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NY doctor tests positive for Ebola
Fri, 24 Oct 2014 06:26:59 GMT

A US doctor who returned to New York from Ebola-hit Guinea in West Africa becomes the first person to test positive for the virus in the city.

Canada attack 'not linked to IS'
Fri, 24 Oct 2014 07:56:49 GMT

Canada's foreign minister tells the BBC there is no evidence so far that the man behind gun attacks in Ottawa was linked to Middle Eastern jihadists.

Sweden calls off search for sub
Fri, 24 Oct 2014 07:55:30 GMT

Sweden calls off its massive week-long search for a suspected Russian submarine in the sea south of Stockholm.

EU leaders agree CO2 emissions cut
Fri, 24 Oct 2014 06:19:47 GMT

The EU agrees what it calls "the world's most ambitious" deal to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 40% by 2030, overcoming deep divisions among members.

Governor quits over Mexico missing
Fri, 24 Oct 2014 04:49:56 GMT

The governor of Mexico's Guerrero state, where 43 students went missing last month, stands down.

US command of S Korea troops to stay
Fri, 24 Oct 2014 02:56:42 GMT

The US will maintain control of South Korean troops in the event of war with the North, the two sides say, delaying again a long-planned command transfer.

China 'punishes 17' for deadly clash
Fri, 24 Oct 2014 03:44:43 GMT

Chinese authorities have arrested one official and punished 16 others following a deadly clash in a Yunnan village, state media say.

US firm fine for underpaying Indians
Fri, 24 Oct 2014 06:45:02 GMT

US authorities penalise a Silicon Valley company for "grossly underpaying" eight workers brought over from India for a special project.

Malaysia envoy sent to NZ over rape
Fri, 24 Oct 2014 06:26:49 GMT

A Malaysian diplomat, wanted by New Zealand authorities on allegations of attempted rape in the city of Wellington in May, is finally extradited.

HK protesters to ballot on proposals
Fri, 24 Oct 2014 06:09:43 GMT

Protest leaders in Hong Kong are to ballot their supporters over whether to accept the government's proposals and end their occupation of the city.

'Sunshine can slow weight gain'
Thu, 23 Oct 2014 23:45:51 GMT

Exposure to sunshine could slow down weight gain and the development of diabetes, research on mice suggests.

Monster shark 'kept whales in check'
Thu, 23 Oct 2014 15:23:19 GMT

The extinction of the biggest shark known to science may have triggered whales to grow to their current hefty sizes, a study suggests.

US returns ancient artefacts to Peru
Thu, 23 Oct 2014 22:53:28 GMT

The US returns about 20 ancient Peruvian artefacts - some more than 1,800 years old - that had been looted from pre-Columbian graves.

Zuckerberg's Chinese gets mixed reviews
Thu, 23 Oct 2014 12:06:28 GMT

Mark Zuckerberg has conducted a chat to Chinese students in Mandarin, leading to mixed reviews about his accent and pronunciation.

White House fence jumper arrested
Thu, 23 Oct 2014 14:08:04 GMT

A man who jumped the White House fence was attacked by dogs before being arrested, in the latest security incident at the US president's official home.

Four guilty of Blackwater killings
Wed, 22 Oct 2014 18:16:30 GMT

A US federal jury finds four Blackwater security guards guilty of killing 14 Iraqis in a square in Baghdad in 2007.

Honduras drought puts many 'at risk'
Thu, 23 Oct 2014 10:26:52 GMT

More than half a million people in Honduras have been affected by a severe drought, according to the Red Cross.

Cuba leads way on Ebola effort
Wed, 22 Oct 2014 18:01:11 GMT

Cuba sends a second group of medical staff to West Africa to help fight the Ebola outbreak, becoming the biggest single provider of healthcare workers.

First Ebola case in Mali confirmed
Thu, 23 Oct 2014 23:04:16 GMT

Mali says a two-year-old girl - believed to have recently visited Guinea - becomes the country's first person to be infected by the deadly virus.

Boko Haram 'abducts more women'
Thu, 23 Oct 2014 14:54:17 GMT

Dozens of women and girls have been abducted from two villages in north-eastern Nigeria by suspected militants despite a reported truce, residents say.

Quetta mourns attacks on Shias
Fri, 24 Oct 2014 08:04:12 GMT

Markets are shut and lawyers are on strike after a day of violence across the Pakistani city of Quetta, which left at least 13 dead.

Bangladesh Islamist leader Azam dies
Thu, 23 Oct 2014 18:59:51 GMT

Ghulam Azam, the former leader of Bangladesh's largest Islamist party, dies from a heart attack a year after being found guilty of war crimes.

UK told to pay £1.7bn extra to EU
Fri, 24 Oct 2014 07:41:37 GMT

The UK has been told it must pay an extra £1.7bn (€2.1bn) towards the European Union's budget because the economy has performed better than expected in recent years.

Kosovo minister in key Serbia visit
Thu, 23 Oct 2014 19:28:04 GMT

Enver Hoxhaj becomes the first minister from Kosovo to officially visit Serbia since his country unilaterally seceded in 2008.

US-led Syria strikes 'kill hundreds'
Thu, 23 Oct 2014 14:12:04 GMT

US-led air strikes against Islamic State (IS) militants in Syria have killed 553 people since September, including 464 IS fighters, activists say.

