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Updated: 1 hour 11 min ago

Hamas ties ceasefire to blockade

1 hour 12 min ago
Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal says there can be no ceasefire in Gaza without an end to Israel's economic blockade, as fighting continues in Gaza.

Commonwealth Games begin in Glasgow

1 hour 13 min ago
The 2014 Commonwealth Games opening ceremony is under way at Celtic Park in Glasgow.

Digesting China's latest food scare

1 hour 40 min ago
Digesting China's latest food scandal

Facebook reports surge in profits

2 hours 16 min ago
Social networking firm, Facebook has reported that profits more than doubled in its second quarter on a jump in advertising revenue.

Solemn ceremony for MH17 victims

2 hours 41 min ago
The Netherlands receives the first victims' bodies from crashed Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 in a solemn ceremony at Eindhoven air base.

Ban on flights to Tel Aviv renewed

2 hours 58 min ago
The suspension of US and European airline flights to Israel's Ben Gurion airport after a nearby rocket attack has been extended for a second day.

VIDEO: Last journey of Costa Concordia

3 hours 7 min ago
The BBC's Alan Johnston reports on the journey so far of the wrecked cruise ship Costa Concordia as it is towed to Genoa for scrapping.

Detroit porch shooting trial opens

3 hours 21 min ago
A Detroit man feared for his life before he shot an unarmed black woman standing on his porch, his lawyer says at the start of his murder trial.

Arrests made after eBay Stubhub thefts

3 hours 27 min ago
Arrests are made in the UK, US, Canada and Spain after a scam involving e-tickets for Elton John concerts and other shows sold via Stubhub.

Baby P boss awarded £680,000 payout

3 hours 42 min ago
The former head of Haringey children's services Sharon Shoesmith is awarded almost £680,000 following her unfair dismissal claim.

Colombian army kills ELN rebels

4 hours 13 min ago
The Colombian armed forces kill eight rebels from the left-wing National Liberation Army in an operation in eastern Arauca province.

Davies completes Tottenham switch

4 hours 16 min ago
Swansea full-back Ben Davies and goalkeeper Michel Vorm join Tottenham as Gylfi Sigurdsson makes Liberty Stadium switch.

Mexico back on Formula 1 calendar

4 hours 26 min ago
Mexico returns to the Formula 1 calendar after a 23-year absence in 2015 at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez in Mexico City.

Suspected Auschwitz guard dies in US

4 hours 36 min ago
Johann Breyer, 89, has died awaiting extradition to Germany amid allegations he committed Nazi war crimes during World War Two.

IMF forecasts lower US growth

4 hours 45 min ago
The IMF is lowering its forecast for US economic growth to a "disappointing" 1.7%, the second downgrade this year.

MH17 evidence 'was tampered with'

4 hours 53 min ago
Whitehall sources say information has emerged that MH17 crash evidence was deliberately tampered with, as the plane's black boxes arrive in the UK.

Man City racism claim 'baseless'

5 hours 23 min ago
Manchester City's claim that an Under-21 player was racially abused is "baseless" says the accused player's Croatian club.

Character actress Dora Bryan dies

5 hours 36 min ago
Dora Bryan, the actress whose career encompassed theatre, film and TV's Last of the Summer Wine, has died near Brighton at the age of 91.

Pepsico shares surge on results

5 hours 36 min ago
Shares in snacks and drinks giant Pepsico trade close to record levels after the company reports positive results.

Two deadly blasts hit Nigerian city

5 hours 39 min ago
Two blasts targeting an opposition leader and an Islamic cleric have hit the Nigerian city of Kaduna, killing at least 40 people, police say.