Pat Hickey was arrested in Rio on 18 August

Family 'gravely concerned' over Hickey detention

26 Aug The family of Pat Hickey, who is being held by Rio police in relation to alleged mis-selling of tickets for the Olympic Games, say they are gravely concerned about his health and continued detention in Brazil.

A couple wait outside a tent at a camp for displaced people in Pescara del Tronto

Death toll from Italy earthquake hits 278

26 Aug Hopes of finding more survivors from Italy's powerful earthquake faded today, with the death toll rising to 278 and the rescue operation in some of the stricken areas called off.

Daithí McKay admitted that he had 'inappropriate and wrong contact with a witness'

Foster welcomes McKay resignation from Assembly

26 Aug The DUP leader, Arlene Foster, said Sinn Féin's Daithí McKay did the right thing by resigning from the Stormont Assembly last week because he had given a witness "lines to take" during an inquiry he was chairing.

A search party found Pavlina Pizova more than a month after she and her partner began their trek

Hiker stuck on mountain for month describes ordeal

26 Aug A Czech hiker who survived a month trapped in a remote snow-bound hut in New Zealand after her partner died in a fall said this morning she knew it would be perilous to try to reach civilisation.

Hillary Clinton, a former secretary of state, has led real estate developer Donald Trump in the poll since Democrats and Republicans held their national conventions

Clinton leads Trump in latest opinion poll

26 Aug Hillary Clinton leads her rival Donald Trump by five percentage points among likely voters, down from a peak this month of 12 points, according to the Reuters/Ipsos daily tracking poll released today.