article 29 August 2014 UK
'Time running out' for missing brain tumour boy

Police searching for five-year-old Ashya King, who has a brain tumour and who was taken from hospital, say the battery on his feeding system runs out soon and his health will "deteriorate rapidly".

article 29 August 2014 World, Syria
Three million Syrian refugees have fled conflict - UN

The number of refugees from the Syrian civil war rises above 3 million, the United Nations refugee agency says.


post 29 August 2014
Read more on Liam's blog Summer 2014: a great start but August falters

As August draws to a close, so does meteorological summer (June, July and August), which means that provisional statistics are now available for how summer shaped up this year.

article 29 August 2014 World, Ukraine
Have soldiers' selfies given away Russia's role in Ukraine?

Russia continues to deny its soldiers are operating officially in Ukraine. Russian soldiers have been rushing to delete information on Instagram that may tell a different story.

article 29 August 2014 World, Iceland
Iceland's meteorological office raises its aviation alert level to maximum after a small eruption in the Bardarbunga volcano system.
Stunning video captures erupting Icelandic volcano

Iceland's meteorological office raises its aviation alert level to maximum after an eruption in the Bardarbunga volcano system.

post 28 August 2014
Read more from Kylie Morris on her blog Obama's plan for Middle East no clearer

Obama admitted 'we don't have a strategy yet', which is why there was no need to put anything before congress, or bring the American people into the debate. He didn't want to put the cart in front of

article 28 August 2014 UK
Rotherham child abuse
Rotherham inspection ordered after widespread abuse

After the child abuse scandal in Rotherham, the education secretary orders an inspection of child protection services there. But do victims nationwide still face a culture of disbelief?

post 28 August 2014
Read more on FactCheck FactCheck: what do we know about the grooming gangs?

How many child grooming gangs are operating on the streets of Britain? Who is most at risk? FactCheck finds out.

post 28 August 2014
Read more from Paul Mason on his blog Could an independent heart outweigh a sceptical economic mind?

Of the big macro issues - banking, debt, oil and the pound - the most critical is banking. But a desire to reject free markets, privatisation and high inequality will also play its part.

article 28 August 2014 World, Ukraine
Satellite image of Russian troops in Ukraine (Digital Globe)
Nato images - 'proof' Russian soldiers inside Ukraine

Nato releases satellite imagery which it says shows well over 1,000 Russian combat soldiers operating inside Ukraine, armed with sophisticated weaponry.

post 28 August 2014
Read more on Simon Israel's blog Tory net migration pledge remains an elusive dream

Today's immigration figures showed an increase of 68,000 people coming to the UK, meaning it is almost impossible for the Conservatives to honour their election pledge to bring down net migration.

article 28 August 2014 UK
Oxford graduated
Who runs Britain? Probably not the likes of you, says report

Britain is "deeply elitist" and top roles in society are dominated by Oxbridge graduates, according to a report.

post 28 August 2014
Read more on Liam's blog Earth from space: August 2014

During August, there have been some particularly good images of our planet taken by Nasa satellites from space.

post 28 August 2014
Read more from Alex Thomson on his blog Ukraine: is Mariupol the new front in separatist war?

The chimneys of Mariupol - where one the the biggest integrated steelworks in the world dominates the city skyline outside for miles - the new strategic significance in Ukraine.

post 28 August 2014
Read more on Gary Gibbon's blog By-election headache for Cameron as Tory MP defects to Ukip

Senior Tories were thrilled to see Ukip disappearing from the media not long after the European Elections - but a by-election circus in Essex gives them another sustained burst of publicity.

article 28 August 2014 Politics
Defection of Tory MP to Ukip 'self-defeating' - Cameron

Conservative Party MP Douglas Carswell resigns as an MP and defects to Ukip, saying principles are more important than political careers. David Cameron describes his departure as "deeply regrettable".

article 28 August 2014 World
TV crew member killed by Omaha police - pictures

A crew member on a long-running reality show about the US police is killed by mistake as he is filming at the scene of a robbery.

article 28 August 2014 UK
Rotherham: Shaun Wright quits Labour but not PPC role

South Yorkshire police and crime commissioner Shaun Wright resigns from the Labour Party - but insists he will not leave his post.

article 28 August 2014 UK
One in three working parents 'miss out on food to pay rent'

One in three working parents cut back on food to pay for housing costs, while one in ten say they or a partner skips meals says a new Shelter report. But the government says repossessions are falling.

Channel 4 News


Supermarket giants Tesco reveals another profits warning and slashes its dividend to shareholders by 75 per cent.

The supermarket giant said its new chief executive Dave Lewis will now start work a month earlier than planned on Monday in order to commence a review of “every aspect” of the group’s operations.

Tesco said market conditions remained challenging as it cut its forecast for 2014/15 trading profits to between 2.4bn and 2.5bn, well below City forecasts and down on the 3.3bn reported the previous year.


A “major investigation” is under way to find a five-year-old boy with a brain tumour after he was taken by his parents from hospital without the blessing of doctors.

Hampshire Constabulary said “there are serious concerns” for the life of Ashya King as he needs constant medical care.

Officers said his parents - Brett King, 51, and Naghemeh King, 45, - boarded a cross-Channel ferry from Portsmouth to Cherbourg at 4pm on Thursday with Ashya’s six siblings.


US comedian Joan Rivers is reportedly in a critical condition after she stopped breathing during an operation on her throat.

Earlier this month the 81-year-old had to defend herself after a video clip was circulated in which she said the Palestinians killed in Gaza deserved it “because they started it.” She later said her words were taken out of context.