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EU sets Russia sanctions ultimatum
Sun, 31 Aug 2014 02:39:39 GMT

The EU gives Russia one week to reverse course in Ukraine or face new sanctions, as Ukraine's leader talks of the "point of no return".

US planes drop aid to Iraq's Amerli
Sun, 31 Aug 2014 02:09:52 GMT

US planes have made air drops and carried out strikes against Islamic State positions around the besieged northern Iraqi town of Amerli.

Philippine troops in Syria rescued
Sun, 31 Aug 2014 04:26:44 GMT

Thirty-two Philippine peacekeepers trapped by rebels in the Syrian Golan Heights are rescued, and another 40 escape, but 44 Fijians are held captive.

Anti-PM clashes continue in Pakistan
Sun, 31 Aug 2014 03:54:36 GMT

Clashes are continuing in Pakistan between police and protesters demanding the resignation of PM Nawaz Sharif, with 300 reported injured.

First openly gay NFL player dropped
Sat, 30 Aug 2014 21:03:24 GMT

Michael Sam, the first openly gay player drafted into the National Football League, fails to make the final roster for the St Louis Rams.

Lesotho PM flees 'military coup'
Sat, 30 Aug 2014 14:53:50 GMT

Lesotho's prime minister crosses into South Africa, accusing Lesotho's army of staging a coup and telling the BBC his life is in danger.

Iran anger over new US sanctions
Sat, 30 Aug 2014 14:20:31 GMT

Iran's President Hassan Rouhani criticises new US sanctions, saying they will harm negotiations over his country's nuclear programme.

China warns of Hong Kong 'meddling'
Sat, 30 Aug 2014 10:35:29 GMT

China warns foreign countries against "meddling" in Hong Kong's politics ahead of a crucial announcement on the territory's election process.

El Salvador gangs re-launch truce
Sat, 30 Aug 2014 19:45:45 GMT

Leaders of five of El Salvador's powerful gangs say they will stop attacking police and military in a bid to re-launch a gang truce agreed two years ago.

Missing Ashya King found in Spain
Sun, 31 Aug 2014 00:10:36 GMT

A five-year-old boy with a brain tumour whose parents removed him from hospital against medical advice has been found, police confirm.

Egypt Brotherhood death sentence cut
Sat, 30 Aug 2014 14:34:36 GMT

The head of Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood has one death sentence commuted to life in prison, but still faces another death penalty.

'Forgotten' Swiss baby dies in car
Sat, 30 Aug 2014 13:39:47 GMT

A 16-month-old baby in Switzerland dies after one of its parents went to work forgetting that the child had been left in the car.

VIDEO: Police trial Bond-style tracking darts
Sat, 30 Aug 2014 16:23:39 GMT

A GPS tracking device being deployed by police in Florida enables officers to follow a vehicle without the need for a potentially dangerous high-speed pursuit.

Legroom row diverts second US flight
Fri, 29 Aug 2014 16:56:32 GMT

A US flight bound for Europe diverts after a mid-air fight between passengers over legroom, in the second such incident in a week.

Cold War US spy dies in prison
Fri, 29 Aug 2014 21:17:59 GMT

A former US navy sailor who led a spy ring for the Soviet Union has died in a prison medical centre at the age of 77.

Texas abortion provisions struck down
Sat, 30 Aug 2014 00:32:04 GMT

A US judge strikes down part of a Texas abortion law that would have closed more than a dozen clinics.

Jews 'forced' from Guatemala village
Sat, 30 Aug 2014 01:38:45 GMT

Some 230 members of an Orthodox Jewish group begin leaving a village in western Guatemala after a bitter row with the local indigenous community.

Rescuers free Nicaraguan miners
Sat, 30 Aug 2014 06:00:45 GMT

Most of 24 gold miners trapped underground in northern Nicaragua since Thursday have been rescued, officials say.

Senegal confirms first Ebola case
Fri, 29 Aug 2014 20:28:21 GMT

Senegal's health ministry confirms a first case of Ebola, making it the fifth West African country now affected by the outbreak.

Ivory Coast risk disqualification
Fri, 29 Aug 2014 10:46:29 GMT

Ivory Coast will be disqualified from the Nations Cup if they forfeit their Sierra Leone qualifier over Ebola fears.

India's growth hits two year high
Fri, 29 Aug 2014 16:52:51 GMT

India's economy grew by 5.7% in the three months to June, its fastest pace in two-and-a-half years, according to an official estimate.

Malaysia Airlines to cut 6,000 staff
Fri, 29 Aug 2014 10:31:24 GMT

Malaysia Airlines is to cut 6,000 staff as part of recovery plan after being hit by two air disasters this year.

Italian and Pole get top EU jobs
Sat, 30 Aug 2014 18:17:37 GMT

EU leaders appoint Italy's Federica Mogherini as EU foreign policy chief and Poland's Donald Tusk as European Council President.

Cameron welcomes EU chief's pledge
Sun, 31 Aug 2014 01:41:18 GMT

David Cameron welcomes a commitment by Donald Tusk, the new president of the European Council, to reach a deal with the UK on EU reform.

More than 3m have fled Syria - UN
Fri, 29 Aug 2014 08:02:53 GMT

The UN says Syria is now "the biggest humanitarian emergency of our era" with more than three million Syrians living outside the country as refugees.

