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Cameron: I'll only do one TV debate
Wed, 04 Mar 2015 22:59:47 GMT

David Cameron says he will take part in only one TV debate ahead of the general election featuring seven party leaders, amid a growing row over the issue.

UK bomb plot suspect found guilty
Wed, 04 Mar 2015 19:17:30 GMT

A Pakistani man extradited from the UK to the US has been found guilty of plotting bomb attacks in several countries.

Stepbrother charged with Becky murder
Wed, 04 Mar 2015 18:54:48 GMT

Nathan Matthews, the stepbrother of missing Bristol 16-year-old Becky Watts, is charged with her murder.

Fraud office probes Bank auctions
Wed, 04 Mar 2015 22:35:39 GMT

The Serious Fraud Office is investigating liquidity auctions held by the Bank of England during the financial crisis, the bank says.

SNP 'could take safest Labour seat'
Wed, 04 Mar 2015 21:51:31 GMT

The SNP could win the safest Labour seat in Scotland and oust Charles Kennedy at the general election, according to a new poll.

US envoy to South Korea attacked
Wed, 04 Mar 2015 23:52:10 GMT

US ambassador to South Korea Mark Lippert is injured when a man slashes him with a razor in the capital Seoul.

Farage: Get migration back to normal
Wed, 04 Mar 2015 15:58:34 GMT

Nigel Farage sets out UKIP's plan to cut work-related immigration to the UK but rules out setting a target, as David Cameron and Ed Miliband clash over the issue.

Boston bombing lawyer: 'It was him'
Wed, 04 Mar 2015 22:18:42 GMT

Defence lawyers in the trial of one of the men accused of bombing the Boston Marathon in 2013 admit he carried out the attack but say he was coerced.

Three arrested in terror fraud probe
Wed, 04 Mar 2015 18:43:58 GMT

Three men are arrested by counter-terrorism police on suspicion of fraud linked to extremists travelling to Syria, after reports of people being tricked out of money by bogus police officers.

Blast 'hits Aleppo intelligence HQ'
Wed, 04 Mar 2015 18:48:33 GMT

Dozens of Syrian security personnel and rebels have been killed in an attack on an intelligence facility in the city of Aleppo, activists say.

School apology over Palestinian slur
Wed, 04 Mar 2015 20:18:44 GMT

A North Lanarkshire school apologises after handing out a homework worksheet that called Palestinians "terrorists".

Tracey Ullman returns in BBC comedy
Wed, 04 Mar 2015 21:27:29 GMT

Tracey Ullman is to return to the BBC with her own comedy series, some 30 years after she was a regular face on British TV.

Debate 'ultimatum' and Becky charge
Wed, 04 Mar 2015 23:45:16 GMT

Thursday's front pages focus on Downing Street's latest offer on election TV debates, and the charging of a man with the murder of teenager Becky Watts.

The lessons from Russia's latest killing
Wed, 04 Mar 2015 01:28:08 GMT

The killing of Boris Nemtsov adds to the growing sense of unease about dark undercurrents in Russian politics, says Bridget Kendall.

Is another NHS scandal brewing?
Wed, 04 Mar 2015 11:52:23 GMT

The Morecambe Bay inquiry has chilling echoes of one into Stafford Hospital. So could there be another scandal happening elsewhere?

Why India gang-rape film row is extraordinary
Wed, 04 Mar 2015 13:26:20 GMT

A documentary by a British film-maker on the 2012 gang rape and murder of a female student in Delhi kicks up a storm in India.

Netanyahu's 'chutzpah' rocks US Capitol
Tue, 03 Mar 2015 20:33:14 GMT

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu rocked the Capitol, says Jon Sopel, but will his "chutzpah" be for good or bad?

VIDEO: Ukraine's deadly mines - in 90 secs
Wed, 04 Mar 2015 17:23:55 GMT

Ukraine's latest mining disaster in Donetsk has claimed dozens of lives. But why are the country's mines so dangerous?

VIDEO: Death row Australians - in 60 secs
Wed, 04 Mar 2015 13:53:03 GMT

The BBC looks at Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran, two Australians facing execution in Indonesia for drug smuggling.

Can Iraq's army dislodge Islamic State?
Wed, 04 Mar 2015 06:38:36 GMT

As the Iraqi army tries to dislodge Islamic State militants from Tikrit, Michael Knights looks at whether government troops and volunteer brigades are able take the bigger prize of Mosul.

