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Islamic State 'beheads US hostage'
Wed, 03 Sep 2014 01:04:52 GMT

An Islamic State video purporting to show the beheading of Steven Sotloff, a US journalist abducted by the group, is released.

Obama in Europe for Ukraine talks
Wed, 03 Sep 2014 03:33:39 GMT

US President Barack Obama arrives in Estonia for talks with regional leaders amid growing concern over Russia's intervention in Ukraine.

Corruption 'costs millions of lives'
Tue, 02 Sep 2014 23:58:03 GMT

About $1tn a year is being taken out of poor countries and millions of lives are lost because of corruption, the One campaign group says.

DNA overturns 30-year US convictions
Tue, 02 Sep 2014 22:56:35 GMT

Two US men who spent three decades in prison for rape and murder, one on death row, are released after new DNA evidence proves their innocence.

Fukushima workers sue over pay
Wed, 03 Sep 2014 02:58:38 GMT

A group of workers decommissioning the crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant sue its operator Tepco over unpaid hazard wages.

Credit Suisse investigating traders
Wed, 03 Sep 2014 01:13:35 GMT

Credit Suisse is investigating two of its traders in London over allegations of misconduct.

US targets al-Shabab's leader
Tue, 02 Sep 2014 19:44:15 GMT

The US military says it has carried out air strikes in Somalia, targeting the leader of militant group al-Shabab, but it is unclear if he was killed.

Ebola response 'lethally inadequate'
Tue, 02 Sep 2014 15:52:29 GMT

A global military intervention is needed to curb the largest ever Ebola outbreak, according to the medical charity Medecins Sans Frontieres.

Gayet wins new French privacy case
Tue, 02 Sep 2014 16:32:02 GMT

Actress Julie Gayet, linked to President Hollande, wins a privacy case against a photographer who snapped her in her car, which French law deems private space.

Calais mayor threatens to block port
Wed, 03 Sep 2014 04:16:37 GMT

The mayor of the French city of Calais threatens to block the port unless Britain does more to control the rising number of illegal migrants.

Celebrity leaks 'no breach' - Apple
Tue, 02 Sep 2014 19:49:12 GMT

The leaking of intimate photos of celebrities from iCloud accounts was due to a theft of log-in information, not a security breach, says Apple.

Economics 'driving language loss'
Tue, 02 Sep 2014 23:58:20 GMT

A thriving economy can lead to the extinction of some languages, scientists believe.

Thieving monkey hands out money
Tue, 02 Sep 2014 10:20:01 GMT

A monkey in the northern Indian state of Himachal Pradesh steals money from a home and rains down banknotes on people, reports say.

Dethroned beauty queen seeks apology
Tue, 02 Sep 2014 10:54:52 GMT

A dethroned Burmese beauty queen is refusing to hand back her crown until she receives an apology from South Korean organisers.

Mass escape from juvenile US prison
Tue, 02 Sep 2014 18:35:15 GMT

More than 30 teenagers held at a juvenile detention centre in Tennessee escape by crawling through a fence and nine are still being sought.

Brain 'can learn to eat healthily'
Tue, 02 Sep 2014 07:53:44 GMT

The brain can be trained to prefer healthy food over unhealthy high-calorie foods, suggests a study from the US.

'Cartel links' mayors to be charged
Tue, 02 Sep 2014 15:33:07 GMT

Police in Mexico are holding two serving mayors and one ex-mayor over allegations they have links to the Knights Templar drug cartel.

Nicaragua suspends search for miners
Tue, 02 Sep 2014 18:46:23 GMT

Rescue teams in Nicaragua suspend efforts to locate seven men trapped by a cave-in at a gold mine in a remote region in the north of the country.

Nigeria militants 'seize' major town
Tue, 02 Sep 2014 12:15:04 GMT

Nigeria's militant Islamist group Boko Haram seizes the key north-eastern town of Bama after fighting with government forces, residents tell the BBC.

Mali landmine kills four UN soldiers
Tue, 02 Sep 2014 15:59:50 GMT

Four UN peacekeepers are killed and 15 injured by a landmine in northern Mali, amid what the UN calls a period of "increased attacks".

Afghan militants 'may join IS'
Tue, 02 Sep 2014 11:15:49 GMT

Fighters from a militant Islamic group in Afghanistan, allied to the Taliban, tell the BBC they are considering joining forces with Islamic State.

UK activist's Thailand trial begins
Tue, 02 Sep 2014 10:48:38 GMT

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

EU's Mogherini calls for Nato muscle
Tue, 02 Sep 2014 17:48:41 GMT

Nato must back words with actions to reassure countries bordering on Russia, the EU's new foreign affairs chief says.

Uber banned across Germany by court
Tue, 02 Sep 2014 10:57:12 GMT

A court says the UberPop service must stop transporting passengers in Germany, but the American company refuses to suspend work.

IS accused of Iraq ethnic cleansing
Tue, 02 Sep 2014 11:22:47 GMT

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

Terror suspects held in Saudi Arabia
Tue, 02 Sep 2014 14:38:56 GMT

Saudi Arabia's interior ministry says it has arrested 88 people suspected of plotting attacks inside and outside the country.

