imageRescue workers have resumed the search for those missing in the Mount Ontake eruption

Rescue workers in Japan have recovered more bodies from Mount Ontake, bringing to 47 the number of those killed by Saturday's volcanic eruption.

The search resumed despite fears of toxic gases and another eruption.

The number of those unaccounted for is unknown but estimates say hundreds were at the summit at the time. Dozens were injured by falling debris.

Since then, volcanic tremors have been continuously detected with smoke still coming out of the volcano.

Police had earlier put...

Read more: Japan volcano eruption deaths rise

imageJulia Pierson submitted her resignation to the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security

The head of the US Secret Service, tasked with guarding US President Barack Obama, has resigned following several high-profile security lapses.

Julia Pierson offered her resignation to the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security on Wednesday.

A day earlier, she faced angry questions in Congress about a major breach of White House security.

News of another incident involving an armed man allowed in a lift with Mr Obama compounded calls for her to go.

"Today Julia Pierson, the...

Read more: US Secret Service director resigns

imageOmar Gonzalez with wife Samantha, in an undated photo

A man accused of scaling the White House fence and running into the building while carrying a knife has pleaded not guilty to charges.

Police say Omar Gonzalez, 42, was tackled inside the White House East Room on 19 September.

Investigators later found more than 800 rounds of ammunition, two hatchets and a machete in his car, police said.

A federal judge ordered a mental competency review for Mr Gonzalez, a move opposed by his legal counsel.

In Washington on Wednesday, Mr Gonzalez pleaded...

Read more: White House 'intruder' in court

Carrie Gracie reports from Hong Kong, where protesters have lit up the streets in the main financial district

Student demonstrators in Hong Kong have vowed to step up their mass pro-democracy protests if Chief Executive CY Leung does not resign.

Student leader Lester Shum said protesters could start occupying government buildings if Mr Leung did not quit by Thursday.

Thousands continue to protest on the streets against China's vetting of candidates for 2017's leadership poll.

Ex-Governor Chris Patten accused China of reneging on its...

Read more: Students vow to step up HK protests

Alice's parents say they are struggling to come to terms with why anyone would want to hurt her, as the BBC's Tom Symonds reports

A body found in a west London river is that of missing Alice Gross, the Metropolitan Police have confirmed.

The 14-year-old's body was found on Tuesday night in the River Brent. She was last seen on 28 August after she left her home in Hanwell, west London.

Alice's parents say they have been "left completely devastated" and thanked the local...

Read more: River body confirmed as missing Alice

imageLord Hill remains an unknown quantity for most officials in Brussels

The UK's candidate to join the European Commission, Lord Hill, has been asked to attend a second hearing of MEPs to assess his suitability for the job.

The Conservative politician, nominated by UK PM David Cameron, is in line for a top job running financial services.

On Wednesday, he told MEPs he will act for all 28 EU member states and is not a representative of the City of London.

But the Conservative group in Brussels said Lord Hill would be recalled...

Read more: Lord Hill faces second 'EU grilling'

imagePeople who did well on smell tests were most likely to be alive five years later

Measuring people's sense of smell in later life could help doctors predict how likely they are to be alive in five years' time, a PLOS One study suggests.

A survey of 3,000 adults found 39% with the poorest sense of smell were dead within five years - compared to just 10% who identified odours correctly.

Scientists say the loss of smell sense does not cause death directly, but may...

Read more: Smell test 'may predict lifespan'

imageOn average, milk costs around 30p per litre to produce

Dairy farmers hit by a series of price cuts say they will take direct action in the next four days.

With fresh cuts announced this week, the amount farmers receive for their milk has been slashed each month for the last four months.

Some farmers now face revenue losses of up to 25%.

Speaking at the Dairy Show at the Bath and West Showground, the chair of lobby group Farmers for Action said protests would begin within...

Read more: Farmers to protest milk price cuts

imageThe Moon as we see it (L), in terms of height variation (C), and from surface gravity variations (R)

Scientists have identified a huge rectangular feature on the Moon that is buried just below the surface.

The 2,500km-wide structure is believed to be the remains of old rift valleys that later became filled with lava.

Centred on the Moon's Procellarum region, the feature is really only evident in gravity maps acquired by Nasa's Grail mission in 2012.

But knowing now of its existence, it is possible...

Read more: Moon's hidden valley system revealed


A rare clouded leopard has been hand-reared in the bathroom of a zookeeper after she was rejected by her mother....

Read more: VIDEO: Zookeeper rears leopard in bathroom

Iraq PM Haider al-Abadi: "l don't know what is going to happen in the I am taking all opportunities possible"

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has told the BBC he "totally" opposes Arab nations joining air strikes against Islamic State in his country.

