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'Nightmare' for Briton held in Iran

September 13, 2014 - 7:49am
The family of Ghoncheh Ghavami, a British-Iranian woman being held in Iran after going to a men's volleyball match, appeal for her release.

'Football is tackling homophobia'

September 13, 2014 - 7:39am
Former Germany midfielder Thomas Hitzlsperger believes football is tackling homophobia, despite no openly gay players.

'Football is tackling homophobia'

September 13, 2014 - 7:39am
Former Germany midfielder Thomas Hitzlsperger believes football is tackling homophobia, despite no openly gay players.

NFL star in child abuse arrest

September 13, 2014 - 5:07am
Adrian Peterson, who plays for NFL side Minnesota Vikings, is arrested in Texas for allegedly hitting his young son with a tree branch.

VIDEO: Pistorius: What is the TV verdict?

September 13, 2014 - 4:58am
By allowing cameras and microphones into the courtroom - did the South African authorities create an educational moment - or was it simply a circus?

Hostage family's plea for IS contact

September 13, 2014 - 4:48am
The family of a Briton being held hostage by Islamic State (IS) militants appeal to his captors to make contact with them.

Radio donation to hoax nurse family

September 13, 2014 - 4:04am
An Australian radio station donates A$500,000 to relatives of a UK nurse who killed herself after taking a hoax phone call relating to the Royal Family.

Actress Morton tells of being abused

September 13, 2014 - 2:51am
Actress Samantha Morton says she was sexually abused by two residential care workers while in a children's home in Nottingham as a teenager.

VIDEO: Therapy to combat Cambodia trauma

September 13, 2014 - 12:08am
A new approach to psychological healing after the genocide in Cambodia combines aspects of psychotherapy with Buddhist meditation

Pakistan-India monsoon floods: Averting future disasters

September 12, 2014 - 9:22pm
Dams and reservoirs could mitigate South Asia floods

Pakistan-India monsoon floods: Averting future disasters

September 12, 2014 - 9:22pm
Dams and reservoirs could mitigate South Asia floods

Botox 'stunts emotional growth'

September 12, 2014 - 8:44pm
Experts warn that treating young people with Botox injections could restrict their emotional and social development.

VIDEO: Vibrating cane to help blind people

September 12, 2014 - 8:11pm
A team of scientists in Delhi has developed a smart cane for blind people, which uses sensors to give vibration feedback.

VIDEO: Vibrating cane to help blind people

September 12, 2014 - 8:11pm
A team of scientists in Delhi has developed a smart cane for blind people, which uses sensors to give vibration feedback.

VIDEO: Iran 'sending troops' to fight IS

September 12, 2014 - 7:59pm
The BBC has learnt that Iran already appears to be sending troops and weapons to fight the Sunni extremists in Iraq

VIDEO: Iran 'sending troops' to fight IS

September 12, 2014 - 7:59pm
The BBC has learnt that Iran already appears to be sending troops and weapons to fight the Sunni extremists in Iraq

VIDEO: ‘Spider-dog’ prankster wants Poles to smile

September 12, 2014 - 7:55pm
‘Spider-dog’ prankster says he wants Poles to smile

VIDEO: ‘Spider-dog’ prankster wants Poles to smile

September 12, 2014 - 7:55pm
‘Spider-dog’ prankster says he wants Poles to smile

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford quits race

September 12, 2014 - 7:31pm
Scandal-plagued Toronto Mayor Rob Ford withdraws from October's mayoral election after being diagnosed with an abdominal tumour.

'Leak' row marks weekend's campaign

September 12, 2014 - 7:26pm
RBS "leak" row continues as campaigners in the Scottish independence referendum are gearing up for a final weekend of activity.