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Hamas vows to continue Gaza battle
A reclusive Hamas military leader rules out a ceasefire with Israel to end Gaza violence, at the end of a destructive day.
US and EU expand sanctions on Russia
President Barack Obama says new, co-ordinated sanctions from the US and EU will continue to make Russia's "weak economy even weaker".
Guinea concert stampede kills 24
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
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.
Last Hiroshima bomb crew member dies
The last surviving member of the team which dropped a nuclear bomb on Hiroshima, Theodore Van Kirk, has died aged 93.
Los Angeles flood hits university
A burst water main causes flooding along Los Angeles' Sunset Boulevard at the University of California, Los Angeles, officials say.
China spies 'hacked Canada agency'
A prominent Canadian government research organisation has been attacked by Chinese hackers, the government says.
West Africa flight ban over Ebola
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.
Death threats to Amazon tribe leader
One of Brazil's most prominent indigenous leaders, Davi Kopenawa of the Yanomami people, calls for police protection following a series of death threats.
Tevez father freed after kidnapping
The father of Argentine football star Carlos Tevez is freed after being kidnapped on the outskirts of Buenos Aires and held for eight hours.
Child malaria vaccine 'milestone'
Scientists say the world's first malaria vaccine provides children with continuing protection against the disease and may be in use by 2015.
Twitter shares surge on user growth
Social networking service Twitter reports a second-quarter loss of $145m but better than expected user growth, sending shares surging over 35%.
VIDEO: British dancer returns from Russia
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.
AUDIO: Fifty shades of red face: Is it a 'date' film?
Diana Mather and Rosamund Urwin discuss who it is appropriate to invite to the cinema to watch Fifty Shades of Grey.
VIDEO: Confetti harvest time in Shropshire
A natural confetti farm is harvesting and drying its crop, in a harvest that lasts only ten days.
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VIDEO: Star Trek star Takei's life on film
Star Trek star George Takei talks about being his childhood experience of living in an internment camp during World War Two.
VIDEO: Turkish PM scores football hat-trick
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has scored three goals in an exhibition match to open a new stadium in Istanbul.
VIDEO: Trying to return MH17 victims home
A team of Dutch forensic investigators will again try to access the Malaysia Airlines wreckage site in eastern Ukraine.
VIDEO: War nightmares of Syrian children
Millions of Syrian children are caught up in the conflict
VIDEO: Zoo animals stay cool with ice lolly
During the hot summer weather zookeepers are having to come up with ways to keep animals comfortable in the heat.
Gherkin skyscraper put up for sale
London's Gherkin skyscraper is put up for sale, with interest expected from Chinese, other Asian, and US buyers.
Bank of England bonus clawback plan
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.
Kurdish oil tanker in US seizure
An oil tanker carrying $100m of Iraqi Kurdish oil off the coast of Texas is set to be seized by US marshals after a judge approved a seizure request from the Iraqi government.
Sleep sensor smashes Kickstarter goal
A 22-year-old British entrepreneur's new sleep-tracking device cracks $1m (£590,000) on the Kickstarter crowdfunding platform in five days.
OKCupid experiments with 'bad' matches
Dating website OKCupid reveals that it experimented on its users, including putting the "wrong" people together to see if they would connect.
Government ends prison guitar ban
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.
Anderson 'stellar' in Streetcar
Critics say Gillian Anderson gives the performance of her career in A Streetcar Named Desire at London's Young Vic.
'Quantum Cheshire Cat' observed
Scientists have separated a particle from one of its physical properties - proving a theory known as the "quantum Cheshire Cat".
How faces drive first impressions
UK scientists model the physical attributes that underpin our social judgements about strangers.
More than five-a-day 'no effect'
New research backs the five-a-day target for fruit and vegetables, but suggests eating more may have no added benefits.
Middle-aged drinking 'impairs memory'
Problem drinking in middle age doubles the risk of memory loss in later life, research suggests.
England make India batsmen struggle
James Anderson and Stuart Broad help England continue to dominate India on day three of the third Test at Southampton.
Home nations win three golds in pool
England's Ben Proud and the 4x100m medley team win Commonwealth Games gold in Glasgow, as does Wales' Georgia Davies.
The pre-nup that can end a happy marriage
In parts of Yemen when a brother and sister from one family marry siblings from another, the couples' fates can be locked together regardless of how happy they are.
The mini version of Britain in WW1 Berlin
In World War One, thousands of British men interned in the German camp Ruhleben took to gardening to feed themselves and improve their living conditions.
Airline sued over pilot abuse claims
British Airways is to be sued for damages over claims one of its pilots sexually abused children in African schools and orphanages.
China investigates ex-security chief
China's former security chief Zhou Yongkang has been placed under investigation for "serious disciplinary violation", state media say.
US: Russia 'violated missile treaty'
The US accuses Russia of violating a Cold War arms treaty by testing a nuclear cruise missile, saying the breach is "very serious".
Mexico firm rues false quake alarm
SkyAlert, a Mexican company which issues seismic warnings, apologises for sending a false earthquake alert to users in Mexico City on Monday.
France offers Iraq Christians asylum
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
The US collegiate sport authority offers to settle 10 lawsuits by former athletes who suffered concussions with a $70m (£41.3m) medical fund.
Record breaking Games for Glasgow
As Glasgow becomes Scotland's most successful Games, more records are broken by athletes and visitors alike.
Road rage driver used lorry to kill
A lorry driver is convicted of using his 17-tonne truck to murder another motorist by deliberately driving over him.
Peers query 'right to be forgotten'
Demands for web firms to remove personal data to respect people's "right to be forgotten" are unreasonable, peers say.
MP's relative in court over 'abuse'
Charles Napier, the half-brother of Conservative MP John Whittingdale, appears in court over allegations of historical sex abuse.
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'Hidden' photos reveal library build
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Dream Cars: Innovative Design, Visionary Ideas
Concept designs by famous manufacturers on show in US
Taiwan plane crash: In pictures
TransAsia Airways plane crashes in Taiwan
Prince George's first year
Prince George's first year
VIDEO: How WW1 shaped a poet's life
The writer who had a lump of granite stuck in his head
How many men are paedophiles?
How many men are paedophiles - and is the same true of priests?
Saving lives on the Ebola front line
Life on the Ebola front line
VIDEO: David Duchovny is a national symbol in Russia
How US actor David Duchovny became symbol of Mother Russia
VIDEO: A hip-hop history tour of Compton
Hop-hop history tour of LA county's infamous city
Bumps, buzzards and critical species
Coral munching bumphead fish give insight into conservation
Business booms at Jordan's Zaatari camp
Syrian refugees spotting business opportunities in Jordan camp
Study: Religious children believe fantasy
Are religious children likely to believe fantasies?
The reindeer herders battling a mine
The reindeer herders fighting an iron ore mine
The tech firm helping a tough area
The tech firm helping San Francisco's tough Tenderloin area
Who believes compatibility ratings on dating websites?
Who believes compatibility ratings on dating websites?
Argentina in denial over debt dispute
Call it something else, says Argentina's president
Red in tooth and claw
How Zhou Yongkang case tears up rulebook of Chinese politics
CAR crisis: Meeting the rebel army chief
Why CAR's rebels are turning their backs on the nation state