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  1. Foley killers 'wanted $132m ransom'

    Islamic State jihadists demanded a $132m (£80m) ransom for the release of US journalist James Foley, his employer Globalpost says.
  2. Hunt on for 'UK' beheading suspect

    Police and security services are trying to identify a jihadist - thought to be British - in connection with the killing of US journalist James Foley.
  3. GCSE grades rise, but fall in English

    Hundreds of thousands of pupils are receiving their GCSE grades, with an overall rise in results despite changes to the exam system
  4. US Ebola patients out of hospital

    One of the US aid workers who recovered from the Ebola virus says he is "thrilled to be alive" as he and another patient are discharged from hospital.
  5. No sex charges for undercover police

    Undercover police officers accused of starting relationships with women will not face sex offence charges but could face misconduct proceedings.
  6. US bank in record $16.7bn settlement

    Bank of America agrees to pay a record $16.7bn (£10bn) to US authorities for selling toxic mortgage loans that helped trigger the financial crisis.
  7. Israel kills top Hamas commanders

    An Israeli air strike kills three senior Hamas military commanders as Israel vows to pursue its Gaza campaign until it achieves "full security".
  8. Public finances show £239m deficit

    Government finances show an unexpected deficit in July for the second year running, according to figures from the Office for National Statistics.
  9. Russia widens McDonald's food probe

    Russia's main consumer watchdog announces unscheduled checks on a number of McDonald's restaurants as part of an investigation into food standards.
  10. Moody quits Palace over text claims

    Crystal Palace sporting director Iain Moody resigns following allegations over racist, sexist and homophobic texts.
  11. BBC Sir Cliff coverage 'appropriate'

    The BBC "acted appropriately" in covering the police search of Sir Cliff Richard's home, the corporation's director general Tony Hall says.
  12. Comedian read paper while driving

    Roy "Chubby" Brown is caught on camera reading a newspaper while driving along the A19 in North Yorkshire.
  13. VIDEO: Korean plot to dominate global culture

    Author Euny Hong talks to the BBC about how South Korea is conquering the world through pop culture.
  14. VIDEO: Hanoi gardens' blooming trade

    Vietnam's lotus gardens are capitalising on an increasingly popular source of revenue. In midsummer when the flowers bloom, young and old flock to the gardens to have their pictures taken.
  15. VIDEO: Man, 111, named world's oldest

    The world's oldest man has been named as Sakuri Momoi, who is 111 years old and living in Japan.
  16. VIDEO: 'Our friend has given us a son'

    BBC News met new parents Nick and Michael Scott-Kline with 18-month-old Elliot and surrogate mother Sarah Jones.
  17. VIDEO: Lancasters and Vulcan take to the skies

    The world's only two flying Lancasters have been united with a Vulcan bomber in a formation flight described as a "never-to-be-repeated" event.
  18. VIDEO: Red Riding Hood in jazz shoes

    Drew McOnie has choreographed a new version of Little Red Riding Hood for the National Youth Ballet.
  19. VIDEO: Anastacia talks big and little things

    Singer songwriter Anastacia tells BBC Breakfast about her post mastectomy experience and new album 'Resurrection'
  20. VIDEO: Meeting the new Doctor

    Ten young Doctor Who fans got a tour behind the scenes where the magic happens, on the set of the Tardis itself. But there was a surprise in store...
  21. Ten days left to vacuum up a cleaner

    Anyone wanting to buy a powerful vacuum cleaner has only 10 days left to be certain of getting one - following new EU rules that come in next month.
  22. Australian is oldest Channel swimmer

    A 70-tear-old Australian man has set the record for the world's oldest person to swim the English Channel.
  23. Liverpool agree £16m Balotelli fee

    Liverpool agree a £16m fee with Italian club AC Milan to sign former Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli.
  24. England secure ODI win over India

    England beat India by 42 runs on D/L method after a rain-affected one-day international at Scarborough.
  25. Verstappen move is a risk - drivers

    Formula 1 drivers question Red Bull's decision to pick 16-year-old Max Verstappen to drive for Toro Rosso next year.
  26. Murray draws Haase in US Open

    Andy Murray will play Robin Haase in the US open first round and could meet Novak Djokovic in the quarter-finals.
  27. McIlroy off pace in play-offs opener

    Rory McIlroy is eight off the clubhouse lead after hitting a first-round 74 at the opening PGA Tour play-offs event.
  28. Bank to appeal 'double bill' ruling

