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Suicide bomber hits Afghan funeral  Thu, 29 Jan 2015 14:09:54 GMT
At least 12 people are killed in a suicide attack on a funeral in eastern Afghanistan, officials say. 
Italy leaders wrangle over president  Thu, 29 Jan 2015 11:29:51 GMT
Italy's political leaders try to agree on candidates as parliament prepares to vote for a new president to replace Giorgio Napolitano. 
Panama to probe ex-leader Martinelli  Thu, 29 Jan 2015 11:46:09 GMT
Panama's Supreme Court says it will investigate former President Ricardo Martinelli over allegations of corruption during his time in office. 
Iraq probes Diyala massacre claims  Thu, 29 Jan 2015 14:49:16 GMT
Iraq's Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi orders an investigation into allegations Shia militiamen massacred Sunni residents of an eastern village. 
US Supreme Court blocks executions  Wed, 28 Jan 2015 23:59:44 GMT
The US Supreme Court postpones the executions of three death row inmates who say the use of the sedative midazolam in the procedures is cruel. 
More school grades dip amid changes  Thu, 29 Jan 2015 11:37:39 GMT
The number of state secondary schools in England considered to be underperforming more than doubles in a year. 
Flights resume at snow-hit airport  Thu, 29 Jan 2015 14:40:38 GMT
Flights resume at Manchester Airport after heavy snow resulted in services being suspended. 
Serious jail assaults at decade high  Thu, 29 Jan 2015 13:40:52 GMT
The number of serious assaults in prisons in England and Wales reach their highest level for at least a decade, figures from the Ministry of Justice show. 
Teacher killer loses sentence appeal  Thu, 29 Jan 2015 13:24:26 GMT
Will Cornick, who murdered Leeds teacher Ann Maguire, loses his appeal against his 20-year minimum jail sentence. 
Your pictures: City skylines  Wed, 28 Jan 2015 15:50:51 GMT
Readers' photos on the theme of "city skylines" 
Day in pictures: 28 January 2015  Wed, 28 Jan 2015 12:22:02 GMT
Images from around the world: 28 January 
Shetland celebrates Up Helly Aa  Tue, 27 Jan 2015 22:37:46 GMT
Shetland's spectacular annual re festival 
In pictures: Post-War office buildings listed  Wed, 28 Jan 2015 01:36:35 GMT
Striking buildings new to the National Heritage List 
Taking the plunge  Mon, 26 Jan 2015 16:54:51 GMT
Cold Water Swimming Championships 
Day in pictures: 27 January 2015  Tue, 27 Jan 2015 12:25:39 GMT
Images from around the world: 27 January