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Budapest standoff enters second night

Angry migrants are stranded outside a Budapest railway station for a second night, as the EU struggles to agree a common response to the refugee crisis.

Outcry over drowned migrant boy photo

Images emerge of a three-year-old Syrian boy, whom reports name as Aylan, who drowned when the migrant boat he was in capsized off Turkey.

China parade to mark defeat of Japan

China is to showcase its military wares in a parade in Tiananmen Square commemorating the defeat of Japan in World War Two.

France drops Arafat poisoning probe

French judges say they have dropped an investigation into claims that former Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat was poisoned.

Chinese navy ships seen off US coast

Five Chinese naval ships are spotted for the first time in the Bering Sea off the coast of the US state of Alaska, US defence officials say.

Love Bug actor Dean Jones dies

The American actor Dean Jones, best known for starring in Disney's The Love Bug, dies from Parkinson's disease at the age of 84.

Earth's trees number 'three trillion'

What is said to be the most robust estimate yet finds there to be just over three trillion trees on Planet Earth.

Man arrested for deadly Paris fire

French police arrest a man suspected of starting a fire that killed eight people, including two children, in northern Paris.

Obama has enough support for Iran deal

US President Barack Obama secures enough support in the US Senate to ensure that the Iran nuclear deal will go into effect.

Separate trials in Freddie Gray case

A US judge rules that six Baltimore police officers accused of causing the death of a man in their custody will stand trial separately.

Video suggests slain US man was armed

Texas authorities say a new video shows that a man killed by police officers was holding what appears to be a knife when he was shot.

South Africa race row case dismissed

A legal attempt to block the South African team flying to the UK to play in the Rugby World Cup in a row over racial discrimination fails.

VIDEO: 'We need Europeans to save us'

In the Hungarian capital, Budapest, scuffles have broken out between migrants and the authorities outside Keleti station.

VIDEO: 'We walked through five countries'

The BBC's Jenny Hill speaks to a family from Syria who have travelled through five countries to flee the civil war there.

VIDEO: Who are Japan's Yakuza? In 60 secs

Who are Japan's mysterious Yakuza gangsters? BBC News explains, in 60 seconds.

VIDEO: 'Picture perfect' scene for China parade

China prepares to stage a huge military parade on 3 September to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II in Asia.

VIDEO: Londongrad: TV show on expat Russians

The first Russian television series filmed almost entirely on location in London is about to air on the Russian commercial station STS.

VIDEO: Jake Gyllenhaal wows crowds in Venice

Actor Jake Gyllenhaal apparently found it difficult to tear himself away from adoring fans as he arrived for the 72nd Venice Film Festival.

VIDEO: Remains revealed as 17th Century prisoners

Remains found in the grounds of Durham University are 17th Century Scottish prisoners of war, experts say.

VIDEO: Danish Astronaut takes Lego to space

Denmark's first ever astronaut has begun his journey into space, heading for the International Space Station aboard a Soyuz rocket.

What is China trying to prove with military parade?

The BBC's Celia Hatton in Beijing analyses the significance of China's military parade on Thursday.

Have we passed the peak era of globalisation?

Newsnight's Duncan Weldon considers what happens to inflation if globalisation itself slows down.

Is Teesta Setalvad India's most hounded activist?

The story of India's 'most hounded' activist

Can we live with nuclear technology?

As Japan restarts its nuclear power industry, four years after the Fukushima disaster, have we learned to make peace with the technology?

Starfish-killing robot ready to test

An autonomous starfish-killing robot will be ready for field trials on the Great Barrier Reef this month, researchers say.

Urgent plea to shear overgrown sheep

Australia's national shearing champion is urgently called in after a heavily overgrown sheep is found wandering near the capital Canberra.

Argentina orders HSBC to replace boss

Argentina's central bank has ordered HSBC to replace its chief executive in the country and accused it of failing to prevent tax evasion.

New ranges send Lego sales soaring

New Jurassic World and Elves ranges help Lego post double-digit sales growth globally in the first half of the year.

Sony phone is first to have 4K screen

Sony says its new smartphone is the first to have a 4K-resolution screen.

Motorola announces new smartwatches

Motorola is to release two second-generation models of its Moto 360 smartwatch, one of which will contain a GPS chip.

