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Boris Island airport plan rejected
Tue, 02 Sep 2014 06:32:51 GMT

A plan for an island airport in the Thames Estuary, dubbed "Boris Island", is rejected by the commission looking into the UK's airport needs.

IS accused of Iraq ethnic cleansing
Tue, 02 Sep 2014 06:22:46 GMT

Amnesty International says it has proof Islamic State militants have launched a campaign of ethnic cleansing against minorities in northern Iraq.

Hospitals seeing more skin cancer
Mon, 01 Sep 2014 23:02:24 GMT

The number of people admitted to hospital for skin cancer treatment in England rose by nearly a third in five years, figures show.

Terror plan 'rehash of old policies'
Tue, 02 Sep 2014 04:45:19 GMT

A former terror suspect criticises government anti-terrorism plans as "rehashing of old policies" which will "disenfranchise" UK Muslims.

Payday loan hardship cases 'up 42%'
Mon, 01 Sep 2014 23:30:46 GMT

The number of people struggling with payday loans has risen by 42% in the past year, according to the debt charity StepChange.

FBI probes 'Cloud' celebrity leaks
Tue, 02 Sep 2014 01:38:25 GMT

The FBI looks into allegations that the online accounts of celebrities have been hacked, leading to intimate pictures being posted online.

Ukraine in 'great war' with Russia
Tue, 02 Sep 2014 06:07:53 GMT

Russia has launched a 'great war' that could claim tens of thousands of lives, Ukraine's defence ministry warns amid a rebel offensive.

Ashya parents fight extradition
Mon, 01 Sep 2014 16:21:05 GMT

The parents of Ashya King are held in police custody after refusing to consent to their extradition to the UK at an appearance at the High Court in Spain.

British activist in Thailand trial
Tue, 02 Sep 2014 06:25:54 GMT

A British activist who campaigns for better labour conditions is on trial in Thailand charged with criminal defamation.

China accuses MPs of 'interference'
Mon, 01 Sep 2014 22:38:45 GMT

Chinese authorities have accused British MPs of interfering in Hong Kong's affairs by investigating tensions there, Newsnight learns.

Infants' school meals free from today
Mon, 01 Sep 2014 23:04:07 GMT

Pupils up to the age of seven in England will be entitled to a free hot school lunch from this week, as schools re-open for the new term.

Brown issues warning over UK debt
Tue, 02 Sep 2014 05:42:56 GMT

Gordon Brown says an independent Scotland would become "an international outcast" if it refused to accept a share of UK debt.

VIDEO: Dog rescued after 10 days on a cliff
Mon, 01 Sep 2014 13:28:09 GMT

A dog was rescued by the RNLI on Sunday after going missing for nearly 10 days in a chance sighting close to Foreland Point, in North Devon.

VIDEO: Eat, sleep, code: Ten-year-old's routine
Sun, 31 Aug 2014 23:18:08 GMT

Max started writing code when he was six. He told BBC News why he thought more children being taught how to program in schools was a good idea.

VIDEO: Andy Murray's dress sense questioned
Mon, 01 Sep 2014 09:21:13 GMT

Will Ferrell has a playful jibe at Andy Murray's fashion sense during the US Open in New York

VIDEO: 'Hero' cat saves owner from fire
Mon, 01 Sep 2014 14:16:32 GMT

A tabby cat has been hailed a hero after she woke up her owner to alert him to a fire which destroyed his home in Melbourne, Australia.

VIDEO: Public plea for Wedgewood collection
Mon, 01 Sep 2014 15:24:42 GMT

A public appeal is launched to save the Wedgwood Museum pottery collection, which is being sold to pay off the ceramics firm's pension bill.

VIDEO: Solar farm plan for Somerset Levels
Mon, 01 Sep 2014 20:29:57 GMT

Plans have been unveiled for one of the South West's biggest solar farms on the Somerset Levels.

VIDEO: Do you know what 11x12 is?
Mon, 01 Sep 2014 15:05:09 GMT

BBC News asks adults to answer some of the questions that could appear on English schools' new curriculum.

VIDEO: Could Horseball gain Olympic glory?
Mon, 01 Sep 2014 14:33:38 GMT

Horseball, a mix of rugby and basketball, was invented in France in the 1970s, and now there are attempts to get it into the Olympics, as the BBC's Ollie Williams reports.

UK airstrikes and mass celebrity hack - the papers
Tue, 02 Sep 2014 05:27:42 GMT

Among the stories fascinating Tuesday's press are whether British forces will engage jihadists in Iraq, and the mass hacking of celebrities' iCloud accounts.

