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Church of England backs women bishops

July 14, 2014 - 2:08pm
The General Synod of the Church of England votes to allow women to become bishops after years of debate and controversy.

Eight killed in Sinai rocket attacks

July 14, 2014 - 1:52pm
Egypt's military warns it will continue its crackdown on jihadist militants after two rocket attacks in Sinai kill seven civilians and one soldier.

VIDEO: Freak hailstorm hits Siberia beach

July 14, 2014 - 1:51pm
Swimmers and sunbathers were forced to run for cover when hit a freak hailstorm hit a beach in Siberia, Russia, on Saturday.

Messi Golden Ball 'surprised' Blatter

July 14, 2014 - 1:41pm
Fifa president Sepp Blatter says he was surprised that Lionel Messi won the Golden Ball award at the 2014 Fifa World Cup.

Sudan anger at 'church-building ban'

July 14, 2014 - 1:39pm
The Sudan Council of Churches criticises the authorities for banning the construction of new churches in the mainly Muslim country.

German stamp marks World Cup win

July 14, 2014 - 1:24pm
Germany is to issue a stamp celebrating its team's victory in the football World Cup, after printing five million before the final match was held.

Iran's washing-up liquid protest

July 14, 2014 - 1:20pm
Why this image from Iran has been shared around the world