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Campaigns seize on Scotland pledge
Tue, 16 Sep 2014 09:18:01 GMT

Both sides in the Scottish independence referendum debate seize on a pledge by the three main Westminster parties to devolve more powers.

S Yorkshire PCC Wright steps down
Tue, 16 Sep 2014 09:20:26 GMT

Shaun Wright steps down as South Yorkshire's police and crime commissioner following Rotherham abuse scandal

First US strike under new IS plan
Tue, 16 Sep 2014 09:01:53 GMT

The US has carried out an air strike in support of Iraqi troops under attack by Islamic State, the military says, the first under an expanded mission.

UK inflation rate falls to 1.5%
Tue, 16 Sep 2014 09:07:40 GMT

The UK inflation rate as measured by Consumer Price Index fell to 1.5% in August, the Office for National Statistics says.

Passport delay victims 'need refund'
Mon, 15 Sep 2014 23:01:07 GMT

Passport applicants who paid £30 extra to avoid missing travel because of processing delays should get refunds, MPs say.

'Number of suspects' in Thai deaths
Tue, 16 Sep 2014 08:21:21 GMT

Police investigating the deaths of two Britons in Thailand say they are looking for a number of suspects - but rule out other British tourists.

Stephen's £5m to fund cancer units
Tue, 16 Sep 2014 08:08:32 GMT

Plans for spending almost £5m raised by 19-year-old cancer sufferer Stephen Sutton, who died in May, are revealed.

Ukraine MPs to ratify key EU deal
Tue, 16 Sep 2014 03:44:30 GMT

Ukraine's lawmakers are set to ratify a landmark EU association agreement, but the implementation of a free trade deal is delayed.

Obama 'to pledge troops for Ebola'
Tue, 16 Sep 2014 06:52:14 GMT

President Obama is to announce plans to send 3,000 troops to Liberia to help fight the Ebola virus, US officials say.

Six regions hit new house price peak
Tue, 16 Sep 2014 09:12:24 GMT

Six regions of the UK now have average house prices higher than their pre-financial crisis peak after values rose again in July, official figures show.

Fog delays flights at UK airports
Tue, 16 Sep 2014 08:24:00 GMT

Heavy fog has forced a number of flights at London City and Aberdeen airports to be delayed or cancelled.

Double child abuse agony for family
Tue, 16 Sep 2014 06:17:42 GMT

Two children from the same family were sexually abused in separate paedophile scandals that both happened in Rochdale, the BBC has discovered.

VIDEO: Stephen Sutton's £5m charity legacy
Tue, 16 Sep 2014 06:28:06 GMT

Plans for spending almost £5m raised by teenage cancer sufferer Stephen Sutton have been revealed.

VIDEO: On front line near IS-controlled Zumar
Tue, 16 Sep 2014 06:12:30 GMT

Jim Muir reports from the front line near IS-controlled Zumar, near Mosul, where Kurdish forces are fighting Islamic State militants.

VIDEO: Crimewatch marks 30th anniversary
Tue, 16 Sep 2014 06:55:54 GMT

Television show Crimewatch is marking 30 years of helping to solve crimes by appealing to the public for information.

VIDEO: Haiti's disease fighting eco toilet
Tue, 16 Sep 2014 05:29:17 GMT

Poor sanitation has caused serious health problems in Haiti - but could a special eco toilet improve the situation?

VIDEO: Friends again: Cafe marks 20 years
Mon, 15 Sep 2014 23:19:27 GMT

In honour of the 20th anniversary of the start of the Friends series, a pop-up coffee shop is opening in New York City.

VIDEO: Indian launch for Android One phone
Mon, 15 Sep 2014 14:06:18 GMT

Google launches the first Android One branded smartphones in India.

VIDEO: 'Audacious' comet landing site chosen
Mon, 15 Sep 2014 23:45:39 GMT

Europe's Rosetta mission, which aims to land on a 4km-wide comet later this year, identifies what it thinks is the safest place to touch down.

VIDEO: Dr Edhi: A life helping Pakistan's poor
Tue, 16 Sep 2014 01:06:37 GMT

Sixty years ago, Abdul Sattar Edhi gave up everything to start a charitable organisation, dedicated to improving the lives of the poor in Pakistan.

Cameron's plea, and 'bloodbath in paradise' - the papers
Tue, 16 Sep 2014 05:27:38 GMT

David Cameron's emotional speech in defence of the United Kingdom makes the front pages, as does the murder of two Britons in Thailand.

