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Foley killers 'wanted $132m ransom'
Thu, 21 Aug 2014 23:05:12 GMT

Islamic State jihadists demanded a $132m (80m) ransom for the release of US journalist James Foley, his employer GlobalPost says.

Hunt on for 'UK' beheading suspect
Thu, 21 Aug 2014 16:40:55 GMT

Police and security services are trying to identify a jihadist - thought to be British - in connection with the killing of US journalist James Foley.

Doctors may face 'tougher sanctions'
Thu, 21 Aug 2014 23:31:45 GMT

Failing doctors could be forced to apologise to patients under measures being considered by the medical regulator.

Malaysian MH17 bodies to arrive home
Thu, 21 Aug 2014 23:48:28 GMT

The bodies of 20 Malaysian victims of Flight MH17 that crashed in Ukraine are to arrive in Kuala Lumpur, as the nation holds a day of mourning.

Ex-ministers join Commons clerk row
Fri, 22 Aug 2014 00:45:28 GMT

Veteran MPs Jack Straw and Margaret Beckett urge further scrutiny of the proposed appointment of the new House of Commons clerk amid an ongoing row.

Rights campaigner Helen Bamber dies
Thu, 21 Aug 2014 20:28:26 GMT

Veteran human rights campaigner Helen Bamber, who was among the first to relieve Nazi concentration camp victims in 1945, dies.

Suspected Ebola case in Ireland
Thu, 21 Aug 2014 22:26:10 GMT

Tests for the Ebola virus are being carried out on the body of a man in a County Donegal hospital, the Irish Health Service Executive says.

Double vaccines 'could end polio'
Thu, 21 Aug 2014 23:31:23 GMT

Using both types of polio vaccine could speed up efforts to free the world of the crippling and potentially fatal disease, research suggests.

Navi Pillay rebukes Security Council
Fri, 22 Aug 2014 00:05:13 GMT

UN's human rights chief Navi Pillay strongly criticises the UN Security Council for its failure to prevent conflicts around the world.

Councils bar campaigns from schools
Thu, 21 Aug 2014 23:14:38 GMT

The official referendum campaigns are being barred from the majority of schools in Scotland ahead of polling day, BBC research finds

Metered water could cost double
Thu, 21 Aug 2014 23:02:07 GMT

As the number of water meters installed rises above 10 million, some customers are saving money while others are losing out.

Safe standing backed by Lib Dems
Thu, 21 Aug 2014 23:00:02 GMT

The Liberal Democrats want to change the law and allow Premier League and Championship clubs to introduce safe standing at stadiums.

VIDEO: Bombers in historic Lincoln flypast
Thu, 21 Aug 2014 18:54:29 GMT

The world's only two flying Lancasters have been united with a Vulcan bomber in a formation flight described as a "never to be repeated" event

VIDEO: Hanoi gardens' blooming trade
Thu, 21 Aug 2014 15:57:27 GMT

Vietnam's lotus gardens are capitalising on an increasingly popular source of revenue. In midsummer when the flowers bloom, young and old flock to the gardens to have their pictures taken.

VIDEO: Man, 111, named world's oldest
Thu, 21 Aug 2014 11:12:12 GMT

The world's oldest man has been named as Sakuri Momoi, who is 111 years old and living in Japan.

VIDEO: 'Our friend has given us a son'
Wed, 20 Aug 2014 23:09:55 GMT

BBC News met new parents Nick and Michael Scott-Kline with 18-month-old Elliot and surrogate mother Sarah Jones.

VIDEO: Korean plot to dominate global culture
Wed, 20 Aug 2014 20:00:56 GMT

Author Euny Hong talks to the BBC about how South Korea is conquering the world through pop culture.

VIDEO: Red Riding Hood in jazz shoes
Wed, 20 Aug 2014 23:06:55 GMT

Drew McOnie has choreographed a new version of Little Red Riding Hood for the National Youth Ballet.

VIDEO: Anastacia talks big and little things
Thu, 21 Aug 2014 11:30:44 GMT

Singer songwriter Anastacia tells BBC Breakfast about her post mastectomy experience and new album 'Resurrection'

VIDEO: Meeting the new Doctor
Wed, 20 Aug 2014 05:43:36 GMT

Ten young Doctor Who fans got a tour behind the scenes where the magic happens, on the set of the Tardis itself. But there was a surprise in store...

Small airports earn passenger praise
Thu, 21 Aug 2014 23:02:40 GMT

Passengers should try to use the UK's smaller airports for a better holiday experience, a survey suggests.

