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PM to discuss hostage death threat

2 hours 5 min ago
David Cameron will chair a Cobra meeting to discuss Britain's response to a threat by Islamic militants to kill a UK man.

Islamic State 'beheads US hostage'

2 hours 5 min ago
An Islamic State video purporting to show the beheading of Steven Sotloff, a US journalist abducted by the group, is released.

Calais mayor threatens to block port

September 3, 2014 - 12:16am
The mayor of the French city of Calais threatens to block the port unless Britain does more to control the rising number of illegal migrants.

Calais mayor threatens to block port

September 3, 2014 - 12:16am
The mayor of the French city of Calais threatens to block the port unless Britain does more to control the rising number of illegal migrants.

Obama in Europe for Ukraine talks

September 2, 2014 - 11:33pm
US President Barack Obama arrives in Estonia for talks with regional leaders amid growing concern over Russia's intervention in Ukraine.

VIDEO: Modi's first 100 days in power

September 2, 2014 - 11:18pm
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has completed his first 100 days as leader of the country.

Wozniacki strolls into US Open semis

September 2, 2014 - 11:08pm
Caroline Wozniacki loses only one game in beating Sara Errani to set up a US Open semi-final meeting with Peng Shuai.

Fukushima workers sue over pay

September 2, 2014 - 10:58pm
A group of workers decommissioning the crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant sue its operator Tepco over unpaid hazard wages.

Monfils through to face Federer

September 2, 2014 - 9:59pm
France's 20th seed Gael Monfils upsets seventh seed Grigor Dimitrov and will face Roger Federer in the US Open quarter-finals.

UK in £3.5bn armoured vehicle deal

September 2, 2014 - 9:39pm
The Ministry of Defence is set to sign a £3.5bn deal for nearly 600 new armoured vehicles ahead of the Nato summit in Wales, which starts on Thursday.

Arthur Andersen name resurrected

September 2, 2014 - 9:34pm
US auditor Arthur Andersen is having its name resurrected more than a decade after it collapsed because of the Enron accounting scandal.

Credit Suisse investigating traders

September 2, 2014 - 9:13pm
Credit Suisse is investigating two of its traders in London over allegations of misconduct.

How maggots can lower Kenyan hospital bills

September 2, 2014 - 8:39pm
Would you like larvae to eat your infected flesh?

Paris 'Gestapo' plaque to be restored

September 2, 2014 - 8:29pm
Anger at removal of WW2 plaque for victims of 'French Gestapo'

The homes under the sea

September 2, 2014 - 8:07pm
The homes where you can live under the sea

How to find fast food menu secrets

September 2, 2014 - 8:02pm
The fast food items you've never heard of

Economics 'driving language loss'

September 2, 2014 - 7:58pm
A thriving economy can lead to the extinction of some languages, scientists believe.

Corruption 'costs millions of lives'

September 2, 2014 - 7:58pm
About $1tn a year is being taken out of poor countries and millions of lives are lost because of corruption, the One campaign group says.

Corruption 'costs millions of lives'

September 2, 2014 - 7:58pm
About $1tn a year is being taken out of poor countries and millions of lives lives are lost because of corruption, the One campaign group says.

Mahan, Bradley, Simpson get US picks

September 2, 2014 - 7:47pm
Keegan Bradley, Hunter Mahan and Webb Simpson are handed US captain Tom Watson's wildcards for the Ryder Cup at Gleneagles later this month.