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Fist bumps 'cleaner than handshakes'  Mon, 28 Jul 2014 02:00:49 GMT
Scientists at Aberystwyth University in Wales have shown that more bacteria are transferred by shaking hands, than by fist-bumping or high-fiving. 
England's Gemili takes 100m silver  Mon, 28 Jul 2014 22:05:26 GMT
England's Adam Gemili wins Commonwealth Games silver in the men's 100m, with Jamaica's Kemar Bailey-Cole taking gold. 
Bell & Buttler put England on top  Mon, 28 Jul 2014 17:48:11 GMT
Ian Bell stars with a superb 167 as England take control of the third Test against India on day two, declaring on 569-7. 
Germany's super-shy super-rich  Sun, 27 Jul 2014 23:31:29 GMT
Why do some of Germany's wealthiest families dodge the limelight and avoid conspicuous consumption? 
The people who want to be near a tornado  Sat, 26 Jul 2014 22:58:37 GMT
In the US, the number of people who chase tornados is growing - why do they put themselves in danger? 
South Africa shock NZ to win gold  Sun, 27 Jul 2014 23:01:17 GMT
South Africa shock New Zealand in the final of the rugby sevens to end the All Blacks' unbeaten Commonwealth Games record. 
Japanese girl 'dismembers classmate'  Mon, 28 Jul 2014 06:12:38 GMT
A high school girl has been arrested on suspicion of killing and dismembering a classmate, Japanese police say. 
France offers Iraq Christians asylum  Mon, 28 Jul 2014 14:59:45 GMT
France says it is ready to offer asylum to Iraqi Christians forced to flee by Islamic State militants holding the Iraqi city of Mosul. 
Hero's welcome for freed Venezuelan  Mon, 28 Jul 2014 16:13:58 GMT
Venezuelan official Gen Hugo Carvajal is warmly welcomed in Caracas after his release in Aruba, where he had been arrested on drug-trafficking charges. 
Emirates to stop flying over Iraq  Mon, 28 Jul 2014 15:24:08 GMT
Emirates Airline will stop flying over Iraq to protect its passengers from the threat of Islamic militants on the ground, according to reports. 
Lightning kills man on US beach  Mon, 28 Jul 2014 19:49:47 GMT
One man is killed and several people are hurt following lightning strikes on crowded Venice Beach in Los Angeles, California. 
PM urges 'prompt' Russian sanctions  Mon, 28 Jul 2014 20:57:36 GMT
David Cameron says he and fellow European leaders agree that "strong" economic sanctions should be imposed on Russia as soon as possible. 
Pause NHS privatisation - Labour  Tue, 29 Jul 2014 00:13:45 GMT
NHS privatisation is "being forced through at pace and scale" says shadow health secretary Andy Burnham, as he calls for it to be halted until after the general election. 
Gold medal record for Scotland  Mon, 28 Jul 2014 22:28:45 GMT
Scotland have 13 gold medals after earlier eclipsing their record haul for Commonwealth Games. 
Clarify 'revenge porn' laws say peers  Mon, 28 Jul 2014 23:02:34 GMT
More clarification is needed about the circumstances in which cases of "revenge porn" can be prosecuted, peers say.