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Tensions ease in protest-hit Ferguson

5 hours 12 min ago
A level of calm returns to the streets of Ferguson after two nights of unrest, although dozens of protesters have been arrested in California.

Crime author PD James dies aged 94

5 hours 35 min ago
Best-selling novelist PD James, who created crime-fighting sleuth Adam Dalgliesh, dies at the age of 94.

Peter Kay brings back Phoenix Nights

5 hours 42 min ago
Peter Kay is bringing back his hit TV show Phoenix Nights for two live shows in aid of Comic Relief.

German jobless rate hits record low

5 hours 48 min ago
Germany's unemployment rate has hit a record low of 6.6%, but falling inflation has raised eurozone deflation fears.

India troops in Kashmir gun battle

5 hours 49 min ago
At least 10 people are killed in a gun battle between Indian troops and suspected Pakistani militants in the disputed territory of Kashmir.

Rocky Horror sequel set for London

6 hours 5 min ago
Shock Treatment, the sequel to cult hit Rocky Horror Picture Show, is to be adapted for the stage in London.

Ukraine in anti-corruption pledge

6 hours 30 min ago
Ukraine's new parliament meets for the first time, as the president says he intends to nominate a foreigner to lead the country's anti-corruption efforts.

VIDEO: Greece rescues 700 migrants from ship

6 hours 31 min ago
Greek authorities have rescued over 700 migrants from a cargo ship which lost engine power in gale-force winds.

Syrian hack attack forces pop-ups

6 hours 49 min ago
A number of websites have been compromised to display a message from a group identifying itself as the Syrian Electronic Army (SEA).

French trial over Tel Aviv car death

6 hours 53 min ago
Two Frenchmen go on trial in Paris over a hit-and-run accident in which a young Israeli woman was killed by a speeding car in Tel Aviv in 2011.

Libya cafe bombed over graphic video

7 hours 27 sec ago
A fast-food restaurant in the capital Tripoli is bombed overnight after a video showing a worker defiling food in its kitchen.

Sex abuse gangs jailed for grooming

7 hours 26 min ago
Thirteen men are convicted of a string of child sex crimes in Bristol involving the abuse, rape and prostitution of teenage girls.

UK net migration rises to 260,000

7 hours 30 min ago
The government is set to miss its immigration targets as net migration to the UK reaches its highest level since the 2010 general election.

Brandao jailed for Motta headbutt

7 hours 33 min ago
A one-month jail sentence is given to Bastia's Brazilian striker Brandao for a headbutt in a French league fixture.

East Coast rail winner announced

8 hours 5 min ago
A joint venture between Stagecoach and Virgin wins the franchise to run the East Coast mainline rail route, which has been in public hands since 2009.

Namibia's electronic election

8 hours 13 min ago
Namibia woos young voters with electronic election

VIDEO: Passengers rally to push 'frozen' plane

8 hours 14 min ago
Passengers due to take a flight in Siberia had to get out and push the aircraft after its brake pads froze solid.

Ghana appoint Grant as new coach

8 hours 23 min ago
Ghana appoint former Chelsea boss Avram Grant as their new coach six weeks before the start of the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations.

Israel 'foils Jerusalem attacks'

8 hours 24 min ago
Israel says it has uncovered a Hamas cell in the West Bank that was planning to carry out a series of attacks in Jerusalem, including one on a stadium.

War and Peace to take over Radio 4

8 hours 29 min ago
A 10-hour production of Tolstoy's epic novel War and Peace, featuring John Hurt, will dominate BBC Radio 4's output on New Year's Day.