Kurds 'break IS mountain siege'

Posted on Friday December 19, 2014

Kurdish forces in northern Iraq say they have broken Islamic State's siege of Mount Sinjar, claiming their biggest victory yet against the militants.

Eight children found dead in Cairns

Posted on Friday December 19, 2014

Eight children are found dead at a house in Cairns, Australia, reportedly after a stabbing, while the mother of at least seven of them suffers stab wounds.

Birds 'fled day before US tornadoes'

Posted on Thursday December 18, 2014

Tracking data reveals that golden-winged warblers fled one day before the April 2014 US tornado outbreak, probably because they "heard it coming".

Pakistan army 'kills 57 Taliban'

Posted on Friday December 19, 2014

Pakistan's military says it has killed 57 Taliban militants in several operations, days after the Taliban massacre at a school in Peshawar.

Profumo's Rice-Davies dies aged 70

Posted on Friday December 19, 2014

Former model Mandy Rice-Davies, one of the main figures in the 1960s Profumo affair, has died from cancer at the age of 70, her publicist says.

EU needs 'long-term' Russia strategy

Posted on Thursday December 18, 2014

The European Union needs a "plan for years" towards Russia, Donald Tusk says, chairing his first summit as European Council president.

Sony hack is 'US security issue'

Posted on Thursday December 18, 2014

The cyber attack on Sony that forced a major film release to be pulled is being viewed as a national security matter, the White House says.

Man crashes car into Spain party HQ

Posted on Friday December 19, 2014

A ruined Spanish businessman drives a car carrying gas cylinders into the front of the governing Popular Party's headquarters in Madrid, police say.

Talks 'failed to save IS hostage'

Posted on Friday December 19, 2014

Details emerge of an attempt to secure the release of kidnapped US aid worker Abdul-Rahman Kassig before he was killed by Islamic State militants.

Pilot jailed over deadly China crash

Posted on Friday December 19, 2014

A Chinese court has jailed a pilot for three years over a 2010 crash in Heilongjiang province that left 44 people dead.

South Korea bans 'pro-North' party

Posted on Thursday December 18, 2014

South Korea bans a political party for the first time in decades, with a court ordering a party accused of supporting the North to disband.

New record depth for deepest fish

Posted on Thursday December 18, 2014

Fish are filmed more than 8,000m down in the Mariana Trench - the deepest place on Earth.

CIA interrogations: 'No place' for psychologists?

Posted on Wednesday December 17, 2014

Details emerge regarding the two psychologists who helped create the CIA detainee programme that some critics call torture, raising questions about the ethics of their involvement.

Defending Sony's 'cowardly act'

Posted on Thursday December 18, 2014

After Sony is harshly criticised on Twitter for pulling The Interview from theatres, some writers are coming to the studio's defence.

Indian official's rage over road works becomes an online hit

Posted on Thursday December 18, 2014

An official's anger at construction delays and shoddy standards resonates in India.

Is Chechnya facing wave of jihadist violence?

Posted on Thursday December 18, 2014

Could a period of relative stability in Chechnya be coming to an end, asks Dr Galina Yemelianova.

Picture power: Doused with milk

Posted on Thursday December 18, 2014

Adrees Latif explains how he captured the moment a man was treated for the effects of pepper spray.

What did UK know about CIA practices?

Posted on Wednesday December 17, 2014

Mark Urban explores the question of what the UK knew about rendition and interrogation techniques, in the wake of the US Senate report that criticised the CIA.

Cuba's economy set to get a boost

Posted on Wednesday December 17, 2014

The Cuban embargo is the US's longest-running trade sanction. With the move by US President Barack Obama to ease some of the provisions, how will Cuba's economy change?

VIDEO: New record depth for deepest fish

Posted on Thursday December 18, 2014

Fish have been filmed more than 8km down in the Mariana Trench - the deepest place on Earth.