Cave yields Neanderthal 'artwork'
Mon, 01 Sep 2014 20:41:59 GMT

An engraving found at a cave in Gibraltar may be the most compelling evidence yet for Neanderthal art.

Water voles end 20-year absence
Tue, 02 Sep 2014 00:15:10 GMT

Water voles - one of the UK's rarest animals - have re-established a population at an RSPB Scotland reserve in the Highlands.

Falcao caps record summer spending
Tue, 02 Sep 2014 02:22:59 GMT

Radamel Falcao's loan move to Manchester United was the major deadline day signing as summer spending hits a record £835m.

Arsenal sign Welbeck from Man Utd
Tue, 02 Sep 2014 00:13:01 GMT

Arsenal sign Manchester United and England forward Danny Welbeck on a "long-term" deal for £16m.

Transfer deadline day: Done deals
Mon, 01 Sep 2014 21:24:22 GMT

Track all of the confirmed signings as they happen in England, Scotland and across Europe.

Murray beats Tsonga to reach quarters
Mon, 01 Sep 2014 21:24:21 GMT

Britain's Andy Murray beats Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 7-5 7-5 6-4 to book a US Open quarter-final against Novak Djokovic.

McGinley braced for tough decisions
Mon, 01 Sep 2014 19:23:47 GMT

European captain Paul McGinley says personal feelings will "go out of the window" when he chooses his Ryder Cup team.

Premier League clubs' spending spree
Tue, 02 Sep 2014 01:48:26 GMT

Premier League clubs have been on a player buying spree, with spending at £835m, as the end of the transfer window passes.

VIDEO: Card fraud in Asia 'costs $400m'
Mon, 01 Sep 2014 23:54:07 GMT

Card fraud in Asia costs banks $400m a year and is rising by up to 25% a year, according to software analytics firm Fico.

Boris Island airport plan 'rejected'
Mon, 01 Sep 2014 21:13:56 GMT

A plan for an island airport in the Thames Estuary, dubbed "Boris Island", looks set to be shelved, the BBC understands.

VIDEO: Bercow orders clerk recruitment 'pause'
Mon, 01 Sep 2014 16:10:08 GMT

John Bercow has announced a "modest pause" in the recruitment of the next clerk of the House of Commons following a row with MPs.

British Ebola patient 'pretty well'
Mon, 01 Sep 2014 16:41:03 GMT

The parents of the first British person to contract Ebola during the outbreak in West Africa say he is recovering well.

VIDEO: Proton therapy: UK patient access
Mon, 01 Sep 2014 17:35:11 GMT

Dr Yen-Ching Chang, the lead on Proton Beam Therapy at University College London Hospital, says the UK has comprehensive access to the therapy for patients with the highest needs.

Pupils begin 'tough' new curriculum
Mon, 01 Sep 2014 08:14:03 GMT

Teaching of a "tough" new national curriculum begins in England as children return to school this week.

Google 'discourages' old browser use
Mon, 01 Sep 2014 14:28:47 GMT

Google has started showing old versions of its search page to people using out-of-date versions of web browsers.

VIDEO: The most future-proof profession?
Mon, 01 Sep 2014 23:01:16 GMT

BBC News talks to Ian Lowe, a blacksmith who teaches other people an ancient art he believes to be future-proof.

African food security on the menu
Mon, 01 Sep 2014 15:55:35 GMT

African ministers and business leaders gather in Ethiopia to consider ways to trigger a green revolution and improve the continent's food security.

VIDEO: RSPCA seeks ban on monkeys as pets
Fri, 29 Aug 2014 06:08:47 GMT

The RSPCA is calling for a ban on keeping primates as pets after a rise in the number of calls to its cruelty and advice line concerning animals such as monkeys and marmosets.

Musician Watt makes non-fiction list
Tue, 02 Sep 2014 01:01:53 GMT

Everything But The Girl musician Ben Watt is announced as part of the 15-strong longlist for the Samuel Johnson Prize for non-fiction.

VIDEO: Turning internet radio into art
Mon, 01 Sep 2014 11:38:18 GMT

LJ Rich looks at how one artist is using computer code to turn internet radio from across the globe into a unique piece of music.

Go Figure: The week in numbers
Sun, 31 Aug 2014 00:29:54 GMT

The week in numbers with our Go Figure images.

The Victorian pig singing competition
Sat, 30 Aug 2014 01:18:39 GMT

Author Jeremy Clay tells the story of a rather porcine talent show.

