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Uruguay legal cannabis sale delayed

July 9, 2014 - 5:46pm
Uruguayan President Jose Mujica says legal cannabis sales will be delayed until next year due to "practical difficulties".

Israel 'to intensify Gaza attacks'

July 9, 2014 - 5:34pm
Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu vows to step up attacks on Hamas militants in the Gaza Strip, as the conflict between the two sides escalates.

VIDEO: Contest to find new Swiss anthem

July 9, 2014 - 4:34pm
A contest is under way to compose a new national anthem for Switzerland, but what makes an ideal anthem?

VIDEO: Contest to find new Swiss anthem

July 9, 2014 - 4:34pm
A contest is under way to compose a new national anthem for Switzerland, but what makes an ideal anthem?

NSA and FBI 'spied on US Muslims'

July 9, 2014 - 3:26pm
The US spied on the emails of five high-profile Muslim Americans in an effort to identify security threats, documents leaked by Edward Snowden show.

NSA and FBI 'spied on US Muslims'

July 9, 2014 - 3:26pm
The US spied on emails of five high-profile Muslim Americans to try to identify security threats, documents leaked by Edward Snowden show.

Neymar recovery going 'very well'

July 9, 2014 - 3:09pm
Barcelona say Brazil playmaker Neymar is recovering "very well" from the fractured vertebra which ended his World Cup.

Neymar recovery going 'very well'

July 9, 2014 - 3:09pm
Barcelona say Brazil playmaker Neymar is recovering "very well" from the fractured vertebra which ended his World Cup.

Fed plans to end stimulus in October

July 9, 2014 - 2:45pm
The Federal Reserve plans to end its stimulus programme in October if US economic growth continues at its current pace, meeting minutes released on Wednesday reveal.

Nigeria are suspended by Fifa

July 9, 2014 - 2:17pm
Nigeria are suspended from all international football amid allegations of government interference.

Polish doctor fired in abortion case

July 9, 2014 - 2:11pm
A Polish doctor who refused on faith grounds to perform an abortion on a woman has been dismissed, Warsaw's mayor says.

'Van Gogh' provenance is 'untrue'

July 9, 2014 - 1:59pm
The owner of a painting purported to be by Vincent van Gogh admits misrepresenting its true history.

Froome pulls out of Tour after fall

July 9, 2014 - 1:37pm
Defending champion Chris Froome pulls out of the Tour de France after crashing twice on stage five in wet conditions.

Vijay ton repels England in first Test

July 9, 2014 - 1:26pm
Murali Vijay's unbeaten 122 helps India to 259-4 on the opening day of the first Test against England at Trent Bridge.

Reforms shake up Mexico telecoms

July 9, 2014 - 1:11pm
Reforms to Mexico's telecoms market are forcing a break-up of Carlos Slim's America Movil empire.

Voice of Pinocchio dies aged 87

July 9, 2014 - 1:01pm
US actor Dickie Jones, who voiced wooden puppet Pinocchio in Walt Disney's 1940 animated film, dies in California aged 87.

Broadway star enters applause debate

July 9, 2014 - 12:45pm
Theatre audiences should feel free to express appreciation for a performer however they see fit, according to a leading star of the Broadway stage.

France eyes anti-terror travel ban

July 9, 2014 - 12:21pm
The French government proposes travels bans to stop citizens travelling to Syria and Iraq to fight alongside Islamist militants.

Syria opposition elects new leader

July 9, 2014 - 12:09pm
Syria's main opposition alliance, the National Coalition, elects Hadi al-Bahra as its new president at a meeting in Turkey.

Jail term for New Orleans ex-mayor

July 9, 2014 - 12:03pm
Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin, who became the face of the city worldwide during Hurricane Katrina, is sentenced to 10 years in prison for corruption.