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Israeli jets 'strike near Damascus'

December 7, 2014 - 1:18pm
The Syrian army accuses Israel of air strikes on areas near Damascus, but there is no confirmation from Israel.

Barcelona 5-1 Espanyol

December 7, 2014 - 1:14pm
Lionel Messi scores a hat-trick as Barcelona beat local rivals Espanyol to return to second in La Liga.

Mother 'betrayed' by terror sentence

December 7, 2014 - 12:42pm
The mother of a man jailed for 12 years and eight months for going to Syria to join rebel fighters tells the BBC she feels betrayed by the length of his sentence.

Mexico missing student 'identified'

December 7, 2014 - 12:10pm
At least one of 43 Mexican students who went missing in Guerrero state has been identified from charred remains, an official says.

Taylor 'outstanding' in England loss

December 7, 2014 - 11:33am
Stand-in captain Eoin Morgan praises James Taylor's "outstanding" England return as he hits 90 against Sri Lanka on Sunday.

France vows to fight anti-Semitism

December 7, 2014 - 11:20am
France's interior minister vows to make the fight against anti-Semitism a "national cause" following an attack on a Jewish couple last week.

UK Egypt embassy suspends services

December 7, 2014 - 11:11am
The British embassy in Cairo suspends public services for security reasons, a Foreign Office spokeswoman confirms.

West Ham United 3-1 Swansea City

December 7, 2014 - 11:11am
Andy Carroll scores twice as West Ham move up to third in the Premier League with victory against 10-man Swansea.

Salmond announces UK Parliament bid

December 7, 2014 - 10:47am
Former SNP leader and First Minister Alex Salmond announces he is to stand for a seat at Westminster at next May's General Election.

Call for Paris ban on diesel cars

December 7, 2014 - 10:35am
The mayor of Paris tells a French newspaper she wants diesel cars to be banned from the French capital by 2020 as part of plans to fight pollution.

Archbishop urges help for UK hungry

December 7, 2014 - 10:35am
More help is needed to prevent UK families going hungry, the Archbishop of Canterbury says ahead of a parliamentary report on the issue.

Castres 17-32 Wasps

December 7, 2014 - 10:14am
Wasps earn a bonus-point win over Castres to keep alive their hopes of advancing from Pool 2 of the European Champions Cup.

Typhoon sweeps across Philippines

December 7, 2014 - 9:59am
Close to a million people take shelter as Typhoon Hagupit sweeps across the Philippines, toppling trees and threatening coastal areas.

US 'repatriates Taliban chief'

December 7, 2014 - 9:08am
The US is reported to have repatriated to Pakistan a senior Pakistani Taliban commander, Latif Mehsud, who was held at Bagram airbase in Afghanistan.

Food giant backtracks after criticism

December 7, 2014 - 8:48am
Premier Foods is "to simplify" its controversial practice of asking its suppliers for payments to continue doing business with the firm.

'Looters of Dead Sea relics' caught

December 7, 2014 - 8:41am
A gang that was stealing ancient relics from a desert cave - close to where the famous Dead Sea Scrolls were found - has been arrested, Israeli authorities say.

VIDEO: Tango takeover in Buenos Aires

December 7, 2014 - 8:30am
Thousands of couples have taken to streets of central Buenos Aires to dance the tango.

VIDEO: Tango takeover in Buenos Aires

December 7, 2014 - 8:30am
Thousands of couples have taken to streets of central Buenos Aires to dance the tango.

Sri Lanka win to lead England 3-1

December 7, 2014 - 8:02am
Kumar Sangakkara helps Sri Lanka to a six-wicket victory over England and a 3-1 lead in the one-day series.

Jeremy Paxman to host Churchill show

December 7, 2014 - 7:46am
Jeremy Paxman has been confirmed as the host of a new BBC one-off documentary marking the 50th anniversary of Sir Winston Churchill's state funeral.