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UN accuses Israel over Gaza shelter
Wed, 30 Jul 2014 10:49:52 GMT

UN officials accuse Israel of launching a deadly attack on a UN-run school housing thousands of refugees in Gaza despite repeated warnings.

Ebola virus threatens UK - Hammond
Wed, 30 Jul 2014 09:59:46 GMT

The Ebola virus, which has killed more than 670 people in West Africa, poses a threat to the UK, Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond warns.

No appeal over Rolf Harris sentence
Wed, 30 Jul 2014 10:54:48 GMT

Rolf Harris's five year and nine month jail sentence over sex offences will not be referred to the appeal court, despite 150 complaints over its "leniency".

UK to allow driverless cars on roads
Wed, 30 Jul 2014 10:29:39 GMT

The UK government says it plans to allow driverless cars on public roads in January, and asks cities to compete to host one of three trials.

Ukraine seizes key town near Donetsk
Wed, 30 Jul 2014 10:57:30 GMT

Ukraine says it has seized the town of Avdiivka, near the rebel stronghold of Donetsk, amid intense fighting in the area around the downed MH17 flight.

Bankers given stricter bonus rules
Wed, 30 Jul 2014 09:58:32 GMT

The Bank of England unveils plans which may see badly-performing bankers return bonuses up to seven years after being awarded them.

UK 'to feel Russia sanction pain'
Wed, 30 Jul 2014 09:07:00 GMT

The UK will pay a price for Russian sanctions but the "pain" will be shared across the EU, says Philip Hammond.

Ex-NoW editors charged over hacking
Wed, 30 Jul 2014 10:57:05 GMT

Two former News of the World journalists are charged with conspiring to hack phones, the Crown Prosecution Service says.

Somali 'killed for not wearing veil'
Wed, 30 Jul 2014 10:53:49 GMT

Militant Islamists in Somalia shoot dead a Muslim woman for refusing to wear a veil, her relatives say.

Nine years for baby-killer boyfriend
Wed, 30 Jul 2014 09:58:27 GMT

A man who killed his girlfriend's six-week-old baby by battering him with a shoe and plastic bottle is jailed for nine years for manslaughter.

Barclays sees profits fall by 7%
Wed, 30 Jul 2014 10:01:35 GMT

Barclays' half yearly profits fall 7% to £3.35bn, following a fall in revenue at its investment bank.

Ten jailed for India school fire
Wed, 30 Jul 2014 09:00:27 GMT

Ten people, including the owner of a school , are convicted for a school fire in 2004 in which 94 children were burnt alive in the southern state of Tamil Nadu.

Airline apology over drug warning
Wed, 30 Jul 2014 06:16:53 GMT

Australia's Jetstar apologises after an attendant on a Sydney-bound flight warned passengers to flush their drugs down the toilet before landing.

Star Wars name passport rejected
Wed, 30 Jul 2014 09:19:46 GMT

A woman who added "Skywalker" as a middle name is told by passport officials that her signature infringes a trademark.

Ebola fears and 'fat' doctors - the papers
Wed, 30 Jul 2014 04:48:58 GMT

Fears over the potential spread of the Ebola virus make front-page headlines, while other papers focus on advice being issued to NHS staff and patients alike.

VIDEO: Inside Gaza militants' tunnel
Tue, 29 Jul 2014 19:50:36 GMT

Israel says its offensive in Gaza will continue until the extensive Hamas tunnel network is neutralised. The BBC's Orla Guerin was given access by the military to a recently discovered tunnel.

VIDEO: UK to allow driverless cars on roads
Wed, 30 Jul 2014 05:01:17 GMT

The UK government will shortly outline measures to permit driverless cars to use public roads by next year.

VIDEO: Harding's 'lusty' letters published
Wed, 30 Jul 2014 02:26:36 GMT

Almost 1,000 letters of Warren Harding, the 29th US president, have been published.

VIDEO: Near miss on Indiana train bridge
Wed, 30 Jul 2014 10:35:12 GMT

Two women had a narrow escape when they were nearly hit by a freight train on a bridge in Monroe County, Indiana.

VIDEO: Confetti harvest time in Shropshire
Tue, 29 Jul 2014 20:51:51 GMT

A natural confetti farm is harvesting and drying its crop, in a harvest that lasts only ten days.

VIDEO: Sarah Palin launches online channel
Tue, 29 Jul 2014 06:42:48 GMT

Sarah Palin, the former governor of Alaska and 2008 US vice-presidential candidate, has launched a subscription-based online television channel.

