The White House says securing the release of three American citizens detained in North Korea is a "top priority", after they appealed for help.
China's museum boom hatches roast duck tribute
Radamel Falcao's loan move to Manchester United was the major deadline day signing as summer spending hits a record £835m.
A British activist who campaigns for better labour conditions is set to go on trial in Thailand charged with criminal defamation.
How Americans join the fight in Syria
Premier League clubs have been on a player buying spree, with spending at £835m, as the end of the transfer window passes.
Does the rest of the UK care if the Scots become independent?
The FBI looks into allegations that the online accounts of celebrities have been hacked, leading to intimate pictures being posted online.
How much has the Ice Bucket Challenge achieved?
Anti-euro but pro-EU party shakes up German politics
Everything But The Girl musician Ben Watt is announced as part of the 15-strong longlist for the Samuel Johnson Prize for non-fiction.
How corals stir up their world to draw in nutrients
As the transfer window closes, who can be satisfied with their business and who will be left with regrets?
Iraqi Shia and Kurdish forces capture an Islamic State stronghold, as a BBC team enters Amerli the day after a two-month siege ends.
Manchester United sign Colombia international striker Radamel Falcao on loan from Ligue 1 side Monaco.
Superfast computer technology is to be piloted in the Highlands in a project involving Fujitsu, Highland Council and Energy North.
Gordon Brown says an independent Scotland would become "an international outcast" if it refused to accept a share of UK debt.
Children's entertainers The Singing Kettle announce they are calling it a day and will stop performing early next year.
Water voles - one of the UK's rarest animals - have re-established a population at an RSPB Scotland reserve in the Highlands.
Local registration centres say in recent days they have received tens of thousands of applications from people wanting to vote.