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Ashya brother defends arrested parents
Sun, 31 Aug 2014 22:15:41 GMT

A boy with a brain tumour whose parents took him from a hospital against medical advice had everything he needed to be safe, his brother says.

US senators urge arms for Ukraine
Sun, 31 Aug 2014 22:04:45 GMT

Key American senators call for the US to send weapons to help Ukraine fight what they say is "a Russian invasion".

Pupils begin 'tough' new curriculum
Mon, 01 Sep 2014 01:33:38 GMT

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

Xenon and argon banned for athletes
Sun, 31 Aug 2014 23:53:44 GMT

Doping experts have yet to find an effective test to uncover athletes using the gases xenon and argon to boost performance, as a ban is introduced.

Conservative MP Kelly to stand down
Sun, 31 Aug 2014 22:05:55 GMT

Conservative MP for Dudley South Chris Kelly announces he will stand down at the 2015 general election after one term.

High-powered hairdryers under threat
Sun, 31 Aug 2014 23:01:07 GMT

High-powered hairdryers are on a list of household electrical items the EU is considering banning in an attempt to curb energy consumption.

PM may block return of UK jihadists
Sun, 31 Aug 2014 12:29:24 GMT

British-born jihadists in Iraq and Syria could be temporarily banned from returning to the UK under new plans being considered by the government, the BBC understands.

Charities urged to open own schools
Mon, 01 Sep 2014 00:42:38 GMT

Charities campaigning against child poverty should be encouraged to set up their own free schools, says a think tank report.

Iraqi forces 'reach besieged Amerli'
Sun, 31 Aug 2014 20:52:58 GMT

Iraqi forces reach the besieged town of Amerli, where thousands of people have been trapped by jihadists, military officials say.

Iceland issues new volcano alert
Sun, 31 Aug 2014 16:17:46 GMT

Iceland issues an aviation alert after a fresh lava eruption from a fissure near the Bardarbunga volcano, but the warning is later lowered.

Israel to take over West Bank land
Sun, 31 Aug 2014 23:45:26 GMT

Israel unveils plans to take 400 hectares of land in the West Bank, triggering criticism from the Palestinians and the US.

Barclays sells Spanish businesses
Sun, 31 Aug 2014 22:00:37 GMT

Barclays Bank sells Spanish businesses for £633m to the country's third largest lender CaixaBank.

VIDEO: Saying 'I do,' underwater in China
Sun, 31 Aug 2014 19:24:16 GMT

Why Chinese couples are queuing up to put on waterproof make-up and get their wedding pictures taken underwater.

VIDEO: Footage of powerful solar flares
Mon, 01 Sep 2014 01:44:43 GMT

The US Space Agency Nasa has released new footage showing a series of powerful solar flares.

VIDEO: Are e-cigarettes safe?
Sun, 31 Aug 2014 10:31:20 GMT

Inside Out goes to the lab to investigate what is in e-cigarettes while we unwrap the arguments surrounding them.

AUDIO: Should you recline your plane seat?
Sat, 30 Aug 2014 09:11:36 GMT

The use of gadgets to prevent passengers putting their seat back has lead to mid-air arguments, should airlines allow them to go back at all?

VIDEO: Peter Kay lights up Blackpool
Sat, 30 Aug 2014 09:32:40 GMT

Comedian Peter Kay hosted the big switch-on of the Blackpool Illuminations

VIDEO: Dahl: Charlie chapters discovered
Fri, 29 Aug 2014 20:26:30 GMT

The discovery of new unpublished chapters reveals author Roald Dahl planned to include more children in his classic children's book Charlie and the Chocolate Factory but dropped them from the final version.

VIDEO: Private's medals given to museum
Fri, 29 Aug 2014 20:04:22 GMT

A Somerset museum has been given three World War One medals, 100 years to the day after the soldier who earned them was killed in action.

VIDEO: Horse dances to Shakira
Fri, 29 Aug 2014 19:08:32 GMT

Watch as Michael Eilberg and Half Moon Delphi impress the crowd at the World Equestrian Games with a freestyle dressage routine sound tracked by Shakira.

Eurosceptic revolt, and gas "rip-off" - the papers
Mon, 01 Sep 2014 00:24:53 GMT

In a mixed bag of headlines for Monday's press, the challenge to David Cameron's EU policy from the Tories' eurosceptic wing makes many papers.

X Factor dominates Saturday night TV
Sun, 31 Aug 2014 12:45:51 GMT

X Factor returns to ITV with 9.3 million viewers, or 43% of the viewing public.

