Russia in new Ukraine attack threat

Posted on Wednesday April 23, 2014

Russia will respond to any attack on its interests in Ukraine, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov says, drawing a parallel with the 2008 Georgia war.

Obama pledges Japan islands support

Posted on Wednesday April 23, 2014

US President Barack Obama tells Japan that islands it disputes with China are covered by a bilateral defence treaty, as he begins an Asian tour.

More held in S Korea ferry disaster

Posted on Wednesday April 23, 2014

Authorities in South Korea arrest four more crew members from the ferry that sank last week and raid the offices of companies linked to its owners.

Cost 'no issue' in plane search

Posted on Wednesday April 23, 2014

Australia vows it will not abandon the hunt for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, if the current mini-sub search is unsuccessful.

Dancer's death sparks Rio clashes

Posted on Wednesday April 23, 2014

Weeks before the World Cup, deadly clashes break out in the Brazilian city of Rio after the body of a young man is found, allegedly beaten by police.

NYPD social media drive backfires

Posted on Wednesday April 23, 2014

A drive by New York police backfires when people respond to a request to share photos of themselves with officers with a deluge of negative images.

Blair warns West over radical Islam

Posted on Wednesday April 23, 2014

Tony Blair warns Western leaders they must put aside their differences with Russia over Ukraine to focus on the threat of Islamic extremism.

S Sudan attacks 'an abomination'

Posted on Wednesday April 23, 2014

The massacre of hundreds of civilians in South Sudan is an "abomination" and a betrayal of the people by their leaders, the White House says.

Bomb 'kills senior Egypt policeman'

Posted on Wednesday April 23, 2014

A senior Egyptian police officer has been killed by a bomb blast in the capital, Cairo, officials say.

Pirates raid Malacca Straits tanker

Posted on Wednesday April 23, 2014

Armed pirates raid an oil tanker sailing in the Malacca Straits, stealing diesel and abducting three crew members, officials in Malaysia say.

Everest Sherpas discuss boycott

Posted on Wednesday April 23, 2014

Sherpa guides in Nepal are meeting climbers at Everest base camp to decide whether to continue ascents after an avalanche on Friday killed 16 of their colleagues.

Pakistan TV station in shooting row

Posted on Wednesday April 23, 2014

Pakistan's biggest news channel should be shut for airing claims the country's spies were behind an attack on presenter Hamid Mir, the defence ministry says.

Future of the net debated in Brazil

Posted on Wednesday April 23, 2014

Tensions emerge ahead of a meeting being held in Sao Paulo, Brazil, to discuss changes to the way the internet is governed.

Brunei delays tough new Islamic law

Posted on Tuesday April 22, 2014

The South east Asian nation of Brunei postpones the introduction of tough Sharia criminal punishments that were due to begin on Tuesday.

Led Zeppelin unleash unheard work

Posted on Wednesday April 23, 2014

Legendary rock group Led Zeppelin make public two previously unheard recordings.

Shakespeare 'a cultural icon' abroad

Posted on Tuesday April 22, 2014

William Shakespeare is the UK's greatest cultural icon, according to the results of an international survey released to mark the 450th anniversary of his birth.

VIDEO: 'We just want to live normally'

Posted on Wednesday April 23, 2014

The BBC meets a pro-Russian family living in a rural area of Ukraine, who say their support for Moscow does not mean they are separatists.

VIDEO: Hands-on with Microsoft's Cortana

Posted on Tuesday April 22, 2014

Microsoft's natural language expert explains how he breathed life into the firm's Halo-inspired virtual assistant Cortana.

VIDEO: One-minute World News

Posted on Wednesday April 23, 2014

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VIDEO: China's growing naval power obsession

Posted on Tuesday April 22, 2014

US President Barack Obama has left Washington for a week-long tour of Asia as part of what the White House is calling an "eastward rebalancing" of US foreign policy.