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VIDEO: Old van turned into mobile sauna

1 hour 33 min ago
An entrepreneur in Kyrgyzstan has converted a rusty old van into a mobile steam room.

Deadly blasts hit Gaza and Israel

1 hour 34 min ago
A lull in violence in Gaza is shattered as deadly explosions hit the Palestinian territory's main city and southern Israel.

Ex-Virginia governor's trial opens

1 hour 35 min ago
Jury selection begins in the corruption trial of ex-Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell, accused of accepting loans and lavish gifts from a supporter.

Ferry students 'floated from cabins'

1 hour 50 min ago
Students who survived South Korea's ferry disaster describe how they floated out of flooded cabins, as the trial of the crew continues.

Hero's welcome for freed Venezuelan

1 hour 56 min ago
Venezuelan official Gen Hugo Carvajal is warmly welcomed in Caracas after his release in Aruba, where he had been arrested on drug-trafficking charges.

Tripoli fuel fire 'out of control'

1 hour 58 min ago
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.

Beauty spots still at fracking 'risk'

2 hours 5 min ago
Government guidance that fracking licences can only be issued for beauty spots in "exceptional circumstances" has received a mixed response from campaigners.

CAR crisis: Silent majority held hostage

2 hours 13 min ago
How CAR's armed youths hold a silent majority hostage

MH17 downing 'may be war crime'

2 hours 37 min ago
The downing of Malaysian airliner MH17 in eastern Ukraine may constitute a "war crime", UN human rights chief Navi Pillay says.

Russia to appeal $50bn Yukos payout

2 hours 39 min ago
Russia will appeal a court decision ordering it to pay the biggest compensation package to date, amounting to $50bn (£29.5bn) in damages.

Emirates to stop flying over Iraq

2 hours 46 min ago
Emirates Airline will stop flying over Iraq to protect its passengers from the threat of Islamic militants on the ground, according to reports.

Lloyds fined £218m over Libor

3 hours 4 min ago
Lloyds Banking Group is fined £218m for "serious misconduct" relating to a key interest rate known as Libor.

Sunshine sees Womad's record sellout

3 hours 8 min ago
Wiltshire's annual Womad festival attracts a capacity crowd for the first time since relocating from Reading in 2007.

France offers Iraq Christians asylum

3 hours 10 min ago
France says it is ready to offer asylum to Iraqi Christians forced to flee by Islamic State militants holding the Iraqi city of Mosul.

Arsenal sign £16m teenager Chambers

3 hours 13 min ago
Arsenal complete the signing of teenage Southampton defender Calum Chambers for a fee understood to be about £16m.

Gecko sex satellite back in touch

3 hours 22 min ago
Fears recede over the fate of a Russian space satellite carrying gecko lizards as part of a sex experiment, after ground control restores contact.

Rain, hail and lightning cause chaos

3 hours 22 min ago
Lightning strikes, hail, torrential rain and flash flooding cause homes to be evacuated and bring road and rail transport to a standstill.

UK says EU sanctions deal 'closer'

3 hours 25 min ago
European Union talks on tougher sanctions against Russia because of the situation in Ukraine are "moving in the right direction", No 10 says.

UN chief: Gaza in critical condition

3 hours 26 min ago
Gaza is in a "critical condition" and violence there must stop "in the name of humanity", UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon says.

Liberia shuts borders to curb Ebola

3 hours 29 min ago
Most border crossings in Liberia are closed and communities hit by an Ebola outbreak face quarantine to stop the virus spreading.