Foley killers 'wanted $132m ransom'

Posted on Thursday August 21, 2014

Islamic State jihadists demanded a $132m (£80m) ransom for the release of US journalist James Foley, his employer GlobalPost says.

Israel kills top Hamas commanders

Posted on Thursday August 21, 2014

An Israeli air strike kills three senior Hamas military commanders as Israel vows to pursue its Gaza campaign until it achieves "full security".

US Ebola patients out of hospital

Posted on Thursday August 21, 2014

One of the US aid workers who recovered from the Ebola virus says he is "thrilled to be alive" as he and another patient are discharged from hospital.

US bank in record $16.7bn settlement

Posted on Thursday August 21, 2014

Bank of America agrees to pay a record $16.7bn (£10bn) to US authorities for selling toxic mortgage loans that helped trigger the financial crisis.

National Guard to leave Ferguson

Posted on Thursday August 21, 2014

The National Guard is set to withdraw from the St Louis suburb where a black teenager was killed by police this month, as tensions ease.

Hanged India girls' 'rape' in doubt

Posted on Thursday August 21, 2014

A forensic investigation into clothing and swabs taken after the murder and alleged gang rape of two teenage cousins in northern India concludes they were not sexually assaulted.

Norway killer's father 'feels guilt'

Posted on Thursday August 21, 2014

The father of Norwegian mass murderer Andres Breivik expresses feelings of guilt and responsibility over his son's actions in a book.

Ukraine inspects Russian aid convoy

Posted on Thursday August 21, 2014

The Red Cross says Ukrainian customs checks have begun on Russian aid lorries destined for the besieged city of Luhansk.

Boko Haram 'control police academy'

Posted on Thursday August 21, 2014

Northern Nigeria's riot police training academy has been overrun by Boko Haram Islamist militants, sources in Borno state tell the BBC.

Russia widens McDonald's food probe

Posted on Thursday August 21, 2014

Russia's main consumer watchdog announces unscheduled checks on a number of McDonald's restaurants as part of an investigation into food standards.

Seals 'brought TB to the Americas'

Posted on Thursday August 21, 2014

Marine mammals brought tuberculosis to the Americas before the Europeans arrived, a study suggests.

Shakira song 'broke copyright laws'

Posted on Wednesday August 20, 2014

Colombian pop star Shakira's hit song Loca was indirectly copied from a Dominican songwriter's work, a US federal judge rules.

VIDEO: Hanoi gardens' blooming trade

Posted on Thursday August 21, 2014

Vietnam's lotus gardens are capitalising on an increasingly popular source of revenue. In midsummer when the flowers bloom, young and old flock to the gardens to have their pictures taken.

VIDEO: Why are Moscow McDonald's shut?

Posted on Thursday August 21, 2014

Moscow correspondent Steven Rosenberg looks at the closure of a number of McDonald's restaurants in Russia.

VIDEO: Bombers in historic Lincoln flypast

Posted on Thursday August 21, 2014

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

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Posted on Thursday August 21, 2014

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VIDEO: Search through mud for Japan survivors

Posted on Thursday August 21, 2014

The number of people in Japan known to have been killed in landslides, triggered by torrential rain, has risen to 39.

VIDEO: Ukraine crisis: Who controls what?

Posted on Thursday August 21, 2014

Pro-Russian rebels, who had taken control of eastern Ukraine, are under pressure as government forces fight to regain control.

VIDEO: 'Our friend has given us a son'

Posted on Wednesday August 20, 2014

BBC News met new parents Nick and Michael Scott-Kline with 18-month-old Elliot and surrogate mother Sarah Jones.

VIDEO: Man, 111, named world's oldest

Posted on Thursday August 21, 2014

The world's oldest man has been named as Sakuri Momoi, who is 111 years old and living in Japan.