24 Jul 2014 Last updated at 04:14 GMT


BBC News - World

Ukraine rebel denies having missile

A top rebel in Ukraine says his forces do not possess the Buk missile thought to have brought down flight MH17 - but another rebel leader disagrees.

Deadly ambush on Iraq prison convoy

Suicide attackers mount a bomb and gun attack on a prison convoy in Iraq, killing 51 prisoners and nine police officers, security sources say.

'Apostasy' woman flies out of Sudan

A Sudanese woman who was spared a death sentence for renouncing Islam has flown to Italy after more than a month in the US embassy.

Hamas ties ceasefire to blockade

Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal says there can be no ceasefire in Gaza without an end to Israel's economic blockade, as fighting continues.

Arizona execution takes two hours

US death row inmate Joseph Wood takes almost two hours to die in Arizona's death chamber, and the state governor orders an inquiry.

Google to face Europe data watchdogs

Google will meet data regulators from across the EU to discuss the implications of the controversial "right to be forgotten" ruling.

Taiwan plane crash toll reaches 48

Forty-eight people are now known to have died after a passenger plane crashed in Taiwan's Penghu island, as a storm passed over the area.

Children dead in Indian train crash

At least 13 children are killed along with their driver when a school bus is hit by a train in the Indian state of Telangana, police say.

CAR factions announce ceasefire

Rival armed groups in the Central African Republic sign a ceasefire agreement aimed at ending over a year of religious conflict.

'Grave concerns' over Australia camp

Australia's top rights official says the situation at the Christmas Island asylum centre has "significantly deteriorated", with people "plagued by despair".

US lifts ban on flights to Tel Aviv

The US aviation regulator lifts its ban on US carriers flying to Tel Aviv's Ben Gurion airport, but warns the situation remains "very fluid".

Chinese man admits sensor smuggling

A Chinese man pleads guilty to attempting to smuggle sensors made for the US military to China, after a US sting operation.

US 'around the world' flier crashes

A US teenager and his father who crashed their plane during an attempt to fly around the world knew the risks, a relative says.

Indian boy has 232 teeth removed

Doctors in India extract 232 teeth from the mouth of a 17-year-old boy in a seven-hour operation.

Polar bear 'too old' for Canada move

An elderly, "depressed" polar bear is to stay in Argentina because he is too old, a zoo decides, rejecting a petition to move him to Canada.


Actor left his fortune to his girlfriend

Philip Seymour Hoffman didn't want his children to become "trust fund kids" so he left his fortune to his girlfriend, a court document said.



Mayor dies after wasp attack

The mayor of a community just outside Montreal died of anaphylactic shock Sunday after being attacked by wasps while on vacation.



New details on Peaches Geldof's death

Peaches Geldof, the daughter of musician Bob Geldof and the late Paula Yates, died of a heroin overdose after relapsing into use of the illegal drug following attempts to give it up, an inquest heard Wednesday.



Kasem's body whisked out of U.S.

Casey Kasem's body was flown to Canada a month after he died, a funeral home director told CNN Tuesday.



See 400-year-old crucifix dug up

An archeology student discovered a 400-year-old copper crucifix at the site of a former colony in Canada.



Dad: Son kept me from killing suspect

A Florida father who beat his 11-year-old son's alleged molester unconscious before calling 911 told a CNN affiliate that his son is a hero and that the youngster is the only reason the man is alive.



Debate rages in IRS email scandal

Republican lawmakers want to know why the IRS didn't know that it might have been able to recover missing emails from a former official's computer -- communication at the center of new questions about the agency's targeting of conservative political groups.



Stabbed girl gets Purple Heart

An anonymous military veteran gifted his Purple Heart to the "Slender Man" victim who was stabbed 19 times.



Spanking the gray matter out of kids

Researchers say physical punishment actually alters the brain -- not only in an "I'm traumatized!" kind of way, but also in an "I literally have less gray matter in my brain!" kind of way.



She tried to ditch rings, but ...

The owner of two wedding rings found attached to some balloons says she no longer wants the rings. WBRC reports.



My son wears skirts -- so what?

Actor and father Seth Menachem explains why he's comfortable letting his 2-year-old son wear dresses in public.



Colbert 'Late Show' stays in NYC

The host of CBS' "Late Show" may be changing, but the location is staying the same. Colbert version is staying in New York.



New 'Star Wars': Check out the X-wing

J.J. Abrams has given "Star Wars" fans something new to geek out about, and better yet, it's for a good cause.



'Star Wars' director's 'nerd porn'

CNN's Lisa France explains why Star Wars fans are drooling over a charity video released by director J.J. Abrams.



Strippers sue San Diego cops

Several strippers in California are suing the San Diego Police Department on charges of unreasonable search and seizure.



