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US hostage mother makes video plea  Wed, 27 Aug 2014 19:45:03 GMT
The mother of US journalist Steven Sotloff, held hostage by IS militants, pleads with his captors to release him in a video appeal. 
Ukraine rebels enter coastal town  Wed, 27 Aug 2014 17:43:16 GMT
Pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine push their way into the port of Novoazovsk, threatening to open up a new front in the war. 
US girl, nine, kills gun instructor  Wed, 27 Aug 2014 21:08:56 GMT
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. 
Netanyahu declares 'victory' in Gaza  Wed, 27 Aug 2014 20:29:17 GMT
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says the seven-week conflict in Gaza ended in "victory", a day after a ceasefire came into effect. 
Brazil pursues Amazon 'destroyers'  Wed, 27 Aug 2014 22:52:52 GMT
Brazilian police say they have dismantled a criminal organisation they believe was the "biggest destroyer" of the Amazon rainforest. 
Landmark court cases deleted from net  Wed, 27 Aug 2014 21:41:55 GMT
Numerous records relating to civil rights cases have disappeared from the US government's online legal archive. 
Nigeria closes schools over Ebola  Wed, 27 Aug 2014 14:44:14 GMT
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. 
Jasper Johns aide in $6.5m art theft  Wed, 27 Aug 2014 20:02:53 GMT
The assistant of American painter Jasper Johns has pleaded guilty to selling artworks worth $6.5m (£3.9m) he stole from the artist's studio. 
France's jobless total rises again  Wed, 27 Aug 2014 21:01:03 GMT
The number of people looking for work in France rises 0.8% in July, confirming a trend of high unemployment and slow growth. 
IS accused of Syria mass atrocities  Wed, 27 Aug 2014 16:54:38 GMT
The UN accuses IS militants of war crimes, and the Syrian government of using chemical agents in eight separate incidents in a new report. 
US F-15 jet crashes in Virginia  Wed, 27 Aug 2014 16:40:57 GMT
Military officials confirm that a Massachusetts Air National Guard F-15 went down in a rural area in western Virginia but the status of the pilot is unknown. 
Girl survives being buried alive  Wed, 27 Aug 2014 13:25:15 GMT
Police in northern India are hunting for the relatives of a seven-year-old girl who was buried alive but rescued from her grave by a villager. 
VIDEO: Eighty years married and still in love  Wed, 27 Aug 2014 12:12:14 GMT
A couple who met in 1928 are celebrating their 80th wedding anniversary today and tell the BBC why they're still in love. 
VIDEO: Banksy art sale saves Bristol boys' club  Wed, 27 Aug 2014 21:40:56 GMT
The elusive street artist Banksy has helped save a boys club in his home city of Bristol. 
VIDEO: Cheryl and Cowell back to take on Strictly  Wed, 27 Aug 2014 10:30:18 GMT
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