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Cronulla Sharks face doping claims

48 min 36 sec ago
Seventeen past and present players from Australian rugby league side Cronulla Sharks face doping allegations.

Pakistan military in talks call

49 min 46 sec ago
Pakistan's military calls for dialogue between the government and leaders of two protest groups, as demonstrators blockade parliament in Islamabad.

MPC splits 7-2 to hold interest rates

54 min 27 sec ago
Two members of the Bank of England's Monetary Policy Committee vote to raise interest in August, the first time in three years that policymakers have done so.

Ferguson protests largely peaceful

1 hour 4 min ago
Violence subsides but protests continue over the police shooting of a black teenager in Ferguson, Missouri, as 47 arrests are made.

UK condemns journalist 'beheading'

1 hour 13 min ago
The apparent beheading of a US journalist by militants Islamic State was an "appalling example of brutality", the UK foreign secretary says.

VIDEO: Life on two wheels: Rio and Nairobi

1 hour 30 min ago
The BBC looks at what it is like to be a cyclist in Rio de Janeiro and Nairobi.

Cumberbatch to play Jungle Book tiger

1 hour 33 min ago
Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch is to voice the tiger Shere Khan in one of the two Jungle Book films entering production.

Gandhi murder film set for release

1 hour 51 min ago
Kaum De Heere, a controversial film on the October 1984 assassination of former prime minister Indira Gandhi, is set for release in India on Friday.

Militants 'kill reporter on video'

1 hour 58 min ago
The Islamic State militant group releases a video purporting to show the beheading of US journalist James Foley, seized in Syria in 2012.

Explosion traps China coal miners

2 hours 30 min ago
Two workers have died and 25 others remain trapped underground after an explosion in a Chinese coal mine, state media reports.

Standard Chartered fined in US

2 hours 32 min ago
British bank Standard Chartered has agreed to pay $300m to New York's top banking regulator for failing to improve money laundering controls.

Balfour rejects third Carillion bid

2 hours 56 min ago
Construction firm Balfour Beatty rejects a third takeover approach, worth more than £2bn, from rival Carillion.

China fines 12 Japan car parts firms

3 hours 7 min ago
China levies a record fine totalling 1.24bn yuan ($202m; £121m) on twelve Japanese car parts companies for price-fixing.

India 'man-eating' tiger killed

3 hours 20 min ago
Forest workers say they have shot dead a tiger blamed for killing seven people in the past six months in western India.

Israel strike 'targeted Hamas chief'

3 hours 21 min ago
The wife and child of Hamas militant leader Mohammed Deif have reportedly been killed as Israeli air attacks leave 11 people dead in Gaza.

Rain sparks deadly Japan landslides

3 hours 46 min ago
At least 27 people are killed in landslides caused by heavy rain that buried houses in Japan's Hiroshima prefecture, officials say.

Murray seeded eighth for US Open

4 hours 4 min ago
Britain's Andy Murray is seeded eighth for the 2014 US Open at Flushing Meadows, the tournament he won in 2012.

Japanese exports rebound in July

4 hours 23 min ago
Exports from Japan show a surprise pick-up in July, reigniting hopes of growth for the world's third largest economy.

VIDEO: Protesters march on Pakistan parliament

4 hours 29 min ago
Anti-government demonstrators in Pakistan are advancing towards parliament, breaching a designated secure zone in the capital Islamabad.

India yoga guru BKS Iyengar dies

August 20, 2014 - 12:19am
Legendary Indian yoga guru BKS Iyengar, who developed the Iyengar form of yoga, dies in the western city of Pune aged 95.