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Referendum campaigns make final push
Both sides in the Scottish referendum campaign make their final pitches to voters as the latest polls suggest the result remains too close to call.
Ebola global security threat - Obama
US President Barack Obama calls the Ebola outbreak in West Africa a threat to security worldwide while announcing a larger US role, including 3,000 troops, to help fight the virus.
Nasa picks astronaut ship designs
The US space agency picks the companies it hopes can take the country's astronauts back into space - a capability lost when the shuttles retired in 2011.
Ukraine rebels defiant over new law
A key Ukrainian rebel leader tells the BBC a new law granting self-rule to parts of the east will not sway the demand for independence.
Richard III death injuries revealed
King Richard III was likely to have been killed by two blows to the head and one to his pelvis, according to new research.
China leader Xi heads for India
China's President Xi Jinping makes his first official visit to India, with a focus on improving trade ties and resolving the decades-old border dispute.
Lagos collapse 'killed S Africans'
At least 67 South Africans were killed when a church hostel belonging to Nigerian TV evangelist TB Joshua collapsed in Lagos, President Zuma says.
UN brokers Gaza reconstruction deal
The UN brokers a deal on rebuilding in the Gaza Strip, giving roles to the Palestinian Authority and private sector, its top Mid-East envoy says.
US man tried to 'swim to N Korea'
South Korean authorities say they have detained an American man they believe was trying to swim to North Korea.
Thai murder police to quiz Britons
Police investigating the murders of two British tourists in Thailand say two Britons are "possible suspects" and will face questioning.
Bangladesh death sentence commuted
Bangladesh's Supreme Court commutes Islamist leader Delwar Sayeedi's death sentence for crimes in the 1971 independence war to life imprisonment.
China trial for Uighur academic
Prominent Uighur academic Ilham Tohti goes on trial for separatism in China's far western region of Xinjiang.
VIDEO: Nasa names US spacecraft companies
Nasa chooses two private companies to build a new generation of spacecraft that will take their astronauts to the International Space Station.
VIDEO: Clashes in Brazil following eviction
There have been clashes in Brazil's largest city Sao Paulo following the eviction of 200 families occupying an old hotel in the city.
VIDEO: Examining a rare colossal squid
Scientists have had the extremely rare chance to examine an intact colossal squid after it was accidentally caught in the Antarctic, as Mauricio Olmedo-Perez reports
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VIDEO: US 'would consider Iraq ground troops'
US ground forces could be deployed against Islamic State (IS) militants if the current US-led strategy fails, top US General Martin Dempsey has said.
VIDEO: Surviving childhood in Malawi
Fergus Walsh reports from Malawi on how the country has worked to reduce infant mortality.
VIDEO: Controlled explosion on US bridge
Part of a bridge has been demolished near Paducah in Kentucky, in the US.
VIDEO: Last of the castanet makers?
Juan Vela is one of very few artisans making traditional, handcrafted castanets for Spanish flamenco.
Files reveal WW2 secret 'Agent Fifi'
World War Two records reveal the existence of a glamorous female secret agent whose job was to see if other agents could keep their mouths shut.
US waists 'grow an inch in a decade'
Girths are continuing to expand in the US, despite obesity appearing to be reaching a plateau, data suggests.
Sony predicts increased losses
Japanese consumer electronics giant Sony increases its forecast for a full year loss by $1.7bn due to weakness in its mobile business.
China 'injects $81bn' into top banks
China's central bank is said to be injecting 500bn yuan ($81bn; £50bn) into the five biggest state-owned banks to counter slowing growth.
Giant sensor for Panasonic phone
Panasonic unveils a hybrid smartphone-camera, at the Photokina trade show in Cologne.
Judge overturns Uber ban in Germany
A German judge has overturned a temporary injunction which banned Uber from operating one of its services in the country.
Easy Rider chopper goes under hammer
The customised chopper Peter Fonda rode in 1969 film Easy Rider is expected to fetch more than $1 million (£613,000) when it goes up for auction next month.
Huston set to star in Ben-Hur remake
British actor Jack Huston is expected to take the lead role in a remake of 1959 classic Ben-Hur, according to reports from Hollywood.
Chin strap turns chewing into power
Engineers build a chin strap that harnesses the energy produced by jaw movements, and could one day power hearing aids or bluetooth earpieces.
Better mobility key for clean cities
Effective urban transit systems can encourage people out of their cars and provide a cost-effective way to tackle climate change, a report suggests.
Call for further cut in sugar intake
The target to reduce sugar consumption should be much more ambitious, health experts say.
Brains may 'resist Alzheimer's'
A small study suggests some people's brains may have the ability to resist early Alzheimer's damage.
Liverpool 'have a lot to learn'
Steven Gerrard admits Liverpool must improve to progress in the Champions League after his late penalty saw off Ludogorets.
Peterson suspended by Vikings
Minnesota Vikings suspend Adrian Peterson from all team activities while facing charges of allegedly hitting his child.
The church described as a 'symbol of evil'
Plans to rebuild a church that is linked to Hitler have divided Germany and sparked a row about how the country deals with its past.
VIDEO: What the clothes in your wardrobe say about you
Photographer Yassine El Mansouri explores what all the clothes a person wears - and those that remain untouched in the wardrobe - say about an individual.
South Sudan bans foreign workers
South Sudan government issues an order to non-governmental organisations and private firms to fire foreign workers by mid-October amid an aid crisis.
Fiji coup leader awaits poll outcome
Voting ends in the first election in Fiji since former military ruler Frank Bainimarama took power in a coup in 2006.
French PM Valls wins confidence vote
French Prime Minister Manuel Valls narrowly wins a crucial confidence vote in parliament, despite a recent cabinet revolt over austerity measures.
Odile storm moves towards Arizona
Tropical storm Odile is moving up Mexico's Baja California peninsula, bringing heavy rains and the threat of mudslides and flash floods.
US 'would consider Iraq ground troops'
US ground forces could be deployed against Islamic State militants if the current strategy fails, a top US general says.
US man charged with supporting IS
A man from Rochester, New York has been charged with trying to recruit people to join Islamic State and to shoot people in the US, say prosecutors.
Unemployment falls by 146,000 to 2.02m
UK unemployment fell by 146,000 to 2.02 million in the three months to the end of July, while the number claiming Jobseeker's Allowance has dipped below one million.
London's fireworks to be ticketed
London's New Year's Eve fireworks is to be ticketed for the first time and a limit of 100,000 set on the event, Boris Johnson's office reveals.
Helicopter crash probe to start
An investigation is due to begin into a fatal helicopter crash in Flamborough which left two men dead.
Bank split 7-2 on interest rate rise
The Bank of England's Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) was divided for the second consecutive month over interest rate policy, latest minutes show.
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