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China throws weight behind HK leader
China's state media strongly back Hong Kong's embattled leader CY Leung, while condemning democracy protests as "chaos".

UN accuses IS of 'gross abuses'
A "staggering array" of rights abuses has been committed in Iraq by Islamic State militants over a nine-week period, the UN says.

Prince George 'harassment' warning
Lawyers for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge write to a photographer asking him to "cease harassing" Prince George and his nanny.

Rebel push to take Donetsk airport
Rebel forces in eastern Ukraine begin an offensive to capture the government-held airport in Donetsk, Ukrainian officials say.

Five Ebola cases per hour in S Leone
Save the Children says healthcare demands are far outstripping supply in Sierra Leone and warns that the Ebola outbreak there is getting worse.

Head of US Secret Service resigns
The head of the US Secret Service, tasked with guarding US President Barack Obama, resigns following recent high-profile security lapses.

Turkey debates joining war on IS
The Turkish parliament is to vote on a motion to deploy the military in Iraq and Syria and allow foreign troops to use its territory.

EU commissioner: Nude celebs 'dumb'
Celebrities who had intimate pictures of themselves leaked onto the internet were "dumb" for taking them, the EU's new digital commissioner says.

Chirac backs Sarkozy rival Juppe
French ex-leader Jacques Chirac endorses a rival to Nicolas Sarkozy for president in 2017, a move likely to sharpen centre-right divisions.

Venezuelan lawmaker Serra shot dead
A young politician with Venezuela's governing PSUV party, Robert Serra, is found shot dead at his home in Caracas alongside his partner.

Bulgaria blast may have killed 15
As many as 15 people are feared dead after a blast at an explosives factory north of the Bulgarian capital, Sofia.

NFL rocked by fresh assault probe
American football player CJ Spillman is being investigated over an alleged sexual assault, police say, the latest such case to rock the NFL.

VIDEO: From Amazon jungle to presidential palace
Ahead of Sunday's presidential election, Wyre Davis travels to the depths of the Amazon rainforest in Brazil to hear voters' views on the presidential candidates.

VIDEO: 'Our houses are being destroyed'
Rengin Arslan reports from the Turkey-Syria border, where strangers are helping families fleeing attacks by Islamic State.

VIDEO: Iraq PM: No bricks unturned in IS fight
Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has told the BBC he welcomes Western efforts to fight Islamic State in his country.

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VIDEO: Gun battle spills on to Rio street
A busy road in Rio de Janeiro is brought to a halt by a gun battle between soldiers and gang members.

VIDEO: Ford bullish over global growth
Newly-appointed Ford chief executive Mark Fields says he is confident the company can boost its sales around the world despite the difficulties the industry faces

VIDEO: Modi plan scrubs up Delhi station
Andrew North visits New Delhi railway station to see if Prime Minister Narendra Modi's 'Clean India' drive is proving a success.

VIDEO: Can Afghanistan stay free of IS?
David Loyn has been speaking to the US commander of international forces in Afghanistan who says "there is no credible intelligence of operations by the Islamic State" in the country.

Japan in $617bn 'fat finger' error
Japan's stock markets were rattled after a trading error caused more than $600bn (370bn) worth of orders to be made and then cancelled.

Horowitz to write new Bond novel
Anthony Horowitz, best-selling author of the Alex Rider teenage spy adventures, becomes the latest writer invited to pen a new James Bond novel.

ECB keeps interest rate at 0.05%
The European Central Bank keeps its benchmark interest rate at 0.05% and is expected to give details later of its asset purchase programme.

Ukraine GDP 'to shrink 8% this year'
Ukraine's economy is likely to suffer more than previously predicted because of the conflict in the east of the country, the World Bank has said.

Angry Birds maker to cut 130 jobs
The Finnish maker of hit mobile game Angry Birds, Rovio, will lay off 130 staff, accounting for 16% of its workforce.

Airlines told to replace cockpit kit
The US air safety regulator has ordered airlines to replace cockpit displays in more than 1,300 planes because of fears that wi-fi signals can make them go blank.

Singer Lynsey de Paul dies aged 64
Singer and songwriter Lynsey de Paul has died at the age of 64, following a suspected brain haemmorhage.

Curtain falls on Kate Bush comeback
Singer Kate Bush performs the last of a series of 22 comeback concerts in London, suggesting it will be "a while" before she appears on stage again.

