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Scottish independence: Decision day
Wed, 17 Sep 2014 22:43:45 GMT

People in Scotland will vote later on whether the country should stay in the UK or become an independent nation.

US House approves Obama Syria plan
Wed, 17 Sep 2014 23:47:05 GMT

The US House of Representatives approves President Barack Obama's plan to train and arm the moderate Syrian opposition taking on Islamic State.

Muslim call for release of hostage
Thu, 18 Sep 2014 01:30:16 GMT

British Muslim leaders call for the immediate release of Alan Henning, the UK hostage threatened with death by Islamic State extremists in Syria.

Australia launches anti-terror raids
Thu, 18 Sep 2014 01:52:18 GMT

Australian police make 15 arrests in Sydney and Brisbane in what they say is the biggest counter-terrorism operation in the country's history.

IS 'fuelling UK far-right backlash'
Thu, 18 Sep 2014 00:54:55 GMT

Islamic extremism in the Middle East and the Rotherham abuse scandal are fuelling a UK far-right backlash, a Home Office adviser claims.

British Ebola nurse travels to US
Thu, 18 Sep 2014 00:05:23 GMT

A British nurse who recovered from Ebola travels to the US to donate blood to try to save the life of another victim of the virus.

Thai murder police quiz two Britons
Wed, 17 Sep 2014 16:50:16 GMT

Police investigating the murders of two British tourists in Thailand question two British brothers and detain 11 Burmese people.

NFL rocked by new violence arrest
Thu, 18 Sep 2014 01:41:31 GMT

Arizona Cardinals running back Jonathan Dwyer is arrested on suspicion of domestic violence, police say, the latest such incident to rock the NFL.

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford has cancer
Wed, 17 Sep 2014 22:14:02 GMT

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford has been diagnosed with a "fairly aggressive" rare cancer, doctors treating him say.

Zoo owner 'fired rifle' at tiger
Wed, 17 Sep 2014 18:46:03 GMT

The owner of a zoo where a tiger mauled a keeper to death describes how he fired a rifle at the animal after the attack.

Armstrong to voice new Danger Mouse
Thu, 18 Sep 2014 00:25:45 GMT

Pointless host Alexander Armstrong will voice Danger Mouse when the much-loved cartoon hero returns to TV next year.

VIDEO: 'I volunteered for trial Ebola vaccine'
Wed, 17 Sep 2014 16:16:18 GMT

The first healthy UK volunteer has received a candidate Ebola vaccine in Oxford on Wednesday in a safety trial carried out by the University of Oxford.

VIDEO: South-west US hit by extreme weather
Wed, 17 Sep 2014 22:34:44 GMT

Extreme weather is punishing the south-western United States with a heatwave and a hurricane causing chaos from California into Mexico and flash flooding forecast for Arizona.

VIDEO: War ammo found in residential garage
Wed, 17 Sep 2014 14:05:42 GMT

Munitions and other artefacts from World War One and World War Two have been found during a raid on a residential garage in St Albans, Hertfordshire.

VIDEO: Lift-off for new US 'space taxis'
Wed, 17 Sep 2014 06:35:17 GMT

Nasa chooses two private companies to build a new generation of spacecraft that will take their astronauts to the International Space Station.

VIDEO: National Gallery in the picture
Wed, 17 Sep 2014 23:04:01 GMT

US filmmaker Frederick Wiseman talks to Tom Brooks about his documentary on the National Gallery

AUDIO: Agente provocatrice 'Fifi' used in WW2
Wed, 17 Sep 2014 11:56:05 GMT

A new file released by the National Archives has confirmed the use of an 'agente provocatrice', known as Fifi, in World War Two operations.

AUDIO: 'I found migrant under my campervan'
Wed, 17 Sep 2014 11:29:13 GMT

A driver describes the moment he found a migrant "clinging on with his fingernails" to the bottom of his campervan.

VIDEO: Ebola: The scale of the challenge
Wed, 17 Sep 2014 17:08:24 GMT

The fight against the deadly Ebola virus is shaping up to be one of the greatest challenges modern medicine has faced in many years. The BBC takes a look at the scale of the challenge.

