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Alan Henning: Convoy colleague calls for hostage to be freed

bbc.co.uk — A man who was on the aid convoy to Syria with Alan Henning when he was taken hostage has appealed for Islamic State (IS) militants to release him. Majid Freeman said he hoped Mr Henning's captors would understand "he's a humanitarian aid worker, he's not a fighter."
Sep 17, 2014

RT @Majstar7: "Please spare him... let him come home" - appeal to IS to release our friend Alan Henning bbc.in/1u8OC26 pic.twitter.com/oHROpdEFuy

Sep 17, 2014

RT @carolinehawley: friend of British hostage, Alan Henning, who was there when he was kidnapped, tells @CatrinNye what happened: bbc.co.uk/news/uk-292383…

Sep 17, 2014

RT @BBCNews: "Show him mercy, he's just an aid worker" - friend of Alan Henning recalls moment of abduction bbc.in/ZqcogP pic.twitter.com/KsmmYlq1Ng

Sep 17, 2014

RT @BBCNews: "Please spare him... let him come home" - colleague of hostage Alan Henning appeals to IS bbc.in/1u8OC26 pic.twitter.com/3ifmqb6YWk

Sep 17, 2014

RT @BBCNews: "Please spare him... let him come home" - colleague of hostage Alan Henning appeals to IS bbc.in/1u8OC26 pic.twitter.com/3ifmqb6YWk

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Will Scottish referendum encourage Africa's separatists?

bbc.co.uk — Many African countries have secessionist movements, partly because their borders were drawn up by colonial powers in the 19th Century. Will the Scottish referendum lead to a greater push for independence on the continent?
Sep 17, 2014

RT @JosephWinter: A map of separatist movements in Africa - will Scottish referendum encourage them? #indyref bbc.in/1r1r9j6 pic.twitter.com/ZPVrq3sibH

Sep 17, 2014

RT @JosephWinter: A map of separatist movements in Africa - will Scottish referendum encourage them? #indyref bbc.in/1r1r9j6 pic.twitter.com/ZPVrq3sibH

Sep 17, 2014

RT @JosephWinter: A map of separatist movements in Africa - will Scottish referendum encourage them? #indyref bbc.in/1r1r9j6 pic.twitter.com/ZPVrq3sibH

Sep 17, 2014

A map of separatist movements in Africa - will Scottish referendum encourage them? #indyref bbc.in/1r1r9j6 pic.twitter.com/ZPVrq3sibH

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Ebola could wreck W Africa economies

bbc.co.uk — Ebola outbreak could have catastrophic economic impact on three West African countries, the World Bank says.
Sep 17, 2014

RT @BBCAfrica: Ebola outbreak could have catastrophic economic impact on three West African countries - World Bank bbc.in/1snLKw0

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Australia launches anti-terror raids in Sydney and Brisbane

bbc.co.uk — Australian police have made arrests in Sydney and Brisbane, in what they say is the nation's biggest counter-terrorism operation. More than 600 heavily armed officers raided properties in the two cities. Police said the operation was ongoing, giving no further details. Last week the country raised its terror threat level from medium to high.
Sep 17, 2014

Australian police have made 15 arrests in Sydney & Brisbane as part of a large counter terrorism operation bbc.in/1md4TnU

Scottish independence: Voters answer referendum question

bbc.co.uk — People in Scotland will vote later on whether the country should stay in the UK or become and independent nation. Voters will answer "Yes" or "No" to the referendum question: "Should Scotland be an independent country?" With 4,285,323 people - 97% of the electorate - registered to vote, a historically high turnout is expected.
Sep 18, 2014

So after today UK could be a third smaller - and it's not that big now bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotla…

Sep 17, 2014

@BBCPolitics: People in Scotland will vote later on whether the country should become an independent nation. bbc.in/1wqRgSp” >FYI

Hiroshima survivors' art to go on show

bbc.co.uk — Artworks by survivors of the 1945 atomic bomb in Hiroshima are to go on show outside Japan for the first time. The powerful and often disturbing paintings will feature in an exhibition at Manchester Art Gallery next month. The pictures depict horrific scenes from 6 August 1945, when the first atomic bomb was dropped from a US aircraft during World War Two.

