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Ceasefire aim as Gaza deaths top 800
Efforts to secure a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas are intensifying as the death toll in the 18-day-old conflict passes 800.
'No survivors' in Air Algerie crash
There are no survivors from the Air Algerie AH5017 passenger jet that crashed in Mali, says the French President, Francois Hollande.
Dutch and Australians in MH17 talks
The Netherlands and Australia seek access to the rebel-controlled crash site of MH17 in eastern Ukraine as more bodies are flown out.
Ferry owner death cause 'unknown'
South Korea's forensic agency says it cannot determine the cause of death for the fugitive tycoon blamed for the recent ferry disaster.
Fifteen killed in Afghan bus attack
Suspected Taliban gunmen kill 15 bus passengers from the minority Hazara community in the central Afghan province of Ghor, officials say.
Australia brings asylum group ashore
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
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.
Wildlife loss link to child slavery
New research suggests that the global reduction in wildlife is connected to an increase in human trafficking and child slavery.
Shift workers 'face diabetes risk'
Type 2 diabetes is more common in people who work shifts, with effects on waistlines, hormones and sleep increasing the risk, a study suggests.
US reporter believed held in Iran
An American reporter for the Washington Post, his wife and two other US journalists appear to have been detained in Tehran, the newspaper says.
McDonald's halts nuggets sales in HK
Fast-food chain McDonald's suspends sale of chicken nuggets in Hong Kong over the out of date meat scandal at a Chinese supplier.
'Fluffy' dinosaurs were widespread
A discovery of 150 million year old fossils in Siberia indicates that feathers were much more widespread among dinosaurs than previously thought.
VIDEO: 'Fluffy' dinosaur theory sparks debate
All dinosaurs were covered with feathers or had the potential to grow feathers, a study published in the journal, Science, suggests.
VIDEO: Yoga all at sea
SUP yoga, or stand up paddleboard yoga, involves most of the moves of normal yoga, but is done on a paddleboard in the water.
VIDEO: Secrets of royal childhoods revealed
A new exhibition at Buckingham Palace is revealing what is is like to grow up in the Royal Family.
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VIDEO: Note found in World War One kilt
A hidden poem written by a Glasgow woman has been found sewn into the folds of a World War One kilt owned by a Southampton academic.
VIDEO: Water ATMs bring clean water to Delhi
The authorities is Delhi are piloting water dispensing machines to bring clean water to residents.
VIDEO: 'You can hear the bombs and missiles'
More than 800 people have died in the latest outbreak of violence in the Middle East, and despite calls for a ceasefire, the fighting continues.
VIDEO: No sleep for family in new Gaza
The BBC's Yolande Knell visits a family in Gaza struggling to maintain their day-to-day lives as the conflict between Hamas and Israel rages.
Hamill: Star Wars return 'a gift'
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.
Astrology can aid healthcare - MP
Tory MP David Tredinnick speaks of his belief in astrology and his desire to incorporate it into mainstream medicine.
UK economy back at pre-crisis level
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.
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Google quizzed over deleted links
Watchdogs are told that Google has complied with more than 45,000 requests for links to be erased from its European search results.
Qualcomm disputes China phone sales
US chipmaker Qualcomm claims some Chinese companies are misrepresenting sales to minimise their payments.
Giants return to Liverpool streets
Giant marionettes are back on Liverpool's streets as part of a three-day event commemorating World War One.
NT to screen first Broadway show
The National Theatre announces that Of Mice and Men will be their first Broadway production to screen live in UK cinemas.
Africa 'needs green revolution'
Sub-Saharan Africa's agricultural sector needs to harvest the fruits of biotechnology in order to establish sustainable development, says a Chatham House report.
Call for end to 'throwaway society'
A ban on sending leftover food to landfill is needed to move away from a 'throwaway society', say MPs.
Bedtime light 'may stop cancer drug'
Even dimly lit bedrooms may stop breast cancer drugs from working, according to US research.
Paracetamol for back pain questioned
Taking paracetamol for lower back pain does not improve recovery time or provide any greater pain relief than using a placebo, scientists say.
Hamilton fastest in Hungary practice
Lewis Hamilton beats Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg in first practice for Sunday's Hungarian Grand Prix.
Azerbaijan to hold Formula 1 race
Azerbaijan will host a Formula 1 Grand Prix in 2016, the former Soviet state has announced.
When time stood still
The story of the watch that survived Hiroshima - and its owner, who found peace through forgiveness.
Illegal bottom injections on rise in US
In search of a rounder backside, women are turning to discount procedures that can lead to pains, disfiguration and even death.
Ghana protests over rising prices
Thousands of workers across Ghana take to the streets to protest about the rise in the cost of living and call for petrol subsidies to be restored.
Queen 'photo-bombs' athletes' selfie
Two Australian Commonwealth Games hockey players have a huge surprise when the Queen appears smiling in the back of their selfie.
Russian anti-Putin activists jailed
A Moscow court jails two anti-government protest leaders - Sergei Udaltsov and Leonid Razvozzhayev - over clashes with police in May 2012.
Charges over Mexico children's home
A Mexican federal judge charges six employees of a children's home at the heart of an abuse scandal in the city of Zamora.
UN sends 'unofficial' aid to Syria
The first UN aid shipment to Syria delivered without the consent of the government has arrived in the north of the country.
Arizona halts executions amid review
Arizona halts executions pending a review of its death penalty procedures, after the allegedly botched lethal injection of a convicted murderer.
Mother admits Mikaeel Kular killing
The mother of three-year-old Mikaeel Kular has pleaded guilty to killing her son in Edinburgh in January.
RBS reports surprise rise in profit
Royal Bank of Scotland says it expects pre-tax profits of £2.65bn for the first half of the year but warns of 'bumps in the road ahead'.
'No question' over Red Arrows smoke
There was "no question" the Red Arrows would change the colour of smoke trails to represent the Scottish flag at the Glasgow 2014 opening ceremony, Defence Secretary Michael Fallon says.
Warnings issued over teen drownings
Warnings are issued following a series of drownings involving young men and teenagers in lakes and quarries across England.
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Prince George's first year
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The ship that totally failed to change the world
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A country where liberal journalists risk death
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France protests over performers' pay
French performers march to defend state benefits
MH17 crash: Abandoned crime scene
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Thwarting Senegal’s cattle rustlers
Squaring up to Senegal's cattle rustlers
Criticising Israel, avoiding anti-Semitism
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Five famous Scots with no vote
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Narendra Modi: Is India's PM avoiding the media?
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Voices from the death penalty debate
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The Ghanaian looking to inspire a nation
The track cyclist from Scotland with an African connection
Do women need bigger parking spaces?
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China Week: Typhoons to tantrums
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Central African Republic's road to anarchy
Andrew Harding crosses paths with Central African militias