Bush sets new album chart record
Sun, 31 Aug 2014 19:21:04 GMT

Kate Bush follows her stage comeback to become the first woman to have eight albums in the chart at the same time.

Arsenal 'active' as deadline looms
Sun, 31 Aug 2014 22:00:06 GMT

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger expects to be busy on deadline day, while plenty of activity is expected after a record summer of spending.

Tsonga 'less afraid' of Murray
Sun, 31 Aug 2014 20:15:39 GMT

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga goes into his US Open fourth-round match against Andy Murray boosted by the Briton's uncertain form.

Gomez denies Jonny Brownlee title
Sun, 31 Aug 2014 20:43:31 GMT

Javier Gomez wins the Triathlon World Series title ahead of Jonny Brownlee, whose brother Alistair wins the final race.

The stories behind five deadline-day panic buys
Sun, 31 Aug 2014 15:42:49 GMT

From falling asleep at the airport to paying over the odds, we look at five transfers with more than a hint of panic about them.

Monday's gossip column
Sun, 31 Aug 2014 22:54:51 GMT

Man City and Arsenal offered Falcao, Man Utd want £5m for Welbeck loan, plus more gossip on transfer deadline day.

China factory growth misses forecasts
Mon, 01 Sep 2014 01:37:40 GMT

China's manufacturing activity misses expectations in August, indicating that the country's economy may be losing momentum.

VIDEO: Malaysia Airlines to cut 6,000 jobs
Fri, 29 Aug 2014 15:43:21 GMT

Malaysia Airlines is to cut 6000 jobs, nearly a third of its staff, as part of a recovery plan following the loss of two planes this year.

Bercow to face pressure over clerk
Sun, 31 Aug 2014 19:48:42 GMT

Speaker John Bercow will face pressure from MPs on Monday over his choice of Australian Carol Mills to be the most senior Commons official.

VIDEO: Douglas Carswell announcement in full
Thu, 28 Aug 2014 11:43:53 GMT

Watch the full statement as Tory MP Douglas Carswell defects to the UK Independence Party. He will stand down as MP for Clacton to seek re-election in a by-election.

'No apology' over Ashya King search
Sun, 31 Aug 2014 19:46:30 GMT

Police say they will not apologise for the way they conducted a search for a five-year-old boy with a brain tumour, who was taken from a UK hospital by his parents against medical advice.

Top school's lessons free on iTunes
Mon, 01 Sep 2014 00:55:35 GMT

A leading independent school is making dozens of its courses available free online, so lessons can be downloaded by pupils or teachers at other schools.

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.

MSN Messenger to end after 15 years
Fri, 29 Aug 2014 17:48:01 GMT

Microsoft's MSN Messenger will be switched off in China in October, bringing a final end to the 15-year-old service.

VIDEO: Tech search for 'perfect dance track'
Fri, 29 Aug 2014 15:08:45 GMT

Searching for the DNA of dance music – the quest to find the perfect party anthem.

Legal challenge to badger cull fails
Fri, 29 Aug 2014 10:29:47 GMT

A High Court bid to halt this year's badger culling, which will take place without independent monitoring, fails.

VIDEO: Footage of powerful solar flares
Mon, 01 Sep 2014 01:44:43 GMT

The US Space Agency Nasa has released new footage showing a series of powerful solar flares.

Fairhead to be BBC Trust chairwoman
Sun, 31 Aug 2014 13:55:13 GMT

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

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.

10 things we didn't know last week
Fri, 29 Aug 2014 14:52:58 GMT

Yawning is contagious for wolves, and other nuggets.

Bodies found after fireworks blaze
Sun, 31 Aug 2014 11:22:52 GMT

The bodies of two people are found following a fire in a shed containing fireworks in the Lake District.

Trapped horse hoisted to safety
Sun, 31 Aug 2014 10:09:52 GMT

Lifting equipment is used to free a horse which became trapped after trying to jump over a farm gate near Shrewsbury.

Voters urged to ensure they register
Mon, 01 Sep 2014 00:06:17 GMT

Both independence referendum campaigns have urged people to register to vote if they have not already done so.

Food and drink jobs boost forecast
Mon, 01 Sep 2014 00:09:46 GMT

Nearly 10,000 jobs could be created in Scotland's food and drink sector over the next five years, according to a new report.

McGuinness urges dissident ceasefire
Sun, 31 Aug 2014 17:36:40 GMT

Sinn Féin's Martin McGuinness urges dissident republicans, on the IRA ceasefire 20th anniversary, to "take that same step into politics and away from conflict".