Kurds 'take Iraq oilfields from IS'
Fri, 29 Aug 2014 15:07:59 GMT

Kurdish forces say they have retaken oilfields near Mosul in north Iraq from Islamic State, but retreating militants blow up three installations.

Fairhead to be BBC Trust chairwoman
Sun, 31 Aug 2014 03:37:32 GMT

Rona Fairhead, former head of the Financial Times Group, is to become the first woman to chair the BBC Trust, replacing Lord Patten in the role.

'Urgent' call for obesity taskforce
Sun, 31 Aug 2014 02:14:46 GMT

Doctors' leaders are calling for an emergency taskforce to be set up to tackle childhood obesity in England.

Russian rouble falls to new low
Fri, 29 Aug 2014 15:59:01 GMT

The Russian rouble falls to a record low against the dollar as investors fear further sanctions against the nation.

Brazil's economy enters recession
Fri, 29 Aug 2014 13:54:17 GMT

A contraction of 0.6% in Brazil's economy between April and June, and a revision of the first quarter, has pushed the country into recession, latest figures show.

IMF voices 'confidence' in Lagarde
Fri, 29 Aug 2014 22:08:23 GMT

The International Monetary Fund reaffirms its support for its leader Christine Lagarde despite her being investigated in a high-profile case in France.

Everton 3-6 Chelsea
Sat, 30 Aug 2014 19:05:48 GMT

Diego Costa scores twice as Chelsea win a nine-goal thriller against Everton to keep up their 100% start to the season.

India beat England to take 2-0 lead
Sat, 30 Aug 2014 16:56:27 GMT

India beat England by six wickets at Trent Bridge to take a 2-0 lead in the one-day series with two games left.

Murray into US Open fourth round
Sat, 30 Aug 2014 22:19:45 GMT

Andy Murray sees off Russia's Andrey Kuznetsov in four sets to reach the last 16 of the US Open in New York.

Australian actor Bill Kerr dies
Fri, 29 Aug 2014 09:44:06 GMT

Australian actor Bill Kerr, "the boy from Wagga Wagga" who became one of Tony Hancock's radio sidekicks in the 1950s, dies in Perth at 92.

Belafonte to receive honorary Oscar
Fri, 29 Aug 2014 09:26:52 GMT

US actor and singer Harry Belafonte is to be honoured by the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences.

Dahl draft spills Factory secrets
Fri, 29 Aug 2014 17:40:33 GMT

Little-known characters and incidents that could have featured in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory are released by the Roald Dahl estate.

VIDEO: Jews 'forced' from Guatemala village
Sat, 30 Aug 2014 06:16:04 GMT

Some 230 members of an Orthodox Jewish group begin leaving a village in western Guatemala after a bitter row with the local indigenous community.

VIDEO: Kurdish father's grief at son's death
Fri, 29 Aug 2014 20:05:27 GMT

In a camp for Yazidi refugees, near what was the Iraqi-Syrian border, the father who had to abandon his disabled child has learned that his son has died.

VIDEO: Ebola vaccine: Human trials to begin
Sat, 30 Aug 2014 01:42:13 GMT

The Ebola vaccine, ZMapp, which has been tested on 18 laboratory monkeys with a 100% success rate will now be tested on humans.

VIDEO: Iceland volcano alert lowered
Fri, 29 Aug 2014 14:59:40 GMT

Flights may resume as alert over Iceland volcano is lowered from red to orange.

VIDEO: Brazil dismantles Amazon 'destroyers'
Fri, 29 Aug 2014 03:22:05 GMT

Police in northern Brazil say they are in the process of dismantling one of the country's biggest environmental criminal gangs.

VIDEO: Nato: Russia illegally crossed border
Fri, 29 Aug 2014 21:39:00 GMT

Nato has accused Russia of blatantly violating Ukraine's sovereignty by sending troops and weapons over the border.

VIDEO: Displaced and desperate: Syrians seek refuge
Fri, 29 Aug 2014 12:58:36 GMT

The United Nations Refugee Agency says Syria is the "the biggest humanitarian emergency of our era", with almost half of all Syrians forced to flee their homes.

VIDEO: Millionaires search Med for migrants
Thu, 28 Aug 2014 23:02:35 GMT

A philanthropist couple have launched what they say is the world's first privately funded boat to help migrants in trouble at sea.

Why I stopped wearing the headscarf
Sat, 30 Aug 2014 23:36:59 GMT

Why I stopped wearing the headscarf

Worlds apart: From Gaza to Sydney
Sat, 30 Aug 2014 13:22:23 GMT

Australia and Gaza share ocean views, but not much else

Key EU jobs go to Italy and Poland
Sat, 30 Aug 2014 20:49:03 GMT

EU puts Pole and Italian at helm in tough times

Bionic pancreas: A new dawn for diabetics?
Sun, 31 Aug 2014 00:09:40 GMT

Labs in race to find bionic solution for Type 1 Diabetes

VIDEO: Trends of the week - in 60 seconds
Sat, 30 Aug 2014 23:54:30 GMT

Social media trends of the week in 60 seconds

Weekendish: The best of the week's reads
Fri, 29 Aug 2014 15:53:54 GMT

The best reads from the BBC News website this week

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

Earthquakes, padlocks and Kate Bush - the week in numbers