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Louvre rat run shocks the French

July 30, 2014 - 11:27am
The Louvre in Paris calls in the pest controllers after picnickers in the museum gardens encourage an infestation of rats.

Airbus says plane market 'strong'

July 30, 2014 - 11:24am
Airbus says the market for commercial aircraft is "still very strong" despite a wave of order cancellations.

UN accuses Israel over Gaza shelter

July 30, 2014 - 10:42am
UN officials accuse Israel of launching a deadly attack on a UN-run school housing thousands of refugees in Gaza despite repeated warnings.

Tight security after Xinjiang unrest

July 30, 2014 - 10:42am
Chinese authorities step up security in parts of Xinjiang after dozens were killed or injured in the region's worst violence for months.

Bank backtracks on burlesque ban

July 30, 2014 - 10:30am
A circus group which was denied a Santander business bank account because its showgirl and burlesque acts posed a "moral problem" has now been offered the account.

Disarray at UN chokes peace efforts

July 30, 2014 - 10:23am
Why the UN can't guarantee world peace

Wednesday's gossip column

July 30, 2014 - 10:17am
Borini resumes talks with Sunderland, Fellaini's wages could scupper Napoli move, Lovren visa delay plus more.

Day in pictures: 30 July 2014

July 30, 2014 - 10:03am
A selection of images from around the world

Fastest growth in Spain since 2007

July 30, 2014 - 9:46am
Spain's economy is growing at its fastest quarterly rate since the end of 2007, but it is also facing a deflation threat.

Los Angeles flood hits university

July 30, 2014 - 9:42am
A burst water main causes flooding along Los Angeles' Sunset Boulevard at the University of California, Los Angeles, officials say.

Guinea concert stampede 'kills 34'

July 30, 2014 - 9:38am
At least 34 people have reportedly died in a stampede in Guinea, during a concert marking the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

Savile charity to challenge payouts

July 30, 2014 - 9:33am
A charity set up by Jimmy Savile is challenging any payouts of compensation to victims of the sex attacker, victims' lawyers say.

Nintendo posts loss despite Mario

July 30, 2014 - 9:14am
Nintendo's share price drops after the company reports a bigger than expected loss despite the release of Mario Kart 8 over the period.

Kallis retires from internationals

July 30, 2014 - 9:11am
South Africa all-rounder Jacques Kallis announces his retirement from all international cricket at the age of 38.

Somali 'killed for not wearing veil'

July 30, 2014 - 8:58am
Militant Islamists in Somalia have shot dead a Muslim woman for refusing to wear a veil, her relatives say.

Bolt: Games slur reports 'nonsense'

July 30, 2014 - 8:34am
Usain Bolt denies newspaper claims that he made disparaging comments about the Commonwealth Games.

Fastest growth in Spain since 2007

July 30, 2014 - 8:09am
Spain's economy is growing at its fastest quarterly rate since the end of 2007, but it is also facing a deflation threat

R Kelly leaves festival line-up

July 30, 2014 - 8:04am
Singer R Kelly is removed from the line-up of a US music festival amid concerns about a past court appearance for possessing child pornography.

R Kelly leaves festival line-up

July 30, 2014 - 8:04am
Singer R Kelly is removed from the line-up of a US music festival amid concerns about a past court appearance for possessing child pornography.

Cameroon army officers sacked

July 30, 2014 - 7:55am
Cameroon's President Paul Biya sacks two senior army officers at the forefront of the battle against militant Islamist group Boko Haram, state radio reports.