Richard III death injuries revealed
Wed, 17 Sep 2014 09:29:50 GMT

King Richard III was probably killed by two blows to the head during a "sustained attack", according to new research.

Plaudits for Maxine Peake's Hamlet
Wed, 17 Sep 2014 09:58:05 GMT

Maxine Peake's performance as Hamlet is described by critics as "stunningly good", "excellent" and "not fully rounded" after her opening night.

Bayern Munich 1-0 Manchester City
Wed, 17 Sep 2014 21:26:23 GMT

Bayern Munich's Jerome Boateng scores a last-minute winner to deny Manchester City a point in their Champions League opener.

Scots women face World Cup play-off
Wed, 17 Sep 2014 19:38:55 GMT

Scotland miss out on automatic qualification for the 2015 Women's World Cup after losing 2-0 to Sweden.

Can FA plans revive England team?
Wed, 17 Sep 2014 19:34:34 GMT

BBC Radio 5 live's Richard Conway asks if reforming work permit rules for players will help revive English football.

Chelsea 1-1 FC Schalke 04
Wed, 17 Sep 2014 22:03:33 GMT

Cesc Fabregas scores his first for Chelsea but they are held to a draw by Schalke in their Champions League group opener.

R&A set to reveal women members vote
Wed, 17 Sep 2014 22:02:16 GMT

The Royal and Ancient Golf Club will announce on Thursday if it will admit women members for the first time in its 260 years.

US Fed to end stimulus in October
Wed, 17 Sep 2014 19:38:42 GMT

The US Federal Reserve says it will raise interest rates once a "considerable time" has passed after its stimulus programme ends in October.

VIDEO: Job figures 'very encouraging'
Wed, 17 Sep 2014 09:49:25 GMT

Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith has said the latest unemployment figures are "very encouraging".

UK jobless rate falls to 2008 low
Wed, 17 Sep 2014 11:59:13 GMT

The UK rate fell to 6.2% in the three months to the end of July, while the number claiming Jobseeker's Allowance has dipped below one million.

VIDEO: Youth employment 'still a problem'
Wed, 17 Sep 2014 11:38:52 GMT

Shadow Work and Pensions Minister Stephen Timms has welcomed the latest fall in unemployment but says there are still problems with youth and long-term unemployment.

Green light for new skin cancer drug
Thu, 18 Sep 2014 00:14:26 GMT

A new drug to treat skin cancer should be made available on the NHS, a health body has recommended.

Cash warning for university expansion
Thu, 18 Sep 2014 00:21:02 GMT

Plans that could increase student numbers by 20% have not been adequately funded, a policy analysis report warns.

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.

Skin printer and bee probe win award
Wed, 17 Sep 2014 22:10:18 GMT

A printer that creates fake skin to help burn victims heal, kit to check the health of bees and a solar-powered portable cooker win 2014's national Dyson awards.

VIDEO: Lasers deliver brighter 3D films
Tue, 16 Sep 2014 23:16:04 GMT

BBC Click looks at a new laser projector that promises to deliver brighter and clearer pictures.

Europeans drawn from three 'tribes'
Wed, 17 Sep 2014 17:46:29 GMT

Most present-day Europeans are a mixture of three ancient populations, according to a major study published in the journal Nature.

VIDEO: Leonardo DiCaprio's UN climate role
Tue, 16 Sep 2014 22:08:26 GMT

The Hollywood actor, Leonardo diCaprio, has been appointed as a United Nations representative on climate change.

Hiroshima artworks to go on show
Thu, 18 Sep 2014 00:24:20 GMT

Powerful and disturbing paintings by survivors of the 1945 atomic bomb in Hiroshima are to go on show outside Japan for the first time.

VIDEO: National Gallery in the picture
Wed, 17 Sep 2014 23:04:01 GMT

US filmmaker Frederick Wiseman talks to Tom Brooks about his documentary on the National Gallery

Was there a time British people couldn't buy olive oil?
Tue, 16 Sep 2014 13:20:37 GMT

There are grave predictions of a shortage of olive oil. But once the UK didn't consume much at all.