VIDEO: China's military compared - 60 secs
Wed, 04 Mar 2015 12:39:38 GMT

China's defence budget is set to rise by about 10% in 2015 - here's a quick look at where that places it in the ranks of the world's biggest military spenders.

Australia announces Eurovision singer
Wed, 04 Mar 2015 23:43:20 GMT

Former Australian Idol winner and X Factor judge Guy Sebastian will be Australia's first ever entrant in the Eurovision Song Contest.

£2,000 reward in 'Holy Grail' search
Wed, 04 Mar 2015 22:08:01 GMT

The owners of a stolen Holy Grail relic are offering a joint reward with police for the return of the cup.

VIDEO: Match of the Day
Sat, 05 Oct 2013 21:36:55 GMT

Gary Lineker introduces highlights from all of the Premier League's midweek fixtures, with title rivals Chelsea and Manchester City both in action.

Newcastle United 0-1 Manchester United
Wed, 04 Mar 2015 23:17:21 GMT

Ashley Young capitalises on a late error by Tim Krul to give Manchester United victory over Newcastle United.

Celtic 0-1 St Johnstone
Wed, 04 Mar 2015 21:38:40 GMT

Danny Swanson's 25-yard strike gives St Johnstone all three points and ends Celtic's 11-game unbeaten domestic run.

VIDEO: What is it like to be a female referee?
Wed, 04 Mar 2015 20:57:04 GMT

Three women who have refereed men's sport in snooker, rugby and football share their experiences with BBC Sport.

West Ham United 0-1 Chelsea
Wed, 04 Mar 2015 22:58:09 GMT

Chelsea stay five points clear at the top of the Premier League with a hard-fought win at West Ham.

Oligarch given North Sea deadline
Wed, 04 Mar 2015 19:52:01 GMT

Russian oligarch Mikhail Fridman has seven days to convince the UK government not to force him to sell newly acquired oil and gas assets in the North Sea.

EU puts off end to roaming charges
Wed, 04 Mar 2015 18:12:31 GMT

EU governments defy the European Parliament by deciding that roaming charges for mobile phone users should remain at least until the end of 2018.

Obese need special help - minister
Wed, 04 Mar 2015 18:50:38 GMT

Overweight people who struggle to shed the pounds should be given incentives to lead a more healthy and active lifestyle, Conservative minister Claire Perry has said.

MSPs debate 'super ID database'
Wed, 04 Mar 2015 21:04:27 GMT

MSPs vote for full parliamentary scrutiny of plans to allow more than 100 public bodies to access personal data through an individual's NHS number.

Autism appears 'largely genetic'
Wed, 04 Mar 2015 16:54:29 GMT

Autism is caused by genetic make-up in 74-98% of cases, a Medical Research Council study of 516 twins indicates.

Home care 'being short changed'
Wed, 04 Mar 2015 00:42:29 GMT

Just one in seven councils in the UK is paying a "fair" price for home care for the elderly, according to a survey.

University bosses earning £260,000
Wed, 04 Mar 2015 00:43:12 GMT

While university leaders want to keep £9,000 fees, a lecturers' union survey shows that vice-chancellors are earning up to £623,000 per year.

Delay school start and 'miss a year'
Wed, 04 Mar 2015 13:09:41 GMT

Parents of summer-born children are being told they could miss a year of secondary school if they delay their start at primary, MPs are told.

China and US clash over backdoors
Wed, 04 Mar 2015 13:22:06 GMT

China rejects President Obama's criticism of its attempt to make companies put backdoors in their software and share their encryption keys.

Sony VR helmet set for 2016 launch
Wed, 04 Mar 2015 00:44:28 GMT

Sony unveils an upgraded version of its PlayStation virtual reality helmet, which it says will go on sale in the first half of 2016.

'First human' discovered in Ethiopia
Wed, 04 Mar 2015 18:01:40 GMT

Scientists working in Ethiopia have uncovered a jawbone fossil which may push the origin of humans back 400,000 years.

Magic 'metamaterials' storm physics
Wed, 04 Mar 2015 13:22:45 GMT

The hot topic at a major US conference is materials that can be designed with surprising properties, from programmable rubber to springy ceramics.

BBC DJ criticises Radio 1 diversity
Wed, 04 Mar 2015 17:51:35 GMT

BBC radio presenter Nihal criticises diversity at Radio 1 and 1Xtra, claiming "nothing has changed" since Greg Dyke called the BBC "hideously white" in 2001.

