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US strikes Islamic State in Syria  Tue, 23 Sep 2014 14:04:00 GMT
The US and five Arab nations launch a campaign of air strikes against Islamic State (IS) militants in Syria, the Pentagon says. 
'Crucial' climate talks begin in US  Tue, 23 Sep 2014 07:09:00 GMT
World leaders including US President Barack Obama are holding what they say is a crucially important summit on climate change at the UN in New York. 
Australian 'terror suspect' killed  Tue, 23 Sep 2014 13:55:42 GMT
A man said to have made threats to Australian PM Tony Abbott is shot dead after stabbing two police in Melbourne, reports say. 
Tiger kills student at Delhi zoo  Tue, 23 Sep 2014 12:15:13 GMT
A white tiger has killed an Indian student at Delhi zoo, officials and witnesses 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. 
Turkey hints at Iraq hostage swap  Tue, 23 Sep 2014 13:07:16 GMT
Turkey's President Erdogan does not deny reports that 49 hostages, mostly Turks, were freed by Islamic State (IS) as part of a prisoner swap. 
China jails Uighur academic for life  Tue, 23 Sep 2014 09:40:43 GMT
A Chinese court jails Uighur scholar Ilham Tohti for life for separatism, his lawyer says, in a verdict a rights group calls "deplorable". 
Algeria militants seize Frenchman  Tue, 23 Sep 2014 11:45:12 GMT
Militants linked to Islamic State have seized a French tourist in Algeria and demanded an end to French air strikes in Iraq, France confirms. 
Ex-DJ Travis guilty of sex assault  Tue, 23 Sep 2014 14:07:00 GMT
Ex-BBC DJ Dave Lee Travis is convicted of one count of indecent assault in 1995 but cleared of a second charge. 
Israel downs Syrian fighter jet  Tue, 23 Sep 2014 10:31:28 GMT
A Syrian fighter jet which apparently strayed into Israeli airspace over the occupied Golan Heights is shot down by the Israelis. 
VIDEO: WW1 bus retraces Ypres battle routes  Tue, 23 Sep 2014 07:15:11 GMT
A London bus used in the Allied war effort of 1914 is retracing its route in Belgium. 
AUDIO: Pink Floyd unveil new album cover  Mon, 22 Sep 2014 19:13:06 GMT
As the artwork for the new Pink Floyd album is unveiled, the band's creative director Aubrey Po speaks to BBC 6 Music about finding the right cover. 
VIDEO: Paralysed father 'walks' at wedding  Mon, 22 Sep 2014 19:42:47 GMT
A wheelchair user was able to stand up to deliver his speech at his daughter's wedding celebration thanks to a special robotic suit. 
VIDEO: One-minute World News  Tue, 23 Sep 2014 10:16:56 GMT
Watch the latest news summary from BBC World News. International news updated 24 hours a day.