Drone racing: The sport of the future? BBC News



Usually when drones are in the news it’s in relation to a military attack but that seems likely to change thanks to a new sport, drone racing. It’s already being called the sport of the future with the drones, or quads as the racers call them, flying around obstacle courses at up to 160 kilometres an hour. Christian Parkinson has been to meet two of the racers taking part in next months drone world championships to find out what the sport is all about and what skills you need to get to the top.

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My university semester in North Korea – BBC News



Alessandro Ford went on a gap year with a difference; he was the first western student to study at Kim Il Sung university in North Korea. He told BBC World Service Newshour programme what he learned during his stay. (All photos courtesy Alessandro Ford)

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UBS rogue trader: 'It could happen again' BBC News



The London trader who lost the Swiss bank UBS £1.4bn ($1.9bn) has apologised and said that banking has not done enough to regain the public’s trust.In his first broadcast interview, Kweku Adoboli told the BBC that banking was still riven by conflicts of interest. He added that traders were pushed to make profits “no matter what”.

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Mindfulness: What is it? BBC News



Traditionally a Buddhist form of meditation, its popularity is growing rapidly and it’s now being taught in schools, has been adopted by the national health service and is behind best selling books and top apps. You’re encouraged to focus on living in the moment and its supporters believe it can help deal with stress, mental illness and chronic pain – amongst others. But, how does it work? Benjamin Zand has been giving it a go.

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Paradise Papers: Tax haven secrets of ultra-rich exposed – BBC News



A huge new leak of financial documents has revealed how the powerful and ultra-wealthy, including the Queen’s private estate, secretly invest vast amounts of cash in offshore tax havens.
Donald Trump’s commerce secretary is shown to have a stake in a firm dealing with Russians sanctioned by the US.
The leak, dubbed the Paradise Papers, contains 13.4m documents, mostly from one leading firm in offshore finance.
BBC Panorama is part of nearly 100 media groups investigating the papers.

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Nora Quoirin: Family 'heartbroken' after body found in Malaysia – BBC News



The family of British teenager Nora Quoirin, whose body has been found in Malaysia, have said their “hearts are broken”.
Nora, who had special needs, was found just over a mile away from the Dusun resort on Tuesday.
The 15-year-old Londoner had been on holiday with her family when she disappeared from her room on 4 August.
In a statement, her family thanked the 350 people who had been hunting for Nora in dense jungle near the resort.
They added: “Nora has brought people together, especially from France, Ireland, Britain and Malaysia, united in their love and support for her and her family.
“She has truly touched the whole world.

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BBC News weatherman loses it live on-air but somehow 'makes' it through – BBC News



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After forgetting where his colleague Jane Hill was reporting from BBC News weatherman Tomasz Schafernaker laughs his way through the forecast….somehow. Well done for making it though.

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Assisted dying: 'I just wish the law let me have him for a little longer' – BBC News



Geoff Whaley had motor neurone disease and decided to end his life rather than experience the final stages of the illness.

Assisted suicide is illegal in the UK, so he and his wife Ann travelled to a clinic in Switzerland.

They had been campaigning to try to get the UK to change its law, and met peers and MPs to explain their views.

The couple spoke to BBC Home Editor Mark Easton during Geoff’s final days.

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Painful legacy of China's one child policy – BBC News



The policy-making arm of China’s Communist Party is meeting this week to hammer out a strategy for the country’s economic and social development in the next five years. One of the measures widely rumoured to be under consideration is the end of China’s one child policy.

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