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Fresh strikes around key Syrian town

1 hour 11 min ago
US-led forces carry out air strikes on Islamic State militants battling Kurdish fighters around the northern Syrian border town of Kobane.

Iraq PM opposes Arab strikes in Iraq

1 hour 28 min ago
Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi tells the BBC he "totally" opposes Arab nations joining air strikes against Islamic State in his country.

Cameron pledges tax cuts 'for 30m'

1 hour 32 min ago
David Cameron says a future Conservative government would cut taxes for thirty million people as he delivers his party conference speech.

England stars 'treated like babies'

1 hour 34 min ago
England's players are suffering because they are not trusted to behave like grown-ups, according to Rio Ferdinand.

Defiant HK protests on National Day

1 hour 35 min ago
Thousands gather in Hong Kong for pro-democracy rallies on China's National Day, despite a call by leader CY Leung to work with Beijing.

First Ebola case diagnosed in the US

1 hour 45 min ago
A man who travelled from Liberia nearly two weeks ago is the first confirmed case of the deadly Ebola virus diagnosed on American soil.

Armed man shared lift with Obama

1 hour 47 min ago
US President Barack Obama rode in a lift with an armed security contractor who had assault convictions, in another security lapse.

UK's Lord Hill puts EU before City

2 hours 20 min ago
The EU Commissioner-designate for financial services, Britain's Lord Hill, tells MEPs he will act for the whole EU, not for the City of London.

Troops 'retake' Somali mountains

2 hours 27 min ago
Troops in Somalia have retaken the Galgala mountains from al-Shabab Islamist militants, the regional administration tells the BBC.

Syria peacekeeping 'impossible'

2 hours 42 min ago
The Philippines says it will not participate in "impossible or unclear" UN peacekeeping missions after a rebel ambush in the Syrian Golan Heights.

Gyan accuses player of racist abuse

2 hours 46 min ago
Al Ain's Ghana striker Asamoah Gyan accuses Al Hilal midfielder Mihai Pintilii of racially abusing him in an Asian Champions League match.

Shell kills four at Donetsk school

3 hours 22 sec ago
A shell blast kills four people at a school in the rebel-held Ukrainian city of Donetsk on the first day of classes, delayed because of the conflict.

Kissinger 'considered Cuba strikes'

3 hours 6 min ago
US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger wanted to "smash Cuba" by air strikes nearly 40 years ago, newly disclosed government documents show.

Italy cuts MP's barbers' pay to 99K

3 hours 22 min ago
The Italian parliament's barbers are having their top pay cut to "only" 99,000 euros (£77,000) to save costs.

Counterfeit Xbox One makers charged

3 hours 34 min ago
Five men accused of being part of a hacking ring that stole pre-release video games and put a prototype Xbox One on sale have been charged.

Lancaster signs England deal to 2020

3 hours 38 min ago
Stuart Lancaster's contract as England head coach is extended until 2020 by the Rugby Football Union.

France to shrink deficit by 2017

3 hours 47 min ago
The French government says it will reduce its budget deficit to below the EU threshold of 3% of GDP by 2017, two years later than promised.

Congo ex-fighters 'starve in camp'

3 hours 51 min ago
More than 100 demobilised militia fighters and their relatives die from hunger and disease in an army camp in DR Congo, according to a rights groups.

Body find sparks Alice murder probe

4 hours 10 min ago
The disappearance of teenager Alice Gross is now being treated as a murder inquiry after a "significantly concealed" body is found.

Asian stocks retreat on HK protests

4 hours 27 min ago
Asian stocks suffer their fourth consecutive day of losses as political protests in Hong Kong show no signs of abating.