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Accounts on messaging service Snapchat have been hijacked to send spam - but the site has said it was not the victim of a hack.

User profiles were used to send out advertisements for a weightloss site.

It's not clear how many people have been affected, but Snapchat users in several countries took to Twitter to complain about the problem.

Snapchat has suffered breaches in the past, including the leak of 4.6m...

Read more: Snapchat hit by weightloss spam scam

imageEurope is considered the most dangerous destination for migrants, according to the International Organization for Migration

More than 3,000 migrants have died crossing the Mediterranean this year, according to the International Organization for Migration (IOM).

In a report published on Monday , the IOM said the 3,072 deaths made Europe the most dangerous destination for "irregular" migrants.

The organisation said that some experts placed the toll three times as high.

This year's total is more than double the previous peak in 2011, and exceeds last year's estimate over four times.

Since January, 4,077...

Read more: Migrant deaths in Med pass 3,000

Victorious Ryder Cup captain Paul McGinley says his strained relationship with Darren Clarke will not influence his opinion on who should succeed him.

McGinley is part of a five-man committee that will choose the European captain for 2016.

Clarke initially backed McGinley's bid to be the 2014 captain, only to put himself forward and then move on to supporting Colin Montgomerie.

"I'm going to be very professional in my input," said McGinley.

Former Open champion Clarke wrote to McGinley in 2011, offering his support to the Irishman's bid to lead at Gleneagles.


Clarke and McGinley won the Ryder Cup as...

Read more: Clarke rift will not sway McGinley


Tens of thousands of pro-democracy protesters are blocking Hong Kong's streets, shutting down its business hub amid a row about how the city's leader should be elected.

Elections are due in 2017 - but the Chinese government has issued a ruling limiting who can stand as a candidate, which has angered activists who want full democracy.

The demonstrations have spread to other areas including a shopping district and a residential area, and China has warned other countries not to support what it calls "illegal rallies".

BBC News explains the row - in 60 seconds.

Video produced by Helier Cheung and...

Read more: VIDEO: Occupy Central - in 60 seconds


An Oklahoma man accused of beheaded his co-worker with a knife on Thursday is to be charged with murder. But it's still unclear whether the alleged attack was carried out in a wild fury, as a response to being fired, or whether it was an act of jihad.

On the highway outside the Vaughan Foods processing plant in the suburban town of Moore, on the edge of Oklahoma City, a small memorial of yellow flowers and American flags has appeared.

It marks the violence that took place...

Read more: A jihadist beheading in middle America?

imagePolice have said Magnotta filmed the murder of Jun Lin and posted it online

The trial of a Canadian man accused of killing his lover and sending parts of his body in the post to political figures has begun in Montreal.

Luka Magnotta, 32, has pleaded not guilty to five charges related to the 2012 death of Jun Lin, a Chinese university student, including murder.

He faces a life prison sentence if convicted on all charges.

The trial start was delayed amid a crowded court calendar and difficulty selecting jurors.

Nearly 1,600 people...

Read more: Canada body parts murder trial opens

imageThe German media have expressed outrage over one alleged incident

Police in Germany are investigating reports refugees were repeatedly abused by security guards at an asylum centre.

According to the AP news agency, police raided the centre in the western town of Burbach after a local journalist received a DVD allegedly showing guards abusing an asylum seeker.

Detectives have released a photo which they say came from one security officer's mobile phone.

The image is said to show a guard assaulting a refugee.

In the picture, the...

Read more: German asylum centre abuse probed

The BBC's Anna Holligan: “This is one of the most complex trials in the history of international justice”

War crimes prosecutors have called former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic the "driving force" behind the persecution of non-Serbs in the 1990s.

Closing arguments are being heard in The Hague, where Mr Karadzic has been on trial for five years.

Prosecutors want him to get life imprisonment. He is charged with 11 crimes committed during the Bosnia war, including the most serious, genocide.

He listened intently...

Read more: Karadzic 'drove Bosnia war crimes'

Our selection of some of the best news photographs taken around the world during the past 24 hours.

imageA calm and tranquil North Sea surrounds The Couple by artist Sean Henry which sits just off the coast at Newbiggin-by-the-Sea, Northumberland, as the warmer than usual temperatures continue across the UK.
imageThousands of pro-democracy protesters are blocking Hong Kong's streets, shutting down the territory's business hub and ignoring appeals to leave. Crowds remained on the streets overnight after a day that saw riot police deploy tear gas and batons in a bid to disperse...

Read more: Day in pictures: 29 September


Do you have a "male" or "female" brain? Are there really significant brain differences between the sexes and if so, do these differences matter? BBC Horizon investigates.

When it comes to the tricky and explosive question of how much, if at all, male and female behaviour is driven by brain differences, Professor Alice Roberts and I sit on different sides of the fence.

I believe that our brains, like our bodies, are shaped by exposure to hormones in the womb and this may help explain why males tend...

Read more: Is your brain male or female?


Kenya's Dennis Kimetto has broken the marathon world record in Berlin, winning the race in a time of two hours, two minutes and 57 seconds.

The 30-year-old shook off fellow Kenyan Emmanuel Mutai with just under three miles remaining to become the first man to run a marathon in less than two hours and three minutes.

Mutai, who finished second in 2:03:13, also broke the previous record.

"I feel good because I won a very tough race," said Kimetto.

"I felt good from the start and in the last few miles I felt I could do it and break the...

Read more: Kimetto sets marathon world record

imageThe scientists searched for the molecule deep in the Milky Way

Scientists have found the beginnings of life-bearing chemistry at the centre of the galaxy.

Iso-propyl cyanide has been detected in a star-forming cloud 27,000 light-years from Earth.

Its branched carbon structure is closer to the complex organic molecules of life than any previous finding from interstellar space.

The discovery suggests the building blocks of life may be widespread throughout our galaxy.

Various organic molecules have previously been discovered in interstellar space, but i-propyl cyanide is the first...

Read more: Complex molecule discovered in space

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