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Israel steps up bombardment of Gaza
Gaza sees one of its heaviest nights of bombardment, by air, sea and land, after Israel's prime minister warns of a long conflict ahead.

EU set to widen Russia sanctions
The European Union is set to back new sanctions against Russia, targeting its finance, energy and defence sectors over the conflict in Ukraine.

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".

UN blacklists N Korea arms ship firm
The UN blacklists the operator of a North Korean ship seized near the Panama Canal in July 2013 with undeclared Cuban weapons on board.

LA Clippers sale 'can go ahead'
A US judge rules that the LA Clippers basketball team can be sold, despite the objections of banned co-owner Donald Sterling.

China regulators in Microsoft visit
Microsoft confirms that officials from the Chinese regulatory body responsible for enforcing business laws have visited some of its offices.

Bomber kills Hamid Karzai's cousin
A suicide bomber has killed a cousin of President Hamid Karzai in the southern city of Kandahar, officials say.

South Korea sees conscript suicides
Two South Korean conscripts have died in apparent suicides, the military says, weeks after another soldier shot dead five members of his unit.

Kerry visits India to improve ties
US Secretary of State John Kerry is to begin a visit to Delhi as Washington tries to improve ties with India under its new PM Narendra Modi.

Tripoli fuel fire 'out of control'
A second fuel tank at Libya's biggest fuel storage facility is in flames as the government requests international assistance to contain the huge blaze.

Russia plans $50bn Yukos appeal
Russia will appeal against a court decision ordering it to pay the biggest compensation package to date, amounting to $50bn (29.5bn) in damages.

Liberia shuts borders to curb Ebola
Most border crossings in Liberia are closed and communities hit by an Ebola outbreak face quarantine to stop the virus spreading.

Gecko sex satellite back in touch
Fears recede over the fate of a Russian space satellite carrying gecko lizards as part of a sex experiment, after ground control restores contact.

Koala survives speedy ride under car
A koala has had an extraordinary escape clinging to the bottom of a car on a busy Australian highway.

Ex-Virginia governor's trial opens
Jury selection begins in the corruption trial of ex-Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell, accused of accepting loans and lavish gifts from a supporter.

Deal reached on US veterans health
Veterans affairs leaders in Congress have announced a compromise deal to help address the problems overwhelming the US veterans healthcare system.

Hero's welcome for freed Venezuelan
Venezuelan official Gen Hugo Carvajal is warmly welcomed in Caracas after his release in Aruba, where he had been arrested on drug-trafficking charges.

Venezuela party in key congress
Venezuela's governing United Socialist Party holds its first congress since the death of President Hugo Chavez last year.

AH5017 pilots 'asked to turn back'
French foreign minister reveals that the pilots of Air Algerie flight AH5017 requested to return to Burkina Faso after hitting bad weather.

Strike ends in South Africa
A four-week strike in South Africa's steel and engineering industries has come to an end after the country's biggest trade union sealed a deal with employers.

Australia approves $15.5bn coal mine
Australia approves a $15.5bn (9bn) coal project despite concern over its potential environmental impact, including on the Great Barrier Reef.

MH17 jet 'downed by shrapnel'
Security officials in Ukraine say the Malaysia Airlines jet downed in eastern Ukraine suffered an explosive loss of pressure caused by missile shrapnel.

Migrant benefits to be tightened
The UK is to cut from six to three months the amount of time out-of-work EU migrants can claim benefits without realistic job prospects.

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.

Emirates to stop flying over Iraq
Emirates Airline will stop flying over Iraq to protect its passengers from the threat of Islamic militants on the ground, according to reports.

Qatar 2022 'dismay' at workers' pay
Organisers of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar say they are "heavily dismayed" by claims that migrants who worked on their offices are still waiting to be paid.

PM to meet families of MH17 victims
Prime Minister David Cameron is to meet the families of British victims of the Malaysia Airlines MH17 plane crash at Downing Street.

Pause NHS privatisation - Labour
NHS privatisation is "being forced through at pace and scale", and should be halted until the general election, says Labour's shadow health secretary.

Increased production lifts BP profit
Oil giant BP reports a rise in second quarter profits to $3.2bn boosted by increased production.

UBS sees its net profits rise 15%
UBS, Switzerland's biggest bank, has reported a 15% jump in second-quarter net profit on the same period last year.

Lloyds fined 218m over Libor
Lloyds Banking Group is fined 218m for "serious misconduct" relating to key interest rates including Libor.

England's Gemili takes 100m silver
England's Adam Gemili wins Commonwealth Games silver in the men's 100m, with Jamaica's Kemar Bailey-Cole taking gold.

Bell & Buttler put England on top
Ian Bell stars with a superb 167 as England take control of the third Test against India on day two, declaring on 569-7.

Van Gaal to bide time over new faces
Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal will not rush to make signings despite "having" to play with wing-backs recently.

Burma Top Gear breached Ofcom rules
Top Gear's Burma special in which Jeremy Clarkson used a racial term broke broadcasting guidelines, Ofcom rules.

Coe 'will not run for BBC Trust job'
Lord Coe indicates that he has withdrawn from the race to be the next chairman of the BBC Trust.

Sunshine sees Womad's record sellout
Wiltshire's annual Womad festival attracts a capacity crowd for the first time since relocating from Reading in 2007.

VIDEO: Trying to bring MH17 victims home
A team of Dutch forensic investigators will again try to access the Malaysia Airlines wreckage site in eastern Ukraine.

VIDEO: Algeria flight 'asked to turn back'
The French Foreign Minister, Laurent Fabius, has confirmed that the pilots of a plane that crashed in Mali last Thursday had asked for a change of course.

VIDEO: Fighting near MH17 crash site
Fresh fighting, close to where the Malaysia Airlines jet went down in Ukraine, has prevented international monitors from accessing the crash site for the second day in a row.

VIDEO: Sarah Palin launches online channel
Sarah Palin, the former governor of Alaska and 2008 US vice-presidential candidate, has launched a subscription-based online television channel.

VIDEO: Old van turned into mobile sauna
An entrepreneur in Kyrgyzstan has converted a rusty old van into a mobile steam room.

VIDEO: Are we safe to fly over warzones?
Jim Reed asks whether passenger planes should fly over warzones after reports said the MH17 plane was 'downed by missile shrapnel'.

VIDEO: Children go out to celebrate Eid
Muslims across the world are taking part in Eid celebrations to mark the end of the fasting month of Ramadan.

VIDEO: Court to hear 'gay conversion' case
Gay rights activists in China are preparing for a landmark court case against 'gay conversion therapy'.

MH17 crash: The 298 who perished
The 298 men, women and children who perished

China activists fight gay 'conversion therapy'
The Chinese doctors who say they can 'cure' homosexuality

Kerry, Israel and shuttle diplomacy
Kerry's diplomatic efforts draw fire from Israeli media

The pre-nup that can end a happy marriage
The family agreement that can tear happy couples apart

VIDEO: US films take on drone strike debate
The summer movies criticising US drone policies

CAR crisis: Silent majority held hostage
How CAR's armed youths hold a silent majority hostage

In pictures: Indian child beggars
The child beggars struggling to get by in the Indian capital, Delhi

Wide-eyed lemurs on the web
Fifty years of data about endangered primates goes online

The 'mistake' behind a top handbag firm
How did Michael Jackson help inspire Indian handbag firm?

Nollywood finds its global audience online
Nigeria's film industry finds new audiences online

The prisoners who grew 33,000 lettuces

Indian or American: Congressman's 'oops'
Congressman's India gaffe highlights issue of US diversity

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