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Algeria militants seize Frenchman

50 min 42 sec ago
Militants linked to Islamic State have seized a French tourist in Algeria and demanded an end to French air strikes in Iraq, France confirms.

Kidnapped reporter freed in Somalia

53 min 1 sec ago
Journalist Michael Scott Moore, a dual US and German citizen, is released after nearly three years in captivity in Somalia, officials say.

IS 'not America's fight alone'

1 hour 3 min ago
President Obama hails the support of Arab nations in air strikes which reportedly killed dozens of Islamic State and jihadist militants in Syria.

Miliband £2.5bn pledge 'to save NHS'

1 hour 3 min ago
Ed Miliband tells the Labour conference he wants to recruit 36,000 NHS doctors, nurses and other health staff - partly funded by a tax on tobacco firms and expensive homes.

Australian 'terror suspect' killed

1 hour 4 min ago
A teenager said to have made threats to Australian PM Tony Abbott is shot dead after stabbing two police in Melbourne, reports say.

DJ Travis guilty of indecent assault

1 hour 14 min ago
Former Radio 1 DJ Dave Lee Travis is convicted of one count of indecent assault in 1995 but cleared of two further charges.

Spain scraps tighter abortion law

1 hour 15 min ago
Spanish PM Mariano Rajoy drops plans to limit abortion to cases of rape or where the mother's health is at serious risk.

VIDEO: 'Mass murder': Survivors describe boat horror

1 hour 41 min ago
Three Palestinian survivors of a refugee boat sinking have told the BBC they saw people smugglers deliberately ram the boat, and then chop the hands off those who clung to the sides of the vessel.

Bin Laden son-in-law jailed for life

1 hour 43 min ago
Osama Bin Laden's son-in-law, who was an al-Qaeda spokesman, is sentenced to life in prison for terrorism-related charges in New York.

HK students escalate protest

1 hour 45 min ago
More than 1,000 Hong Kong students take their pro-democracy march to government offices, as part of a week-long boycott of classes.

Anfield stadium expansion approved

1 hour 57 min ago
Liverpool FC are given permission to increase Anfield stadium's capacity from 45,000 to about 59,000 as part of a £100m expansion plan.

Medellin high-rises demolished

2 hours 8 min ago
The remaining towers in the Space apartment complex in the Colombian city of Medellin have been demolished following a deadly collapse last year.

Karzai warns successors beware of US

2 hours 11 min ago
Outgoing Afghan President Hamid Karzai uses his last speech in office to warn the new government to beware of the United States.

Ex-DJ Travis guilty of sex assault

2 hours 23 min ago
Ex-BBC DJ Dave Lee Travis is convicted of one count of indecent assault in 1995 but cleared of a second charge.

US strikes Islamic State in Syria

2 hours 26 min ago
The US and five Arab nations launch a campaign of air strikes against Islamic State (IS) militants in Syria, the Pentagon says.

Australian 'terror suspect' killed

2 hours 34 min ago
A man said to have made threats to Australian PM Tony Abbott is shot dead after stabbing two police in Melbourne, reports say.

Ebola death rates 70% - study

2 hours 41 min ago
Ebola infections will treble by November if efforts to tackle the outbreak are not stepped up, the WHO warns, as death rate projections are revised up.

Anfield stadium expansion approved

2 hours 50 min ago
Liverpool FC is given permission to increase Anfield stadium's capacity from 45,000 to about 59,000 as part of a £100m expansion plan.

Turkey hints at Iraq hostage swap

3 hours 22 min ago
Turkey's President Erdogan does not deny reports that 49 hostages, mostly Turks, were freed by Islamic State (IS) as part of a prisoner swap.

Turkey hints at Iraq hostage swap

3 hours 22 min ago
Turkey's President Erdogan does not deny reports that 49 hostages, mostly Turks, were freed by Islamic State (IS) as part of a prisoner swap.