Man shot in legs in alleyway attack
Sun, 31 Aug 2014 12:14:14 GMT

A man in his 20s is shot in the legs in an alleyway in west Belfast.

Diver, 41, dies after quarry rescue
Sun, 31 Aug 2014 16:22:58 GMT

One diver dies and two others are treated in hospital after an incident at a disused quarry in Gwynedd.

Day three of sea search for boy, 12
Sun, 31 Aug 2014 10:51:42 GMT

The search for a missing 12-year-old boy who was swept into the sea while playing continues for a third day.

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.

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.

Protesters condemn Hong Kong ruling
Sun, 31 Aug 2014 14:49:49 GMT

Democratic groups in Hong Kong vow to fight a Chinese government decision that rules out open nominations for the next leadership election.

Pakistan army 'concerned' by clashes
Sun, 31 Aug 2014 18:20:47 GMT

Violence between protesters and police should stop, Pakistan's army says, as it backs democracy after Islamabad clashes saw three people die.

Eurosceptics win German state seats
Sun, 31 Aug 2014 17:47:04 GMT

Eurosceptic party 'Alternative for Germany' wins its first state parliament seats in the eastern state of Saxony, according to exit polls.

Missing Ashya King found in Spain
Sun, 31 Aug 2014 08:57:52 GMT

A five-year-old boy with a brain tumour who was removed from a UK hospital by his parents is found in Spain after his father defends their actions in a video.

Cuba introduces new customs limits
Mon, 01 Sep 2014 01:37:06 GMT

Cuba restricts the amount of foreign goods that travellers can bring into the country, where locally-made items are scarce and expensive.

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.

Bahrain journalist's sentence upheld
Sun, 31 Aug 2014 19:06:05 GMT

A court in Bahrain upholds a 10-year sentence imposed on photojournalist Ahmed Humaidan, as human rights activist Maryam al-Khawaja is arrested.

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.

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.

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.

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: Data Retention and Investigatory Powers Bill - second reading
Tue, 15 Jul 2014 18:02:06 GMT

MPs approve the Data Retention and Investigatory Powers Bill at second reading.

VIDEO: Meet Japan's Batman - Chibatman
Mon, 01 Sep 2014 00:17:45 GMT

The BBC's meets Chibatman - a Japanese man who dresses as Batman to make Japanese people smile and who has become an internet sensation

VIDEO: Paris building demolished in blast
Sun, 31 Aug 2014 17:10:29 GMT

Four people have been killed and eleven others injured after an explosion rocked a four-storey building in Rosny-sous-Bois, Paris on Sunday morning.

VIDEO: Powerful vacuum cleaner sales spike
Sun, 31 Aug 2014 18:17:36 GMT

From 1 September, companies in the EU will be banned from making or importing vacuum cleaners above 1600 watts and it has led to a sharp rise in sales.

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.

VIDEO: IRA ceasefire: 20 years on
Sun, 31 Aug 2014 03:48:55 GMT

Two decades ago the Provisional IRA announced a ceasefire that marked the end of a quarter of a century of what it called its "armed struggle".

VIDEO: Pro-Russian separatists approach Mariupol
Sun, 31 Aug 2014 22:14:15 GMT

Russia's President, Vladimir Putin, says any agreement to end the conflict in Ukraine, must include discussions on giving more autonomy to pro-Russians in the east.

VIDEO: Rescuers free Nicaraguan miners
Sat, 30 Aug 2014 13:16:36 GMT

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

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.

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

Why I stopped wearing the headscarf

Why Orwell was a literary mediocrity
Sat, 30 Aug 2014 23:40:17 GMT

But Orwell was a literary mediocrity, says Will Self

What is proton beam therapy?
Sun, 31 Aug 2014 17:48:06 GMT

What is proton beam therapy and why is it so sought after?

The priest who brokered peace
Sun, 31 Aug 2014 03:11:13 GMT

How Fr Alec Reid helped mediate the IRA truce 20 years ago

How might a currency change affect UK?
Sun, 31 Aug 2014 03:45:39 GMT

Five ways a Scotland currency change could affect rest of UK

'Praying for death' in Ukraine
Sun, 31 Aug 2014 06:08:51 GMT

Activist relives humiliation and horror at hands of Ukraine rebels

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

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

The best of the week's reads

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

Earthquakes, padlocks and Kate Bush - the week's news in numbers

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