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Friend appeals for Henning release

A man who was with British hostage Alan Henning when he was captured in Syria appeals for Islamic State militants to release him.

Obama: No US combat mission in Iraq

President Barack Obama has said US troops fighting Islamic State (IS) militants in Iraq and Syria "do not and will not have a combat mission".

Ebola can 'ruin W Africa economies'

The Ebola outbreak could have a catastrophic economic impact on three West African countries, the World Bank says.

VIDEO: Thai murder police to quiz Britons

Police investigating the murders of Hannah Witheridge and David Miller in Thailand say two British men are "possible suspects" and will face questioning.

US Fed to end stimulus in October

The US Federal Reserve reiterates it will raise interest rates once a "considerable time" has passed after its stimulus programme ends in October.

Kosovo 'imams held' in raids on IS

Prominent imams are among 15 people arrested in Kosovo as police tackle recruitment for Islamic State (IS) in Syria and Iraq, reports say.

Mass rallies mark referendum climax

Both sides in the Scottish referendum campaign hold rallies as they make their final efforts to win over undecided voters.

Villa manager Lambert signs new deal

Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert signs a contract extension until June 2018 following an unbeaten start to the season.

Will Scottish referendum encourage Africa's separatists?

Could Scottish referendum encourage Africa's separatists?

Peterson suspended by Vikings

Minnesota Vikings suspend Adrian Peterson from all team activities while facing charges of allegedly hitting his child.

Nigeria college attacked by gunmen

Gunmen attack a teacher training college in the northern Nigerian city of Kano, with officials saying at least 13 people have been killed.

Artists' personal collections on show

The Barbican is to host the first major exhibition in the UK of the personal collections of post-war and contemporary artists, including Damien Hirst, Andy Warhol and Sir Peter Blake.

Thai murder police quiz two Britons

Police investigating the murders of two British tourists in Thailand question two British brothers and detain 11 Burmese people.

South Sudan U-turn on foreigner ban

South Sudan's government says it will not expel foreign workers, annulling a controversial decree it issued a day earlier.

Austria’s Alps hit by climate change

Austria, with its sensitive Alpine regions, has been particularly hard hit by climate change, a major survey says.

Dozens killed in Syria air strikes

Almost 50 people have been killed by two days of government air strikes in an opposition-held town in central Syria, activists say.

European car sales continue recovery

European Union new car registrations rose in July and August, industry figures show, indicating continued recovery across the region.

'Genius grant' winners announced

A physicist, a graphic memoirist and an organiser of home care workers are among this year's recipients of the MacArthur "Genius" grants.

Ukraine to vet one million officials

Ukraine will screen one million civil servants to root out corrupt practices, Prime Minister Arseniy Yatseniuk says.

eBay attack puts its buyers at risk

A sophisticated attack on eBay compromises at least two listings so that users who click on them are redirected to a fake page that attempts to steal their credentials.

VIDEO: Fijians cast first votes since 2006

Voting ends in the first election in Fiji since former military ruler Frank Bainimarama took power in a coup in 2006.

Sony predicts increased losses

Japanese consumer electronics giant Sony says its annual loss may be more than four times bigger than initially forecast, due to its struggling mobile business.

VIDEO: Why bagpipe makers want No vote

The Scottish referendum campaign is being watched closely by the business community in Pakistan, particularly by makers of traditional bagpipes and kilts.

VIDEO: Politician recovering after bin stunt

A politician has told Ukrainian TV he needs to recover "morally, physically and psychologically" after being dumped in a rubbish bin.

Day in pictures: 17 September

A selection of images from around the world in the past 24 hours

China trial for Uighur academic

Prominent Uighur academic Ilham Tohti goes on trial for separatism in China's far western region of Xinjiang.

Lagos collapse 'killed S Africans'

At least 67 South Africans were killed when a church hostel belonging to Nigerian TV evangelist TB Joshua collapsed in Lagos, President Zuma says.

UN brokers Gaza reconstruction deal

A deal has been agreed by Israeli and Palestinian officials to allow building materials into Gaza for reconstruction, a top UN official says.

VIDEO: Barely a house intact in Ukraine village

After a long summer of bombardment by government forces, residents of Luhansk are trying to return to normal life as the BBC's Paul Adams reports.

Swedish king unhurt after car crash

Swedish King Carl XVI Gustaf's car is badly damaged in a car crash, but he is not hurt, the royal palace says.

Referendums 'torpedo EU' - Spain PM

Independence referendums in Scotland or Spain's Catalonia region are like a torpedo to European integration, Spanish PM Mariano Rajoy warns.

VIDEO: Chief defends Kashmir flood response

The top official in Indian-administered Kashmir, Omar Abdullah, defends the response to the region's worst flooding in decades, which have killed more than 200.

VIDEO: California church destroyed in wildfires

Two wildfires in California have forced hundreds of people to evacuate their homes, including in the town of Weed.

Indian villagers mourn dead monkey

Nearly 200 Indian villagers shave their heads to try to ward off bad luck as they mourn the death of a monkey from their local temple.

China leader Xi begins India visit

China's President Xi Jinping begins his first official visit to India aiming to improve ties and boost Chinese investment.

Shares plunge after Russian arrest

Russian billionaire Vladimir Yevtushenkov is put under house arrest on suspicion of money-laundering, and shares in his company Sistema tumble.

Odile storm moves towards Arizona

Tropical storm Odile is moving up Mexico's Baja California peninsula, bringing heavy rains and the threat of mudslides and flash floods.

Easy Rider chopper goes under hammer

The customised chopper Peter Fonda rode in 1969 film Easy Rider is expected to fetch more than $1 million (£613,000) when it goes up for auction next month.

Huston set to star in Ben-Hur remake

British actor Jack Huston is expected to take the lead role in a remake of 1959 classic Ben-Hur, according to reports from Hollywood.

Gutierrez having cancer treatment

Newcastle and Argentina midfielder Jonas Gutierrez says he had a testicle removed after being diagnosed with cancer.

VIDEO: Healthy Britons given Ebola vaccine

Fergus Walsh reports on a British trial of an experimental vaccine fast-tracked In an attempt to stop the spread of Ebola.

US man tried to 'swim to N Korea'

South Korean authorities say they have detained an American man they believe was trying to swim to North Korea.

Chin strap turns chewing into power

Engineers build a chin strap that harnesses the energy produced by jaw movements, and could one day power hearing aids or bluetooth earpieces.

VIDEO: Last of the castanet makers?

Keeping the sound of Spain's clacking castanets alive

The PoW who built a $180m business

The US prisoner of war who built a $180m company

VIDEO: Mexico's earthquake 'moles'

The elite team travelling the world to help in rescues

The growing outcry over police confiscation

Anger builds in US over property confiscation by police

The freedivers who swim with whales

The freedivers risking their lives to swim with whales

Radisson halts Vikings sponsorship

Hotel chain Radisson suspends its sponsorship of NFL team Minnesota Vikings after one of their players was charged with child abuse.

The plight of Moldova's orphanage children

Plight of Moldova's orphanage children

Rio archbishop robbed for crucifix

Armed robbers steal the archbishop of Rio de Janeiro's crucifix, even though one of the gang recognised him and apologised.

Nigerian bank robbery nets millions

Nigerian police in Abuja are seeking an IT worker alleging he helped to steal £25m from the bank where he worked.

Turkey mulls anti-IS 'buffer zone'

Turkey is developing plans for a buffer zone on its border with Iraq and Syria against Islamic State militants, leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan says.