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?

Officer 'must resign' over PC death
Wed, 17 Sep 2014 16:57:27 GMT

A Greater Manchester Police officer is forced to step down over the fatal shooting of an unarmed colleague during a training exercise.

Police 'not alerted' to abuse doctor
Wed, 17 Sep 2014 21:09:21 GMT

Authorities failed to alert police of suspicions about a paedophile doctor more than a year before his arrest in December 2013, it emerges.

How to vote in the Scottish referendum
Wed, 17 Sep 2014 21:47:20 GMT

The future of Scotland will be decided in the referendum on independence on 18 September. Here's a brief guide on how to make sure your vote is counted.

Bathgate attack 'attempted murder'
Wed, 17 Sep 2014 13:12:23 GMT

A 65-year-old man is seriously ill in hospital after being repeatedly stabbed inside his home in Bathgate, West Lothian.

Four Irish people in US plane crash
Wed, 17 Sep 2014 08:47:18 GMT

Three people from Northern Ireland and one from the Republic are hurt in a Florida plane crash on Monday.

Man on trial for ex-lover's murder
Wed, 17 Sep 2014 15:58:13 GMT

A man who claims he accidentally shot his former lover dead while intending to kill himself in front of her goes on trial for her murder.

Woman dies in ambulance in A&E queue
Wed, 17 Sep 2014 18:27:02 GMT

A woman dies in an ambulance while waiting in a queue of around 15 emergency vehicles outside a Swansea hospital.

Man airlifted after Snowdonia fall
Wed, 17 Sep 2014 21:06:01 GMT

A 45-year-old man from Powys is airlifted to hospital in Bangor after falling while on a peak in Snowdonia.

Ebola can 'ruin W Africa economies'
Wed, 17 Sep 2014 20:38:39 GMT

The Ebola outbreak could have a catastrophic economic impact on three West African countries, the World Bank says.

Nigeria college attacked by gunmen
Wed, 17 Sep 2014 20:33:14 GMT

Gunmen attack a teacher training college in the northern Nigerian city of Kano, with officials saying at least 15 people have been killed.

Sony shares fall 12% on loss warning
Thu, 18 Sep 2014 01:42:24 GMT

Sony shares fall by 12% at the start of trade in Tokyo, after it warned of bigger losses for the full year.

China leader Xi begins India visit
Wed, 17 Sep 2014 09:47:43 GMT

China's President Xi Jinping begins his first official visit to India aiming to improve ties and boost Chinese investment.

Ukraine to vet one million officials
Wed, 17 Sep 2014 14:32:52 GMT

Ukraine will screen one million civil servants to root out corrupt practices, Prime Minister Arseniy Yatseniuk says.

Shares plunge after Russian arrest
Wed, 17 Sep 2014 09:41:55 GMT

Russian billionaire Vladimir Yevtushenkov is put under house arrest on suspicion of money-laundering, and shares in his company Sistema tumble.

Odile storm moves towards Arizona
Wed, 17 Sep 2014 09:16:04 GMT

Tropical storm Odile is moving up Mexico's Baja California peninsula, bringing heavy rains and the threat of mudslides and flash floods.

Argentina tries 'baby theft' doctors
Thu, 18 Sep 2014 01:06:44 GMT

Medical staff go on trial in Argentina charged with kidnapping babies born in captivity to left-wing prisoners during military rule.

Dozens killed in Syria air strikes
Wed, 17 Sep 2014 16:24:15 GMT

Almost 50 people have been killed by two days of government air strikes in an opposition-held town in central Syria, activists say.

UN brokers Gaza reconstruction deal
Wed, 17 Sep 2014 12:36:19 GMT

A deal has been agreed by Israeli and Palestinian officials to allow building materials into Gaza for reconstruction, a top UN official says.