Sue Perkins reveals brain tumour

The Great British Bake Off presenter Sue Perkins says she has been living with a brain tumour for eight years.

Bill Turnbull leaving BBC Breakfast

Bill Turnbull announces he is leaving BBC Breakfast after nearly 15 years saying that was "more than enough for me and the audience"

Emissions 'far above' 2C target

Researchers say that global efforts to cut carbon are far short of what's needed to avert dangerous climate change.

Climate event 'among strongest'

This year's El Nino weather phenomenon could be one of the strongest on record according to the World Meteorological Organization.

Children paralysed in polio outbreak

Two children have been paralysed in the first outbreak of polio in Europe for five years, the World Health Organization says.

New Ebola death in Sierra Leone

A woman who died on Saturday in northern Sierra Leone has tested positive for Ebola, officials have confirmed.

De Gea calm and relaxed - Mata

Manchester United keeper David De Gea is "focused" on playing after his Real Madrid move collapsed, says team-mate Juan Mata.

Serena through after tough battle

Serena Williams takes another step towards her first calendar Grand Slam, while Rafael Nadal also progresses at the US Open.

Why has Google changed its typeface?

Google has altered its typeface. Cue much discussion about what subtle message the company is trying to convey.

The struggles of the world's hairiest family

Jesus Aceves was born with thick hair all over his face and body. About 30 members of his family also have hypertrichosis - making them the hairiest family in human history.

DRC 'Terminator' at war crimes trial

Former Congolese rebel leader Bosco Ntaganda pleads not guilty to all charges at the start of his war crimes trial at the International Criminal Court (ICC).

Durban hosts 2022 Commonwealth Games

Durban will be the first African city to host the Commonwealth Games as it is confirmed as the venue for 2022.

Thai fingerprint 'matches bomb suspect'

Thai police say fingerprints found on seized bomb-making material match those of a man detained over the Bangkok shrine attack.

Death row delay for Pakistan paraplegic

Pakistani prison officials miss a court deadline to explain how they would hang a disabled man on death row for a murder he says he did not commit.

Deadly ambush ends lull in Ukraine

Two people are reported killed in an ambush on a Ukrainian army vehicle near Luhansk, in the first major incident since a renewed truce began.

Turkish workers seized in Iraq

Eighteen Turkish construction workers have been kidnapped by gunmen in Iraq's capital Baghdad, Iraqi and Turkish officials say.

Travel ban for Guatemalan president

Guatemalan President Otto Perez Molina is barred from leaving the country, hours after congress stripped him of his immunity from prosecution.

Sharp rise in El Salvador violence

Gang violence in El Salvador left 907 people dead last month, a level of bloodshed unseen since the civil war of the 1980s, police say.

Bombs 'kill at least 20' in Yemen

A double suicide bomb attack on a Shia mosque in Yemen's capital has killed at least 20 people, according to medical officials.

Deadly bombing in Syria's Latakia

At least 10 people have been killed in a bomb attack in the Syrian city of Latakia, a stronghold of President Bashar al-Assad, state media report.

Fox anchor sues over hamster toy

Fox News anchor Harris Faulkner sues US toy company Hasbro for more than $5m over a toy hamster over a toy hamster that she says resembles her and shares her name..

US swoop on secret 'steroids labs'

US federal agents arrest more than 90 people and shut down 16 underground labs making illegal steroids and other performance-enhancing drugs.

In pictures: An emotional arrival in Europe

Migrants ashore on the Greek island of Lesbos

Week in pictures: 22-28 August 2015

News photos from 22-28 August

Hodei: The man who vanished

A man goes to work abroad - and vanishes after six months

US state executing killers faster than any other

The US state executing more killers than any other

Crime clan continues to intrigue Argentina

Puccio crime family still shocks Argentina

Should flamethrowers be sold in the US?

Anger as US firm markets "cool tool" flamethrower

China parade to display past and future

New weapons and old armies to be put on display

The last woman who makes sea silk

The last woman who makes a cloth that cannot be sold

How Harry Styles sent SeaWorld's image diving

How Harry Styles sent SeaWorld’s image diving

Japanese suggest new Olympic logos

Japanese suggest new logos for 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo

Been and Gone: The director of I, Claudius and the gangster's moll

The director of I, Claudius and the gangster's moll