Clooney to receive honorary Globe
Tue, 16 Sep 2014 07:25:50 GMT

US actor, director and producer George Clooney is to receive an honorary award at next year's Golden Globes.

Noisy neighbours 'top nuisance list'
Mon, 15 Sep 2014 23:49:27 GMT

More than a quarter of UK adults have had a problem with a nuisance neighbour in the past year, a survey for consumer organisation Which? suggests.

Early exit for Watson at Korea Open
Tue, 16 Sep 2014 08:15:09 GMT

British number one Heather Watson is knocked out of the first round of the Korea Open by American qualifier Nichole Gibbs.

Will an English club win the Champions League?
Mon, 15 Sep 2014 14:45:03 GMT

The Champions League group stage starts on Tuesday, with English teams looking stronger than in recent seasons.

Gerrard 'craves' Champions League
Mon, 15 Sep 2014 16:25:15 GMT

Steven Gerrard has been "almost jealous" after watching rivals in the Champions League during Liverpool's five-year absence.

'Stupid' injury nearly cost Franklin
Tue, 16 Sep 2014 08:48:41 GMT

Britain's Mallory Franklin will race at the Canoe Slalom World Championships despite a freak injury in training.

Allardyce eyes defensive improvement
Mon, 15 Sep 2014 22:48:28 GMT

West Ham boss Sam Allardyce wants his side to improve defensively after twice coming from behind to draw at Hull.

Alibaba raises price of share sale
Mon, 15 Sep 2014 22:48:05 GMT

Chinese online giant Alibaba increases the price range of its initial public offering, meaning it could raise more than $25bn when it lists in New York.

VIDEO: Have you heard of Alibaba?
Tue, 16 Sep 2014 02:29:17 GMT

Alibaba is the world's biggest e-commerce firm but most people in the West haven't heard of it.

No English parliament yet - Cameron
Tue, 16 Sep 2014 00:23:41 GMT

The UK government is not "remotely" near creating an English parliament, as some Conservative MPs have called for, PM David Cameron says.

VIDEO: Stormont pays tribute to Ian Paisley
Mon, 15 Sep 2014 12:56:06 GMT

First and deputy first ministers pay tribute to former first minister and DUP leader Ian Paisley at Stormont

Call for further cut in sugar intake
Tue, 16 Sep 2014 00:36:50 GMT

The target to reduce sugar consumption should be much more ambitious, health experts say.

VIDEO: Mers: Camel traders unalarmed by virus
Mon, 15 Sep 2014 04:14:10 GMT

Tulip Mazumdar visits a camel market in Saudi Arabia to see how people feel about Middle East Respiratory Virus being linked to the animals.

Ofsted wave of no-notice inspections
Mon, 15 Sep 2014 15:51:34 GMT

In the wake of the so-called Trojan Horse allegations, there will be 40 unannounced school inspections in England this month, Ofsted has revealed.

AUDIO: Should students learn to cook?
Thu, 11 Sep 2014 11:57:50 GMT

Some parents, concerned about their children's welfare when they go to university for the first time this weekend, have been signing them up for cookery classes.

Microsoft buys Minecraft for $2.5bn
Mon, 15 Sep 2014 13:10:51 GMT

Mojang, the Swedish firm behind the popular video game Minecraft, is bought by Microsoft for $2.5bn (£1.5bn).

VIDEO: Indian launch for Android One phone
Mon, 15 Sep 2014 14:06:18 GMT

Google launches the first Android One branded smartphones in India.

Red card for 'greenest' government
Tue, 16 Sep 2014 01:44:59 GMT

The government is failing to reduce air pollution, protect biodiversity and prevent flooding, a cross-party body of MPs says.

VIDEO: People power sparking renewable energy
Fri, 12 Sep 2014 00:54:37 GMT

In a shantytown in Rio De Janeiro, a British-backed scientific initiative harnesses the energy we generate in our daily lives to light up a football pitch.

Apple releases U2 album removal tool
Mon, 15 Sep 2014 18:32:30 GMT

Apple releases a tool to remove U2's new album from its customers' iTunes accounts in response to complaints six days after giving away the music for free.

VIDEO: Crimewatch marks 30th anniversary
Tue, 16 Sep 2014 06:55:54 GMT

Television show Crimewatch is marking 30 years of helping to solve crimes by appealing to the public for information.

Why don't children want to learn the violin?
Mon, 15 Sep 2014 15:32:51 GMT

More children are playing instruments today than two decades ago - but is the violin seen as too difficult?

