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Can the fear of being seen as racist cause problems
Posted: August 30, 2014, 2:05 am
Some 230 members of an Orthodox Jewish group begin leaving a village in western Guatemala after a bitter row with the local indigenous community.
Posted: August 30, 2014, 1:38 am
George Galloway has been taken to hospital with a suspected broken jaw after he was attacked on a London street, his spokesman says.
Posted: August 30, 2014, 1:29 am
The bizarre tale of the pig singing competition
Posted: August 30, 2014, 1:18 am
Italian PM Matteo Renzi announces measures to quicken the pace of the country's notoriously slow justice system to help the struggling economy.
Posted: August 30, 2014, 12:55 am
Animal nightlife - and other great natural images from ecology photo contest
Posted: August 30, 2014, 12:44 am
A US judge strikes down part of a Texas abortion law that would have closed more than a dozen clinics.
Posted: August 30, 2014, 12:32 am
The natural resources used to make 'green' homes
Posted: August 29, 2014, 11:37 pm
Only two drivers were fined for breaching Commonwealth Games lane restrictions in Glasgow, data obtained by BBC Scotland shows.
Posted: August 29, 2014, 11:31 pm
Most papers focus on the prime minister's warnings that the threat from terrorists is currently than at any point in history.
Posted: August 29, 2014, 11:12 pm
The Ukraine crisis is "slipping out of control", Germany's foreign minister warns as EU leaders prepare to discuss new sanctions against Russia.
Posted: August 29, 2014, 10:45 pm
Why stability is all most Pakistanis really want
Posted: August 29, 2014, 10:32 pm
Rescue workers in Nicaragua are trying to reach at least 24 workers trapped by a cave-in at a gold mine in the north of the country.
Posted: August 29, 2014, 10:14 pm
The International Monetary Fund expresses confidence in its leader Christine Lagarde, despite her being formally investigated for negligence in France.
Posted: August 29, 2014, 10:08 pm
Nato has accused Russia of blatantly violating Ukraine's sovereignty by sending troops and weapons over the border.
Posted: August 29, 2014, 9:39 pm
An eruption near Iceland's Bardarbunga volcano that briefly threatened air travel has ended, local officials say.
Posted: August 29, 2014, 9:33 pm
A major police search is under way for a five-year old boy with a brain tumour - who was taken from hospital by his parents, without doctors' approval.
Posted: August 29, 2014, 9:30 pm
Chelsea striker Fernando Torres is to join AC Milan on a two-year loan deal, subject to agreeing personal terms.
Posted: August 29, 2014, 9:26 pm
A former US navy sailor who led a spy ring for the Soviet Union has died in a prison medical centre at the age of 77.
Posted: August 29, 2014, 9:17 pm
How your landlord could soon be a corporate brand
Posted: August 29, 2014, 9:16 pm
A search for a 12-year-old boy who was swept into the sea off Anglesey has been called off overnight due to the darkness.
Posted: August 29, 2014, 9:00 pm
Two women are taken to hospital after driver loses control of his car and crashes into a bus stop in Glasgow.
Posted: August 29, 2014, 8:59 pm
Senegal's health ministry confirms a first case of Ebola, making it the fifth West African country now affected by the outbreak.
Posted: August 29, 2014, 8:28 pm
The discovery of new unpublished chapters reveals author Roald Dahl planned to include more children in his classic children's book Charlie and the Chocolate Factory but dropped them from the final version.
Posted: August 29, 2014, 8:26 pm
In a camp for Yazidi refugees, near what was the Iraqi-Syrian border, the father who had to abandon his disabled child has learned that his son has died.
Posted: August 29, 2014, 8:05 pm
Ten people are jailed after attempting to smuggle millions of pounds worth of cocaine in crates of bananas and pineapples.
Posted: August 29, 2014, 7:33 pm
Alex Hales says captain Alastair Cook is the "right guy at the top of the order" ahead of the third ODI against India.
Posted: August 29, 2014, 7:22 pm
A judge criticises a lawyer for looking like "something out of Harry Potter" in court.
Posted: August 29, 2014, 7:14 pm
Watch as Michael Eilberg and Half Moon Delphi impress the crowd at the World Equestrian Games with a freestyle dressage routine sound tracked by Shakira.
Posted: August 29, 2014, 7:08 pm
A cyclist hopes to become the first British man to complete a gruelling mountain bike race over the Himalayas.
Posted: August 29, 2014, 6:42 pm
Poland refuses to let a plane carrying Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu enter its airspace, forcing it to turn back to Slovakia.
