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X-rays read burnt Vesuvius scroll

January 20, 2015 - 2:36pm
An X-ray scanning technique allows physicists to read letters from a fragile, burnt scroll dug from beneath Mount Vesuvius - without unrolling it.

Allenby withdraws after 'kidnapping'

January 20, 2015 - 2:29pm
Australian Robert Allenby pulls out of the Humana Challenge event after apparently being kidnapped and assaulted in Hawaii.

Tense France arrests Chechens

January 20, 2015 - 2:16pm
Police in southern France detain five Chechens on suspicion of possessing explosives, with security still high following the Paris attacks.

Deadly Congo clashes over Kabila

January 20, 2015 - 2:11pm
At least four people are killed in protests in DR Congo over claims that President Joseph Kabila is seeking to extend his rule by delaying next year's elections.

Nurse 'poisoned patients at random'

January 20, 2015 - 2:06pm
A nurse murdered three patients and poisoned 18 others by contaminating saline with insulin "completely at random", a court hears.

Dozens killed in Syria air strike

January 20, 2015 - 2:04pm
Dozens of people are killed in a suspected Syrian government air strike on a village held by Islamic State in eastern Syria, activists say.

Cipriani set to receive England call

January 20, 2015 - 2:04pm
Danny Cipriani and Nick Easter are poised to be included in the England training squad for the Six Nations opener against Wales.

Pope Francis quotes: Six of the best

January 20, 2015 - 1:47pm
Pope Francis in his own words

VIDEO: Apology for playground tear gas

January 20, 2015 - 1:40pm
The Kenyan government has apologised after tear gas was fired at children who were protesting over the sale of their playground to a private developer.

AirAsia plane 'climbed too fast'

January 20, 2015 - 1:32pm
Indonesia's transport minister says AirAsia flight QZ8501 climbed too fast just before it stalled, crashing into the sea with the loss of 162 lives.

VIDEO: The Jihadist who faked his death

January 20, 2015 - 1:12pm
A jihadist who faked his death so that he could return to the UK undetected has admitted four terrorism offences.

Fleeing Boko Haram over Lake Chad

January 20, 2015 - 1:11pm
'We fled over Lake Chad as my husband was killed by militants'

Bahrain activist sentenced for tweet

January 20, 2015 - 12:52pm
One of Bahrain's most prominent human rights activists, Nabeel Rajab, is sentenced to six months in prison over a comment he tweeted last year.

Guinean priests beaten up over Ebola

January 20, 2015 - 12:48pm
Three priests from a Baptist church in Guinea are beaten up and held hostage because local people mistook them for Ebola awareness campaigners.

DNA tests on Mexican bodies fail

January 20, 2015 - 12:45pm
Forensic scientists in Austria have failed to match burnt human remains with DNA samples in the Mexican inquiry into 43 missing students, officials say.

Delhi must unlock Greenpeace funds

January 20, 2015 - 12:37pm
Delhi's High Court orders the Indian government to release thousands of dollars belonging to Greenpeace India

VIDEO: A Richer World... but for whom?

January 20, 2015 - 12:36pm
The BBC's new A Richer World season is exploring global wealth, poverty and inequality. But what exactly does a richer world mean?

Is Russia pushing war in Ukraine or peace?

January 20, 2015 - 12:23pm
Is Russia stoking war or pushing peace?

Jihadist admits terror offences

January 20, 2015 - 12:18pm
A British jihadist who faked his death in an attempt to return from Syria to the UK undetected admits four terrorism offences.

China's growth slows to 7.4% in 2014

January 20, 2015 - 12:08pm
China's economic growth slowed to its weakest in 24 years, expanding 7.4% last year from 7.7% in 2013.