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Merkel in Ukraine as crisis mounts
German Chancellor Angela Merkel is due to arrive in Ukraine, after calling Russia's decision to send an unauthorised aid convoy an "escalation".
May pledges new anti-extremist powers
New measures to fight extremist groups are being brought forward by the government, the home secretary confirms, as she defends its counter-terrorism strategy.
Galileo satellites on wrong orbit
The European Space Agency says the latest two satellites for Europe's version of the US GPS sat-nav system have not gone into the correct orbit.
MH370 search faces tough next phase
The next part of the hunt for the missing Malaysia Airlines jet MH370 will be very challenging in places, sea-floor mapping data suggests.
US anger at China 'air interception'
A Chinese fighter came perilously close to a US military patrol plane over international waters east of China's Hainan Island, the Pentagon says.
Ebola outbreak speed 'unprecedented'
The World Health Organization says the speed and extent of the Ebola outbreak is "unprecedented", as it confirms more deaths from the disease.
Israel vows response to boy's death
Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu says army and intelligence operations will "intensify" after a four-year-old boy is killed by fire from Gaza.
Race to find Japan landslide victims
Rescuers search desperately for survivors in Japan's Hiroshima prefecture where a landslide killed at least 42 people, with 43 still missing.
Dozens killed in Iraq mosque attack
Suspected Shia militants kill at least 68 worshippers at a Sunni mosque, in a blow to a government push for sectarian unity against IS militants.
National Guard pulls out of Ferguson
The National Guard withdraws from Ferguson, Missouri, where the shooting of an unarmed black teenager by a white policeman sparked days of protests.
Colombia military meet Farc rebels
Members of Colombia's armed forces meet Farc rebel leaders for the first time at Havana peace talks, to discuss ways of implementing a ceasefire.
Lennon killer denied parole again
Mark Chapman, the man who killed John Lennon in 1980, is denied parole for an eighth time by authorities in New York.
VIDEO: Gibraltar banishes troublesome monkeys
Gibraltar is planning to banish some of its Barbary macaque population which have become too cheeky or aggressive
VIDEO: Venezuela to fingerprint shoppers
President Nicolas Maduro of Venezuela has announced a mandatory fingerprinting system in supermarkets to combat food shortages and smuggling.
VIDEO: New Doctor Who titles inspired by fan
The creators of Doctor Who were so impressed by a title sequence made by one fan, they asked if they could use his ideas for the new series.
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VIDEO: Russia ban bites Polish apple crop
Russian EU food sanctions hit just before the Polish apple crop harvests leaving farmers with a glut of unsold fruit.
VIDEO: Indian billionaire breaks into poem
Nadir Godrej, a top executive at one of India's biggest businesses, turns to poetry to describe the challenges facing India's economy.
VIDEO: Bombers in historic Lincoln flypast
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: Ukraine crisis: Who controls what?
Pro-Russian rebels, who had taken control of eastern Ukraine, are under pressure as government forces fight to regain control.
Urban areas are hives for wild bees
A study finds a "considerable richness" of bee species in urban habitats, suggesting cities could help maintain healthy populations of the vital pollinators.
Miley banned in Dominican Republic
A Miley Cyrus concert scheduled for the Dominican Republic has been banned over the "morals" in her performances.
Fed says 'slack' in US jobs market
US Federal Reserve chair Janet Yellen says there is still "remaining slack in the labour market".
HSBC boss in 'capital flight' claim
Uncertainty over an independent Scotland's currency could lead to "capital flight" from the country, the chairman of HSBC claims.
NSA and GCHQ agents 'leak Tor bugs'
The Tor Project says it believes some NSA and GCHQ agents are surreptitiously leaking it information to protect anonymity on the net.
Researchers hack into Gmail app
US researchers say they have been able to hack into Gmail accounts with a 92% success rate by exploiting a weakness in smartphone software.
India blocks Gandhi murder film
India blocks the release of a film on the assassination of former Indian prime minister Indira Gandhi, after complaints it glorifies her killers.
