Scots head to polls for referendum

Posted on Thursday September 18, 2014

Millions of people in Scotland are heading to the polls to vote on whether the country should stay in the UK or become an independent nation.

Australia in 'beheading plot' raids

Posted on Thursday September 18, 2014

Police carry out anti-terror raids in Sydney sparked by intelligence that Islamic extremists were planning random killings in Australia.

Syria infant deaths 'due to mix-up'

Posted on Thursday September 18, 2014

Medics in rebel-held Syria accidentally gave a muscle relaxant to up to 75 children instead of a measles vaccine, killing 15, the opposition says.

India and China sign landmark deals

Posted on Thursday September 18, 2014

India and China sign 12 agreements, one of which will see China investing $20bn in India's infrastructure over five years.

Murder 'comes naturally' to chimps

Posted on Thursday September 18, 2014

A major international study finds that killings among chimpanzees result from normal competition, not human interference.

Argentina tries 'baby theft' doctors

Posted on Thursday September 18, 2014

Medical staff go on trial in Argentina charged with kidnapping babies born in captivity to left-wing prisoners during military rule.

Thai PM sorry for bikini comment

Posted on Thursday September 18, 2014

Thailand's PM apologises for suggesting tourists in bikinis were vulnerable to attack unless they were unattractive, days after two British holidaymakers were killed.

NFL rocked by new violence arrest

Posted on Wednesday September 17, 2014

Arizona Cardinals running back Jonathan Dwyer is arrested on suspicion of domestic violence, police say, the latest such incident to rock the NFL.

Iran nuclear talks set to resume

Posted on Wednesday September 17, 2014

World powers are set to resume talks in New York with Iran, but diplomats say a breakthrough on its disputed nuclear programme is unlikely.

Ukraine president in key US visit

Posted on Thursday September 18, 2014

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko is beginning a key visit to the US to seek further support to tackle what he describes as Russian aggression.

Kate withdraws from Malta visit

Posted on Thursday September 18, 2014

The Duchess of Cambridge, who is pregnant with her second child, will not visit Malta this weekend on advice of doctors, Kensington Palace says.

BBC team attacked in southern Russia

Posted on Thursday September 18, 2014

A BBC team is attacked in southern Russia after investigating reports of Russian servicemen killed near the border with Ukraine.

The growing outcry over police confiscation

Posted on Tuesday September 16, 2014

A series of articles in the Washington Post highlights the practise of civil forfeiture as questions mount over its fairness. Have the left an right found an issue on which they agree?

Mexicans defend Ronaldinho on Twitter

Posted on Wednesday September 17, 2014

A hashtag meaning 'We are all apes' trends in response to the racist slur.

Chile's Gay Kiss

Posted on Wednesday September 17, 2014

An advert showing two men kissing inspires a YouTube parody.

VIDEO: ''Golf should be on a par for everybody''

Posted on Thursday September 18, 2014

The BBC's Nina Warhurst talks to golfers in Cheshire about a vote by the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrew's, Scotland, on admitting women for the first time.

VIDEO: China’s online shopping revolution

Posted on Wednesday September 17, 2014

The Chinese internet giant Alibaba is set to raise billions on the US stock exchange and is expected to be one of the biggest share offerings in history.

VIDEO: Politician recovering after bin stunt

Posted on Wednesday September 17, 2014

A politician has told Ukrainian TV he needs to recover "morally, physically and psychologically" after being dumped in a rubbish bin.

VIDEO: One-minute World News

Posted on Thursday September 18, 2014

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VIDEO: National Gallery in the picture

Posted on Wednesday September 17, 2014

US filmmaker Frederick Wiseman talks to Tom Brooks about his documentary on the National Gallery