US drops arms to Kurds battling IS

Posted on Sunday October 19, 2014

US military aircraft drop weapons, ammunition and medical supplies to Kurdish fighters battling IS militants in the key Syrian town of Kobane.

Japanese industry minister quits

Posted on Sunday October 19, 2014

Japanese Trade and Industry Minister Yuko Obuchi submits her resignation amid allegations of the misuse of political funds.

Spanish nurse's Ebola test negative

Posted on Sunday October 19, 2014

The Spanish nurse who became the first person to contract Ebola outside West Africa has now tested negative for the virus, the government says.

Jokowi sworn in as Indonesia leader

Posted on Sunday October 19, 2014

Joko Widodo, the winner of Indonesia's presidential election in July, is sworn in as the leader of the South East Asian nation.

HK protesters deny 'foreign link'

Posted on Sunday October 19, 2014

Pro-democracy activists criticise comments by Hong Kong leader CY Leung, who says "external forces" are involved in protests in the territory.

Russia denies submarine incident

Posted on Sunday October 19, 2014

Russia denies that one of its submarines got into trouble off Sweden, after reports of suspicious activity in the Baltic.

China's communist leaders to gather

Posted on Sunday October 19, 2014

A key meeting of Chinese Communist Party leaders focusing on the rule of law and fighting corruption is due to begin in Beijing.

Germany faces more transport strikes

Posted on Sunday October 19, 2014

Pilots at Germany's Lufthansa airline are set to walk out again, just as train drivers end their weekend of strike action.

Modi party to form state governments

Posted on Sunday October 19, 2014

India's BJP is set to form governments in Maharashtra and Haryana, after the party won the elections in both states.

Barroso appeals to pro-EU Britons

Posted on Sunday October 19, 2014

The outgoing European Commission president is to call on pro-European politicians in the UK to make a more positive case for staying in the EU.

Search ends for Nepal survivors

Posted on Sunday October 19, 2014

Rescue teams in Nepal say there are no trekkers left stranded, after completing their search for survivors of a Himalayan storm which killed 39.

Comet Siding Spring skims past Mars

Posted on Sunday October 19, 2014

A recently discovered comet known as Siding Spring passes Mars, giving scientists a unique chance to study the object.

The tragic case of Nigeria's 'bird' woman

Posted on Sunday October 19, 2014

How footage of a badly injured woman accused of being a witch went viral in Nigeria.

Lawyer brings baby to court, gets 'humiliated'

Posted on Friday October 17, 2014

An immigration attorney files a complaint after a judge refuses to make accommodations for maternity leave.

Recreational sex is a rich person's game

Posted on Friday October 17, 2014

The logic behind conservative anti-family-planning efforts, China's rulers are threatened by a growing middle class, and Karl Rove's role in keeping Iraq's old chemical weapons out of public view.

VIDEO: Pitt: Fury 'depicts reality of war'

Posted on Sunday October 19, 2014

The London Film Festival closed on Sunday evening with a screening of Brad Pitt's new film Fury.

VIDEO: Why are protesters targeting Mong Kok?

Posted on Sunday October 19, 2014

The BBC's Celia Hatton reports on why pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong see the Mong Kok district as key to their movement.

VIDEO: Running a marathon in a smog mask

Posted on Sunday October 19, 2014

The Chinese capital has been suffering under heavy smog for the past few weeks, but the 34th edition of the Beijing marathon still went ahead on Sunday.

VIDEO: One-minute World News

Posted on Sunday October 19, 2014

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VIDEO: 'I'd be lost without poetry'

Posted on Sunday October 19, 2014

Writer and broadcaster Clive James talks about his new volume of essays and how poetry helps him deal with his terminal cancer.