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Foley killers 'wanted $132m ransom'
Islamic State jihadists demanded a $132m (£80m) ransom for the release of US journalist James Foley, his employer Globalpost says.
US bank in record $16.7bn settlement
Bank of America agrees to pay a record $16.7bn (£10bn) to US authorities for selling toxic mortgage loans that helped trigger the financial crisis.
US Ebola patients out of hospital
One of the US aid workers who recovered from the Ebola virus says he is "thrilled to be alive" as he and another patient are discharged from hospital.
Indonesia court upholds Widodo win
Indonesia's top court upholds Joko Widodo's victory in July's presidential elections, rejecting an appeal from defeated candidate Prabowo Subianto.
Hanged India girls' 'rape' in doubt
A forensic investigation into clothing and swabs taken after the murder and alleged gang rape of two teenage cousins in northern India concludes they were not sexually assaulted.
Boko Haram 'control police academy'
Northern Nigeria's riot police training academy has been overrun by Boko Haram Islamist militants, sources in Borno state tell the BBC.
Ferguson 'calm' after Holder visit
Tensions in the Missouri town where a black teenager was killed by police on 9 August eased after a visit by the US attorney general, police say.
Norway killer's father 'feels guilt'
The father of Norwegian mass murderer Andres Breivik expresses feelings of guilt and responsibility over his son's actions in a book.
Israel kills top Hamas commanders
An Israeli air strike kills three senior Hamas military commanders as Israel vows to pursue its Gaza campaign until it achieves "full security".
Ukraine inspects Russian aid convoy
The Red Cross says Ukrainian customs checks have begun on Russian aid lorries destined for the besieged city of Luhansk.
Russia widens McDonald's food probe
Russia's main consumer watchdog announces unscheduled checks on a number of McDonald's restaurants as part of an investigation into food standards.
VIDEO: Hanoi gardens' blooming trade
Vietnam's lotus gardens are capitalising on an increasingly popular source of revenue. In midsummer when the flowers bloom, young and old flock to the gardens to have their pictures taken.
VIDEO: Why are Moscow McDonald's shut?
Moscow correspondent Steven Rosenberg looks at the closure of a number of McDonald's restaurants in Russia.
VIDEO: Ukraine crisis: Who controls what?
Pro-Russian rebels, who had taken control of eastern Ukraine, are under pressure as government forces fight to regain control.
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VIDEO: 'Our friend has given us a son'
BBC News met new parents Nick and Michael Scott-Kline with 18-month-old Elliot and surrogate mother Sarah Jones.
VIDEO: Man, 111, named world's oldest
The world's oldest man has been named as Sakuri Momoi, who is 111 years old and living in Japan.
VIDEO: India's user-generated advertising
A new advertising trend has sprung up in India recently, with brands encouraging customers not just to buy products - but be involved in promotional campaigns too.
VIDEO: Cycling cities: Delhi and Amsterdam
The BBC looks at what it is like to be a cyclist in Amsterdam and Delhi.
Australian is oldest Channel swimmer
A 70-tear-old Australian man has set the record for the world's oldest person to swim the English Channel.
VIDEO: Police take wrong-way driver head on
Two traffic officers have been praised for their bravery after stopping a wrong-way driver on the M6 toll.
Dollar store rejects rival $9.7bn bid
Family Dollar, the US-based discount store at the centre of a bidding war, rejects rival Dollar General's proposal to buy it in a deal worth about $9.7bn (£5.8bn).
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Social network cannot stop IS posts
The creators of a social network being used by Islamic State militants have admitted they cannot prevent the spread of extremist material.
Aircraft to have 'human-like skin'
A British defence firm is working on technology that will give aircraft a "skin" of sensors, allowing it to feel in a similar way to humans.
Cast of South African soap sacked
The 16-strong cast of popular South African soap opera Generations is sacked after a long-running dispute over pay and contracts.
BBC Sir Cliff coverage 'appropriate'
The BBC "acted appropriately" in covering the police search of Sir Cliff Richard's home, the corporation's director general Tony Hall says.
Curiosity drill test cut short
Nasa's Curiosity rover looks to examine another sample of Martian rock, but its drill test in a slab dubbed "Bonanza King" fails to complete properly.
