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Coalition set for IS talks in Paris

1 hour 12 min ago
US Secretary of State John Kerry is due to meet foreign ministers from around the world in Paris to discuss how to defeat Islamic State militants.

Salmond and PM hit campaign trail

1 hour 40 min ago
First Minister Alex Salmond and Prime Minister David Cameron are hitting the Scottish campaign trail ahead of Thursday's independence vote.

Heineken rejects SABMiller offer

1 hour 44 min ago
Dutch brewing giant Heineken has rejected a takeover offer from SABMiller saying the proposal is "non-actionable".

VIDEO: Australian fears over IS at home

2 hours 38 min ago
Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott has announced plans to take passports from Australians who may be planning to travel to fight with Islamic State.

In pictures: Ethiopia’s thriving art market

2 hours 42 min ago
Is Ethiopia's thriving art scene killing creativity?

VIDEO: Slum comedy a hit on Turkish YouTube

2 hours 47 min ago
Hit Turkish YouTube comedy opposes slum demolition

Gaza: Life amid the rubble

2 hours 51 min ago
Life in a razed Gaza neighbourhood

Hurricane Odile heads for Mexico

2 hours 57 min ago
A hurricane will hit the southern end of Mexico's Baja California peninsula in the coming hours, the United States National Hurricane Centre says.

Queen 'moved' by Invictus Games

3 hours 26 sec ago
The Queen tells competitors in the inaugural Invictus Games she has been "deeply moved by your courage, determination and talent".

Sweden victor says no far-right pact

3 hours 5 min ago
The leader of Sweden's Social Democrats says he is ready to start coalition talks after their election win, but will not work with the far right.

VIDEO: Restoring dignity to detainees

3 hours 34 min ago
Restoring dignity to former prisoners of Iraq's Abu Ghraib

The photographer who rejected racism

3 hours 41 min ago
The photographer who rejected racism in the American south

McIlroy misses out on £6m prize

4 hours 3 min ago
Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy misses out on the £6m FedEx Cup prize as Billy Horschel wins the Tour Championship and overall title.

Imitation Game wins Toronto top prize

4 hours 36 min ago
Alan Turing biopic The Imitation Game wins the People’s Choice award at the Toronto Film Festival.

VIDEO: Syrians 'traumatised' by IS fears

5 hours 5 min ago
Jeremy Bowen reports on how Syrians are "traumatised" by fears of Islamic State fighters.

Uganda seizes 'al-Shabab explosives'

5 hours 8 min ago
Police in Uganda say they have seized explosives during raids on suspected al-Shabab militants who were said to be plotting an attack in the country.

Brazil builds giant Amazon tower

5 hours 21 min ago
Construction has begun on a giant observation tower in the heart of the Amazon basin in Brazil to monitor climate change.

Phones 4U to fall into administration

5 hours 31 min ago
Retailer Phones 4U is to fall into administration putting 5,596 jobs at risk.

VIDEO: Tomato fight to oppose Russia boycott

6 hours 4 min ago
Hundreds of people have been showing their opposition to a Russian boycott of fruit and vegetables from Europe with a tomato fight in Amsterdam.

Arab states 'offer anti-IS strikes'

6 hours 50 min ago
Several Arab countries offer to take part in air strikes against Islamic State militants if approved by the Iraqi government, US officials say.