Louisiana floods: Obama 'heartbroken' after tour

Posted on Tuesday August 23, 2016

President Barack Obama tours the flood-ravaged areas of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, where he vowed to help residents rebuild in the coming months.

Turkey evacuates town amid anti-IS Syria campaign

Posted on Tuesday August 23, 2016

Turkey evacuated Karkamis near Syria, as it prepares an offensive against so-called Islamic State holding Jarablus.

India runner OP Jaisha 'not given water' at Rio

Posted on Tuesday August 23, 2016

An Olympic woman marathon runner from India says she was not provided water and energy drinks by Indian officials at designated stations.

Rio Paralympics 2016: Russian doping ban 'cynical', says PM

Posted on Tuesday August 23, 2016

Russia's PM Dmitry Medvedev says the decision to uphold a blanket doping ban on Russia's Paralympians is "cynical".

Ramen noodles 'are most valuable US prison commodity', study suggests

Posted on Tuesday August 23, 2016

A study suggests ramen noodles have overtaken tobacco to become the most valuable commodity in some US prisons.

US service member killed in Afghanistan

Posted on Tuesday August 23, 2016

A US service member has been killed by an IED in Afghanistan, the first combat death there since January, officials said.

Zika virus: Florida announces five new cases

Posted on Tuesday August 23, 2016

Florida's governor announces five new cases of Zika, including one in the Tampa Bay area, 265 miles (425 km) north of Miami.

Poor security 'aided' Ashley Madison hack

Posted on Tuesday August 23, 2016

The Ashley Madison dating site had "inadequate" security systems and used fake icons to make people think it was safe, reveals a report.

US new home sales rise at fastest pace since 2007

Posted on Tuesday August 23, 2016

US new home sales jumped in July to the fastest pace in nearly nine years, according to official figures.

34kg pearl found in Philippines 'is world's biggest'

Posted on Tuesday August 23, 2016

Philippine officials believe they may have recovered the biggest natural giant clam pearl in the world - weighing a whopping 34kg (5.2 stone).

Paris tourism hit by militant attacks, strikes and floods

Posted on Tuesday August 23, 2016

Attacks by Islamist militants, strikes and floods have caused a substantial drop in the number of tourists visiting Paris, officials say.

Germany considers return of conscription for civil defence

Posted on Tuesday August 23, 2016

Germany may reintroduce national service for civilians to help the army deal with a future disaster, under a government plan.

Sea Shepherd US settles Japan whaling case

Posted on Tuesday August 23, 2016

Sea Shepherd Australia says it will continue interfering in Japanese whale hunts despite a court settlement against the group's US branch.

Muslim Frenchwoman 'fined for veil on Cannes beach'

Posted on Tuesday August 23, 2016

A Frenchwoman said she was fined for wearing a hair-covering veil on the beach in Cannes, after the mayor imposed a controversial ban on "burkinis".

Sarkozy: The former president who wants France back

Posted on Tuesday August 23, 2016

The former president wants France back.

Solar power 'key to peace' in Rio favela

Posted on Tuesday August 23, 2016

Why Belgian entrepreneur Pol Dhuyvetter is helping a Rio favela to produce all its own power using solar panels.

Skateboarding leaps into the Tokyo 2020 Olympics

Posted on Tuesday August 23, 2016

The International Olympic Committee has announced that five new sports will be added to the Tokyo 2020 Games, including surfing and skateboarding.

Who said Japan's politicians were boring?

Posted on Tuesday August 23, 2016

Japan's establishment shakes off its grey reputation, with rapping and underpants - and even the PM lightens up by dressing as Super Mario.

Life as an obstetrician in a war zone

Posted on Monday August 22, 2016

In a video diary for the BBC, an Aleppo obstetrician performs an emergency caesarean section during one of the city's many power blackouts.

Lake Como, Italy, the latest migrant frontline

Posted on Monday August 22, 2016

Hundreds of migrants are sleeping rough on Lake Como in Italy after the Swiss authorities tightened restrictions on border crossings.