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Greece markets hit by default fears

11 min 15 sec ago
Greek financial markets were in turmoil on Wednesday with investors fearing the new anti-bailout government was determined to defy its international creditors.

Irish post returns Santa letter

16 min 40 sec ago
Ireland's postal service apologises after a child finds her letter to Santa returned with an 'insufficient address' sticker.

Care spend 'cut by fifth in decade'

25 min 8 sec ago
Spending on care for people aged 65 and over has fallen by a fifth in England over the last 10 years, an analysis by the BBC shows.

Figo makes bid for Fifa presidency

33 min 44 sec ago
Former Barcelona and Real Madrid forward Luis Figo aims to challenge Sepp Blatter for Fifa's top job.

Russia to spend $35bn on rescue plan

37 min 51 sec ago
The Russian government will spend at least 2.34 trillion roubles to try to stave off an economic crisis, following a collapse in oil prices and the value of the rouble.

Sri Lanka reinstates chief justice

40 min 47 sec ago
Sri Lanka's new president reinstates Chief Justice Shirani Bandaranayake two years after she was controversially sacked by his predecessor.

Hezbollah fire wounds Israeli troops

41 min 38 sec ago
Four Israeli troops are wounded in a cross-border attack by Hezbollah in Lebanon, drawing return shell-fire from Israel.

Jordan in pilot exchange offer to IS

57 min 17 sec ago
Jordan says it is ready to free an Iraqi on death row in return for a pilot facing execution by Islamic State alongside a Japanese hostage.

Glitter sobs over child porn images

59 min 7 sec ago
Gary Glitter breaks down in tears as he tries to explain to jurors why he had been in possession of child pornography images.

Litvinenko post-mortem 'dangerous'

1 hour 14 min ago
The post-mortem examination of Alexander Litvinenko was probably the most dangerous ever conducted in the Western world, the inquiry into his death hears.

N Korea leader 'to visit Russia'

1 hour 21 min ago
Russia says North Korea's has accepted an invitation to visit Moscow, which would be his Kim Jong-un's overseas trip as leader.

Kenya Christian broadcaster hacked

1 hour 37 min ago
Suspected hackers briefly hijack a popular Christian radio station in Kenya, and play Islamic verses before it went off air.

US warns of more sanctions on Russia

1 hour 37 min ago
US Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew threatens a possible extension of sanctions on Russia because of the escalation of violence in eastern Ukraine.

Greece will not default - PM Tsipras

1 hour 44 min ago
New Greek PM Alexis Tsipras tells his first cabinet meeting his country will not default on its bailout debts, but will negotiate with creditors.

Qatar bid wins Canary Wharf battle

1 hour 45 min ago
A Qatari-led bid has won the battle to take over London's Canary Wharf complex after three major shareholders agreed to accept its offer..

Foreigners dead in Tripoli attack

1 hour 52 min ago
Militants attack a hotel in the Libyan capital Tripoli, killing at least nine people including five foreigners, officials say.

Mourinho fined for 'campaign' claim

1 hour 53 min ago
Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho is fined £25,000 by the Football Association over comments about a "campaign" to influence referees.

Apple profit 'biggest in history'

1 hour 56 min ago
Record sales of iPhones help Apple to report a first quarter profit of $18bn, the biggest ever quarterly profit for a public company.

VIDEO: Home alone children rescued from fire

1 hour 59 min ago
Fire fighters in Fresno, California save three children from a burning apartment.

Djokovic surges into semi-finals

2 hours 30 min ago
Four-time champion Novak Djokovic beats Milos Raonic in straight sets to reach the Australian Open semi-finals.