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Cameron pledges tax cuts 'for 30m'
Wed, 01 Oct 2014 16:57:59 GMT

David Cameron says a future Conservative government would cut taxes for thirty million people as he delivers his party conference speech.

River body confirmed as missing Alice
Wed, 01 Oct 2014 19:18:58 GMT

A body found in a west London river is that of missing Alice Gross, the Metropolitan Police confirm.

US Secret Service director resigns
Wed, 01 Oct 2014 19:57:32 GMT

The head of the US Secret Service, tasked with guarding US President Barack Obama, has resigned following several high-profile security lapses.

BNP expels ex-leader Nick Griffin
Wed, 01 Oct 2014 19:57:56 GMT

The British National Party says it has expelled its former leader Nick Griffin.

Students vow to step up HK protests
Wed, 01 Oct 2014 19:32:43 GMT

Student demonstrators in Hong Kong vow to step up pro-democracy protests and occupy government buildings if leader CY Leung does not quit.

Begg freed after charges dropped
Wed, 01 Oct 2014 16:39:27 GMT

Ex-Guantanamo Bay detainee Moazzam Begg is freed from prison after prosecutors drop seven terror charges saying "new material" had emerged.

Ex-Tory donor to give £1m to UKIP
Wed, 01 Oct 2014 18:31:01 GMT

Former Conservative supporter Arron Banks is donating £1m to UKIP after joining the party.

Family appeal over Syria case teen
Wed, 01 Oct 2014 16:18:21 GMT

The family of a missing 15-year-old girl who is feared to have travelled to Syria make an appeal for her return.

Iraq PM opposes Arab strikes in Iraq
Wed, 01 Oct 2014 18:02:03 GMT

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi tells the BBC he "totally" opposes Arab nations joining air strikes against Islamic State in his country.

Britons joining IS are enemies - PM
Wed, 01 Oct 2014 17:32:55 GMT

Britons who try to join militants in Syria or Iraq will be treated as "an enemy of the UK", David Cameron says, as RAF jets carry out fresh strikes.

Airlines told to replace cockpit kit
Wed, 01 Oct 2014 13:49:37 GMT

The US air safety regulator has ordered airlines to replace cockpit displays in more than 1,300 planes because of fears that wi-fi signals can make them go blank.

Deadly attack on Donetsk school
Wed, 01 Oct 2014 14:20:41 GMT

A shell blast kills four people at a school in the rebel-held Ukrainian city of Donetsk on the first day of classes, delayed because of the conflict.

VIDEO: Fry tells 'ugly truth' in new book
Wed, 01 Oct 2014 17:38:54 GMT

The award-winning comedian, actor and writer Stephen Fry has said his new volume of memoirs, More Fool Me, reveals the "ugly truth" about his cocaine use in the 1980s.

VIDEO: Zookeeper rears leopard in bathroom
Wed, 01 Oct 2014 18:20:39 GMT

A rare clouded leopard has been hand-reared in the bathroom of a zookeeper after she was rejected by her mother.

VIDEO: How is China reporting HK protests?
Wed, 01 Oct 2014 15:03:01 GMT

The BBC's Celia Hatton reports on how the Chinese media are reporting on the protests in Hong Kong

VIDEO: Meet boy with a tax disc obsession
Wed, 01 Oct 2014 14:28:15 GMT

Jude Currie is a 12-year-old boy from Cobham in Surrey with a rather unusual hobby

VIDEO: The day Ivan got hitched to Ove
Tue, 30 Sep 2014 23:08:36 GMT

It is 25 years since Denmark became the first country to celebrate same-sex civil unions.

VIDEO: Area code needed for local dialling
Wed, 01 Oct 2014 09:28:01 GMT

From Wednesday some people who use landline phones will need to include the area code when making local calls.

VIDEO: Tory highs and lows in the last year
Wed, 01 Oct 2014 10:07:20 GMT

BBC footage recalls some of the highs and lows for David Cameron and the Conservative Party over the last 12 months.

VIDEO: Spandau Ballet on 80s 'hedonism'
Wed, 01 Oct 2014 11:49:03 GMT

Eighties pop group Spandau Ballet reunite for the premiere of a film about their career.

BBC World News wins two Emmy Awards
Wed, 01 Oct 2014 10:20:56 GMT

BBC World News America wins two News and Documentary Emmys for its coverage of the conflicts in Syria and the Central African Republic (CAR).

Rare leopard reared in bathroom
Wed, 01 Oct 2014 16:27:53 GMT

A rare clouded leopard is hand-reared in the bathroom of a zookeeper after being abandoned by its mother.