Singer accuser seeks case dismissal
A man who claims he was sexually abused by director Bryan Singer seeks to have his legal action dismissed due to problems securing a legal team.
Warming 'pause' may last until 2025
The hiatus in the rise in global temperatures is being caused by the Atlantic Ocean and could last another 10 years, say researchers.
Stench of decay turns coral away
Baby coral and fish can smell the difference between good and bad reefs, say marine ecologists.
Experts to review stroke clot-buster
The UK medicines watchdog is setting up a review to look at the safety of alteplase, a clot-busting drug often used to treat strokes.
Double vaccines 'could end polio'
Using both types of polio vaccine could speed up efforts to free the world of the crippling and potentially fatal disease, research suggests.
I'm not racist nor sexist - Mackay
Ex-Cardiff boss Malky Mackay says he is no "racist, sexist, homophobe or anti-Semite" after sending offensive texts.
McIlroy fights back in play-offs
Rory McIlroy recovers from a rusty start with a second-round 65 to ease into contention in the first of the four PGA Tour play-off events.
Secret recordings of a president's daughter
In new recordings, Gulnara Karimova, the daughter of Uzbekistan's president, says that she and her daughter are in desperate need of help.
VIDEO: The last prisoner on Big Island
Julio de Almeida, 83, is the last prisoner on Big Island, Ilha Grande, off the coast of Rio de Janeiro in Brazil.
Woman 'saw Congo colonel order rape'
A woman who was gang-raped and burned in her house tells a DR Congo war crimes trial she saw an army colonel give the orders.
India's Kerala to ban alcohol sales
Authorities in the southern Indian state of Kerala outline plans to ban the sale and consumption of alcohol to tackle the state's drink problem.
Four white lion cubs born in Germany
Four rare white lion cubs - three males and one female - are born at a circus on tour in eastern Germany.
Argentina debt plan ruled 'illegal'
Argentina's plan to ask investors holding defaulted bonds to swap them for new locally issued debt is ruled "illegal" by a US court.
Tour buses collide near Egypt resort
Two tourist buses collide near Sharm El-Sheikh in Egypt's Sinai peninsula, leaving 33 people dead and 41 injured, officials say.
IS militants 'biggest threat' to US
Islamic State militants in Syria and Iraq are the most dangerous threat the US has faced in recent years, senior American officials warn.
Two charged after container death
Two men are charged following the death of an Afghan migrant found in a container at Tilbury docks in Essex.
Hospitals told to cut parking charges
Hospitals in England are told to cut the cost of parking for certain groups under new government guidelines.
BT warns of rise in phone bills
BT warns millions of customers it is increasing prices by up to 6.5% from December this year.
Warning over black market cigarettes
Attempts to cut the amount people smoke are being hit by a black market trade in millions of illegal cigarettes, council bosses warn.
Day in pictures: 14 August 2014
24 hours of news photos: 14 August
In pictures: Lauren Bacall
Life and career of US actress Lauren Bacall
In pictures: The Maliki years
Charting career of Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Maliki
In pictures: Robin Williams
Career of actor and comedian in pictures
Day in pictures: 13 August 2014
24 hours of news photos: 13 August
In pictures: Framing Hope
A new exhibition of photos by Jillian Edelstein
In pictures: Exodus of Yazidis
Yazidi refugees fleeing violence from Islamic State militants
Day in pictures: 12 August 2014
24 hours of news photos: 12 August
Politicians and their shipping containers
Why every Pakistani politician needs a shipping container
The drunken monkey that smashed up a bar
The drunken monkey that smashed up a bar
Radical shifts needed to combat IS
Alliances shift to combat Islamic State threat
Dog on tracks sparks Hong Kong protest
How a dog on the tracks sparked a Hong Kong protest
VIDEO: James Foley's images of conflict
The conflict reporting of James Foley
The 500 memorials of liberated Paris
Paris remembers 1944 but memories fade for the fallen
Jaycee Chan and the viral video game
Jackie Chan's son and the viral video game
The king of the leakers
The man who exposes the technology industry's secrets
10 things we didn't know last week
The music that makes you spend most online and other nuggets