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  • Mass rallies mark referendum climax
  • (Wed, 17 Sep 2014 13:04:30 GMT)

    Both sides in the Scottish referendum campaign hold rallies as they make their final efforts to win over undecided voters. ... Read


  • Thai murder police to quiz Britons
  • (Wed, 17 Sep 2014 11:26:12 GMT)

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


  • 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. ... Read


  • Ebola global security threat - Obama
  • (Wed, 17 Sep 2014 12:12:41 GMT)

    US President Barack Obama calls the Ebola outbreak in West Africa a threat to security worldwide while announcing a larger US role, including 3,000 troops, to help fight the virus. ... Read


  • Nasa picks astronaut ship designs
  • (Tue, 16 Sep 2014 20:42:09 GMT)

    The US space agency picks the companies it hopes can take the country's astronauts back into space - a capability lost when the shuttles retired in 2011. ... Read


  • Missing man search in Alice case
  • (Wed, 17 Sep 2014 11:56:20 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, the Met say. ... Read


  • Ukraine to vet officials for loyalty
  • (Wed, 17 Sep 2014 12:29:12 GMT)

    Ukraine will screen one million civil servants for loyalty to the new government and root out corrupt practices, Prime Minister Arseniy Yatseniuk says. ... Read


  • Arrest over war artefacts theft
  • (Wed, 17 Sep 2014 11:41:36 GMT)

    Homes have been evacuated and a man arrested in Hertfordshire on suspicion of stealing from a former prisoner of war camp, police say. ... Read


  • Dozens killed in Syria air strikes
  • (Wed, 17 Sep 2014 09:58:46 GMT)

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


  • Murdered woman 'failed by police'
  • (Wed, 17 Sep 2014 09:36:21 GMT)

    A series of police blunders contributed to the death of a woman who was murdered by her estranged husband after years of abuse, a report finds. ... Read







  • VIDEO: Working-class 'priced out' of acting
  • (Wed, 17 Sep 2014 11:08:10 GMT)

    Actor Will Mellor tells BBC Breakfast he is "proud" of his working-class roots, amid warnings that young actors from poorer backgrounds are being "priced out" of the profession. ... Read



  • 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 ... Read


  • VIDEO: Mexico's earthquake 'moles'
  • (Tue, 16 Sep 2014 23:21:36 GMT)

    The aftermath of the 1985 Mexico City earthquake saw the founding of the elite rescue group Los Topos or 'The Moles' ... Read



  • London's fireworks to be ticketed
  • (Wed, 17 Sep 2014 10:22:16 GMT)

    London's New Year's Eve fireworks is to be ticketed for the first time and a limit of 100,000 set on a viewing area for the event, Boris Johnson's office reveals. ... Read


  • 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. ... Read


  • Peterson suspended by Vikings
  • (Wed, 17 Sep 2014 08:21:54 GMT)

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


  • Scottish independence and sport
  • (Wed, 17 Sep 2014 09:56:01 GMT)

    An analysis of how sport might be affected should Scotland vote for independence in Thursday's referendum. ... Read


  • Transfer system is 'chaotic' - Dyke
  • (Wed, 17 Sep 2014 13:05:49 GMT)

    FA chairman Greg Dyke wants the "chaotic" transfer system reformed in order to increase opportunities for English players. ... Read


  • Goal-hungry Scots give Fay hope
  • (Mon, 15 Sep 2014 21:22:09 GMT)

    Gemma Fay reckons Scotland women's 9-0 demolition of the Faroe Islands has set them up perfectly for facing Sweden. ... Read



  • Sony predicts increased losses
  • (Wed, 17 Sep 2014 09:34:04 GMT)

    Japanese consumer electronics giant Sony says its annual loss may be more than four times bigger than initially forecast, due to its struggling mobile business. ... Read



  • MPs criticise 'lax' waste schemes
  • (Wed, 17 Sep 2014 00:21:56 GMT)