In an interview, he said Western air power had "filled many gaps" in Iraq's fight against the jihadist group.

Several Arab states, including Saudi Arabia and Jordan, have joined the international coalition against IS.

Their aircraft have carried out strikes...

Read more: Iraq PM opposes Arab strikes in Iraq

imagePresident Ghani vowed that the fight against corruption would be done in "a thorough and systematic way"

Afghanistan's new leader is resuming the investigation into a banking fraud said to be one of the world's largest.

Ashraf Ghani said reopening the Kabul Bank inquiry was the first step in a fight against corruption.

The bank collapsed in 2010 after losing almost $1bn (£600m), mostly deposited by international donors.

Many of the bank's staff were sent to prison but the brothers of former President Hamid Karzai, who were involved, were granted immunity.

The bank's...

Read more: New Afghan leader reopens bank case

imageCities are using internet-connected sensors to monitor traffic, pollution and other activity

British computer chip designer ARM is creating an operating system to power new kinds of internet-connected devices.

The company is designing the mbed OS software to require as little battery power and memory as possible, and will not charge for its use.

It said the code would allow developers to create products more quickly.

However, it will work only with kit fitted with chips based on ARM's Cortex-M designs.

That means that despite the Cambridge-based...

Read more: ARM creates new operating system

imageThe animals usually rest on sea ice but will head to beaches if that platform is not available

Huge numbers of Pacific walrus have been coming ashore in northwest Alaska.

An estimated 35,000 animals were pictured at the weekend hauling themselves on to land north of Point Lay, about 500km southwest of Barrow.

The gathering was photographed as part of an annual survey undertaken by the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Walrus will generally rest on floes of Arctic sea ice, but when that is not available will head to nearby beaches....

Read more: Record haul-out for Pacific walrus

imageThe directors' campaign is believed to be backed by Iran's foreign ministry

Six prominent Iranian filmmakers have launched a campaign urging world powers to agree a permanent solution to the dispute over Iran's nuclear programme.

The directors - including Abbas Kiarostami and Asghar Farhadi, who won Iran's first Oscar in 2012 - say "there is no deal that is worse than no deal" .

International sanctions have hurt the Iranian people without harming their country's nuclear programme, they add.

The initiative comes as a 24 November deadline for negotiations approaches.

Last week, Iranian...

Read more: Iran filmmakers back nuclear deal

David Cameron: 'We want to cut more of your taxes'

David Cameron has pledged to cut taxes for thirty million people if the Conservatives win next year's election.

In a speech which ended his party's conference, the PM said he would raise the tax-free allowance from £10,500 to £12,500 by 2020.

He also said the threshold for the 40p income tax rate would be raised from £41,900 to £50,000 by the end of a five-year Conservative government.

The changes would back people who "do...

Read more: Cameron pledges tax cuts 'for 30m'


Children have come into contact with the first patient to be diagnosed with Ebola on US soil, the governor of Texas has said....

Read more: VIDEO: Hunt for US Ebola victim contacts

imageCumberbatch will play Richard III in two of the three new Hollow Crown films

Benedict Cumberbatch will be joined by his Sherlock co-star Andrew Scott in the cast of BBC Two's next major Shakespeare adaptation.

Filming has begun on The Hollow Crown: The Wars of the Roses, which will encompass Shakespeare's Henry VI Parts I, II and III and Richard III.

The first photo to be released shows Cumberbatch, best known as Sherlock Holmes, on horseback as Richard III.

Scott, who plays Holmes' adversary Moriarty, will appear as Louis XI.

Star-studded cast


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Mr Karadzic said prosecutors did not have "a single shred of hard evidence" against him

Radovan Karadzic accepted "moral responsibility" for crimes by Bosnian Serbs but denied ordering killings, in closing defence arguments at The Hague.

The wartime Bosnian Serb leader set out his case in a written brief before telling the UN tribunal there was not a shred of evidence against him.

He is accused of genocide and other crimes, with one charge relating to the Srebrenica massacre.

Prosecutors have called for him...

Read more: Karadzic takes blame for Serb crimes

imageNumerous armed groups are still active in eastern DR Congo, which is rich in minerals

More than 100 demobilised fighters and their relatives have allegedly died of starvation and disease in a camp in Democratic Republic of Congo.

They were moved to an isolated army camp in the north-west last year after surrendering in the volatile east, Human Rights Watch (HRW) says.

They received minimal food and health supplies, some apparently surviving on crops stolen from farmers' fields.

Defence Minister Alexandre Luba Ntambo said the accusations were irresponsible

Read more: Congo ex-fighters 'starve in camp'

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