members of two unions walk out for three hours at three London locations and further strike action is planned over Christmas. For the first time in 55 years, the legendary yeoman warders, commonly known as "beefeaters" staged a walkout over what union leaders called "an unwarranted attack on their pensions". Members of the Public and Commercial Services 103

December 21, 2018 12:37 PM BBC LOCKDOWN as protest erupts at London's New Broadcasting House

THE BBC’s New Broadcasting House (NBH) in London is on lockdown after a climate change protest erupted outside. Extinction Rebellion, a green protest group, are holding a ‘Reclaim the BBC’ demonstration in protest at the broadcaster’s coverage of climate change. The group, who are also holding a demonstration at Bristol’s BBC offices today, have issued 92

December 20, 2018 12:26 AM Extinction Rebellion: The story behind the activist group

They've blocked bridges, glued themselves to the gates of Downing Street, and closed roads, all in the name of stopping climate change. Extinction Rebellion's aims include net zero carbon emissions by 2025, the introduction of a state of emergency on the environment and a national Citizen's Assembly to oversee it all. The campaign was launched earlier 93

December 19, 2018 11:10 AM Courtney Act releases song in Eurovision 2019 bid to represent Australia

Courtney Act has thrown her hat in the ring to represent Australia at Eurovision 2019, releasing a new song titled “Fight for Love.” The RuPaul’s Drag Race finalist has had a momentous year. She won ITV’s Celebrity Big Brother, hosted the UK’s first-ever bisexual dating show The Bi Life and is headlining Channel 4’s Christmas show Courtney Act’s Christmas 306

December 17, 2018 12:47 PM Carol Boardman: Man guilty of killing Olympian's mother

A driver has admitted killing Olympic cyclist Chris Boardman's mother by running over her after she fell off her bike in Deeside, Flintshire. Liam Rosney, 33, of Connah's Quay, admitted causing death by careless driving at Mold Crown Court. He had previously faced a charge of causing death by dangerous driving. He and his wife Victoria Rosney were cleared 72

December 17, 2018 10:41 AM Gay man in Singapore wins landmark child adoption case

A gay man has won a legal battle in Singapore to be legally recognised as the parent of a child he fathered through surrogacy abroad. The Singapore High Court ruled on Monday that the 46-year-old gay man, who cannot be named for legal reasons, will be able to adopt the child, reversing a previous decision from a lower court. The man has been in a relationship 77