Stench of decay turns coral away
Thu, 21 Aug 2014 23:44:24 GMT

Marine biologists find that baby coral and fish can smell the difference between good and bad reefs.

'Jihadi John' and fears for Gazza
Thu, 21 Aug 2014 22:39:55 GMT

Most papers focus on efforts to identify the British jihadist in the video of reporter James Foley's beheading, while others raise fears over ex-footballer Paul Gascoigne's health.

Mackay apologises over text row
Thu, 21 Aug 2014 21:43:43 GMT

Malky Mackay apologises for sending two one-line text messages he admits were "disrespectful of other cultures".

Liverpool agree 16m Balotelli fee
Thu, 21 Aug 2014 12:59:03 GMT

Liverpool agree a 16m fee with Italian club AC Milan to sign former Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli.

Carlin claims 800m freestyle gold
Thu, 21 Aug 2014 19:03:53 GMT

Jazz Carlin wins Britain's fourth gold in the pool at the European Championships, while there is a silver for Ross Murdoch.

England women qualify for World Cup
Thu, 21 Aug 2014 20:56:58 GMT

England secure their place at the 2015 Women's World Cup with a resounding win over Wales in Cardiff.

Lineker: What MOTD means to me
Thu, 21 Aug 2014 22:32:43 GMT

Player, pundit and presenter: Gary Lineker on 50 years of Match of the Day.

Argentina debt plan ruled 'illegal'
Thu, 21 Aug 2014 23:32:35 GMT

Argentina's plan to ask investors holding defaulted bonds to swap them for new locally issued debt is ruled "illegal" by a US court.

VIDEO: Indian billionaire turns poet
Thu, 21 Aug 2014 23:02:42 GMT

Nadir Godrej, a top executive at one of India's biggest businesses, turns to poetry to describe the challenges facing India's economy.

UKIP pledges to cut income taxes
Thu, 21 Aug 2014 12:24:50 GMT

UKIP sets out details of the taxation strategy that will be part of its manifesto in next year's general election.

VIDEO: Salmond defends oil predictions
Thu, 21 Aug 2014 13:27:24 GMT

Scotland's First Minister, Alex Salmond, has defended the Scottish government's estimates of oil reserves, after a warning yesterday from a leading industry figure.

US Ebola patients out of hospital
Thu, 21 Aug 2014 17:19:00 GMT

One of the US aid workers who recovered from the Ebola virus says he is "thrilled to be alive" as he and another patient are discharged from hospital.

VIDEO: Possible Ebola case in Ireland
Thu, 21 Aug 2014 19:19:22 GMT

A suspected case of Ebola is being assessed in County Donegal, the Irish Health Service Executive (HSE) has said

GCSE grades rise, but fall in English
Thu, 21 Aug 2014 18:08:50 GMT

Hundreds of thousands of pupils are receiving their GCSE grades, with an overall rise in results despite changes to the exam system

VIDEO: 'Trojan horse' principal on school return
Tue, 19 Aug 2014 12:48:24 GMT

A principal at an academy school in Birmingham, who resigned because she felt under undue pressure from governors, has given a statement after resuming her post.

NSA and GCHQ agents 'leak Tor bugs'
Thu, 21 Aug 2014 23:01:40 GMT

The Tor Project says it believes some NSA and GCHQ agents are surreptitiously leaking it information to protect anonymity on the net.

VIDEO: Tor Project 'gets cyberspy leaks'
Thu, 21 Aug 2014 23:01:35 GMT

The executive director of the Tor Project alleges that agents at GCHQ and the NSA are going behind their colleagues' backs to leak it information.

Warming 'pause' may last until 2025
Thu, 21 Aug 2014 18:45:33 GMT

The hiatus in the rise in global temperatures is being caused by the Atlantic Ocean and could last another 10 years, say researchers.

VIDEO: Russian cosmonauts go on spacewalk
Mon, 18 Aug 2014 21:01:47 GMT

Two Russian cosmonauts set off on a spacewalk from the International Space Station (ISS) to launch a nano-satellite.

BBC Sir Cliff coverage 'appropriate'
Thu, 21 Aug 2014 14:50:25 GMT

The BBC "acted appropriately" in covering the police search of Sir Cliff Richard's home, the corporation's director general Tony Hall says.

VIDEO: Meet the Author: Susan Greenfield
Thu, 21 Aug 2014 17:53:18 GMT

In this week's Meet the Author the BBC's Nick Higham meets Susan Greenfield, a baroness and one of Britain's most recognisable scientists.

