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Hamas denies holding Israeli soldier
The military wing of the Islamist group insists it is not holding a missing Israel soldier and says he could have died in an Israeli air strike.
Obama defends under-fire CIA director
President Barack Obama has defended CIA Director John Brennan and acknowledged the US tortured prisoners after 9/11.
Australians abandon Down's surrogate
An online campaign for a baby with Down's Syndrome left with his surrogate Thai mother by an Australian couple has raised over $120,000 (£70,000),
MH17 crash team finds human remains
A team of 70 Dutch and Australian forensic experts finds human remains at the site of the flight MH17 crash in east Ukraine as fighting continues.
Judge urges Argentina default talks
In the first hearing since Argentina defaulted on its debts, US judge Thomas Griesa calls for negotiations to be resumed urgently.
Ebola spreading too fast - WHO
The Ebola outbreak is spreading faster than efforts to control it, the head of the World Health Organization tells West African leaders.
Mexican media denounces 'gag law'
Mexican journalists denounce a new law that introduces a number of restrictions on crime reporting in north-eastern Sinaloa state.
US House passes $694m border bill
A $694m (£412m) bill to strengthen the US border with Mexico clears the House of Representatives but won't reach the Senate.
Uganda court annuls anti-gay law
Uganda's Constitutional Court annuls a tough anti-gay law that had drawn widespread criticism by Western governments and human rights activists.
Police 'chokehold' caused NYC death
A medical examiner has ruled that a police officer's "chokehold" caused the death of a man in New York.
'Nine militants killed' in Xinjiang
Nine militants are shot dead by police and one captured in the restive Chinese region of Xinjiang, the Xinhua news agency reports.
Held GSK detective visited by son
The son of a private investigator linked to a GlaxoSmithKline corruption investigation in China has been allowed to visit his father.
VIDEO: Rare contact with remote Amazon tribe
A group of previously isolated indigenous people from the Amazon has come face to face with a settled community of villagers for the first time in the Brazilian state of Acre, according to authorities.
VIDEO: Last of the scissor makers
Eric Stones has been making scissors by hand for 58 years.
VIDEO: Multiple Taiwan gas blasts kill 25
Taiwan gas blasts in Kaohsiung kill at least 24
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VIDEO: New York's 21st Century artisans
Members of the "millennial generation" are finding ways build businesses selling items that are handmade.
VIDEO: Poodling along in the gymnasium
A new gymnasium exclusively for dogs has opened up in Alexandria, Virginia.
VIDEO: Axe crashes through windscreen
A car passenger had a lucky escape after an axe flew off the back of a lorry and through the windscreen of the vehicle travelling behind it.
VIDEO: Immersive cinema: Is this the future?
Newsnight reports on the growing popularity of immersive entertainment.
India hires mimics to scare monkeys
Forty men have been hired in India to impersonate monkeys, and scare away thousands of real monkeys causing havoc around Delhi's parliament.
Top DJs say Ibiza is too expensive
Afrojack, Paul Oakenfold and Steve Angello say Ibiza has become too VIP and is pricing normal people out.
US economy adds 209,000 jobs in July
The US economy added 209,000 jobs in July, latest Bureau of Labor Statistics data reveal, adding to optimism that the recovery continues apace.
Firms count cost of Russia sanctions
Around Europe, companies of all shapes and sizes are assessing the impact of the sanctions imposed by the EU this week following America's lead.
Wearables tracked with Raspberry Pi
People who use wearable gadgets to monitor their health or activity can be tracked with only $70 (£40) of hardware, research suggests.
'Draconian' Russian net law enacted
A new law imposing restrictions on bloggers and social media users has come into effect in Russia.
Rolf Harris challenges conviction
Disgraced entertainer Rolf Harris applies for permission to appeal against his conviction for indecent assaults.
Silent film tops documentary poll
Dziga Vertov's 1929 film Man with a Movie Camera is voted the greatest ever documentary in a poll of more than 300 film-makers and critics.
Nasa rover to make oxygen on Mars
Instruments on the next Nasa rover will attempt to make air and fuel from the Martian atmosphere to support future human landings.
Goalkeepers' penalty 'flaw' revealed
Goalkeepers in penalty shoot-outs make a predictable error that could influence the outcome of the game according to new research.
BMJ 'right' in statins claims row
An investigation backs the British Medical Journal's handling of two controversial and inaccurate articles it published on the harms of cholesterol-reducing statins.
HIV drugs 'boost SA life expectancy'
Life expectancy in South Africa has increased dramatically over the last decade mainly thanks to life-saving Aids drugs, a government report says.
Lampard set for Man City loan move
Former Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard is set to join Manchester City on a loan deal from New York City FC.
Anderson and Jadeja found not guilty
The International Cricket Council finds James Anderson and Ravindra Jadeja not guilty of breaching its code of conduct.
America's 'botched' executions
A string of botched lethal injections has led the US president to order an inquiry into how the death penalty is applied - but botching, it turns out, is nothing new.
The 'Flying Sikh' who won India's first Commonwealth gold
When Milkha Singh took to the track at the 1958 Commonwealth Games in Cardiff few had heard of him - but he made history.
Somali MP shot dead outside mosque
A Somali MP is assassinated outside a mosque in Somalia's capital by Islamist militants - the fifth parliamentarian to be killed this year.
Multiple Taiwan gas blasts kill 25
A series of gas explosions in the southern Taiwanese city of Kaohsiung kills at least 25 people and injures about 267 others.
Russia bans Polish fruit and veg
Russia imposes a sweeping ban on imports of fruit and vegetables from Poland, as EU sanctions on Russia over Ukraine start to bite.
Mexico migrants' train deal reached
The US, Mexico and Guatemala will establish more checkpoints along the route of a freight train to prevent migrants from boarding it, Guatemala says.
Israeli Iron Dome firms 'hacked'
The BBC has seen evidence that appears to confirm hackers stole secret military documents from two Israeli government-owned companies.
US Ebola victims to be evacuated
Efforts are under way to evacuate two American aid workers infected with the deadly Ebola virus from Liberia, their organisation says.
UK suspends Tripoli embassy services
The Foreign Office says operations at its embassy in Tripoli are to be temporarily suspended as violence worsens in Libya.
Foreign drivers' fines cost 'millions'
Foreign drivers cost councils millions of pounds every year in unpaid parking fines, the Local Government Association says.
'Purple pound should attract firms'
Smarter businesses could reduce the extra living costs faced by disabled people, the head of a new commission says.
Uber taxi app 'competing unfairly'
The Uber taxi app is "competing unfairly" with London's black cabs, senior Labour MP Margaret Hodge says.
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