BBC news for Somerset

Half of Somerset's libraries under threat of closure

Fifteen of 34 libraries would need community involvement to remain open, the council said.

Man's bomb hoax to stop wife’s night out in Minehead

Court hears Mo Ahmed was angry his wife was going out while he worked two jobs to make ends meet.

Hairdresser following dream with stand-up wheelchair

Mitch Chalmers was left paralysed from the chest down after a motocross accident.

How Taunton cared for German child refugees

Somerset town twinning association is looking for people with memories of children of war.

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Turpin case: California couple deny torturing 'shackled siblings'

The couple appeared in court after prosecutors detailed the horrific abuse allegations against them.

US government shutdown: House backs funding bill and sends it to Senate

A bill to temporarily fund the US government must now be backed by the Senate to avert a shutdown.

Jacinda Ardern: New Zealand PM reveals she is pregnant

Jacinda Ardern, who took office in October, jokes that she "thought 2017 was a big year".

HSBC to pay $101.5m to settle currency rigging probe

Financial giant HSBC agrees to pay $101.1m, confirming it misused client information for its own profit.