imageIn Buenos Aires, Argentines have protested against the repayment of money to so-called "vulture funds"

A US judge has ruled that the Republic of Argentina is in contempt of court for refusing to obey an order to repay the debt it owes to two US hedge funds.

Argentina has been mired in a US court dispute with the funds, which bought the country's debt at a discount after its default in 2001.

In July, Judge Thomas Griesa ruled that Argentina must repay the funds before it can repay other bondholders.

Argentina refused, sending...

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SYDNEY (AP) — Nicole Kidman revealed she was heartbroken over the death of her father this month and thanked well-wishers for their comforting thoughts and prayers.

"We would just like to thank everyone for their love and prayers over these past couple of weeks," the actress and her singer husband Keith Urban said in a joint statement posted Tuesday on Facebook.

"We are all heartbroken, but knowing we are in the hearts and thoughts of others is so comforting," they added.

They signed off: "Sending love, Nic and Keith xx."

The Australian star of this year's "Grace of Monaco"...

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imageJayalalitha has been a prominent figure for years, acquiring a reputation for enjoying a lavish lifestyle

The film industry in India's Tamil Nadu state is on a day-long fast to protest against the jailing of former chief minister Jayaram Jayalalitha.

Jayalalitha has been jailed for four years for corruption and is in a Bangalore prison.

She has challenged her conviction and applied for bail. The Bangalore high court will hear her plea on Monday.

In a case lasting 18 years, she was found guilty of amassing unaccounted wealth of more than $10m (£6.1m)....

Read more: Film workers fast for Indian leader


David Cameron has said he cares "a thousand times more strongly" about keeping the UK together than about the country staying in the European Union.

The prime minister, who has promised a referendum on EU membership in 2017, told the BBC that the decision would be based on "a position of pragmatism".

Had Scotland left the UK it would have caused him "heartbreak", he added.

The comments come after two Tory MPs - Mark Reckless and Douglas Carswell - defected to the UK Independence Party.

They said Nigel Farage's party, which calls for...

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David Cameron on GPs: 'What we're doing is tried and tested'

Everyone in England will have access to GP services seven days a week by 2020, Prime Minister David Cameron has promised.

The prime minister has unveiled a further £100m from April 2015 for a fund set up last year to improve flexibility.

The government has also promised to bring back "named GPs" - to take charge of care outside hospital.

It will form part of...

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New technology allows security services to analyse the contents of the sewers to discover where people are making home-made bombs....

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imageNetflix says it now has 50 million users in over 40 countries worldwide

The video streaming site Netflix will release its first feature-length film next year after striking a deal with the Weinstein Company.

The sequel to Ang Lee's Oscar-winning martial arts drama Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon will be shown on Netflix and in Imax cinemas in August.

Netflix has over 50 million subscribers, in more than 40 countries.

The firm already produces its own TV programmes, notably the politically-themed House of Cards.

"The movie-going experience is evolving quickly and profoundly, and Netflix...

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Chelsea Clinton has left a New York hospital with her baby daughter, Charlotte Clinton Mezvinsky....

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Austrian balloon pilot Ivan Trifonov has succeeded in taking a balloon deep underground....

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imageConditions were considered too risky for rescue workers to continue work on Tuesday

Efforts to recover the bodies of at least 24 climbers have been suspended again after the eruption on Japan's Mount Ontake intensified.

A BBC correspondent near the mountain on Tuesday said the volcano was shooting out even more ash, smoke and rocks than before.

At least 36 people are thought to have died in Saturday's unexpected eruption.

Dozens of other people were injured in the incident on the mountain, which is about 200km (125 miles) west of Tokyo.

Hundreds of...

Read more: Japan volcano eruption intensifies

imageAntibiotics targeted at specific bugs did not lead to weight gain

Young children who are given repeated courses of antibiotics are at greater risk than those who use fewer drugs of becoming obese, US researchers say.

The JAMA Pediatrics report found children who had had four or more courses by the age of two were at a 10% higher risk of being obese.

But scientists warn this does not show antibiotics cause obesity directly and recommend children continue using them.

