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  • Hamas denies holding Israeli soldier
  • (Sat, 02 Aug 2014 00:38:17 GMT)

    The military wing of the Islamist group insists it is not holding a missing Israel soldier and says he could have died in an Israeli air strike. ... Read


  • UK suspends Tripoli embassy services
  • (Sat, 02 Aug 2014 02:03:37 GMT)

    The Foreign Office says operations at the British embassy in Tripoli are to be temporarily suspended as violence worsens in Libya. ... Read


  • Australians abandon Down's surrogate
  • (Sat, 02 Aug 2014 02:59:13 GMT)

    An online campaign for a baby with Down's Syndrome left with his surrogate Thai mother by an Australian couple raises more than £70,000. ... Read


  • BMJ 'right' in statins claims row
  • (Fri, 01 Aug 2014 23:25:31 GMT)

    An investigation backs the British Medical Journal's handling of two controversial and inaccurate articles it ran on the harms of cholesterol-reducing statins. ... Read



  • China factory blast kills dozens
  • (Sat, 02 Aug 2014 04:21:55 GMT)

    An explosion at a factory in eastern China has killed at least 65 people and left scores injured, according to Chinese state media. ... Read


  • Ebola spreading too fast - WHO
  • (Fri, 01 Aug 2014 22:03:21 GMT)

    The Ebola outbreak is spreading faster than efforts to control it, the head of the World Health Organization tells West African leaders. ... Read


  • MH17 crash team finds human remains
  • (Fri, 01 Aug 2014 21:38:02 GMT)

    A team of 70 Dutch and Australian forensic experts finds human remains at the site of the flight MH17 crash in east Ukraine as fighting continues. ... Read


  • Father cleared of shaken baby death
  • (Fri, 01 Aug 2014 17:27:11 GMT)

    A man is cleared of killing his son who died as a result of severe brain injuries caused 12 years ago when he was shaken as a baby. ... Read


  • Kincora abuse is 'national scandal'
  • (Fri, 01 Aug 2014 16:34:28 GMT)

    Northern Ireland First Minister Peter Robinson says child sex abuse at Kincora Boys' Home is a "national scandal" that needs to be fully investigated. ... Read



  • 'War returns' - the front pages
  • (Fri, 01 Aug 2014 22:36:35 GMT)

    The collapse of a ceasefire in Gaza makes front-page news for several papers, while others focus on consumer affairs. ... Read


  • Secret Cinema show finally opens
  • (Fri, 01 Aug 2014 11:17:24 GMT)

    Secret Cinema has finally opened its Back to the Future show to strong reviews after the late cancellation of earlier dates. ... Read


  • Cheltenham Banksy artwork defaced
  • (Fri, 01 Aug 2014 12:54:46 GMT)

    A Banksy artwork painted on the wall of a house in Cheltenham, which was at the centre of a row over its removal, has been defaced. ... Read







  • VIDEO: Germany's only WW1 exhibition
  • (Sat, 02 Aug 2014 00:48:56 GMT)

    The Berlin Historical Museum is holding the only exhibition in Germany to look at the war and its European and global implications. ... Read


  • VIDEO: Royal Navy rescues BBC's faulty forecast
  • (Fri, 01 Aug 2014 08:56:39 GMT)

    BBC weather presenter Carol Kirkwood got a helping hand from members of the Royal Navy when a technical problem meant the graphics did not work for her weather forecast. ... Read




  • VIDEO: Dinosaur videobombs Frank Skinner
  • (Fri, 01 Aug 2014 09:30:27 GMT)

    The 2014 Edinburgh Festival Fringe has officially begun with more than 3,000 shows. The BBC's John Maguire met up with some of the performers including comedian Frank Skinner who had a close encounter with a dinosaur. ... Read





  • US economy adds 209,000 jobs in July
  • (Fri, 01 Aug 2014 15:50:24 GMT)

    The US economy added 209,000 jobs in July, latest Bureau of Labor Statistics data reveal, adding to optimism that the recovery continues apace. ... Read



  • Immigration inspector John Vine quits
  • (Fri, 01 Aug 2014 15:01:42 GMT)

    The independent chief inspector of borders and immigration, John Vine, who has been highly critical of the immigration system, will step down more than six months early. ... Read


  • VIDEO: Hammond: 'Diplomacy never dead'
  • (Fri, 01 Aug 2014 15:08:58 GMT)

    The Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond has said that "diplomacy is never dead" despite a truce between Israel and Hamas breaking down within hours. ... Read




  • Big GCSE result variations predicted
  • (Fri, 01 Aug 2014 12:29:56 GMT)

    England's schools are being told to expect big variability in their GCSE results because of the largest changes to the exams for several years. ... Read


  • Wearables tracked with Raspberry Pi
  • (Fri, 01 Aug 2014 10:30:21 GMT)

    People who use wearable gadgets to monitor their health or activity can be tracked with only $70 (£40) of hardware, research suggests. ... Read



