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Hong Kong leader in protest appeal
Tue, 30 Sep 2014 12:43:42 GMT

Hong Kong leader CY Leung urges pro-democracy protesters to "immediately" stop their campaign, as crowds bring areas to a standstill.

Kurds fight IS on Iraq-Syria border
Tue, 30 Sep 2014 14:14:07 GMT

Heavy fighting is reported on both sides of a key border crossing between Iraq and Syria, where Kurdish forces are battling Islamic State militants.

White House security plan 'failed'
Tue, 30 Sep 2014 15:33:57 GMT

The director of the US Secret Service says its security plan was "not properly executed" when a man broke into the White House this month.

Afghans sign deal to keep US troops
Tue, 30 Sep 2014 12:35:16 GMT

The new Afghan government signs a security deal with American officials that will allow US troops to remain in the country beyond 2014.

Thousands of Ebola orphans 'shunned'
Tue, 30 Sep 2014 12:42:57 GMT

At least 3,700 children in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone who have lost one or both parents to Ebola this year face being shunned, the UN says.

EU to keep Russia sanctions in place
Tue, 30 Sep 2014 14:36:46 GMT

The EU decides to keep sanctions on Russia in place, judging that Ukraine's peace deal is not fully effective.

Pakistan plane video man sacked
Tue, 30 Sep 2014 12:57:20 GMT

A man who filmed passengers preventing Pakistan's former interior minister from boarding a plane for being late is sacked from his job.

Film workers fast for Indian leader
Tue, 30 Sep 2014 09:08:37 GMT

The film industry in India's Tamil Nadu state fasts to protest at the jailing for corruption of former chief minister Jayaram Jayalalitha.

Muslim NFL player's 'prayer penalty'
Tue, 30 Sep 2014 15:13:19 GMT

US Kansas City Chiefs NFL player Husain Abdullah is penalised after celebrating a touchdown by sliding on his knees and praying.

Argentina 'in contempt' of US court
Tue, 30 Sep 2014 09:27:51 GMT

A US judge rules that Argentina is in contempt of court for refusing to obey an order to repay the debt it owes to two US hedge funds.

Ireland gave 'state aid' to Apple
Tue, 30 Sep 2014 13:50:26 GMT

The European Commission publishes a letter it sent to Ireland accusing the country of giving Apple illegal state aid through special tax arrangements.

World wildlife populations 'plummet'
Tue, 30 Sep 2014 08:20:16 GMT

The global loss of species is even worse than previously thought, with wildlife populations halving in just 40 years, a report says.

Cyprus thieves steal Degas painting
Tue, 30 Sep 2014 14:00:31 GMT

Thieves break into the Cyprus home of a 70-year-man and steal a painting by French master Edgar Degas valued at 6m euros.

VIDEO: False widow bite leads to amputation
Mon, 29 Sep 2014 20:26:11 GMT

A woman has had her finger amputated - and told she was within hours of death - after being bitten by a false widow spider.

Hannah suspect 'linked to 2009 case'
Mon, 29 Sep 2014 20:12:06 GMT

Police searching for missing student Hannah Graham say there is a forensic link between suspect Jesse Matthew and another unsolved murder case.

Morgan 'failed to wear seatbelt'
Tue, 30 Sep 2014 10:08:28 GMT

30 Rock comic Tracy Morgan was not wearing a seatbelt in a car accident that left him badly injured and another passenger dead, according to papers filed in a US court.

Venezuela defends Clorox seizure
Tue, 30 Sep 2014 10:34:46 GMT

Venezuelan leader Nicolas Maduro defends his government's decision to seize a US-owned factory following the departure from Venezuela of Clorox.

Brazil hotel hostage crisis ends
Mon, 29 Sep 2014 20:48:39 GMT

An apparently armed man who held a hotel employee hostage in Brazil's capital, Brasilia, surrenders to police after a seven-hour stand-off.

Recalculation boosts Kenyan economy
Tue, 30 Sep 2014 13:32:29 GMT

Kenya's economy is believed to be 25% larger than previously estimated following a change in the way its size is calculated.

Libya parliament rivals hold talks
Mon, 29 Sep 2014 23:43:45 GMT

Representatives from rival factions in Libya's new parliament have held UN-brokered talks for the first time in the oasis town of Ghadames.

India teacher 'locked boy in kennel'
Tue, 30 Sep 2014 11:37:19 GMT

Authorities in India investigate reports that a five-year-old boy was allegedly locked up in a kennel by his school teacher as punishment for talking to another child in class.

Marcos art seized in Philippines
Tue, 30 Sep 2014 14:03:41 GMT

Artworks belonging to former Philippine first lady Imelda Marcos are seized by authorities who claim they were acquired with embezzled state funds.

L'Oreal halts travel to Hong Kong
Tue, 30 Sep 2014 13:23:30 GMT

French cosmetics giant L'Oreal bans its staff from travelling to Hong Kong until 6 October in response to the growing unrest in the city's streets.

EU vote not like Scotland - Cameron
Tue, 30 Sep 2014 08:32:17 GMT

The prime minister says he cares "about a thousand times more strongly" about keeping the UK together than he does about staying in the EU.

Israel points to Iran as main threat
Mon, 29 Sep 2014 21:17:04 GMT

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warns that a nuclear Iran is a bigger threat to the world than Islamic State (IS) militants.

