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We have redesigned our site to make it even better to look at and easier to use.

The main sections of News Online are listed on every page on the left side and at the bottom.

Clicking on any of these links takes you to the section's homepage.

Most sections on the left can be clicked to show sub-sections - so World for instance is divided into six different world regions and has links to well-known BBC programmes.

Lower down on the left are links to our Weather and Sport sites and then additional services such as e-mail news and a downloadable ticker.

On the right side of the page, picture boxes take you to audio and video content, background features and talking points.

Homepages have contents lists, text and graphics links and links to relevant stories from our huge archive.

Many sections have links to BBC news programmes. Symbols like this  Watch  Listen  show that you can watch or hear them.

You can search our site by entering keywords in the box at the top right of the page. For detailed information see Searching our archive in the Help section.

Main sections

  • Front Page: Latest UK and world news as it happens, with background links. The 'ticker' shows breaking news.

  • World: International news in depth supplemented by expert reporting from renowned BBC programmes like "From our own Correspondent".

  • UK: The main news from Britain and Northern Ireland, with background and analysis.

  • UK Politics: Live coverage from the Houses of Commons and Lords, including the weekly battle at Prime Minster's Questions and background on the big political issues.

  • Business: Market movements, London share prices, foreign exchange rates and other financial news and comment.

  • Sci/Tech: What's happening in science, technology and on the Internet.

  • Health: Everything you need to know about the latest medical developments.

  • Education: News from the learning curve.

  • Entertainment: Soul to Shakespeare - news and reviews, trends and tastes.

  • Talking Point: Controversy and comment - tell us what you think and vote on the big issues of the day.

  • In Depth: Deep background on major news stories.

  • Audio/Video: Live and recorded video and audio news coverage with links to major BBC news programmes.

  • Archive: Preserving all BBC News Online's stories since our site opened. To access any story, enter keywords in the box at the bottom of each page. Stories are ordered by relevance and date. There are also instructions for more advanced searching.

  • Sport: News, results and comment from Britain and around the world.

  • Other sections
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