Caterham to race on despite bailiffs
Wed, 01 Oct 2014 20:02:21 GMT

Formula 1 team Caterham pledge to compete in this weekend's Japanese Grand Prix despite bailiffs visiting their base.

Lancaster signs England deal to 2020
Wed, 01 Oct 2014 11:18:23 GMT

Stuart Lancaster's contract as England head coach is extended until 2020 by the Rugby Football Union.

Secrets of Europe's Ryder Cup win
Wed, 01 Oct 2014 10:55:03 GMT

Graeme McDowell outlines in detail how Europe captain Paul McGinley masterminded the Ryder Cup triumph at Gleneagles.

Brooking against manager quota
Wed, 01 Oct 2014 12:17:30 GMT

Sir Trevor Brooking is against the 'Rooney Rule' being introduced and says the number of black managers in the game will increase.

Eddie Jordan answers your questions
Tue, 30 Sep 2014 17:08:53 GMT

Hamilton or Rosberg? Where will Alonso go in 2015? What's up with Vettel? Eddie Jordan answers these questions and more.

Sainsbury results spark shares fall
Wed, 01 Oct 2014 16:46:16 GMT

Sainsbury's shares close down 7% as supermarket price wars prompt its third consecutive quarterly sales fall.

AUDIO: Sainsbury's boss warns of challenges
Wed, 01 Oct 2014 11:01:36 GMT

Sainsbury's has announced like-for-like sales fell almost 3% in the three months to September.

Lord Hill faces second 'EU grilling'
Wed, 01 Oct 2014 19:11:32 GMT

The UK's candidate to join the European Commission, Lord Hill, is summoned to a second hearing of MEPs to assess his suitability for the job.

VIDEO: How PM's figures add up - in 40 secs
Wed, 01 Oct 2014 18:19:20 GMT

David Cameron has pledged to cut taxes for thirty million people if the Conservatives win next year's election, the Institute for Fiscal Studies has said the combined cost of the tax changes would be £7.2bn by 2020.

Texas children 'monitored for Ebola'
Wed, 01 Oct 2014 19:21:14 GMT

Children have come into contact with the first patient to be diagnosed with Ebola on US soil and are being monitored, the Texas governor says.

AUDIO: Cancer victim gives to hospital that failed her
Wed, 01 Oct 2014 11:21:34 GMT

A cervical cancer victim has donated thousands of pounds to the hospital that failed to spot her disease.

Warning of university 'cold spots'
Tue, 30 Sep 2014 23:36:48 GMT

There are warnings that a lack of higher education in some parts of England could hamper the growth of local economies.

AUDIO: Classical challenge for Benedetti
Tue, 30 Sep 2014 08:56:26 GMT

The BBC is launching a campaign to get every child in the land familiar with a piece of classical music.

UK legalises music and film ripping
Wed, 01 Oct 2014 16:11:19 GMT

The UK makes it legal to make duplicates of media files for personal use, but will still allow companies to add copy-protection code.

VIDEO: Windows 10 'brings back familiarity'
Wed, 01 Oct 2014 00:15:14 GMT

Microsoft has disclosed the first details of Windows 10 - its next operating system (OS).

Moon's hidden valley system revealed
Wed, 01 Oct 2014 18:44:28 GMT

Scientists identify a huge rectangular feature on the Moon that is probably the buried remains of an ancient rift valley system.

VIDEO: Zookeeper rears leopard in bathroom
Wed, 01 Oct 2014 18:20:39 GMT

A rare clouded leopard has been hand-reared in the bathroom of a zookeeper after she was rejected by her mother.

Radio and TV host Sheila Tracy dies
Wed, 01 Oct 2014 13:51:10 GMT

Broadcaster and musician Sheila Tracy, who was the first woman to read the news on BBC Radio 4 and presented Big Band Special on Radio 2, dies.

VIDEO: Fry tells 'ugly truth' in new book
Wed, 01 Oct 2014 17:38:54 GMT

The award-winning comedian, actor and writer Stephen Fry has said his new volume of memoirs, More Fool Me, reveals the "ugly truth" about his cocaine use in the 1980s.

Is yoga really about exercise?
Tue, 30 Sep 2014 23:17:26 GMT

US yoga practitioners insist it isn't primarily about fitness. But the definition can be flexible.

Why do so many drivers shun seatbelts?
Tue, 30 Sep 2014 07:19:20 GMT

It is more than 30 years since it became illegal to drive without a seatbelt, yet up to two million drivers in the UK are still risking it.

Disaster fans 'had drunk too much'
Wed, 01 Oct 2014 19:10:55 GMT

A senior officer policing Hillsborough at the time of the 1989 disaster says "a substantial minority" of fans had "too much to drink" before entering the ground.

