Soldier killed in Canada shootings

Posted on Wednesday October 22, 2014

A huge security operation is under way in Canada's capital Ottawa after a gunman killed a soldier at a war memorial and shots were fired in the parliament building.

Mexico orders Iguala mayor's arrest

Posted on Wednesday October 22, 2014

Mexico orders the arrest of the mayor of the southern town of Iguala, where 43 students disappeared after clashing with police last month.

Jerusalem car 'attack' kills baby

Posted on Wednesday October 22, 2014

A baby girl is killed and eight others injured after a car hits pedestrians in Jerusalem, in what Israeli police describe as a "terrorist attack".

Obama 'optimistic' over Ebola in US

Posted on Wednesday October 22, 2014

President Barack Obama expresses cautious optimism about the Ebola situation in the US, as new screening rules are introduced in the country.

Syria air force 'steps up strikes'

Posted on Wednesday October 22, 2014

The Syrian military has stepped up its air strikes on rebel-held areas dramatically, carrying out more than 200 in recent days, activists say.

Four guilty of Blackwater killings

Posted on Wednesday October 22, 2014

A US federal jury finds four Blackwater security guards guilty of killing 14 Iraqis in a square in Baghdad in 2007.

Military heads admit Afghan mistakes

Posted on Wednesday October 22, 2014

Military leaders failed to calculate the magnitude of the conflict in Afghanistan, the former head of the British army, Gen Sir Peter Wall, tells the BBC.

Microsoft to phase out Nokia name

Posted on Wednesday October 22, 2014

Microsoft is ditching the Nokia brand name from new devices, less than a year after acquiring the Finnish mobile firm.

Nasa shares free sounds from space

Posted on Wednesday October 22, 2014

The US space agency uploads a free library of audio files, including astronaut voices.

DNA yields secrets of human pioneer

Posted on Wednesday October 22, 2014

DNA analysis of a 45,000-year-old human has helped scientists pinpoint when our ancestors interbred with Neanderthals.

Serena in heaviest loss for 16 years

Posted on Wednesday October 22, 2014

World number one Serena Williams is beaten by Simona Halep at the WTA Finals in her heaviest defeat for 16 years.

Sgt-at-arms hailed as Canadian hero

Posted on Wednesday October 22, 2014

After Canadian House of Commons Sgt-at-arms Kevin Vickers reportedly shot a gunman in a parliament building in Ottawa, he was hailed on Twitter as Canada's hero.

Hong Kong's political haircut

Posted on Tuesday October 21, 2014

Hong Kong politician get a dressing down in a hair salon.

Ebola, race and fear

Posted on Tuesday October 21, 2014

Are portrayals of Ebola as a "black" disease fueling existing Western racism - or are claims of prejudice distracting from efforts to control the outbreak?

VIDEO: Orphan baby elephant rescued from well

Posted on Wednesday October 22, 2014

An elephant calf has been air rescued after he fell down a well in the remote region of Milgis Lugga in Northern Kenya.

VIDEO: Military reburials for WW1 soldiers

Posted on Wednesday October 22, 2014

A reburial service has been taking place in northern France for 15 British World War One soldiers, exactly one hundred years after they were killed in battle.

VIDEO: Kurds' fury as Kobane battle rages on

Posted on Wednesday October 22, 2014

The fighting in Kobane has pushed relations between the Turkish government and Turkey's Kurdish population to the lowest point for years

VIDEO: One-minute World News

Posted on Wednesday October 22, 2014

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VIDEO: Is it sinful to pet a dog?

Posted on Tuesday October 21, 2014

Many people in the Muslim-majority nation of Malaysia believe it's sinful to be in contact with a dog, but one man is trying to change that perception by putting on a canine event.

VIDEO: The city hoping to be independent state

Posted on Tuesday October 21, 2014

Steve Rosenberg visits two cities in rebel held Ukraine which will be boycotting the forthcoming parliamentary elections.