US drops arms to Kurds battling IS

Posted on Monday October 20, 2014

US military aircraft drop weapons, ammunition and medical supplies to Kurdish fighters battling IS militants in the key Syrian town of Kobane.

Two Japan ministers quit amid rows

Posted on Monday October 20, 2014

Two of five women in Japan's cabinet resign over funding scandals, in a blow to PM Shinzo Abe's plans to bring more women into top-level politics.

Nigeria to be declared Ebola-free

Posted on Monday October 20, 2014

The World Health Organisation is expected to declare Nigeria officially free of Ebola on Monday, after six weeks with no new cases.

Jokowi sworn in as Indonesia leader

Posted on Monday October 20, 2014

Joko Widodo, widely known as Jokowi, appeals for national work and unity as he is sworn in as the new president of Indonesia.

Australia lifts parliament veil ban

Posted on Sunday October 19, 2014

Australia reverses a rule which would have restricted access to the parliament building in Canberra for women wearing full-face Islamic veils.

HK protesters deny 'foreign link'

Posted on Sunday October 19, 2014

Pro-democracy activists criticise comments by Hong Kong leader CY Leung, who says "external forces" are involved in protests in the territory.

Downing Street rejects Barroso claims

Posted on Monday October 20, 2014

A Downing Street source rejects claims made by Jose Manuel Barroso that the UK would be making an "historic mistake" if it leaves the EU.

Russia denies submarine incident

Posted on Sunday October 19, 2014

Russia denies that one of its submarines got into trouble off Sweden, after reports of suspicious activity in the Baltic.

China's communist leaders to gather

Posted on Sunday October 19, 2014

A key meeting of Chinese Communist Party leaders focusing on the rule of law and fighting corruption is due to begin in Beijing.

Lufthansa pilots' strike expanded

Posted on Monday October 20, 2014

A Lufthansa pilots' strike hitting short-haul services on Monday is expanded to include long-haul routes on Tuesday.

Modi party to form state governments

Posted on Sunday October 19, 2014

India's BJP is set to form governments in Maharashtra and Haryana, after the party won the elections in both states.

Actress Lynda Bellingham dies aged 66

Posted on Monday October 20, 2014

British actress and presenter Lynda Bellingham, who had cancer, has died aged 66, her agent has confirmed.

The tragic case of Nigeria's 'bird' woman

Posted on Sunday October 19, 2014

How footage of a badly injured woman accused of being a witch went viral in Nigeria.

Lawyer brings baby to court, gets 'humiliated'

Posted on Friday October 17, 2014

An immigration attorney files a complaint after a judge refuses to make accommodations for maternity leave.

Recreational sex is a rich person's game

Posted on Friday October 17, 2014

The logic behind conservative anti-family-planning efforts, China's rulers are threatened by a growing middle class, and Karl Rove's role in keeping Iraq's old chemical weapons out of public view.

VIDEO: Pitt: Fury 'depicts reality of war'

Posted on Sunday October 19, 2014

The London Film Festival closed on Sunday evening with a screening of Brad Pitt's new film Fury.

VIDEO: Why are protesters targeting Mong Kok?

Posted on Sunday October 19, 2014

The BBC's Celia Hatton reports on why pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong see the Mong Kok district as key to their movement.

VIDEO: Running a marathon in a smog mask

Posted on Sunday October 19, 2014

The Chinese capital has been suffering under heavy smog for the past few weeks, but the 34th edition of the Beijing marathon still went ahead on Sunday.

VIDEO: One-minute World News

Posted on Monday October 20, 2014

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VIDEO: 'I'd be lost without poetry'

Posted on Sunday October 19, 2014

Writer and broadcaster Clive James talks about his new volume of essays and how poetry helps him deal with his terminal cancer.