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US military 'tried to free Foley'
Thu, 21 Aug 2014 00:24:47 GMT

The Pentagon says a US secret mission tried but failed to free US hostages in Syria, reportedly including murdered reporter James Foley.

Beheading suspect 'probably British'
Wed, 20 Aug 2014 19:54:46 GMT

David Cameron says it looks "increasingly likely" a man thought to have been involved in a US journalist's beheading is British.

'Volatile' GCSE results expected
Wed, 20 Aug 2014 23:46:47 GMT

Hundreds of thousands of pupils are receiving their GCSE grades, with warnings of "shocks in store" for some schools.

Labour in energy regulator pledge
Thu, 21 Aug 2014 00:38:41 GMT

Labour pledges to give the regulator Ofgem the power to remove energy firms' licences, if it wins the next election.

Iceland evacuates area near volcano
Wed, 20 Aug 2014 17:14:54 GMT

Authorities in Iceland complete the evacuation of an area close to the country's Bardarbunga volcano over fears of an impending eruption.

Israel PM vows further Gaza campaign
Wed, 20 Aug 2014 22:34:23 GMT

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vows a continued campaign against Gaza militants, amid renewed fighting between the two sides.

Silva runs for Brazilian presidency
Thu, 21 Aug 2014 00:17:55 GMT

The Brazilian Socialist Party names environmental campaigner Marina Silva as its new presidential candidate, replacing Eduardo Campos who died last week.

21% rise in sex offences on railways
Thu, 21 Aug 2014 00:59:07 GMT

The number of sexual offences reported on Britain's railways has risen by a fifth in a year, the British Transport Police says.

Khan refuses to join Pakistan talks
Wed, 20 Aug 2014 21:59:57 GMT

Opposition leader Imran Khan has refused to join talks to end days of protests in Islamabad, saying they would be "no use" unless the Prime Minister resigns.

Attorney general meets Brown family
Thu, 21 Aug 2014 01:02:13 GMT

US Attorney General Eric Holder meets the parents of Michael Brown, the black teenager killed by police in Ferguson, Missouri last week.

Warning issued over oil predictions
Wed, 20 Aug 2014 18:04:05 GMT

A leading oil industry figure says the Scottish government's predictions for North Sea oil recovery are up to 60% too high.

Botox may have cancer fighting role
Thu, 21 Aug 2014 00:18:59 GMT

Botox injections - beloved by those seeking a wrinkle-free complexion - may help fight cancer, early animal studies suggest.

Pre-cook barbecue food, agency warns
Thu, 21 Aug 2014 01:40:27 GMT

People are urged to pre-cook food in the oven before barbecuing it after research finds many Britons make hygiene mistakes when cooking outdoors.

VIDEO: 'Our friend has given us a son'
Wed, 20 Aug 2014 23:09:55 GMT

BBC News met new parents Nick and Michael Scott-Kline with 18-month-old Elliot and surrogate mother Sarah Jones.

VIDEO: Amnesty accuses Ferguson police
Wed, 20 Aug 2014 21:51:01 GMT

Amnesty International accuses police in Ferguson of human rights violations during their response to a week of protests. The group's executive director in the US spoke to the BBC.

VIDEO: English attitudes to Scottish referendum
Wed, 20 Aug 2014 20:27:54 GMT

Has the Scottish referendum debate led England to consider its position within the Union?

VIDEO: CCTV shows tornado strike beach cafe
Wed, 20 Aug 2014 11:37:53 GMT

CCTV shows a beach in the town of Arenzano in northern Italy being torn apart by a tornado.

VIDEO: Could this man help save the world?
Tue, 19 Aug 2014 23:01:14 GMT

Jay Tate runs the National Near Earth Observation Centre - watching the skies for asteroids that could threaten the planet

VIDEO: Stand up comedy lessons for vicars
Wed, 20 Aug 2014 13:01:29 GMT

A group of vicars from the South East vow to make sermons more fun by taking part in a course which teaches them how to tell jokes.

VIDEO: Rain sparks deadly Japan landslides
Wed, 20 Aug 2014 07:09:49 GMT

At least 27 people are killed after heavy rain sparks landslides in Japan's Hiroshima prefecture.

VIDEO: Barenboim: 'Orchestra must play on'
Wed, 20 Aug 2014 11:14:19 GMT

Conductor Daniel Barenboim speaks to Newsnight's Kirsty Wark about how the situation in Gaza has affected his orchestra of musicians from both sides in the conflict.

Jihadist 'manhunt' on front pages
Wed, 20 Aug 2014 23:09:07 GMT

The hunt for a jihadist, believed to be British, who was filmed beheading American journalist James Foley in Syria dominates front pages.

