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Iraq forces push against jihadists
Iraqi Shia and Kurdish forces capture an Islamic State stronghold, as a BBC team enters Amerli the day after a two-month siege ends.

Ukraine in 'great war' with Russia
Russia has launched a 'great war' that could claim tens of thousands of lives, Ukraine's defence ministry warns amid rebel offensive.

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

PM outlines new anti-terror plans
New powers are needed to seize the passports of terrorist suspects and stop British jihadists from returning to the UK, David Cameron says.

Spain returns Colombian treasure
Spain returns to Colombia hundreds of smuggled indigenous artefacts seized from drug gangs in 2003.

Pakistan MPs hold emergency session
A joint session of parliament is to be held in Pakistan as PM Nawaz Sharif seeks to gain support against protesters calling for his resignation.

Nigeria militants 'suffer losses'
The Nigerian army claims to have repelled an attack by Islamist militants Boko Haram on the town of Bama in the country's north-east.

China accuses MPs of 'interference'
Chinese authorities accuse British MPs of interfering in Hong Kong's affairs by investigating tensions there, BBC Newsnight learns.

Obama renews minimum wage push
President Barack Obama says he will continue to press Congress to raise the federal minimum wage in line with recent economic improvements.

British activist in Thailand trial
A British activist who campaigns for better labour conditions is set to go on trial in Thailand charged with criminal defamation.

Boris Island airport plan 'rejected'
A plan for an island airport in the Thames Estuary, dubbed "Boris Island", looks set to be shelved, the BBC understands.

Arsenal sign Welbeck from Man Utd
Arsenal sign Manchester United and England forward Danny Welbeck on a "long-term" deal for 16m.

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

VIDEO: Embracing animation in Africa
There are already animation studios in Ivory Coast, Nigeria, Kenya and South Africa, but only a very limited number of good schools teach art and animation techniques on the African continent.

VIDEO: Could Horseball gain Olympic glory?
Horseball, a mix of rugby and basketball, was invented in France in the 1970s, and now there are attempts to get it into the Olympics, as the BBC's Ollie Williams reports.

VIDEO: One-minute World News
Watch the latest news summary from BBC World News. International news updated 24 hours a day.

VIDEO: Wedgwood pottery loss 'hammer blow'
A public appeal has been launched to try to save the Wedgwood museum pottery collection which is being sold to pay off the firm's pension bill

VIDEO: China's museum of roast duck
In 2013 China had a new museum open almost every day of the year on average, resulting in some slightly bizarre attractions

VIDEO: Eat, sleep, code: Ten-year-old's routine
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.

VIDEO: 'Hero' cat saves owner from fire
A tabby cat has been hailed a hero after she woke up her owner to alert him to a fire which destroyed his home in Melbourne, Australia.

Cave yields Neanderthal 'artwork'
An engraving found at a cave in Gibraltar may be the most compelling evidence yet for Neanderthal art.

Guardians is top US film of 2014
Sci-fi blockbuster Guardians of the Galaxy rules the US box office, becoming the biggest film of the year so far.

Euro manufacturing at 13-month low
Manufacturing growth in the eurozone slowed to a 13-month low in August, according to a closely-watched survey.

Russia and China launch gas pipeline
Russia and China begin the construction of a new gas pipeline linking the countries, with a ceremony in the Siberian city of Yakutsk.

Google 'discourages' old browser use
Google has started showing old versions of its search page to people using out-of-date versions of web browsers.

Samsung phones to get Nokia maps
Samsung has signed a deal with Nokia to use its Here mapping service on its smartphones and the Gear S smartwatch.

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

Naked photos of celebrities leaked
Naked pictures of celebrities including Jennifer Lawrence are posted online but some stars claim the photos are fake.

African food security on the menu
African ministers and business leaders gather in Ethiopia to consider ways to trigger a green revolution and improve the continent's food security.

