Thousands of migrants rescued off Libya

Posted on Monday August 29, 2016

About 6,500 migrants are rescued in a series of 40 co-ordinated operations off the coast of Libya, the Italian coast guard says.

Syria war: US warns over Turkish-Kurdish violence

Posted on Monday August 29, 2016

The US says fighting between Turkey, pro-Turkish rebels and Kurdish-aligned forces in northern Syria is "unacceptable" and must stop.

Gene Wilder death: Star of Willy Wonka dies aged 83

Posted on Monday August 29, 2016

US actor Gene Wilder, remembered by many for his lead role in Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, dies aged 83, his family confirms.

Brazil's Dilma Rousseff defends record at impeachment trial

Posted on Monday August 29, 2016

Brazil's suspended President Dilma Rousseff defends her record before the impeachment trial in the Senate and says accusations are "pretexts" for a "coup".

Pretoria Girls High racism protest backed by SA minister

Posted on Monday August 29, 2016

A South African minister throws his support behind protesting female students in a row over an alleged racist hair policy at a prestigious high school.

Anthony Weiner scandal: Huma Abedin splits from sexting husband

Posted on Monday August 29, 2016

Hillary Clinton's personal aide, Huma Abedin, says she is separating from her husband, disgraced former politician Anthony Weiner, amid a new sexting scandal.

German plan to force mums to name lovers in paternity cases

Posted on Monday August 29, 2016

Germany's justice ministry drafts a law requiring mothers in paternity disputes to reveal who they slept with when their child was conceived.

Early human ancestor Lucy 'died falling out of a tree'

Posted on Monday August 29, 2016

New evidence suggests that the famous fossilised human ancestor dubbed 'Lucy' by scientists may have died falling from a great height - probably from a tree.

Apple facing record bill for Irish tax

Posted on Monday August 29, 2016

Apple could be ordered to pay billions of euros in back taxes in the Republic of Ireland under a European Union ruling expected on Tuesday.

EpiPen maker to sell cheaper generic version

Posted on Monday August 29, 2016

The maker of the EpiPen allergy drug will start selling a generic version in the wake of criticism about steep price increases.

US rapper Rhymefest invites Donald Trump to Chicago

Posted on Monday August 29, 2016

US rapper and activist Che "Rhymefest" Smith invites Donald Trump to Chicago to counter the Republican presidential nominee's bleak picture of the city.

John Lennon's killer Mark Chapman denied parole again

Posted on Monday August 29, 2016

John Lennon's killer Mark Chapman is denied parole for a ninth time because of the "premeditated and celebrity seeking nature of the crime".

Reindeer killed in Norway lightning storm

Posted on Monday August 29, 2016

More than 300 reindeer have been killed in a lightning storm on a mountain plateau in Norway.

Drone reveals quake church interior

Posted on Monday August 29, 2016

Drone footage from Italian firefighters shows the devastation in Accumoli, one of the towns hit by the earthquake on 24 August which left at least 290 dead.

A look back at actor Gene Wilder's life

Posted on Monday August 29, 2016

The BBC's Nick Higham looks back at the career of actor Gene Wilder, who has died at the age of 83.

New wind tunnel reveals bird flight secrets

Posted on Monday August 29, 2016

Researchers at Stanford University have designed a unique bird tunnel to observe how tiny birds fly.

LAX Airport evacuated after 'loud noises' spark alert

Posted on Monday August 29, 2016

Los Angeles International Airport was evacuated after reports of a shooter inside a terminal - but police later said it was a false alarm due to "loud noises" not gunfire.

Man arrested in China 'Ripper' case

Posted on Monday August 29, 2016

A man has admitted to the rape and murder of 11 victims in northern China over more than a decade, officials say.

Bono and Africa's richest man visit Nigeria camp

Posted on Monday August 29, 2016

Bono and Africa's richest man, Aliko Dangote, have visited a camp of 2.3 million displaced people in north-east Nigeria.

Nigeria crisis: The children who know only hunger

Posted on Monday August 29, 2016

Aid agencies are warning of a growing humanitarian crisis in north-eastern Nigeria, where more than two million people have been displaced by the Boko Haram insurgency.