  • Nasa rover to make oxygen on Mars
  • (Fri, 01 Aug 2014 11:55:37 GMT)

    Instruments on the next Nasa rover will attempt to make air and fuel from the Martian atmosphere to support future human landings. ... Read



  • Egypt statue museums lose status
  • (Fri, 01 Aug 2014 11:09:25 GMT)

    Two museums in Northampton lose their accreditation status after the controversial sale of a 4,000-year-old Egyptian statue, the Arts Council rules. ... Read








  • Ebola-fear athletes seek longer stay
  • (Fri, 01 Aug 2014 18:54:31 GMT)

    Up to 30 Commonwealth Games athletes from Sierra Leone are considering extending their stay in Glasgow amid fears over the Ebola virus. ... Read




  • Man jailed for couple's crash deaths
  • (Fri, 01 Aug 2014 16:07:02 GMT)

    A driver who killed his sister and her fiancé in a car crash, leaving his nine-week-old nephew an orphan, is jailed for seven years. ... Read


  • Autistic woman fails to stop move
  • (Fri, 01 Aug 2014 16:15:40 GMT)

    A Swansea family loses its bid to prevent a health board moving their 20-year-old autistic daughter to a specialist unit 230 miles away in Brighton. ... Read


  • Uganda court annuls anti-gay law
  • (Fri, 01 Aug 2014 18:52:19 GMT)

    Uganda's Constitutional Court annuls a tough anti-gay law that had drawn widespread criticism by Western governments and human rights activists. ... Read


  • HIV drugs 'boost SA life expectancy'
  • (Fri, 01 Aug 2014 16:09:18 GMT)

    Life expectancy in South Africa has increased dramatically over the last decade mainly thanks to life-saving Aids drugs, a government report says. ... Read


  • Massive landslide near Nepal capital
  • (Sat, 02 Aug 2014 04:18:02 GMT)

    A massive landslide on a river near the Nepalese capital Kathmandu buries dozens of homes, with four people so far confirmed dead. ... Read


  • Multiple Taiwan gas blasts kill 25
  • (Fri, 01 Aug 2014 07:29:05 GMT)

    A series of gas explosions in the southern Taiwanese city of Kaohsiung kills at least 25 people and injures about 267 others. ... Read


  • Russia bans Polish fruit and veg
  • (Fri, 01 Aug 2014 09:52:41 GMT)

    Russia imposes a sweeping ban on imports of fruit and vegetables from Poland, as EU sanctions on Russia over Ukraine start to bite. ... Read



  • Judge urges Argentina default talks
  • (Fri, 01 Aug 2014 21:29:16 GMT)

    In the first hearing since Argentina defaulted on its debts, US judge Thomas Griesa calls for negotiations to be resumed urgently. ... Read


  • Mexican media denounces 'gag law'
  • (Sat, 02 Aug 2014 00:47:29 GMT)

    Mexican journalists denounce a new law that introduces a number of restrictions on crime reporting in north-eastern Sinaloa state. ... Read


  • Israeli Iron Dome firms 'hacked'
  • (Thu, 31 Jul 2014 15:44:33 GMT)

    The BBC has seen evidence that appears to confirm hackers stole secret military documents from two Israeli government-owned companies. ... Read


  • Filipinos urged to leave Libya
  • (Thu, 31 Jul 2014 17:11:48 GMT)

    A top diplomat from the Philippines is to oversee the evacuation of 13,000 citizens from Libya after a Filipino worker was beheaded and a nurse raped. ... Read


  • US Ebola victims to be evacuated
  • (Fri, 01 Aug 2014 17:14:04 GMT)

    Efforts are under way to evacuate two American aid workers infected with the deadly Ebola virus from Liberia, their organisation says. ... Read











  • VIDEO: House of Commons
  • (Tue, 22 Jul 2014 16:41:42 GMT)

    Israel's response to rocket attacks must be "proportionate", insists a minister. ... Read


  • VIDEO: Quads born on eve of Gaza ceasefire
  • (Fri, 01 Aug 2014 17:38:35 GMT)

    Jon Donnison reports from Gaza, where a woman gave birth to quadruplets on the eve of an ill-fated truce, which broke down with reports of attacks on both sides. ... Read


  • VIDEO: Ebola patients 'refusing isolation'
  • (Fri, 01 Aug 2014 17:12:24 GMT)

    Convincing patients to receive treatment is the biggest task facing medical professionals trying to contain the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, a doctor in Sierra Leone says. ... Read



  • VIDEO: London Zoo defends late parties
  • (Fri, 01 Aug 2014 16:05:22 GMT)

    London Zoo has defended its "Lates" evening openings where alcohol is served, after claims of drunken behaviour threatening the welfare of the animals. ... Read





  • VIDEO: Close-up with defaced Banksy work
  • (Fri, 01 Aug 2014 10:16:37 GMT)

    Campaigners who were trying to keep a Banksy mural in situ on a wall in Cheltenham are now in "race against time" to save the work after it was defaced with graffiti. ... Read
















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