• Qatar-Gulf crisis: All the latest updates

    Several international human rights groups sent a letter to the UNHCR on Monday, asking them to reject a move by Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, UAE, and Egypt to have the National Human Rights Committee of Qatar removed from the 'A' rating of the International Alliance of National Human Rights Institutions list. "As human rights organisations, we call upon your esteemed office to reject this complaint, we also hope that you will call on the four countries, through their permanent representatives at the UN headquarters in Geneva, to stop harassment  on human rights defenders, and work to upgrade their national bodies, so as to work efficiently to defend the human and his rights, in accordance with international

  • Black pirate radio: The 'Robin Hoods' of music

    Fifty years ago, the government put a stop to offshore pirate radio stations like Radio Caroline. But during the 1980s, it experienced a resurgence among black music-lovers. Trevor Nelson, DJ Jazzie B and Gilles Peterson offer a history of this era of pirate radio. Produced by Fatma Wardy. Filmed by Alexi Peristianis, Clinton Forde.

  • Harry Potter's birthplace in Lavenham listed for sale for almost £1m

    The 14th Century cottage used as the fictional birthplace of Harry Potter is back on the market for almost £1m. De Vere House in Lavenham, Suffolk, featured in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part One, as the house where the young wizard's parents were killed by Lord Voldemort. It is the second time in five years the Grade I-listed six-bedroom period home has been put up for sale. Estate agents Carter Jonas said it was a "historically significant" property. The house formed part of Godric's Hollow in the Harry Potter film. It has an asking price of £995,000. In the Harry Potter movie it was seen opposite a fictional graveyard with a Christmas tree in the window, with lights on and music

  • Pirate radio: Fifty years since it hit the airwaves

    Tim Muffet looks at how pirate radio changed the face of broadcasting.

  • Lovefilm By Post DVD rental service to close

    The Lovefilm By Post DVD rental service will cease to operate on 31 October this year, its owner Amazon has said. Amazon cited a "decreasing demand" for the discs and a growing number of customers who were streaming movies and TV series instead. The move has irritated some fans, who argue that a wider range of films is available to rent on DVD and Blu-ray. Lovefilm was founded in 2002 and acquired by Amazon in 2011, when it had more than 1.4 million subscribers. For a monthly subscription fee, Lovefilm customers could receive a DVD or Blu-ray disc of their choice via post that they would send back once watched. From 2010, some content could also be accessed via online streaming instead. A spokesman

  • Vulnerable children not in crisis are 'left in limbo'

    Thousands of vulnerable children in England are being "left in limbo" because their needs are not severe enough, a charity has warned. Action for Children estimates 140,000 children referred to social services over issues like drugs, alcoholism, domestic violence and neglect are not getting the help they need. It says they often fall through the cracks as they are not at crisis point. Ministers say their social care reforms will improve support. Based on Freedom of Information requests from 141 local authorities in England, the report says: "These children have needs that are too great for schools, health or other universal services to meet on their own, but they are not eligible for support

  • Pineapples banned by Reading and Leeds Festivals

    Pineapples have appeared on a list of items banned from this year's Reading and Leeds Festivals, alongside fireworks and weapons. Organisers said it was because fans of Oxford band Glass Animals bring hundreds of the fruit to its gigs, in a nod to song Pork Soda which includes the lyrics "pineapples are in my head". Drummer Joe Seaward said it would be a "challenge" to get in with pineapples. "Anyone who wasn't bringing a pineapple definitely is now," he said. "It's fruitist. Watermelons are fine, but not pineapples?" When the group performed at Glastonbury in June the stage was decorated with pineapples and some fans came dressed as the exotic fruit. Other items banned from the festivals include