    Bank of Scotland says it will appeal a Belfast High Court judgement that ruled it had unfairly double billed customers who fell behind on their mortgages.
  29. VIDEO: Salmond defends oil predictions

    Scotland's First Minister, Alex Salmond, has defended the Scottish government's estimates of oil reserves, after a warning yesterday from a leading industry figure.
  30. Former Irish PM Albert Reynolds dies

    Ireland's former prime minister Albert Reynolds, who played a key role in the Northern Ireland peace process, dies at the age of 81.
  31. VIDEO: Major's tribute to NI peace partner

    Former British premier John Major pays tribute to the role in the Northern Ireland peace process of the Republic of Ireland's former prime minister Albert Reynolds, who has died at the age of 81.
  32. Botox may have cancer fighting role

    Botox injections - beloved by those seeking a wrinkle-free complexion - may help fight cancer, early animal studies suggest.
  33. Ofsted to probe tip-off claims

    Ofsted is to investigate claims that schools in Norfolk were given advance notice of inspections.
  34. VIDEO: 'Trojan horse' principal on school return

    A principal at an academy school in Birmingham, who resigned because she felt under undue pressure from governors, has given a statement after resuming her post.
  35. Social network cannot stop IS posts

    The creators of a social network being used by Islamic State militants have admitted they cannot prevent the spread of extremist material.
  36. VIDEO: Google boss on taking down videos

    Eileen Naughton, the new managing director of Google in the UK, tells the BBC's Kamal Ahmed at the Guardian Edinburgh International Television Festival how YouTube has responded to extremist content.
  37. Curiosity drill test cut short

    Nasa's Curiosity rover looks to examine another sample of Martian rock, but its drill test in a slab dubbed "Bonanza King" fails to complete properly.
  38. VIDEO: Russian cosmonauts go on spacewalk

    Two Russian cosmonauts set off on a spacewalk from the International Space Station (ISS) to launch a nano-satellite.
  39. Cast of South African soap sacked

    The 16-strong cast of popular South African soap opera Generations is sacked after a long-running dispute over pay and contracts.
  40. VIDEO: Meet the Author: Susan Greenfield

    In this week's Meet the Author the BBC's Nick Higham meets Susan Greenfield, a baroness and one of Britain's most recognisable scientists.
  41. Caption Challenge: Bed of nails

    It's the Caption Challenge. Oh yes it is.
  42. Could the cravat make a comeback?

    Noted cravat-wearer Nicholas Parsons has lamented the neckwear's retreat from front-line fashion.
  43. Jihadist 'manhunt' on front pages

    The hunt for a jihadist, believed to be British, who was filmed beheading American journalist James Foley in Syria dominates front pages.
  44. Spy camera cash machine gang jailed

    Four fraudsters behind a sophisticated bank card scam involving a "dizzying array of gadgets" are jailed by a judge at the Old Bailey.
  45. Barber bans women from hair salon

    A barber bans women from his newly-opened city centre salon - and says people who criticise him are "feminists and mavericks".
  46. Women charged with toddler's murder

    The mother of a toddler has appeared in court with her partner charged with murdering the two-year-old boy in Fife.
  47. Think tank recommends keeping pound

    An independent Scotland should use the pound without a formal currency union, says a report from the Adam Smith Institute.
  48. Radio host Gerry Anderson dies at 69

    Gerry Anderson, one of Northern Ireland's best known presenters, dies after a long illness.
  49. NI cuts would risk 'patient safety'

    Northern Ireland's health minister says he will not implement "damaging" financial cuts that would "destroy our health service" and "compromise "patient safety".
  50. Baby killer sentence goes to appeal

    A man jailed for killing baby Alfie Sullock will have his nine-year sentence reviewed by the Court of Appeal over concerns it is too lenient.
  51. 'Choking' death girl, six, is named

    A six-year-old girl who is believed to have choked while on holiday with her family in Gwynedd is named.
  52. Boko Haram 'control police academy'

    Northern Nigeria's riot police training academy has been overrun by Boko Haram Islamist militants, sources in Borno state tell the BBC.
  53. South Africa issues Ebola travel ban

    South Africa says non-citizens arriving from Ebola-affected areas of West Africa will not be allowed into the country.
  54. Indonesia court upholds Widodo win

    Indonesia's top court upholds Joko Widodo's victory in July's presidential elections, rejecting an appeal from defeated candidate Prabowo Subianto.
  55. Hanged India girls' 'rape' in doubt

    A forensic investigation into clothing and swabs taken after the murder and alleged gang rape of two teenage cousins in northern India concludes they were not sexually assaulted.
  56. Ukraine inspects Russian aid convoy

