02 Feb 2015 Last updated at 04:14 GMT


BBC News - World

Greece debt talks 'must help Europe'

Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis says his priority is European well-being, after talks in France on the debt issue.

Reporter Peter Greste freed by Egypt

Australian al-Jazeera and ex-BBC journalist Peter Greste is deported from Egypt after 400 days in prison and later arrives to Cyprus.

Jordan vow after hostage beheading

Jordan vows to do all it can to secure the release of a pilot captured by IS, after a video appears to show the beheading of a Japanese hostage.

S Sudan foes agree to end conflict

South Sudan's President Salva Kiir and rebel commander Riek Machar sign a deal, committing to end the conflict that has devastated the country.

Kidnapped Libya Opec official found

One of Libya's most senior energy officials, Opec representative Samir Salem Kamal, is released more than two weeks after being kidnapped.

Nigeria 'repels' Boko Haram attack

The Nigerian army says it has repelled a new assault by Boko Haram Islamist militants on the strategic north-eastern city of Maiduguri.

Obama plans tax on overseas profits

US President Barack Obama plans to tax US firms on profits made and cash held overseas, raising funds for a major road-improvement plan in the US.

Protesters back on Hong Kong streets

Pro-democracy protesters return to Hong Kong's streets for the first time since mass demonstrations last year, but their numbers are far lower.

Abbott pledge after Queensland rout

Australian PM Tony Abbott vows he will learn the lessons of an election rout in Queensland but insists government is not a "popularity contest".

New Jersey governor begins UK visit

New Jersey's Governor and US Republican presidential hopeful Chris Christie will start a three-day visit to Britain and is due to meet PM David Cameron.

Damascus bus bomb blast kills four

A bomb explodes on a bus in Syria's capital Damascus, killing at least four people and injuring dozens more, activists and media reports say.

US boy, three, shoots both parents

A three-year-old US boy shoots and injures his mother and father with the same bullet after pulling a gun from her handbag in a New Mexico motel.

Balloonists complete Pacific journey

Two pilots in a helium balloon complete their Pacific crossing with a sea-landing off Mexico, setting two new milestones on a six-day trip.

Louis Armstrong Desert Discs online

Louis Armstrong's personal copy of his appearance on BBC Radio 4's Desert Island Discs is among the recordings to be added to the show's online archive.

Whitney daughter's condition unknown

Bobbi Kristina Brown, daughter of late US singer Whitney Houston, is in hospital in an unknown condition after being found unresponsive in a bath.


The best photos from the big game

See some of the best sights from Super Bowl XLIX.



Wrongfully imprisoned, he got all-expense-paid trip

Ryan Ferguson spent 10 years in prison for a crime he didn't commit. Now he's out. And thanks to a benefactor, he's received a free trip to the game with his dad.



49 years of Super Bowl rings

The winning Super Bowl team wins the sterling silver Vince Lombardi Trophy. But each member of the winning team gets a unique, diamond-encrusted keepsake.



Opinion: Bigger commitment needed to reach goal

American lives could be lost if the United States sends noncombat troops to the front lines in Iraq's fight against ISIS, write Peter Bergen and Emily Schneider. At the same time, the risk of ISIS-trained foreign fighters attacking the West grows.



Victory is his fifth at tournament Down Under

Novak Djokovic's dominance at the Australian Open continues. The world No. 1 beat sixth-seed Andy Murray 7-6, 6-7, 6-3, 6-0 in a nearly four-hour contest in Melbourne.



Author takes deep, personal look at PTSD

Former Marine David Morris' new book chronicles his own struggles with post-traumatic stress disorder and delves into sometimes controversial treatments.



Whitney Houston's daughter in medically induced coma

Whitney Houston's daughter, Bobbi Kristina Brown, was placed in a medically induced coma after she was found facedown and unresponsive in a bathtub full of water, a source close to the family said.



Huckabee: Homosexuality like drinking, swearing

Republican presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee says expecting Christians to accept same-sex marriage is "like asking someone who's Jewish to start serving bacon-wrapped shrimp in their deli."



Another apparent ISIS beheading

A new ISIS release appears to show the decapitated body of captive Kenji Goto. The Japanese journalist went to Syria, he said, to try to tell the stories of war in all its complexity.



WH proposes foreign profits tax

The great infrastructure debate is about to begin, so the White House hopes.



'SNL' talks Seahawks, Deflategate and de Blasio

Jay Pharoah and Kenan Thompson parody Seattle Seahawks' players Richard Sherman and Marshawn Lynch on "Saturday Night Live."



Winter storm cancels 2K flights

A winter storm dumping snow and disrupting travel in the central United States is headed toward the Northeast.



Boy, 3, shoots parents

A 3-year-old boy shot his father and pregnant mother over the weekend inside a hotel room in Albuquerque, New Mexico.



Obama: This isn't a religious war

President Barack Obama once again refused to label the fight against terrorism as a war on radical Islam or any kind of "religious war," insisting that such labels hurt efforts to root out radical ideologies in Muslim communities.



Bill Maher slams 'medieval' Saudi leaders

Bill Maher criticized Saudi Arabian leaders for refusing to shake Michelle Obama's hand while she and the President were there.



Will 2015 Puppy Bowl have double touchdown?

