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Algerian jet missing on Sahara route  Thu, 24 Jul 2014 14:41:02 GMT
Algeria's national airline says contact has been lost with one of its planes flying from Burkina Faso, with one official saying it has crashed. 
Shelling 'kills 15 in Gaza shelter'  Thu, 24 Jul 2014 15:06:08 GMT
At least 15 people have been killed and more than 200 injured when a UN-run school used as a shelter in Gaza was shelled, the Gaza health ministry says. 
Sudan 'apostasy' woman meets Pope  Thu, 24 Jul 2014 13:18:08 GMT
A Sudanese woman who fled to Italy after being spared a death sentence for renouncing Islam meets Pope Francis at the Vatican. 
More MH17 bodies leave Ukraine  Thu, 24 Jul 2014 14:34:08 GMT
Two planes carrying bodies of those killed on board flight MH17 land in the Netherlands, as UK experts start examining data from the two flight recorders. 
Poland 'helped in CIA rendition'  Thu, 24 Jul 2014 12:53:28 GMT
Poland violated the human rights convention and helped the CIA's rendition of terror suspects, the European Court of Human Rights finds. 
Isis 'ordering FGM' in Iraq - UN  Thu, 24 Jul 2014 15:14:49 GMT
A top UN official in Iraq says the Sunni Islamist group Isis, which is controlling the city of Mosul, is seeking to impose female genital mutilation. 
Iraq MPs elect Massoum as president  Thu, 24 Jul 2014 12:20:53 GMT
Iraqi parliament elects Kurdish politician Fouad Massoum as the country's next president, succeeding Jalal Talabani. 
Inquiry urged into two-hour execution  Thu, 24 Jul 2014 12:51:23 GMT
Lawyers for a double murderer whose lethal injection in Arizona took nearly two hours to kill him have called for an independent review of the execution. 
Norway in Syria-linked terror alert  Thu, 24 Jul 2014 11:01:34 GMT
Norway is boosting security because of an imminent threat from people linked to Islamist militants in Syria, Norway's intelligence chief says. 
Deadly ambush on Iraq prison convoy  Thu, 24 Jul 2014 10:58:39 GMT
Suicide attackers mount a bomb and gun attack on a prison convoy in Iraq, killing 51 prisoners and nine police officers, security sources say. 
Children dead in Indian train crash  Thu, 24 Jul 2014 06:40:03 GMT
At least 18 children are killed along with their driver when a school bus is hit by a train in the Indian state of Telangana, police say. 
Aid workers shot dead in Herat  Thu, 24 Jul 2014 13:01:09 GMT
Gunmen in Afghanistan shoot dead two Finnish women working with an international Christian charity in the western city of Herat. 
VIDEO: 'Cheesegrater' construction complete  Thu, 24 Jul 2014 09:23:33 GMT
Building work is completed on the tallest skyscraper in the City of London. 
VIDEO: How to build and fly your own drone  Wed, 23 Jul 2014 23:00:13 GMT
Personal aerial drones that take pictures could soon become a lot more common, thanks to a new invention. 
VIDEO: Olympic cauldron secrets revealed  Thu, 24 Jul 2014 14:11:00 GMT
The London 2012 Olympic Cauldron is going on display for the first time in a purpose-built gallery.