National archives: MPs floated ‘farcical’ idea of Russia joining Nato

[ad_1] Image copyright PA Media Image caption Sir John and cabinet ministers discussed cementing the improved links with Russia in the 1990s UK officials suggested inviting Russia to join Nato to "integrate" it into the West after the end of the Cold War, newly released secret documents show.The Ministry of Defence floated the idea of Russia becoming an "associate member" of the alliance in 1995, with the right to attend

National archives: Sir John Major missed GB’s Olympic gold to watch cricket

[ad_1] Image copyright Gabriel Bouys/AFP Image caption Matthew Pinsent and Steve Redgrave won GB's only gold at the 1996 Olympics Sir John Major missed the chance to see Britain's only Olympic gold in 1996 - because he preferred to watch England play cricket, released files suggest.The former PM's aides tried to persuade him to attend the Games in Atlanta, saying it would keep his "street cred".A provisional itinerary, released by

Remembering the entertainment and arts figures we lost in 2019

[ad_1] Image copyright BBC/Getty Images/PA Media Image caption Clockwise from top left: Doris Day, Albert Finney, Keith Flint, Gary Rhodes, Luke Perry and Toni Morrison As the year draws to a close, it is time to remember the figures from the worlds of arts and entertainment who died in 2019. Here is a look back at some of those to whom we said farewell.January Image copyright Getty Images/BBC The year
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Huawei: ‘Survival will be our priority’ in 2020

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images At Huawei, workers are either "tree growers" or "pit diggers" and the "heady scent of plums" comes only after the "bone-deep bite of winter".So says a poetic New Year's message from the Chinese telecoms giant which sets out its "vision" for 2020.But beneath the flowery language, Huawei admits life will be "difficult" after the Trump administration banned the firm from doing business in the US."Survival

‘Man on the Moon’ moment – the year’s big breakthroughs

[ad_1] It has been a remarkable year of promise in medical science - from inventing ways of treating the untreatable to reversing paralysis and keeping the brain alive after death. Image copyright Fonds de dotation Clinatec Image caption Thibault was able to move his arms and legs when in the exoskeleton "It was like [being the] first man on the Moon," said 30-year-old Thibault.He was describing the moment he was

Tech 2019: Our biggest technology stories

[ad_1] As 2019 splutters to a close, it's time for our annual lookback at our most-read tech stories, and to ask: "What happened next?".Facebook and its family of apps dominates this year's list with four entries - it probably won't be a surprise that none of them were particularly brand-enhancing. The Chinese viral video app TikTok makes the cut for the first time. And many of the other "big tech"
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Africa’s year in pictures 2019

[ad_1] A selection of the best photos from across and about Africa this year from festivals to revolutions: Image copyright Getty Images A bride from the Nubian ethnic group has her make-up done in August before her wedding in Kenya's capital, Nairobi. Originally from Sudan, Nubians were brought to Kenya more than 100 years ago by the British to serve in its armed forces.Now a community of about 100,00, they
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2019 in news: The alternative end-of-the-year awards

[ad_1] Congratulations, you've made it through another year of news.We know it wasn't always easy, so here's a reward: our round-up of the moments that put a little smile on our faces in 2019. Many of them, inevitably, involve animals.Animal rescue of the yearWinner Image copyright Berufstierrettung Rhein Neckar Spare a thought for the poor fat rat of Bensheim, which became stuck in a German manhole in February. She was
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New Year messages: Scotland ‘centre of international attention’

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The Scottish political leaders have all issued their new year messages Nicola Sturgeon has said Scotland will be at the "centre of international attention" in 2020 in her New Year message.The first minister led Scotland's party leaders in issuing her hopes for 2020.Jackson Carlaw, the Scottish Conservatives leader, was optimistic about Britain leaving the EU.Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie said Brexit and
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UK and US considered Nigeria naval blockade over Saro-Wiwa execution

[ad_1] Image copyright Tim Lambon / Greenpeace Image caption Nigerian activist Ken Saro-Wiwa was hanged with eight others after a secret trial The UK and US considered a navy-backed oil embargo against Nigeria, following the 1995 execution of writer and activist Ken Saro-Wiwa, a document released by the UK government reveals.Saro-Wiwa and eight other campaigners from the Ogoni ethnic group were hanged on 10 November 1995. They had been found