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US Army probe into Fort Hood gunman

April 3, 2014 - 3:20pm
The US Army is investigating whether psychological trauma caused a soldier to carry out a deadly shooting spree at its Fort Hood base in Texas.

US confirms it made 'Cuban Twitter'

April 3, 2014 - 3:15pm
The White House confirms a US government aid agency was behind a text-message social network allegedly designed to foment unrest in Cuba.

Benteke ruled out for six months

April 3, 2014 - 2:34pm
Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke is ruled out for a minimum of six months with a ruptured Achilles tendon.

VIDEO: The woman who got 'slothified'

April 3, 2014 - 2:25pm
Monique Pool is used to rescuing and rehabilitating sloths at her home in Paramaribo, Suriname - but even she was left struggling when 200 arrived at once.

US 'secretly built Cuban Twitter'

April 3, 2014 - 1:54pm
The US created a text-message social network designed to foment dissent in Cuba, according to an investigation by the Associated Press news agency.

VIDEO: White House confirms 'Cuban Twitter'

April 3, 2014 - 1:53pm
White House spokesman Jay Carney has confirmed US involvement in a text message based social network programme designed to foment dissent in Cuba.

US mudslide death toll hits 30

April 3, 2014 - 1:43pm
The number of dead in a mudslide that hit the north-western US state of Washington has risen to 30, as recovery workers struggle to identify remains.

Transfer ban unjust - Barca president

April 3, 2014 - 1:24pm
Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu says the transfer ban handed to the Spanish club by Fifa is an "injustice".

Turkish officials 'lift Twitter ban'

April 3, 2014 - 1:06pm
The Turkish authorities lift a much-criticised ban on Twitter following a ruling by the constitutional court.

Sri Lanka beat Windies to reach final

April 3, 2014 - 1:05pm
Sri Lanka reach the World Twenty20 final with a 27-run win over West Indies after a thunderstorm ends play early.

Miller apologises and repays £5,800

April 3, 2014 - 1:05pm
Culture Secretary Maria Miller apologises "unreservedly" to MPs for her handling of an inquiry that ordered her to repay £5,800 in expenses.

Vybz Kartel sentenced to life in prison

April 3, 2014 - 12:57pm
A jury found the 38-year-old, whose real name is Adidja Palmer, guilty for the death of an associate in March.

'I lost 10 relatives to Ebola'

April 3, 2014 - 12:49pm
Man tells how Ebola devastated his family

Nato's Europe plans alarm Russia

April 3, 2014 - 12:38pm
Moscow is pressing Nato to explain its plans to enhance its military presence in Eastern Europe, following Russia's annexation of Crimea from Ukraine.

Nigella 'invited to apply for US visa'

April 3, 2014 - 12:33pm
The US Embassy in the UK have told Newsbeat they are inviting celebrity chef Nigella Lawson to apply for a working visa after reports she was blocked from flying to States

'Police snipers' shot Kiev activists

April 3, 2014 - 12:13pm
Ukraine's special police were behind the killings of dozens of anti-government protesters in Kiev in February, an initial government inquiry finds.

VIDEO: Queen's first meeting with Pope

April 3, 2014 - 12:03pm
The Queen has met Pope Francis for the first time - which BBC Rome correspondent Alan Johnston describes as "less formal" than previous meetings at the Vatican.

VIDEO: Fire destroys Brazil favela

April 3, 2014 - 11:45am
Four people are injured in a huge fire which swept through a slum in eastern Sao Paulo on Wednesday.

Ward gets singles spot against Italy

April 3, 2014 - 10:49am
James Ward is named as second singles player while Andy Murray suffers with a stomach bug ahead of GB's Davis Cup tie in Italy.

ECB keeps interest rates on hold

April 3, 2014 - 10:40am
The European Central Bank keeps its benchmark interest rate at the historic low of 0.25% and raises its growth forecast for the eurozone.