Russia in new Ukraine attack threat

Posted on Wednesday April 23, 2014

Russia will respond to any attack on its interests in Ukraine, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov says, drawing a parallel with the 2008 Georgia war.

Obama pledges Japan islands support

Posted on Wednesday April 23, 2014

US President Barack Obama tells Japan that islands it disputes with China are covered by a bilateral defence treaty, as he begins an Asian tour.

Hamas-Fatah announce reconciliation

Posted on Wednesday April 23, 2014

Rival Palestinian factions Fatah and Hamas announce a reconciliation deal, saying they will seek to form a unity government in the coming weeks.

Chelsea Manning granted name change

Posted on Wednesday April 23, 2014

The soldier who leaked US government documents to Wikileaks is granted the right to legally change her name from Bradley to Chelsea.

More held in S Korea ferry disaster

Posted on Wednesday April 23, 2014

Authorities in South Korea arrest four more crew members from the ferry that sank last week and raid the offices of companies linked to its owners.

Cost 'no issue' in plane search

Posted on Wednesday April 23, 2014

Australia vows it will not abandon the hunt for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, if the current mini-sub search is unsuccessful.

Dancer's death sparks Rio clashes

Posted on Wednesday April 23, 2014

Weeks before the World Cup, deadly clashes break out in the Brazilian city of Rio after the body of a young man is found, allegedly beaten by police.

NYPD Twitter campaign 'backfires'

Posted on Wednesday April 23, 2014

Twitter users bombard the New York Police department with images depicting police aggression in the latest social media campaign to go awry.

Blair warns West over radical Islam

Posted on Wednesday April 23, 2014

Tony Blair warns Western leaders they must put aside their differences with Russia over Ukraine to focus on the threat of Islamic extremism.

Man Utd criticised for Moyes sacking

Posted on Wednesday April 23, 2014

Manchester United are accused of unprofessionalism following the sacking of manager David Moyes.

Primark to open its first US stores

Posted on Wednesday April 23, 2014

Clothing retailer Primark is to open its first US stores, beginning with a 70,000 sq-ft shop in Boston.

No UN action on Iran envoy visa ban

Posted on Wednesday April 23, 2014

A UN committee takes no action against the US refusal to grant a visa to Iran's newly appointed permanent representative in New York.

Three children found dead in London

Posted on Wednesday April 23, 2014

A woman is arrested after three children are found dead at a house in south London.

Everest Sherpas discuss boycott

Posted on Wednesday April 23, 2014

Sherpa guides in Nepal are meeting climbers at Everest base camp to decide whether to continue ascents after an avalanche on Friday killed 16 of their colleagues.

Pakistan TV station in shooting row

Posted on Wednesday April 23, 2014

Pakistan's biggest news channel should be shut for airing claims the country's spies were behind an attack on presenter Hamid Mir, the defence ministry says.

Shakespeare 'a cultural icon' abroad

Posted on Tuesday April 22, 2014

William Shakespeare is the UK's greatest cultural icon, according to the results of an international survey released to mark the 450th anniversary of his birth.

VIDEO: Andy Murray in tears at Stirling award

Posted on Wednesday April 23, 2014

Tennis star Andy Murray has been awarded the freedom of Stirling in a ceremony which made the Wimbledon champion break down in tears.

VIDEO: Service honours ferry victims

Posted on Wednesday April 23, 2014

An emotional memorial service has taken place to remember the victims of the South Korean ferry disaster.

VIDEO: 'We just want to live normally'

Posted on Wednesday April 23, 2014

The BBC meets a pro-Russian family living in a rural area of Ukraine, who say their support for Moscow does not mean they are separatists.

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Posted on Wednesday April 23, 2014

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