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.
Malaysian MH17 bodies to arrive home
The bodies of 20 Malaysian victims of Flight MH17 that crashed in Ukraine are to arrive in Kuala Lumpur, as the nation holds a day of mourning.
NSA and GCHQ agents 'leak Tor bugs'
The Tor Project says it believes some NSA and GCHQ agents are surreptitiously leaking it information to protect anonymity on the net.
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.
Argentina debt plan ruled 'illegal'
Argentina's plan to ask investors holding defaulted bonds to swap them for new locally issued debt is ruled "illegal" by a US court.
National Guard to leave Ferguson
The National Guard is set to withdraw from the St Louis suburb where a black teenager was killed by police this month, as tensions ease.
Venezuela "to fingerprint shoppers"
Venezuela plans to fingerprint supermarket shoppers in a move to combat food shortages and smuggling.
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.
Bergdahl prisoner swap 'illegal'
The exchange of five Taliban fighters held at Guantanamo Bay for a captive US soldier violated the law, a US government watchdog agency finds.
Davutoglu named as Turkey's new PM
Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu will take over from Recep Tayyip Erdogan as the country's prime minister, the ruling AK Party confirms.
S Africa MPs halt president's speech
An address to parliament by South Africa's President Jacob Zuma is halted by opposition MPs chanting: "Pay back the money."
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.
Russian returns imported French pate
Russian tourists have failed to bring home a supply of French pate from abroad, unaware they were flouting Moscow's food sanctions.
Germany's modest millionaire dies
Klaus Zapf, a German millionaire and removals entrepreneur who shunned the trappings of wealth, has died from a heart attack at the age of 62.
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.
Boston bomber 'friend' pleads guilty
A friend of one of the men suspected of carrying out the Boston Marathon bombing pleads guilty to obstructing the investigation into the attack.
Shakira song 'broke copyright laws'
Colombian pop star Shakira's hit song Loca was indirectly copied from a Dominican songwriter's work, a US federal judge rules.
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.
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.
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.
Thailand coup general named as PM
Thailand's junta leader General Prayuth Chan-ocha, who led a coup in May, is named the new prime minister, after a parliamentary vote.
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.
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.
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.
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".
Iran MPs dismiss science minister
Iran's parliament votes to dismiss Science Minister Reza Faraji-Dana, dealing a blow to reformist President Hassan Rouhani.
Doctors may face 'tougher sanctions'
Failing doctors could be forced to apologise to patients under measures being considered by the medical regulator.
Rights campaigner Helen Bamber dies
Veteran human rights campaigner Helen Bamber, who was among the first to relieve Nazi concentration camp victims in 1945, dies.
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.
Dollar store rejects rival $9.7bn bid
Family Dollar, the US-based discount store at the centre of a bidding war, rejects rival Dollar General's proposal to buy it in a deal worth about $9.7bn (£5.8bn).
Wall Street market report
Wall Street Market Report
Mackay apologises over text row
Malky Mackay apologises for sending two one-line text messages he admits were "disrespectful of other cultures".
Liverpool agree £16m Balotelli fee
Liverpool agree a £16m fee with Italian club AC Milan to sign former Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli.
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.
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.
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.
Emma Stone to make Broadway debut
Hollywood actress Emma Stone is to make her Broadway debut in the current revival of Cabaret, replacing Michelle Williams in the role of Sally Bowles.
VIDEO: Why are Moscow McDonald's shut?
Moscow correspondent Steven Rosenberg looks at the closure of a number of McDonald's restaurants in Russia.
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.
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.
VIDEO: Death sparks violent CAR clashes
There have been fierce clashes between militia and international peacekeepers in the capital of Central African Republic.
VIDEO: Ukraine crisis: Who controls what?
Pro-Russian rebels, who had taken control of eastern Ukraine, are under pressure as government forces fight to regain control.
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.
VIDEO: The threat posed by Dutch jihadists
Islamic State militants have been accused of a number of atrocities in Iraq and Syria - but it is not just people from the region who have been fighting for the group.
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.
Timeline: How the Syria conflict has spread
How Syria's war has changed and spread in a year
Dutch grapple with jihadist threat
Dutch grapple with jihadist threat from some young Muslims
Secret recordings of a president's daughter
The secret recordings of a president's daughter
VIDEO: Police shooting video stirs debate
Does an eyewitness video explain a police shooting?
Did inaction over Syria foment regional chaos?
Did inaction over Syria foment deeper regional crisis?
Day in pictures: 21 August 2014
A selection of images from around the world
Why India loves to ban films
Why India just loves to ban films