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Hamas vows to continue Gaza battle
Tue, 29 Jul 2014 22:43:24 GMT

A reclusive Hamas military leader rules out a ceasefire with Israel to end Gaza violence, at the end of a destructive day.

Bank of England bonus clawback plan
Tue, 29 Jul 2014 23:00:06 GMT

The Bank of England is expected to unveil on Wednesday a plan which may see rule-breaking bankers return bonuses up to seven years after being awarded them.

US and EU expand sanctions on Russia
Tue, 29 Jul 2014 22:29:16 GMT

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

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.

West Africa flight ban over Ebola
Tue, 29 Jul 2014 17:33:43 GMT

A West African airline halts flights to Liberia and Sierra Leone amid concern about Ebola as a leading doctor dies of the virus in Sierra Leone.

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.

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.

China spies 'hacked Canada agency'
Tue, 29 Jul 2014 20:02:45 GMT

A prominent Canadian government research organisation has been attacked by Chinese hackers, the government says.

Hillsborough police note 'vanished'
Tue, 29 Jul 2014 17:43:15 GMT

A note of a crucial radio message to the police control box at Hillsborough "vanished from the record", the inquests into the disaster hear.

Twitter shares surge on user growth
Tue, 29 Jul 2014 20:48:39 GMT

Social networking service Twitter reports a second-quarter loss of $145m but better than expected user growth, sending shares surging over 35%.

Last Hiroshima bomb crew member dies
Tue, 29 Jul 2014 22:26:40 GMT

The last surviving member of the team which dropped a nuclear bomb on Hiroshima, Theodore Van Kirk, has died aged 93.

MH17 parents 'angry and frustrated'
Tue, 29 Jul 2014 19:15:24 GMT

The parents of one of the MH17 crash victims say after meeting David Cameron they are "angry and frustrated" at not knowing what has happened to their son's body.

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.

First flamingo egg 'for eight years'
Tue, 29 Jul 2014 21:05:30 GMT

Flamingos at a wildlife centre in Wearside produce their first egg in eight years, according to the charity that runs it.

Ebola fears and 'fat' doctors - the papers
Tue, 29 Jul 2014 22:52:24 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: 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: 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.

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.

AUDIO: Band hoped Watkins abuse a 'mistake'
Tue, 29 Jul 2014 11:13:24 GMT

Former members of Lostprophets have talked at their "shock" at finding out singer Ian Watkins was a paedophile.

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.

VIDEO: Fire rages at Libya fuel depot
Tue, 29 Jul 2014 10:59:07 GMT

Italy has offered to help extinguish a huge blaze that has engulfed the biggest fuel depot in the Libyan capital

VIDEO: Turkish PM scores football hat-trick
Mon, 28 Jul 2014 15:28:06 GMT

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has scored three goals in an exhibition match to open a new stadium in Istanbul.

Home nations win three golds in pool
Tue, 29 Jul 2014 21:59:28 GMT

England's Ben Proud and the 4x100m medley team win Commonwealth Games gold in Glasgow, as does Wales' Georgia Davies.

Liverpool sign striker Origi for 10m
Tue, 29 Jul 2014 16:11:46 GMT

Liverpool complete the 10m signing of Belgium striker Divock Origi from French club Lille on a five-year deal.

England gymnasts win double gold
Tue, 29 Jul 2014 17:59:36 GMT

England's men and women win gold in the gymnastic team finals as Scotland's men and Wales's women also claim medals.

England make India batsmen struggle
Tue, 29 Jul 2014 19:21:46 GMT

James Anderson and Stuart Broad help England continue to dominate India on day three of the third Test at Southampton.

The Commonwealths boxer who had never been in a ring
Tue, 29 Jul 2014 18:15:22 GMT

Meet the boxer from a disappearing Pacific island nation who trains by using a punch bag hanging from a breadfruit tree.

BP warns of Russia sanctions risk
Tue, 29 Jul 2014 11:29:28 GMT

Oil giant BP reports a rise in second quarter profits to $3.2bn (1.9bn), but warns that further economic sanctions against Russia could affect its business.

VIDEO: Making money out of social media
Tue, 29 Jul 2014 09:59:33 GMT

Samira Hussain reports from New York on the opportunities opened up by technology that did not even exist a few years ago.

Migration changes 'to put UK first'
Tue, 29 Jul 2014 18:02:48 GMT

A series of changes to restrict benefits to some EU migrants is unveiled as David Cameron warns people who are in the UK illegally "we will find you, we will send you home".

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.

Child malaria vaccine 'milestone'
Tue, 29 Jul 2014 18:06:41 GMT

Scientists say the world's first malaria vaccine provides children with continuing protection against the disease and may be in use by 2015.

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.

OKCupid experiments with 'bad' matches
Tue, 29 Jul 2014 14:47:43 GMT

Dating website OKCupid reveals that it experimented on its users, including putting the "wrong" people together to see if they would connect.

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

'Quantum Cheshire Cat' observed
Tue, 29 Jul 2014 17:36:04 GMT

Scientists have separated a particle from one of its physical properties - proving a theory known as the "quantum Cheshire Cat".