UK's 'most generous town' revealed
Wed, 20 Aug 2014 23:03:11 GMT

Data gathered by donation site JustGiving has revealed what it says is the UK's most generous town, based on donations to its website.

Teacher makes 27,000 loom band top
Wed, 20 Aug 2014 12:56:42 GMT

A supply teacher from Northamptonshire uses more than 27,000 pink loom bands to create a one-off garment for a breast cancer charity.

Maribor 1-1 Celtic
Wed, 20 Aug 2014 20:34:14 GMT

Celtic pick up an away goal as they draw with NK Maribor in the first leg of their Champions League play-off.

Mackay not in line for Palace job
Wed, 20 Aug 2014 21:30:02 GMT

Malky Mackay will not succeed Tony Pulis at Crystal Palace as his former club Cardiff complains about him to the FA.

Lyle takes gold at IPC championships
Wed, 20 Aug 2014 22:18:54 GMT

Maria Lyle, 14, marks her arrival on the international stage with gold in the T35 100m at the IPC Athletics European Championships.

Man Utd complete £16m Rojo signing
Wed, 20 Aug 2014 19:03:50 GMT

Manchester United announce the £16m signing of defender Marcos Rojo from Sporting Lisbon on a five-year deal.

50 years of Match of the Day in stats & facts
Wed, 20 Aug 2014 15:07:00 GMT

Ahead of a BBC One special on Friday at 22:35 BST to mark 50 years of Match of the Day, we look at some facts about the famous show.

Wall Street market report
Wed, 20 Aug 2014 21:25:18 GMT

Wall Street Market Report

VIDEO: Panasonic turns to vegetable farming
Thu, 21 Aug 2014 01:24:09 GMT

Japanese electronics giant Panasonic has turned its hand to growing vegetables in Singapore. The BBC investigates.

PM condemns journalist's beheading
Wed, 20 Aug 2014 15:57:51 GMT

The beheading of a US journalist by Islamic State militants was "shocking and depraved", says Prime Minister David Cameron.

AUDIO: Rennard accuser on party 'fudge'
Wed, 20 Aug 2014 10:57:06 GMT

One of the women who accused Lord Rennard of harassment said she is "flabbergasted but really not that surprised" that his membership suspension has been lifted.

Superbug measures 'lack evidence'
Thu, 21 Aug 2014 00:24:40 GMT

Researchers suggest some standard methods to reduce the spread of MRSA infections need to be re-evaluated as they may do more harm than good.

VIDEO: The debate over competition in the NHS
Mon, 18 Aug 2014 20:40:32 GMT

Recent large contracts are fuelling the debate over competition for services within the NHS.

Ofsted to probe tip-off claims
Wed, 20 Aug 2014 08:58:50 GMT

Ofsted is to investigate claims that schools in Norfolk were given advance notice of inspections.

VIDEO: 'Trojan horse' principal on school return
Tue, 19 Aug 2014 12:48:24 GMT

A principal at an academy school in Birmingham, who resigned because she felt under undue pressure from governors, has given a statement after resuming her post.

Samsung-made Nook tablet announced
Wed, 20 Aug 2014 17:31:25 GMT

Barnes & Noble unveils a customised version of a budget Samsung tablet that replaces a model it used to make itself.

VIDEO: Can the new Nook take on Kindle?
Wed, 20 Aug 2014 17:13:37 GMT

Samsung and Barnes and Noble have teamed up to launch a new e-reader on a tablet device.

Greenland ice sheet losses double
Wed, 20 Aug 2014 14:01:24 GMT

A new assessment from Europe's CryoSat spacecraft shows Greenland to be losing about 375 cu km of ice each year.

VIDEO: Russian cosmonauts go on spacewalk
Mon, 18 Aug 2014 21:01:47 GMT

Two Russian cosmonauts set off on a spacewalk from the International Space Station (ISS) to launch a nano-satellite.

Big Brother doctor 'sacked unfairly'
Wed, 20 Aug 2014 14:13:36 GMT

The former psychologist for TV series Big Brother wins his unfair dismissal claim against the University of Manchester.

VIDEO: US blockbuster season box office down
Wed, 20 Aug 2014 23:04:31 GMT

The US box office has struggled compared to previous years during the traditional high point of the summer blockbuster season.

Could the cravat make a comeback?
Tue, 19 Aug 2014 11:41:38 GMT

Noted cravat-wearer Nicholas Parsons has lamented the neckwear's retreat from front-line fashion.

How unhealthy is two years indoors?
Mon, 18 Aug 2014 13:32:53 GMT

Julian Assange says he will leave the Ecuadorean Embassy in London "soon".