Posted: August 29, 2014, 6:24 pm
Sri Lanka is to rebuild the replica bridge destroyed in an iconic scene from the film Bridge on the River Kwai, as part of a tourism drive.
Posted: August 29, 2014, 6:18 pm
The UK's terror threat level is raised from "substantial" to "severe" in response to conflicts in Iraq and Syria, the government announces.
Posted: August 29, 2014, 6:04 pm
BBC Security Correspondent Frank Gardner assesses the terror threat to the UK and why it has been changed to severe.
Posted: August 29, 2014, 5:55 pm
The US has imposed new sanctions on companies and individuals in connection with Iran's nuclear programme.
Posted: August 29, 2014, 5:54 pm
Microsoft's MSN Messenger will be switched off in China in October, bringing a final end to the 15-year-old service.
Posted: August 29, 2014, 5:48 pm
Little-known characters and incidents that could have featured in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory are released by the Roald Dahl estate.
Posted: August 29, 2014, 5:40 pm
The Irish Justice Minister says she is disturbed by reports that a member of the Garda Siochana (Irish police) texted sensitive information to a paramilitary in Northern Ireland.
Posted: August 29, 2014, 5:33 pm
A special needs teacher wins his appeal against a conviction for assaults against two 12-year-old girls with severe learning difficulties.
Posted: August 29, 2014, 5:20 pm
Charlotte Dujardin and Valegro secure their first freestyle dressage world title for Great Britain in Caen.
Posted: August 29, 2014, 5:11 pm
The health of a five-year-old boy taken from hospital by his parents against medical advice will deteriorate rapidly as the battery on his feeding system is likely to have run out, police say.
Posted: August 29, 2014, 5:06 pm
The only trial data on the experimental Ebola drug ZMapp shows it is 100% effective in monkey studies, even in later stages of the infection.
Posted: August 29, 2014, 5:00 pm
Presenter Matthew Amroliwala is leaving the BBC's News Channel after 16 years to work at BBC World.
Posted: August 29, 2014, 4:49 pm
Labour MP Jim Murphy suspends his Scotland-wide tour ahead of the independence referendum, citing "co-ordinated abuse" from "Yes" voters.
Posted: August 29, 2014, 4:39 pm
Further Conservative MPs are "more likely than not" to defect to UKIP, says the party's treasurer Stuart Wheeler.
Posted: August 29, 2014, 4:36 pm
Helicopters are being used to help restore peat bogs on moorland in West Yorkshire.
Posted: August 29, 2014, 4:29 pm
Some of the best reads from the BBC News website this week, with your comments.
Posted: August 29, 2014, 3:53 pm
Four men are found guilty of trying to murder Rwanda's former army chief, Gen Faustin Kayumba Nyamwasa, in South Africa in June 2010.
Posted: August 29, 2014, 3:52 pm
Why deciding top jobs is not key to EU summit
Posted: August 29, 2014, 3:48 pm
A former race equality charity boss is cleared of two counts of fraud but a third charge relating to a cheque for over £9,000 is still outstanding.
Posted: August 29, 2014, 3:47 pm
Malaysia Airlines is to cut 6000 jobs, nearly a third of its staff, as part of a recovery plan following the loss of two planes this year.
Posted: August 29, 2014, 3:43 pm
Banks and card companies will reopen 2.5 million PPI mis-selling complaints amid claims of underpayment and rejection of compensation.
Posted: August 29, 2014, 3:09 pm
The quest to find the perfect party anthem.
Posted: August 29, 2014, 3:08 pm
Flights may resume as alert over Iceland volcano is lowered from red to orange.
Posted: August 29, 2014, 2:59 pm
The police force at the centre of the Rotherham child abuse scandal admits a report has laid bare its failings over a number of years.
Posted: August 29, 2014, 2:58 pm
Yawning is contagious for wolves, and other nuggets
Posted: August 29, 2014, 2:52 pm
The Tory MPs being tipped to follow Carswell to UKIP
Posted: August 29, 2014, 2:31 pm
A report from the Royal College of Midwives suggests that 40% of women are being discharged from hospital before they are ready after having a baby.
Posted: August 29, 2014, 1:59 pm
A contraction of 0.6% in Brazil's economy between April and June, and a revision of the first quarter, has pushed the country into recession, latest figures show.
Posted: August 29, 2014, 1:54 pm
Police are called to artist Sam Taylor-Johnson and actor husband Aaron's home after a passer-by spotted a machine gun inside the house.