Why are people not going on as many trips?
Mon, 15 Sep 2014 00:46:11 GMT

People in England made an average of 923 trips each last year.

'One punch' death CCTV released
Mon, 15 Sep 2014 22:50:01 GMT

CCTV images of men wanted in connection with the death of a man after a "single punch" on a night out in Manchester are released.

Car crashes into train at crossing
Tue, 16 Sep 2014 09:15:38 GMT

A driver escapes injury after her car collides with a train on a level crossing in Berkshire.

Scots vote sparks 10m Facebook hits
Mon, 15 Sep 2014 23:07:23 GMT

Social media giant Facebook has seen 10 million interactions concerning the Scottish independence referendum in a five-week period.

Scots NHS 'faces £400m funding gap'
Mon, 15 Sep 2014 23:05:04 GMT

Confidential papers passed to the BBC suggest a radical cost-saving plan will be implemented in the Scottish NHS after the referendum.

Harris is new deputy chief constable
Tue, 16 Sep 2014 08:48:44 GMT

Drew Harris has been appointed the new deputy chief constable of the Police Service of Northern Ireland.

Paisley critics 'pygmies in shadow'
Tue, 16 Sep 2014 07:16:07 GMT

Ian Paisley Jr describes critics of his father, the former DUP leader and first minister who died last Friday aged 88, as "pygmies in his shadow".

Funding pledge 'unfair to Wales'
Tue, 16 Sep 2014 08:48:20 GMT

A pledge by the three Westminster party leaders to keep the current funding system for Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland is criticised by a Welsh MEP.

SAS selection deaths inquest delay
Tue, 16 Sep 2014 06:24:22 GMT

The inquest for three soldiers who died from overheating while training in the Brecon Beacons will not be heard until 2015.

Death sentence for Nigeria mutineers
Tue, 16 Sep 2014 09:10:34 GMT

Twelve Nigerian soldiers are sentenced to death for mutiny after shots were fired at their commanding officer in the city of Maiduguri in May.

UN takes over CAR peace mission
Mon, 15 Sep 2014 19:34:09 GMT

The UN formally takes over peacekeeping operations in Central African Republic, where about 25% of the population has fled their homes.

Nato troops killed in Kabul bombing
Tue, 16 Sep 2014 07:12:02 GMT

A Taliban suicide car bomber attacks a foreign military convoy in the Afghan capital, Kabul, killing three Nato soldiers and injuring at least 16 civilians.

Warning over Philippine volcano
Tue, 16 Sep 2014 07:09:36 GMT

One of the most active volcanoes in the Philippines, Mount Mayon, could erupt within weeks, scientists say, after quakes and rockfalls.

Migrant boat sinking 'kills 500'
Mon, 15 Sep 2014 20:45:28 GMT

About 500 migrants drowned after their ship was rammed by another boat near Malta last week, the International Organization for Migration says.

Belgian murderer wins 'right to die'
Mon, 15 Sep 2014 19:34:41 GMT

A Belgian man serving a life sentence for rape and murder will be allowed to have doctors end his life, after a landmark ruling.

Hurricane Odile stuns Mexico resorts
Mon, 15 Sep 2014 22:32:44 GMT

Hurricane Odile causes devastation in the beach resorts of Mexico's Baja California peninsula, triggering looting in some areas.

Rio police 'corruption' arrests
Mon, 15 Sep 2014 23:06:34 GMT

Police in Rio de Janeiro have arrested 22 of their own officers for alleged involvement in a bribery and extortion racket.

Six police killed in Egypt bombing
Tue, 16 Sep 2014 07:47:25 GMT

Six Egyptian policemen have been killed by a roadside bomb in the Sinai peninsula, the interior ministry says.

Egypt activist to be freed on bail
Mon, 15 Sep 2014 15:13:56 GMT

An Egyptian court orders the release on bail of one of the country's most prominent pro-democracy activists, Alaa Abdul Fattah.

Top US honour for Vietnam soldiers
Mon, 15 Sep 2014 19:23:41 GMT

US President Barack Obama awards the nation's top military award to two soldiers for acts of bravery during the Vietnam War.

Hundreds evacuated in US wildfires
Mon, 15 Sep 2014 21:11:11 GMT

Two wildfires in California have forced hundreds of people to evacuate, including one lakeside town where almost two dozen buildings burned down.

