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World News From BBC

Somali musician-MP is shot dead  Wed, 23 Jul 2014 13:20:26 GMT
Popular Somali musician and member of parliament Saado Ali Warsame is shot dead in the capital, Mogadishu, by Islamist militants. 
Commonwealth edged out of Booker  Wed, 23 Jul 2014 11:44:42 GMT
Commonwealth writers are sidelined from the Booker Prize longlist with US authors, including Joshua Ferris and Richard Powers, included for the first time. 
Glasgow ready for 2014 Games opening  Wed, 23 Jul 2014 09:45:04 GMT
The Queen will formally open the 20th Commonwealth Games in Glasgow in front of a 40,000 crowd at Celtic Park. 
VIDEO: Rodriguez hugs fan who invades pitch  Tue, 22 Jul 2014 22:59:53 GMT
Colombian football star James Rodriguez hugged a fan who invaded the pitch as he was presented as a new player for Real Madrid. 
VIDEO: Peaches Geldof died of heroin overdose  Wed, 23 Jul 2014 13:29:58 GMT
Peaches Geldof died of a heroin overdose, a coroner rules. 
VIDEO: Amur leopards born at zoo  Wed, 23 Jul 2014 07:05:37 GMT
Two rare Amur leopard cubs have been born at Twycross Zoo in Leicestershire. 
VIDEO: One-minute World News  Wed, 23 Jul 2014 08:47:27 GMT
Watch the latest news summary from BBC World News. International news updated 24 hours a day. 
VIDEO: Time-lapse shows Costa on move  Wed, 23 Jul 2014 08:24:33 GMT
Time-lapse footage shows the wrecked Italian cruise ship, the Costa Concordia, being towed on its final journey to the port of Genoa for scrapping. 
VIDEO: Drones overhead on streets of Gaza  Wed, 23 Jul 2014 13:23:32 GMT
The United Nations says about 102,000 displaced people are now using shelters across Gaza as the Israeli offensive continues. Those who have stayed are adjusting to the sounds and sights of conflict, as Yolande Knell reports from Gaza. 
VIDEO: Relatives mourn Israeli soldier deaths  Tue, 22 Jul 2014 20:41:42 GMT
Relatives of soldiers killed in Israel in the on-going fighting with Palestinians have spoken to the BBC as the UN secretary-general calls for an end to the conflict. 
VIDEO: The Commonwealth Games in 60 seconds  Tue, 22 Jul 2014 23:12:00 GMT
As the Commonwealth Games kick off in Glasgow, the BBC explains the background to the action - in 60 seconds. 
Polar bear 'too old' for Canada move  Wed, 23 Jul 2014 10:42:35 GMT
An elderly, "depressed" polar bear is to stay in Argentina because he is too old, a zoo decides, rejecting a petition to move him to Canada. 
Video teasing North Korean leader goes viral  Tue, 22 Jul 2014 18:58:51 GMT
Millions watch video poking fun at Kim Jong-un. 
Boeing profits from sales boost  Wed, 23 Jul 2014 13:03:51 GMT
US aerospace giant Boeing earnings rise 52%, boosted by a "strong" quarter for commercial aircraft sales. 
Glaxo profits fall hits shares  Wed, 23 Jul 2014 13:19:57 GMT
GlaxoSmithKline shares fall 6% as the drugs company's profits are hit by a slide in sales and a bribery investigation in China.