IS accused of Syria mass atrocities

Posted on Wednesday August 27, 2014

The UN accuses IS militants of war crimes, and the Syrian government of using chemical agents in eight separate incidents in a new report.

IMF's Lagarde under investigation

Posted on Wednesday August 27, 2014

IMF head Christine Lagarde says she has been placed under formal investigation for negligence in a French fraud case but has not been charged.

US girl, nine, kills gun instructor

Posted on Wednesday August 27, 2014

A nine-year-old girl kills her shooting instructor by accident while being shown how to use an Uzi submachine gun at a firing range in Arizona.

Freed US journalist returns home

Posted on Wednesday August 27, 2014

American journalist Peter Theo Curtis, freed two days ago after nearly two years in captivity in Syria, arrives back in the US.

Call for Facebook beheadings rethink

Posted on Wednesday August 27, 2014

Controversial beheading photo posts from Syria spur one of Facebook's safety advisers to call for pictures to have warnings.

American 'fighter' dies in Syria battle

Posted on Tuesday August 26, 2014

An American man, believed to be fighting alongside militants in Syria, has been killed, the White House has confirmed.

Nigeria closes schools over Ebola

Posted on Wednesday August 27, 2014

Nigerian schools are ordered to remain shut, delaying the new academic year until 13 October as part of measures to prevent the spread of Ebola.

Afghan election audit suspended

Posted on Wednesday August 27, 2014

Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah withdraws observers from an audit of votes, citing concerns over fraud.

Ukraine rebels enter coastal town

Posted on Wednesday August 27, 2014

Pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine push their way into the port of Novoazovsk, threatening to open up a new front in the war.

Snapchat valued at $10bn by backers

Posted on Wednesday August 27, 2014

The mobile messaging app Snapchat has been valued at $10bn, according to reports, putting it in the same league as start-ups such as Dropbox and AirBnB.

Lockheed Martin in space junk deal

Posted on Wednesday August 27, 2014

US defence giant Lockheed Martin is teaming up with an Australian technology firm to track space debris that can damage multi-billion dollar satellites.

Concerns grow over Iceland volcano

Posted on Wednesday August 27, 2014

Overnight earthquakes raise fears that magma from Iceland's Bardarbunga volcano could be heading towards another large volcanic system, scientists say.

VIDEO: Eighty years married and still in love

Posted on Wednesday August 27, 2014

A couple who met in 1928 are celebrating their 80th wedding anniversary today and tell the BBC why they're still in love.

VIDEO: India's iconic Ambassador car

Posted on Tuesday August 26, 2014

Sanjoy Majumder reports on the passing of one of India's best known and trusted icons, the Ambassador.

VIDEO: Cheryl and Cowell back to take on Strictly

Posted on Wednesday August 27, 2014

The new series of the X Factor is back on television screens from Saturday. Colin Paterson looks at the new judging line-up and the future of the show

VIDEO: One-minute World News

Posted on Wednesday August 27, 2014

Watch the latest news summary from BBC World News. International news updated 24 hours a day.

VIDEO: Chinese calligraphy: Thing of the past?

Posted on Tuesday August 26, 2014

Many people in China are forgetting how to write their own language.

VIDEO: What goes into a fake cigarette?

Posted on Tuesday August 26, 2014

The BBC's Tom Brown finds out what is in a fake cigarette

VIDEO: Will China's yoghurt craze pay off?

Posted on Wednesday August 27, 2014

With falling milk prices, companies are looking at other ways to make money, and Mengniu Dairy, China's biggest, has recently decided to venture into the yoghurt business.

VIDEO: Microsoft's 3D holograph project

Posted on Wednesday August 27, 2014

Microsoft's Holograph project is aimed at visualising information on a screen which feels genuinely three-dimensional.