AUDIO: Fifty shades of red face: Is it a 'date' film?
Tue, 29 Jul 2014 09:13:36 GMT

Diana Mather and Rosamund Urwin discuss who it is appropriate to invite to the cinema to watch Fifty Shades of Grey.

VIDEO: British dancer returns from Russia
Tue, 29 Jul 2014 09:02:28 GMT

A dancer from Hull who became the first British dancer to be employed by the Mariinsky Ballet in Russia returns to the UK to perform with the company at Covent Garden.

Bolt: Games slur reports 'nonsense'
Wed, 30 Jul 2014 10:34:03 GMT

Usain Bolt denies newspaper claims that he made disparaging comments about the Commonwealth Games.

Toure confirms future is at Man City
Wed, 30 Jul 2014 08:16:26 GMT

Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure says he wants to stay at the Premier League club for "as long as possible".

Glasgow 2014 day-by-day guide
Mon, 28 Jul 2014 22:51:55 GMT

Your essential guide to the must-see moments in the Commonwealth Games and a look at some of the biggest stars on show.

Van Gaal right about fitness - Shaw
Wed, 30 Jul 2014 08:48:55 GMT

Manchester United full-back Luke Shaw says boss Louis van Gaal was right to question his fitness after joining the club.

England beat Scotland to reach semis
Wed, 30 Jul 2014 10:36:52 GMT

England survive a Scotland fightback to reach the Commonwealth Games semi-finals where they are likely to face New Zealand.

Millions to see power bill cut
Wed, 30 Jul 2014 08:18:31 GMT

Millions of electricity customers will see an average reduction of £12 a year on their bills, according to proposals from the regulator, Ofgem.

VIDEO: New tech opens doors for jobseekers
Wed, 30 Jul 2014 08:51:36 GMT

New technology is opening up whole new careers to young jobseekers who may be having difficulty getting into more established professions.

Peers query 'right to be forgotten'
Wed, 30 Jul 2014 00:02:22 GMT

Demands for web firms to remove personal data to respect people's "right to be forgotten" are unreasonable, peers say.

VIDEO: Calls for clarity over 'revenge porn' law
Tue, 29 Jul 2014 11:18:13 GMT

Calls to create a new criminal offence of "revenge porn" have been rejected by a House of Lords committee.

More than five-a-day 'no effect'
Tue, 29 Jul 2014 23:05:24 GMT

New research backs the five-a-day target for fruit and vegetables, but suggests eating more may have no added benefits.

VIDEO: 'Dalek' cleaner cutting infection
Tue, 29 Jul 2014 14:07:41 GMT

How remote robot cleaners are helping cut hospital infection rates in north Wales.

Trust told academies need to improve
Tue, 29 Jul 2014 15:35:31 GMT

Ofsted tells an academies trust led by a former government adviser that too many of its schools are not improving fast enough.

VIDEO: Student texts make fly on wall TV show
Tue, 22 Jul 2014 23:01:08 GMT

BBC Click's Spencer Kelly goes behind the scenes of the TV programme The Secret Lives of Students.

Sleep sensor smashes Kickstarter goal
Tue, 29 Jul 2014 23:01:09 GMT

A 22-year-old British entrepreneur's new sleep-tracking device cracks $1m (£590,000) on the Kickstarter crowdfunding platform in five days.

VIDEO: Control a digger with smart goggles
Tue, 29 Jul 2014 08:03:13 GMT

Why operating heavy machinery remotely could become a safer and more immersive experience

Birds beat machines in hover test
Wed, 30 Jul 2014 09:52:18 GMT

Micro-drones are just starting to catch up with the hovering and flight performance of the tiny hummingbird, say scientists.

VIDEO: East Coast beaches 'fast disappearing'
Tue, 29 Jul 2014 22:23:15 GMT

Up to half a mile of land is being lost every 50 years due to coastal erosion, as Sian Lloyd reports.

Apology over Turtles '9/11 poster'
Wed, 30 Jul 2014 09:03:51 GMT

Paramount Pictures apologises over a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles poster featuring the characters jumping from an exploding skyscraper alongside the release date of 11 September.

AUDIO: Charting the birth of 'Krautrock'
Wed, 30 Jul 2014 10:51:18 GMT

The BBC's Rebecca Jones talks to Krautrocker Irmin Schmidt and author David Stubbs.

Who believes compatibility ratings on dating websites?
Tue, 29 Jul 2014 12:42:01 GMT

OKCupid has been telling users they're a good match when they're not.