People hurt in Longleat train crash
Wed, 20 Aug 2014 19:50:14 GMT

Two carriages overturn at Longleat Adventure Park, leaving six people injured.

Drunk stowaway said he was co-pilot
Wed, 20 Aug 2014 15:15:22 GMT

A drunken 22-year-old who managed to sneak on to a plane told staff he was the co-pilot when he was found, a court hears.

Think tank recommends keeping pound
Wed, 20 Aug 2014 23:07:32 GMT

An independent Scotland should use the pound without the UK's permission, says a report from the Adam Smith Institute.

MSPs tackle police firearms policy
Wed, 20 Aug 2014 23:09:32 GMT

The Scottish parliament's Justice Committee is to look at the routine arming of specialist police officers.

Second arrest over Tilbury death
Wed, 20 Aug 2014 17:01:02 GMT

A second person is arrested on suspicion of manslaughter over the death of man in a shipping container in Essex.

Job loss fears at medical business
Wed, 20 Aug 2014 17:35:44 GMT

Northern Ireland's largest, private medical group says it may have to lay off 50 staff following a cut in the number of patients referred by the NHS.

City bakery 'makes 390 job losses'
Wed, 20 Aug 2014 17:07:33 GMT

A bakery in Newport is reported to be cutting 390 jobs by November.

Two more hospital 'neglect' arrests
Wed, 20 Aug 2014 14:35:24 GMT

Two more nurses have been arrested in connection with an investigation into allegations of wilful neglect at the Princess of Wales Hospital in Bridgend, say police.

Liberia troops enforce Ebola lockdown
Wed, 20 Aug 2014 17:21:33 GMT

Security forces in Liberia's capital deploy to enforce a quarantine in a large slum area in order to contain the spread of Ebola, setting off protests.

Fear over Somali radio closure
Wed, 20 Aug 2014 18:21:25 GMT

The manager of a radio station in Somalia tells the BBC he is in hiding after the authorities took it off air, accusing it of spreading hate messages.

Rain sparks deadly Japan landslides
Wed, 20 Aug 2014 10:45:30 GMT

At least 32 people have been killed in landslides caused by heavy rain that buried houses in Japan's Hiroshima prefecture, officials say.

India activist Irom Sharmila freed
Wed, 20 Aug 2014 13:01:53 GMT

Indian activist Irom Sharmila Chanu, who has been on a hunger strike for 14 years, is freed following a court order.

Russia convoy 'near Ukraine customs'
Wed, 20 Aug 2014 21:49:24 GMT

Four lorries from a 280-strong Russian aid convoy move into the customs zone near Ukraine's border, a Ukrainian security official says.

Bodies found after Tornado collision
Wed, 20 Aug 2014 13:16:17 GMT

Two bodies are found after Italian Tornado fighter jets collide and crash during training, while the fate of two other crew members is unknown.

Guatemalan top general dies in crash
Wed, 20 Aug 2014 21:11:28 GMT

The chief of the armed forces in Guatemala, General Rudy Ortiz, has died in a military helicopter crash near the border with Mexico, the Guatemalan government says.

Shakira song 'broke copyright laws'
Thu, 21 Aug 2014 01:35:30 GMT

Colombian pop star Shakira's hit song Loca was indirectly copied from a Dominican songwriter's work, a US federal judge rules.

Iran MPs dismiss science minister
Wed, 20 Aug 2014 12:53:07 GMT

Iran's parliament votes to dismiss Science Minister Reza Faraji-Dana, dealing a blow to reformist President Hassan Rouhani.

UN begins huge aid drop in Iraq
Wed, 20 Aug 2014 20:43:03 GMT

The UN says it has begun its largest aid operation for a decade as it attempts to reach half a million people in northern Iraq.

Texas governor pleads not guilty
Wed, 20 Aug 2014 19:05:34 GMT

Republican Texas Governor Rick Perry pleads not guilty to charges he abused his power in an attempt to pressure a political adversary to resign.

Macy's settles racial profiling cases
Wed, 20 Aug 2014 14:57:29 GMT

One of the most famous names in US retailing, Macy's, pays $650,000 to settle claims that it racially profiled and detained customers at its Manhattan outlet.

