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Israel rejects Gaza ceasefire plan
Fri, 25 Jul 2014 19:27:01 GMT

Israel's security cabinet rejects the Gaza ceasefire proposal put forward by the US Secretary of State John Kerry, Israeli officials say.

'No survivors' in Air Algerie crash
Fri, 25 Jul 2014 16:41:51 GMT

There are no survivors from the Air Algerie AH5017 passenger jet that crashed in Mali, says the French President, Francois Hollande.

Wikipedia blocks US Congress edits
Fri, 25 Jul 2014 12:12:08 GMT

Administrators have imposed a ban on Wikipedia alterations from the US House of Representatives, following "persistent disruptive editing".

Russia angry at US 'smear campaign'
Fri, 25 Jul 2014 17:48:54 GMT

Russia's foreign ministry rejects accusations from the US that its troops have been firing on Ukrainian soldiers from within Russia.

Fifteen killed in Afghan bus attack
Fri, 25 Jul 2014 08:50:14 GMT

Suspected Taliban gunmen kill 15 bus passengers from the minority Hazara community in the central Afghan province of Ghor, officials say.

Isis 'overruns' Syrian military base
Fri, 25 Jul 2014 16:11:02 GMT

Fighters from the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (Isis) say they have overrun a large Syrian military base on the outskirts of the city of Raqqa.

Greste appeal over Egypt conviction
Fri, 25 Jul 2014 14:20:43 GMT

Jailed al-Jazeera journalist Peter Greste is to appeal against his conviction and jail term on terrorism-related charges in Egypt, his family says.

McDonald's in Russian court case
Fri, 25 Jul 2014 13:22:19 GMT

Russia's main consumer watchdog takes McDonald's to court, accusing the restaurant chain of quality infringements.

S Leone hunts seized Ebola patient
Fri, 25 Jul 2014 18:04:22 GMT

A hunt is launched in Sierra Leone's capital for a woman with Ebola who was forcibly removed from hospital, as Nigeria registers its first case.

South Sudan rebels 'lose key town'
Fri, 25 Jul 2014 16:02:43 GMT

Government forces in South Sudan retake the strategic town of Nasir attacked by rebels on Sunday, the UN says.

Ferry owner death cause 'unknown'
Fri, 25 Jul 2014 12:51:40 GMT

South Korea's forensic agency says it cannot determine the cause of death for the fugitive tycoon blamed for the recent ferry disaster.

High-speed train links Turkey cities
Fri, 25 Jul 2014 15:19:35 GMT

Turkey inaugurates a high-speed rail link between Istanbul and Ankara, slashing by half the seven-hour journey time between the two cities.

'Fluffy' dinosaurs were widespread
Fri, 25 Jul 2014 01:19:11 GMT

A discovery of 150 million year old fossils in Siberia indicates that feathers were much more widespread among dinosaurs than previously thought.

Eva Peron's Cadillac goes on sale
Thu, 24 Jul 2014 14:51:07 GMT

A jewel from one of her dresses was found inside.

Arizona halts executions amid review
Fri, 25 Jul 2014 00:18:42 GMT

Arizona halts executions pending a review of its death penalty procedures, after the allegedly botched lethal injection of a convicted murderer.

American reporter held in Iran
Fri, 25 Jul 2014 15:38:16 GMT

An American reporter for the Washington Post, his wife and two other US journalists have been detained in Tehran, an Iranian official confirms.

Obama meets Central American leaders
Fri, 25 Jul 2014 16:09:57 GMT

President Barack Obama meets the leaders of Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras to discuss the migrant crisis at the southern US border.

Brazil frees up $13bn for economy
Fri, 25 Jul 2014 17:14:40 GMT

In a bid to stimulate the sluggish economy, the Brazilian central bank announces plans to reduce the amount commercial banks have to keep in reserve.

Wildlife loss link to child slavery
Fri, 25 Jul 2014 01:17:53 GMT

New research suggests that the global reduction in wildlife is connected to an increase in human trafficking and child slavery.

Africa 'needs green revolution'
Fri, 25 Jul 2014 01:20:04 GMT

Sub-Saharan Africa's agricultural sector needs to harvest the fruits of biotechnology in order to establish sustainable development, says a Chatham House report.

Dutch and Australians in MH17 talks
Fri, 25 Jul 2014 15:58:13 GMT

The Netherlands and Australia seek access to the rebel-controlled crash site of MH17 in eastern Ukraine as more bodies arrive in Eindhoven.

Australia brings asylum group ashore
Fri, 25 Jul 2014 07:56:05 GMT

A group of 157 asylum seekers held at sea will be brought to the Australian mainland to be detained, the immigration minister says.

BSkyB pays £5bn to create Sky Europe
Fri, 25 Jul 2014 15:10:07 GMT

BSkyB wants to take over Rupert Murdoch's pay TV companies in Germany and Italy in a move that would create a company with 20 million European viewers.

More Russians face EU sanctions
Fri, 25 Jul 2014 16:14:21 GMT

The EU adds 15 individuals and 18 entities to its sanctions list targeting Russians linked to the separatist uprising in eastern Ukraine.

UN sends 'unofficial' aid to Syria
Thu, 24 Jul 2014 21:39:20 GMT

The first UN aid shipment to Syria delivered without the consent of the government has arrived in the north of the country.

Iraq MPs elect Massoum as president
Thu, 24 Jul 2014 12:20:53 GMT

Iraqi parliament elects Kurdish politician Fouad Massoum as the country's next president, succeeding Jalal Talabani.