Posted: August 29, 2014, 1:34 pm
Mercedes discipline Nico Rosberg following his collision with team-mate Lewis Hamilton in the Belgian Grand Prix.
Posted: August 29, 2014, 1:07 pm
The United Nations Refugee Agency says Syria is the "the biggest humanitarian emergency of our era", with almost half of all Syrians forced to flee their homes.
Posted: August 29, 2014, 12:58 pm
Everton play Lille and Wolfsburg, Tottenham face Besiktas, and Celtic take on Salzburg in the Europa League group stages.
Posted: August 29, 2014, 12:29 pm
Three weeks until Scotland votes - this week's key moments
Posted: August 29, 2014, 11:39 am
Japan's defence ministry has requested its biggest ever budget amid severe tensions with China over a maritime dispute in the East China Sea.
Posted: August 29, 2014, 10:45 am
Malaysia Airlines is to cut 6,000 staff as part of recovery plan after being hit by two air disasters this year.
Posted: August 29, 2014, 10:31 am
A High Court bid to halt this year's badger culling, which will take place without independent monitoring, fails.
Posted: August 29, 2014, 10:29 am
The grandfather of one girl who was abused in Rotherham spoke to BBC Radio 5 live's Dan Johnson and described the day the 13 year old went missing after school.
Posted: August 29, 2014, 10:24 am
The UN calls for their "immediate release" of 43 Fijian peacekeepers in the Syrian Golan Heights, captured by an armed group.
Posted: August 29, 2014, 10:00 am
An ex-care worker in Rotherham, where 1,400 girls were sexually exploited, says men collected victims as young as 11 from a children's home.
Posted: August 29, 2014, 9:55 am
A camera harness for dogs from GoPro, plus other tech news.
Posted: August 29, 2014, 9:38 am
The UN says Syria is now "the biggest humanitarian emergency of our era" with more than three million Syrians living outside the country as refugees.
Posted: August 29, 2014, 8:02 am
Waves as high as 20ft (6m) in southern California have damaged waterfront homes, knocked out pier pilings and attracted scores of surfers.
Posted: August 29, 2014, 5:59 am
An extremely rare Galapagos tortoise thought to be 100 years old has been given a new home at a zoo in Ohio.
Posted: August 29, 2014, 5:06 am
An extremely rare Galapagos tortoise thought to be 100 years old has been given a new home at a zoo in Ohio.
Posted: August 29, 2014, 5:06 am
Police in northern Brazil say they are in the process of dismantling one of the country's biggest environmental criminal gangs.
Posted: August 29, 2014, 3:22 am
The Magazine's weekly quiz of the news, 7 days 7 questions.
Posted: August 29, 2014, 12:36 am
The odd objects looted by the British from Washington in 1814
Posted: August 29, 2014, 12:35 am
William Close is the inventor of the 'Earth Harp', a musical instrument which makes use of the architecture around it to create its sound.
Posted: August 29, 2014, 12:31 am
Google reveals it has built and tested its own drones as part of a plan to make automated deliveries to remote homes as well as disaster-hit zones.
Posted: August 28, 2014, 10:00 pm
Watch the full statement as Tory MP Douglas Carswell defects to the UK Independence Party. He will stand down as MP for Clacton to seek re-election in a by-election.
Posted: August 28, 2014, 11:43 am
News images from around the world: 28 August
Posted: August 28, 2014, 11:13 am
School uniform will never be cool, and it is not meant to be, says Mr Drew from TV's Educating Essex
Posted: August 28, 2014, 9:02 am
News images from around the world: 27 August
Posted: August 27, 2014, 2:19 pm
Patients are to be encouraged to travel to hospital by taxi or get a lift rather than call for an ambulance if they are assessed as low priority.
Posted: August 27, 2014, 1:11 pm
Photographers' images of Scotland and Wales
Posted: August 27, 2014, 7:17 am
News images from around the world: 26 August
Posted: August 26, 2014, 5:11 pm
Images from the 2014 awards in Los Angeles
Posted: August 26, 2014, 7:28 am
Calls to end India's low-caste manual scavenging
Posted: August 25, 2014, 5:37 am
British actor and director's illustrious career
Posted: August 24, 2014, 10:36 pm
Career of Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Maliki
Posted: August 12, 2014, 3:08 pm
MPs approve the Data Retention and Investigatory Powers Bill at second reading.
Posted: July 15, 2014, 6:02 pm
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