US & World

Democrat wins governor election in Louisiana

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards has courted the Deep South’s votes with conservative views on guns and abortion Democratic Governor John Bel Edwards won the Louisiana governor’s election on Saturday evening after a tightly fought race. The incumbent faced a strong challenge from Republican Eddie Rispone. The result comes as […]

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The growing importance of the night-time economy

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The UK’s night-time economy has annual revenues of £66bn, says one report It is 04:00 in central London’s clubbing district, Soho. People are slowly streaming out of the clubs, some huddled in doorways waiting for taxis, others dancing on the kerb, merry and very loud. The night-time economy is […]

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The woman who said Jesus would return – to Bedford

Image copyright The Panacea Charitable Trust Image caption Mabel Barltrop founded her religious community in 1919 Two centuries ago, a 64-year-old woman called Joanna Southcott announced she was pregnant with the Messiah. She died in December 1814, months after making this bold claim. Inevitably, a post-mortem examination revealed there was no child. But how did […]

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Simon Smith: Mum recalls baby’s murder 25 years on

Image copyright Rachel Playfair Image caption Rachel Playfair was besotted with her daughter, Lauren Twenty-five years ago, Simon Smith killed his three-month-old daughter – sparking an investigation into the deaths of his two other children. As he is moved to an open prison after serving decades behind bars, his ex-partner Rachel Playfair tells the story […]