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Hong Kong set for holiday protests  Wed, 01 Oct 2014 00:18:13 GMT
Pro-democracy activists in Hong Kong prepare for what they hope will be the biggest rallies in their campaign so far, as China marks National Day. 
First Ebola case diagnosed in the US  Tue, 30 Sep 2014 22:36:50 GMT
A man who travelled from Liberia nearly two weeks ago is the first confirmed case of the deadly Ebola virus diagnosed on American soil. 
Microsoft unveils Windows 10 system  Tue, 30 Sep 2014 18:56:47 GMT
Microsoft announces the next version of its core operating system, called Windows 10, which will reintroduce the Start Menu. 
Kurds fight IS on Iraq-Syria border  Tue, 30 Sep 2014 21:54:38 GMT
Heavy fighting is reported on both sides of a key border crossing between Iraq and Syria, where Kurdish forces are battling Islamic State militants. 
Iran 'postpones' woman's execution  Tue, 30 Sep 2014 16:53:37 GMT
Iran is reported to have postponed the execution of Reyhaneh Jabbari, convicted of killing a man she said was trying to sexually abuse her. 
Phelps 'arrested for drink driving'  Tue, 30 Sep 2014 20:09:54 GMT
US Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps has apologised after being arrested for speeding while driving under the influence of alcohol in Baltimore, Maryland. 
Argentina defies US over debt payment  Tue, 30 Sep 2014 20:57:59 GMT
Argentina deposits $161m in bond interest payments with a state-controlled bank, in an effort to skirt US court rulings. 
White House security plan 'failed'  Tue, 30 Sep 2014 20:41:27 GMT
The director of the US Secret Service says its security plan was "not properly executed" when a man broke into the White House this month. 
California imposes plastic bag ban  Tue, 30 Sep 2014 19:54:50 GMT
The US state is the first to pass legislation imposing a ban on single-use plastic bags in grocery and convenience stores. 
Catalans rally for independence vote  Tue, 30 Sep 2014 19:25:26 GMT
Thousands of pro-independence campaigners take to the streets of Barcelona after the Catalan government says it remains "determined" to hold the vote. 
Obama and Modi call for 'new agenda'  Tue, 30 Sep 2014 18:45:22 GMT
Indian PM Narendra Modi and US President Barack Obama call for a "new agenda" between their countries during Mr Modi's two-day visit to the US. 
Norway best country for older people  Tue, 30 Sep 2014 23:02:05 GMT
Norway is the best place to be old, according to an index of the quality of later life in published on the UN's International Day of Older Persons. 
VIDEO: Gates 'optimistic' for Ebola sufferers  Tue, 30 Sep 2014 17:27:37 GMT
Microsoft founder Bill Gates has said he is "optimistic" about increasing the treatment capacity for Ebola in West Africa. 
VIDEO: 'I hid from boulders as volcano erupted'  Tue, 30 Sep 2014 14:37:26 GMT
A mountain guide who was on Mount Ontake when it erupted speaks about the moment it exploded without warning. 
VIDEO: Henning's wife makes new mercy plea  Tue, 30 Sep 2014 22:12:05 GMT
The wife of British hostage Alan Henning has made a renewed direct appeal to the IS militants holding her husband.