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Cameron vow to protect NHS spending

31 min 46 sec ago
David Cameron will vow to protect the NHS in England from cuts for five years in his closing speech to the Tory conference.

Deadly attacks on Kabul troops

47 min 40 sec ago
At least seven people are dead after two separate bomb attacks targeted buses carrying troops in the Afghan capital Kabul.

Caver freed after 12-day ordeal

1 hour 12 min ago
An injured Spanish speleologist who was trapped in a 400m deep cave in north-eastern Peru for 12 days has been rescued.

Armed man shared lift with Obama

1 hour 37 min ago
US President Barack Obama rode in a lift with an armed security contractor who had assault convictions, in another security lapse, according to reports.

Defiant HK protests on National Day

2 hours 1 min ago
Pro-democracy activists in Hong Kong continue their sit-in and hope for an increase in numbers as China marks National Day.

Asian stocks retreat on HK protests

2 hours 45 min ago
Asian stocks are headed for their fourth straight day of losses as political protests in Hong Kong show no signs of abating.

California mayor dies after shooting

2 hours 56 min ago
Daniel Crespo, mayor of California suburb Bell Gardens, was shot dead and his wife taken into custody following an argument at the couple's home.

Inheritance changes come into force

3 hours 4 min ago
Legal changes increasing the inheritance rights of people whose spouses or civil partners die without making a will come into force.

Japan manufacturing sentiment rises

3 hours 21 min ago
Japanese large manufacturers' confidence improved in the three months to September, according to a closely-watched central bank survey.

First Ebola case diagnosed in the US

3 hours 38 min ago
A man who travelled from Liberia nearly two weeks ago is the first confirmed case of the deadly Ebola virus diagnosed on American soil.

Mexico charges troops with homicide

3 hours 53 min ago
Mexico's attorney general has charged three soldiers with murder during a shootout with 22 alleged gang members on 30 June.

Body found during Alice Gross search

4 hours 8 min ago
Police investigating the disappearance of 14-year-old schoolgirl Alice Gross say they have found a body in a west London river.

Man charged over Oklahoma beheading

4 hours 11 min ago
An Oklahoma man accused of beheading a female colleague after being fired from his job has been charged with first-degree murder.

Assad loyalists concerned by rise of Syria paramilitaries

4 hours 47 min ago
Assad loyalists concerned by rise of Syria paramilitaries

Profile: Nato chief Jens Stoltenberg

4 hours 59 min ago
Norway's master of surprises takes the helm

Dalit widows appointed priests

5 hours 30 min ago
Two Dalit widows are appointed priests at a temple in south-west India, in a rare move for a country where caste prejudice is still rife.

VIDEO: The day Ivan got hitched to Ove

5 hours 33 min ago
How legalising same sex unions changed lives for gay couple

How Bosnia is helping Cyprus find peace

5 hours 34 min ago
How Bosnia is helping Cyprus find peace

Cancer gene test 'would save lives'

5 hours 37 min ago
Younger bowel cancer patients should be offered a genetic test to screen for a rare condition linked to a higher risk of cancer, say UK researchers.

Norway best country for older people

5 hours 40 min ago
Norway is the best place to be old, according to an index of the quality of later life in published on the UN's International Day of Older Persons.