Many more studies are needed to...

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imageA new barrier was erected following the security breach

A man arrested for breaking into the White House earlier this month gained access to more of the building than previously believed, US media report.

Omar Gonazalez, 42, made it to the East Room in the highly guarded home on 19 September, unidentified officials told multiple news outlets.

It was earlier reported he was stopped at the North Portico doors after scaling the building's main fence.

The Secret Service boss will be questioned about the breach on Tuesday.

US lawmakers on the House Oversight...

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Calcutta was the hub of India's printing trade in the 19th Century, but with the advent of desktop publishing the industry has modernised and the old hand-printing practices have died out.

Biswanath Baag is among a handful of printers who continue to run a small letterpress in the city. Nazes Afroz has photographed the man and his machines.


Mr Baag has been running his press for the past 40 years from the north Calcutta neighbourhood of Kumartuli. Even though he has set up the latest offset printing facility, he has kept his letterpress...

Read more: In pictures: India's dying printing tradition

imageThe talks were brokered by the UN's special envoy to Libya, Bernardino Leon

Representatives from rival factions in Libya's new parliament have held UN-brokered talks for the first time in the western oasis town of Ghadames.

Sitting members of the House of Representatives met fellow MPs who have so far boycotted sessions.

The parliament was elected in July but has been hampered by an upsurge in political violence across the country.

Oil-rich Libya has been plagued by instability since the overthrow of Col Muammar Gaddafi in 2011.

Militia groups, some of them remnants...

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imageSocial network Ello has been dubbed the "anti-Facebook" because it carries no advertisements

Social media network Ello is currently receiving up to 31,000 requests an hour from people wishing to join its platform, its founder has told the BBC.

It was initially designed to just be used by about 90 friends of its founder Paul Budnitz.

But the bike shop owner, from the US state of Vermont, opened it to others on 7 August.

It has been dubbed the "anti-Facebook" network because of a pledge to...

Read more: Thousands flock to 'anti-Facebook'


Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is visiting President Obama at the White House after 10 years of being shunned by Washington.

Mr Modi is on his first trip to America since being elected in May, after the US lifted a visa ban brought in on grounds of religious intolerance

The Indian prime minister's high profile trade visit to the United States has encompassed meetings with US business leaders in New York and addressing thousands of Indian-Americans with a speech at Madison Square Gardens.

It comes as a think tank projects the US-India trade partnership will be worth $1 trillion...

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More than one in 10 three-year-olds have tooth decay, the first survey of the age group shows.

Public Health England researchers checked the teeth of nearly 54,000 children at nurseries, children's centres and playgroups.

They found 12% of children had evidence of tooth decay. These youngsters had an average of three teeth that were decayed, missing or filled.

Large variations were found from place to place in the study.

In one area - Leicester - 34% of children had tooth decay whereas in others it was only 2%.

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The British street artist D*Face is known for his expansive murals and urban artwork.

Now he brings his work indoors in "Scars and Stripes," his largest solo show to date.

Open now at a pop-up gallery in Los Angeles, "Scars and Stripes" features the ghostly images of celebrities who died before aged 30, including Tupac Shakur, Amy Winehouse and James Dean.

D*Face, aka Dean Stockton, was drawn to these celebrities, he says, due to how quickly they achieved fame and how that sudden fame then contributed to their decline.

Visitors to the gallery should question "society's drive for celebrity and...

Read more: VIDEO: D*Face captures stars who died young


Japanese rescue teams have spent a third day searching for survivors on Mount Ontake, trapped by Saturday's eruption....

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Sir Tim Berners-Lee, the British computer scientist credited with inventing the worldwide web, has renewed his call for a digital Magna Carta.

It would be a written constitution to guarantee the rights of internet users, a nod to the medieval document that is a cornerstone of English constitutional history.

He made his call at the Web We Want festival, which launched at the Southbank Centre in London this weekend.

He talked to the BBC's Dougal Shaw about the impact on an individual's privacy when using free-to-use services like Facebook or Google.

And he explained why he is prepared to pay...

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