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France to shrink deficit by 2017

October 1, 2014 - 7:08am
The French government says it will reduce its budget deficit to below the EU threshold of 3% of GDP by 2017, two years later than promised.

Body find sparks Alice murder probe

October 1, 2014 - 6:46am
The disappearance of teenager Alice Gross is now being treated as a murder inquiry after a "significantly concealed" body is found.

Asian stocks retreat on HK protests

October 1, 2014 - 6:28am
Asian stocks suffer their fourth consecutive day of losses as political protests in Hong Kong show no signs of abating.

BBC World News wins two Emmy Awards

October 1, 2014 - 6:20am
BBC World News America wins two News and Documentary Emmys for its coverage of the conflicts in Syria and the Central African Republic (CAR).

India train collision kills 12

October 1, 2014 - 6:09am
At least 12 people have died after two passenger trains collided in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, railway officials say.

Eurozone woes hit UK manufacturing

October 1, 2014 - 6:01am
The UK manufacturing sector grew at its slowest pace for 17 months in September as a result of the strong pound and weakness in the eurozone, a survey indicates.

AC/DC's Malcolm Young has dementia

October 1, 2014 - 5:54am
Malcolm Young, founding member and rhythm guitarist of AC/DC, left the rock band because he is suffering from dementia, his family confirms.

Chile avalanche kills extreme skiers

October 1, 2014 - 5:14am
Extreme skiers Jean-Philippe Auclair and Carl Andreas Fransson have died in an avalanche in southern Chile, officials confirm.

Chimp culture captured on camera

October 1, 2014 - 5:13am
Researchers capture the social spread of a new type of tool use in a wild population of chimps for the first time.

EastEnders to go live to name killer

October 1, 2014 - 5:02am
The killer of EastEnders character Lucy Beale is to be unmasked during a special live broadcast to mark the soap's 30th anniversary next year.

SA soap on hiatus after cast sacking

October 1, 2014 - 4:53am
South African soap fans are cut off from the country's most popular programme following the August sacking of its entire cast.

Tunisian women take a 'step backwards'

October 1, 2014 - 3:47am
Tunisian women take a step backwards as poll contenders

Morgan 'failed to wear seatbelt'

October 1, 2014 - 3:45am
30 Rock comic Tracy Morgan was not wearing a seatbelt in a car accident that left him badly injured and another passenger dead, according to papers filed in a US court.

Tesco to be probed by regulator

October 1, 2014 - 2:43am
Tesco says it has been notified by the Financial Conduct Authority that it is under investigation following its admission that it overstated its half-year profit guidance by £250m.

Rodgers warning on Sturridge fitness

October 1, 2014 - 2:42am
Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers says Daniel Sturridge will not be fit for England duty this month even if he returns for his club.

Wednesday's gossip column

October 1, 2014 - 2:18am
Manchester United rekindle Vidal interest, Liverpool ponder Higuain bid, Newcastle line up Moyes to replace Pardew, plus more.

VIDEO: Kurdish weapons 'no match' for IS

October 1, 2014 - 1:09am
Clive Myrie reports from the Kurdish front line in Iraq where the Peshmerga are fighting IS with weapons they say are not up to the job.

Afghan troops killed in Kabul attack

October 1, 2014 - 1:01am
At least seven Afghan soldiers are killed in a suicide bomb attack targeting a bus carrying troops in the capital, Kabul.

Kenya leader ICC delay rejected

October 1, 2014 - 12:20am
The International Criminal Court (ICC) has rejected a request by Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta to postpone a hearing on 8 October.

Caver freed after 12-day ordeal

September 30, 2014 - 11:29pm
An injured Spanish caver who was trapped in a 400m deep cave in north-eastern Peru for 12 days has been rescued.