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Cisse sorry for spitting incident

51 min 36 sec ago
Newcastle striker Papiss Cisse apologises for part in spitting incident between him and Manchester United's Jonny Evans.

US tries to reassure Gulf over Iran

52 min 9 sec ago
The US will keep an eye on "destabilising" acts by Iran despite moves towards a nuclear deal, John Kerry says on a visit to Saudi Arabia.

ECB raises eurozone growth forecast

56 min 55 sec ago
The European Central Bank raises this year's growth forecast for the eurozone to 1.5%, and says it will begin its quantitative easing programme next week.

Thousands stranded at Nepal airport

1 hour 10 min ago
Thousands of people are left stranded after a plane skids off the runway at Nepal's only international airport, forcing its closure.

EU in new pledge to cut red tape

1 hour 42 min ago
A top Brussels official in charge of slimming down EU regulations, Frans Timmermans, vows to keep the EU focused on priority areas.

Top US circus to end elephant act

1 hour 43 min ago
The Ringling Brothers and Barnum Bailey Circus said it plans to stop using the animals by 2018.

US envoy survives Korea knife attack

1 hour 51 min ago
A militant Korean nationalist slashes the face of the US ambassador to South Korea, with the North calling it a "knife shower of justice".

Clashes near Aleppo intelligence HQ

1 hour 55 min ago
Fierce clashes are reported in the Syrian city of Aleppo, near an intelligence facility attacked on Wednesday, as a barrel bomb attack kills 18.

Thousands flee battle for Iraqi city

2 hours 11 min ago
A military operation to retake the Iraqi city of Tikrit from Islamic State militants has forced about 28,000 people to flee their homes, the UN says.

Tanzania albino killers face death

2 hours 22 min ago
Four people, including the victim's husband, are sentenced to death in Tanzania after being found guilty of murdering an albino woman.

VIDEO: Worldwide risk of massive flooding

2 hours 38 min ago
The World Resources Institute warn that the number of people affected by river flooding around the world could almost triple over the next 15 years.

VIDEO: India film: 'The ban is misguided'

2 hours 51 min ago
Film-maker Leslee Udwin has described the authorities' banning of her documentary in India as 'misguided' and warns that it 'will muzzle free speech'.

Hall and Oates sue over cereal name

2 hours 51 min ago
Hall and Oates are suing a Brooklyn-based cereal firm claiming their granola Haulin' Oats infringes their trademark.

Liberia releases last Ebola patient

2 hours 58 min ago
Liberia has released its last Ebola patient after going a week without any new cases for the first time since May 2014, according to health officials.

Teacher jailed for Syria 'jihad' plan

3 hours 4 min ago
A chemistry teacher from Manchester who was planning to travel to Syria "to fight jihad" is jailed for six years.

VIDEO: UN push for localised Syria ceasefire

3 hours 5 min ago
The BBC's Lyse Doucet has been speaking to the UN's envoy to Syria Staffan de Mistura

Warburton and Biggar fit for Wales

3 hours 8 min ago
Wales captain Sam Warburton and fly-half Dan Biggar are passed fit for the Six Nations match against Ireland in Cardiff.

India threatens BBC over rape film

3 hours 10 min ago
India's home minister says action will be taken after the BBC aired a documentary in the UK featuring an interview with a convicted rapist.

India prisoners win right to cricket

3 hours 13 min ago
A prison in India is to allow prisoners to watch the Cricket World Cup after they successfully argued it was a "fundamental right".

Kenyan TV channels end blackout

3 hours 18 min ago
Three popular Kenyan TV channels are due to return to air, ending a three-week protest in which they turned off their digital signals.