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Islamic State 'kills US hostage'

bbc.co.uk — Islamic State video purports to show beheading of US hostage Steven Sotloff.
Sep 02, 2014

RT @BBCNews: David Cameron announces he'll chair emergency Cobra meeting following Islamic State's release of "beheading video" bbc.in/1truhbG

Sep 02, 2014

#BREAKING: @BBCBreaking: Family of ex-UCF student Steven Sotloff aware of "horrific tragedy and grieving privately." bbc.in/1nSw5Dl.

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Ashya King parents leave Spain jail

bbc.co.uk — Parents of sick boy Ashya King freed from Spanish prison after UK prosecutors withdraw arrest warrant, BBC told
Sep 02, 2014

RT @BBCPeterH: Prosecutors said they were happy any risk to Ashya's life "was not as great or immediate as... originally thought bbc.co.uk/news/uk-englan…

Sep 02, 2014

Prosecutors said they were happy any risk to Ashya's life "was not as great or immediate as... originally thought bbc.co.uk/news/uk-englan…

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Ahmed Abdi Godane: Al-Shabab's Somali leader

bbc.co.uk — A reclusive figure with a love of poetry, Ahmed Abdi Godane became a feared jihadist, running assassination and bomb squads in Somalia. He rose to the helm of the al-Qaeda-linked al-Shabab group in 2008 after a US air strike killed his predecessor Aden Hashi Ayro in a remote village in southern Somalia.

Arthur Andersen name revived more than a decade after collapse

bbc.co.uk — US auditor Arthur Andersen is having its name resurrected more than a decade after it collapsed because of the Enron accounting scandal. Some of its former partners based in San Francisco have bought the rights to the name and re-christened their consultancy Andersen Tax.
Sep 03, 2014

RT @lucymarcus: Arthur Andersen name revived decade+ after collapse "It's like buying a passenger ship & naming it the Titanic" http://t.co…

Sep 03, 2014

Arthur Andersen name revived decade+ after collapse "It's like buying a passenger ship & naming it the Titanic" bbc.in/1vLNBkE #tax

Corruption 'impoverishes and kills millions'

bbc.co.uk — An estimated $1tn (£600bn) a year is being taken out of poor countries and millions of lives are lost because of corruption, according to campaigners. A report by the US-based anti-poverty organisation One says much of the progress made over the past two decades in tackling extreme poverty has been put at risk by corruption and crime.

Gary Barlow "settling tax affairs ASAP"

bbc.co.uk — Gary Barlow has said he is working with new accountants to settle his tax affairs "ASAP". Writing on Twitter, he apologised to any fans who were offended by stories earlier in the year on the subject. Take That members Barlow, Howard Donald and Mark Owen and manager Jonathan Wild were among some 1,000 people involved.

Steven Sotloff friend: 'This should never have happened'

bbc.co.uk — A friend of American journalist Steven Sotloff, who has apparently been killed by Islamic State militants, says the UK and US need to start negotiating for hostages. Matthew Van Dyke, a US film maker, told BBC Radio 5 live's Drive that the administration had had an "opportunity to rescue" Sotloff but "took too long to do it".
Sep 02, 2014

RT @BBCWorld: "Great guy, incredible writer" - friend of Steven Sotloff on news of his apparent killing by Islamic State bbc.in/1nSOX5d

Sep 02, 2014

RT @BBCWorld: "Great guy, incredible writer" - friend of Steven Sotloff on news of his apparent killing by Islamic State bbc.in/1nSOX5d

Sep 02, 2014

RT @BBCWorld: "Great guy, incredible writer" - friend of Steven Sotloff on news of his apparent killing by Islamic State bbc.in/1nSOX5d

British captive being held by Islamic State

bbc.co.uk — A British hostage is among those being held by Islamic State militants, Number 10 has confirmed. It comes after IS threatened to kill a British hostage during a video released on Tuesday that purports to show the beheading of another US journalist.
Sep 02, 2014

RT @BBCNews: UK confirms British hostage is being held by Islamic State militants bbc.in/1CnQeej pic.twitter.com/s8z45AiQoD

Sep 02, 2014

The BBC's @bbcjlandale says there is an "emerging" debate over UK military action against Islamic State bbc.in/1q8IbwQ

Nato summit: £3.5bn armoured vehicle deal to be signed

bbc.co.uk — A £3.5bn deal for nearly 600 new armoured vehicles will be signed in Caerphilly county ahead of the Nato summit. The Ministry of Defence (MoD) will order 589 Scout Specialist Vehicles at General Dynamics, Oakdale. It will be the largest single order placed by the MoD for armoured vehicles for more than 30 years.

Justin Bieber charged with assault and dangerous driving

bbc.co.uk — Justin Bieber has been charged with assault and dangerous driving after crashing his quad bike into a minivan. He was arrested near his hometown of Stratford, Ontario, after apparently getting into a fight with the other driver. Ontario Provincial Police confirmed they were called to the scene to investigate and then made the arrest.

Austria's only snail farmer

bbc.co.uk — In a dark barn on a farm on the outskirts of Vienna, Andreas Gugumuck is preparing the "love room" for the multiple guests that come to stay. His role is to provide atmospheric lighting, and a steady supply of snacks for those visitors who want to take a break from being amorous with numerous partners.

Ebola response lethally inadequate, says MSF

bbc.co.uk — A global military intervention is needed to curb the largest ever Ebola outbreak, according to the medical charity Medecins Sans Frontieres. In a damning criticism of world leaders, it says the global response has so far been "lethally inadequate". The charity said countries were turning their back on West Africa and merely reducing the risk of Ebola arriving on their shores.

International Naturist Congress being held in Ireland

Sep 03, 2014

Nudists rejoice. The biggest event in the international naturist calendar is coming to Ireland. bbc.in/1qZSFuO

£7m claim over leaking Dartington 'eco-school'

bbc.co.uk — A £7m claim has been launched against two firms involved in the design and building of an "eco-school" that closed after it developed leaks. Devon County Council is demanding the money from architects White Design and main contractors Interserve over Dartington Primary School. The claim is for the cost of repairs and relocating to temporary buildings.

A cloud of uncertainty

bbc.co.uk — Two days after stolen celebrity photos started leaking onto the 4Chan website, one thing is clear. And that is that virtually nothing is clear. Despite all the speculation about Apple's iCloud or other cloud services being hacked, there is still no evidence about exactly how the photos were obtained.
Sep 02, 2014

RT @ruskin147: bbc.co.uk/news/technolog… New blog - Clouds of Uncertainty - on the known knowns and unknown unknowns in the celeb hack story

Sep 02, 2014

RT @BBCWorld: How were leaked celebrity photos obtained? Rory Cellan-Jones on how "virtually nothing is clear": bbc.in/1nt2q3B

Sep 02, 2014

RT @ruskin147: bbc.co.uk/news/technolog… New blog - Clouds of Uncertainty - on the known knowns and unknown unknowns in the celeb hack story

Sep 02, 2014

bbc.co.uk/news/technolog… New blog - Clouds of Uncertainty - on the known knowns and unknown unknowns in the celeb hack story

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