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'Militant traders' raid Nigeria town

51 min 40 sec ago
Residents and soldiers are fleeing a Nigerian town raided by militant Islamists disguised as traders, officials say, as the country's top Muslim leader criticises the military.

Sports Personality shortlist named

1 hour 16 min ago
Ten contenders are named on the shortlist for the 2014 BBC Sports Personality of the Year award on 14 December.

Jet attacks Tripoli's last airport

1 hour 18 min ago
An unidentified jet carries out two air strikes on Maitiga air base in Tripoli, the Libyan capital's last functioning airport.

US death sparks replica gun law call

1 hour 35 min ago
The fatal shooting by US police of a 12-year-old boy brandishing a replica gun in a playground prompts calls for the guns to be more clearly marked.

Iran nuclear talks deadline extended

1 hour 37 min ago
The deadline for a nuclear deal with Iran is extended to the end of June after talks in Vienna failed to reach a comprehensive agreement.

Sturridge will return 'soon enough'

1 hour 39 min ago
Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge says his injury troubles are making him stronger and he will be back "soon enough".

RBS 'wanted critic's mortgage back'

1 hour 54 min ago
A businessman who wrote a government report that criticised RBS has been told he can no longer remain a customer of the bank, Panorama learns.

VIDEO: US police kill boy carrying fake gun

2 hours 2 min ago
A 12-year-old boy has died after being shot by police in the US city of Cleveland, while carrying what turned out to be a replica gun.

US defence secretary to step down

2 hours 41 min ago
Chuck Hagel has resigned as US defence secretary after less than two years in the post, following a series of meetings with President Barack Obama.

Spain priests held over child abuse

2 hours 46 min ago
Police in Granada have arrested three priests and one layman on suspicion of child sex abuse, according to Spain's interior minister.

Aviva shares hit by merger talks

3 hours 13 min ago
Aviva's shares fall following Friday's announcement that it is in talks about a possible £5.6bn merger with smaller rival Friends Life.

Petrofac shares hit by profit warning

3 hours 17 min ago
Shares in Petrofac fall by more than a quarter after the oil and gas services group issues a profits warning.

BT in talks to buy O2 from Telefonica

3 hours 25 min ago
Telecoms giant BT is in talks with Telefonica about buying the O2 mobile network in the UK from the Spanish firm.

Dog follows team on 430-mile trek

3 hours 30 min ago
After feeding him a meatball, a stray dog follows an extreme trekking team for more than 400 miles around Ecuador.

'Abuse risk' for 132 city children

3 hours 34 min ago
At least 132 Birmingham children are suffering or are vulnerable to child sexual exploitation, a report shows.

Italian doctor catches Ebola virus

3 hours 48 min ago
An Italian doctor who contracted Ebola while working for a charity in Sierra Leone is being flown back to Rome for treatment, officials say.

Portuguese ex-PM back in court

3 hours 52 min ago
Jose Socrates, Portugal's prime minister between 2005 and 2011, is questioned again by a judge on suspicion of corruption and money laundering.

Women not equal to men, says Erdogan

4 hours 4 min ago
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says women cannot be treated as equal to men, and accuses feminists of rejecting motherhood.

Morocco hit by deadly flash floods

4 hours 22 min ago
Flooding in southern Morocco kills 32 people and destroys homes after heavy weekend rainfall, officials say.

Ukraine 'will hold Nato referendum'

4 hours 41 min ago
Ukraine's president says he intends to hold a referendum on joining Nato, in a move likely to anger Russia.