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Amazon workers in Germany on strike

21 min 40 sec ago
Workers at four Amazon warehouses in Germany go on strike in a dispute over pay and working conditions.

Debuchy set for three month absence

25 min 35 sec ago
Arsenal right-back Mathieu Debuchy will be out for about three months after undergoing surgery on an ankle injury.

UN plea over Turkey refugee crisis

27 min 45 sec ago
The UN says Turkey urgently needs help to care for 130,000 Syrian refugees who have crossed the border fleeing Islamist militants.

Top Israeli spy Harari dies

40 min 55 sec ago
Mike Harari, the Mossad agent who oversaw a string of Israeli operations involving the assassination of Palestinian militants abroad, has died, aged 87.

Murdered Pakistan hardliner buried

44 min 24 sec ago
Hardline Sunni prayer leader Mufti Amanullah is buried in the Pakistani city of Rawalpindi a day after he was shot dead.

More dead in Nigeria church collapse

1 hour 9 min ago
The number of deaths in Nigeria's church hostel collapse rises to 115, including 84 South Africans, a South African minister says.

Thousands of HK students at boycott

1 hour 31 min ago
Hong Kong students begin a week-long boycott of classes to protest against China's stance on electoral reform in the territory.

Air France strikers reject offer

1 hour 37 min ago
Striking Air France pilots have rejected an offer by the airline aimed at resolving the dispute.

Balls outlines 'first Budget' agenda

1 hour 42 min ago
Ed Balls says he will increase the minimum wage, bring in a mansion tax, freeze child benefit and axe the "bedroom tax" in his first Budget if Labour wins power.

Fifa report may prompt charges - MP

1 hour 45 min ago
A report into alleged corruption at Fifa, football's world governing body, could lead to criminal charges, an MP believes.

Tesco probe into £250m profit error

1 hour 46 min ago
Tesco has suspended four executives, including its UK managing director, after the supermarket overstated its half-year profit guidance by £250m.

VIDEO: HK protests: 'We have to fight'

2 hours 3 min ago
Thousands of students in Hong Kong have converged on a university campus to begin a week-long boycott of classes.

VIDEO: Ghani on becoming Afghan president

2 hours 12 min ago
Ashraf Ghani has said people in Afghanistan "demonstrated a remarkable will for wanting transformation" during this election.

Russia plans for internet crisis

2 hours 29 min ago
Russia is making plans to ensure state control over the country's internet traffic in a national emergency, Russian media report.

S Leone hails lockdown 'success'

2 hours 30 min ago
Authorities in Sierra Leone say a three-day curfew aimed at containing the Ebola outbreak has been a success and will not be extended.

Downton Abbey return seen by 8.1m

2 hours 31 min ago
The first episode of the fifth series of costume drama Downton Abbey is watched by an average audience of 8.1m on ITV.

Turkey clamps down on Syria border

2 hours 33 min ago
Turkey closes most of its border crossings with Syria after the arrival of at least 130,000 Kurd refugees, as IS militants approach a key Syrian town.

Federer replaces Nadal in IPTL team

2 hours 33 min ago
Roger Federer will play in the inaugural International Premier Tennis League after Rafael Nadal withdraws to focus on 2015.

Ukraine to pull back artillery

2 hours 39 min ago
Ukraine is preparing to withdraw heavy weaponry away from separatist rebel lines in the east, the military says.

New chapter in Rob Ford soap opera

2 hours 50 min ago
Toronto mayor's enemies unite with him in new battle