Rapist driver crime details revealed
Tue, 02 Sep 2014 04:28:56 GMT

Details are revealed of an offence committed by a convicted rapist, who was later employed as a Milton Keynes taxi driver.

Stabbing stalker in sentence appeal
Tue, 02 Sep 2014 05:01:35 GMT

A stalker who subjected a Devon woman to a campaign of intimidation before stabbing her in Exeter, is trying to have his life sentence for attempted murder overturned.

Thousands in late rush to vote
Tue, 02 Sep 2014 00:13:27 GMT

Local registration centres say in recent days they have received tens of thousands of applications from people wanting to vote.

Singing Kettle comes off the boil
Tue, 02 Sep 2014 00:19:02 GMT

Children's entertainers The Singing Kettle announce they are calling it a day and will stop performing early next year.

Man dies in Carryduff house fire
Tue, 02 Sep 2014 06:37:03 GMT

A man in his 90s dies in house fire in Carryduff, on the outskirts of Belfast.

Police disciplined over search death
Mon, 01 Sep 2014 22:00:51 GMT

Eight police officers have been disciplined over a failed search for a missing man who was later struck and killed by a train.

Motorists warned of Nato disruption
Tue, 02 Sep 2014 05:58:03 GMT

Motorists have been warned to expect increased traffic disruption in south Wales as world leaders begin arriving for the Nato summit in Newport.

Children 'damaged' by legal aid cut
Tue, 02 Sep 2014 06:16:36 GMT

Children are being damaged by the rising number of estranged couples representing themselves in family court battles, a former judge claims.

Nigeria militants 'suffer losses'
Mon, 01 Sep 2014 21:59:35 GMT

The Nigerian army claims to have repelled an attack by Islamist militants Boko Haram on the town of Bama in the country's north-east.

US attacks al-Shabab in Somalia
Tue, 02 Sep 2014 04:01:03 GMT

The US military says it carried out a military operation against al-Qaeda-linked al-Shabab militants in Somalia.

Pakistan MPs hold emergency session
Mon, 01 Sep 2014 23:52:04 GMT

A joint session of parliament is to be held in Pakistan as PM Nawaz Sharif seeks to gain support against protesters calling for his resignation.

US works to free trio in N Korea
Tue, 02 Sep 2014 02:50:51 GMT

The White House says securing the release of three American citizens detained in North Korea is a "top priority", after they appealed for help.

Nato plans rapid response force
Mon, 01 Sep 2014 15:28:51 GMT

Nato is to approve a rapid response force at a summit in Wales this week to deter any Russian threat to Eastern European members, the alliance's chief says.

Spain returns Colombian treasure
Mon, 01 Sep 2014 23:08:27 GMT

Spain returns to Colombia hundreds of indigenous artefacts that were seized from drug gangs in 2003, but later smuggled out of the country.

Man Utd sign Falcao on loan for £6m
Tue, 02 Sep 2014 00:31:35 GMT

Manchester United sign Colombia international striker Radamel Falcao on loan from Ligue 1 side Monaco.

Mexico probes mass fish death in lake
Mon, 01 Sep 2014 09:40:48 GMT

Tonnes of dead fish have been washed up on the shores of Cajititlan lake in the Mexican state of Jalisco amid a row over the cause of the mortality.

Libya militias 'seize ministries'
Mon, 01 Sep 2014 14:06:17 GMT

Libya's militias capture most government ministries in the capital, Tripoli, the government says, as the prime minister is reappointed.

Iran clerics 'must accept internet'
Mon, 01 Sep 2014 15:02:46 GMT

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani urges Iran's clerics to be more tolerant of the internet and new technologies after recent criticism from hardliners.

Obama renews minimum wage push
Mon, 01 Sep 2014 21:28:14 GMT

President Barack Obama says he will continue to press Congress to raise the federal minimum wage in line with recent economic improvements.

Joan Rivers' family remain hopeful
Mon, 01 Sep 2014 15:02:35 GMT

The daughter of comedian and TV presenter Joan Rivers says they have their "fingers crossed" as she recovers in hospital from a cardiac arrest.