Aaron Hernandez backs off of Pats

A Tuesday hearing was canceled in a battle between the New England Patriots and accused killer Aaron Hernandez over the former tight end's demand for his team records, including medical and psychological tests as well as his scouting report.



Arizona Inmate Dies 2 Hours After Execution Began

An inmate's execution with lethal drugs in Arizona today took almost two hours as witnesses reported the man gasped and snorted, prompting his lawyers to request an emergency halt to the procedure.



'Rude' Gate Agent Tweet Gets Family Booted Off Plane

A Minneapolis man and his two children were kicked off a Southwest airline flight along after the dad tweeted about a “rude� gate agent who refused to give his family priority seating.



9 Weight Loss Questions Answered

Get the facts and start losing fat fast.



FAA Lifts Flight Restrictions to Israel

The FAA lifted restrictions on United States airline flights into and out of Israel's Ben Gurion Airport in Tel Aviv, the agency announced.



Gaza Fighting Rages Amid Cease-Fire Bid

Gaza fighting rages as US, others push for cease-fire



Ukraine Says 2 Jets Downed By Missiles Fired From Russia

Two Ukrainian military jets were shot down today according to Ukrainian defense officials who charged that they were downed by missiles fired from the Russian side of the border.



2 Planes With More Crash Victims to Leave Ukraine

2 more planes carrying victims of Malaysian crash to fly from Ukraine to Netherlands



Prayers for Man Who Died in NY Police Custody

Eric Garner died after being put in apparent chokehold.



Unarmed Teen Was 'Hurt' Before 'Porch Shooting'

One of the last people to see Renisha McBride before she was shot to death testified that the teen appeared scared and disoriented after she crashed into a parked car.



Colorado Gay Marriage Ban Struck, Appeal Awaits

Federal judge overturns Colorado's gay marriage ban, but appeal awaits



Lockdown Lifted at Little Rock Air Force Base

Lockdown lifted at Arkansas air base after suspicious person report determined not 'credible'



Facebook profit more than doubles as mobile marches on

The social-networking company beats expectations and points to fast-growing revenue from mobile advertising.









Seoul set to ban 'illegal' ride-sharing app Uber

Uber's Asian expansion hit a snag in South Korea as Seoul's city government claims the service is illegal under current laws.









LG's second-quarter boosted by record phone shipments

South Korean electronics giant says it shipped 14.5 million smartphones in the quarter, a 20 percent year-over-year increase.









3D print space probes and asteroids, courtesy of NASA

NASA has released STL files so you can 3D print your own scale models of space probes, asteroids and the surface of the moon.









Xiaomi's global VP Hugo Barra says designing around current products is 'stupid'

In response to claims that the new Mi 4 copied the iPhone, Barra called out a "flawed" patent system for hindering innovation in the market.









Best space photography of 2014 reveals stellar wonders (pictures)

On the 45th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, Australian astronomers have gathered to honour the very best in astrophotography.









Foursquare gets personal with local search and new logo

The social media check-in app introduces new features that will give users personalized suggestions that are "all about you."









IBM's Watson helps military members go back to civilian life

Big Blue's 'Jeopardy'-winning computer now comes in the form of an app that uses its technical know-how to assist military personnel in transitioning to life back home.









Beachcombers collect shipwrecked Lego

Lego octopuses and dragons have been washing up on a beach in Cornwall. An intrepid beachcomber is helping to document the ongoing discoveries.









A new kind of string theory: The physics of playing guitar

A University of Oxford physicist has derived equations that describe how guitar techniques influence the pitch of a note.









Tesla's gigafactory could make electric cars rival gas cars

The massive lithium-ion battery plant is slated to open in 2017 and is said to bring down the battery cost per kWh by 30 percent.









US Facebook average is 40 minutes a day, says CEO

A tiny joy embedded in today's earnings call makes Facebook more important to Americans than quite a few things.









Tablet benchmarks revisited

Does the performance of a tablet age like a fine wine or a stinky cheese? CNET Labs takes a deeper look at how last year's top Android gaming tablet benchmarks hold up today.









Tomorrow Daily 023: Amazon Fire phone reviews, a huge TV price tag, virus art, and more

Today, Amazon Fire phone reviews started dropping (and they're not very good), Samsung puts a price tag on its 105-inch curved TV, and artists create a gallery of computer virus art.









Phineas and Ferb meet the Sith-inator in 'Star Wars' special

Phineas and Ferb are about to travel to Tatooine and beyond with the help of actor Simon Pegg and "MythBusters" Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman. The show's creators talk to Crave.









Smartphone charging spews out megatons of greenhouse gases

Juniper Research finds that worldwide carbon dioxide emissions from cell phone charging will more than double by 2019.









Uber arrives on Windows Phone

Windows Phone users can finally hail the on-demand car service from a native app, instead of via the mobile website.









Hands-on with PlayStation Now

Sony's ambitious streaming-only game service is about to hit public beta. Here's what to expect.