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Ethiopia bloggers on terror charges

July 18, 2014 - 9:00am
Human rights groups criticise an Ethiopian court's decision to charge with terrorism nine journalists and bloggers in detention since April.

UN warns on surveillance 'dangers'

July 18, 2014 - 8:56am
Too many governments are "rubber-stamping" mass surveillance programmes, warns the United Nations human rights watchdog.

Berlusconi sex conviction overturned

July 18, 2014 - 8:48am
Italian ex-PM Silvio Berlusconi wins his appeal against a conviction for paying for sex with an underage prostitute.

Day in pictures: 18 July 2014

July 18, 2014 - 8:35am
A selection of striking images from around the world

Which conflict zones do planes fly over?

July 18, 2014 - 8:14am
How often do planes fly over conflict zones?

Cook fails again against India

July 18, 2014 - 7:51am
England captain Alastair Cook again fails with the bat, extending his run of innings without a Test hundred to 26.

Ben Whishaw cast as new Paddington

July 18, 2014 - 7:40am
James Bond star Ben Whishaw is cast as the voice of Paddington in the upcoming film about the Peruvian bear.

Mandela memorabilia under the hammer

July 18, 2014 - 7:06am
An auction of items signed by South Africa's anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela raises $160,000 for charity - less than anticipated.

German artist Otto Piene dies aged 86

July 18, 2014 - 6:50am
German artist Otto Piene, known for his colourful paintings and gigantic open-air sculptures, has died at the age of 86.

Chelsea's Ba in £4.7m Besiktas move

July 18, 2014 - 6:48am
Chelsea striker Demba Ba passes medical and completes a £4.7m move to 13-time Turkish champions Besiktas.

Nigeria's $1bn military loan delayed

July 18, 2014 - 6:45am
Nigeria's National Assembly breaks up for a two-month recess, meaning approval for a $1bn loan to help the military fight Boko Haram must wait.

Asian shares fall on plane crash

July 18, 2014 - 6:43am
Most Asian shares fell on Friday after a Malaysia Airlines jet carrying 298 people crashed in eastern Ukraine on a flight from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur.

MTR wins £1.4bn Crossrail franchise

July 18, 2014 - 6:25am
The £1.4bn contract to run the Crossrail franchise through London from 2018 has been awarded to Hong Kong-based MTR Corporation, Transport for London (TfL) has announced

Apple criticised over in-app cash

July 18, 2014 - 6:22am
Apple is criticised by the European Commission for not offering any "concrete and immediate" plans to stop users being misled by "free" apps.

Celtic learn possible Euro opponents

July 18, 2014 - 6:22am
Celtic will face Legia Warsaw or St Patrick's Athletic if they reach the Champions League third qualifying round.

Captain Lahm retires from Germany duty

July 18, 2014 - 6:21am
Germany captain Philipp Lahm retires from international football after leading his side to victory at the 2014 World Cup.

The Belgian fathers who lost their sons in Syria

July 18, 2014 - 5:58am
Pain of Belgian father who lost his son to Isis

Wolff impresses in Germany practice

July 18, 2014 - 5:41am
Susie Wolff impressed on her run for Williams in first practice at the German Grand Prix, while Mercedes' Nico Rosberg was fastest.

Tributes paid to stage star Stritch

July 18, 2014 - 5:27am
Stars hail the life and work of Broadway star Elaine Stritch, who has died at the age of 89.

Microsoft closes TV production unit

July 18, 2014 - 5:15am
Microsoft's ambitious TV division is to close, a month after debuting its first show.