Day in pictures: 28 August 2014
Thu, 28 Aug 2014 11:13:22 GMT

News images from around the world: 28 August

New Documentary Photography from Scotland & Wales
Wed, 27 Aug 2014 07:17:12 GMT

Photographers' images of Scotland and Wales

Day in pictures: 27 August 2014
Wed, 27 Aug 2014 14:19:24 GMT

News images from around the world: 27 August

Richard Attenborough career in pictures
Sun, 24 Aug 2014 22:36:55 GMT

British actor and director's illustrious career

In pictures: India's 'untouchable' scavengers
Mon, 25 Aug 2014 05:37:59 GMT

Calls to end India's low-caste manual scavenging

Day in pictures: 26 August 2014
Tue, 26 Aug 2014 17:11:10 GMT

News images from around the world: 26 August

In pictures: Emmy Awards 2014
Tue, 26 Aug 2014 07:28:08 GMT

Images from the 2014 awards in Los Angeles

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

Career of Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Maliki

VIDEO: House of Commons
Mon, 01 Sep 2014 17:49:18 GMT

Speaker Bercow announces a "pause" in the recruitment of a new Commons clerk, amid a row.

VIDEO: ‘I smuggled jihadists into Syria’
Mon, 01 Sep 2014 21:31:07 GMT

The BBC's Ian Pannell reports from Turkey's border with Syria where he met a man who helped smuggle foreign fighters cross the border.

VIDEO: 'Bacon butty' for British Ebola nurse
Mon, 01 Sep 2014 18:00:19 GMT

The parents of the first British person to contract Ebola during the outbreak in West Africa say he is recovering well.

VIDEO: Iraq grannies 'take on IS in Amerli’
Mon, 01 Sep 2014 21:52:25 GMT

Residents and fighters in Amerli are celebrating the end of a two-month siege and the withdrawal of IS militants from around the town.

VIDEO: Can new powers stop UK jihadists?
Mon, 01 Sep 2014 17:54:54 GMT

David Cameron says tougher measures are needed to prevent people from travelling abroad to fight for extremist groups like Islamic State.

VIDEO: Ashya King parents fight extradition
Mon, 01 Sep 2014 21:33:02 GMT

A High Court judge at an extradition hearing in Spain has ruled the parents of Ashya King are to be kept in police custody for a maximum of 72 hours.

VIDEO: BBC's Sweeney catches Putin at talks
Mon, 01 Sep 2014 15:06:09 GMT

As negotiators meet in Minsk to discuss the Ukraine crisis, Russia's President Vladimir Putin says the process of direct negotiations is "the beginning of a very important process".

VIDEO: Rotherham experts 'faced threats'
Mon, 01 Sep 2014 21:38:06 GMT

An expert who wrote a report into the sexual exploitation of children in Rotherham says she faced "hostility" from the council.

VIDEO: Cabbies clamp down on illegal taxis
Mon, 01 Sep 2014 12:39:55 GMT

Some black cab drivers have formed 'hit squads' to track down and block illegal minicab drivers in London, according to the BBC's Inside Out programme.

Phil McNulty’s transfer window verdict
Tue, 02 Sep 2014 00:38:02 GMT

Who will be satisfied and who left with regrets after transfer window?

How much has the Ice Bucket Challenge achieved?
Tue, 02 Sep 2014 01:31:21 GMT

How much has the Ice Bucket Challenge achieved?

Windows XP: Your upgrade experiences
Mon, 01 Sep 2014 23:19:16 GMT

Readers share their experiences of replacing their operating system

Does the rest of UK care if Scotland goes?
Tue, 02 Sep 2014 01:43:03 GMT

Does the rest of the UK care if the Scots become independent?

Why Paris is forgetting Ernest Hemingway
Tue, 02 Sep 2014 00:04:29 GMT

Why Paris is forgetting Ernest Hemingway

China's museum boom hatches roast duck tribute
Tue, 02 Sep 2014 02:24:47 GMT

China's museum boom hatches roast duck tribute

Saving America’s honeybees
Mon, 01 Sep 2014 23:06:13 GMT

Can President Obama's taskforce save America's bees?

The students behind Nigeria's online jobs giant
Mon, 01 Sep 2014 23:11:03 GMT

The student entrepreneurs behind Nigeria's online jobs giant

Embarking on the path to jihad
Tue, 02 Sep 2014 01:54:26 GMT

How Americans join the fight in Syria

How corals stir up their world
Tue, 02 Sep 2014 00:57:27 GMT

How corals stir up their world to draw in nutrients

Anti-euro party shakes up German politics
Tue, 02 Sep 2014 01:07:43 GMT

Anti-euro but pro-EU party shakes up German politics

What about Scotland's pensioners?
Tue, 02 Sep 2014 00:07:18 GMT

What does the future hold for Scotland's pensioners?

Powers aim to disrupt not prosecute
Mon, 01 Sep 2014 18:53:26 GMT

Why new terror powers aim to disrupt not prosecute

A computing revolution in schools
Mon, 01 Sep 2014 07:41:22 GMT

A computing revolution in schools