Day in pictures: 14 August 2014
Thu, 14 Aug 2014 10:59:59 GMT

24 hours of news photos: 14 August

In pictures: Lauren Bacall
Wed, 13 Aug 2014 01:43:54 GMT

Life and career of US actress Lauren Bacall

In pictures: The Maliki years
Tue, 12 Aug 2014 15:08:59 GMT

Charting career of Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Maliki

In pictures: Robin Williams
Tue, 12 Aug 2014 11:57:11 GMT

Career of actor and comedian in pictures

Day in pictures: 13 August 2014
Wed, 13 Aug 2014 11:11:25 GMT

24 hours of news photos: 13 August

In pictures: Framing Hope
Tue, 12 Aug 2014 14:55:21 GMT

A new exhibition of photos by Jillian Edelstein

In pictures: Exodus of Yazidis
Mon, 11 Aug 2014 21:29:16 GMT

Yazidi refugees fleeing violence from Islamic State militants

Day in pictures: 12 August 2014
Tue, 12 Aug 2014 13:31:54 GMT

24 hours of news photos: 12 August

VIDEO: House of Commons
Tue, 22 Jul 2014 16:41:42 GMT

Israel's response to rocket attacks must be "proportionate", insists a minister.

VIDEO: Fellow hostage remembers Foley
Thu, 21 Aug 2014 01:12:26 GMT

A French journalist, held hostage with James Foley for seven months, has been describing his time in captivity with the murdered journalist.

VIDEO: New dates shed light on Neanderthals
Wed, 20 Aug 2014 22:53:34 GMT

The history of human evolution has been completely rewritten with the discovery that modern human beings and Neanderthals coexisted in Europe for much longer than previously thought.

VIDEO: Bush takes Ice Bucket Challenge
Wed, 20 Aug 2014 13:45:23 GMT

President George W Bush has taken the Ice Bucket Challenge, after a nomination from his daughter Jenna Bush Hager, Rory McIlroy, Woody Johnson, and Jim Harbaugh.

VIDEO: Flying a vintage WW2 German plane
Tue, 19 Aug 2014 23:01:25 GMT

The Civil Aviation Agency is consulting on changes which would allow the owners of vintage planes to take paying passengers on flights.

VIDEO: Biker guilty of 'dangerous' ride
Tue, 19 Aug 2014 22:07:46 GMT

A biker who filmed himself nearly crashing into a car head-on at high speed is found guilty of dangerous driving.

VIDEO: Iraq refugees in 'windswept dustbowl'
Tue, 19 Aug 2014 21:45:34 GMT

The United Nations is mounting a major aid operation to try and help more than half a million people who have fled for their lives from extremist Islamic State (IS) fighters in northern Iraq.

VIDEO: BBC moved on amid Ferguson protests
Wed, 20 Aug 2014 10:55:15 GMT

Violence subsides but protests continue over the police shooting of a black teenager in Ferguson, Missouri, as 47 arrests are made.

VIDEO: Sad lament of Syrian child brides
Tue, 19 Aug 2014 22:45:51 GMT

There has been a sharp increase in the number of girls under 18, who have fled the conflict in Syria, being forced into early marriages, the United Nations has told the BBC.

Best and worst excuses for GCSE pain
Wed, 20 Aug 2014 23:38:10 GMT

The best excuses to use when exam results don't make the grade

Trigger decision: when police shoot
Thu, 21 Aug 2014 00:32:08 GMT

What really happens before a police officer fires his gun?

Hope fades for Syrians one year after chemical attack
Wed, 20 Aug 2014 23:42:12 GMT

Hope fades for Syrians one year after chemical attack

VIDEO: Going Gaga for Scottish independence
Wed, 20 Aug 2014 11:10:37 GMT

Social media's use ahead of the independence referendum

Is anti-Semitism rising?
Wed, 20 Aug 2014 23:18:37 GMT

Do statistics support claims that anti-Semitism is increasing?

The economic impact of Ebola
Wed, 20 Aug 2014 23:03:00 GMT

Ebola crisis has a serious financial effect on West Africa

Tragedy puts Marina Silva at heart of Brazil campaign
Wed, 20 Aug 2014 23:59:43 GMT

Marina Silva - from rubber tapper to Brazilian presidential candidate

'Our economic system doesn't work'
Wed, 20 Aug 2014 23:03:37 GMT

Shopkeepers in Rome deal with reality of endless economic crisis

Myanmar's young tourism entrepreneurs
Wed, 20 Aug 2014 19:01:51 GMT

Myanmar's young tourism bosses confident about the future

The puzzle of uncollected ashes
Wed, 20 Aug 2014 09:07:14 GMT

Why would relatives leave ashes in a funeral parlour for years?

The ways people are deliberately kept waiting
Wed, 20 Aug 2014 10:36:16 GMT

The times people are deliberately kept waiting

How much oil does Scotland have left?
Wed, 20 Aug 2014 23:15:57 GMT

How much oil does Scotland have left?