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'Hold Qatar World Cup in May'

10 hours 1 min ago
Europe's biggest football clubs consider asking Fifa to hold the 2022 World Cup in May to avoid the intense summer heat.

Costa has 'chance' of facing Man Utd

10 hours 12 min ago
Chelsea's Diego Costa could start against Manchester United, despite an illness that required a stay in hospital.

'Millions of Ebola vaccines' in 2015

10 hours 20 min ago
Millions of doses of experimental Ebola vaccines will be produced by the end of 2015, the World Health Organization has announced.

Beale fined for picture text offence

10 hours 50 min ago
Kurtley Beale is fined £24,600 for sending an offensive picture message to an Australian Rugby Union female team official.

Briton in Thai cosmetic surgery death

10 hours 58 min ago
A British woman understood to have gone to Thailand for cosmetic surgery has died in an operation, Thai officials say.

Alvin Stardust album gets early release

11 hours 4 min ago
The release of Alvin Stardust's final album, his first in 30 years, is brought forward following his death.

Ukraine vote could push the country into chaos

11 hours 13 min ago
Ukraine's vote could bring conflict, not peace

Day in pictures: 24 October

11 hours 42 min ago
A selection of images from around the world over the past 24 hours

Canada attack 'not linked to IS'

11 hours 50 min ago
Canada's foreign minister tells the BBC there is no evidence so far that the man behind gun attacks in Ottawa was linked to Middle Eastern jihadists.

Daniel Pearl murder suspect released

11 hours 52 min ago
One of the suspects in the murder of American journalist Daniel Pearl, beheaded in 2002, is set free by an anti-terrorism court in Pakistan.

Austria unveils WW2 deserters' memorial

11 hours 54 min ago
Austria finally remembers deserters from Hitler's army

First transplant of 'dead' heart

12 hours 17 min ago
Surgeons in Australia say they have performed the first heart transplant using a "dead heart".

Women propose sex strike for peace

12 hours 39 min ago
Female peace activists think the strike could force men to end armed conflict.

NY doctor tests positive for Ebola

12 hours 43 min ago
A US doctor who returned to New York from Ebola-hit Guinea in West Africa becomes the first person to test positive for the virus in the city.

GDP rises by 0.7% in third quarter

12 hours 55 min ago
The economy expanded at a slower pace in in the three months to 30 September following a 0.9% rise in the second quarter, the ONS said.

Lucas to host international Emmys

13 hours 12 min ago
British comedian Matt Lucas will host the International Emmy Awards ceremony in New York in November.

Payout to mother of secret PC's child

13 hours 14 min ago
The Metropolitan Police is to pay £425,000 to a woman whose child was fathered by a man she did not know was an undercover police officer.

Week in pictures: 18-24 October 2014

13 hours 15 min ago
A selection of the top news photographs from around the world

VIDEO: Zambia's five leaders in five decades

13 hours 34 min ago
BBC Africa looks back at Zambia's first five decades through its five presidents.

US network AMC buys into BBC America

13 hours 50 min ago
US TV network AMC, which aired Mad Men and The Walking Dead, is to take over the running of BBC America after a $200m (£125m) deal with the BBC.