Caption Challenge: Bed of nails
Thu, 21 Aug 2014 11:31:39 GMT

It's the Caption Challenge. Oh yes it is.

Could the cravat make a comeback?
Thu, 21 Aug 2014 08:48:50 GMT

Noted cravat-wearer Nicholas Parsons has lamented the neckwear's retreat from front-line fashion.

Teacher punched and swore at pupils
Thu, 21 Aug 2014 20:29:10 GMT

A Derby teacher is banned from the profession after he swore at pupils, punched them and called them offensive names.

Comedian read paper while driving
Thu, 21 Aug 2014 16:03:57 GMT

Roy "Chubby" Brown is caught on camera reading a newspaper while driving along the A19 in North Yorkshire.

GPs criticised over online services
Thu, 21 Aug 2014 23:15:42 GMT

Too few GPs have a website or allow appointments to be booked online, according to a Scottish think tank.

Folk singer Jean Redpath has died
Thu, 21 Aug 2014 19:51:30 GMT

The Scottish singer and champion of folk music Jean Redpath dies at the age of 77 in an Arizona hospice.

Radio host Gerry Anderson dies at 69
Thu, 21 Aug 2014 17:29:45 GMT

Gerry Anderson, one of Northern Ireland's best known presenters, dies after a long illness.

Former Irish PM Albert Reynolds dies
Thu, 21 Aug 2014 14:06:16 GMT

Ireland's former prime minister Albert Reynolds, who played a key role in the Northern Ireland peace process, dies at the age of 81.

'Choking' death response examined
Thu, 21 Aug 2014 19:38:42 GMT

The ambulance service is investigating its response to a six-year-old girl believed to have choked to death while on holiday in Gwynedd.

Baby killer sentence goes to appeal
Thu, 21 Aug 2014 15:38:07 GMT

A man jailed for killing baby Alfie Sullock will have his nine-year sentence reviewed by the Court of Appeal over concerns it is too lenient.

Boko Haram 'control police academy'
Thu, 21 Aug 2014 13:54:13 GMT

Northern Nigeria's riot police training academy has been overrun by Boko Haram Islamist militants, sources in Borno state tell the BBC.

South Africa issues Ebola travel ban
Thu, 21 Aug 2014 21:53:03 GMT

South Africa says non-citizens arriving from Ebola-affected areas of West Africa will not be allowed into the country.

Indonesia court upholds Widodo win
Thu, 21 Aug 2014 15:41:53 GMT

Indonesia's top court upholds Joko Widodo's victory in July's presidential elections, rejecting an appeal from defeated candidate Prabowo Subianto.

Thailand coup general named as PM
Thu, 21 Aug 2014 10:38:16 GMT

Thailand's junta leader General Prayuth Chan-ocha, who led a coup in May, is named the new prime minister, after a parliamentary vote.

Ukraine inspects Russian aid convoy
Thu, 21 Aug 2014 16:53:40 GMT

The Red Cross says Ukrainian customs checks have begun on Russian aid lorries destined for the besieged city of Luhansk.

Belgian PM's laptop stolen from car
Thu, 21 Aug 2014 09:46:38 GMT

A thief breaks into the car of outgoing Belgian Prime Minister Elio di Rupo, stealing his laptop, but officials deny state secrets were taken.

Venezuela "to fingerprint shoppers"
Thu, 21 Aug 2014 23:42:03 GMT

Venezuela plans to fingerprint supermarket shoppers in a move to combat food shortages and smuggling.

Shakira song 'broke copyright laws'
Thu, 21 Aug 2014 03:56:10 GMT

Colombian pop star Shakira's hit song Loca was indirectly copied from a Dominican songwriter's work, a US federal judge rules.

Israel kills top Hamas commanders
Thu, 21 Aug 2014 13:18:58 GMT

An Israeli air strike kills three senior Hamas military commanders as Israel vows to pursue its Gaza campaign until it achieves "full security".

Iran MPs dismiss science minister
Wed, 20 Aug 2014 12:53:07 GMT

Iran's parliament votes to dismiss Science Minister Reza Faraji-Dana, dealing a blow to reformist President Hassan Rouhani.

Bergdahl prisoner swap 'illegal'
Thu, 21 Aug 2014 20:19:37 GMT

The exchange of five Taliban fighters held at Guantanamo Bay for a captive US soldier violated the law, a US government watchdog agency finds.

National Guard to leave Ferguson
Thu, 21 Aug 2014 19:15:05 GMT

The National Guard is set to withdraw from the St Louis suburb where a black teenager was killed by police this month, as tensions ease.

