Inquest hears of Sydney siege deaths

Posted on Wednesday January 28, 2015

The start of the inquest into the Sydney cafe siege hears that hostage Katrina Dawson was killed by fragments of a police bullet or bullets.

Argentina's Nisman 'feared guards'

Posted on Wednesday January 28, 2015

Top Argentine prosecutor Alberto Nisman, who died in unexplained circumstances, borrowed a gun because he feared for his security, a colleague says.

Ebola virus mutating, scientists say

Posted on Wednesday January 28, 2015

Scientists at the Institut Pasteur in France who are tracking the Ebola outbreak in Guinea say the virus has mutated.

EU to debate fresh Russia sanctions

Posted on Wednesday January 28, 2015

EU foreign ministers are due to meet in Brussels to discuss imposing further sanctions on Russia amid an upsurge in fighting in Ukraine.

Castro issues Guantanamo Bay demand

Posted on Wednesday January 28, 2015

Cuba demands the US hands back the Guantanamo Bay military base before relations with Washington are normalised.

Nuclear scientist jailed in US

Posted on Wednesday January 28, 2015

A former nuclear scientist in the US is jailed for five years for trying to pass nuclear bomb-making secrets to Venezuela.

E. coli found in Winnipeg water

Posted on Wednesday January 28, 2015

Residents in the Canadian city of Winnipeg have been instructed to boil their drinking water after testing found E. coli and other bacteria in the water supply.

US Supreme Court blocks executions

Posted on Wednesday January 28, 2015

The US Supreme Court postpones the executions of three death row inmates who say the use of the sedative midazolam in the procedures is cruel.

US law 'chief' defends migrant action

Posted on Wednesday January 28, 2015

The woman likely to become the next US Attorney General has defended Barack Obama's executive action on immigration during her confirmation hearing.

Japan probes new 'hostage recording'

Posted on Wednesday January 28, 2015

Japan says it is investigating a purported new voice recording of hostage Kenji Goto, who is being held by Islamic State.

Nintendo halves annual profit target

Posted on Wednesday January 28, 2015

Nintendo's operating profit grew nearly 50% in the last quarter but it was not enough to keep the game-maker from slashing its full year target.

France releases anti-jihadist video

Posted on Wednesday January 28, 2015

The French government hits back in the fight against home-gown jihadists by releasing an anti-extremism online video.

'Historic' blizzard: A nanny state freak-out?

Posted on Tuesday January 27, 2015

Rush Limbaugh and other conservatives say warnings of a north-east winter weather disaster is just another example of big government run amok.

Could Greece prompt wholesale change in Europe?

Posted on Wednesday January 28, 2015

The triumph of Syriza in Greece could lead to renewed tensions - and widespread political change - across Europe, says Mark Mardell.

Afghan economy stagnates amid political deadlock

Posted on Wednesday January 28, 2015

Four months after the inauguration of a new president, Afghanistan is still without a government and could face zero growth in 2015.

Saudi Arabia and an uncertain future

Posted on Wednesday January 28, 2015

An uncertain future for Saudi Arabia after King Abdullah

VIDEO: What is the wind chill factor?

Posted on Wednesday January 28, 2015

BBC Weather's Peter Gibbs explains the science of wind chill.

'Never-ending' Twitter chain: mystery solved

Posted on Wednesday January 28, 2015

We reveal the obscure tweet that started a year-long worldwide social media joke.

Nepalese pretend to bust furniture in #SmashChairChallenge protest

Posted on Tuesday January 27, 2015

Nepalis are posting pictures pretending to smash chairs to mock a recent scuffle between lawmakers.

VIDEO: Inquest into Sydney cafe siege starts

Posted on Wednesday January 28, 2015

An inquest into the Sydney cafe siege has begun and aims to establish exactly how the hostages died and whether their deaths could have been avoided.