24 Apr 2014 Last updated at 04:14 GMT


BBC News - World

US troops in Poland for exercises

A first US contingent arrives in Poland for military exercises amid heightened tensions with Russia over Ukraine.

Hamas and Fatah declare end to rift

Rival Palestinian factions Fatah and Hamas announce a reconciliation deal, saying they will seek to form a unity government in the coming weeks.

Turkey: Armenia killings 'inhumane'

Turkey's Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan offers condolences for the first time for the mass killings of Armenians under Ottoman rule during WWI.

S Sudan president sacks army chief

South Sudan's president sacks the head of the national army amid reports of military setbacks - including rebels seizing the oil hub of Bentiu.

Oldest baseball player dies aged 102

The oldest former player with Major League Baseball, Conrado 'Connie' Marrero, has died in at home in Havana aged 102.

Obama pledges Japan islands support

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.

Debris dismissed in plane search

Authorities in Australia say material washed ashore is not related to the missing Malaysia Airlines plane.

Ecclestone trial to begin in Germany

Formula 1 boss Bernie Ecclestone goes on trial on bribery charges in the German city of Munich, and could face 10 years in jail if convicted.

Deadly car bomb strikes Nairobi

Four people, two of them police, are killed in the Kenyan capital Nairobi by a car bomb outside a police station.

Facebook earnings surge on mobile ads

Facebook reports growing earnings on surging mobile advertising revenue as chief finance officer David Ebersman prepares to leave.

Canada to drop 'flawed' rail tankers

Canada says it will phase out the type of rail tankers involved in the deadly train derailment in Lac-Megantic last July.

Chelsea Manning granted name change

The soldier who leaked US government documents to Wikileaks is granted the right to legally change her name from Bradley to Chelsea.

Jodie Foster marries girlfriend

US actress Jodie Foster marries her girlfriend, Alexandra Hedison, the actress's representative confirms.

Czech deer still avoid Iron Curtain

A new study has found that deer on the border between the Czech Republic and old West Germany still stick to their sides despite the barrier having vanished long ago.

NYPD Twitter campaign 'backfires'

Twitter users bombard the New York Police department with images depicting police aggression in the latest social media campaign to go awry.


Why Common Core tests fail kids

In a few weeks, the New York State Education Department will begin the second round of Common Core tests. Earlier this spring, thousands of students refused to take the Common Core English Language Arts (ELA) exams. In New York, as in states across the country, parents are telling administrators that their children will not sit for exams that pressure teachers to teach to the test and drain school budgets.



N. Korea nuke threat aimed at U.S.?

News reports indicate that North Korea may be preparing for a nuclear test, potentially scheduled to coincide with President Obama's visit to South Korea this week.



De Niro goofs while making Vine

Robert De Niro shot his first six second movie when he commandeered the Vine account of a Tribeca Film Festival judge.



Maine couple attacked by moose

Bob and Janis Powell faced off with an aggressive moose while on a snowmobile ride. CNN affiliate WMUR has the story.



About that 'Game of Thrones' scene

"Game of Thrones" has never strictly followed the book series it's based on, but that fan frustration turned disturbing on Sunday's episode.



The world's 33 hottest new hotels are ...

The gold -- no, scratch that -- platinum envelopes have been opened to reveal Condé Nast Traveler's 18th annual "hot list," highlighting what it says are the best hotels to debut in the past year.



Doctor: Phoenix VA managers tried to hide long waits

At least 40 U.S. veterans died while waiting for appointments at the Phoenix Veterans Affairs Health Care system, a retired VA doctor tells CNN.



Veterans dying because of delays

U.S. veterans are dying because of delays in diagnosis and treatment at VA hospitals.



VA spokesman responds to report

The Phoenix VA Health Care System is committed to delivering the highest quality care to Veterans. We have conducted robust internal reviews since these allegations surfaced and welcome the results from the Office of Inspector General's review. We take these allegations seriously.



Palestinian factions agree to reconcile

Rival Palestinian factions Hamas and Fatah announced Wednesday they've agreed to reconcile -- a development that could see the Palestinian territories under a unified leadership for the first time in years.



Flood of clemency requests expected

More federal prisoners serving sentences for non-violent crimes can apply for clemency after the Justice Department announced new rules Wednesday.



What teen stowaway got after landing

The teen stowaway who survived a five-hour flight hidden in the plane's wheel well is recovering in a Hawaii hospital, a state health official said.



How to hide in a wheel well

CNN's Gary Tuchman shows how the 15-year-old stowaway could have hid in the wheel well of an airplane.



Chelsea Manning gets name change

Bradley Edward Manning is no more. A Kansas judge on Wednesday granted the former Army intelligence analyst's request to formally be known as Chelsea Elizabeth Manning.



'Indian Spider-Man' runs for office

A political candidate who dresses like "Spider-Man" is running in India's general elections. CNN's Mallika Kapur reports.



High jumpers ... in a grocery store?

A grocery store in Waukee, Iowa, held a high jump competition in the middle of its store. Affiliate KCCI reports.



Stowaway's Father Says Son Wanted to Go to Africa

The father of the 15-year-old stowaway who survived a flight over the Pacific says he was shocked to learn about his son’s extraordinary and dangerous trip in the wheel well of a 767.