Islamic State holding British captive
Wed, 03 Sep 2014 03:17:35 GMT

A British hostage is among those being held by Islamic State militants, Number 10 confirms.

UK in £3.5bn armoured vehicle deal
Wed, 03 Sep 2014 01:39:20 GMT

The Ministry of Defence is set to sign a £3.5bn deal for nearly 600 new armoured vehicles ahead of the Nato summit in Wales, which starts on Thursday.

UK moves up global economic ranking
Tue, 02 Sep 2014 23:01:17 GMT

The UK edges up the World Economic Forum's worldwide rankings, but the group warns that the health of the global economy is at risk.

Wall Street market report
Tue, 02 Sep 2014 20:38:46 GMT

Wall Street Market Report

Arthur Andersen name resurrected
Wed, 03 Sep 2014 01:34:26 GMT

US auditor Arthur Andersen is having its name resurrected more than a decade after it collapsed because of the Enron accounting scandal.

Mahan, Bradley, Simpson get US picks
Tue, 02 Sep 2014 23:47:56 GMT

Keegan Bradley, Hunter Mahan and Webb Simpson are handed US captain Tom Watson's wildcards for the Ryder Cup at Gleneagles later this month.

England v Norway
Tue, 02 Sep 2014 22:29:00 GMT

Everton defender John Stones will make his first start for England in Wednesday's friendly against Norway at Wembley.

Wozniacki strolls into US Open semis
Wed, 03 Sep 2014 03:08:32 GMT

Denmark's Caroline Wozniacki will face China's Peng Shuai in the semi-final, Marin Cilic & Tomas Berdych through to quarters.

Police 'incompetence' over Sir Cliff
Tue, 02 Sep 2014 17:42:06 GMT

South Yorkshire Police are accused of "sheer incompetence" by MPs in the way they dealt with the BBC over a search of Sir Cliff Richard's home.

Justin Bieber charged with assault
Tue, 02 Sep 2014 16:41:13 GMT

Canadian pop star Justin Bieber is charged with assault and dangerous driving after crashing his quad bike into a minivan.

FBI probes 'Cloud' celebrity leaks
Tue, 02 Sep 2014 09:09:12 GMT

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

VIDEO: Modi's first 100 days in power
Wed, 03 Sep 2014 03:18:12 GMT

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has completed his first 100 days as leader of the country.

VIDEO: Escaped Ebola patient recaptured
Tue, 02 Sep 2014 19:23:01 GMT

The recapture of an escaped Ebola patient in Liberia has raised fears that West African countries are struggling to contain the outbreak.

VIDEO: Video shows Ukraine soldiers 'abuse'
Tue, 02 Sep 2014 20:12:20 GMT

Ukraine's defence minister has accused Russia of launching a "great war" that could claim tens of thousands of lives.

VIDEO: Beslan school siege: Ten years on
Tue, 02 Sep 2014 23:12:10 GMT

Ten years after the end of the deadly siege of a school in Beslan, North Ossetia, BBC Russian's Olga Ivshina spoke to some of those who were there.

VIDEO: Apple: Celebrity accounts hacked
Tue, 02 Sep 2014 21:58:14 GMT

The FBI are investigating allegations that the online accounts of dozens of celebrities have been hacked, allowing explicit photos to be posted on the internet.

VIDEO: Ashya parents freed from prison
Tue, 02 Sep 2014 21:42:12 GMT

Ashya King's parents have been freed from a Spanish prison, following their arrest on Saturday.

VIDEO: Beauty queen refuses to return crown
Tue, 02 Sep 2014 14:13:28 GMT

Myanmar's first ever beauty queen has refused to give back her $100,000 (£60,300) crown after being dethroned.

VIDEO: Volcano continues fiery lava eruption
Tue, 02 Sep 2014 10:25:21 GMT

A dramatic lava eruption that began early on Sunday near Iceland's Bardarbunga volcano has continued into Monday.

Paris 'Gestapo' plaque to be restored
Wed, 03 Sep 2014 00:29:26 GMT

Anger at removal of WW2 plaque for victims of 'French Gestapo'

How to find fast food menu secrets
Wed, 03 Sep 2014 00:02:46 GMT

The fast food items you've never heard of

The homes under the sea
Wed, 03 Sep 2014 00:07:41 GMT

The homes where you can live under the sea

Viewpoint: How to make Afghan army sustainable
Tue, 02 Sep 2014 21:11:48 GMT

Nato's role in making the Afghan army sustainable

How maggots can lower Kenyan hospital bills
Wed, 03 Sep 2014 00:39:15 GMT

Would you like larvae to eat your infected flesh?

A peace project at a time of war
Tue, 02 Sep 2014 18:07:49 GMT

How the EU's 'peace project' can work in a time of war

Nigerian army's pride wounded
Tue, 02 Sep 2014 11:41:57 GMT

Nigeria's campaign against Boko Haram goes from bad to worse