What happens when lightning hits the sea?
Mon, 28 Jul 2014 16:44:04 GMT

A swimmer has died in a thunderstorm off a Californian beach. But what happens when lightning hits water?

Airline sued over pilot abuse claims
Tue, 29 Jul 2014 23:40:57 GMT

British Airways is to be sued for damages over claims one of its pilots sexually abused children in African schools and orphanages.

Dog walker and runner help stop rape
Wed, 30 Jul 2014 08:57:29 GMT

A dog walker and a runner help a woman fight off a man who was trying to rape her.

Suspension at baby ashes crematorium
Wed, 30 Jul 2014 10:08:08 GMT

Aberdeen crematorium superintendent Derek Snow is suspended amid an investigation into the handling of baby ashes.

Man charged with raping 90-year-old
Wed, 30 Jul 2014 10:21:17 GMT

A teenager appears in court charged with raping a 90-year-old woman at her home in North Lanarkshire.

Cemetery plans opposed by neighbours
Wed, 30 Jul 2014 08:06:08 GMT

Plans for a huge new cemetery beside the south Antrim village of Dundrod meets strong opposition from a group of residents.

Church attack treated as hate crime
Wed, 30 Jul 2014 09:41:17 GMT

Police say they are treating an attack on a Catholic church in County Tyrone as a hate crime.

Investment firm cuts 60 Cardiff jobs
Wed, 30 Jul 2014 10:37:49 GMT

Sixty jobs are set to go at the Cardiff office of insurance and investment firm Legal & General.

Government's gourmet subsidised meals
Wed, 30 Jul 2014 10:36:34 GMT

The cost of subsidised meals for Welsh government ministers and staff in their canteens "sticks in the throat", say Conservatives.

Guinea concert stampede kills 24
Wed, 30 Jul 2014 04:12:11 GMT

At least 24 people have died after a stampede at a beach concert in Conakry, the capital of Guinea, with dozens reported injured.

Libya militias seize Benghazi base
Wed, 30 Jul 2014 01:53:22 GMT

A special forces base in Libya has been seized by militias, the fighters and officials say, as a blaze continues at a fuel depot in the capital Tripoli.

'Dozens trapped' by Indian landslide
Wed, 30 Jul 2014 09:31:09 GMT

About 40 houses are buried and up to 150 people feared trapped after a landslide hit a village in western India, officials say.

Khmer Rouge duo begin genocide trial
Wed, 30 Jul 2014 04:14:29 GMT

The last two surviving leaders of Cambodia's Khmer Rouge regime are to begin their second trial, this time for genocide, in Phnom Penh.

France evacuates expats from Libya
Wed, 30 Jul 2014 11:02:03 GMT

The French government says it has evacuated French and British nationals from Libya, as battles rage between government forces and militias.

Jewish Museum suspect extradited
Tue, 29 Jul 2014 13:45:53 GMT

Mehdi Nemmouche, the suspected gunman in a fatal shooting at a museum in Brussels in May, has been extradited to Belgium from France.

Argentina hours away from default
Wed, 30 Jul 2014 07:24:05 GMT

No deal is in prospect in Argentina's debt talks in New York as Wednesday night's default deadline approaches.

Colombian city on alert after attack
Wed, 30 Jul 2014 10:20:58 GMT

After a key transmission tower was blown up in Buenaventura, leaving the Colombian port city without power, the authorities ban alcohol and weapons.

France offers Iraq Christians asylum
Mon, 28 Jul 2014 14:59:45 GMT

France says it is ready to offer asylum to Iraqi Christians forced to flee by Islamic State militants holding the Iraqi city of Mosul.

Turkey PM to return US Jewish award
Tue, 29 Jul 2014 14:57:04 GMT

A row over Israel prompts Turkey's PM Erdogan to return an award he received in 2004 from the American Jewish Congress.

US and EU expand sanctions on Russia
Wed, 30 Jul 2014 08:04:10 GMT

President Barack Obama says new, co-ordinated sanctions from the US and EU will continue to make Russia's "weak economy even weaker".

Deal on US college sport concussions
Tue, 29 Jul 2014 15:24:25 GMT

The US collegiate sport authority offers to settle 10 lawsuits by former athletes who suffered concussions with a $70m (£41.3m) medical fund.

