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Ebola 'hysteria' halts school visit

October 9, 2014 - 6:11am
A headteacher blames "misguided hysteria" over Ebola for the cancellation of a school visit by a child from Sierra Leone.

China screen ban on drug-using stars

October 9, 2014 - 6:00am
China's media watchdog says stars who have used drugs or visited prostitutes will be banned from state television and other media outlets.

Murray beaten by Ferrer in Shanghai

October 9, 2014 - 5:50am
British number one Andy Murray is beaten 2-6 6-1 6-2 by Spain's David Ferrer in the third round of the Shanghai Masters.

German exports in sharp August fall

October 9, 2014 - 5:36am
As German exports fall sharply in August - the largest monthly drop in five years - fears grow that the economy is on the brink of recession.

Emin to design Brit Award trophy

October 9, 2014 - 5:10am
Tracey Emin is latest artist to be asked to design the winner's trophy for the Brit Awards in 2015.

VIDEO: GoPro makes surfer boss a billionaire

October 9, 2014 - 5:06am
The tiny high definition camera called the GoPro has made its founder and chief executive a multi-billionaire after it was floated.

England consider NFL Wembley move

October 9, 2014 - 5:01am
England could play some home games away from Wembley if an NFL team sets up home at the national stadium in London.

Kenya crowds hail Kenyatta after ICC

October 9, 2014 - 4:55am
Cheering crowds welcome President Uhuru Kenyatta back to Kenya after his appearance at the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague.

Vietnam tanker crew freed by pirates

October 9, 2014 - 4:09am
A Vietnamese oil tanker which went missing last week was seized by pirates who stole some of its cargo before releasing the crew, officials say.

NAB earnings hit by UK charges

October 9, 2014 - 4:08am
National Australia Bank says its full-year earnings will fall by up to 14% because of higher-than-expected charges at its UK business.

Ebola screening begins at US airports

October 9, 2014 - 4:06am
US homeland security officials order agents at airports and other ports to "observe" arriving passengers for potential signs of Ebola infection.

Royal Mail strikes French fine deal

October 9, 2014 - 4:06am
Royal Mail says it has set aside £18m ($29m; €23m) to cover a potential fine imposed by French competition authorities.

Australian lost in bush for 17 days

October 9, 2014 - 3:39am
An Australian woman has survived 17 days lost in the bush in northern Queensland with no food, local reports say.

Air strikes 'will not save Kobane'

October 9, 2014 - 3:05am
Air strikes alone will not stop Islamic State fighters seizing the key Syrian town of Kobane, the US and UK warn as fighting continues.

Wotif shareholders agree Expedia bid

October 9, 2014 - 2:34am
Shareholders in Australian online travel firm Wotif approve its takeover by online travel giant Expedia.

Thursday's gossip column

October 9, 2014 - 2:06am
Arsenal set for big-money move for Edinson Cavani, Jermain Defoe and Yohan Cabaye could return to England, plus more.

Spanish Ebola nurse's dog put down

October 9, 2014 - 1:48am
Health authorities in Spain put to death the dog of a nurse infected with the Ebola virus in Madrid, sparking protests from animal rights groups.

VIDEO: Fighting for their land, 20 years on

October 9, 2014 - 1:47am
Nomsa Maseko reports on the Cape Town residents still fighting to get their land back, 20 years after the end of apartheid.

Civilians suffer in Kashmir clashes

October 9, 2014 - 1:01am
The BBC's Sanjoy Majumder and Shaimaa Khalil visit villages in the disputed region of Kashmir where at least 16 people have died in the worst violence in a decade.

Terror policing review put on hold

October 9, 2014 - 12:29am
Home Secretary Theresa May postpones plans to review who should co-ordinate counter-terrorism policing until after the general election.