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DNA project 'to make UK world leader'  Thu, 31 Jul 2014 23:01:58 GMT
A project aiming to revolutionise medicine by unlocking the secrets of DNA is under way in centres across England. 
Cook relieved by England victory  Thu, 31 Jul 2014 14:39:16 GMT
Captain Alastair Cook is pleased that England's win in the third Test against India has ended a bad run of form. 
Amos beats Rudisha to 800m gold  Thu, 31 Jul 2014 18:55:52 GMT
Nijel Amos produces a stunning run down the final straight to beat David Rudisha to 800m Commonwealth gold. 
American Vogue's first black cover girl  Wed, 30 Jul 2014 23:57:40 GMT
Beverly Johnson was told she would never be on the cover of Vogue - but she made history when she became the first black model to do just that. 
How do you get your face on the dollar?  Thu, 31 Jul 2014 23:04:54 GMT
The US is debating putting a woman's face on the US dollar. How does it happen? 
Senegal corruption trial 'political'  Thu, 31 Jul 2014 17:20:14 GMT
The flamboyant son of Senegal's ex-President Abdoulaye Wade calls himself a "political prisoner" during a first appearance at his corruption trial. 
Race to find India landslide missing  Thu, 31 Jul 2014 13:31:50 GMT
Rescuers in western India race to locate survivors of a landslide that has killed at least 30 and buried up to 200 people, but hopes of finding survivors fade as time passes. 
Nato 'unprepared for Russia threat'  Thu, 31 Jul 2014 07:53:35 GMT
Nato is poorly prepared for an attack on a member state by Russia, a group of MPs warns in a report. 
Mexico migrants' train deal reached  Thu, 31 Jul 2014 10:43:41 GMT
The US, Mexico and Guatemala will establish more checkpoints along the route of a freight train to prevent migrants from boarding it, Guatemala says. 
Filipinos urged to leave Libya  Thu, 31 Jul 2014 17:11:48 GMT
A top diplomat from the Philippines is to oversee the evacuation of 13,000 citizens from Libya after a Filipino worker was beheaded and a nurse raped. 
Police urged to carry drugs antidote  Thu, 31 Jul 2014 20:34:17 GMT
US Attorney General Eric Holder has urged federal law enforcement agencies to equip some of their officers with the heroin overdose antidote Naloxone. 
Whistle-blowers often victimised - MPs  Thu, 31 Jul 2014 23:08:31 GMT
The treatment of employees in public services who raise concerns about wrongdoing is often "shocking", a group of MPs says. 
Edinburgh Festival Fringe begins  Thu, 31 Jul 2014 23:31:57 GMT
Thousands of performers from across the world are in Edinburgh for the start of the world's biggest arts festival. 
Appeal over CBBC actor's killing  Thu, 31 Jul 2014 23:21:05 GMT
Police hunting for a man wanted over the stabbing of a children's TV actor offer a £10,000 reward for information leading to his arrest and prosecution. 
Exam body to check 'extra help' data  Fri, 01 Aug 2014 00:22:46 GMT
The exams regulator Ofqual is to collect information on how many private school students receive extra time in exams, compared with state pupils.