'Racist' Banksy mural destroyed
Wed, 01 Oct 2014 15:50:27 GMT

A Banksy mural showing a group of pigeons holding anti-immigration banners is destroyed after a complaint the work was "racist".

Universities hold world rankings
Wed, 01 Oct 2014 20:02:35 GMT

Four Scottish universities rise up the Times Higher Education world rankings despite the UK coming under pressure from overseas competition.

Policy change over armed police
Wed, 01 Oct 2014 15:25:14 GMT

Specialist armed police officers in Scotland will in future only be deployed to firearms incidents or where there is a threat to life.

Remains found in Disappeared search
Wed, 01 Oct 2014 17:35:13 GMT

Human remains have been found in a County Meath bog by a team searching for an IRA victim missing for almost 40 years.

Rallies plan over parades dispute
Wed, 01 Oct 2014 16:57:29 GMT

Orangemen and unionists are considering staging rallies over the north Belfast parades dispute, the BBC has learned.

'Horrific' care nurses struck off
Wed, 01 Oct 2014 14:16:51 GMT

Two nurses whose care led to "avoidable harm to vulnerable patients" at an Abertillery care home are struck off by the Nursing and Midwifery Council.

Ex-ministers attack M4 relief road
Wed, 01 Oct 2014 16:49:00 GMT

Two former environment ministers criticise Welsh government plans for an M4 relief road south of Newport.

First Ebola case diagnosed in the US
Wed, 01 Oct 2014 13:11:13 GMT

A man who travelled from Liberia nearly two weeks ago is the first confirmed case of the deadly Ebola virus diagnosed on American soil.

Grace Mugabe 'should hand back PhD'
Wed, 01 Oct 2014 18:52:22 GMT

Award-winning Zimbabwean writer Chenjerai Hove calls on Zimbabwe's first lady Grace Mugabe to hand back her PhD as students demand an investigation.

Japan volcano eruption deaths rise
Wed, 01 Oct 2014 19:59:00 GMT

Rescue workers in Japan recover more bodies from Mount Ontake, bringing to 47 the number of those killed by Saturday's surprise volcanic eruption.

New Afghan leader reopens bank case
Wed, 01 Oct 2014 17:48:59 GMT

Afghanistan's new President, Ashraf Ghani, says he is resuming the investigation into a banking fraud, said to be one of the largest in the world.

Karadzic takes blame for Serb crimes
Wed, 01 Oct 2014 16:21:12 GMT

Radovan Karadzic sums up his defence, saying he takes "moral responsibility" for crimes committed by Bosnian Serbs but denying he ordered killings.

New Nato chief urges Russian rethink
Wed, 01 Oct 2014 16:19:44 GMT

The new Nato chief, Jens Stoltenberg, says the alliance wants constructive ties with Russia - but Russian policy in Ukraine must change.

Kissinger 'considered Cuba strikes'
Wed, 01 Oct 2014 15:49:31 GMT

US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger wanted to "smash Cuba" by air strikes nearly 40 years ago, newly disclosed government documents show.

Chile avalanche kills extreme skiers
Wed, 01 Oct 2014 09:14:46 GMT

Extreme skiers Jean-Philippe Auclair and Carl Andreas Fransson have died in an avalanche in southern Chile, officials confirm.

Fresh strikes around key Syrian town
Wed, 01 Oct 2014 15:31:37 GMT

US-led forces carry out air strikes on Islamic State militants battling Kurdish fighters around the northern Syrian border town of Kobane.

Iran filmmakers back nuclear deal
Wed, 01 Oct 2014 17:01:14 GMT

Six prominent Iranian filmmakers launch a campaign urging world powers to agree a permanent solution to the dispute over Iran's nuclear programme.

White House 'intruder' in court
Wed, 01 Oct 2014 19:47:26 GMT

Omar Gonzalez, the man accused of scaling the White House fence and running into the building while carrying a knife, pleads not guilty to charges.

Counterfeit Xbox One makers charged
Wed, 01 Oct 2014 11:21:43 GMT

Five men accused of being part of a hacking ring that stole pre-release video games and put a prototype Xbox One on sale have been charged.

RAF strikes and PM's NHS pledge - front pages
Wed, 01 Oct 2014 04:52:43 GMT

The first RAF air strikes against Islamic State targets since Parliament approved military action in Iraq make front-page news.

