02 Aug 2014 Last updated at 04:14 GMT


BBC News - World

Hamas denies holding Israeli soldier

The military wing of the Islamist group insists it is not holding a missing Israel soldier and says he could have died in an Israeli air strike.

China factory blast kills dozens

An explosion at a factory in eastern China has killed at least 65 people and left scores injured, according to Chinese state media.

Australian pair abandon Down's baby

An online campaign for a baby with Down's Syndrome left with his surrogate Thai mother by an Australian couple has raised over $120,000 (£70,000).

Massive landslide near Nepal capital

A massive landslide on a river near the Nepalese capital Kathmandu buries dozens of homes, with six people so far confirmed dead.

Americans in N Korea plead for help

Two American tourists charged with "anti-state" crimes in North Korea have appealed for the US government to help secure their release.

Cameron urges Russia-Nato rethink

Nato needs to rethink its long-term relationship with Russia following its "illegal" actions in Ukraine, Prime Minister David Cameron warns.

Judge urges Argentina default talks

In the first hearing since Argentina defaulted on its debts, US judge Thomas Griesa calls for negotiations to be resumed urgently.

Obama defends under-fire CIA director

President Barack Obama has defended CIA Director John Brennan and acknowledged the US tortured prisoners after 9/11.

US House passes $694m border bill

A bill to strengthen the US border with Mexico clears the House of Representatives but is opposed by the Senate and the White House.

Ebola spreading too fast - WHO

The Ebola outbreak is spreading faster than efforts to control it, the head of the World Health Organization tells West African leaders.

Mexican media denounces 'gag law'

Mexican journalists denounce a new law that introduces a number of restrictions on crime reporting in north-eastern Sinaloa state.

Police 'chokehold' caused NYC death

A medical examiner has ruled that a police officer's "chokehold" caused the death of a man in New York.

India hires mimics to scare monkeys

Forty men have been hired in India to impersonate monkeys, and scare away thousands of real monkeys causing havoc around Delhi's parliament.

Canada sets oyster-shucking record

Canadian teams breaks an oyster-shucking record set by a French team 12 years ago.

US Ebola victims to be evacuated

Efforts are under way to evacuate two American aid workers infected with the deadly Ebola virus from Liberia, their organisation says.


Hilary Duff: Breakup is 'very difficult'

Hilary Duff says her new album is "very positive" but admits that it started out "a lot heavier and a lot darker" because of the separation from her husband, Mike Comrie.



Will this film make Chris Pratt a star?

Hollywood's A-list is a very tough club to crack, and membership is limited to stars of vast appeal with worldwide fame. Chris Pratt may soon get his invitation to join.



Actor transforms into James Brown

Chadwick Boseman has every reason to feel good as "Get On Up" opens in theaters.



From sex offender to millionaire

Michael Phillips has been spending most of his time these days living in a tiny room in a no-frills northeast Dallas nursing home.



'UPS driver handed me a noose'

A man claims a white UPS driver handed him a makeshift noose during an office delivery.



Needles found in meat at store

An Illinois man is facing federal charges for allegedly putting needles in packaged meat at a Shop 'N Save grocery store.



This man claims he's a cyborg

A man with an antenna implanted in his skull identifies as a cyborg. CNN's Laurie Segall reports on this growing trend.



Little girl has a mortality meltdown

Watch 5-year old's meltdown over age and death. Jeanne Moos reports on a sis who doesn't want her bro ever to grow up.



Next Mars rover has different mission

For 17 years, NASA rovers have laid down tire tracks on Mars. But details the space agency divulged this week about its next Martian exploration vehicle underscored NASA's ultimate goal.



'Big Bang Theory' stalls

Brace yourselves, "Big Bang Theory" fans: Production on the CBS comedy has been put on pause.



'Die Hard' actor dies

James Shigeta, a prolific and pioneering Asian-American actor whose 50-year career includes the movies "Die Hard" and "Flower Drum Song," died in his sleep in Los Angeles on Monday, his agent said. He was 81.



The big stories pushed to the wayside

While Israel, Ebola and Malaysia Airlines have dominated news cycle, violence unfolds in Syria, Libya, Nigeria and China.



5 medical studies you also missed

Here's a roundup of five medical studies published this week that might give you new insights into your health, mind and body. Remember, correlation is not causation -- so if a study finds a connection between two things, it doesn't mean that one causes the other.



Watch robbers get a beat-down

Robbers get beat-down by cashier cashing in on his martial arts skills. Jeanne Moos reports on flying feet, and fists.



How often do you wash your sheets?

How often do you wash your jeans, bras and pillows? Here's a definitive guide to keeping all your quarters clean.



Rarely used isolation ward put to the test

It's one of four such facilities in the U.S. See how doctors plan to treat two infected Americans.



What Happens Once Ebola Patients Arrive in the US

The current outbreak of the Ebola virus is the worst in history. Here is a look at the causes, the symptoms and the history of the deadly disease.



