Sanctions: What are they and why do countries use them?

The USA has said it will impose new sanctions on Russia over the poisoning of two people in Salisbury. Sergei Skripal was a former Russian double agent living in the UK. Along with his daughter Yulia, he was left seriously ill after being poisoned by the nerve agent Novichok in March. The UK blames Russia, but the … Continue reading Sanctions: What are they and why do countries use them?

Equal marriage in Northern Ireland: ‘We’re asking to be treated with dignity’

"We're not asking for the world here," says Stephen Donnan. "We're asking for a simple change in the law to let us be treated with dignity. I think once people realise that, then minds start to change." Stephen's talking about the campaign to introduce gay marriage into the only UK country where it's not allowed: … Continue reading Equal marriage in Northern Ireland: ‘We’re asking to be treated with dignity’

Housing, student debt and pay: Why the Budget matters to you more than ever

Chancellor Philip Hammond is in charge of the UK's finances and will be delivering his Budget statement. That's where he'll set out how he intends to spend the country's money over the next year and beyond. And with his party desperate to appeal to young voters, this is the one to pay attention to.

Social media and censorship in China: how is it different to the West?

China has disrupted WhatsApp in a censorship drive ahead of the government's Communist Party meeting next month. Other social media platforms, which people in the West use every day, are also banned in mainland China. Instead they're replaced by other ones which the government can monitor. So what social media platforms are Chinese people able to use? … Continue reading Social media and censorship in China: how is it different to the West?