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Torres joins Milan on two-year loan

52 min 6 sec ago
Chelsea striker Fernando Torres is to join AC Milan on a two-year loan deal, subject to agreeing personal terms.

Cold War US spy dies in prison

1 hour 1 min ago
A former US navy sailor who led a spy ring for the Soviet Union has died in a prison medical centre at the age of 77.

Senegal confirms first Ebola case

1 hour 50 min ago
Senegal's health ministry confirms a first case of Ebola, making it the fifth West African country now affected by the outbreak.

VIDEO: Kurdish father's grief at son's death

2 hours 13 min ago
In a camp for Yazidi refugees, near what was the Iraqi-Syrian border, the father who had to abandon his disabled child has learned that his son has died.

Poland blocks Russian minister's jet

3 hours 54 min ago
Poland refuses to let a plane carrying Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu enter its airspace, forcing it to turn back to Slovakia.

River Kwai film bridge to be rebuilt

4 hours 57 sec ago
Sri Lanka is to rebuild the replica bridge destroyed in an iconic scene from the film Bridge on the River Kwai, as part of a tourism drive.

Ukraine 'slipping out of control'

4 hours 9 min ago
The Ukraine crisis is "slipping out of control", Germany's foreign minister warns as EU leaders prepare to discuss new sanctions against Russia.

UK's terror threat level raised

4 hours 14 min ago
The UK's terror threat level is raised from "substantial" to "severe" in response to conflicts in Iraq and Syria, the government announces.

US steps up sanctions over Iran

4 hours 24 min ago
The US has imposed new sanctions on companies and individuals in connection with Iran's nuclear programme.

MSN Messenger to end after 15 years

4 hours 31 min ago
Microsoft's MSN Messenger will be switched off in China in October, bringing a final end to the 15-year-old service.

Myanmar census shows 9m shortfall

4 hours 36 min ago
The first national census since 1983 reveals that Myanmar has 9 million fewer people than the 60 million the government had estimated.

Dahl draft spills Factory secrets

4 hours 38 min ago
Little-known characters and incidents that could have featured in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory are released by the Roald Dahl estate.

Missing boy's 'life is in danger'

5 hours 12 min ago
The health of a five-year-old boy taken from hospital by his parents against medical advice will deteriorate rapidly as the battery on his feeding system is likely to have run out, police say.

Test Ebola drug '100% effective'

5 hours 18 min ago
The only trial data on the experimental Ebola drug ZMapp shows it is 100% effective in monkey studies, even in later stages of the infection.

Legroom row diverts second US flight

5 hours 22 min ago
A US flight bound for Europe diverts after a mid-air fight between passengers over legroom, in the second such incident in a week.

India's growth hits two year high

5 hours 26 min ago
India's economy grew by 5.7% in the three months to June, its fastest pace in two-and-a-half years, according to an official estimate.

Russian rouble falls to new low

6 hours 20 min ago
The Russian rouble falls to a record low against the dollar as investors fear further sanctions against the nation.

Rwanda murder plotters found guilty

6 hours 26 min ago
Four men are found guilty of trying to murder Rwanda's former army chief, Gen Faustin Kayumba Nyamwasa, in South Africa in June 2010.

Tesco shares drop on profit warning

6 hours 28 min ago
Shares in the struggling supermarket Tesco fall to an 11-year low after the group cut its profit forecast and dividend.

Kurds 'take Iraq oilfields from IS'

7 hours 11 min ago
Kurdish forces say they have retaken oilfields near Mosul in north Iraq from Islamic State, but retreating militants blow up three installations.