Rosetta's 10-billion-tonne comet
Scientists determine the comet being followed by Europe's Rosetta spacecraft to have a mass of 10 billion tonnes.
Botox may have cancer fighting role
Botox injections - beloved by those seeking a wrinkle-free complexion - may help fight cancer, early animal studies suggest.
Thousands 'eligible for Ebola drugs'
Around 30,000 people could have been eligible for drugs in the current Ebola outbreak - if they had been available, a report in Nature suggests.
Liverpool agree £16m Balotelli fee
Liverpool agree a £16m fee with Italian club AC Milan to sign former Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli.
Verstappen move is a risk - drivers
Formula 1 drivers question Red Bull's decision to pick 16-year-old Max Verstappen to drive for Toro Rosso next year.
The island that kids learn to leave
As hundreds of thousands of people leave Ireland to look for work, rural communities - such as those on Achill Island - are struggling to survive.
VIDEO: Partition of India: My memories
In 1947, India split from Pakistan forcing millions of people to leave their homes in search of safety.
South Africa issues Ebola travel ban
South Africa says non-citizens arriving from Ebola-affected areas of West Africa will not be allowed into the country.
Thailand coup general named as PM
Thailand's junta leader General Prayuth Chan-ocha, who led a coup in May, is named the new prime minister, after a parliamentary vote.
Hunt on for 'UK' beheading suspect
Police and security services are trying to identify a jihadist - thought to be British - in connection with the killing of US journalist James Foley.
Guatemalan top general dies in crash
The chief of the armed forces in Guatemala, General Rudy Ortiz, has died in a military helicopter crash near the border with Mexico, the Guatemalan government says.
Iran MPs dismiss science minister
Iran's parliament votes to dismiss Science Minister Reza Faraji-Dana, dealing a blow to reformist President Hassan Rouhani.
Macy's settles racial profiling cases
One of the most famous names in US retailing, Macy's, pays $650,000 to settle claims that it racially profiled and detained customers at its Manhattan outlet.
GCSE grades rise, but fall in English
Hundreds of thousands of pupils are receiving their GCSE grades, with an overall rise in results despite changes to the exam system
No sex charges for undercover police
Undercover police officers accused of starting relationships with women will not face sex offence charges but could face misconduct proceedings.
Comedian read paper while driving
Roy "Chubby" Brown is caught on camera reading a newspaper while driving along the A19 in North Yorkshire.
Number of same-sex weddings revealed
More than 1,400 same-sex marriages have taken place since the new law was introduced three months ago, official figures show.
Day in pictures: 14 August 2014
24 hours of news photos: 14 August
In pictures: Lauren Bacall
Life and career of US actress Lauren Bacall
In pictures: The Maliki years
Charting career of Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Maliki
In pictures: Robin Williams
Career of actor and comedian in pictures
Day in pictures: 13 August 2014
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In pictures: Framing Hope
A new exhibition of photos by Jillian Edelstein
In pictures: Exodus of Yazidis
Yazidi refugees fleeing violence from Islamic State militants
Day in pictures: 12 August 2014
24 hours of news photos: 12 August
Is anti-Semitism rising?
Do statistics support claims that anti-Semitism is increasing?
Trigger decision: when police shoot
What really happens before a police officer fires his gun?
Hope fades for Syrians one year after chemical attack
Hope fades for Syrians one year after chemical attack
Day in pictures: 21 August 2014
A selection of images from around the world
Europe: All change on Iraq
Europe's leaders harden stance on Iraq
Why India loves to ban films
Why India just loves to ban films
Tragedy puts Marina Silva at heart of Brazil campaign
Marina Silva - from rubber tapper to Brazilian presidential candidate
The economic impact of Ebola
Ebola crisis has a serious financial effect on West Africa
Myanmar's young tourism entrepreneurs
Myanmar's young tourism bosses confident about the future
Saying no to graphic images of Foley
The Twitter users saying no to graphic images of James Foley
VIDEO: Korean plot to dominate global culture
South Korea's plot to take over the world through pop music
Did inaction over Syria foment regional chaos?
Did inaction over Syria foment deeper regional crisis?
Marina Silva becomes formidable opponent in Brazil poll
Marina Silva set to revive interest in Brazil's presidential campaign