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What can I do about it and other questions - BBC News

"The moment of crisis has come" in efforts to tackle climate change, Sir David Attenborough has warned. He spoke as BBC News launched a year of special coverage on global warming. Here are our answers to a range of readers' questions. WHAT ARE THE MOST IMPORTANT THINGS PEOPLE CAN DO? - MAUREEN WATT, LIVINGSTON, SCOTLAND. Climate change will need to be tackled by governments worldwide, through measures like the 2005 Kyoto Protocol. This brought ... Full story

Chinese student Wu Huayan dies after living on pennies a day

Image caption Wu Huayan ate only rice and chillies in order to save money to help her sick brother. A severely malnourished student who survived on just 2 yuan ($0.30, £0.20) per day for years to support her brother has died, Chinese media say. Wu Huayan's plight shocked China when pictures of the young woman, who weighed just over 20kg (43lb), emerged last year. She was admitted to hospital with breathing problems in October 2019. Donations ... Full story

Iran plane downing: Victims' governments to press Tehran for answers

Image caption All 176 people on the plane were killed when it crashed in Tehran. Iran is facing fresh pressure to give a full accounting of what happened to the Ukrainian Airlines plane that was shot down over its capital city last week with 176 people on board. Ministers from five countries that lost citizens in the crash are due to meet in London later to demand answers. Ahead of the meeting, Canada's foreign minister said his country would ... Full story

US activists fight for temperance 100 years on - BBC News

Image caption Though Prohibition was repealed in 1933, alcohol remains controversial in the US. It is 100 years to the day since Prohibition came into effect. The 18th Amendment to the Constitution banned anyone in the US from selling, making, importing or even transporting alcohol. Criminal gangs immediately took over the industry. Speakeasies sprung up nationwide to sell illegal liquor and tens of millions flouted the legislation. By 1933 it ... Full story

Iran plane crash: Khamenei to lead Friday prayers for first time since 2012

Image caption Ayatollah Ali Khamenei is regarded as the figurehead of Iran's conservative establishment. Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei is to lead Friday prayers in the capital Tehran - the first time he has done so in eight years. It comes in the wake of widespread angry protests over the Ukrainian passenger plane shot down by Iran's military last week. Iran's leadership is also under pressure over a sharp downturn in the economy ... Full story

Trump 'knew exactly what was going on', Giuliani aide claims

Image caption Ukrainian-American businessman Lev Parnas is an associate of President Trump's personal lawyer. An aide to Rudy Giuliani claims President Trump "knew exactly what was going on" regarding efforts to pressure Ukraine into investigating former Vice-President Joe Biden and his son. Lev Parnas, a close associate of Mr Trump's lawyer, made the comments in an interview with MSNBC. Mr Parnas, who is facing separate criminal charges, said ... Full story

South Korea may be open to solo travel to North Korea Travel

(CNN) — South Koreans may soon be able to travel on their own to North Korea under new rules being considered by their government. The South Korean Ministry of Unification, which oversees policy towards the country's northern neighbor, has hinted that barriers to independent travel to the north could be removed in the future. The ministry's deputy spokesman, Kim Eun-han, said individual tourism was not subject to sanctions and that "the ... Full story

Indyref2: What does 'once in a generation' mean?

Image caption How much time has to elapse before there's a new Yes generation? Boris Johnson has rejected Nicola Sturgeon's call for a new independence referendum by insisting the 2014 vote was a "once in a generation" event. Why do people keep using this phrase, and what does it mean? WHY IS THIS COMING UP NOW? The debate about a second independence referendum has echoed much of the debate about the first one, because both sides see it as ... Full story

Trump launches fresh attack on Apple over privacy

Image caption Apple chief executive Tim Cook and Donald Trump don't see eye to eye over access to data. US President Donald Trump has launched a fresh attack on Apple. He tweeted that the company was refusing to unlock iPhones "used by killers, drug dealers and other violent criminal elements". On Monday US Attorney General William Barr accused Apple of not being helpful in an inquiry into a shooting that is being treated as a terrorist act. It ... Full story