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'Urgent' call for obesity taskforce

49 min 5 sec ago
Doctors' leaders are calling for an emergency taskforce to be set up to tackle childhood obesity in England.

EU sets Russia sanctions ultimatum

1 hour 1 min ago
The EU gives Russia one week to reverse course in Ukraine or face new sanctions, as Ukraine's leader talks of the "point of no return".

Anti-PM clashes continue in Pakistan

1 hour 59 min ago
Continuing clashes in Pakistan between police and protesters demanding the toppling of PM Nawaz Sharif leave one dead and hundreds injured.

'Praying for death' in Ukraine

2 hours 21 min ago
Activist relives humiliation and horror at hands of Ukraine rebels

Philippine troops in Syria rescued

August 31, 2014 - 12:26am
Thirty-two Philippine peacekeepers trapped by rebels in the Syrian Golan Heights are rescued, and another 40 escape, but 44 Fijians are held captive.

Fairhead to be BBC Trust chairwoman

August 30, 2014 - 11:37pm
Rona Fairhead, former head of the Financial Times Group, is to become the first woman to chair the BBC Trust, replacing Lord Patten in the role.

Original Jethro Tull bassist dies

August 30, 2014 - 10:33pm
Bassist Glenn Cornick, a founding member of the British rock band Jethro Tull who played on their biggest hits, has died at his home in Hawaii.

US planes drop aid to Iraq's Amerli

August 30, 2014 - 10:09pm
US planes have made air drops and carried out strikes against Islamic State positions around the besieged northern Iraqi town of Amerli.

Cameron welcomes EU chief's pledge

August 30, 2014 - 9:41pm
David Cameron welcomes a commitment by Donald Tusk, the new president of the European Council, to reach a deal with the UK on EU reform.

Pakistan protesters in police clash

August 30, 2014 - 8:57pm
More than 250 are injured as police in Islamabad fire tear gas at protesters marching on the residence of Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif.

Go Figure: The week in numbers

August 30, 2014 - 8:29pm
Earthquakes, padlocks and Kate Bush - the week in numbers

Missing Ashya King found in Spain

August 30, 2014 - 8:10pm
A five-year-old boy with a brain tumour whose parents removed him from hospital against medical advice has been found, police confirm.

Bionic pancreas: A new dawn for diabetics?

August 30, 2014 - 8:09pm
Labs in race to find bionic solution for Type 1 Diabetes

VIDEO: Trends of the week - in 60 seconds

August 30, 2014 - 7:54pm
Social media trends of the week in 60 seconds

Why I stopped wearing the headscarf

August 30, 2014 - 7:36pm
Why I stopped wearing the headscarf

Murray into US Open fourth round

August 30, 2014 - 6:19pm
Andy Murray sees off Russia's Andrey Kuznetsov in four sets to reach the last 16 of the US Open in New York.

First openly gay NFL player dropped

August 30, 2014 - 5:03pm
Michael Sam, the first openly gay player drafted into the National Football League, fails to make the final roster for the St Louis Rams.

Key EU jobs go to Italy and Poland

August 30, 2014 - 4:49pm
EU puts Pole and Italian at helm in tough times

El Salvador gangs re-launch truce

August 30, 2014 - 3:45pm
Leaders of five of El Salvador's powerful gangs say they will stop attacking police and military in a bid to re-launch a gang truce agreed two years ago.

US TV host found murdered at home

August 30, 2014 - 3:14pm
A US television host and former Suffolk dance school teacher was shot dead by his son-in-law at his home in Louisiana, local police say.