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Australia Hep A outbreak spreads

February 18, 2015 - 10:35pm
The number of Australians contracting Hepatitis A after eating frozen berries rises to 14 and spreads to four states.

Ukraine calls for UN peacekeepers

February 18, 2015 - 9:19pm
President Petro Poroshenko calls for UN peacekeepers to be sent to east Ukraine after his forces withdraw from the city of Debaltseve.

Australian wins US terror appeal

February 18, 2015 - 9:08pm
An Australian former Guantanamo Bay detainee, David Hicks, successfully challenges his terrorism conviction in the US.

VIDEO: Lunar New Year markets see sales dip

February 18, 2015 - 8:53pm
In Hong Kong and Singapore, markets have sprung up to mark the Lunar New Year. But stall-holders in both cities say takings have not been as high as hoped.

Funding query over Rio carnival win

February 18, 2015 - 8:22pm
Brazil samba school Beija-Flor wins Rio's carnival by telling the story of Equatorial Guinea - after allegedly being funded by the African nation.

US 'war on those perverting Islam'

February 18, 2015 - 7:58pm
President Barack Obama tells a summit on violent extremism that the US is not at war with Islam, but with "terrorists who pervert it".

Greyhound board quits over baiting

February 18, 2015 - 7:50pm
The entire board of NSW greyhound racing steps down after revelations of illegal live baiting in the industry emerge.

French political rhetoric ups ante

February 18, 2015 - 7:43pm
How controversial comments are upping the political ante

Virgin Australia loss narrows

February 18, 2015 - 7:35pm
Virgin Australia saw its losses narrow to A$47.8m in the six months to December because of lower oil prices and a cost-cutting programme.

Call for childcare costs review

February 18, 2015 - 7:33pm
A children's charity is urging an independent all-party review of the UK's childcare system as costs continue to rise, with a 5% increase in a year.

ECB offers Greek banks more cash

February 18, 2015 - 7:24pm
The European Central Bank agrees additional funding to allow Greece more breathing space in the extension of its EU loan.

What's the definition of a hate crime?

February 18, 2015 - 7:24pm
What constitutes a hate crime and how do you prove it?

Forgotten fossil is a new species

February 18, 2015 - 7:07pm
A forgotten museum specimen mistaken for a plaster copy is found to be the fossilised remains of a new species of ancient reptile.

Algeria's protracted end of an era

February 18, 2015 - 7:07pm
The country left guessing as ailing leader clings on

NHS 'paying too much for medicines'

February 18, 2015 - 7:03pm
The price the NHS agrees to pay for new medicines in England could cause more harm than good by depleting funds for other services, a report argues.

VIDEO: Greek euro exit explained - with kebab

February 18, 2015 - 7:01pm
BBC News looks at how Greece could change its currency, if it decides to leave the eurozone.

VIDEO: Inside Myanmar's troubled Kokang

February 18, 2015 - 7:00pm
Inside the troubled Myanmar town on China's doorstep

England display embarrassing - Gooch

February 18, 2015 - 6:28pm
Ex-England captain Graham Gooch says Eoin Morgan's side were "embarrassing" in their World Cup defeat by Australia.

Former rap star Vanilla Ice arrested

February 18, 2015 - 6:27pm
Former rap and home improvement star Vanilla Ice is arrested on suspicion of burglary and theft in the US state of Florida, police say.

FC Basel 1-1 FC Porto

February 18, 2015 - 5:53pm
Referee Mark Clattenburg rules out a Porto goal but a late penalty levels their Champions League tie against Basel.