Day in pictures: 14 August 2014
Thu, 14 Aug 2014 10:59:59 GMT

24 hours of news photos: 14 August

In pictures: Lauren Bacall
Wed, 13 Aug 2014 01:43:54 GMT

Life and career of US actress Lauren Bacall

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

Charting career of Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Maliki

In pictures: Robin Williams
Tue, 12 Aug 2014 11:57:11 GMT

Career of actor and comedian in pictures

Day in pictures: 13 August 2014
Wed, 13 Aug 2014 11:11:25 GMT

24 hours of news photos: 13 August

In pictures: Framing Hope
Tue, 12 Aug 2014 14:55:21 GMT

A new exhibition of photos by Jillian Edelstein

In pictures: Exodus of Yazidis
Mon, 11 Aug 2014 21:29:16 GMT

Yazidi refugees fleeing violence from Islamic State militants

Day in pictures: 12 August 2014
Tue, 12 Aug 2014 13:31:54 GMT

24 hours of news photos: 12 August

VIDEO: House of Commons
Tue, 22 Jul 2014 16:41:42 GMT

Israel's response to rocket attacks must be "proportionate", insists a minister.

VIDEO: One year on: The Syria crisis
Thu, 21 Aug 2014 22:08:49 GMT

The BBC's Middle East Editor Jeremy Bowen assesses the events of the past year in Syria and how they have shaped the Middle East region.

VIDEO: Police take wrong-way driver head on
Thu, 21 Aug 2014 10:03:32 GMT

Two traffic officers have been praised for their bravery after stopping a wrong-way driver on the M6 toll.

VIDEO: Ebola survivor 'thrilled to be alive'
Thu, 21 Aug 2014 16:23:03 GMT

Ebola virus survivor Dr Kent Brantly has described how he is "thrilled to be alive" after contracting the infection while working in Liberia.

VIDEO: Why are Moscow McDonald's shut?
Thu, 21 Aug 2014 12:04:39 GMT

Moscow correspondent Steven Rosenberg looks at the closure of a number of McDonald's restaurants in Russia.

VIDEO: The MI5 hunt for journalist's killer
Thu, 21 Aug 2014 13:16:06 GMT

The intelligence services and the police are trying to identify the masked man, believed to be British, filmed murdering the American journalist James Foley.

VIDEO: Mass rally as Hamas leaders buried
Thu, 21 Aug 2014 15:45:43 GMT

Thousands of people have taken to the streets in Gaza for the funerals of three senior senior Hamas military commanders who were killed in an Israeli rocket strike.

VIDEO: Gulnara treated 'worse than dog'
Thu, 21 Aug 2014 16:43:20 GMT

The BBC obtains recordings by Gulnara Karimova - the daughter of Uzbekistan's president - in which she claims she needs urgent medical help.

VIDEO: Iraqi baby girl named 'refugee'
Wed, 20 Aug 2014 16:23:04 GMT

The BBC's Yalda Hakim met with people who have fled to a huge refugee camp near Dohuk.

What are the main reasons men pay for sex?
Fri, 22 Aug 2014 00:02:54 GMT

What are the main reasons men pay for sex?

How Sam Cam's ancestor 'reinvented' walking
Fri, 22 Aug 2014 00:03:38 GMT

How Sam Cam's ancestor 'reinvented' walking

VIDEO: The last prisoner on Big Island
Thu, 21 Aug 2014 23:04:12 GMT

The 83-year-old still tied to Brazil's Big Island prison

The town at the centre of Britain
Fri, 22 Aug 2014 00:05:14 GMT

The town that would have to rebrand if Scotland votes Yes

Quiz of the week's news
Fri, 22 Aug 2014 00:05:44 GMT

Why was this man refused entry to Dubai?

Can Indonesia's Jokowi meet expectations?
Thu, 21 Aug 2014 23:53:36 GMT

Can Indonesia's Jokowi meet voters' expectations?

Dutch grapple with jihadist threat
Thu, 21 Aug 2014 23:24:56 GMT

Dutch grapple with jihadist threat from some young Muslims

Stowaway survivor 'feared death'
Thu, 21 Aug 2014 18:57:50 GMT

Tilbury Docks container stowaway tells BBC he feared for his life

Purdah is welcome relief (for some)
Thu, 21 Aug 2014 23:12:43 GMT

Why Scotland's political purdah may be welcomed by some

Analysis: Deradicalising Brits in Syria
Thu, 21 Aug 2014 17:14:47 GMT

What happens when Britons fighting in Syria return home?

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