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Boeing raises annual profit forecast

54 min 24 sec ago
Aerospace giant Boeing has raised its forecast for profits this year and says it has a record backlog of orders.

Woman held over 'Syria terror plot'

1 hour 24 min ago
A woman is arrested in Bedfordshire on suspicion of preparation of terrorist acts related to Syria, Scotland Yard says.

Protest group ends Islamabad sit-in

1 hour 33 min ago
Supporters of a leading anti-government cleric in Pakistan end a two-month protest in the capital Islamabad against PM Nawaz Sharif, but others remain.

Microsoft to phase out Nokia name

1 hour 37 min ago
Microsoft is ditching the Nokia brand name from new devices, less than a year after acquiring the Finnish mobile firm.

VIDEO: Protests outside HK leader's house

1 hour 38 min ago
Protesters gather outside of the residence of Hong Kong's leader, CY Leung, in protest at his recent comments on extending democracy.

Legal challenge over abuse inquiry

1 hour 39 min ago
A legal challenge is launched into the choice of Fiona Woolf as the chair of the inquiry investigating historical child abuse as political pressure grows.

Froome may skip 2015 Tour de France

1 hour 40 min ago
Britain's Chris Froome has revealed he may not compete in the 2015 Tour de France as the route is unveiled.

Syria air force 'steps up strikes'

1 hour 41 min ago
The Syrian military has stepped up its air strikes on rebel-held areas dramatically, carrying out more than 200 in recent days, activists say.

Sweden could use force in sub hunt

1 hour 41 min ago
Sweden could use weapons in the search for a suspected foreign submarine near the capital Stockholm, a senior naval official tells the BBC.

VIDEO: Training for safe Ebola burials

2 hours 6 min ago
As the Ebola outbreak claims 20 lives a day in Sierra Leone, the BBC's Tulip Mazumdar reports from the capital Freetown on how volunteers are being trained to carry out safe burials.

WHO crisis team holds Ebola talks

2 hours 18 min ago
The World Health Organization's emergency committee is holding talks on travel restrictions and screening measures on the Ebola outbreak.

Kruis among uncapped England trio

2 hours 21 min ago
England call up three uncapped players for the autumn internationals in Semesa Rokoduguni, George Kruis and Calum Clark.

Total plane crash driver 'got lost'

2 hours 24 min ago
A snowplough driver at a Moscow airport says he lost his bearings before a collision with a plane that killed Total oil boss Christophe de Margerie.

Total names new heads after boss dies

2 hours 29 min ago
Oil giant Total appoints a new chief executive and new chairman to replace Christophe de Margerie who died in a plane crash in Moscow on Monday.

Somali teenager 'stoned to death'

2 hours 34 min ago
An Islamic court has stoned an 18-year-old to death in southern Somalia after convicting him of raping a woman, a pro-Islamist news site reports.

U-boat found with ship it sank

2 hours 36 min ago
U-boat found off US coast with ship it sank

DJ Mike Read withdraws UKIP song

2 hours 57 min ago
Former BBC Radio 1 DJ Mike Read requests a song he wrote in support of UKIP be withdrawn from sale following complaints it was racist.

Debt campaigners tear up student loans

3 hours 8 min ago
The people who buy and then cancel US student loans

Civil liberties award for dominatrix

3 hours 16 min ago
Terri-Jean Bedford campaigns for the rights of sex workers in Canada.

US editor Ben Bradlee dies at 93

3 hours 31 min ago
Ben Bradlee, the editor of the Washington Post during the Watergate scandal that toppled President Nixon, has died aged 93, the newspaper says.