A police spokesman said that in 2006 following an emergency call officers had gone to the house with the woman Jacyee Dugard had been hidden but hadn’t gone to be the area where she was being held.
Officials in the Afghan capital Kabul said / the special US envoy Richard Holbrooke has been involved in a serious row with President Hamid Karzai. The BBC has learned that Mr. Holbrooke raised concern about irregularities in the recent presidential election and said that a second round run-off could make the process more credible. From Kabul, Ian Pannell reports.
Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has said he does not believe that the leaders of the post-election protests in the country were knowingly part of any plot by foreign powers. The BBC Iran Analyst Kasra Naji reports that his statement appears to be aimed at the hardliners who have been demanding the arrest of leaders of the opposition.
At least 40 people have been killed and more than 60 injured in a huge bomb explosion in the center of southern Afghan city of Kandahar. Rescue workers have been searching through the rubble for survivors. Chris Morris reports from Kabul.
The United States Attorney General Eric Holder has picked a special prosecutor to investigate the alleged CIA mistreatment of terror suspects. He is John Darren who's already investigating the destruction of video tapes of CIA interrogations.
Raging wildfires threatening the Greek capital have forced thousands of people from their homes. The greater Athens local governor has called the fire an ecological disaster. Malcolm Brabant reports from Athens.
The head of the FBI, Robert Mueller, has issued a scathing attack on the Scottish authorities for allowing the Lockerbie bomber Abdelbaset al-Megrahi to return home to Libya.
The head of the United States Federal Reserve Ben Bernanke has said the global economy is on the verge of recovery. He was addressing a bankers' conference in Wyoming, from where Greg Wood reports.
In this edition of One Planet on the BBC World Service, I'll be looking at the role debt swaps can play in trying to help conserve some of the world's most valuable forests.
The Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has ordered a review of security after 95 people were killed in a series of bomb attacks in Baghdad, the deadliest attack in the city for over a year. At least five bombs exploded near government buildings as James Robbins reports.
Officials in Pakistan say the detained chief spokesman for the Pakistani Taliban has confirmed that their leader Baitullah Mehsud is dead. They said the spokesman, Maulvi Omar, acknowledged under interrogation that Mr. Mehsud was killed earlier this month. Maulvi Omar was arrested on Monday. From Islamabad, here's Aleem Maqbool.
A Russian merchant ship that vanished nearly three weeks ago in mysterious circumstances has been found in the Atlantic. The vessel, the Arctic Sea, was sailing from Finland to Algeria with a cargo of timber.
Senior figures in President Obama’s government have indicated that his health care reforms may be diluted, a day after he robustly defended them at a public meeting. The government-run scheme to extend health insurance to the 45 million uninsured Americans had emerged as a key component of the reforms.
The United States Senator Jim Webb who's been visiting Burma says he has secured the release of an American man jailed for entering the home of the detained pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi.
Fighting in the Gaza Strip between forces of the Hamas movement and an Islamist radical group is reported to have left at least 13 people dead and up to 100 injured. Eyewitnesses in the town of Rafah say the two sides have engaged in a running gun battle following the takeover of the mosque by the militants.
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One of the opposition presidential candidates in Iran, Mehdi Karroubi, has alleged that some of the people detained after the disputed election last month have been tortured to death in prison. Andrew Bolton has more
The BBC has learned that a Libyan man convicted of the 1988 Lockerbie bombing is likely to be released from a Scottish prison next week on compassionate grounds. Abdelbaset Ali al-Megrahi has terminal prostate cancer. Steve Jackson reports.
The United Nations Security Council has adjourned an emergency session without agreeing a response to the sentencing of Burma's pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi to a further period of detention.
U.S. President Barack Obama has awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian honor, to 16 people who have made a difference in the nation and the world. They come from diverse backgrounds, but have one trait in common.
Nearly one million people have been evacuated from the coastal regions of China which have been battered by Typhoon Morakot. It’s brought torrential rains and high winds that have destroyed hundreds of houses and flooded vast tracts of farmland. Michael Bristow reports from Beijing.
There’s been strong European reaction to the latest trials in Iran over unrest that followed the country's disputed presidential election. A French national and Iranian workers at the French and British Embassies are among those charged.
Indonesian police have surrounded a house in central Java, having exchanged gunfire with the occupants believed to include one of Southeast Asia's most wanted militants Noordin Top.
The International Monetary Fund has told governments across the world that further action is needed to help return the global financial system to stability. In a fresh estimate of the scale of the problem, the IMF says global losses on toxic assets could total four trillion dollars. Andrew Walker reports.
The American Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has said the situation in Pakistan poses what she described as a mortal threat to the security of the United States and the world. She also criticized Pakistan's judicial system, saying it was corrupt and didn't extend its power into the countryside. Richard Lister reports from Washington.
The North Korean leader Kim Jong-il has ordered the release of two American journalists who were jailed after crossing into North Korea from China in March. The announcement came during a surprise visit to Pyongyang by the former US President Bill Clinton who's now left the country.