Chernobyl: What happened 30 years ago? BBC News



It has been 30 years since the Chernobyl disaster – the worst nuclear catastrophe in human history.
Back in 1986, Yuriy Andreyev worked at the Chernobyl nuclear plant and was one of the engineers who helped contain the fallout of the accident.
In 2012 he gave his account of the events to BBC Ukrainian, which have been animated to tell the full story.
Animation by Luis Ruibal. Music by Alejandro Lovera. Producers Anastasiya Gribanova and Oleg Karpyak.

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Leaving Downing Street: How previous PM's have come and gone – BBC News



Theresa May is preparing to take over from David Cameron, who will hand in his resignation to the Queen on Wednesday.
Here’s a look at how some previous prime ministers left and arrived at Downing Street.

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The love story that shocked the world – BBC News



When an African prince and a white middle-class clerk from Lloyd’s underwriters got married in 1948, it provoked shock in Britain and Africa. Seretse Khama met Ruth Williams while he was a student at Oxford University. After his studies, he was supposed to go home to the British Protectorate of Bechuanaland (now Botswana) and marry someone from his own tribe, but his romance with Williams changed everything. His family disapproved and Khama was forced to renounce his claim to the throne. The British government came under pressure to show its disapproval and Khama was exiled from his homeland. He later became the first president of Botswana when it became an independent country. Witness spoke to Ruth Williams’s sister about the love that conquered prejudice.

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Can plastic roads help save the planet? BBC News



Engineer Toby McCartney explains how his Scottish start-up MacRebur is persuading councils to use local waste plastic to build roads. Two English councils have already started building roads this way. A smartphone film for BBC World Hacks by Dougal Shaw..

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Terracotta Army: The greatest archaeological find of the 20th century – BBC News



In March 1974, Chinese farmers digging a well unearthed the greatest archaeological find of the century – the buried Terracotta Army. After coming across a life-sized human head made of clay in Xi’an, China, archaeologists were called in to investigate. What they found was extraordinary. Thousands of life-like terracotta figures from the Qin dynasty, fashioned 2,000 years ago to protect the First Emperor of China in the afterlife. Archaeologist Li Xiuzhen has worked on the site since the 1980s. Her team was the first to discover that each warrior was originally painted in bright colours.

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'He made us champions, so he's a champion' – BBC News



Leicester City FC have confirmed that their owner, Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, died when his helicopter crashed outside the stadium.
The Thai billionaire and four other people were killed on Saturday evening.
Stunned Foxes fans have been gathering to pay tribute at the club’s ground, where thousands of bouquets and scarves have been left.
Mr Srivaddhanaprabha took over Leicester in 2010 and saw the club pull off their incredible Premier League title victory in 2016.

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Koreas: A day of historic talks – BBC News



The leaders of North and South Korea have agreed to work to rid the peninsula of nuclear weapons after holding a historic summit.
The announcement was made by the North’s Kim Jong-un and Moon Jae-in of South Korea after talks at the border.
The two also agreed to push towards turning the armistice that ended the Korean War in 1953 into a peace treaty this year.
The summit came just months after warlike rhetoric from North Korea.

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David Cameron's final Prime Minister's Questions (highlights) BBC News



Brief highlights from David Cameron’s final Prime Minister’s Questions.

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New York's abandoned island – BBC News



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It’s one of New York ‘s best kept secrets. Lying in plain sight of the city is an island which no one has inhabited for more than 50 years. Photographer Christopher Payne shares the secrets of North Brother Island.

Archival photographs and maps courtesy New York Correction History Society, New York City Correction Academy, New York Public Library, New York Municipal Archives, UCLA Department of Geography, Benjamin and Gladys Thomas Air Photo Archives, Fairchild Collection.

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Zaha Hadid: A look back at her work – BBC News



Dame Zaha Hadid, one of the world’s leading architects, has died at the age of 65. She was born in Iraq, but called the UK home for 40 years. She designed some of the world’s most innovative buildings, including the Guangzhou Opera House in China, and the London Aquatics Centre for the 2012 Olympic Games.
Will Gompertz reports.

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