NYPD Chokehold Death Ruled a Homicide

The death of a Staten Island man who was put into a choke hold by the New York Police Department was ruled a homicide today by the city's medical examiner.



Staff Treats Outgoing CEO to Best Goodbye Party of All Time

Luxury online retailer Net-a-Porter staged a worldwide event to herald Sebba for his years of service.



Israel Bombards Gaza as It Searches for Soldier

Cease-fire collapses shortly after beginning.



House OKs Bill to Address Border Crisis

Conservatives help House pass tougher border bill, Obama condemns plan



Pelosi Chases Republican Tom Marino Across House Chamber

In an unusual breach of decorum, even for the divided Congress, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi chased Rep. Tom Marino across the House floor, taking offense at comments by the Pennsylvania Republican during debate on the border funding bill Friday night. “We don’t have law...



Americans With Ebola Returning to US for Treatment

1st is expected to arrive Saturday.



Is It Safe to Bring Ebola Patients to the US?

Fears have grown since American doctors planned to be taken to U.S.



Funeral for Murdered Teen Held as Police Search for Killer

The funeral for murdered teen April Millsap took place at around the same time that a father and son were arraigned for growing marijuana inside a house that the Michigan State Police and FBI searched as part of the ongoing investigation into Millsap's murder.



Girl Accused in 'Slender Man' Stabbing Talks to Voldemort

One of two Wisconsin girls accused of allegedly stabbing their friend so they could meet the fictional Internet character "Slender Man" was ruled incompetent to stand trial today.



What Immigration Bill Failure Will Mean on the Southern Border

Congress might be on the eve of vacation but on the Rio Grande Valley, near the US-Mexico border, it was just another wild work day for the Border Patrol. By the time vacations end — 38 days from now — an additional 5,700 unaccompanied minors...



Tablets with cool camera features (pictures)

The caliber of tablet cameras is still catching up to smartphones, but these select slates offer a little something extra to make up for the photo quality.









Tablets with cool camera features

Tablet cameras are behind the pack in picture quality but are keeping up with fun photo features to shoot with.









Flappy Bird returns -- yet only on Amazon Fire TV

Flappy Birds Family, a multiplayer iteration of the cult mobile hit, makes its way to Amazon's streaming set-top box.









Crave Ep. 168: Man-made photosynthesizing leaf could breathe air into buildings, spaceships

Deep space seems a little closer to human exploration thanks to inventor Julian Melchiorri's oxygen-exhaling artificial leaf, and smart shoes guide our travels closer to home.









Microsoft hits Samsung with Android patent-royalty suit

Microsoft files a contract dispute suit against Samsung over Android patent-licensing royalties.









Apple taps Beats Music CEO as iTunes Radio's band leader

Subscription-streaming service Beats Music and iTunes will continue to stand on their own -- for now -- even as Ian Rogers, the CEO of the Beats Music, takes the the helm of iTunes Radio.




Facebook goes down; Facebookers call cops

Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department would like residents to understand it can't help people regain contact with Facebook.




Kitten cosplay: 'Star Wars,' 'Doctor Who,' 'Game of Thrones'

Wendy McKee wanted people to adopt her kittens, so she dressed them up as Princess Leia, the Doctor, Frodo, Gandalf, and Jon Snow to make geeky human hearts go pitter-patter.




President signs cell phone unlocking bill into law

Obama signs a bill into law that makes unlocking a cell phone legal again, making it easier for some consumers to take their phones with them when they change wireless operators.









Judge decides Apple's $450M e-books settlement is OK after all

US District Court Judge Denise Cote originally took issue with the settlement because Apple could end up only paying $70 million.









Google reportedly separating photo service from Google+

Google may be making another popular feature from its social network available to a larger audience.









Google scraps its mysterious floating retail store

One of Google's secretive barges appears to be heading to the scrap yard, a US court orders Microsoft to turn over data stored overseas, and HP teases a stylish smartwatch.









Samsung: Our tablet is more everything than Apple's or Microsoft's

In new ads for the Galaxy Tab S, Samsung insists that its latest tablet is more playful, more colorful, more adaptable.









Ultimate urban bike sports built-in lock, auto gear shift

A competition to create the Ultimate Urban Utility Bike inspires a sweet, high-tech ride that improves on the urban biking experience.









Google's retail ambitions with barges may be floating away

Two Google Barges in California and Maine have sat idle and unfinished for months. Now a report says Google has sold the Maine barge. Not good news for the company's retail hopes.









Thief takes off with Google Glass, gets tracked via app?

Mike Geller allows a stranger to try on his Google Glass in New York City. What happens next makes for difficult viewing. But is it for real?




Rob Zombie asks horror fans to fund killer-clown movie

The gore-loving rocker is making a movie about murderous clowns, and you can get involved if you've got enough cash.




Get a TrendNet 802.11n router for $4.99

That's after redeeming a $10 mail-in rebate, but still a smoking deal for anyone who needs a new -- or even backup -- router.