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IS 'not America's fight alone'  Tue, 23 Sep 2014 22:07:11 GMT
President Obama hails the support of Arab nations in air strikes which reportedly killed dozens of Islamic State and jihadist militants in Syria. 
Ebola death rates 70% - WHO study  Tue, 23 Sep 2014 16:45:08 GMT
New figures suggest 70% of those infected in West Africa have died, higher than previously reported. 
PM: Queen purred over Scotland vote  Tue, 23 Sep 2014 18:41:20 GMT
The Queen "purred" when David Cameron told her about Scotland's rejection of independence referendum, he apparently reveals. 
Obama makes impassioned climate plea  Tue, 23 Sep 2014 20:57:13 GMT
US President Barack Obama tells a UN climate change meeting in New York that the problem is growing faster than the world's efforts to address it. 
Spain scraps tighter abortion law  Tue, 23 Sep 2014 16:49:51 GMT
Spanish PM Mariano Rajoy drops plans to limit abortion to cases of rape or where the mother's health is at serious risk. 
Vatican arrests ex-envoy over abuse  Tue, 23 Sep 2014 21:05:21 GMT
The Vatican places its former ambassador to the Dominican Republic, Jozef Wesolowski, under house arrest on charges of sexually abusing children. 
Bin Laden son-in-law jailed for life  Tue, 23 Sep 2014 14:46:25 GMT
Osama Bin Laden's son-in-law, who was an al-Qaeda spokesman, is sentenced to life in prison for terrorism-related charges in New York. 
White tiger kills man at Delhi zoo  Tue, 23 Sep 2014 16:54:51 GMT
A white tiger attacks and kills a man who was in its enclosure at a zoo in the Indian capital Delhi. 
Australian 'terror suspect' killed  Tue, 23 Sep 2014 15:25:30 GMT
A teenager said to have made threats to Australian PM Tony Abbott is shot dead after stabbing two police in Melbourne, reports say. 
Israel murder suspects shot dead  Tue, 23 Sep 2014 09:46:14 GMT
Two Palestinians suspected of the abduction and murder of three Israeli teenagers in June have been killed by Israeli forces, Israel's military says. 
Second video of UK hostage released  Tue, 23 Sep 2014 11:03:35 GMT
A second video is released showing British journalist John Cantlie, who is being held hostage by Islamic State (IS) militants. 
Karzai warns successors beware of US  Tue, 23 Sep 2014 15:59:15 GMT
Outgoing Afghan President Hamid Karzai uses his last speech in office to warn the new government to beware of the United States. 
Medellin high-rises demolished  Tue, 23 Sep 2014 14:22:07 GMT
The remaining towers in the Space apartment complex in the Colombian city of Medellin have been demolished following a deadly collapse last year. 
VIDEO: The significance of strikes on IS  Tue, 23 Sep 2014 19:33:52 GMT
The BBC's Bridget Kendall reports on the significance of the US and Arab nations joining forces to carry out air strikes on Islamic State (IS) targets in Syria. 
VIDEO: 'Top swap' scheme launched in Moscow  Tue, 23 Sep 2014 11:45:32 GMT
Steve Rosenberg reports on how Muscovites can swap their tops for more pro-Russian t-shirts.