Week in pictures: 19-25 July 2014
Fri, 25 Jul 2014 15:04:19 GMT

News photos from around the world

A community's tales
Fri, 25 Jul 2014 09:56:05 GMT

Sound-portraits of the residents of Carrick-on-Suir

Day in pictures: 25 July 2014
Fri, 25 Jul 2014 11:50:49 GMT

24 hours of news photos: 25 July

'Hidden' photos reveal library build
Fri, 25 Jul 2014 04:44:32 GMT

'Hidden' images reveal Cambridge's University Library

Your pictures: Cycling
Thu, 24 Jul 2014 14:14:53 GMT

Readers' photos on the theme of "cycling"

Dream Cars: Innovative Design, Visionary Ideas
Wed, 23 Jul 2014 01:14:09 GMT

Concept designs by famous manufacturers on show in US

Taiwan plane crash: In pictures
Thu, 24 Jul 2014 04:50:20 GMT

TransAsia Airways plane crashes in Taiwan

Prince George's first year
Tue, 22 Jul 2014 03:37:31 GMT

Prince George's first year

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

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

VIDEO: Huge water main leak gouges LA road
Wed, 30 Jul 2014 06:37:28 GMT

A burst water main on Los Angeles' iconic Sunset Boulevard has caused flooding at the University of California, Los Angeles, local officials say.

VIDEO: Inside a laboratory battling Ebola
Tue, 29 Jul 2014 23:11:35 GMT

Global Health Correspondent Tulip Mazumdar takes a look around a makeshift laboratory trying to battle the Ebola outbreak in Guinea.

VIDEO: BBC inside Gaza mosque ruins
Tue, 29 Jul 2014 14:53:20 GMT

As strikes continue in Gaza the mood amongst civilians is becoming one of 'defiance', Chris Morris reports.

VIDEO: Royals get sporty at Games
Tue, 29 Jul 2014 19:33:14 GMT

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry take part in several sporting activities during a visit to the 2014 Commonwealth Games village in Glasgow.

VIDEO: Air officials 'closing safety gaps'
Wed, 30 Jul 2014 04:06:40 GMT

Following the shooting down of flight MH17, aviation officials have been meeting in Montreal in Canada to discuss air safety.

VIDEO: Footage shows battle for Donetsk
Tue, 29 Jul 2014 15:24:02 GMT

The BBC's Jonathan Beale says artillery fire from the Ukraine military seems to be intensifying in Donetsk.

VIDEO: Are we safe to fly over warzones?
Mon, 28 Jul 2014 23:56:34 GMT

Jim Reed asks whether passenger planes should fly over warzones after reports said the MH17 plane was 'downed by missile shrapnel'.

VIDEO: Cameron on tightening migrant benefits
Tue, 29 Jul 2014 11:05:26 GMT

David Cameron has announced plans to cut the amount of time EU migrants without realistic job prospects can claim benefits in the UK.

Saving lives on the Ebola front line
Tue, 29 Jul 2014 23:16:58 GMT

Saving lives on the front line in the battle with killer disease

The dead dog that changed colour twice
Wed, 30 Jul 2014 07:19:20 GMT

The dog that stole charity money to buy biscuits

The women having a laugh in Turkey
Tue, 29 Jul 2014 17:52:49 GMT

Why are women in Turkey posting laughing selfies?

VIDEO: How WW1 shaped a poet's life
Tue, 29 Jul 2014 23:33:12 GMT

Robert Graves's memories of the horrors of fighting

How many men are paedophiles?
Tue, 29 Jul 2014 23:34:41 GMT

How many men are paedophiles - and is the same true of priests?

Playing French horn with no arms
Wed, 30 Jul 2014 01:30:47 GMT

The French horn player who has no arms

Shakespeare's Globe: Theatrical laboratory
Tue, 29 Jul 2014 23:13:18 GMT

Turning Shakespeare's theatre into a living laboratory

VIDEO: The teetotaller's hospital
Tue, 29 Jul 2014 23:22:33 GMT

London's abandoned Victorian Temperance Hospital

VIDEO: Sun bracelet measures UV exposure
Tue, 29 Jul 2014 23:01:37 GMT

Testing the digital bracelet that measures sun exposure

VIDEO: Duchovny a national symbol in Russia
Tue, 29 Jul 2014 23:48:35 GMT

How US actor David Duchovny became symbol of Mother Russia

Argentina in denial over debt dispute
Tue, 29 Jul 2014 23:12:43 GMT

Call it something else, says Argentina's president

Bumps, buzzards and critical species
Wed, 30 Jul 2014 00:10:36 GMT

Can a parrotfish help save elephants in Africa?