    Grants worth 213.5m were paid to councils for waste projects even though key facilities have yet to be built, MPs say. ... Read




  • Academy regulation 'too weak'
  • (Wed, 17 Sep 2014 06:41:35 GMT)

    Checks and balances on how academy chains in England spend large amounts of public money are "too weak", according to research. ... Read


  • 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. ... Read




  • Chin strap turns chewing into power
  • (Wed, 17 Sep 2014 01:27:12 GMT)

    Engineers build a chin strap that harnesses the energy produced by jaw movements, and could one day power hearing aids or bluetooth earpieces. ... Read



  • Huston set to star in Ben-Hur remake
  • (Wed, 17 Sep 2014 09:12:39 GMT)

    British actor Jack Huston is expected to take the lead role in a remake of 1959 classic Ben-Hur, according to reports from Hollywood. ... Read





  • Teen rugby tackles police attacker
  • (Wed, 17 Sep 2014 12:15:11 GMT)

    A teenager who rugby tackled a criminal to the ground after he assaulted two police officers is recognised for his bravery. ... Read


  • DJ Travis 'not sleazy or predatory'
  • (Wed, 17 Sep 2014 12:35:18 GMT)

    Veteran DJ Dave Lee Travis was nothing like the "sleazy, predatory, opportunist" he has been accused of being, his barrister says in his closing speech. ... Read





  • Billionaire in NI education grant
  • (Wed, 17 Sep 2014 08:08:38 GMT)

    A US billionaire philanthropist is providing grants in Northern Ireland for shared education, dementia care and early years learning. ... Read



  • Mother's murder 'devastates' family
  • (Wed, 17 Sep 2014 11:45:10 GMT)

    A family say they have been left devastated by the murder of a Flintshire woman dubbed a "loving mother, daughter, sister, aunty and friend". ... Read


  • Lagos collapse 'killed S Africans'
  • (Wed, 17 Sep 2014 12:39:06 GMT)

    At least 67 South Africans were killed when a church hostel belonging to Nigerian TV evangelist TB Joshua collapsed in Lagos, President Zuma says. ... Read


  • South Sudan bans foreign workers
  • (Tue, 16 Sep 2014 17:07:54 GMT)

    South Sudan government issues an order to non-governmental organisations and private firms to fire foreign workers by mid-October amid an aid crisis. ... Read


  • 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. ... Read


  • China trial for Uighur academic
  • (Wed, 17 Sep 2014 12:43:48 GMT)

    Prominent Uighur academic Ilham Tohti goes on trial for separatism in China's far western region of Xinjiang. ... Read


  • 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. ... Read


  • Referendums 'torpedo EU' - Spain PM
  • (Wed, 17 Sep 2014 10:27:51 GMT)

    Independence referendums in Scotland or Spain's Catalonia region are like a torpedo to European integration, Spanish PM Mariano Rajoy warns. ... Read


  • 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. ... Read


  • Rio archbishop robbed for crucifix
  • (Tue, 16 Sep 2014 14:02:51 GMT)

    Armed robbers steal the archbishop of Rio de Janeiro's crucifix, even though one of the gang recognised him and apologised. ... Read


  • Obama to address troops on IS plan
  • (Wed, 17 Sep 2014 10:32:43 GMT)

    US President Barack Obama is to address troops involved in his new strategy to "degrade and destroy" Islamic State (IS) in Iraq and Syria. ... Read


  • 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. ... Read


  • US man tried to 'swim to N Korea'
  • (Wed, 17 Sep 2014 03:29:33 GMT)

    South Korean authorities say they have detained an American man they believe was trying to swim to North Korea. ... Read


  • US man charged with supporting IS
  • (Wed, 17 Sep 2014 01:32:28 GMT)

    A man from Rochester, New York has been charged with trying to recruit people to join Islamic State and to shoot people in the US, say prosecutors. ... Read










  • 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. ... Read



  • 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. ... Read






  • 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. ... Read
















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