'Hold Qatar World Cup in May'
Fri, 24 Oct 2014 05:59:11 GMT

Europe's biggest football clubs consider asking Fifa to hold the 2022 World Cup in May to avoid the intense summer heat.

Payout to mother of secret PC's child
Fri, 24 Oct 2014 07:34:33 GMT

The Metropolitan Police is to pay £425,000 to a woman whose child was fathered by a man she did not know was an undercover police officer.

UK gives extra £80m for Ebola fight
Thu, 23 Oct 2014 22:51:43 GMT

Prime Minister David Cameron pledges an extra £80m of aid for the fight against the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.

Microsoft profits fall on Nokia deal
Thu, 23 Oct 2014 21:53:37 GMT

Microsoft reports a fall in profits as a result of the cost of job cuts and its purchase of Nokia's smartphone business earlier this year but rising revenue cheers investors.

Qantas back on track to profit
Fri, 24 Oct 2014 04:28:57 GMT

Australia's troubled national carrier Qantas says it is on course to deliver its first pre-tax profits this year in the three months to September.

Amazon reports increased losses
Thu, 23 Oct 2014 20:40:43 GMT

Amazon shares plunge over 10% after the company reports a third-quarter loss of $437m (£273m), bigger than many analysts expected.

Spurs boss hails Lamela wonder goal
Thu, 23 Oct 2014 23:26:19 GMT

Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino says Erik Lamela's Europa League wonder-strike was the best goal scored by one of his players.

UCI & Wada to appeal Kreuziger case
Thu, 23 Oct 2014 21:34:12 GMT

Wada and UCI will appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport after Czech cyclist Roman Kreuziger is cleared of doping offences.

Police called to 'Balotelli car row'
Thu, 23 Oct 2014 17:45:46 GMT

Police investigate a claim that Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli "threatened" a woman who was taking pictures of his Ferrari.

Cliff Richard police raid 'inept'
Fri, 24 Oct 2014 07:12:23 GMT

The handling of a police raid at the home of veteran pop star Sir Cliff Richard is described as inept by the Commons Home Affairs Committee.

Spanish art gems head for UK town
Thu, 23 Oct 2014 23:39:09 GMT

A new art gallery showing major works of art from Spain's "golden age" is to open in a former bank in Bishop Auckland, County Durham.

Knightley to make Broadway debut
Thu, 23 Oct 2014 17:06:38 GMT

British actress Keira Knightley is to make her Broadway debut next year in Therese Raquin, a stage version of Emile Zola's classic novel.

VIDEO: US air strike 'hits IS command'
Fri, 24 Oct 2014 06:13:11 GMT

Photographs show a US air strike hitting an Islamic State position on a hill near the embattled Syrian town of Kobane.

VIDEO: Spirit of revolution simmers in Kiev
Thu, 23 Oct 2014 23:08:42 GMT

Steve Rosenberg visits Kiev to see how the recent violence in Ukraine has had an impact on who is running for parliament.

VIDEO: Ebola: Scenes of horror in Liberia
Thu, 23 Oct 2014 21:36:43 GMT

There have now been more than 4,800 reported deaths from Ebola, with Liberia the worst affected country. Around 50 new cases are being reported every day in the capital Monrovia.

AUDIO: '19 relatives have died from Ebola'
Thu, 23 Oct 2014 19:08:54 GMT

A pastor who says he has lost 19 members of his family to Ebola has been speaking to the BBC.

VIDEO: Security for polio workers in Pakistan
Fri, 24 Oct 2014 01:27:22 GMT

The number of cases of polio in Pakistan has topped 200 for the first time in nearly 15 years.

VIDEO: WW1: The Famine of Mount Lebanon
Fri, 24 Oct 2014 07:05:53 GMT

As a proportion of the total population, more people died in Greater Syria than anywhere else in the world during the First World War. In Mount Lebanon a third of the population died of famine and disease.

VIDEO: Art on motorbikes in Kampala
Thu, 23 Oct 2014 19:19:26 GMT

Artists in Uganda are using motorbikes to carry and display street art installations as part of the Kampala Contemporary Art Festival.

VIDEO: Exhibition on a changing Afghanistan
Thu, 23 Oct 2014 23:45:29 GMT

The Imperial War Museum's latest exhibition focuses on Afghanistan as British troops prepare to leave.

Islamic State: Diary of life in Mosul
Thu, 23 Oct 2014 23:51:21 GMT

Mosul diary: Inside the city ruled by Islamic State

The day UFOs stopped play
Fri, 24 Oct 2014 00:31:00 GMT

The day UFOs stopped play - and a crowd of 10,000 gasped

Ukraine: Land of chaos and courage
Fri, 24 Oct 2014 00:36:39 GMT

A journey across a Ukraine wracked by conflict

Silicon Valley's billion dollar failures
Thu, 23 Oct 2014 23:04:53 GMT

Silicon valley's billion dollar start-up failures

How technology is transforming Tasmanian farms
Thu, 23 Oct 2014 20:34:41 GMT

How technology is revolutionising farming in Australia

Cracks emerge in Hungary's ruling party
Thu, 23 Oct 2014 14:57:30 GMT

Divisions in Viktor Orban's ruling party in Hungary