VIDEO: Dolphin filmed in the River Severn
Mon, 28 Jul 2014 19:46:29 GMT

Marine experts have said a dolphin spotted in the River Severn in Gloucestershire will make its own way back to the sea.

Government ends prison guitar ban
Tue, 29 Jul 2014 16:21:56 GMT

A ban on steel-string guitars in prison cells in England and Wales is reversed after a campaign by rock stars including Billy Bragg and Johnny Marr.

VIDEO: 'Children look at me as an agony aunt'
Tue, 29 Jul 2014 21:17:39 GMT

As a theatrical version of one of her books arrives in the West End, Dame Jacqueline Wilson has been talking to the BBC about the responsibilities of being a writer for children.

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?

Met to answer undercover sex claims
Tue, 29 Jul 2014 23:48:56 GMT

The Metropolitan Police has agreed to reveal whether two men had relationships with women while working as undercover police officers.

Road rage driver used lorry to kill
Tue, 29 Jul 2014 17:53:15 GMT

A lorry driver is convicted of using his 17-tonne truck to murder another motorist by deliberately driving over him.

Record breaking Games for Glasgow
Tue, 29 Jul 2014 21:41:37 GMT

As Glasgow becomes Scotland's most successful Games, more records are broken by athletes and visitors alike.

Car appeal over Greenock murder
Tue, 29 Jul 2014 19:53:45 GMT

Police investigating the murder of a man in Greenock want to trace a silver car seen in the street where he attended a party.

Man drowns in lake flag incident
Tue, 29 Jul 2014 11:50:57 GMT

A 68-year-old man drowns while trying to swim to a lake island to remove two Irish tricolour flags in County Armagh.

Attacks were orchestrated say police
Tue, 29 Jul 2014 15:06:24 GMT

Police say they believe eight hate crime attacks in east Belfast were "orchestrated".

Boyfriend killed six-week-old baby
Tue, 29 Jul 2014 12:28:22 GMT

A man who killed his girlfriend's six-week-old baby by battering him with a shoe and plastic bottle is found guilty of manslaughter.

Rugby star guilty of model's assault
Tue, 29 Jul 2014 20:56:52 GMT

Wales rugby star Ian Gough is found guilty of assaulting his ex-girlfriend, former Miss Wales Sophia Cahill, days after her engagement to pop star Dane Bowers.

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.

Gold medallist fails drugs test
Tue, 29 Jul 2014 11:19:50 GMT

Weightlifting gold medallist Chika Amalaha of Nigeria is provisionally suspended from Commonwealth Games for failing a drugs test.

China investigates ex-security chief
Tue, 29 Jul 2014 15:22:31 GMT

China's former security chief Zhou Yongkang has been placed under investigation for "serious disciplinary violation", state media say.

Japan girl 'admits dismemberment'
Tue, 29 Jul 2014 12:19:44 GMT

The Japanese schoolgirl arrested on Sunday has reportedly confessed to killing and dismembering her classmate, say local media

US: Russia 'violated missile treaty'
Tue, 29 Jul 2014 06:46:18 GMT

The US accuses Russia of violating a Cold War arms treaty by testing a nuclear cruise missile, saying the breach is "very serious".

Kosovo ex-rebels 'should face trial'
Tue, 29 Jul 2014 10:45:58 GMT

An EU war crimes prosecutor accuses ex-Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) commanders of grave offences in the 1999 war against Serbia.

Death threats to Amazon tribe leader
Tue, 29 Jul 2014 19:22:57 GMT

One of Brazil's most prominent indigenous leaders, Davi Kopenawa of the Yanomami people, calls for police protection following a series of death threats.

Mexico firm rues false quake alarm
Tue, 29 Jul 2014 12:22:27 GMT

SkyAlert, a Mexican company which issues seismic warnings, apologises for sending a false earthquake alert to users in Mexico City on Monday.

Italy to 'help douse' Libya fire
Tue, 29 Jul 2014 09:53:53 GMT

Italy offers to help extinguish a huge blaze that has engulfed the biggest fuel storage facility in the Libyan capital, Libya's government says.

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.

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.

Los Angeles flood hits university
Wed, 30 Jul 2014 01:44:48 GMT

A burst water main causes flooding along Los Angeles' Sunset Boulevard at the University of California, Los Angeles, officials say.

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: 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: 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: 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: 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.

VIDEO: Car crashes into crowd at cruise event
Mon, 28 Jul 2014 22:03:06 GMT

A 16-year-old girl has been released from hospital following an incident at a "car cruising" event in which a vehicle ploughed into a crowd, injuring 17 people.

VIDEO: Rain, hail and lightning cause chaos
Mon, 28 Jul 2014 21:50:38 GMT

Lightning strikes, hail, torrential rain and flash flooding cause severe travel problems across large areas of south-east England.

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 Ebola

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

The writer who had a lump of granite stuck in his head

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

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

How US actor David Duchovny became symbol of Mother Russia

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

Turning Shakespeare's theatre into a living laboratory

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

Testing the digital bracelet that measures sun exposure

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

London's abandoned Victorian Temperance Hospital

How many will new benefits policy affect?
Tue, 29 Jul 2014 19:32:33 GMT

How many people will be affected by EU migrants benefits curb?

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?

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