Prisons minister Rory Stewart: I’ll resign if drugs and violence don’t go down

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionRory Stewart: Judge me on my record in 12 months time Prisons minister Rory Stewart says he will resign in a year if he hasn’t managed to reduce drugs and violence levels in 10 target jails in England. He made the promise as the government announced £10m …

Zaradulu the mythmaker to reveal the pranks she’s played on you

If she’s been successful, you’ve probably never heard of her. Mischief maker and performance artist Zardulu is credited with the creation of a number of hoax viral news stories. The most famous of these staged events was Pizza Rat, where a video of a rat on the New York subway was filmed ambitiously carrying a …

Europa League: Burnley beat Istanbul Basaksehir 1-0 after extra time

Jack Cork’s goal was his second of the season after he scored against Aberdeen in the previous round Burnley moved within one round of the Europa League group stage as they beat Turkish side Istanbul Basaksehir after extra time. Following a goalless first leg, Jack Cork scored the only goal at Turf Moor when he …

E-cigarettes can be key weapon against smoking, say MPs

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Around 2.9 million people in the UK are using e-cigarettes Rules around e-cigarettes should be relaxed so they can be more widely used and accepted in society, says a report by a committee of MPs. Vaping is much less harmful than normal cigarettes and e-cigarettes should be made available …

Newspaper headlines: Aretha Franklin dies and ‘Cipriani case causes outrage’

Newspaper headlines: Aretha Franklin dies and ‘Cipriani case causes outrage’ By BBC News Staff Image copyright The Guardian Image caption The death of Aretha Franklin dominates the front pages with the Guardian devoting most of its cover to a large picture of the singer. “She was the living definition of soul” and her music was …

Soul singer endured tumultuous childhood to conquer the world and demand Respect

Probably Aretha Franklin’s best known song, Respect, was released in 1967 at the height of a tumultuous period in the battle for US civil rights. But its anthemic demand – in fact a personal request – echoes down the ages to speak to people today, just as it did in the era of Martin Luther …

Madonna celebrates 60th birthday with Marrakesh selfie

Madonna is celebrating her 60th birthday in style, in the Moroccan city of Marrakesh. The Queen of Pop posted a series of selfies on Instagram, dressed as a North African nomad, titling her snap “BerberQueen”. Wearing a Tarboosh hat along with a traditional Amazigh headdress adorned with spikes and trinkets, plus gold necklaces and chunky …