Trust boss moots external regulator
Wed, 04 Mar 2015 16:40:32 GMT

The chair of the BBC Trust suggests an external regulator could take over its role as overseer of the corporation.

The art of before-and-after pictures
Tue, 03 Mar 2015 08:44:33 GMT

Before-and-after adverts feature in thousands of magazines. But how reliable are they?

What would Wittgenstein say about that dress?
Sat, 28 Feb 2015 00:37:07 GMT

The colour of "that dress" has been fascinating people all around the world, including Prof Barry C Smith of the University of London's Institute of Philosophy.

Lovers convicted of killing girl
Wed, 04 Mar 2015 14:12:35 GMT

A woman and her sadistic lover who created a cyber fantasy world are convicted of killing her young daughter, who suffered 50 injuries.

Mayor accused of misleading Londoners
Wed, 04 Mar 2015 21:53:58 GMT

Boris Johnson is accused of misleading Londoners over how much it could cost to fund a new garden bridge over the River Thames.

King will 'delay taking Ibrox chair'
Wed, 04 Mar 2015 23:38:47 GMT

Dave King will delay becoming Rangers chairman after dealing in club shares are suspended ahead of their EGM.

Fracking 'spin beating science'
Wed, 04 Mar 2015 18:10:48 GMT

Spin is beating science in the debate over fracking in Scotland, the head of the Weir Group has claimed.

Over 200 call centre jobs set to go
Wed, 04 Mar 2015 21:35:03 GMT

More than 200 people are set to lose their jobs with the closure of a west Belfast call centre.

Payout to sex offender is halted
Wed, 04 Mar 2015 17:25:28 GMT

A High Court injunction stops an award of £20,000 in damages to a convicted sex offender for featuring on a Facebook page set up to monitor alleged paedophiles.

Abuse probe home children 'ignored'
Wed, 04 Mar 2015 17:00:37 GMT

Young people at a west Wales children's home being investigated for historical child abuse felt their concerns would be ignored, a report says.

DNA tests fail to identify body
Wed, 04 Mar 2015 14:19:48 GMT

Tests fail to identify remains police thought could have been from the body of a woman missing for 37 years.

Lesotho opposition forms government
Wed, 04 Mar 2015 17:01:19 GMT

Five opposition parties in Lesotho form a coalition government after snap elections, called after a failed coup, did not produce an outright winner.

Mugabe sued over party sackings
Wed, 04 Mar 2015 16:56:05 GMT

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe is sued for wrongful dismissal by two former allies, accused of supporting an assassination attempt against him.

India vows rapist interview inquiry
Wed, 04 Mar 2015 16:02:23 GMT

India's home minister promises an inquiry into how a TV crew was allowed to interview a death-row prisoner convicted over the Delhi 2012 gang rape and murder.

Bishop offers Bali Nine prisoner swap
Wed, 04 Mar 2015 21:36:17 GMT

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop offers prisoner swap in last-ditch attempt to save two Australian drug smugglers on death row in Indonesia.

Putin urges end to political murders
Wed, 04 Mar 2015 13:18:15 GMT

Russian President Vladimir Putin demands an end to "shameful" political killings in Russia, after the murder of opposition politician Boris Nemtsov.

Dozens feared dead in Ukraine mine
Wed, 04 Mar 2015 22:29:07 GMT

At least 30 miners are feared dead in a suspected methane gas blast at a coal mine in a rebel-held region of eastern Ukraine.

Leader of Mexico's Zetas cartel held
Wed, 04 Mar 2015 17:52:25 GMT

Omar Trevino Morales, the leader of Mexico's Zetas drugs cartel and one of the country's most wanted men, has been captured, security officials say.

Argentine president case challenged
Wed, 04 Mar 2015 23:35:06 GMT

An Argentine prosecutor appeals against last week's decision to throw out controversial allegations against President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner.

Iraq in bid to encircle IS in Tikrit
Wed, 04 Mar 2015 13:13:41 GMT

Iraqi soldiers and Shia militiamen are seeking to surround Islamic State fighters in Tikrit, on the third day of an operation to retake the city.

Kerry to meet Gulf leaders in Riyadh
Wed, 04 Mar 2015 15:05:16 GMT

US Secretary of State John Kerry is meeting Gulf leaders in Riyadh to address their concerns over a possible nuclear deal with Iran.

'Wholesale change' urged in Ferguson
Thu, 05 Mar 2015 00:00:49 GMT

US Attorney General Eric Holder calls on police and courts in Ferguson, Missouri, to take immediate action after finding widespread racial bias.