The first Puppy Bowl aired on February 6, 2005, on a hunch that viewers would tune in to watch puppies run around a small replica of a football field.



Super Bowl XLIX Blog: Follow All the Action Live

Follow all the action with a live blog with our friends from ESPN.



5 Storylines to Watch for During Super Bowl XLIX

As we get closer to the opening kickoff, here are some of the key storylines involving the New Englad Patriots and the Seattle Seahawks.



Heavy Snow Hits the Midwest; Next a Messy Monday for Millions

A major winter storm delivering heavy snow and near blizzard conditions to parts of the Midwest is now beginning to impact the Northeast.



Scott Walker Open to Sending US Troops to Fight ISIS

He has surged to the top of the potential GOP presidential field.



Trial of Ex-Patriot Aaron Hernandez Delayed by Weather

Trial of ex-New England Patriot Aaron Hernandez delayed a day for Monday snow forecast



Marathon Bombing Defense Likely to Focus on Dead Brother

Defense in Boston Marathon bombing case could try putting suspect's dead brother on trial



Horror in Japan as Video Purports to Show Hostage Beheaded

Horror, fear in Japan after video purports to show Islamic State group beheading hostage Goto



Australian al-Jazeera Reporter Freed, Deported from Egypt

Peter Greste has been held in prison for more than 400 days.



Sheriff Seeking 'Person of Interest' After 5 People Killed

Sheriff seeking 'person of interest' after 5 people killed near west Georgia town of LaGrange



Why Even Vaccinated People Can Catch Measles

A measles outbreak that started last December has infected at least 84 people in 14 states, including at least 5 people who were immunized against the virus.



3-Year-Old Wounds Father, Woman With Single Gunshot

A 3-year-old boy got hold of a gun in an Albuquerque, New Mexico motel room, and fired a single bullet, striking both his father and a pregnant woman, police said today.



For T-Mobile, it's more than just the Kardashian Bowl

Technically Incorrect: For the Super Bowl, T-Mobile teases that it's not just using the humor of Kim Kardashian. There are actual comedians, too.









The gloriously dark Super Bowl ad in which God's phone dies

Technically Incorrect: Mobile phone charger company Mophie might just get a few hearts racing during the Super Bowl with its apocalyptic joy.




Why Apple keeps winning in style

Technically Incorrect: As technology becomes more fixated on fashion, the maker of the iPhone and the Apple Watch is well placed to take advantage.









Katy Perry to Super Bowl fans: Buy my stuff, now

Those of you watching Sunday's half-time show will be able to buy Perry paraphernalia in the moment across social media and connected devices.









iPhone sales take a big bite out of Android shipments

For the first time ever, shipments of Android smartphones fell in the holiday quarter.









Super Bowl blitz: T-Mobile, Sprint aim to hit hard with buzzy ads

There's no better way to make a good impression than with a memorable Super Bowl ad, and the two carriers figure to make headway against bigger spenders Verizon Wireless and AT&T.









Big future in Broadcom's little set-top box?

The chipmaker has been working on new technology for its cable provider customers, including a TV dongle and a chip for faster broadband speeds.









Qualcomm's mobile dominance shaken from loss of flagship phone

The leading maker of mobile chips works to quell concerns about its business prospects and new high-end chip after it disclosed this week that a large customer dropped the chip from a major phone.









Pirate Bay back up after December police raid

The torrent site, used to download television shows, movies, games and other files, was shut down for seven weeks.









Space out in these glow-in-the-dark galaxy undies

No need for a telescope when wearing these solar system skivvies. We promise not to make a rude comet about your asteroid.









Surprise! Dish Network emerges as major wireless player after FCC auction

AT&T and Verizon are big winners in the record-breaking wireless auction, but it's Dish Network that walks away with an unexpectedly large swath of spectrum. What will it do with it?









Rachael Taylor of 'Grey's Anatomy' to raise hell as Hellcat in 'Jessica Jones'

Actress Rachael Taylor takes on the role of Patricia "Trish" Walker, aka Hellcat, in the upcoming Marvel TV series premiering on Netflix.




HTC One M7, M8 owners, you'll have to wait longer for Android 5.0

HTC says several issues with the latest version of Android, dubbed Lollipop, will cause the company to miss its goal of an update within 90 days, the deadline for which falls on Sunday.









Google's Nest loses two key execs, including Dropcam CEO

Dropcam co-founder Greg Duffy, and Yoky Matsuoka, Nest's vice president of technology, have left the company, according to The Verge.









How social media wins the #SuperBowl

As social media's prowess continues to grow, advertisers are coming up with more ways to capitalize on your dedication to watching the big game.









Insomniacs, now you can spray sleep right onto your skin

Mist melatonin on yourself until you slowly drift off to dream of a world filled with spray-on love, money and power, too.









Scouring the 'Game of Thrones' Season 5 trailer for clues (pictures)

The trailer has landed! And after a bit of freaking out, we've dissected some noteworthy shots. Who's that bearded wonder? And is that another dragon?!? Caution: possible major spoilers ahead.









Lust! Betrayal! First full trailer for 'Game of Thrones' Season 5 is now official

HBO has released the first full-length trailer for the next season of "Game of Thrones," promising, as Peter Dinklage might say, more stabby stabby, sexy sexy.