UK economy back at pre-crisis level
Fri, 25 Jul 2014 13:42:48 GMT

The UK economy grew 0.8% in the second quarter and has now recovered the ground lost since the downturn began in 2008, according to official figures.

Miliband: I can't beat PM on image
Fri, 25 Jul 2014 15:11:16 GMT

Ed Miliband hits back at critics of his image and leadership style, insisting voters want "big ideas" not photo opportunities.

Russia's surprise interest rate rise
Fri, 25 Jul 2014 14:20:21 GMT

Russia's central bank has unexpectedly said it will raise its key bank interest rate over concerns about inflation and "geopolitical tension".

US firm withdraws Mothercare offer
Fri, 25 Jul 2014 19:04:29 GMT

US retailer Destination Maternity withdraws a takeover offer for Mothercare, saying it was clear shareholders wanted a "significant increase" in the offer.

Amazon reports $126m quarterly loss
Thu, 24 Jul 2014 21:49:59 GMT

Amazon reports a loss of $126m in the second quarter and warns of slowing sales.

Striker Drogba re-signs for Chelsea
Fri, 25 Jul 2014 16:27:16 GMT

Chelsea re-sign veteran striker Didier Drogba on a one-year deal after the Ivorian left Galatasaray.

Navardauskas wins Tour stage 19
Fri, 25 Jul 2014 15:23:20 GMT

Lithuania's Ramunas Navardauskas is the surprise winner of a rainy stage 19 of the Tour de France in Bergerac.

Friday's gossip column
Fri, 25 Jul 2014 15:33:07 GMT

AC Milan to swap Balotelli for Arsenal's Campbell, Liverpool eye Gaitan, Di Maria staying, plus more.

Hamill: Star Wars return 'a gift'
Fri, 25 Jul 2014 07:30:09 GMT

Star Wars actor Mark Hamill calls returning to the franchise was an "unexpected gift", and says Harrison Ford is recovering well from his broken ankle.

Secret Cinema cancels weekend shows
Fri, 25 Jul 2014 17:52:44 GMT

Secret Cinema organiser Fabian Riggall tells the BBC he has decided to cancel all of this weekend's screenings of Back to the Future.

Thousands welcome Giants to city
Fri, 25 Jul 2014 18:38:47 GMT

An estimated 100,000 people line Liverpool's streets to welcome three giant marionettes which will tell the story of the city during World War One.

VIDEO: Violence in CAR after ceasefire agreed
Fri, 25 Jul 2014 15:21:08 GMT

A new surge of violence is sweeping through the Central African Republic despite a ceasefire agreement between rival armed groups.

VIDEO: Sloviansk: Going back to ruined house
Fri, 25 Jul 2014 16:57:56 GMT

Many residents of Sloviansk are now returning home, after pro-Russian insurgents were pushed out of the eastern Ukrainian city at the beginning of July.

VIDEO: Moment Isis blew up Iraq shrine
Fri, 25 Jul 2014 11:33:37 GMT

Social media footage has emerged purporting to show the Sunni Islamist group Isis blowing up a shrine in the Iraqi city of Mosul.

VIDEO: Honour for 101-year-old weatherman
Fri, 25 Jul 2014 11:38:16 GMT

America's longest serving volunteer weather observer, 101-year-old Richard G Hendrickson, will be honoured on Sunday for 84 years service.

VIDEO: Is Ramadan too commercial?
Fri, 25 Jul 2014 15:28:43 GMT

Many Pakistanis are complaining that Ramadan has become too commercial over the last few years, and is losing its true spirit.

VIDEO: 'Fluffy' dinosaur theory sparks debate
Fri, 25 Jul 2014 05:10:47 GMT

All dinosaurs were covered with feathers or had the potential to grow feathers, a study published in the journal, Science, suggests.

VIDEO: Illegal child migration to US soars
Fri, 25 Jul 2014 09:41:16 GMT

In the last eight months alone, nearly 60,000 children have crossed the border illegally into the United States, in the hope of a better life.

VIDEO: Left behind in 'dead' Ukraine city
Fri, 25 Jul 2014 06:10:55 GMT

The BBC's Natalia Antelava speaks to residents in the city of Donetsk in eastern Ukraine, the last stronghold of pro-Russian separatists, to gauge how the conflict is affecting their lives.

CAR: Fighting spreads like infection
Fri, 25 Jul 2014 14:31:56 GMT

Trying to save CAR, where fighting spreads like an infection

A country where liberal journalists risk death
Thu, 24 Jul 2014 21:04:26 GMT

The country where a blasphemy charge is a death sentence

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

Images from around the world taken over the past 24 hours

France protests over performers' pay
Fri, 25 Jul 2014 00:22:55 GMT

French performers march to defend state benefits

Narendra Modi: Is India's PM avoiding the media?
Fri, 25 Jul 2014 00:26:32 GMT

Why Indian PM Narendra Modi is avoiding the media

Criticising Israel, avoiding anti-Semitism
Thu, 24 Jul 2014 16:34:01 GMT

Can you criticise Israel without being anti-Semitic?

Thwarting Senegal’s cattle rustlers
Thu, 24 Jul 2014 23:11:56 GMT

Squaring up to Senegal's cattle rustlers

Quiz of the week's news
Fri, 25 Jul 2014 00:42:01 GMT

Which city serves the strongest cup of coffee?

Voices from the death penalty debate
Thu, 24 Jul 2014 23:05:25 GMT

Five people talk about their roles in Tennessee's execution debate

The Ghanaian looking to inspire a nation
Thu, 24 Jul 2014 20:42:42 GMT

The track cyclist from Scotland with an African connection