    The Red Cross says Ukrainian customs checks have begun on Russian aid lorries destined for the besieged city of Luhansk.
  57. Belgian PM's laptop stolen from car

    A thief breaks into the car of outgoing Belgian Prime Minister Elio di Rupo, stealing his laptop, but officials deny state secrets were taken.
  58. Guatemalan top general dies in crash

    The chief of the armed forces in Guatemala, General Rudy Ortiz, has died in a military helicopter crash near the border with Mexico, the Guatemalan government says.
  59. Silva runs for Brazilian presidency

    The Brazilian Socialist Party names environmental campaigner Marina Silva as its new presidential candidate, replacing Eduardo Campos who died last week.
  60. Iran MPs dismiss science minister

    Iran's parliament votes to dismiss Science Minister Reza Faraji-Dana, dealing a blow to reformist President Hassan Rouhani.
  61. US strikes in Iraq despite IS threat

    US jets carry out fresh strikes in Iraq, despite threats from militants to kill a second American captive after beheading journalist James Foley.
  62. Ferguson 'calm' after Holder visit

    Tensions in the Missouri town where a black teenager was killed by police on 9 August eased after a visit by the US attorney general, police say.
  63. Macy's settles racial profiling cases

    One of the most famous names in US retailing, Macy's, pays $650,000 to settle claims that it racially profiled and detained customers at its Manhattan outlet.
  64. Day in pictures: 14 August 2014

    24 hours of news photos: 14 August
  65. In pictures: Lauren Bacall

    Life and career of US actress Lauren Bacall
  66. In pictures: The Maliki years

    Charting career of Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Maliki
  67. In pictures: Robin Williams

    Career of actor and comedian in pictures
  68. Day in pictures: 13 August 2014

    24 hours of news photos: 13 August
  69. In pictures: Framing Hope

    A new exhibition of photos by Jillian Edelstein
  70. In pictures: Exodus of Yazidis

    Yazidi refugees fleeing violence from Islamic State militants
  71. Day in pictures: 12 August 2014

    24 hours of news photos: 12 August
  72. VIDEO: House of Commons

    Israel's response to rocket attacks must be "proportionate", insists a minister.
  73. VIDEO: Ebola survivor 'thrilled to be alive'

    Ebola virus survivor Dr Kent Brantly has described how he is "thrilled to be alive" after contracting the infection while working in Liberia.
  74. VIDEO: Police take wrong-way driver head on

    Two traffic officers have been praised for their bravery after stopping a wrong-way driver on the M6 toll.
  75. VIDEO: The MI5 hunt for journalist's killer

    The intelligence services and the police are trying to identify the masked man, believed to be British, filmed murdering the American journalist James Foley.
  76. VIDEO: Why are Moscow McDonald's shut?

    Moscow correspondent Steven Rosenberg looks at the closure of a number of McDonald's restaurants in Russia.
  77. VIDEO: Mass rally as Hamas leaders buried

    Thousands of people have taken to the streets in Gaza for the funerals of three senior senior Hamas military commanders who were killed in an Israeli rocket strike.
  78. VIDEO: Search through mud for Japan survivors

    The number of people in Japan known to have been killed in landslides, triggered by torrential rain, has risen to 39.
  79. VIDEO: Gulnara treated 'worse than dog'

    The BBC obtains recordings by Gulnara Karimova - the daughter of Uzbekistan's president - in which she claims she needs urgent medical help.
  80. VIDEO: Iraqi baby girl named 'refugee'

    The BBC's Yalda Hakim met with people who have fled to a huge refugee camp near Dohuk.
  81. The fraught world of UK surrogacy

    Why aren't there full criminal checks on would-be parents?
  82. Why Wales will make its own mind up on independence

    Why Wales will make its own mind up on independence
  83. The man who helped bring yoga to the West

    The man who helped bring yoga to the West
  84. What makes Bedford so generous?

    What makes Bedford the most generous town in UK?
  85. Hope fades for Syrians one year after chemical attack

    Hope fades for Syrians one year after chemical attack
  86. Trigger decision: when police shoot

    What really happens before a police officer fires their gun?
  87. Obituary: Albert Reynolds

    The self-made businessman who became Ireland's eighth PM
  88. 'Our economic system doesn't work'

    Shopkeepers in Rome deal with reality of endless economic crisis
  89. Analysis: Deradicalising Brits in Syria

    What happens when Britons fighting in Syria return home?
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