Day in pictures: 15 September
Mon, 15 Sep 2014 11:51:49 GMT

News images from around the world: 15 September

In pictures: Scottish independence referendum campaign
Sat, 13 Sep 2014 17:41:17 GMT

Yes and No campaigns in the final weekend

In pictures: Oscar Pistorius verdict
Fri, 12 Sep 2014 14:28:18 GMT

Pictures from the verdict

Oxford hosts photography festival
Sat, 13 Sep 2014 23:06:05 GMT

Oxford's first international photography festival

Week in pictures: 6-12 September 2014
Fri, 12 Sep 2014 14:49:16 GMT

Some of the best news photos from around the world

Day in pictures: 12 September
Fri, 12 Sep 2014 11:40:25 GMT

News images from around the world: 12 September

Debatable Land
Fri, 12 Sep 2014 01:43:30 GMT

One foot in Scotland, the other in England

In pictures: Richard Kiel
Thu, 11 Sep 2014 11:53:33 GMT

Life and career of actor Richard Kiel

VIDEO: House of Commons
Fri, 12 Sep 2014 14:49:55 GMT

Tory MP John Baron asks an urgent question on the government's response to Islamic State.

VIDEO: Why are London pavements exploding?
Mon, 15 Sep 2014 20:43:13 GMT

Two van drivers had a lucky escape after a pavement explosion in central London which was caught on CCTV.

VIDEO: On patrol with Kurds fighting IS in Iraq
Tue, 16 Sep 2014 00:59:33 GMT

A report from Kurdish-held territory in northern Iraq, as US Secretary of State John Kerry agrees a plan to tackle the jihadists.

VIDEO: Hurricane Odile stuns Mexico resorts
Tue, 16 Sep 2014 07:10:26 GMT

Hurricane Odile causes devastation in the beach resorts of Mexico's Baja California peninsula, triggering looting in some areas.

VIDEO: Cancer teen's mum: 'He touched so many'
Tue, 16 Sep 2014 08:08:42 GMT

Stephen Sutton's mother Jane pays tribute to her son as someone who ''lived life to the full'', as plans are revealed for spending the money he raised in aid of the Teenage Cancer Trust.

VIDEO: 'Number of suspects' in Thai deaths
Tue, 16 Sep 2014 08:03:21 GMT

Police investigating the deaths of two Britons in Thailand say they are focussing on the Burmese migrant community, reports Jonathan Head on Koh Tao.

VIDEO: 'I just couldn't bear it anymore'
Tue, 16 Sep 2014 06:58:00 GMT

Almost one in six mental health patients in England have attempted suicide because of long waiting lists for therapy, according to new research.

VIDEO: Preacher releases church collapse video
Mon, 15 Sep 2014 21:34:35 GMT

Preacher TB Joshua believes the church collapse in Nigeria is linked to a plane being seen overhead shortly before the building fell.

VIDEO: UK party leaders sign No vote pledge
Tue, 16 Sep 2014 06:41:03 GMT

The three main UK party leaders - David Cameron, Ed Miliband and Nick Clegg - have signed a pledge promising "extensive new powers" for the Scottish Parliament.

Ebola: Virus posing a deadly threat
Tue, 16 Sep 2014 08:29:52 GMT

The global fight to contain Ebola

The tricky business of policing sex in public
Tue, 16 Sep 2014 00:55:03 GMT

Should the police intervene when people have sex in public?

Build your Martian dream home
Mon, 15 Sep 2014 23:00:30 GMT

Is this how the cities of Mars will be built?

Seven amazing Minecraft creations
Mon, 15 Sep 2014 18:34:32 GMT

Seven of the most eye-popping Minecraft creations

Africa's first education tablet
Mon, 15 Sep 2014 23:01:28 GMT

How Africa's first education tablet computer was created

The church described as a 'symbol of evil'
Mon, 15 Sep 2014 23:15:00 GMT

Should a ruined church linked to Hitler be rebuilt?

What makes a global top 10 university?
Mon, 15 Sep 2014 23:39:51 GMT

What are the world's best universities?

'Stand up' says Kanye West to wheelchair-user
Mon, 15 Sep 2014 17:28:15 GMT

Kanye West asks fans to prove their disability to him

Viewpoint: Why Islamic State will not endure
Tue, 16 Sep 2014 09:00:40 GMT

Why Islamic State will not endure

How is the referendum affecting markets?
Mon, 15 Sep 2014 23:06:16 GMT

How is the Scottish referendum affecting markets?

Scotland's vote weighs on Europe
Mon, 15 Sep 2014 17:41:20 GMT

A breakaway Scotland would worry some EU members