WW2 'Japan battleship wreck found'
Wed, 04 Mar 2015 14:16:51 GMT

US billionaire Paul Allen announces he has discovered the famous WW2 Japanese battleship, Musashi, more than 70 years after it was sunk.

In pictures: Cape Town wildfires
Wed, 04 Mar 2015 14:59:27 GMT

Wildfires on outskirts of Cape Town in South Africa

Day in pictures: 4 March 2015
Wed, 04 Mar 2015 12:19:05 GMT

Images from around the world: 4 March

Your pictures: Adventure
Wed, 04 Mar 2015 10:07:41 GMT

Readers' photographs on the theme of adventure

In pictures: Dealing with addiction
Tue, 03 Mar 2015 10:01:08 GMT

David Stewart's pictures of people coping with addiction

Geneva Motor Show: What to look out for
Tue, 03 Mar 2015 00:00:17 GMT

Models to keep an eye out for at Geneva Motor Show

Leonard 'Spock' Nimoy: Life in pictures
Fri, 27 Feb 2015 18:08:51 GMT

Leonard 'Spock' Nimoy has died

Day in pictures: 3 March 2015
Tue, 03 Mar 2015 12:53:08 GMT

Images from around the world: 3 March

Week in pictures: 21-27 February 2015
Fri, 27 Feb 2015 15:56:41 GMT

News photos from around the world

VIDEO: Science and Technology Committee
Wed, 04 Mar 2015 16:46:11 GMT

The Committee hosts a "Voice of the Future 2015" event

VIDEO: Surveillance footage of Abid Naseer
Wed, 04 Mar 2015 22:50:40 GMT

A Pakistani man extradited from the UK to the US has been convicted for plotting attacks in several countries.

VIDEO: Jawbone 'clue to first humans'
Wed, 04 Mar 2015 19:08:10 GMT

A jawbone, thought to belong to one of the world's very first humans, has been found in Ethiopia.

VIDEO: Stepbrother charged with Becky murder
Wed, 04 Mar 2015 23:20:45 GMT

Nathan Matthews, the stepbrother of missing 16-year-old Becky Watts, has been charged with her murder, Avon and Somerset Police have said.

VIDEO: Cape Town wildfires from above
Wed, 04 Mar 2015 19:20:55 GMT

More than 100 South African firefighters are battling wildfires on the mountains around Cape Town.

VIDEO: Mine survivor speaks of horror
Wed, 04 Mar 2015 22:28:38 GMT

Some 33 miners are feared dead in a suspected methane gas blast at a coal mine in a rebel-held region of eastern Ukraine.

VIDEO: Prince's call to end ivory trade
Wed, 04 Mar 2015 16:47:54 GMT

Prince William condemns illegal wildlife trading in a speech on the final day of his tour of China.

VIDEO: Plane left nose-down on Nepal runway
Wed, 04 Mar 2015 10:25:39 GMT

A group of airline passengers in Nepal had a lucky escape after their plane skidded off a runway in dense fog.

VIDEO: Fears for future of Ebola orphanage
Wed, 04 Mar 2015 13:46:29 GMT

There is growing concern about the future of an orphanage run by a British charity in Sierra Leone, after one member of staff died last week from Ebola.

Crossing the Forth without the Forth Bridge
Wed, 04 Mar 2015 12:18:27 GMT

How the Forth was crossed before the famous bridge

Why are UK petrol prices rising again?
Wed, 04 Mar 2015 01:23:16 GMT

Why are petrol prices rising again?

China's Tube crush
Wed, 04 Mar 2015 00:09:57 GMT

How London's male commuters set Chinese hearts racing

The number of old people in the UK killing themselves has fallen. Why?
Wed, 04 Mar 2015 08:29:05 GMT

The number of old people killing themselves has fallen. Why?

The man protecting China's elephants
Wed, 04 Mar 2015 10:50:07 GMT

The man protecting the home of China's wild elephants

Hands-on with HTC's virtual reality
Wed, 04 Mar 2015 18:05:00 GMT

Is HTC and Valve's virtual reality any good?

Striking gold with a hoard of lost property
Wed, 04 Mar 2015 01:23:45 GMT

The lost property shop stuffed with diamonds, bikes... and a leg

VIDEO: The man who changed parenting
Wed, 04 Mar 2015 00:00:58 GMT

The man who changed parenting forever