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Australia boosts parliament security
Security is being upgraded at the Australian parliament following "chatter" suggesting extremists could target it for attack, the PM says.
Sierra Leone begins Ebola lockdown
A three-day curfew imposed by Sierra Leone to try to stop the spread of Ebola comes into effect, but critics say it will achieve little.
GSK fined in China for bribery
China fines UK pharmaceuticals firm GlaxoSmithKline $490m (297m) for bribery and state media reports that several executives are to be jailed.
Obama hails Congress vote on Syria
President Obama says Congress's backing for his $500m plan to aid moderate Syrian rebels shows that the US is united against Islamic State.
Eight dead in Florida house shooting
A grandfather shot dead his daughter and her six children before taking his own life at a home in Bell, Florida, police say.
Alibaba sets share price at $68
Chinese online giant Alibaba prices its shares $68 ahead of the start of trading on Friday, making it one of the biggest stock market listings ever.
China tennis star Li Na retires
China's sporting hero Li Na announces her retirement from tennis at the age of 32, citing injury problems.
Oracle boss Larry Ellison steps down
Multi-billionaire Oracle boss Larry Ellison steps aside to focus on product engineering, as Mark Hurd and Safra Catz are named as co-chief executives.
Seven million insured with Obamacare
The number of people who have paid up for President Barack Obama's subsidised private healthcare, or Obamacare, is higher than originally estimated, administration officials say.
Indian-American named as India envoy
US President Barack Obama names Richard Verma as the next ambassador to India, the first Indian-American to step into that role.
US man denies supporting IS
A man accused of planning to assist the Islamic State militant group and attempting to murder US soldiers has pleaded not guilty.
Vigilantes tackle post-storm looting
Vigilante groups in Mexico's Baja California Sur state set up patrols to try to stop looting in the aftermath of hurricane Odile.
'Artificial eye' to detect particles
The human eye has inspired physicists to create a processor that can analyse particle collisions 400 times faster than currently possible.
Slippery banana study wins Ig Nobel
Research that investigated why bananas are slippery when you step on them wins one of this year's Ig Nobel prizes.
Mayor Rob Ford vows to beat cancer
Toronto Mayor Rob Ford thanks his supporters and tells them he will beat the rare, aggressive cancer he was diagnosed with earlier this week.
$4.75m for US police race study
A large grant has been given to a project studying police arrest data for racial bias, in the wake of the shooting of an unarmed black teenager in Missouri.
Arrests made over Chile subway bomb
Officials in Chile say three people have been arrested in connection with a bomb that injured 14 people at a subway station in Santiago earlier this month.
Forest land rights need global focus
Recognising the land rights of local people could provide cost-effective protection for many of the world's tropical forests, a report says.
Ebola health team killed in Guinea
Nine members of a team trying to raise awareness about Ebola have been killed by villagers in Guinea, officials say.
Nigeria has 'torture officers'
Torture has become such an integral part of policing in Nigeria that many stations have an informal torture officer, Amnesty International says.
Manila floods: Thousands evacuated
Thousands of people are evacuated in the Philippine capital Manila and nearby provinces as tropical storm Fung-Wong brings floods.
Musician 'Mandolin' Srinivas dies
Well-known Indian classical musician 'Mandolin' Srinivas dies in a hospital in the southern city of Chennai after a brief illness.
Scotland votes 'No' to independence
As Scotland votes to stay in the UK Alex Salmond calls for the pledge of more devolved powers to be carried out, and David Cameron says the commitments will be honoured in full.
Obama praises 'excellent' Poroshenko
President Barack Obama has given his support to the visiting Petro Poroshenko, describing himself as a "strong friend" to Ukraine's leader.
Video of British hostage released
A new video is released showing a British man, identified as journalist John Cantlie, believed to be held hostage by Islamic State militants.
Iran 'must up IAEA co-operation'
Western powers tell Iran that it must step up its co-operation with the world's nuclear watchdog if it wants a deal to ease sanctions.