How corals stir up their world
Corals stir up the water, creating vortices that draw in nutrients and drive away waste, research reveals.

Test Ebola drug '100% effective'
The only trial data on the experimental Ebola drug ZMapp shows it is 100% effective in monkey studies, even in later stages of the infection.

Plain packs 'no illegal smoking link'
A study of smokers in Australia suggests there is "no evidence" that the introduction of standardised cigarette packaging has changed the way people buy cigarettes.

Man Utd sign Falcao on loan for 6m
Manchester United sign Colombia international striker Radamel Falcao on loan from Ligue 1 side Monaco.

Murray beats Tsonga to reach quarters
Britain's Andy Murray beats Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 7-5 7-5 6-4 to book a US Open quarter-final against Novak Djokovic.

The girl with three biological parents
Alana Saarinen is one of a few people who have DNA from three different people - the UK may soon allow a new process which could make this more common.

Why Orwell was a literary mediocrity
George Orwell was a literary mediocrity and his views on the importance of plain writing are plain wrong, argues writer Will Self.

Lesotho military action ruled out
Southern African leaders reject calls by Lesotho's exiled prime minister for the immediate deployment of troops to his country, an official tells the BBC.

US works to free trio in N Korea
The White House says securing the release of three American citizens detained in North Korea is a "top priority", after they appealed for help.

Nato plans rapid response force
Nato is to approve a rapid response force at a summit in Wales this week to deter any Russian threat to Eastern European members, the alliance's chief says.

Mexico probes mass fish death in lake
Tonnes of dead fish have been washed up on the shores of Cajititlan lake in the Mexican state of Jalisco amid a row over the cause of the mortality.

Libya militias 'seize ministries'
Libya's militias capture most government ministries in the capital, Tripoli, the government says, as the prime minister is reappointed.

Joan Rivers' family remain hopeful
The daughter of comedian and TV presenter Joan Rivers says they have their "fingers crossed" as she recovers in hospital from a cardiac arrest.

Ashya parents fight extradition
The parents of Ashya King are held in police custody after refusing to consent to their extradition to the UK at an appearance at the High Court in Spain.

Payday loan hardship cases 'up 42%'
The number of people struggling with payday loans has risen by 42% in the past year, according to the debt charity StepChange.

British Ebola patient 'pretty well'
The parents of the first British person to contract Ebola during the outbreak in West Africa say he is recovering well.

Hospitals seeing more skin cancer
The number of people admitted to hospital for skin cancer treatment in England rose by nearly a third in five years, figures show.

Day in pictures: 28 August 2014
News images from around the world: 28 August

New Documentary Photography from Scotland & Wales
Photographers' images of Scotland and Wales

Day in pictures: 27 August 2014
News images from around the world: 27 August

Richard Attenborough career in pictures
British actor and director's illustrious career

In pictures: India's 'untouchable' scavengers
Calls to end India's low-caste manual scavenging

Day in pictures: 26 August 2014
News images from around the world: 26 August

In pictures: Emmy Awards 2014
Images from the 2014 awards in Los Angeles

In pictures: The Maliki years
Career of Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Maliki

Why Paris is forgetting Ernest Hemingway
Why Paris is forgetting Ernest Hemingway

How Britain and Poland came to be intertwined
Does the UK still feel a sense of obligation towards Poles?

China's museum boom hatches roast duck tribute
China's museum boom hatches roast duck tribute

Windows XP: Your upgrade experiences
Readers share their experiences of replacing their operating system

Saving America?s honeybees
Can America's honeybees be saved?

The students behind Nigeria's online jobs giant
The student entrepreneurs behind Nigeria's online jobs giant

Anti-euro party shakes up German politics
Anti-euro but pro-EU party shakes up German politics

VIDEO: Armagayddon: Gay marriage in Ireland
Parody video about gay marriage in Ireland sparks debate

Hong Kong's battle for hearts and minds
China's decision on Hong Kong's elections raises tensions

 
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