'Genius grant' winners announced
Wed, 17 Sep 2014 15:09:20 GMT

A physicist, a graphic memoirist and an organiser of home care workers are among this year's recipients of the MacArthur "Genius" grants.

Peterson suspended by Vikings
Wed, 17 Sep 2014 17:21:55 GMT

Minnesota Vikings suspend Adrian Peterson from all team activities while facing charges of allegedly hitting his child.

Pleas for British hostage - the papers
Thu, 18 Sep 2014 01:56:30 GMT

The Scottish independence referendum is covered on most front pages. However, the BBC is reporting only factual accounts of the election throughout polling day.

Your pictures: Vintage
Wed, 17 Sep 2014 15:26:35 GMT

Readers' photos on the theme of "vintage"

Day in pictures: 17 September
Wed, 17 Sep 2014 13:11:07 GMT

News images from around the world: 17 September

In pictures: Memory of History
Wed, 17 Sep 2014 07:48:00 GMT

Lewis Bush's pictures link the past with the present

Your Pictures: Photos from Wales
Wed, 17 Sep 2014 07:26:47 GMT

A selection of your photos from around Wales

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

Pictures from the verdict

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

Yes and No campaigns in the final weekend

Day in pictures: 16 September
Tue, 16 Sep 2014 11:49:06 GMT

News images from around the world: 16 September

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

Oxford's first international photography festival

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: Video shows Henning before capture
Wed, 17 Sep 2014 23:32:48 GMT

British Muslim leaders have called for the immediate release of Alan Henning, the British hostage threatened with death by Islamic State extremists in Syria.

VIDEO: Australia's biggest anti-terror raid
Thu, 18 Sep 2014 01:16:39 GMT

Australian police say they have carried out the biggest counter-terrorism operation in the country's history.

VIDEO: Thai murder police to quiz Britons
Wed, 17 Sep 2014 18:47:12 GMT

Police investigating the murders of Hannah Witheridge and David Miller in Thailand say two British men are "possible suspects" and will face questioning.

VIDEO: Alice Gross search: Hunt for man
Wed, 17 Sep 2014 14:17:16 GMT

Police investigating the disappearance of Alice Gross want to speak to a Latvian man seen on the same canal towpath used by the schoolgirl.

VIDEO: Clashes in Brazil following eviction
Wed, 17 Sep 2014 02:00:49 GMT

There have been clashes in Brazil's largest city Sao Paulo following the eviction of 200 families occupying an old hotel in the city.

VIDEO: Examining a rare colossal squid
Wed, 17 Sep 2014 00:18:03 GMT

Scientists have had the extremely rare chance to examine an intact colossal squid after it was accidentally caught in the Antarctic, as Mauricio Olmedo-Perez reports

VIDEO: Helicopter sea crash kills two men
Tue, 16 Sep 2014 19:12:45 GMT

Two men die after a helicopter crashes off the coast of Flamborough in East Yorkshire.

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.

Kenya Westgate attack: Voices from the mall
Wed, 17 Sep 2014 23:22:47 GMT

Survivors tell the story of Nairobi's Westgate siege

Glimpse at the high street 2020
Wed, 17 Sep 2014 23:42:15 GMT

How will we shop in 2020?

Blindness, by those in the know
Thu, 18 Sep 2014 00:37:27 GMT

Can blind people see in their dreams?

Farming 'the hardest plant to grow'
Wed, 17 Sep 2014 23:20:37 GMT

The North American farmers who have started to plant wasabi

VIDEO: Art to remember lost loved ones
Wed, 17 Sep 2014 23:38:19 GMT

The artists helping mourners remember lost loved ones

Grim Luhansk wary of Ukraine's shaky truce
Wed, 17 Sep 2014 06:38:52 GMT

Ukraine's Luhansk a grim and fearful place

What will Alibaba do with $25bn?
Wed, 17 Sep 2014 23:03:11 GMT

What will Alibaba do with $25bn?

Ebola crisis: Five ways to break the epidemic
Wed, 17 Sep 2014 15:43:37 GMT

Five ways to break the deadly epidemic

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