Your pictures: Amateur sport
Wed, 01 Oct 2014 14:16:27 GMT

Readers' photos on the theme of "amateur sport"

Day in pictures: 1 October
Wed, 01 Oct 2014 12:51:30 GMT

News images from around the world: 1 October

In pictures: Hong Kong protests swell
Wed, 01 Oct 2014 11:36:46 GMT

Crowds gather on the streets of Hong Kong

In pictures: The lure of gold
Tue, 30 Sep 2014 10:42:29 GMT

Men and women who risk their lives to get rich in Guinea

Day in pictures: 30 September
Tue, 30 Sep 2014 11:54:07 GMT

News images from around the world: 30 September

In pictures: India's dying printing tradition
Tue, 30 Sep 2014 00:05:41 GMT

Printing tradition kept alive in Calcutta

In pictures: People of India
Mon, 29 Sep 2014 07:42:55 GMT

Exhibition featuring work by three generations of photographers

In pictures: Hong Kong stand-off
Mon, 29 Sep 2014 19:18:09 GMT

Pro-democracy protesters remain on the streets in Hong Kong

VIDEO: House of Commons
Fri, 26 Sep 2014 17:28:07 GMT

MPs vote by 524 to 43 in favour of UK military action against Islamic State in Iraq.

VIDEO: Chaotic scenes at exit point for Syrians
Wed, 01 Oct 2014 15:28:32 GMT

Paul Adams reports from the Syrian-Turkish border where thousands of refugees are attempting to reach safety.

VIDEO: 'Mr Nobody' ups UKIP offer to £1m
Wed, 01 Oct 2014 17:10:15 GMT

Former Conservative supporter Arron Banks has announced that he will donate £1m to UKIP.

VIDEO: 'Yellow Umbrella Man' HK protest
Wed, 01 Oct 2014 12:16:48 GMT

Paul Zimmerman, who is a Hong Kong local councillor, explains why he took a yellow umbrella to protest at a China National Day reception in Hong Kong.

VIDEO: RAF releases video of Iraq attack
Wed, 01 Oct 2014 14:26:39 GMT

RAF jets have carried out their first strikes on Islamic State targets in Iraq, attacking a "heavy weapon position" and an armed pick-up truck.

VIDEO: Scheme trials music videos age ratings
Wed, 01 Oct 2014 08:36:03 GMT

Music videos shown online are to be given age ratings in the same way films are, in a new pilot scheme.

VIDEO: Japan volcano : Death toll reaches 48
Wed, 01 Oct 2014 13:08:17 GMT

12 more bodies have been recovered by rescue workers from from Mount Ontake, bringing to 48 the number of those killed by Saturday's volcanic eruption.

VIDEO: Henning's wife makes new mercy plea
Tue, 30 Sep 2014 22:12:05 GMT

The wife of British hostage Alan Henning has made a renewed direct appeal to the IS militants holding her husband.

VIDEO: 'Significant efforts to conceal body'
Wed, 01 Oct 2014 06:06:29 GMT

Police searching for missing 14-year-old Alice Gross confirm they have found a body in the River Brent.

Remembering the work of Shirley Baker
Tue, 30 Sep 2014 23:10:53 GMT

One photographer's take on 1960s Britain

Why are chicken, lamb, pork and beef the 'normal' meats?
Wed, 01 Oct 2014 10:17:53 GMT

Why is it seen as unusual to eat certain animals?

How Bosnia is helping Cyprus find peace
Tue, 30 Sep 2014 23:07:53 GMT

How Bosnia is helping Cyprus find peace

VIDEO: Hajj in numbers - in 60 seconds
Wed, 01 Oct 2014 11:08:39 GMT

60-second lowdown on Islamic pilgrimage

Quiz: Car tax discs, pensions and wages
Tue, 30 Sep 2014 23:01:17 GMT

Test your knowledge of changes affecting finances on 1 October

The 'click-bait' internet firm
Tue, 30 Sep 2014 22:55:07 GMT

The $250m internet firm at the forefront of 'lowbrow click-bait'

Connie Converse: The first singer-songwriter
Tue, 30 Sep 2014 23:22:47 GMT

The mystery of Connie Converse, the original singer-songwriter

Anger at Irish water charges reaches boiling point
Tue, 30 Sep 2014 23:05:39 GMT

Why paying for tap water in Ireland has led to flood of complaints

Why Japan's sunny beaches are deserted
Tue, 30 Sep 2014 21:35:44 GMT

The rule that's left Japan's sunny beaches deserted

Is Cameron more Thatcher than Thatcher?
Wed, 01 Oct 2014 14:18:32 GMT

Is Cameron more Thatcher than Thatcher?

NHS budget: What we aren't being told
Wed, 01 Oct 2014 12:16:22 GMT

What the politicians aren’t telling us about the NHS budget

UK's Lord Hill meets his EU critics
Wed, 01 Oct 2014 16:29:13 GMT

Lord Hill tells EU why he's the man to oversee banks