Minn. Homeowner: 2 Teens Shot Were 'Vermin,' Not Human

Authorities who searched the home of a Minnesota man who shot and killed two teens testified Wednesday that they found an audio recorder that was turned on, an operating surveillance system and a cellphone jamming device.



Watch: What's in Warren Buffett's Pockets?

Rebecca Jarvis goes one-on-one with Buffett to find out his favorite phone and what's in his wallet.



Obama Offering Japan Security, Economic Assurances

Obama offering Japan security, economic assurances as Ukraine crisis vies for his attention



Correction Officer Released by Ohio Jail Inmates

Correction officer held for hours by 3 inmates at Ohio county jail, released peacefully



Prince Charles's Brother-In-Law Mark Shand Dead At 62

The brother of Camilla Parker-Bowles suffered a head injury in NYC.



Ga Gov Signs Law Allowing Guns in Schools, Churches, Bars

Critics are calling it “the guns everywhere” law.



Caught on Video: Can Herbalife Cure a Brain Tumor?

Nearly 600 independent distributors of the diet and nutrition sales brand Herbalife were disciplined last year for making medical claims when selling the company’s weight-loss shakes and supplements, despite company policies aimed at preventing such tactics.



Small Wyoming Town Evacuated After Gas Explosion

Explosion, fire at natural gas pipeline hub forces evacuation of small southwest Wyoming town



Ferry Disaster Has Traumatized, Shamed South Korea

The entire country of South Korea, which watched a ferry filled with high school students sink on live TV and has followed the futile search for survivors with 24/7 TV coverage, appears to be have been traumatized by the tragedy. That trauma has been compounded by a collective shame over charges of criminal negligence by much of the ship's crew, inappropriate reactions by government officials and cruel hoaxes following the sinking.



American Reporter Detained in Ukraine as Tensions Rise

American paratroopers arrived in Poland Wednesday as part of a 600-strong deployment to Russia’s jittery NATO neighbors in Eastern Europe. The act is a clear message to Moscow, which responded today, saying it is ready to react militarily if  its “interests” are attacked in Ukraine....



Brazil lays down the law with Internet 'Bill of Rights'

Leading the charge on net neutrality, President Dilma Rousseff signs into law a bill that protects online privacy and promotes an open Internet.









Apple's Cook: It means more to get it right than to be first

Apple's CEO takes a veiled dig at Samsung as he tells investors to be patient for new products.









Uber launches in Beijing, eyes more growth overseas (Q&A)

As the 4-year-old on-demand car service opens for business in its 100th city, its head of global expansion talks to CNET about what it’s been like to go international.




Apple tops estimates, announces 7-for-1 stock split

The electronics maker surprised analysts with a better-than-anticipated quarter, sending shares up sharply in after-hours trading.









Twitter hit by massive wave of malicious messages

Messages sent by hundreds of accounts testify to dramatic weight loss and link to same suspicious site pedaling diet pills.









Zuckerberg explains the three tiers of Facebook

With an app hierarchy, CEO Mark Zuckerberg tries to quell Wall Street's appetite for additional revenue from Facebook's latest ventures.









Apple CEO: We're on the prowl

Tim Cook tells analysts that Apple's made 24 deals in the last 18 months, says the company wants to make acquisitions that bring along "great people and great technology and that fit culturally."









Ada Initiative bails on GitHub, after sexism allegations

Workplace gender discrimination claims against the software hosting service have resulted in an ousted co-founder and a fizzled partnership.









Zuckerberg pitches private sharing, says Messenger has 200M users

The Facebook chief discusses the audience of the company's in-house mobile messaging app for the first time and simultaneously signals a growing interest in less public forms of expression.









Apple iTunes nears 800 million mark

CEO Tim Cook touts the now "staggering" number of iTunes accounts while discussing Apple's blowout quarter.









Apple has sold 20 million Apple TV units, CEO says

In reaffirming that Apple TV is no longer a hobby, Tim Cook says Apple generated over $1 billion in sales off media content ordered directly through the box last year.









Upgraded cochlear implant regrows animals' auditory nerves

Researchers at the University of New South Wales report they have used a cochlear implant to regrow auditory nerves and restore hearing quality in adult guinea pigs.




Facebook mobile sales surge, CFO to exit

The social network's blossoming smartphone business brought in 59 percent of advertising revenue during the first three months of 2014.









Scarcity triggers new restrictions on obtaining Internet addresses

The US and Canada are down to their last 16.7 million Net addresses with today's IPv4 Internet technology. Scarcity is pushing Internet service providers to the next-gen IPv6.









FCC to lay out new 'Net Neutrality' rules Thursday, says report

A new proposal from the commission could allow companies to pay Internet service providers for faster access to consumers, according to The Wall Street Journal.









Super Mario theme song played with finger snaps

A Swedish fan shows off his finger dexterity by sharing a rendition of the Super Mario Bros. theme song done entirely with finger snaps.









Mark Pincus steps down from daytime duties at Zynga as Q1 earnings miss

The founder and former CEO of the social games company has relinquished all responsibilities as chief product officer, signaling the end of Pincus' operational role at Zynga.









Fitbit's wearable lead stays strong despite Force recall

Fitbit's share of the fitness tracker market hasn't taken a hit following the recall of its Force wristband, reveals a retail report from the NPD Group. In fact, it's still growing.