Cameron: Let's build a better UK
PM David Cameron says it is time for millions of voices in England, Wales and Northern Ireland to be heard after Scotland votes to stay in the UK.
Pound and shares rise on 'No' vote
Sterling surges in the currency markets while the FTSE 100 share index opens higher as Scotland rejects independence.
Scottish 'No' vote 'relief' for firms
Businesses speak of 'relief' over Scotland's rejection of independence, and banks say they will no longer be shifting operations out of Scotland.
Microsoft cuts more than 2,000 jobs
Microsoft announces another 2,100 redundancies as part of a plan to cut 18,000 jobs, about 14% of its workforce.
ECB stimulus offer sees low take-up
A European Central Bank measure designed to stimulate the flagging eurozone economy has seen a low initial take-up by banks.
Double Grand Slam winner Li retires
China's two-time Grand Slam winner Li Na announces her retirement from tennis because of "chronic injuries".
Tottenham report anti-Semitic flag
Tottenham report an anti-Semitic banner displayed by Partizan Belgrade fans to Uefa, European football's governing body.
Vote a big moment for golf - Davies
Dame Laura Davies says a historic vote on female membership could be the catalyst to inspire a new generation of golfers.
Spacey stalker given four years
A woman who engaged in a "persistent and malevolent" cyberstalking campaign against actor Kevin Spacey has been sentenced to more than four years in prison.
Country musician Hamilton dies at 77
Country music star George Hamilton IV dies in Nashville, Tennessee at the age of 77.
Gogglebox wins Rose d'Or TV award
Channel 4's Gogglebox and BBC game show Pointless are among the British winners at the Rose d'Or international TV awards in Berlin.
VIDEO: Ebola warning 'a wake-up call'
US ambassador to the UN Samantha Power tells the BBC's Nick Bryant that she hopes a warning about the threat posed by Ebola by the UN Security Council, will be a wake-up call.
VIDEO: Syrian army 'at war with IS extremists'
The BBC's Jeremy Bowen has travelled with the Syrian army to the front line where forces are fighting what they call religious extremists.
VIDEO: Survivor on Lagos hostel collapse
A man who was in the church hostel in Lagos which collapsed has credited a table with saving his life.
VIDEO: South-west US hit by extreme weather
Extreme weather is punishing the south-western United States with a heatwave and a hurricane causing chaos from California into Mexico and flash flooding forecast for Arizona.
VIDEO: Mayor of Toronto diagnosed with cancer
Mayor of Toronto Rob Ford has been diagnosed with a rare type of cancerous tumour.
VIDEO: Assange on his 'difficult situation'
The BBC's John Simpson speaks to Wikileaks founder Julian Assange on his new book and his continued refuge at the Ecuadorian Embassy.
VIDEO: TV forecaster breaks endurance record
Eli Kari Gjengedal has broken the world record for continuous weather presenting, with 33 hours on screen.
VIDEO: Egypt's last Jews: 'We are dying'
The Jewish community in Egypt is on the verge of disappearing - up until the 1950s, as many as 100,000 Jews called the country home - now, just 12 remain.
Who will combat Islamic State?
Jeremy Bowen asks who will fight IS on the ground
My family and other ibex
Why the Alpine ibex has become so rare to spot
The Freudian phrases you use without realising it
Just what exactly does the term Freudian mean?
Uzbek first daughter hires PR help
London firm batting for fallen Uzbek first daughter
The father of 26 preaching birth control
The man with 26 children who's preaching birth control
Polish theatre dedicated to Shakespeare
Opening night for Shakespeare theatre... in Gdansk
VIDEO: What you miss living in the wilderness
What you miss when living off the grid
VIDEO: Life in an iconic US resort town
Is the American Dream alive in Palm Springs?
Forgotten death of Russian serviceman
Russians find their relatives killed in Ukraine conflict are forgotten

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