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Ceasefire aim as Gaza deaths top 800  Fri, 25 Jul 2014 15:53:33 GMT
Efforts to secure a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas are intensifying as more people are killed in the 18-day conflict. 
'No survivors' in Air Algerie crash  Fri, 25 Jul 2014 15:04:20 GMT
There are no survivors from the Air Algerie AH5017 passenger jet that crashed in Mali, says the French President, Francois Hollande. 
UK economy back at pre-crisis level  Fri, 25 Jul 2014 13:42:48 GMT
The UK economy grew 0.8% in the second quarter and has now recovered the ground lost since the downturn began in 2008, according to official figures. 
Dutch and Australians in MH17 talks  Fri, 25 Jul 2014 15:58:13 GMT
The Netherlands and Australia seek access to the rebel-controlled crash site of MH17 in eastern Ukraine as more bodies arrive in Eindhoven. 
S Leone hunts seized Ebola patient  Fri, 25 Jul 2014 15:30:13 GMT
A hunt is launched in Sierra Leone's capital, Freetown, for a woman with Ebola who was forcibly removed from hospital by her relatives. 
Isis 'overruns' Syrian military base  Fri, 25 Jul 2014 12:14:36 GMT
Fighters from the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (Isis) say they have overrun a large Syrian military base on the outskirts of the city of Raqqa. 
Fifteen killed in Afghan bus attack  Fri, 25 Jul 2014 08:50:14 GMT
Suspected Taliban gunmen kill 15 bus passengers from the minority Hazara community in the central Afghan province of Ghor, officials say. 
Greste appeal over Egypt conviction  Fri, 25 Jul 2014 14:20:43 GMT
Jailed al-Jazeera journalist Peter Greste is to appeal against his conviction and jail term on terrorism-related charges in Egypt, his family says. 
Wikipedia blocks US Congress edits  Fri, 25 Jul 2014 12:12:08 GMT
Administrators have imposed a ban on Wikipedia alterations from the US House of Representatives, following "persistent disruptive editing". 
Ferry owner death cause 'unknown'  Fri, 25 Jul 2014 12:51:40 GMT
South Korea's forensic agency says it cannot determine the cause of death for the fugitive tycoon blamed for the recent ferry disaster. 
American reporter held in Iran  Fri, 25 Jul 2014 15:38:16 GMT
An American reporter for the Washington Post, his wife and two other US journalists have been detained in Tehran, an Iranian official confirms. 
Thousands welcome Giants to city  Fri, 25 Jul 2014 15:09:22 GMT
An estimated 100,000 people line Liverpool's streets to welcome three giant marionettes which will tell the story of the city during World War One. 
VIDEO: Thunderstorms on Air Algerie route  Fri, 25 Jul 2014 16:00:19 GMT
BBC Weather's Tomasz Schafernaker says there were thunderstorms in the area where Air Algerie flight AH5017 was flying before it crashed. 
VIDEO: Honour for 101-year-old weatherman  Fri, 25 Jul 2014 11:38:16 GMT
America's longest serving volunteer weather observer, 101-year-old Richard G Hendrickson, will be honoured on Sunday for 84 years service. 
VIDEO: Is Ramadan too commercial?  Fri, 25 Jul 2014 15:28:43 GMT
Many Pakistanis are complaining that Ramadan has become too commercial over the last few years, and is losing its true spirit.