Sharks can be 'social or solitary'
A UK study finds that the most feared predators in the sea have individual personalities, which determine how readily they socialise.

Moon's hidden valley system revealed
Scientists identify a huge rectangular feature on the Moon that is probably the buried remains of an ancient rift valley system.

Smell test 'may predict lifespan'
US researchers say a simple smell test could help predict how likely someone is to be alive in five years' time.

Cancer gene test 'would save lives'
Younger bowel cancer patients should be offered a genetic test to screen for a rare condition linked to a higher risk of cancer, say UK researchers.

Clyne & Shelvey win England call-ups
Southampton defender Nathaniel Clyne and Swansea City midfielder Jonjo Shelvey are called up to the England squad.

Typhoon 'threatens Japanese GP'
The Japanese GP could be called off if Typhoon Phanfone hits Japan on Sunday, says Force India driver Sergio Perez.

How Bosnia is helping Cyprus find peace
In the 1960s and 1970s, hundreds of Cypriots disappeared. Now, with the help of a laboratory in Bosnia, there is a renewed effort to find out what happened to them.

Why Japan's sunny beaches are deserted
For much of September, Tokyo basked in temperatures of 25C or more. In most countries there would be a rush for the beach, but not in Japan.

Grace Mugabe 'should hand back PhD'
Award-winning Zimbabwean writer Chenjerai Hove calls on Zimbabwe's first lady Grace Mugabe to hand back her PhD as students demand an investigation.

Taliban kill three in Kabul attack
At least three people are killed when a Taliban suicide bomber attacks an Afghan army bus in Kabul, the fourth such attack since Monday.

Lithuania accuses Russia over boat
Russia is accused by Lithuania of violating international maritime laws after seizing a Lithuanian fishing boat with a crew of 30.

Mexico arrests drug syndicate leader
The Mexican authorities say they have captured the head of a notorious drug crime syndicate, Hector Beltran Leyva.

Top Bahrain rights activist arrested
Leading Bahraini human rights activist Nabeel Rajab is arrested over Twitter remarks deemed "denigrating" to government institutions.

Texas children 'monitored for Ebola'
Five children in Texas who came into contact with the Liberian man infected with Ebola are being monitored at home.

Wonga to write off 220m of loans
Payday lender Wonga says it is writing off 220m of debts for 330,000 customers after putting in place new affordability checks.

Man 'confesses' to Thai killings
A Burmese man admits killing two British tourists in attack on the island of Koh Tao last month, local reports in Thailand say.

Ebola fight hit by aid cuts, MPs warn
Cuts in the amount of health aid the UK provides to Liberia and Sierra Leone have "compromised the fight" to stop the spread of the Ebola virus, MPs warn.

RAF jets bomb militants' pickup truck
RAF jets conduct fresh strikes against Islamic State in Iraq, carrying out a precision bombing attack on an armed pickup truck.

Your pictures: Amateur sport
Readers' photos on the theme of "amateur sport"

Day in pictures: 1 October
News images from around the world: 1 October

Remembering the work of Shirley Baker
Photographer Shirley Baker's photos of Manchester

In pictures: Hong Kong protests swell
Crowds gather on the streets of Hong Kong

In pictures: The lure of gold
Men and women who risk their lives to get rich in Guinea

Day in pictures: 30 September
News images from around the world: 30 September

In pictures: India's dying printing tradition
Printing tradition kept alive in Calcutta

In pictures: People of India
Exhibition featuring work by three generations of photographers

Devil worship on the man-eating mountain
Devil worship in the tunnels of the man-eating mountain

VIDEO: The world's most beautiful train journey?
Is this the world's most beautiful rail trip?

Hong Kong protests: Echoes of Tiananmen
Two pro-democracy protests, 25 years apart, same outcome?

Indian officials take up brooms
Indian officials miss a day off for the drive against dirt

The debate over 'speaking white'
The woman who sparked a row over 'speaking white'

Shelling shatters first day of school
Shelling greets start of term in east Ukraine

In pictures: A journey through 19th Century Brazil
19th Century Brazil seen through the eyes of an Englishman

Job hunting the big data way
How data crunching is dictating our job prospects

Russia brain drain after Putin crackdown
Top Russian journalists join wave of emigration

Could the US start sending its oil overseas?
What would ending the US oil export ban do to petrol prices?

Did China go back on its promises?
Juliana Liu on China's stance on Hong Kong election



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