TB Joshua: Nigeria's best known televangelist

bbc.co.uk — The church building that collapsed in Lagos last week, killing dozens of people, was owned by one of Nigeria's best-known evangelists, TB Joshua. The BBC's Tomi Oladipo profiles the popular preacher who has claimed to perform miracles, including curing blindness and people with HIV.
Sep 17, 2014

RT @JosephWinter: A profile of TB Joshua: Nigeria's televangelist who says he predicted Michael Jackson's death @Tomi_Oladipo bbc.in/1o3cSPA

Sep 17, 2014

RT @JosephWinter: A profile of TB Joshua: Nigeria's televangelist who says he predicted Michael Jackson's death @Tomi_Oladipo bbc.in/1o3cSPA

Sep 17, 2014

A profile of TB Joshua: Nigeria's televangelist who says he predicted Michael Jackson's death @Tomi_Oladipo bbc.in/1o3cSPA

A skin printer and bee health-checker win Dyson awards

bbc.co.uk — A sun-powered cooker, a printer that 3D prints "skin", a wheelchair that lets disabled people stand upright and a bee prober are among the latest winners of the James Dyson Awards. The inventions are among those picked to represent various nations in the engineering prize.
Sep 17, 2014

RT @flashboy: this headline pleases me for reasons I do not fully comprehend RT @BBCTech: Skin printer and bee probe win award bbc.in/1mfU97R

Scottish independence: Vine tracks polls and results

bbc.co.uk — The Scottish referendum campaign has entered its final day and commentators are still not calling it for either side. In a Daily Politics film, the BBC's Jeremy Vine looks at how the results will come in across dozens of council areas, and how the campaign has developed, with the help of some colourful technology.
Sep 17, 2014

RT @markmackinnon: Fascinating BBC vid explaining how the #indyref might break down geographically. Glasgow and Edinburgh are key: bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politi…

Sep 17, 2014

For you to enjoy. "BBC News - Scottish independence: Vine tracks polls and results" bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politi…

Sep 17, 2014

RT @markmackinnon: Fascinating BBC vid explaining how the #indyref might break down geographically. Glasgow and Edinburgh are key: bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politi…

Sep 17, 2014

It wouldn't be polling day without @theJeremyVine . Here's his take on Scots #indyref count and polls. bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politi…

Sep 17, 2014

Fascinating BBC vid explaining how the #indyref might break down geographically. Glasgow and Edinburgh are key: bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politi…

Friend of hostage Alan Henning appeals for his release

bbc.co.uk — A friend of Alan Henning, the British man held hostage by militants from the group calling itself Islamic State, has appealed for his release. Majid Freeman was on the same aid convoy when Mr Henning was captured in Syria in December last year. He spoke to BBC Asian Network Reporter Catrin Nye.
Sep 17, 2014

RT @Majstar7: Extended 5 mins interview with @CatrinNye on Isis hostage Alan Henning. He's NOT an enemy, went to help the Syrians. bbc.co.uk/news/uk-292437…

Sep 17, 2014

Share this with everyone. Friend of hostage Alan Henning appeals for his release bbc.co.uk/news/uk-292437…

Who has won the social referendum?

bbc.co.uk — It was the 2008 Obama presidential campaign that first showed how politicians could use social media as a campaigning tool. Now the Scottish referendum could prove another landmark in the influence of the likes of Facebook and Twitter on debate. Millions on both sides have taken to tweeting and Facebooking their views on the issues.

Argentina tries doctors for 'baby theft' during military rule

bbc.co.uk — Two doctors and a midwife have gone on trial in Argentina charged with kidnapping babies born in captivity to left-wing political prisoners during the 1976-83 military government. It is the first case of medical staff being tried for allegedly falsifying the babies' birth certificates.

Intel unveils new dual-screen laptop

bbc.co.uk — Intel says it has several manufacturers building new computers based on the novel dual-screen laptop concept it has just unveiled. The chip giant hopes a second screen on the front lid will extend the usability of dedicated computers, which are coming under threat from smart phones and tablets.

Scottish independence: Yes could be catastrophic - Branson

bbc.co.uk — Sir Richard Branson has told the BBC that he would be "disappointed" if there was a "Yes" vote in the Scottish referendum.
Sep 17, 2014

No supporter Richard Branson cites Quebec (1:50 mark in video). "They've got the best of both worlds." ow.ly/BCTAj #scotland

Europeans drawn from three 'tribes'

bbc.co.uk — The modern European gene pool was formed when three ancient populations mixed with one another within the last 7,000 years, Nature journal reports. Blue-eyed, swarthy hunters mingled with brown-eyed, pale skinned farmers as the latter swept into Europe from the Near East. But another, mysterious population with Siberian affinities also contributed to the genetic landscape of the continent.
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