Third video of UK hostage released
Mon, 29 Sep 2014 23:58:00 GMT

A third video has appeared featuring British hostage John Cantlie who is being held by Islamic State militants.

May: Our values will beat extremists
Tue, 30 Sep 2014 14:36:42 GMT

A future Conservative government would seek new powers to ban extremist groups and curb the activities of "harmful" individuals, Theresa May says.

'No panic' in RAF Iraq strikes
Tue, 30 Sep 2014 15:27:39 GMT

Britain will not be "panicked" into dropping bombs in Iraq, foreign secretary Philip Hammond says, as RAF jets return without firing weapons.

eBay to split off PayPal business
Tue, 30 Sep 2014 15:11:59 GMT

E-commerce site eBay is planning to split off its payments system PayPal into a separate company next year.

Eurozone inflation near five-year low
Tue, 30 Sep 2014 11:11:24 GMT

Eurozone inflation slipped again in September, with prices rising at their slowest rate in nearly five years.

Netflix to release full-length film
Tue, 30 Sep 2014 06:51:24 GMT

The video streaming site Netflix will release its first feature-length film in 2015, after striking a deal with the Weinstein Company.

Pardew set to stay as Newcastle boss
Tue, 30 Sep 2014 11:08:32 GMT

Newcastle manager Alan Pardew's job is thought to be safe for the time being, despite his side being second bottom of the top flight.

Azinger open to Ryder Cup return
Tue, 30 Sep 2014 09:42:14 GMT

Former Ryder Cup captain Paul Azinger will not rule out returning to lead the United States in the 2016 Ryder Cup.

Man Utd consider midweek friendlies
Tue, 30 Sep 2014 11:26:13 GMT

Manchester United are thinking about playing midweek friendly matches abroad in the absence of Champions League football.

Chinese cinema set for record year
Tue, 30 Sep 2014 10:41:50 GMT

Chinese cinema box office revenue surges 32% in the first nine months of the year, figures show.

Billy Elliot show tops UK box office
Tue, 30 Sep 2014 13:40:21 GMT

A special live screening of Billy Elliot the Musical Live tops the UK and Ireland box office taking £1.9m - making it the highest grossing event cinema release.

Scans reveal hidden Leonardo works
Mon, 29 Sep 2014 16:01:38 GMT

Leonardo Da Vinci painted three versions of his famous painting The Lady with an Ermine, a French scientist discovers.

VIDEO: The battle to protect gates of Baghdad
Mon, 29 Sep 2014 17:50:42 GMT

Iraqi ground forces, backed by air strikes, have been involved in fierce fighting with Islamic State (IS) militants in a town west of Baghdad.

VIDEO: Bomb-makers tracked via sewers
Tue, 30 Sep 2014 07:18:50 GMT

New technology allows security services to analyse the contents of the sewers to discover where people are making home-made bombs.

VIDEO: Conditions hamper Volcano rescue
Mon, 29 Sep 2014 23:16:41 GMT

Japanese rescue teams have spent a third day searching for survivors on Mount Ontake, trapped by Saturday's eruption.

VIDEO: Da Vinci: Ermine's secrets revealed
Mon, 29 Sep 2014 22:03:53 GMT

A French scientist uses reflective light technology to reveal the secrets of the 500-year-old Lady with an Ermine by Leonardo da Vinci.

VIDEO: Hong Kong urged to end protest
Tue, 30 Sep 2014 09:33:39 GMT

Pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong are being urged at stop their campaign immediately and go home.

VIDEO: Hot air balloon descends into cave
Tue, 30 Sep 2014 05:23:10 GMT

An Austrian balloon pilot has succeeded in taking a balloon deep underground.

VIDEO: Third video of UK hostage released
Tue, 30 Sep 2014 01:53:56 GMT

A third video has been posted online showing the British photographer John Cantlie, who's being held by the group which calls itself Islamic State.

VIDEO: Turkey stops Kurds from Syria fight
Mon, 29 Sep 2014 14:21:54 GMT

The refugee crisis from Kobane in Syria has revived tensions between the Turkish government and Turkish Kurds, as Turkey prevents Kurds from leaving the country to fight against Islamic State in Syria.

Islamic State 'adapting to air strikes'
Tue, 30 Sep 2014 13:17:44 GMT

IS militants seem to be changing tactics after air strikes

Day in pictures: 30 September
Tue, 30 Sep 2014 11:54:07 GMT

Striking images from around the world in the past 24 hours

In pictures: The lure of gold
Tue, 30 Sep 2014 10:42:29 GMT

Photos of men and women who risk their lives to get rich in Guinea

EU hearings: The grilling of Lord Hill
Tue, 30 Sep 2014 11:53:30 GMT

UK's Lord Hill faces tough scrutiny for EU Commission job

Almaz's story
Mon, 29 Sep 2014 23:03:29 GMT

Abused and unpaid - the story of an African servant in Saudi Arabia

In pictures: India's dying printing tradition
Tue, 30 Sep 2014 00:05:41 GMT

India's declining printing tradition kept alive in Calcutta

Sewer sensors to sniff out bombs
Mon, 29 Sep 2014 23:10:43 GMT

Sewer sensors to sniff out bombs

Croatia and the EU - what's changed?
Mon, 29 Sep 2014 22:52:02 GMT

One year after joining the EU the economy is still moribund